The webinar platforms guide: How to choose right (2024)

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Eric Lewerentz
Customer Success
Updated: April 7th, 2024
Published: March 21st, 2023

Trying to find the best platform for webinars, but feeling overwhelmed by all the options? This webinar buyer’s guide gives you an overview to compare and choose the right one amongst webinar platforms.

The webinar buyer's guide: How to compare webinar platforms and choose the right one


When choosing webinar software – consider the following 3 factors

  1. Webinar format: The most significant differentiator is whether you aim for hosting live or pre-recorded webinars. Live webinars are the most popular approach because they generally yield better results and offer greater flexibility when it comes to webinar formats.

  2. 5 features to smoothly manage your webinar: You need to manage registrations effectively, especially if webinars occur frequently with larger audience sizes. Other convenient features are for example email reminders, better quality in recordings, CRM integrations and compliance such as GDPR.

  3. The 5 key factors when choosing a webinar platform: Effortlessly guiding attendees to the next step is a common objective in delivering a successful webinar. Other vital factors could be to easily collaborate with coworkers while being live, a productive moderator interface given the presentation space (studio with camera vs laptop at home has different needs in terms of the moderator interface), working with audience engagement, and quick access to KPIs.

1. Webinar format


A central requirement when choosing webinar software is whether or not the webinars are run live or pre-recorded. When running live, there are more webinar formats to choose from.

Tips for choosing between live or pre-recorded webinars:

A. Live webinar 🔴

Live webinars are great for creating a unique experience that can't be post-poned, or pushed to next week. It builds trust in the customer’s mind, as they will know they can get answers quickly and effectively.

The live format has been proven to yield more data and conversions from webinars. Both in terms of feedback in chat, Q&A and polls answers, but also higher conversion rates on next steps via CTA (Call-To-Action) clicks.

The tradeoff is the time investment, being much higher compared to pre-recorded webinars. Though, it also shows that your business values the audience's time and that the content is important enough to presently speak about. Therefore, this is one of the most common forms of webinars.

B. Pre-recorded webinar 🎬

This is powerful if your webinar format covers low or no variety in the content presented. In addition to perfecting the presentation by doing retakes and refine details to get it really good before publishing, pre-recorded webinars will require less time from your business once the production is finalized.

If you have an audience that is very busy and lacks the time or if your company cannot yet be operative when clients are, on-demand or automated webinars are well suited.

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Webinar software for teamwork or solo work?

Arranging a webinar involves many steps. So if you are a small team, you might want to spend as little time as possible on each step except the delivery of the presentation.

You may also not have a certain function within your team. Then it is valuable to have everything managed by the webinar platform itself despite little customisation capabilities.

Solo vs team hosting the webinar

However, if you have more time and resources for your webinar and think about what each co worker's role is in the webinar collaboration, will the webinar software be easy for you to involve everyone into?

Some examples of requirements could be whether or not it is easy to add multiple coworkers to manage the webinar room. Will there often be new people presenting? Is training and support valuable? Perhaps a CRM integration that can aid the collaboration with other departments also be of value?

Invite co-hosts to collaborate in your webinars

What are YOUR webinar formats?

Depending on the format, your audience may have a close or not close relationship with your company (think about a sales demo compared to a training session), while an audience you already know might be more forgiving of the webinar software, it may still be worth valuing an intuitive interface of the webinar software.

It's crucial to consider the overall user experience with the webinar software for both presenters and attendees. For some formats a branded webinar interface that goes beyond intuitive and easy is a valuable choice.

Webinar branding - Are you a relaxed or formal brand?

Ask yourself what would be most suitable of these two options: invite a client to your office desk, or the your favourite meeting room? Same principle goes for webinars. Consider if the audience could benefit from a good impression by setting an atmosphere of professionalism, and a sense of trust and security in you and your business.

Your brand appearance says a lot about your culture and nature as a business, so consider branding capabilities to give off the right vibe.

