The struggle of choosing the best between LiveStorm and Zoom has tied many to the knot of decisions of using them.
The use of webinar which has come to stay since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic remains the topic of the day as people are still on the selection to know the best that suits them.
All of this will soon be over as we’ll be torch lighting into both of them and revealing their several features like page building strength, polls, and surveys, live chat to mention a few.
Speaking of Zoom, a webinar tool produced by a lead engineer from WebEx has recently taken accolade as one of the fastest video conferencing software which was launched far back in 2011.
With a recent increase in the numbers of users to about 300 million daily participants on their zoom meeting, Zoom allows your virtual meetings with your clients or workers to be ascertained as it rolls away from the fear of face-to-face meeting and its rigor.
On the other hand, is LiveStorm. LiveStorm is a complete browser-based webinar software that is able to run all your online events.
LiveStorm, which is a latecomer, has chased many webinars of their money due to their multifaceted features which can not be under-estimated.
To clear the atmosphere of doubt on which of the webinars is preferable, let focus on some of their features as mentioned above.
Let’s dive in.
LiveStorm Vs Zoom: Page Building Strength
Zoom offers you landing pages and registration pages that can be customized like the color scheme, title, banner, logo, and speaker information.
Moreover, Zoom allows you to edit the description and profile picture of at least three speakers.
These details are always attached to the webinar invitation email and webinar attendee confirmation email.
Furthermore, Zoom indicates a post attendee link via URL for users to be redirected from the zoom launcher page to a customized landing page.
Notably, you only get to customize these settings when you plan a webinar that involves registration. However, admins are allowed to customize account-level webinar page settings.
Needless to say, with Zoom your building capacity of the page is limited in terms of the registration pages and emails. For instance, the registration pages lack custom cover images.
Here’s LiveStorm. LiveStorm allows you to do much of the stated features above including creating a field form and a customizable registration form.
With LiveStorm, your custom field can be rearranged and make a particular field mandatory or permit only work emails to register.
Furthermore, LiveStorm offers you attractive pre-landing pages and registration pages that can be customized to your taste.
Though LiveStorm lacks a split-testing on its page to handle more designs for users that are confused on the type of design to go for, LiveStorm is still by far preferable to Zoom when it comes to that strength.
LiveStorm Vs Zoom: Polls And Survey
Do you imagine what a break in your meeting to sample your audience’s opinion using these tools can cause your webinar?
Polling and surveying are simple yet powerful tools that have found their way even to zoom video meetings.
On Zoom, polls are enabled during the webinar, and replies from the attendees can either be gathered instantly or can be downloaded thereafter the meeting.
Worthy to say that the registration button ON or OFF helps to play the role of whether the replies of the attendees will be with or without their information like their names and email addresses.
When turned ON, it allows the response of the attendees to be seen with their details like names and email addresses but when turned OFF, otherwise will be the case and such becomes anonymous.
Besides that, the poll can be set with the choice of single or multiple questions, one or many answers depending on the purpose.
More to that, the host and co-host are responsible for the launching of the poll. However, the host is the only person that is qualified to create a new poll.
Note that, the maximum poll for a single webinar on Zoom is twenty-five (25) polls and can not be exceeded.
On LiveStorm just like zoom, it does not support an advanced configuration of the poll. Every poll is roll-in during the webinar.
However, since LiveStorm is a complete browser, it allows polls to be automatically saved as drafts for future reference in a subsequent webinar or session if the case arises.
LiveStorm Vs Zoom: Live Chat
Here comes the spinal idea behind all webinars which is live chat. Both LiveStorm and Zoom support live chat.
Both platforms allow messages to be sent either publicly; for every participant to be able to view them or privately for an individual view.
Also, with both LiveStorm and Zoom you can choose to enable or disable your chat.
On Zoom, you get to enjoy all live chat experiences like group chat, a preview of your chats, awareness of new chat to list a few.
All of these features are what you also get to enjoy LiveStorm too.
Acclaim to the sidebar present on LiveStorm which enables you to know who is online and who is not online yet, you can also keep some things away from attendees like the number of attendees present in a webinar to mention a few.
LiveStorm Vs Zoom: Integration
In order to make the workflow simple and easy, both webinars integrate with several third-party vendors.
Since Zoom is cloud-based video software that needs a download, integrations work best either on extensions or plugins which need to be configured on the account integrations page or Zoom Marketplace before it can be used.
Worthy of emphasis, Integrations of both platforms with Zapier enable you to be in control of more than 750 apps.
The following are the lists of Zoom integration:
- Microsoft Teams
- Salesforce Pardot
And for LiveStorm are;
- Facebook Ads
- YouTube Live
- Google Analytics
LiveStorm Vs Zoom: Analytics And Reports
In order for your webinar to be a lead magnet, more than mere information, you need a good analytics report.
Analytics and reports are other powerful tools on both LiveStorm and Zoom that enable you to get all meeting statistics of either of a session or all sessions.
On both platforms, reports give you access to review meeting statistics, attendees, meeting hours, who started and later join in the long run et cetera.
Which are usually made available shortly after each meeting which is usually within the time frame of 30 minutes on Zoom.
More to that, you can rest assured that all your reports can be reviewed for immediate or future reasons as the case might be.
For future revisiting on Zoom, reports are saved on alternative software as CSV files on Microsoft Excel or locally on the cloud.
