Find the Webinar Hosting Service that is Right for You

400149167_cc18cf3441_zChoosing who to host your webinar with should not be a stumbling block. There are plenty of great companies to use.

I have tested a lot of companies. Only 3 have suited my needs.

This is not the definitive list of all time. As technology advances, there will be more options. Stick around Webinational to keep up with the latest and greatest!

My 3 options each satisfy a different person…

The Beginner

First webinar? Not sure how much you want to put into this thing?

My personal choice for the best free service is AnyMeeting.com. AnyMeeting is a quality platform that can handle up to 200 registrants (more than most other free options).

There is an ad panel on the webinar platform when you use the free option. It is not wildly distracting. I’ve never had a webinar attendee complain.

AnyMeeting has a good recording feature if you like to present replays or re-purpose your presentations (you should).

If you were doing this in a niche like Internet Marketing, people might know you were being cheap and using a free service. In just about everything else, they have no idea.

I had some technical difficulties with AnyMeeting and moved on from them. It may have been a problem with my own setup, because usually everything worked fine. But, as with anything else, you should test it out.

There is an upgraded pay version of AnyMeeting that will remove the ads. Click here for all the details.

The Professional

Want to look like a true professional? GoToWebinar.com is the only choice.

OK you can look like a professional with a lot of services… but for anyone who wants a really solid platform, this is it.

The interface is great. Easy to work with, smooth. Very few technical difficulties (even with my rickety old PC).

You want a set-it and forget-it webinar platform? Here it is.

GoToWebinar features just about all the bells and whistles, too. Show your screen or use your web cam (or switch seamlessly back and forth).

The apps for use on phones and tablets are second to none. I’ve never had a complaint from someone who could not watch the webinar on any device.

I find more and more potential customers are already familiar with GoToWebinar. They feel comfortable with the software and already have the app on their tablet.

That alone may be a deciding factor for you. Want to look like you know what you’re doing? Use GoToWebinar.

You’ll pay more – the most expensive of these 3 options. But you won’t tear your hair out in the process.

Ready to try a Free Trial with GoToWebinar? Sign up here!

The Rebel

Are you the typical first-adopter? The guy who has every gadget before the bugs are worked out?

I am. I love the cutting-edge stuff. And I can live with an occasional hiccup.

I started using WebinarJam a few weeks ago. I have run it through the ringer, hosting a series of small webinars just to test out the features.

Later I started hosting larger webinars. There is no size limitation, which is great. Unlike GoToWebinar, you don’t have to pay a really exorbitant sum when you get over 100 attendees.

Better yet, you don’t have to worry about potential customers being turned away because the webinar is full. I hate that.

WebinarJam is full featured. There’s some great looking registration page templates. You also have the ability to add text messaging.

The most important feature for me, is full integration with my Aweber account. It also integrates with a lot of other mailing lists.

That means I’m capturing emails of everyone who registers. I can add them to my autoresponder campaign immediately.

The downside? I’m still nervous that the product is based off of Google Hangouts. That means there’s a moving part that the good folks at WebinarJam have no control over.

But the price is right. As of writing this article, you can get a yearly membership for a fraction of even the lowest priced GoToWebinar account.

WebinarJam recordings are saved directly to YouTube, so if you want to keep your recordings to yourself you need to jump into your YouTube account after the presentation and change the settings on the recording to private.

I’ve had some communication with the Customer Service, even during the height of their product launch, and found them to be very supportive.

If you’re willing to try something new, check out WebinarJam right now. [affiliate link]

Regardless of which category you fall into, you can try any of these with no risk. AnyMeeting is free. GoToWebinar has a free trial. And WebinarJam has a money back guarantee.

There are also plenty of other services to explore. If you are ready to take action, pick one of these 3 and go shopping later!

So whatever you decide to do, do it! Don’t let choosing your platform slow you up from presenting a profitable webinar.
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