WebinarJam, a webinar tool produced by Genesis Digital has achieved much acclaim in the digital marketing industry
They claim to be the bee’s knees as far as webinars go
And it’s not hard to see why. It is packed full with a myriad of sophisticated features that endear many to it.
But could a lesser known webinar tool possibly stand its ground against it?
Here comes Livestorm, a much simpler yet powerful browser-based software to run all your webinars for you.
So here, we’ll be having a comparison of them based on several specs like page building powers, polls and surveys, email automations, live chat, integrations, scheduling, HD quality and of course pricing.
WebinarJam vs Livestorm: Page building capability
To start with, WebinarJam offers you beautiful pre-made landing pages and registration pages.
And the good thing is that you’re given all liberty to customize them to your taste.
Thus, color, text, images, logo, and even videos can be edited. Just choose your favorite template from the library and start editing. Even if you’re not sure which design is best, the split-testing feature is there to help you out. With it you can test two designs side by side to see which one generates more leads.
You can even allow auto-subscription for your registrants. That means they will be automatically subscribed to your future webinars.
More to that, in the registration form fields, you can choose what details you need your registrants to provide.
Livestorm allows you to do much of the above. In fact, in addition to the default form fields provided, you can create far more form fields than you can in WebinarJam. You can even add custom consents to your registration forms.
With Livestorm, you can reorder your custom fields, make certain fields mandatory, or allow only work emails to register.
That said, registration pages on Livestorm are not so colorful compared to the ones you build on WebinarJam and largely because of the limited design settings.
For instance, you only have these to customize on Livestorm: cover image, logo, background color, background and font color of the buttons, and the overall font color of the page.
Split-testing is absent and there are not many templates. So you’ve not got much choice.
Auto-subscription is another setting that’s also missing from the Livestorm software
Due to Livestorm’s slight rigidity of style as described above, you must use your own landing pages if you want to have complete control of the webinar branding.
WebinarJam affords you delightful page building powers. It comes off the winner with it’s split testing feature, rich library of templates and other features that make it so colorful.
WebinarJam vs Livestorm: Polls & Surveys
With both tools, you can sample the opinions of your audience through their interactive polls and surveys feature.
On WebinarJam, it’s possible to configure your polls ahead of time and let them roll in during the event.
Or you can choose to create them on the go. Then after the poll is over, you can show the results to your audience.
You can also set your polls to require either one answer or multiple answers, short answers or long answers.
On Livestorm, you can’t configure your polls in advance in Webinar settings, rather you go to each webinar room to add them.
Also, the configuration powers WebinarJam gives you to set your polls to require a certain number or length of answer are not available in Livestorm.
But in Livestorm as well, your polls are automatically saved as drafts so that you can add them in future webinars or sessions as the need may be.
Why WebinarJam here? It might sound trivial, but with WebinarJam you have more options in configuring your polls.
WebinarJam vs Livestorm: Email automation, SMS, Notification
This is an interesting part especially for email automations because people hate it when you send bland lines of texts in generic emails.
Both platforms allow you full email automation powers.
With WebinarJam and Livestorm, you can send automated emails through their integrations with Zapier.
They also integrate well with a lot of CRMs and autoresponders in the industry.
On each platform, you can add custom variables to personalize your message. But Livestorm goes a step further here.
By virtue of its integration with liquid template language, you can add loops and logic in addition to the custom variables.
But in all of this, take note that WebinarJam allows both to time-stamp your emails and filter your recipients based on their response to the webinar whereas Livestorm merely allows you the time-stamp privilege.
For instance, in Livestorm, you can set emails to be sent at specific time periods such as before and after the webinar but you can’t categorize your recipients into those that attended or did not, purchased a product or did not e.t.c like in WebinarJam
And yes, SMS and phone call messages are supported on both platforms especially through their various integrations
No one takes the crown here. WebinarJam supports loads of email notifications, but those who might be disturbed by this might want to choose Livestorm.
WebinarJam vs Livestorm: Live Chat
Here comes one of the major factors that makes webinars so interesting.
For both WebinarJam and Livestorm, you can choose to disable or enable chat.
WebinarJam offers you a complete live chat experience with group chat, annotations, sticky announcements, highlighted comments and et cetera.
The same can be said for Livestorm.
On both platforms, you can choose to make chat public or private. Private in the sense of being only between you and your moderators or the whole room.
WebinarJam and Livestorm both allow your attendees to ask questions and you the host to give them live answers. If you like, these questions can be made public or private.
Like to know who’s online and who is not yet present? Thanks to the sidebar in both platforms, you can do just so. There are some other things you can also do like hiding the number of attendees from your attendees, hiding your attendees family names from others and so on.
You can also allow your attendees to speak and actually be co-presenters. Once allowed, they have all your privileges as a host except that can’t walk themselves out.
However in Livestorm, the privilege of an attendee being called to speak does not extend to those in compatibility mode. As you will see below under the section HD Quality this affects anyone using a mobile device or unsupported browser.
But there is one mighty feature that WebinarJam has—the panic button. It’s unavailable in Livestorm.
If your webinar is currently having trouble such as connectivity issues, you can redirect all the attendees into a new webinar room by clicking on the panic button. This ruthlessly eliminates any technical issue and is one of WebinarJam’s major triumphs over Livestorm.
Live chat is almost equally interesting in both webinar tools, but Livestorm’s compatibility issue and WebinarJam’s panic button for escaping trouble are surely worth considering!
WebinarJam vs Livestorm: Integration
Integrations enable you to do so much and still save time.
