EverWebinar vs EasyWebinar 2021 Comparison
But which webinar software should you choose?
Today, we will compare two names that may have come up during your research: EasyWebinar and EverWebinar. We will compare their similarities and differences across a host of features and capabilities, in the hope that by the end of this article, you will have a better idea of what each software does and which one will best serve your webinar delivery needs.
Let’s get started.
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Which Tool (EverWebinar or EasyWebinar) Is Right For Your Business?
Deciding between EasyWebinar and EverWebinar can be a tricky business, especially if you are new to webinar running. Not only do they both help you run webinars, but if you look at the websites for both software, each claims to be the best in the industry.
Yes, it’s true that both software:
- Run webinars
- Have satisfied a lot of users
- Support streaming on YouTube and Facebook
- Integrate with other software
Yes, it’s true that both software:
So how then can you choose? The answer is simple: your choice of webinar running software should depend on the specific circumstances of your business.
Choose EverWebinar if…
- You can’t scale your live webinars and are in the market for a tool that will help you run automated webinars
- You want a simple pricing tier
- You would rather have software that doesn’t need coding
Choose EasyWebinar if...
- You want to run both live and automated webinars
- You are on a budget
- You are running a webinar to a small group of people
- You don’t mind having a limited number of templates to work with
- You don’t mind tinkering around with a bit of CSS code
The EverWebinar team markets their software as a tool that “allows you to earn more without working more”. So if you don’t want to put in any additional effort in running webinars in the future, this is the tool for you.
If you already have WebinarJam, EverWebinar’s sister software, EverWebinar is a more natural choice. Otherwise, go for EasyWebinar especially if you envision a scenario where live webinars will play a bigger part in your business.
What Is EverWebinar?
EverWebinar, a tool for automating webinar running, is created for just this kind of situation. With EverWebinar, you can create a webinar, forget about it and just let everything run on autopilot as you focus on other parts of your business.
This fully automated webinar platform has many things going for it but one thing I’d like to mention right off the bat is that EverWebinar is created to mimic a real-life webinar running scenario, giving your customers all the benefits of attending a live webinar session, including the ability to engage and participate.
What Is EasyWebinar?
EasyWebinar is a webinar platform that lets users run both live and automated webinars, all in one platform. EasyWebinar allows up to four presenters to present in any live session. In addition, as a host, you can invite an attendee or attendees to present and in so doing create a more vibrant and interactive webinar atmosphere.
One of Easy Webinar’s most outstanding qualities is its makes use of TrueVoice Technology to deliver high quality audio even when multiple people are speaking.
EasyWebinar can also integrate with email and CRM software, allowing campaigns to easily trigger from those software depending on a registrant’s or attendee’s actions.
EverWebinar vs EasyWebinar Key Differences: Automated Plus Live Webinars (EasyWebinar) versus Automated Webinar Only (EverWebinar)
As mentioned, you can run two different event types on EasyWebinar: live and automated.
For automated presentations, you have the option of uploading your video recording to amazon, YouTube live, or use a video player like wistia and vimeo. Using this many video platforms increases the reach of your webinar.
There is a catch however. The team at EasyWebinar say that they support (and actually advise) uploading an MP4 format to Amazon over using other video formats. This is because when you upload to amazon or use EasyWebinar’s video hosting, an RTMP video is generated.
From a webinar standpoint, the main advantage of an RTMP is that it streams as though it’s playing in real time. Let’s say an attendant is 15 minutes late for your webinar event. When they join your automated event, the attendee will join in at that 15-minute point instead of playing from the beginning like a normal recording.
This feature is pretty great in terms of giving users a real-time like experience.
Although EverWebinar only runs automated webinars, attendees still have access to the same live webinar engagement and interaction tools such as offers, polls and questions.
To run a webinar on EverWebinar, you first have to pre-record and then upload it. You can also upload a previous live session that you ran on WebinarJam.
EverWebinar offers some useful scheduling features, such as:
The “just-in-time” option. This feature allows last minute registrants to opt into the webinar without having to go through a long wait to find the next available slot. This feature alone, can dramatically increase registration numbers.
Simulated Attendee Display
Under this feature, you can display a fixed number of attendees for your webinar or choose the Dynamic Attendee Display so that EverWebinar can vary the number of attendees displayed, based on past webinar attendance.
Also known as webinar on demand, this feature gives attendants the option of replaying a webinar anytime they need to.
This is yet another option that allows flexible webinar attendance, thus increasing reach.
With EverWebinar, you can set webinars to run in increments of 15 minutes, meaning that in 1 hour, you could have your webinar screening to 4 different groups of registrants.
