What are some of the key differences between webinar tools and vConferenceOnline.com’s event platform?

Many times, there are questions about using a webinar tool to put together a virtual conference or tradeshow event.  A virtual conference platform is quite different from that of a webinar or meeting tool.  The differences revolve around several key factors.  While this list is by no means all-inclusive, since every event is different, it does show some of the big differences between the approaches of the tools.

The Event Environment

Element/AreaVirtual Event PlatformWebinars
Event Lobby (including signage and sponsorship/partner options)YesNo
Multiple sessionsYesNo
Multiple tracks of simultaneous sessionsYesNo
Single attendee sign-in to access multiple sessionsYesNo
Chat environment at both the session and event levelYesNo

The Presentation of Sessions, Supporting Assets and Numbers of Attendees

Element/AreaVirtual Event PlatformWebinars
Customized navigation buttons in session room – for supporting materials for the sessionYesNo
Ability to move between session rooms and tracksYesNo
Live, simulated live, on-demand sessions intermixed in eventYesNo
Attendee counts can range from zero to 10’s of 1000’sYesNo
Sponsorship options between sessionsYesNo

Other Features in the Virtual Event Platform That Simulate an In-Person Conference

Element/AreaVirtual Event PlatformWebinars
Multi-day, multi-track eventsYesNo
Customizable exhibit hall booths, per vendor/sponsor/departmentYesNo
Customization of lobby, session directory, session room and other page backgrounds for look and feelYesNo
Activity tracking – sessions watched (and for how long), booths attended, overall system usageYesNo
Gamification of the overall eventYesNo


The differences are many. While webinar tools are built for collaboration between small groups for a single presentation, virtual event platforms, like vConferenceOnline.com, provide event broadcasts and interactions to everything from small to large audiences and offer the same capabilities as full-scale in-person events.