Some automations you can perform on WebinarJam include adding registrants to an autoresponder that’s not on the API list
You can also add registrants to an SMS service for additional messaging
Marketing and email automations are also supported on both WebinarJam and Livestorm
Below is a list of WebinarJam’s integrations:
- Constant Contact
- YouTube Live
- Facebook Pixel
And then Livestorm:
- Facebook Ads
- Google Analytics
- YouTube Live
Both platforms integrate well with Zapier meaning you can also commandeer over 750 other apps for just about anything you would like to do.
Both software contain massive integration options that make your work easier. From email automation to CRMs, they’ve got you covered.
WebinarJam vs Livestorm: Scheduling
Yeah who does not like convenient webinars whether you’re a host or an attendee?
That’s why these webinar hosting platforms are designed to allow you host or attend webinars just when you like it.
WebinarJam allows you to schedule one single session, multiple sessions, and recurring sessions.
In a one single session, the same webinar is featured multiple times a day so you can register for the one that fits in with your schedule as an attendee.
Multiple sessions are different webinars that are run consecutively during a certain time frame. You register for all the episodes in this kind.
Then the recurring webinars are the ones that are more like a long movie split into it’s different stages. Each stage you watch is building on the previous one and leading to the next. That’s how it is.
Livestorm has all of that and more. With it, unlike WebinarJam, you can host automated webinars.
You can even configure the pre-recorded webinar to include all the live elements like chats, polls and surveys and yes, you can even go live at any point in the running webinar and respond to chats live.
For convenient scheduling, Livestorm scores a higher mark. Automated webinars are surely a good thing if you are the leisurely type!
WebinarJam vs Livestorm: HD Quality
WebinarJam users will tell you that it guarantees HD quality for it’s webinar videos.
That’s no understatement. It’s WebRTC video engine ensures that virtually all the blur is eliminated.
It boasts a 30 FPS streaming experience, high quality video and audio.
And what I really like about this aspect is that if your connection is stable, videos are crystal clear no matter the device you use. Be it a smartphone, tablet, desktop, laptop e.t.c.
The only downside here might be the lag—a delay between what really happens and what the attendees really see. This is also the case with Livestorm especially in their compatibility mode. More on this below.
Livestorm is not doing badly in this area but honestly I will say WebinarJam is significantly better in this area.
Unlike WebinarJam, Livestorm gives both host and attendees some criteria they must meet for clear video and audio
Criteria like the minimum bandwidth, the network, your device and even the browser you must use.
Failure to observe the above will land you in compatibility mode.
Compatibility mode makes the software too restrictive. It simply means that not all devices and browsers are supported. So it’s a kind of patch-up mode for those who can’t afford to meet all the criteria so that they don’t miss out on the webinar all-together.
Because of that, an attendee in compatibility mode has to be satisfied with the fact that he is watching a webinar since the video will not as clear as he wished.
Added to that is the 15 second lag he will experience.
Both apps are satisfactory especially if you observe all protocol with Livestorm. WebinarJam, however, carries the upper hand for it’s almost 100% unconditional HD quality guarantee.
WebinarJam vs Livestorm: Pricing
Here comes the ultimate factor.
All of WebinarJam’s plans are only billed annually. Livestorm has two main plans: a free plan and three premium plans billed annually.
For WebinarJam it goes this way:
Basic: Good for the starters. Billed at $499 per year. This plan allows you to have a maximum of two and 500 presenters and attendees respectively with a duration of 2 hours. You have access to all the features except, control center, always on room, and panic button.
Professional: Given to you for $699 annually. Maximum of four presenters and 2000 attendees. You can hold webinars for a maximum duration of three hours. Only the control center is beyond you in this plan.
Enterprise: For the big guys. This plan demands a whooping $999 annually. You can now have up to six presenters and 5000 in attendance. Hold webinars for up to four hours. All features are open to you.
WebinarJam also offers you a 100% risk free refund guarantee if for any reason you are not pleased with their services.
When you register for a free plan on Livestorm, you will be able to host unlimited test webinars with a duration of 20 minutes only and a maximum of 10 registrants and 10 attendees.
The three premium plans include all features that Livestorm has to offer. The only difference is in the number of attendees that increases with each upgrade.
The first premium plan(starter) billed at $109 per month (billed annually) allows you to have 100 in attendance.
With the next higher premium plan(company) at $219 per month, you can have 250 attendees
And the highest premium plan(enterprise) billed at $338 grants a total of 1000 attendees
When you look at this breakdown of Livestorm pricing vs WebinarJam pricing, which is more expensive?
WebinarJam’s highest plan ( Enterprise ) is just $999 annually. But imagine paying $338 per month ( Livestorm’s highest premium plan ) for 12 months. Add that up.
And if you look at it on the side of Livestorm, you can actually start business gradually with the more affordable monthly costs instead of waiting till you have the bulk money of WebinarJam’s annual only plans.
With WebinarJam you would have to save all the money first before embarking on your business as all plans are billed annually.
But with Livestorm, you can start small and progress.
Pound for pound, so to speak, WebinarJam boasts an impressive array of features compared to Livestorm.
But Livestorm also has virtually all you will need for your webinars only that its features are not as diverse as they are in WebinarJam.
So, if you are keen about having next to absolute control of everything about your webinar, WebinarJam might be for you.
On the other hand, maybe you prefer being simple and the leisure associated with automated webinars. Or it might be the seemingly hefty pricing of WebinarJam that scares you. Either ways, you might decide to consider Livestorm.
The ball is in your court.