On another aspect of the format, there might be different presentation assistance tools and interactive features that support these formats effectively. Consider features like screen sharing, real-time chat, Q&A management, live polls, and more.

The audience size determines interaction

Consider how the audience size impacts the capabilities to interact.

 Webinar audience size determines interaction

A general rule of thumb is that the more interaction you can use in your webinar format the better. Though this also puts some pressure on the hosts.

Companies that offer webinar software should care about that your company works with interaction and develop the interactivity of webinars at a good pace, adapted to your business.

Keep in mind that there is a lot of meeting software that approaches webinars with a “one size fits all” and incorporates little to no difference between virtual events and regular meetings. Consider if a dedicated webinar software could be of better use to save time and achieve your goals.

5 features to smoothly manage your webinar

These features are normally existing in a webinar software. However, how convenient they are for your organisation might vary.

Most webinar software offers the features that are presented below. However, it is important to consider your company's circumstances and reflect on how well they align with the day-to-day operations. Note that these features can differ quite a bit in how well they suit your company's needs.

Feature 1: Registration management

The second most time-consuming task, after the webinar presentation is to administer registrations. If you are frequently arranging webinars or have a bigger audience size it might be unbearable to administer without registration forms included in the webinar software. For even more complex workflows a CRM integration might be a must have.

However, if you are arranging 4 to 6 webinars a year it may be enough to import or export attendance lists to still operate a smooth workflow. For paid or restricted-access webinars, controlling who can attend the webinar must also be considered. Payment gateways might not be optimal for various reasons, but the webinar software must at least be able to control who may view the webinar for such use cases.

Webinar registration flow

Feature 2: Email reminders

This may not be as important if it is a paid session, but in general you can impact the attendance rate by making sure that your audience remembers to join! And if your webinar is not added in their calendar they might double-book themselves or forget about your webinar. Therefore make sure the webinar software offers an “add to calendar” feature and clearly states “how long it is left until the webinar will occur”.

Generic reminders sent out can leave a confusing, and even sometimes spammy impression on your potential attendees. Hence the importance of not only having reminders, but getting reminders right. Reminders can for example be sent by email.

Make sure that the webinar software has a direct add to calendar feature. This way you minimize confusion and ensure a higher attendance rate.

Feature 3: Recording smoothly

Obtaining a recording is today a standard part of having a webinar just as it is expected for your audience to see your webinar, however, the final usage of a recording can demand more requirements than just obtaining a recording. This could for example be video quality.

Feature 4: Integrate to the ecosystem

There are differences between integrations and integrations. To clarify, there is a distinction between native integrations and 3rd party integrations.

Native integrations (no 3rd party integration tools involved) tends to support more custom workflows and no 3rd party costs.

However 3rd party integrations, so-called non-native integrations, such as Zapier or Make are still powerful and can suit a more straightforward integration need. So depending on your organisations workflows before and after webinars, easy-to-use integration that not only “feeds data” to your wanted system might be a requirement.

Webinar integrations overview

Powerful integrations for webinars supported by Univid's webinar platform

Feature 5: GDPR and other compliance standards

If your organisation is subject to specific data protection regulations, such as GDPR, HIPAA, or CCPA - it's important to ensure that the webinar platform is compliant with these regulations.

Confirm that the webinar service can offer a collaboration in line with these requirements.

One specific consideration for webinars is whether or not recordings are allowed to include attendees' names, which many meeting tools can have difficulties with.

Univid is a GDPR-friendly Swedish webinar platform - used by Region Gotland, law firms and large listed companies in Sweden and the Nordic countries with strict requirements.

The 5 key factors when choosing a webinar platform

Things that matter for webinar KPIs: easy to present with the webinar software given your setup, facilitate the audience to take the next step, easy to work with data

Webinars are seldom a one-man show. While there are ways to easy manage the registration of a webinar for you or a coworker. It can still be quite challenging or unforgiving for your coworker thats hosts the webinar to go live without issues.