Just like a live webinar, attendees have to register to watch an automated webinar session.
As EverWebinar is not built to run live webinars, we cannot compare it to EasyWebinar on that front. However, as far as automated webinars go, EverWebinar has more features going for it, making this software the better option.
Features Available in Both EverWebinar and EasyWebinar
EasyWebinar vs EverWebinar: Webinar Software Quality
EasyWebinar boasts some pretty high tech features that improve streaming quality, such as the TrueVoice technology that delivers high quality audio. The software however, has some usability issues that may not necessarily be a deal breaker but may inconvenience you nonetheless.
For instance, upon logging in, you have to turn recording on yourself as this button is not on by default. If you forget to flip this button, you won’t get a replay of your event.
In addition, EasyWebinar does not broadcast lower compression versions of a webinar to attendees. Instead, EasyWebinar has a HD button which gives you the option of choosing streaming quality. This means that anyone with a low bandwidth could miss out on the webinar if they cannot stream HD quality.
More so, the highest streaming quality offered by EasyWebinar is 720p and not full HD streaming. Thus anyone with very good bandwidth will notice the quality difference. The replay quality will also be 720p.This is not good if you are out to make a good impression to your audience.
Another issue we noticed with EasyWebinar is that it’s not possible to have the webcam as the main screen during your presentation. A workaround for this would be using the picture-in-picture, although that imposes the webcam screen on the open presentation. This webcam screen will however only be visible to you and your attendees will not see it.
Lastly, the video sharing option only supports mp4 videos. Videos from platforms such as YouTube, vimeo, FLV, etcetera, aren’t supported.
But you can find other ways to share your videos. For instance, you can load your video from YouTube on another screen and enable screen sharing for that screen.
Streaming webinars on EverWebinar seems to go off without a hitch 99.9% of the time. The live notifications, offers, polls and chats show in the attendee’s view based on their scheduled timings.
A puzzling issue with the software though is a YouTube watermark which displays in the attendee view if your video source is YouTube.
If you pause the webinar, other suggested videos display at the bottom of the webinar screen. This can interfere with the attendees’ viewer experience as well as provide distractions that can negatively impact the webinar’s conversion rate.
EasyWebinar vs EverWebinar: Lead Tracking and Analytics
EasyWebinar has an analytics section, although as far as lead tracking goes, it is pretty limited as it tracks very basic data that doesn’t do much in the way of increasing engagement.
You can see information such as how many people viewed the polls and how many responded. You can also see how many people clicked on your offers. But that is as far as it goes. If you want to zero in on individual participants, you cannot do that.
The attendee data section provides you information such as the attendee’s name, email address, their time zone, the percentage of webinar they attended and whether they watched there play. You cannot however tell when the attendee left the webinar. This can make your retargeting efforts challenging as you will basically be targeting people blindly with after-event emails.
On the other hand, the analytics offered by EverWebinar are, in my opinion, more versatile. Not only do they cover more engagement touchpoints, but the way they are presented and placed makes for a better visual experience.
By looking at the charts in the EverWebinar analytics tab, you can tell in one view, the performance of a specific webinar session.
Customer Engagement Tools
On both software, you can create and broadcast offers during your webinar.
EasyWebinar’s offers feature come with a countdown, which is a great marketing feature when you want to create urgency. You can run offers during a live session. You can add offers and polls to show during automated webinars and you can time these to start and stop at specific times during the broadcast.
You can customize different aspects of your offers such as the title, description as well as the call to action, to land more impactful offers.
In the same way, the offers option on EverWebinar allows you to set up and schedule product offers to trigger during an automated webinar session.
The offers setup includes an image, text, a call to action and a countdown timer for increasing urgency.
You can enable the sales notifications options to display sales made to simulated attendees.
Although all these interaction and engagement features offered by EverWebinar are quite impressive, the downside is that you cannot preview all of them in one go. This sort of leaves you blind into how each interaction tool is performing.
Polls on EasyWebinar are available in the live event as well as in the webinar replay.
Attendees can actually vote during these replays just as they would during live attendance. Interestingly, offer countdown also displays during the replay.
EverWebinar also allows you to setup polls to run at scheduled times during an automated webinar. If you want to show the results after the webinar, you can enable this option as well. This is great as it provides the feel of inclusivity among the registrants and lets registrants know what others think about the subject being polled.
EasyWebinar and EverWebinar both have live chat and a question box. The live chat feature allows you simulate a chat roll that includes chat comments from real attendees. The chats include a time stamp, making the automated session feel even more real-life. Attendees can type in questions in the questions box, which are then emailed to you. This is a really great way to increase one-on-one engagement with respective attendees.
