Despite the full potential of webinars in marketing strategy since the COVID-19 and beyond, looking for the best is like searching for a needle in a haystack.
This search is so complex that you get stuck in your decision leaving you with no option of which webinar will work perfectly for your purpose and at a reasonable price.
That’s where Crowdcast comes in.
Crowdcast which was launched far back in 2015 by Sai Hossain is embedded with engagement tools that have made it claim “the webinar that doesn’t suck”. All of these at a cheaper price.
This has left its audience to shadowbox on how far it has achieved this. You can’t eat your cake and still have it as popularly said but the case of Crowdcast is quite different.
Here comes Webinarjam, another webinar tool produced by Genesis Digital in 2013 and is grounded in several easy-to-use engagement tools. It has claimed to be the cat’s meow among dozens of webinars.
So here, to be sure if webinar tools like Crowdcast can stand the heat with Webinarjam, we will be comparing both based on several features.
Let’s dive in
Crowdcast Vs Webinarjam: Page building capability
Have you ever imagined the traffic you will likely drive to your webinar with an intuitive and attractive landing page?
Apparently, an attractive page at a glance promotes a successful landing hereby increasing the conversion rate of leads through your webinar with the appropriate description.
On this note, Crowdcast, although limited to how far you can customize your landing page, the built-in registration page allows you to add images, videos and descriptions to capture your lead.
This image, video can be uploaded with a brief description of your webinar. The good thing is that you can make a thriller with them so as to generate more leads.
Also, Crowdcast comes with ready-made built-in neutral colors and fonts which fit in for any face of the brand which help to reduce the hassle of design.
On top of this, registrant details are collected for future webinars and are customized through the custom registration field which serves as a gateway to knowing more about the registrants.
With Crowdcast, you can rearrange your custom field and make some fields compulsory to answer before registering for your event.
WebinarJam on the other hand comes with an attractive ready-made landing page and registration page which can be customized to suites you and your brand.
You can start up your editing on color, text, logo, images and even videos simply by choosing your favorite template from the library so far it blends with the face of your brand.
The good thing is that; Webinarjam allows split-testing features which is one of the rare features on other webinar tools. This allows you to test two designs side by side to see which one attracts more leads.
Crowdcast Vs Webinarjam: Polls & Surveys
Getting feedback from your attendees in every webinar will really pave the way for improvement in the next one.
And to achieve this, poll and survey features are the answer. Both tools enable you to engage your attendees and provide you with data that makes you stay focused on what matters most.
The truth is that both Crowdcast and Webinarjam support this feature.
Crowdcast enables you to easily configure your polls as soon as you are registered and replies can be viewed ahead of time. This takes away delay and promotes immediate response to your questions.
Moreso, the individual questions can either be responded to through the text function or live during the webinar depending on how you want it.
The good thing is that Crowdcast records your replies whenever you answer live so that other audiences can easily locate it when they watch the recording later.
On top of this, since the answers of each attendee can be seen, recorded live poll results can be downloaded in a CSV file. The essence of this is to generate more leads for your webinar.
Just like Crowdcast, Webinarjam allows your polls to be configured ahead of time and come in during the event or you can decide to create them while the session is on.
Furthermore, at the end of the audience can be shown the results. Depending on your choice, the results of the poll can be determined to be either one or multiple, short or long answers.
Crowdcast Vs Webinarjam: Email Automation, SMS, Notification
Both platforms through their integration with the third-party Zapier allow you to send automated emails.
While this is possible through their integration, they also integrate well with a lot of CRMs and autoresponders such as MailChimp, GetResponse to mention a few, which provide you with everything you need to boost your webinar.
Crowdcast and Webinarjam support you to schedule reminder push notifications via emails and phone text which are automatically sent to your audience before, during and after your event.
The good thing is, these emails can be customized to your own taste to speak for your brand.
And of course, both Crowdcast and Webinarjam support phone call messages and SMS.
Crowdcast Vs Webinarjam: Live Chat
Here comes the lifeblood of every webinar. You can be assured that you are not alone in the webinar through this feature.
The truth is, it discourages monologue conversation and encourages all attendees to participate in the webinar.
On this note, both platforms exhibit the live chat feature which makes them seamlessly engage their attendees into a conversation.
Despite that, the live chat feature can either be turned ON or OFF, private or public during webinars depending on how best you prefer to use it.
Worthless mention, the straw that breaks the camel’s back is that Crowdcast is still faced with technical glitches that don’t support chat to go private. This is as a result of the ‘hidden link’ icon on the tool.
No need for panic, both Crowdcast and Webinarjam allow you to ask questions which are all answered live by you as the host. At this point, Crowdcast is more advanced in dealing with this.
With Crowdcast, there is a separate section for questions and answers. This means you as an audience can easily roll in your questions and also see others’ questions.
Not only that, but it also allows you to up-vote the best questions and give an answer to them.
With this feature, top-notch is given to Crowdcast as this saves a whole lot of time. This invariably means that you as a host do not have to scroll a long list of comments before you get your audience’s questions attended to.
Noteworthy, the “panic button” is a huge feature on Webinarjam which is not available on Crowdcast.
With it, you can always redirect your attendees into a new webinar room by clicking on the panic button whenever you are faced with any technical challenges such as connectivity mishaps.
While the panic button is missing on Crowdcast, Crowdcast exhibits the “green room” button which is just right next to your stage where you can have a pre-webinar before you go live.
On top of this, you can get started by hanging out with your attendees in the webinar room before your event go live.
Crowdcast Vs Webinarjam: Integration
Do you want flexibility in your webinar hereby promoting a simple workflow?
