The Virtual Meeting and Webinar platforms offer similar features and functionalities but they are different in some key areas. Below are a few questions to guide you to pick the right video conferencing solution for your use.
What is the main objective of your event/meeting?
If you have a large audience and expect them to mainly listen to what you have to say, a Webinar platform will be the right solution. However, when you need more two-way interactive sessions between the host and audience, or in-depth discussions among the participants, a Virtual Meeting solution will be the better option.
Webinars are largely used for Town halls, marketing online events and educational lectures, while Virtual Meetings are better used for employee collaborations, customer-facing meetings, sales meetings, and small group training sessions.
What is the size of your event?
Webinars are ideal for large group meetings and events that are open to the public. Often, an audience size of more than 50 would require a webinar.
Virtual Meetings, on the other hand, are best suited for seamless one-to-one or small group two-way discussions and require collaborative tools to facilitate a more interactive and engaging session.
What level of interaction do you expect from your attendees?
Virtual Meetings are more interactive, with participants able to share their screens and applications with ease. They can co-annotate, whiteboard, and record the meetings. Participants often also have the control to turn on their video and audio, and see who else is in attendance.
Webinars, on the other hand, have far less interactive functions. The host and moderator have control over attendees involvement, such as choosing who can participate via the mute/unmute function. Most interactions among attendees are done and limited to Q&A, chat, and polling.