Therefore it is critical to assess how easy it is to deliver on the aspects that in practice impacts your webinar KPIs positively or your audience (don't forget the audience experience). You might even want to consult your team about the topics below to make a well-informed decision.

Factor 1: Help your audience to take the next step

In a webinar strategy there should be a clear plan for what the audience is expected to do after the webinar. For example, the next step could be to register for the next webinar, read more information on the company page or book a meeting.

Evaluate how easy it is for attendees to convert by giving them something of value that was mentioned during the webinar - this could be a special offer or more detailed information related to the topic. What is your next step? Does the webinar software align with your goal?

Call-to-actions examples

Factor 2: Tools to keep the audience engaged

Webinars obtaining the best outcomes have an engaged audience (see why here). The key to keeping your audience engaged is to listen and understand what they require. The more you know about your target audience, their challenges or needs the better chance you have of keeping the conversation going. To create such atmosphere one must interact with the audience.

For example by providing an open forum for discussion, setting expectations beforehand and utilizing various tools like polls, Q&A, and reactions to encourage your participants’ involvement.

When using interaction tools, you create more opportunities for interactions that keeps your audience engaged, this could even open up dialogues after the webinar is finished.

Remember that depending on the webinar tool your audience might have a higher learning curve of how to interact with you. Therefore easy-to-use webinar software is preferred to give your audience the best experience.

Factor 3: Provide yourself with summary KPIs

While smooth registration management and actionable next steps tend to provide measurable and actionable KPIs, having a direct access summary of the webinar can enable you to take action on a day-to-day basis or quickly communicate actions to your organisation to further improve the KPIs.


Factor 4: Automatic recording (high image quality)

Ask yourself what the purpose of the recording is. The first critical consideration is if the content will be repurposed, and used in other marketing or communication efforts. Other questions to ask:

  • Are video and sound quality important for the recording? Will the webinar be possible to watch on-demand?

  • Is the webinar recorded automatically in the webinar tool?

  • What quality is the recorded video stored in - 1080p or lower resolution e.g. 720p?

  • Does the recording need to be cropped or edited?

  • Does the webinar software support different layouts (e.g. that it is only the shared screen that gets recorded) to directly be recorded while being live to speed up the editing process?

  • If multiple webinars are produced - can you gather all of these on-demand webinars somehow in an overview? Is storage offered by the service?

Factor 5: Supporting your equipment and setup

Depending on if you are arranging webinars on a laptop, from a meeting room or using a dedicated studio the ease of use can vary.

For example, if you are collaborating with a coworker in the webinar presentation, there are higher requirements on the software if working remotely than together in the same room.

To give another example, that typically occurs in studios, it is common that PC screens are placed at a distance from the host. Hence there is a need to have a bigger text size on the interface compared to if you are sitting in front of a laptop while presenting.

On another note, make sure that the webinar software is easy to work with whether you have external PC monitors or not. If there is a moderator available to read the chat, filter answers in polls and manage presentation modes this is not as important. But if that's not the case, you should put higher demands on an easy-to-use user interface.

Make webinars your own

Webinars are in both good times and bad times, a great way to engage customers in an interactive and educational experience. Whether it’s live or not, whether you have new faces or the same ones attending every time, webinars will always be a fantastic concept to include in your company's strategy.

Planning is the key to achieving your goals and successfully taking into account everything needed to produce crisp, engaging webinars.

Actions are for example, that the audience remembers to join, registration management is effortless and the hosts are comfortable and will work with interaction tools; thats when all the focus can be on the next steps after the webinar which will impact your webinar KPIs to the better.

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The Univid webinar platform can be customized entirely to your branding in 60 seconds

Lastly, don’t forget that as a part of your business, you should focus on incorporating branding into all activities you organize. The best part is that we are here for you to get inspired in branding which, among other things, can create the atmosphere of professionalism, and a sense of trust and security in webinar hosts and your business. Take inspiration from our templates because in the end, webinars should a representation of who you are as a brand!

If you instead would prefer seeing your brand in action, get started with a custom AI generated session from your company domain in less than 60 seconds.

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