Beyond the 800-pound Zoom

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Zoom boxes may be ubiquitous, but they are not the only choice. With more hundreds of platforms out there and more being launched every week, planners are finding that they can mix and match to meet their specific event goals. Here are a few to add to the short list.

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6Connex: Gamification, one-to-one, group chat and robust analytics make this popular for virtual conferences, town halls and tradeshows.

8×8: Simple video conferencing with unlimited meetings and minutes.

AccelEvents: From event ticketing to high-quality broadcasts and on-demand videos at scale, push notifications and real-time analytics, it is an end-to-end solution.

Attendify: Planners can create a branded virtual environment that includes networking and integrated streaming.

Aventri Virtual Event: This DIY solution covers registration, streaming live sessions and even an online event lobby for attendees.

Bizzabo: This holistic platform integrates live and on-demand broadcasts with enterprise programs such as LinkedIn, Hubspot and Salesforce, and offers messaging and analytics.

BlueJeans: This video conferencing service from Verizon hosts interactive webcasts for up to 50,000 attendees with video, Q&A functionality, polling and large meeting controls.

Boomset: One platform that includes branded registration pages, customized purchase experiences, interactive multisession, live-streaming, gamification, digital business card scanning and one-to-one networking.

Cvent Virtual Attendee Hub: This all-inclusive platform offers websites, registration, email marketing, content management and networking engagement tools.

EventMobi: This legacy platform bundles registration, apps, a customizable space, livestream chat and group discussion tools, appointment booking, gamification and analytics.

Event Titans: Management tools include a website builder, live polls, session management, raffles, match scoring and video chat.

Eventfinity: An all-encompassing event conference platform from Leo Events that covers everything from comms to registration to a fully customized and branded experience to keep attendees activated, engaged and a participant in the event.

ExVo: this live expo, meeting or event platform from Allseated integrates a virtual dimension for an immersive experience that resembles a convention floor.

Hubb: This versatile platform enables immersive experiences at virtual, in-person and hybrid events. Event management tools enable planners to manage speakers, sponsors and staff.

Intrado: The Digital Media arm of the office communications company offers a virtual events platform with a user-friendly interface that allows attendees to easily navigate and interact with other participants using group chat, live and on-demand content streaming and social sharing from a computer or phone.

Microsoft Teams: It integrates with the Microsoft suite of products and depending on the level, can connect with up to 500,000 users.

ON24: Live, always-on personalized experiences and personalized content hubs allow for robust analytics.

Remo: This browser-based solution facilitates networking with virtual business cards, group screen sharing, countdown timers and face-to-face interactions access through a virtual room map.

Samaaro: This global event software platform is scalable, includes a 3D representation of the virtual event space and robust analytics.

Shindig: Interactive video meeting platform that allows the audience to socialize in private video chats with live stream integration for YouTube and Facebook Live.

Socio: Registration, streaming, engagement and networking in one solution.

Splash: Event templates have email marketing, livestreams and analytics built in.

Wonder: This virtual blank space formerly known as Yotribe can be customized to give attendees agency to find fellow guests by moving their avatar and creating “rooms” on the fly.

Yalo: This Virtual Events as a Service company is a turnkey way to manage pre-event emails and social posts, branding of livestream and post-event follow-up.

Zoom: At a recent Zoomtopia event, the dominant streaming platform announced that it is not standing still. OnZoom will facilitate fundraising events by selling tickets using PayPal and credit cards and enabling attendee dashboards. New end-to-end encryption will address security concerns and enhancements such as Immersive backgrounds, voice command options and enhanced whiteboarding could make it even more ubiquitous.

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