Which Is the One `Free Meeting Webinar Service’ to Rule Them All?

Webinars are an incredibly powerful marketing and sales tool and so it’s not surprise that there have been a spate of services popping up to offer us entrepreneurs better ways to promote, market, demo and teach online for free.

Yet there are still some gold standard services that offer you the best webinar experience in town and in this post I’ll highlight the two top ones you should try and two free webinar services as an alternative.

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I run at least one webinar a month personally, and I host monthly coaching calls with my Highflyer Club members where I want to share my screen but let them chime in too, and I like to do screen sharing for clients when I’m coaching them on tool and social media strategy.

There are a number of webinar services these days and if I’ve learned one thing, it’s worth paying for a great platform, so I’m sharing two paid and two free services below for you to choose from.

On the paid side it’s come down to two key platforms for me, aside from starting to use Google Hangouts as a great alternative to a webinar service.

The best tools to run free meetings and webinars online

1. Gold Standard Webinar Platform in GoToWebinar

GoToWebinar Free Trial

With GoToWebinar, you can give presentations, run great webinars, perform product demonstrations to up to 1,000
attendees, anytime, anywhere — all for one flat fee.

The main key features that differentiate it above other services out there are:

  • Automated Email Templates: Using your Webinar description, GoToWebinar will craft your email invitations, confirmations and reminders for you; or you can customize them.
  • Customized Branding: Upload your company logo and a custom image to show your brand on all Webinar materials.
  • Full-Service Registration: GoToWebinar will host your registration page and send you weekly registration reports.
  • Unlimited Audio: You can use included VoIP and toll-based phone options to reduce audio costs.

This last one is probably my favorite feature, that people can turn up and ask questions or comment or call in without needing to dial in and just using their laptop speaker and mic.

2.

The Fastest and Easiest Meetings Ever with MeetingBurner

MeetingBurner really cater to the entrepreneur with their straight forward, clean and easy to use interface, which you can see demonstrated on their home page.

I’ve used their platform for several group coaching calls and webinars and love the clean interface, easy to use layout and fact that their loading time is beyond quick and there’s no software to install.

I also like that:

  • You can duplicate your webinar if you want to run it again, or a similar one
  • You can charge for your webinar if you want it to be a paid training, through MeetingBurner’s integration with PayPal at the registration page
  • They integrate social media sharing so people can sign up through Facebook and;
  • MeetingBurner have the functionality to auto-replay your webinar at a later date.

Free Online Meeting Options

AnyMeeting has a free option with their webinar platform that allows you to have up to 200 attendees. The layout and interface is very similar to GoToWebinar if you’ve been using that.

You can also include a survey in your registration sign up which is handy and even better their recording software provides you with a link after  you‘ve finished to view it via their platform (no more hassles converting a video format and making it viewable to your attendees).

The downside is your registration form has advertising at the top (hence why it’s a free platform) and the share buttons include a little advertising blurb about using AnyMeeting (which you can edit out).

You also can’t have two presenters talking or presenting at the same time.  So you have to stop talking. Turn off your microphone. Set them as the current speaker and then they’re off and running. Great if you both know what you’re doing – that’s why I advise to get on the call 30 minutes before your attendees arrive.

FreeScreenSharing.com is an online meeting and web conferencing tool that is perfect for screen sharing, product demonstrations, webinars, training sessions and much more – and all is absolutely FREE! Just in case you didn’t pick that up in the name….

According to them: “All it takes is your name, email address and a self generated password to get started. When you register you’re provided with a complimentary FreeConferenceCall conferencing account to use during your online meetings.”

However, if you’re like me and you already have an account you’re welcome to use your existing conferencing account or any account you prefer.

I haven’t yet checked out their service but having used their free conferencing line in the past with no problems this is another alternative you may want to try.

Have you used any of these services or found another you want to share?

  • http://www.businesstooligans.com/ ChaseSherman

    Thanks for making this list, Natalie. Will probably be needing a free webinar service soon… probably going to be back to review before we make our decision.

  • NatalieSisson

    @ChaseSherman Let me know what you think of these platforms when you try them out.

  • Kristin

    “The only other frustration I have with AnyMeeting is that you can’t have two presenters talking or presenting at the same time.”

    Just FYI this is no longer true.

    Our non-profit organization chose the free version of AnyMeeting over MeetingBurner for our national/international online member meetings (we outgrew Skype) because it allows 200 attendees vs. 100 and up to 6 people can be made presenters, which allows them to all screen share. You can have a standard meeting where only the 6 presenters have audio/video capabilities or set up the meeting to allow all attendees audio/video (but only 6 are presenters who can screen share.)

