Online events have grown over the last 5 years. You can now study for a degree online, learn how to code and even take part in a summit, all from the comfort of your home.
The rise of remote workers, in addition to online learning, has led to an increase in innovative products and services catering to this concept of digital engagement. To forge strong connections with colleagues and peers online, written communication is not enough. People want to feel and experience deep connections in a virtual space. But how do you bring an offline experience of a classroom or meeting a friend, colleague or peer online?
For that, there are two platforms that address this problem: Zoom Breakout Rooms and Remo Rooms. In this post, we will be reviewing both. We will be looking at how you can deliver an offline experience, online.
How should I compare Webinar Software?
When in search of the best webinar software, here are a few points to consider:
Subject to the number of webinar attendees the cost of your webinar software will vary. In general, the more attendees you expect, the higher the price you pay. Remember even if you have 100 attendees signed up there is no guarantee of all 100 attendees joining a live session.
- Ease of use
Webinar software must be easy to use, both for you the host and your attendees. If the learning curve for your attendees is too high, you can expect a high drop off rate.
- Downloadable software
Do your attendees need to download software to join the webinar? Chances are your attendees are too busy to pay attention to your instructions. Think about the attendee experience and how you can simplify this as much as possible.
What are the must-have features you need to pull off a successful webinar?
Is the webinar software easy to integrate with other tools? Does it support your current tech stack?
- Customer support
imagine having technical issues in the middle of your webinar. This soon becomes a nightmare situation all webinar hosts want to avoid. It is worth checking whether customer support is available during your live event or better still, 24/7.
These are some of the most important features webinar hosts look at when comparing webinar software. Both Remo and Zoom offer a mix of the above features. Now we will be reviewing each, in turn, to help you understand which is the best webinar software for your next event.
What is Remo?
Remo was founded on the experience of a remote-first culture. With Remo you can create and host online events and host interactive networking – just like in real life but online.
Traditional webinars go somewhat like this:
You join a webinar -> Hosts talk -> You reply in the chatbox -> Webinar finishes
Remo webinars, on the other hand, go like this:
- Invite attendees to network
- Post announcement of Webinar starting
- Join the webinar
- Take part in the poll
- Post a question
- Join networking to connect with peers and other attendees.
What is a Remo Room?
A Remo Room, is similar to a Zoom Breakout Room but with additional features to optimize an interactive networking experience.
Attendees can imagine themselves in a real-life networking experience with a visual map of themselves moving from table to table. This is topped with free networking add-ons such as:
- A virtual business card
- Connect with attendees on Linkedin
- Sell coaching or consultations by adding your very own booking link
- Move freely from table to table
- Make use of your mic, camera and screen share options.
Remo Conference Plan
It shouldn’t take hours to set up your next webinar, summit or other kind of online event. In fact, Remo gets you up and running in 15 seconds or less. There is no clunky software involved. No downloads or installations. Your attendees can join your event directly from their browser.
With the Remo Conference Plan you can create:
- Online conferences
- Online webinars
- Online summits
- Online workshops
- Online networking and more!
There are four different plans under Remo Conference. The first one we will look at is the Standard Plan.
Ideal for small businesses, new creators and professional networking groups. Use cases include webinars, workshops, online community building, and online networking.
This plan starts at $50 a month and gives you the option to host up to 25 attendees. This includes:
- Countdown timer,
- General announcements,
- Virtual business card (connect on Linkedin and book meetings)
- Youtube live integration
- And standard support.
Perfect for small to medium businesses, online communities, professional networking groups, and experienced creators. This plan grows with your business with premium support. Use cases for webinars, workshops, test mini online summits, online community building, and online networking.
You can host up to 50 attendees on the Premium Plan at $100 a month. You also get access to the features mentioned in the Standard Plan and:
- 50 attendee limit
- White label branding
- Premium support.
Great for medium to large businesses, online communities, professional networking groups, and growth-stage creators. This plan grows with your business with a premium level of support. Use cases include webinars, workshops, online summits, online community building, and online networking.
The Professional Plan gives you all the features of the Premium Plan and Premium support. The attendee limit is also lifted to a maximum of 100 attendees and is expected to increase to 1000 in the future.
This plan is preferred by both enterprise and growth-stage creators who host one-off online summits. Use cases, in general, are online summits, corporate webinars and workshops. The Per Event package $10 per attendee. In this Plan, you can host more than 100 attendees per day.
This also includes all the features mentioned in the Premium plan as well as Premium support.
Remo Room Features (FREE on all Plans)
It’s like networking in real life, but online”
Ayumi Moore Aoki, Founder Women in Tech.
One of the metrics online event hosts use to measure the success of their event is engagement. Traditional webinar software limits attendee engagement to a chat box during a live event. Remo on the other hand, not only offers the chatbox feature but a lot more. In fact, more features than any other webinar software platform. What are these features? Read on to find out more.
