The Best Virtual Event Platforms for 2020
There are so many ways you can digitize your event. What’s the best approach?
Instead of bombarding attendees with yet another Zoom meeting, professional meeting planners have to go digital—the right way. Event planners need dynamic platforms with ample horsepower to engage attendees in a way that mirrors the stimulating impact of live conferences.
Ditch the platforms that aren’t working and think outside your Zoom account. Consider your meeting goals, connectivity requirements, and content needs to find the perfect platform for your next virtual conference.
The 10 Best Virtual Event Platforms
Which virtual platforms are worth their salt? The members of Conveners, an organization for conference excellence, weighed in with their thoughts. Ten platforms stand out as superior virtual conference solutions—see which one works best for your event.
Cisco’s WebEx software is another popular option. You won’t get as much versatility with WebEx, but it’s a great choice for:
Meeting planners love using Pathable for its customization. It includes helpful features like:
MaestroConference has capacity 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.
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 another app, MaestroConference is a great choice because it doesn’t require any downloads.
Airmeet is a growing platform that’s gained more popularity during the pandemic. Event planners commonly use it to organize remote meetups of small teams. If your speaker is delivering a hands-on workshop, mastermind, or intensive, Airmeet could be a good virtual event platform for you.
Need to foster digital networking? Airmeet is designed for small groups, so it’s perfect for both structured networking as well as small business webinars. It also gives your users more freedom, giving them the ability to choose which parts of the event they attend.
Event planners love Airmeet’s free-flow video encounters and other great features, like:
Prestigious conferences like SXSW, Web Summit, and Money 20/20 rely 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.
While Slido accommodates masses of people, Miro is better suited for small groups that need collaborative tools. If your speaker wants to foster an ongoing dialogue with a small group of attendees, give Miro a shot.
Miro is a cloud-based tool that helps SMBs host engaging webinars. It includes helpful features like:
Let’s face it: few people enjoy networking. But most conference attendees say networking is the reason they go to conferences. However, virtual networking can feel like nailing Jell-O to a tree: it’s an impossible task if you don’t have the right tools.
Created by e180, Braindate is a structured but fun platform that’s perfect for virtual networking. This app facilitates idea-sharing in a structured way that works like a virtual speed-date.
Attendees can request a Braindate on a certain topic, which the app will then match with attendees offering help. If you need to facilitate connections and give more value to virtual conferences, Braindate is a great platform.
If your speaker wants to go live and poll the audience during their presentation, opt for Pigeonhole. This virtual event platform is perfect for larger groups that need to split into breakouts or collaborative sessions.
Pigeonhole includes features like:
Final Thoughts on Virtual Event Platforms
The pandemic changed how we think about events.
No single platform can tick all of the boxes. Merging a number of these platforms together can help create an engaging virtual event experience for your attendees.
Not all professional speakers transition well to a virtual platform. We know the speakers that do. That's why we exist—to make your event as valuable and painless as possible.
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