    So far, the only drawback is the “either or” between using the web audio vs. call in audio. It would be nicer if they were like Skype and allowed people who cannot be in front of the computer to attend via phone while the others are using the online audio. We did a work-around by opening Skype in another window on the host computer and calling the non-computer members via Skype – they could then listen/participate via the Skype audio coming through the host’s computer. We hope they’ll eventually integrate Skype as we understand MeetingBurner does. Meld those two programs together and it’d be the perfect inline meeting place for us!

  • http://www.teaity.com Chris Giddings

    I’m trying the FreeScreenSharing.com solution now.

    The user interface isn’t free, but to get a free conference call line and free screen sharing for $0 and o cents is fantastic!

  • Natalie

    Thanks Chris I will be sure to check it out.

  • MarketingManiac

    Free is always intriguing to me. How is it they can offer it for free while others charge a premium? Does free get you the same level of technical support? Strong reporting? Do they provide any SLA? This is something I need to know before a put an unknown product between my brand and my customer. Free would be good, but I can’t afford to lose a customer on a bad experience. What more can you share with me to set my mind at ease?

  • Natalie

    Free is usually the simple and useful features of a product or software that works very well and allows you to use the tool and see if you like it before you unlock more of it’s premium or advanced features. Sometimes the free version is all you need. With regards to MeetingBurner you can use it perfectly well for small meetings and webinars and get the benefit of all the cool features.

  • Bill Haisman

    Free means advertiser supported so your meeting/presentation is sharing screen space, and “mental space” with advertisements that you have no control over. I’ve used AnyMeeting and been pretty happy. I don’t think it rates as high as say GoToWebinar which I’m very familiar with, but its pretty darn good!

  • Elsa Schieder

    thank you – I’m now looking at your options – 1 and 3 actually, as the second is only for small groups.

  • Slobodan Krstic

    Thank you for this recommendation. Its nice when you advertise something you newer did use. According to this post and your experience now i dealing with great blammage about Anymeeting.. I did ashamed my self like newer before in more than 14 years of working in IT.On this service nothing work correct. Its impossible to troubleshot and there is no any tips and help. I did try to use it today together with some test candidates and university professor and nothing worked. Web cam run in real time, sound don’t work at all. Then sound work but everyone can only hear me and no one else did..Then sound left us again.
    This service simple don’t work . Do not waste your time on it and get ashamed like me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aliasgar.babat.1 Aliasgar Babat

    We use RHUB web conferencing appliance in our organization in order to conduct webinars, web conferences, online meetings etc. We think it is a better solution as compared to hosted services.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Studio4PR Robin Rushnell Taney

    I used http://www.freeconferencecall.com to record the audio for one of my workshops that I put on a CD to give away at a conference I spoke at and the sound was HORRIBLE. I had to pay a CD duplication service almost $200 to try and correct it and it still sucked. It might be ok for live calls, but I don’t think I’d use them for recorded ones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paalavstaal Pål Av Stål

    Anymeeting seems like a great choice. Thanks!

  • Donna Haines

    anymeeting will be charging now to record the webinars. Disappointed.

  • Natalie

    You should really try Meetingburner then!

  • guest

    I haven’t hosted a webinar myself, but for many of the email lists I subscribe to the list owners seem to use InstantTeleseminar most often, and many have been using it for years. It lets you record audio, and also view presentations with slides.

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  • Camille Macres

    anymeeting was great in theory, but it ruined several of my webinars when it just stopped working midway through…thumbs down to anymeeting.

  • Stephanie Queennaturalbeauty D

    I use to use free conference call and recorded all of my calls with them to later sale in my programs. I NEVER had a problem with recordings.

  • asgard

    You can use Camtasia while you´re doing the webinar… and then upload the video to youtube later…

  • damon

    I have used Anymeeting for free for about a year and was not disappointed when they started charging for the ability to record the webinars – after all, we are talking about business here and who really clicks on ads that make product “free” – I still am using it, for $18 month, but one caveat, make sure you have a POWERFUL internet connection or its great services will lack and leave you looking ill prepared in front of your audience

  • Maxine Lawrie

    Hi Stephanie have you any more webinar sites that you could recommend -cheers maxine

  • Sandy Harrington Bullard

    I agree it’s not quite there yet. I got stuck several times and was very slow.

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    anymeeting more useful

  • https://plus.google.com/+Intercomrepairny/about?hl=en ryan

    nice point