There is however one kink with EasyWebinar’s chat function. If a new chat come in while you are scrolling through the chat stream during a live webinar, the chat page automatically scrolls to the new chats. This interferes with the host’s attempts to answer all questions or interact with attendees. There is as yet no solution to this problem.
I found the chat feature on EverWebinar more user friendly. Things are a bit cumbersome on the EasyWebinar front.
Email Automated Reminders
EasyWebinar allows you to send automated emails.
By default, you only have a welcome email reminder turned on, although you do have the option of adding more email reminders for before and after the webinar event. To do this though, you will have to contend with using email templates that appear very dated. The reminder editing window is also quite small and the template gives you very little boxes to type in your text.
One workaround to these problems is perhaps deleting all the content in the email template and working on a fresh canvas so to speak
Third party integration allows you to integrate EasyWebinar with an email auto responder of your choice, giving you more options such as segmentation and tagging.
EverWebinar’s email notification system is not only designed to be easy to use, but is also a powerful retargeting tool that allows you to send email notifications to different attendee segments.
Not only can you can target email notifications to all attendees or those who didn’t attend, you can also send notifications to attendees who left before or after a specified time. This makes EverWebinar a more powerful retargeting tool.
The ability to send emails based on segments definitely works better for retargeting campaigns, making EverWebinar a clear winner.
Registration Page Templates
In addition to registration templates, EasyWebinar also offers thankyou page templates, event page templates and replay page templates.
The downside however, is that these landing pages look very outdated, and they also don’t offer a lot of customization options.
Any changes you make to the templates aren’t visible during the editing process. If you need to see a preview of your edited template, you have to exit the page to access it. This will end up consuming more of your time and may also not be the best in terms of creating an efficient workflow.
You may also need to add some CSS code to accomplish some of your customizations.
A plus for EasyWebinar is that you can add custom questions in the registration template you are creating. This allows you to poll your attendees during the registration process.
EverWebinar comes with quite a number of registration templates that have different layouts, allowing you to customize the orientation of your registration pages to suit your brand’s look and feel.
The split test option allows you to show different versions of a webinar’s landing page to potential registrants. 50% of them will see version A while the other 50% will see version B.
Unlike EasyWebinar, you cannot add custom questions to an EverWebinar registration page. If you want to survey registrants, you can run a post-registration survey.
The ability to poll registrants before the webinar is a plus for EasyWebinar but I think that the split testing feature is a weightier and more useful feature to have. As it is lacking in EasyWebinar, I’d have to go with EverWebinar as the winner here.
EverWebinar Vs EasyWebinar Pricing
The EverWebinar pricing plans consists of three tiers, each of which offers the same features. The main difference in the price tiers is when you pay.
The installment plan allows you to pay 3 instalments of $199 dollars a year. You can also choose to go with the annual plan for $499 or pay $799 for the biennial plan if you don’t want to think about subscriptions over a two-year period.
EverWebinar’s pricing tiers are very friendly to the user because they allow you to take advantage of all of the software’s features at every price point. More so, if you are keen on cutting costs and reducing overheads, the 2-year plan will give you the most cost savings.
EasyWebinar offers three pricing plans: The standard package which costs $78 per month, the pro package, at $129 per month and an enterprise plan @ $499 per month.
Although paying annually for EasyWebinar’s plans will save you quite a few dollars, they don’t compare to the low pricing you get with EverWebinar.
Remember however that EasyWebinar offers both live webinars and automated webinars, so it may still be worth it if you are in the market for a live webinar tool.
I do think that both tools are worth it from a pricing point of view.
You do have to do a bit of thinking with EasyWebinar so that you get the plan that gives you most perks. Therefore, from a simplicity standpoint, EverWebinar takes the cake for having a super simple pricing structure that takes all the thinking from buying.
Both softwares offer a free trial, so you have nothing to lose by trying either one.
It’s now time to choose. Like I mentioned earlier, the choice between EverWebinar and EasyWebinar is pretty much dependent on what your business needs, and also your budget.
EverWebinar is the ideal choice for running automated webinars. But the cost may be a bit steep. However, if you already have or intend to get Webinarjam, choose EverWebinar.
EasyWebinar does have a few downsides, but these may not necessarily be a deal breaker. You can find workarounds for these issues and still enjoy using the software.
Embedding a registration form in your website for instance, should effectively resolve the issues we discussed above about the registration forms. You could also use plain text for your emails instead of using the email templates from EasyWebinar.
In addition, screen sharing for YouTube videos will resolve the file extension limitation and increase the range of types of videos you can play. If budget is a big consideration for you right now and if you want software that can play both live and automated webinars for a budget, go with EasyWebinar.