Almost all our communication is done via the internet nowadays and it is very important to have the right tool for the part. Having a simple and easy to set up tool which is dependable and works properly can be the difference in most online meetings. Having a lot of features is nice, but if the people you are trying to communicate with can’t figure out how to set it up and join you, it is more than likely that you will end up alone.
These are some of the best tools for meetings, group collaborations and screen sharing. This could be for conducting any of the following: training employees, running a workshop, demonstrating a system, panel discussion, hosting events, technical support, or any other reason you could think of.
Let’s take a look.
1. Meeting Burger
MeetingBurner is not just a great place to hold online meetings (right in the browser – no downloads required). It’s also good for hosting webinars and sharing your screen. It includes Skype integration, conference lines, and one click recording and sharing. You’ll also get analytics for your meetings so that you can see how your guests interact with your content. Due to its fast load times and easy-to-use interface, it’s one of the most popular services for online meetings; best of all, the service is free.
- One click call and sharing
- Meeting analytics
- Screen sharing
- Skype integration
- Conference lines
GoToWebinar is by the folks at GoToMeeting, the popular meeting and screen sharing application/service. The webinar version is, as you can probably guess, catered specifically to the needs of people putting webinars on as products/services in and of themselves.
- Full Services Attendees
- HD Video Recording
- Archived Recordings
- Polls and Surveys
3. Google+ Hangouts
Google+ Hangout is the breakout video calling/chat feature of the Google+ social platform. It’s been baked into Google Chat, Gmail, and the standard Google+ Profile. All you need to use it is have a free Google+ account. While not your standard premium webinar platform, it comes with a remarkable number of features for collaborative meetings, presentations, workshops, etc.
- Up to 10 people in a single video/audio call.
- Ability to live stream straight to your attached YouTube Channel and/or a website. All while live at the hangout link too.
- Can automatically record and publish hangouts to YouTube.
- Works on all devices and platforms.
- Send photos, emoji, and chat messages during hangout.
Skype is one of the world’s most popular calling and video conferencing apps already. Which is why many choose to use it for group meetings, coaching, workshopping, etc.
Skype to Skype calls
Group Voice Calls (up to 25 people)
Group Video Calls
Group Screen Sharing
WebEx is an excellent service that gives you unlimited online meetings. With this you get high-quality videos, phone conferencing, and mobile access (including the iPad), so that you can host and attend meetings while on-the-go. You can have up to 25 people in a meeting and see up to 6 webcams on screen at a time. Their online collaboration tools, like white boarding, note-taking, and annotations, make it great for working with groups.
- Easy to set-up
- Unlimited online meetings
- HD quality videos
- Phone conferencing and mobile access
- 25 people and 6 webcams with screen sharing
GoToMeeting is a desktop alternative to MeetingBurner and is used for meetings (in HD) and web conferences. There are three different products that are offered: GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar, and GoToTraining. All products allow desktop and application sharing, one-click recording, drawing tools, voice conferencing abilities, and more. You can start meetings from Microsoft Office, email, or instant messaging tools. Best of all, meetings can be accessed from a Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, or Android device.
- Ease of access
- Ease drawing tools and markups
- Video/voice conferencing
- Platform independent