Everywhere you look these days, you see the word ‘Zoom’ popping out at you. That’s because this California based cloud platform has taken the world by storm with its intuitive yet professional looking UI. As lockdowns began being enforced in several countries, Companies, schools, and also even my own yoga classes (yes I do yoga, it is cool!) have been forced to turn to video telephonic communications. In this article, we are going to talk about Zoom Webinar – Is it Free? What is its Minimum Price? Let’s begin!
Zoom allows users to create video conferences as well as webinars. While the list for video conferencing apps is virtually endless, let us concentrate on the webinars aspect of Zoom.
What is Zoom Webinar
As the name suggests, a webinar is a web (video) seminar. Zoom Webinar is an add-on to Zoom’s Video Conferencing feature.
Zoom Video Webinars also allow the segregation of panelists and the audience, which is especially useful when you have a larger number of view-only attendees. This separation allows for a directed flow of information that is not something a Zoom Meeting is about.
Building on the aspect of unidirectional flow of information, Zoom Webinar panelists cannot see the audience, and the attendees cannot see each other. Though the flow is unidirectional, Zoom Webinar allows the panelists to engage the audience in polls, Q&A’s, etc.
In addition to this, Zoom Webinar unlocks its audience cap of 500 people (in Zoom meetings) all the way to allow up to 10,000 attendees.
Some features included in Zoom Webinar are:
- Automatic mute feature
- Panelist green room
- Screen sharing for presenters
- Custom registration
- Live broadcasting
- Reporting & analytics
- On-demand viewing
- HD video and audio
- Q&A and polling
- Attendee raises hand
- Attention indicator
- Integration with CRM, video platforms, and marketing automation systems such as Marketo, Eloqua, Pardot, Salesforce, Kaltura, and Panopto
- Monetize your webinars
- Customize for your brand
- Integrated global toll-free telephone calling
Is Zoom Webinar free?
OK, let us cut straight to the chase. No, Zoom Webinar is not free.
Since it is not a separate entity, Zoom Webinar wants the user to have a Pro account (or better). Yes, free users on Zoom cannot conduct a Webinar even if they buy the required Webinar add-on. The screenshot below shows that the ‘Add Video Webinars’ option is available to Pro users (and above).
See the pricing details of the Zoom Webinar add-on below.
Zoom Webinar pricing
The Zoom Webinar is listed under Optional add-on plans. This add-on starts at $40/month and can go up to $6490/month. That also depends on how many participants the user would like to engage with.
Pricing for Zoom Webinar add-on based on the number of participants:
- 100 participants start from $40/mo/host
- 500 participants start from $140/mo/host
- 1000 participants start from $340/mo/host
- 3000 participants start from $990/mo/host
- 5000 participants start from $2490/mo/host
- 10,000 participants start from $6490/mo/host
Minimum Price to hold a Zoom Webinar
Well, as the basic Zoom Webinar plan costs you $40, and you need to be a Pro user which in itself comes for $14.99, the least you need to pay to hold a Zoom Webinar is $54.99. This gets you an ability to old a Zoom Webinar with 100 participants, with a single host.
BTW, the Pro account removes the 40-minute limit from Zoom meetings. Thus you can now hold a meeting with 100 participants for up to 24 hours.
Where to buy Zoom Webinar License
Well, click here to buy a Zoom Webinar package.
Select your plan based on the number of participants to the number of hosts, and you can opt for annual billing too.
And, if you are a free user, Zoom will automatically add a Pro package into the mix too. You can also improve on it by selecting a Business license and the number of licenses based on your requirements (number of hosts/co-hosts).
The column on the right side of the page is updated with your selection and shows the total amount of the bill. When done, click the continue button at the bottom of the page.
What else do you need
The user hosting a webinar has to be a licensed user. Meaning, users under the free or basic plan cannot hold a Zoom Webinar.
Well, ignore this if you have already bought a Pro license when buying the Zoom Webinar package. However, if you need to add more hosts, you will need to buy a license for each of the additional hosts. This is helpful when the webinar is being conducted with the help of co-hosts.
Zoom requires the host and co-hosts to be a licensed Zoom account (Pro plan or higher). While Zoom itself offers a free Basic plan. You can’t host or co-host a Zoom Webinar with that even if you buy the (expensive) Webinar add-on.
You will need either of Pro, Business, and Enterprise plan to conduct a Webinar. Here is the cost of Zoom’s paid plans: Zoom offers users to choose from four types of accounts.
- Pro @ $14.99/mo/host
- Business (small and medium) @ $19.99/mo/host
- Enterprise (large) @ 19.99/mo/host
As expected, each account includes the features of all the accounts below it. Licensed users have added benefits such as:
- Customize Personal Meeting ID
- Record to the Zoom cloud
- Be an alternative host
- Assign others to schedule and schedule on behalf of
- Utilize account add-ons such as conference room connector
- Be assigned user add-ons such as large meeting, webinar, or personal audio conference
- Customize Personal Link, if on a business or education account
You can assign a license to a user
Additionally, a Webinar license must be purchased by or assigned to the user.
Licensed users may purchase additional licenses to be distributed to other Licensed users. To assign a license, go to User Management > Users > now select the user to assign the license to > Edit > select the Licensed user type > then select the Webinar license > Save.
The required version of the Desktop app
Zoom Webinar can be hosted both from the web client as well as the Zoom Desktop client. Users should note, however, that the Desktop client should be version 3.0 or above.
The required version of the mobile app
In case of using the Zoom Mobile app (yes, Zoom has a mobile app called Zoom cloud meetings for both iOS and Android), make sure it is the latest version or at least version 3.0+
What about Zoom Rooms?
Traditional conference rooms were outfitted with customized hardware and also on-site software. The modern enterprise is looking for a cloud-based solution that runs on affordable commodity hardware.
Zoom Rooms is Zoom’s answer to the modern conference room. They are physical conference rooms fitted with Zoom software and hardware technology, to crate seamless cloud-based meetings. All of the video and audio is integrated into the infrastructure of the room itself.
What do you need to set up a Zoom Room?
- Conference room camera
- Conference room speaker
- Computer to run meetings (and keyboard for initial setup)
- Big screen display (an HDMI-supported TV works just fine)
- Touch controller (Tablet)
Most of this hardware is easily available, and probably already present in a traditional conference room.
Cloud Room Connector (CRC)
A Cloud room connector is a useful little add-on that may be purchased through Billing. This add-on allows SIP or H.323 room systems to communicate with desktop, tablet, mobile devices, Zoom Rooms, and also other SIP or H.323 endpoints.
It basically acts as a gateway for H.323 and SIP devices. An ‘H.323’ or ‘SIP’ device can make a video call to a Room Connector to join a Zoom cloud meeting. And conversely, a Room Connector can also call out to an H.323 or SIP device to join a Zoom cloud meeting.
However, while a user on a ‘SIP’ device can dial in and even be a panelist, Only Licensed users can schedule/Host meetings with Room Connector. Also, to purchase the CRC add-on, the user must have a Pro license or higher.
Zoom Webinar is a paid service from the company that offers an excellent free service in video calling for up to 40 minutes between 100 participants maximum. Given that the plans start at the cost of $40 for 100 participants, it is worth it, right?
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