Integrating with several third-party vendors makes this easy. Interestingly, both platforms support the integration with third-party platforms.
However, there is some automation on Webinarjam that can’t be handled by the autoresponders as a result, a smart API has been fashioned to configure it.
Worthy to mention, both Crowdcast and Webinarjam support marketing and email automation.
Below is the list of Crowdcast integration:
- Salesforce e.t.c
While Webinarjam integrations are:
- Constant Contact
- Active campaign
- YouTube Live
- Facebook pixel
With the advanced Zapier integration on both platforms, you can stay connected with over 750 other apps to do anything you would like to do around the webinar world.
Crowdcast Vs Webinarjam: Scheduling
This is the lifeline of every webinar which enables you to run your events precisely when and how you want them.
And of course, whether you’re a host or an attendee, hosting a webinar at your own convenience is paramount.
Unlike in-person events, the essence of webinar hosting platforms is to host or attend webinars at your own comfort.
With Webinarjam, you can schedule sessions of different kinds. These sessions could be a single session, multiple or recurring sessions.
To be more explicit, with the single session, the same webinar is featured several times a day and you can register and attend the schedule as an attendee the best one that suits you.
The multiple sessions are different webinars that are feature consecutive manners during a said time.
Lastly, recurring sessions. The recurring webinars are the ones that are most likely to take a long time just like the season movie that is split into stages.
Needful to mention, Crowdcast also shows all that.
Crowdcast Vs Webinarjam: Pricing
This is the best thing to consider before you opt-in to any of the webinar tools.
Without any sweet-talk, you will agree that both platforms are superb in the features they offer.
Noteworthy, Crowdcast although it’s not free. It offers a 14-day free trial mode which enables you to enjoy the platform without pay before you now settle for a premium.
Unlike Crowdcast, Webinarjam doesn’t offer a free trial mode. Its however offers a $1 14-day trial and a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Needless to say, all Webinarjam pricing tiers are billed annually while Crowdcast is billed per month.
However, we will be doing a review of their pricing plans to aid you to make the right option out of the two.
Let’s get started
Below are the four pricing tiers attached with the use of Crowdcast.
Crowdcast Starter Plan
Starting with, Crowdcast Starter Plan is the first premium plan after the free trial mode and as such encourages all first-time users.
It enables registrants to enjoy multiple bundles of features such as two hours of interrupted sessions with high HD quality of live video alongside the recordings, presence of up to four screens.
That’s not all, the starter plan supports full automated email and chats with more than fifty attendees per session.
And the good thing about this plan is that all offers come as low as $29 per month.
Crowdcast Lite Plan
Crowdcast Lite Plan enables you either as a starter or small business owner to engage your audience.
It’s a full package that runs all starter plan features plus more than 100 live attendees, ten(10) hours of hosting seamless live chat per month.
On top of that, it analytics feature for each event and sessions enable you to take metrics of your conversion rate and to add, all conversations are retrievable at any time for performance review and improvement.
More to that, Crowdcast Lite’s connection with Zapier makes it simple and easier to integrate with a wide range of third-party platforms like ConvertKit and Drip to mention a few.
Finally, Crowdcast Lite comes in a package of $49 per month.
Crowdcast Pro Plan
Getting bigger right?
To start with, Crowdcast Pro is usually recommended for professional creators and businesses.
With Crowdcast Pro, you will enjoy all the awesome features of the Lite plan and more like twenty(20) hours of live chat, live attendees above 250, four(4) hours sessions with one multi-stream to a location.
You don’t have to be quick to conclude, Crowdcast Pro comes with the cost of $89 per month.
Crowdcast Business Plan
Yeah, just as it sounds; business plan features will want you to settle for it.
Crowdcast Business plan is embedded with all Pro plan features plus more than 1000 live chat attendees, multi-stream to three(3) locations, increased hours of chat per month usually to forty(40).
It comes with a whopping price of $195 per month.
WebinarJam Pricing Plans
WebinarJam offers three(3) pricing tiers to enjoy their features.
This is the cheapest Webinarjam plan which allows you to enjoy features such as hosting up to 500 attendees, two(2) hours webinar sessions, two(2) presenters.
Basically, the plan charge is $499 per annum which is equal to $41.58 if charged per month.
Fantastic features such as 2,000 attendees, up to four(4) presenters, three(3) seamless webinars, panic rooms and live rooms are enjoyed using this plan.
To be a beneficiary of these features, costing $699 per year which is equivalent to $58.25 per month assumed being charged monthly must be paid.
This is the biggest Webinarjam package. It offers quite lovely features such as 5,000 attendees per event, up to six(6) presenters, four(4) hours of enjoyable webinars, a live room, panic room and control center.
As good as it sounds, the price is whooping. It’s charged $999 annually while the assumed monthly payment is $83.25.
Obviously, you will agree that the competition is fierce and to determine the best between the two platforms, you need to take some seconds of deep thought.
However, the number of your attendees and the motive behind your webinar can really be a measure to determine which one will be good for your intended purpose.
So, if you are looking for how you can take absolute charge of your webinar by engaging your customers and at the same time make a profit, then Webinarjam might just be for you.
Needless to say, Webinarjam pricing plans are not flexible as this doesn’t support monthly subscriptions. So you need to start saving huge if you are about to consider the platform.
Crowdcast on the other hand appears seamless when it comes to promoting your business through live streaming. And unlike Webinarjam, it offers a 14-days free trial mode to help you in your decision making.
Lastly, the ball is in your court to play, knowing that the direction you choose to play the ball has a direct impact on your business.