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Which Vendor Do I Select for My Webinar Needs?

September 19, 2016 | By Cheri Keith

  • Webinars continue to be a critical component to any b-to-b demand marketer’s toolkit
  • Webinar vendors vary based on their editing capabilities, ability to support simulated live events, and marketing integrations
  • This blog post summarizes the webinar technology landscape

Webinars are one of the cornerstones of b-to-b demand creation programs. But as prospects have evolved to expect captivating digital experiences, companies are now looking to get more from their webinar technologies so they can implement techniques to increase engagement and interaction during their webinars (e.g. live video, polling, Q&A). In the evaluation process, it’s critical that webinar technology vendors are judged based on available features and their ability to integrate with and add value to other marketing technologies.

SiriusDecisions is unveiling the first SiriusView on webinar technology providers, which evaluates five vendors. The following excerpt focuses on what to consider when reviewing the vendors included in the report:

  • Adobe Connect. Companies that operate in a regulated environment should consider Adobe Connect based on its compliance features, including limiting applications that can screen-share, and depth of experience in these markets. Marketing teams that want to empower webinar attendees to customize their experience should evaluate other vendors that offer this functionality.

  • BrightTALK Pro Webinar. Organizations that are looking for a service to promote and distribute webinar content either as a standalone option or in combination with webinar delivery should consider BrightTALK for its communities and channels. Teams that wish to use their marketing automation platform as their organization’s master platform for measurement and reporting may find other technologies to be a better fit.

  • Citrix GoToWebinar. Teams evaluating webinar providers exclusively for marketing and lead generation activities should consider GoToWebinar. It doesn’t offer editing services for recordings or simulated live events, so companies that need these capabilities should evaluate vendors with these capabilities.

  • On24.Marketers who use webinars as a core part of their demand creation strategy also should consider ON24 because of its integration capabilities. It is likely out of budget for small and mid-sized companies with smaller webinar technology budgets based on its entry price point.

  • PGi iMeetLive. Companies that regularly have more than 500 registrants and could host more than 10,000 webinar attendees should consider PGi iMeetLive. Marketo users that seek a custom integration with a webinar provider should evaluate other vendors that have native integrations.

Cheri Keith

Cheri brings more than a decade of marketing experience to SiriusDecisions’ Demand Services team. Her background includes experience serving b-to-b organizations at communications agencies and tenure working within marketing organizations. She is a respected and results-oriented leader with a proven track record of moving people and programs forward. Follow Cheri at Twitter.com/@Cheri29