- Replicate the feel of a live webinar
- Broadcast from YouTube and Vimeo
- Split testing
- Import chat logs
- In-depth analytics
- No free trial
- Limited to 720p
EverWebinar is unique in that you can’t actually record a live webinar with it. Instead, you use a prerecorded webinar – like one from WebinarJam – and broadcast it again with added flourishes that make it, as the company says, “look and feel live”. Although importing a recorded webinar from WebinarJam is the easiest way to use EverWebinar, it’s not the only way as you have the freedom to choose a different webinar solution. As well as importing your webinar from YouTube and Vimeo, you can import a file directly from any file hosting solution. However, when uploading a recorded file, keep in mind EverWebinar requires you to reduce the video quality to 720p.
If you’ve used WebinarJam before, you’ll feel right at home as the dashboard and layouts are virtually identical. That’s a good thing since everything is neatly displayed. From the dashboard, you can access your webinars, analytics, registrants, and the training portal.
Analytics allows you to track your attendee’s behavior – like how long they spend in the room and how much they engage with the webinar. You can choose whether you want the statistics from a single session of a recorded webinar or every session combined. From there you’re able to look in-depth at every aspect of your webinar, including click-through ratios and dollar-per-signup in real-time.
Since your webinars aren’t live, you don’t have to worry too much about integrations – you’ve done the hard work already. But EverWebinar provides a huge number of email marketing integrations to choose from, including GetResponse, Mailchimp, AWeber, and much more. You can also use a third-party service to take care of all your web tracking needs.
You might think that by replaying a recorded webinar you’d be losing out on some of the most important features of a live broadcast. However, EverWebinar really commits to presenting your webinar as if it were happening in the moment. This means you can import the live chat from your past webinar, whether it’s directly through WebinarJam or as a CSV file. If you wanted to, you could even manually write the entire chat log. But if this sounds like too much work, you can replace it with a simple question box that will be sent to your email or disable the chat box completely.
Similarly, live polls and quizzes can be pre-determined – giving you the ability to essentially rig your own poll – or you can leave them to run naturally. You can even display a fictional number of attendees who can enter and exit naturally and announce sales that may (or may not) have happened.
Setting up EverWebinar is remarkably easy, even if you’ve never hosted a recorded event before. You just need to choose your WebinarJam recording or add the relevant link to a webinar hosted elsewhere.
The basic settings are self-explanatory, but the scheduling can be a little tricky. By enabling the ‘instant watch replay’ setting you’re essentially making your webinar on demand, so the features that give the impression of a live event – like rolling chat feeds – will be removed. You also have the ability to make attendees feel like they arrived to join the webinar just in time. This is similar to an on demand webinar, but it maintains the illusion of a live webinar and adds an extra incentive. We particularly like the ability to block holidays – so if you have a webinar due every Tuesday, you don’t need to worry about hosting an apparently ‘live’ webinar on Christmas day.
Registration page and forms are highly customizable, with plenty of opportunities to add your own branding. You can also use split-testing to discover which registration page works best. We also like that you can add your own custom confirmation and thank you pages.
One good thing about hosting simulated live webinars is that you don’t have to worry about unwanted guests hijacking your webinar. You’ve already hosted it, after all. Still, you can add a password for registration, with the option of creating a unique master password for all users or individual ones for every attendee. When it comes to security, the last thing you want is hackers getting access to your account. Fortunately, EverWebinar’s website is very secure, utilizing SSL/TLS encryption covering passwords, integrations, API credentials, and all other important data.
Like all browser-based webinar services, EverWebinar will happily work on any device with an up-to-date browser. For optimum performance, Google Chrome is the browser that works best with EverWebinar. But since you’re not live, your viewers don’t need to worry too much about it. No matter what device, any up-to-date modern browser should do the trick.
It’s tricky to put a value on a service like EverWebinar, which doesn’t actually give you the capacity to host live webinars. Although it’s developed by the company behind WebinarJam, it’s not possible to bundle the two services together. Regardless of which subscription you go for, you’ll have access to all of Ever Webinar’s features – with discounts given only for how long your subscription lasts. For example, the Biennial Plan works out 33% cheaper than the Installment Plan. As you can guess from the name, Biennial Plan payments are made every two years at a total cost of $799, which is the equivalent of paying $33.33 per month.
If a two-year commitment sounds too long to you, you can go for a single year instead. Here, EverWebinar gives you two options. There’s the Annual Plan, which is a one-time payment of $499 (working out at $41.58 per month) or you can pay every three months with the Installment Plan, made up of three payments of $199 (the equivalent of $49.75 per month). Regardless of which subscription you go for, you can cancel at any time. Payments are made with any of the major credit cards and come with a 30-day risk-free guarantee. By paying just $1 you can also access EverWebinar’s 14-day trial to see if the software is right for you.
EverWebinar claims to offer its users 24/7 support, but this is limited to email as the live chat is only available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – so you don’t have long to get in touch. Although EverWebinar doesn’t have its own social media profiles, you can contact support through WebinarJam’s Facebook and Twitter page. Indeed, Facebook might be your best bet as it also hosts the EverWebinar/WebinarJam community, where you can trade ideas and get help from other users.
The EverWebinar website hosts an FAQ section covering all the basics. You can also find in-depth guides through the training portal that are clearly written and cover every one of the software’s features.
When you need your webinars to keep working for you, EverWebinar is a huge help. It’s impressive how all of EverWebinar’s features combine to give you the illusion of a live webinar. From dynamic attendance to chat rooms, attendees won’t notice a thing. EverWebinar gives you a lot of options to help improve your webinar too, with split testing on your registration page and comprehensive analytics and reports. However, for what you get the price is quite high with some other services providing similar ways of hosting and sharing pre-recorded webinars for less. It would be beneficial if the company could bundle both WebinarJam and EverWebinar together in the future to offer users a complete package. Overall, EverWebinar is a specialist in the webinar software market, and it isn’t for everyone. But if you do want to maximize your recorded presentations, it’s an impressive solution.
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