Connect with peers, colleagues and friends at a table as if you were sitting in a cafe or bar. But instead, you are joining from the comfort of your own home or office. You have the option to switch tables whenever you want.
The concept of speed networking relates to meeting as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time. In general, it’s an offline experience, something that can only be done in person. That is until we developed a feature allowing you to add a speed networking timer. Similar to a real-life experience of networking but offline.
Virtual Business Card
Do you find networking difficult to navigate? Are you tired of reading the introvert’s guide to networking? You no longer need to hide. We make it easy for you to get started with networking.
All you need to do is update your profile by:
– Connecting your Linkedin
– Adding a booking link
Isn’t it frustrating when wanting to private message another webinar attendee? But the webinar software only allows for group chat. It’s time to change that.
At Remo, you can have 3 types of chats.
1. Group chat for all attendees
2. Table chat for your group
3. 1:1 chat with only one person.
YouTube Live Integration
Go live with your events with an in-built YouTube Live integration, directly from your browser. Save on time and go live faster.
No Downloads or Installations
Do you remember the last time you downloaded and installed software? Did this slow your desktop down, did you have trouble navigating, did you just want to give up? We take the pain out of downloading and installing software. Create or join a Remo event live on your browser.
- Opti-level communication, use the online chat, your video, and mic asynchronously.
- Fast and smooth webinars, easy to use and get started
- No installation or download required.
- Simple and straightforward interface
- See where other attendees are hanging out
- Post announcements during networking
- Add a countdown timer during networking
- Less bandwidth than any other tools in this category
- Slack integration
- Forge a stronger connection with your attendees
- Connect on Linkedin
- Easy to engage your audience
- No mobile app
- You must use Google Chrome to enjoy the full Remo experience
- No option to record live events without third party recording software (e.g. Loom)
- No option to directly charge for events on Remo (but you can get around this by charging via eventbrite).
- No Zapier integration (yet!).
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a well-known software company known for facilitating online meetings and conferences. With Zoom you can create:
- online meetings and chat
- online break out rooms and workspaces
- enterprise cloud phone system
- video webinars.
For the purpose of this post, we will be looking at Zoom Breakout Rooms.
What is a Zoom Breakout Room?
A Zoom Breakout Room divides an online meeting into sub-groups managed by a meeting host. Imagine being part of an online webinar. Then having the webinar host divide the webinar attendees into mini-groups.
The mini-groups, also known as break out rooms engage smaller groups of people to engage in a private space. Other features include:
- Option to create 50 breakout rooms
- The meeting host can either automatically or manually split attendees into sub-groups
- Max 200 participants in a breakout room (requires Large Meeting add-on)
- Breakout room participants have full audio, video and screen share capabilities
- If another form of recording is being used, you can only record the room you are physically in
- Multiple participants can record locally
- HD Video and Audio. Flawless video across desktop, mobile, and room systems
- One-touch to join meetings with both video and audio
- Calendar integration.
Zoom Rooms cost $49 per room per month. For annual subscribers, it costs $499 per year or $41.58 per (break out) room per month.
Additional add-ons include cloud recording (starts at $40/month) and H. 323/SIP room connector ($49+/port/month). It is important to note, with Zoom you must download and install software to get started.
Though Zoom Breakout rooms and Remo rooms help build interactive engagement. Both have fundamental differences. Let’s break this down to understand what they are.
Zoom breakout rooms:
- Download and install software
- Create group discussions
- Up to 200 people can join a room
- Zoom Rooms cost $49 per room per month, so if you are looking create 5 rooms this will set you back $245 a month.
- No download or installation required, join from the comfort of your browser
- Create an interactive networking experience
- Up to 6 people can join a room
- You can connect with peers with a virtual business card
- Connect with peers on Linkedin
- Schedule and book meetings
- Networking countdown timer
- Remo Rooms cost $50 for 25 people, but unlike Zoom, you can host multiple rooms.
Zoom breakout rooms offers a great experience for small group meetings, but lacks in creating an interactive networking experience. With one room starting at $49, Zoom breakout rooms can begin to get quite expensive if you are looking to host multiple rooms.
If you are looking to create an interactive online meeting space. A virtual space where attendees are encouraged to network and engage we recommend Remo. Remo is also a cost-effective solution since you can create multiple rooms and host online events for only $50 a month.
People join webinars, online summits, and other virtual events to not only learn from their peers or colleagues. They want an opportunity to host a two-way conversation, an opportunity to network and be part of a professional networking environment. Remo delivers on this experience by creating a platform that optimizes peer to peer engagement in a fun and friendly space. Join a table, leave a table and not join another table – just like networking in real life but from the comfort of your own home or office.