Webinar Tools VS vConferenceOnline.com

What are some of the key differences between webinar tools and vConferenceOnline’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 tool.  The key 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

Summary

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

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