Scenario

You've decided to broadcast your talks live. Excellent choice! Currently, HeySummit has full integrations with 5 webinar platforms - BigMarker, LiveWebinar, Zoom Webinar, Remo and GoToWebinar (Beta). This means that your attendees and speakers can join the live talks without needing to sign in to third-party webinar platforms. As an event organizer, however, you must ensure each talk has a host with a webinar platform account.

So, how to choose between the three?
 

Quick start

Each of our live integrations allows you to use your live webinar platform accounts with HeySummit (n.b. there are no HeySummit plans that include webinar platform accounts).
 
Here's a quick guide to the plans available on each platform, with detailed descriptions of pricing, features, languages, and recording options.
 
More of a visual learner? Check out our video:
 
 

Pricing 

Please note, pricing below is in USD. Please see each webinar provider for conversions.

BigMarker

  • $99 per month for their Starter plan (includes one host and 100 attendee capacity)
  • $189 per month for Elite plan (includes two hosts and 500 attendee capacity)
  • $399 per month for Premier plan (includes four hosts and 1000 attendee capacity).

A host is defined as someone who schedules, starts and controls the settings on the webinar. In addition, if you choose to be billed annually instead of monthly, the prices per month go down to $79, $159 and $299. More information on pricing is available on their site - including their White Label option which can support up to 10,000 attendees.

LiveWebinar

There are 3 monthly plans available:
  • Free plan, 5 attendees
  • Pro plan at $15 per month for 100 attendees
  • Business plan at $119 per month, which supports 500 attendees

LiveWebinar also offers a discount if you bill annually instead of monthly ($11.99 for Pro and $95.20 for Business). Check out their page for more on pricing - including a custom plan for up to 1,000 attendees.

Zoom

For Zoom Webinar (different to Zoom Meetings), plans start at:
  • $40/month per license for up to 100 attendees.
  • $140/month per license for up to 500 attendees
  • $340/month per license for up to 1000 attendees
  • $990/month per license for up to 3000 attendees
  • $2,490/month per license for up to 5000 attendees
  • $6490/month per license for up to 10 000 attendees
Custom plans can include up to 50,000 attendees. Full pricing details, including yearly prices, can be found here.

Remo

You can start with a free 14 day free trial! Then, pricing is:
  • Host plan, your capacity would be 50 attendees (4 guests per table), sessions that can last 1.25 hours and a limit of only 1 session at a time, for $125/month.
  • Director plan, your capacity would be 200 attendees (6 guests per table), sessions that can last 2.55 hours and a limit of 2 sessions running at the same time, for $450/month.
  • Producer plan, your capacity would be 500 attendees (8 guests per table), sessions that can last 5 hours and a limit of 3 sessions running at the same time, for $850/month.

Annual billing works out at $100, $360 and $680 respectively. Learn more here.

GoToWebinar

If you're US based, you have 4 monthly plan options: 
  • The Lite plan is $59, with a capacity for 100 attendees
  • The Standard plan is $129, for 250 attendees
  • Then Pro plan is $249 for 500 attendees.
  • Enterprise is $499 and let's you have up to 3,000 attendees.

Outside of the USA, there are only 3 plan available:

  • Starter (100 attendees)
  • Pro (500 attendees)
  • Plus (1,000 attendees).
Be sure to check out pricing in your area and for annual plans too by heading here. Don't forget - if you're planning on running concurrent sessions on HeySummit with the same webinar provider, you'll need the matching number of licenses/hosts.
 

Features

Here's a selection of features each integration actively promotes for their live webinar solutions. It's not meant to be exhaustive, and obviously there are other features besides those we've named in this section. Additionally, they may vary from plan to plan. Be sure to contact the webinar provider support or sales team for more information.
 

BigMarker

No software downloads required as it works from your browser, HD audio & video, HD screen sharing, customisable conference rooms, automatic recordings, the ability to queue and play recorded videos during your live talk, easily upload presentations, whiteboard tool and unlimited presenters. These are a selection of their live webinar features - the list goes on.

LiveWebinar

No software downloads, registrations, plug-ins or installations as it works from your browser, HQ live streaming, HQ recording and built-in editor without the need for external software, branding tools, the option to broadcast live to Facebook and YouTube, screen sharing and controls, easily create and disseminate tests, polls and surveys and whiteboard tool. Their website probably advertises the most number of features - take a look for yourself.

Zoom

Zoom apps for the viewer on-the-go, HD video & audio, ability to record talks or generate transcripts without the need for external software, reporting & analytics, live broadcasting options to social media sites, screen sharing, Q&A with the ability to like and up-vote questions, In-webinar text-chat, Polling. This handy guide will tell you what you need to know before your purchase.

Remo

Great for networking sessions but can also be used for webinars, virtual offices, workshops and AMAs. No download required. Countdown timers for speed networking, group screen sharing and virtual business cards. There are polls, Q&As and voting features.

GoToWebinar

No download necessary. Reporting and analytics, engagement dashboard to keep an eye on attentiveness, hands raised and time elapsed, polls, surveys, handouts, Q&As, drawing tools, transcripts, video sharing, transcripts and more. Check out their site for the features of each plan.
 

Languages

BigMarker

Option to translate to your browser's language, but this is not always accurate (as is usually the case with Google Translate). It's also an individual setting, meaning hosts would be able to adjust their own settings for the website and webinar room, but not that of the whole room, i.e. their attendees and speakers. 

LiveWebinar

You can pick an option from 14 languages, depending on your localization and allow your participants to change the language by themselves.

Zoom

Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. They also have Language Interpreter support which will allow interpreters to provide their own audio channels for the language they are translating to. Attendees can select an audio channel to hear their language of choice.

Remo

You can translate the Remo site by changing your browser settings. 

GoToWebinar

Organizers can change their webinar event language for each scheduled event. Your options are German, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Brazil Portuguese
 

Recording and Replays

One key difference we like to point out is the recording and replay function of each integration. Currently, only BigMarker will automatically record and upload replays to your HeySummit site. However, you can manually record (using either in-built software or your own preferred external recording tool) and upload your talks to HeySummit. This is easily done via your Talks page - here's a help guide.

BigMarker

Automatically records and uploads your HeySummit talk to your site for replay purposes.

LiveWebinar, Zoom, Remo, GoToWebinar

You have to remember to manually record and upload your replay to HeySummit.
 

Bottom line

A key thing to consider is how much effort and money you're going to want to spend on these integrations with HeySummit. Each has their pros and cons and will require some getting used to, since they work independently from HeySummit. Ultimately, we think these are all great live webinar platforms (hence the option of integrating with them) and we'd love to hear your feedback on which live webinar provider you love the most.