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Hubilo

Hubilo is the virtual + hybrid event platform built for engagement and event excellence. Hubilo's mission is to drive engagement - first and foremost - yielding greater business results. Engagement with your deeply branded experie...Read more

Pexip

Pexip is a cloud-based solution designed to help businesses in financial, medical, education and government sectors manage video calls with staff members across remote locations to facilitate collaboration. Key features include on...Read more

4.84 (63 reviews)

GoTo Webinar

GoToWebinar is a webinar and webcast tool designed to help businesses of all sizes manage online conferences and engage with clients. The platform enables professionals to generate leads, train your team, onboard customers or info...Read more

WebinarJam

WebinarJam is a cloud-based solution that helps businesses create and conduct webinar sessions, which includes live streaming on Youtube and Facebook or event broadcasting via private webinar rooms. Presenters and administrators c...Read more

PanTerra Networks

PanTerra Streams provides UCaaS communications and collaboration for mid-market to enterprise level businesses. It's the only all-in-one call, text, conference, fax, web meeting, and file sharing cloud communications solution. I...Read more

4.44 (16 reviews)

Demodesk

Demodesk is the sales meeting platform that enables every rep to become a top performer. Through coaching reps live, automating non-selling tasks, and reinforcing best practices, Demodesk helps customer-facing reps close more deal...Read more

4.65 (17 reviews)

ClickMeeting

ClickMeeting is a browser-based webinar solution, that brings the power of webinars and video conferencing to organizations of any size, or freelancers. It improves team collaboration, boosts effective communication, and makes o...Read more

4.16 (79 reviews)

Phone.com

Phone.com is a hosted PBX solution designed for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. Businesses can combine SIP trunking with hosted PBX service for a single-provider solution. This software also supports mobile devices....Read more

3.94 (48 reviews)

Slack

Slack is a cloud-based project collaboration and team interaction tool designed to facilitate communication across organizations. The solution caters to various industries, including media, research, technology, education, financi...Read more

Jumbo

Jumbo: the world's most customizable video platform. Creators, event planners, and more partner with Jumbo for their live streaming and video needs because we do more than stream, upload, and host: we build entire community hubs f...Read more

5.00 (5 reviews)

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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11Sight

Very few organizations pay attention to optimizing the customer journey from the first engagement. Even though, your first meeting with a prospect represents 80% of your deal's success. Introducing 11Sight's #1 Inbound Video Cal...Read more

4.75 (61 reviews)

Dead Simple Screen Sharing

Dead Simple Screen Sharing is a cloud-based web conferencing solution that helps users to conduct online meetings and share screens during presentations. The features of this solution include meeting scheduling, recording meetings...Read more

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BlueJeans

BlueJeans is a cloud-based video conferencing solution that helps mid to large size businesses with text chat, content sharing, multiple participants and meeting recording. Blue Jeans delivers services through products including B...Read more

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Zoom Meetings

Zoom Meetings is a cloud-based video conferencing software solution that allows organizations in the educational, financial, health care, and government sectors to conduct virtual meetings and collaborate in real-time using integr...Read more

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FreeConferenceCall.com

FreeConferenceCall.com is a conferencing platform with over 800,000 business users, including 500 well-known companies. It caters to users around the globe, offering screen sharing, high-definition audio conferencing and video con...Read more

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Proficonf

Proficonf is a web-based video conferencing solution that helps small to large organizations manage multiple participants, HD video streaming and recordings. Its key features include digital whiteboards, screen sharing, cryptograp...Read more

4.75 (4 reviews)

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Business Hangouts

Business Hangouts is a cloud-based video conferencing and collaboration solution that provides a platform to share valuable information and establish communication between managers and employees. Key features of Business Hang...Read more

4.49 (77 reviews)

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LiveWebinar

LiveWebinar.com is a cloud-based webinar software that helps both small teams and enterprises manage webinars and online meetings. It lets any sales, HR, or marketing team easily perform online events for their audiences. It let...Read more

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Lifesize

Lifesize is a cloud-based collaboration solution designed to help businesses connect with their workforce and external partners. It offers audio, web and video conferencing capabilities to conduct virtual meetings and make online ...Read more

4.35 (84 reviews)

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Draw.Chat

Draw.Chat is a cloud-based virtual classroom and video conferencing solution that assists businesses of all sizes with a drawing board, real-time image editing and file sharing. Its key features include chat room creation, instant...Read more

4.60 (5 reviews)

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Buyers Guide

Last Updated: April 29, 2022

More companies are employing remote workers than ever before. According to a 2017 Gallup poll, from 2012 to 2016 the number of employees working remotely rose from 39% to 43%.

