The 2020 Fall conference season offers new opportunities for our professional speakers to adapt and showcase their ability to engage audiences virtually. But to get the most value from the speaker, it’s important for meeting planners to consider their virtual platforms carefully. While many platforms are capable of hosting from 100-250 people, live streaming capabilities can include thousands. Here are five platforms that are worth considering for larger conferences.
1.) MS Teams: MS Teams looks a lot like Zoom, but it offers more flexibility. This is ideal if you’re working with a speaker who needs to collaborate with attendees, like a workshop, or to conduct group Q&As after the main event. If you’re already using Microsoft Office 365, MS Teams is free. But if you’re not using Microsoft Office 365, MS Teams might be too pricey and unwieldy to make sense for your event.
2.) Cisco WebEx: Cisco’s WebEx software is built for business. It’s built to be video first, which enhances the user experience. The one button push feature makes joining meetings easy for technical and non-technical users. You won’t get as much versatility with WebEx, but it’s a great choice for:
3.) MaestroConference: MaestroConference has the capacity to live stream for up to 10,000 attendees and a long history of high-profile use. Presidential campaigns use MaestroConference for volunteer communications during the busy election season. It’s best suited for webinars where employee engagement is a must.
What’s great about MaestroConference is the ability to add breakout groups, small group discussions, and explorations within your event. If you have speakers doing panel discussions or workshops, MaestroConference gives you enough flexibility to boost audience interaction. Plus, if your attendees are sick of downloading apps, MaestroConference is a great choice because it doesn’t require any downloads.
4.) Slido: Slido is the platform of choice for Prestigious conferences like SXSW, Web Summit, and Money 20/20 relying on Slido to go virtual. It’s a smart, intuitive platform that allows you to split into large groups for breakouts or collaboration. If your speaker wants to give hands-on learning or design collaborative experiences at scale, Slido is a good option for your event. Slido excels at Q&A, polls, and other features for audience interaction. If you need to create an open dialogue that mimics an in-person meeting, participants love the convenience and engagement of Slido.
5.) Zoom: Zoom is the go-to platform and one of the few that can accommodate up to 1000 participants. Coupled with the capability of up to 49 screens, its easy to see why this platform remains a front runner. Participants can share screens, collaborate on notes, and share and search information as well. In terms of security, Zoom now offers 256-bit TLS encryption for both meetings and shared files.
While the global pandemic has forced businesses and meeting planners to rethink how they host events and guest speakers, these virtual platforms provide numerous options as we acclimate to our “new normal.” For more information about hosting a virtual event or to find the right speaker for your business, please reach out to The Keynote Shop. We work with hundreds of corporations, educational groups and trade organizations to create successful and memorable face-to-face or virtual events. Call us today at 512-596-5570 or contact us here.
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