Needless to mention, a meeting including its report on Zoom that has been slated and does not hold for 30 days, will be automatically deleted without the room for retrieval.
LiveStorm on the other hand also allows you to export all your webinar data including meeting reports either of a particular session or all sessions into a unified datasheet.
Note that, these webinar data are exported in CSV, XLS, and ODS files, immediately after the exportation process is completed, you get a confirmation message via email.
Differences Between LiveStorm Meeting Vs Zoom Meeting
The reason why Livestorm and Zoom are the perfect pair to compare is that they have similar offerings.
Just like Zoom has Zoom meetings, Livestorm has Livestorm meetings. Let’s take a look at their differences.
LiveStorm meet is though new among the features of LiveStorm enables you to make a live video call with up to 12 people at the same time.
This invariably implies that LiveStorm meet is an online video meeting software that gives you access to a few distant conversations without downloading on any device.
The most unique thing about it is that it doesn’t deviate from all the capabilities of LiveStorm itself.
More to that, with LiveStorm Meet your company is provided with a room which can only be accessed by those with the link.
This implies that you have a complete charge over the room as you can decide to lock the room to determine who gets in.
With LiveStorm meet, participants in the room are given the full charge to stream the subjects on focus.
Notably, with just a click of a button in the LiveStorm meet, events are easily engaged and most importantly, live recording and analytics allows the host to keep chatting with the participants even when the meeting is over.
On the other hand, Zoom meetings are a bit rigid in the planning of their meetings. Meetings are best scheduled using either Zoom Scheduler Extension or Plugin-in for outlook.
To wrap it up, Zoom meetings consist of all the functionalities of Zoom.
Similarities Between LiveStorm Vs Zoom
Both platforms are committed to making life easy for their users by providing the best webinar solution.
Apparently, both LiveStorm and Zoom allow attendees to start, join, and contribute to meetings from any devices i.e they are mobile-friendly.
Furthermore, LiveStorm and Zoom support the use of the platforms by any size of business ranging from small to large with a free trial mode for their users.
More to that, LiveStorm and Zoom acknowledge the contribution of their attendees and as such support the sharing of your screen either of the full desktop or of a specific file.
With LiveStorm and Zoom, the panic of losing your files of any sessions is taken away as they both provide you with maximum storage capacity.
Interestingly, both platforms support different types of webinars. They both support live and ondemand webinars.
Plus, Livestorm and Zoom allow you to live stream your webinar to Youtube live or any other live video streams.
LiveStorm Vs Zoom: Pricing
Before webinars become a bee in your bonnet, pricing is an important factor to consider.
Here’s the difference in the pricing of LiveStorm and Zoom.
Both platforms have two main plans: a free plan and three premium plans which are billed monthly.
Zoom Pricing Plans
Basic: the basic plan offers great features like hosting up to 100 participants, maximum of 40-minute group meetings, unlimited one-on-one meetings, video conferencing, etc. for free.
This plan is quite impressive for solopreneur in terms of its features but might not support other forms of business.
Pro: the pro plan at $14.99 or 11.99 Euro per host, per month with access to host up to 100 participants, unlimited group meetings,1GB cloud recording per license, social media streaming, one-to-one meetings to mention a few.
Note that this plan is mostly great for small teams.
Business: with the business plan at $19.90 or 15.99 Euro per host, per month enables you to enjoy benefits like unlimited group meeting duration, an unlimited number of meetings, host up to 300 participants, Single Sign-On, company branding to mention a few.
Notably, this plan is best suited for small and medium businesses.
Enterprise: the big daddy of all the plans mainly suitable for large enterprises with superb features.
With this plan, you will enjoy fantastic features like hosting up to 500 participants, unlimited cloud storage, dedicated customer success manager, transcription to list a few at just $19.99 or 15.99 Euro per host, per month.
LiveStorm Pricing Plans
LiveStorm basic offers unlimited webinars, unlimited moderators, up to 20 minutes per webinar, up to four (4) participants per meeting to mention a few, for free.
While other premiums involve a subscription that is billed monthly and it includes all the LiveStorm basic features except for differences in the number of attendees which increases based on each level.
The Webinar premium starts at $99 per month when billed annually. It supports 100 attendees, a host, and up to 4 hours per webinar.
or you can check out my review of Livestorm pricing.
FAQs On LiveStorm And Zoom Webinar
Is LiveStorm free?
No, LiveStorm is not free. You need to subscribe to one of its premium plans to enjoy the full use. However, the basic plan of LiveStorm is offered for free.
Is Zoom Webinar free?
No, although you can try the basic plan for free. You need to subscribe to a premium plan to enjoy its full benefits.
Does LiveStorm support Paid webinars?
LiveStorm doesn’t support paid webinars as it lacks a direct way of doing that. In order to achieve this, you can turn OFF your registration and switch to any payment processing app that integrates with Zapier.
Then from there, you forward the registration link to paid registrants.
Conclusion- Which is the Best?
A big downside to using Zoom is that it isn’t user-friendly. Your attendees will need to have the Zoom app installed on their devices before being able to attend your webinar. However Livestorm, it’s a browser-based webinar platform. Zero downloads.
If you are planning to use Zoom for organization meetings, that still sound good because it would be used regularly by a small team to host meetings.
However, for business and marketing with the expectation of new attendees, Livestorm wins all the way.
Your attendees will not have to face the hassle of installing an app just to attend a webinar or meeting.
So, Livestorm all the way.
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