While there are many reasons behind this trend, there's only one thing that made it all possible in the first place—technology. From email to cloud software (including online collaboration platforms), modern IT provides the collection of tools that has allowed so many companies to expand their workforces beyond their physical location.

Video conferencing software is one of the most important, and most relied upon, tools making remote work possible. Companies with multiple offices also rely on video conferencing software to hold meetings and communicate with geographically distant coworkers and employees. In this guide, we'll cover the following:

What Is Video Conferencing Software?
Common Features of Video Conferencing Software
Benefits and Potential Issues
Market Trends to Understand

What Is Video Conferencing Software?

Video conferencing software provides a platform with which organizations can hold meetings with participants that are in multiple separate locations. Skype, for example, is one of the most popular video conferencing solutions used regularly by small and midsize businesses.

Video conferencing software is similar to several other types of software. While there are no hard and fast rules defining them, we can point out some of the general differences to help you in your search for the right product. For example:

  • Business phone systems sometimes include conferencing functionality, and some even include video conferencing functionality. These can be either on-premise or cloud-based systems, but the video conferencing applications are generally secondary to—and rarely as robust as—the applications for voice calls.
  • Online meeting software typically contains a wider range of functionality than dedicated video conferencing software. For example, it might include tools for polling meeting attendees, apps for setting up persistent online meeting rooms and tools for moderating attendee participation.
  • Telepresence solutions aim to provide very high-definition video and audio feeds, with the aim of providing a more immersive experience. They often use different codecs (formulas for compressing audio and video streams) and many require the installation of dedicated hardware, such as HD video screens, cameras, and microphones. Telepresence solutions are most common among large enterprises.

Common Features of Video Conferencing Software

Screen-sharing Allows a user to view another user's screen and activity in real time. Included in most stand-alone video conferencing solutions and some VoIP phone systems, this application is particularly valuable for remote workers.
Virtual whiteboard Provides a simple space on the screen where meeting participants can write notes or draw simple diagrams to share with other meeting attendees. These are typically viewable by all meeting participants.
Recording Allows participants in a conference to record audio and video for later review. Some solutions also allow users to broadcast pre-recorded content or automatically play messages for attendees.
In-app chat Provides an integrated text chat functionality so meeting participants can chat with the group. Private in-app chat lets users chat one-on-one or with select members of the group.
Calendar integration Streamlines the process of organizing a video conference by letting invitation recipients automatically add the event to their work calendars. Most major calendar applications are typically supported (e.g., Outlook).
Quality of Service (QoS) QoS functions help prioritize the video conferencing traffic on local networks (and through local hardware such as routers and firewalls) to ensure audio and video quality isn't degraded by network bandwidth constraints.
SIP compatibility SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) compatibility helps ensure your video conferencing software solution will work seamlessly with your company's SIP-compatible desk phones.
Moderation Allows conference hosts to do things such as add, drop and mute participants. While more common in solutions marketed as "online meeting" solutions, moderation tools are also included in some video conferencing platforms.

Benefits and Potential Issues

Some of the benefits of video conferencing software include:

Improved collaboration. Video conferencing allows for more effective collaboration than email and phone calls alone. Companies find great value in having face-to-face meetings, even when they're done virtually via a video conferencing solution.

Cost savings. Video conferences can be used to save time and travel costs of going to remote locations for meetings. Additionally, some platforms can be used to produce and stream webcasts whenever the content needs to be rebroadcast (for example, as part of an employee onboarding process).

Smaller carbon footprint. Reducing the number of flights employees take to travel for meetings can greatly reduce a company's carbon footprint. According to the New York Times, a single round-trip flight between New York and California accounts for about 1/5th of the carbon emitted by a car over an entire year.

Some potential issues to be aware of:

Network bandwidth. The bandwidth needed for video conferencing can be significant. This can add to a company's ISP expenses and in some cases can necessitate upgrades to a company's internal networking hardware.

IT security. Video conferencing platforms can introduce complexities from an IT security standpoint. For example, companies that rely on VPN services for securing remote access, may find they need to investigate other solutions if their VPN provider is incompatible with their conferencing solution.

Market Trends to Understand

The primary trend, mentioned in the introduction above, is the increasing use of remote working arrangements. Not only are more companies hiring full-time remote employees, but those employees who split time between remote and on-site work are spending an increasing proportion of their time working remotely. The trend towards remote work is growing and growing on several fronts.

Another trend worth considering is employee use of personal devices for work purposes. This trend is occurring both officially— in the context of Bring Your Own Device policies— and unofficially, in contexts that lack any official policy either forbidding or allowing the practice. In any event, if your company's staff uses personal devices for work, then any video conferencing solution should be evaluated for its compatibility with that wider variety of devices.