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Zoom's popularity for businesses reached new heights in 2020 when it reached a milestone of 300 million users a day.
The platform allows businesses to host video conferences and online webinars, but is the price tag still worth it?
In this post, we’ll look at Zoom’s pricing and features, as well as some alternatives, to help you find the perfect platform for your business.
Founded in 2011, Zoom is a platform that focuses on video communication by hosting online meetings and conferences.
With a market cap exceeding $75 billion, they’re a force to be reckoned with.
Zoom offers a lot of features and add-ons, that include:
Let’s explore these features and their respective add-ons in more detail.
An example of Zoom Meeting’s slideshow sharing features
Zoom Meetings focuses on offering simplified video conferencing and messaging across any device.
These features include:
Zoom’s video conferencing software also makes use of live chats, polls, filters, and reactions (such as hand raising) to make your meetings more engaging.
You can also share video and audio files during meetings.
The Team Chat feature allows users to share files, search chat history, generate 1-on-1 video calls, or create a group chat.
Any notes made during your video meetings can be transcribed and used in your local recording of the meeting or saved as searchable cloud recording transcripts for later use.
Lastly, Zoom Meetings also offers some additional features aimed at all the users working from home:
An example of Zoom’s Immersive View
Zoom Meeting offers 5 add-on packages to choose from.
Their main features include:
The pricing of the add-on packages will be discussed in a later section. For now, we’re still only focusing on the features.
Zoom Phone is a mixture of multiple cloud-based business phone systems that allow your users to make phone calls with the same ease and familiarity as Zoom video meetings.
With Zoom Phone, you can:
Zoom Phone also includes a mobile and desktop app for video, phone, meetings, and chat on Windows, Apple, and Google Android devices.
This software integrates with Salesforce and Slack and allows you to make calls on their respective user interfaces.
It also comes with desk phone support to help with any software issues you might experience.
Zoom Phone has even more features, such as Whisper, Shared Line, and Call Monitoring — if you’d like a detailed rundown of them, click here.
Zoom Phone is for business use only and has 5 add-ons that include the developer support plan, as well as:
An example of what you can do on Zoom webinars
Zoom’s Events and Webinar features go hand-in-hand to give you the best video communications and conference room systems for your business.
With Events, you can use Zoom’s step-by-step editor to create your own branded event hubs.
You can also create private or public online events (free, paid, live, or on-demand) and share customized URLs to your events.
Zoom Events allows you to:
Attendees are also able to network with each other and event sponsors, and they can exchange contact info, chat, and initiate meetings with other attendees in the event lobby.
In terms of Zoom’s Webinar features, you can screen share live HD video presentations and make use of virtual backgrounds, studio effects, and background noise suppression for optimal presentations.
Webinars can also be recorded and can carry up to 50,000 attendees.
You can live stream your webinar on YouTube Live, Facebook Live, and other streaming services that integrate with Zoom.
Here are some additional features that come with Zoom Webinar:
Zoom’s Webinar add-ons include cloud storage, audio conferencing, and large room packages.
What sets it apart is that it also comes with their Event Services that includes expert event consulting, live support, and white-glove (formal) event management.
Zoom Rooms is a video conferencing tool that turns whatever space you're in, be it a classroom, office, or simply at home, into a conference room using HD video collaboration.
Zoom Rooms has a few features that include:
You can also host a Zoom Room meeting on any device.
With the new Hot Desk feature planning to be debuted later this year, you’ll be able to book desks and spaces using an interactive map.
You can also select seats or arrangements recommended by Zoom’s AI, giving you the ability to reconfigure your workspaces for flexible working.
Zoom Rooms’ add-ons include the developer support package, as well as these 3 additional packages:
If you want to combine all the communication aspects that Zoom offers into one package, then Zoom United is for you.
This tool offers all the Meetings, Phone, and Chat features in one to help streamline workflow and increase productivity.
Although Zoom United’s features differ from Zoom Phone, this plan offers the same add-on packages.
Zoom’s pricing plans
Each of Zoom’s paid plans can be billed monthly or yearly, with the following discounts for annual subscriptions:
Let’s examine each plan in more detail.
Zoom Meetings comes with 4 pricing plans. Each plan has a maximum amount of licenses that can be bought.
A licensed user is a paid account user who can host unlimited meetings on the public cloud.
These paid plans offer all of the benefits of their previous plans and include:
Basic plan — $0/month
This plan is free forever and requires no credit card details to sign up.
Pro plan — $14.99/month/license or $149.90/year/license
Business plan — $19.99/month/license or $199.90/year/license
Enterprise plan — $19.99/month/license or $240/year/license
To get this plan you'll need to contact Zoom’s sales team.
These plans are business-only and aimed at numbers from the US and Canada.
Metered plan — $10/month/user or $120/year/user
Unlimited plan — $15/month/user or $180/year/user
Pro Global Select plan — $20/month/user or $240/year/user
Here the pricing depends on the number of attendees you’d like to facilitate.
Zoom Rooms has a 30-day free trial that offers all of their features.
There are also 2 pricing plans to choose from:
Licenses plan — $49/month/room or $499/year/room
Enterprise plan — $49/month/room or $499/year/room (you’ll need to contact Zoom’s sales team)
Both plans come with the following features (does not include hardware):
Zoom United comes with 3 plans and for each plan, you’ll need to contact their sales team to opt-in.
Pro plan — $30/month/user or $300/month/user (annual subscription)
Business plan — $35/month/user or $350/month/user (annual subscription)
Enterprise plan — $35/month/user or $420/month/user (annual subscription)
Now that you know all of Zoom’s pricing options, let’s weigh up their pros and cons to see if they’re worth the price tag.
If Zoom’s pricing doesn’t seem worth it for the features you’ll get, some alternatives might suit your needs better.
Systeme.io is an all-in-one platform that offers everything you need to start and grow your business.
One of the main features we offer is the evergreen webinar feature included in our Webinar plan for up to 10,000 contacts.
This plan comes with 10 webinars.
With our Enterprise plan, you can create an unlimited amount of webinars for up to 15,000 contacts and (compared to Zoom) save more than $60,000/year!
When it comes to marketing, evergreen refers to fresh, sustainable content.
Systeme.io’s evergreen webinars can be automated, which means a host can record a live webinar and then schedule it as an event on specific days.
You can set up recurring webinars for as long as you want to, and this is what makes it sustainable.
Webinars can also be linked to a webinar-specific funnel and email sequences to help you rake in more leads and improve your sales.
Here at systeme.io, we understand that some webinars are larger than others and require more storage space.
As such, if you decide to create a webinar (or any other product using systeme.io), you’ll get unlimited storage space on any of our plans.
If you’d like to expand your business past webinars, we also offer the following features:
systeme.io’s pricing plans
Systeme.io has 4 pricing plans to choose from, but for this post, we’re only focusing on 2.
The Webinar plan for $47/month or $396/year includes:
This plan is also available for up to 10,000 contacts.
We also offer the Enterprize plan for $97/month or $828/year that includes unlimited everything for up to 15,000 contacts.
(A steal for any business owner!)
Each plan also comes with these core features:
Systeme.io also offers a Free plan. Although it doesn’t come with the webinar features, it still includes everything else you need to run your online business.
It’s free forever and also requires no card details with sign-up.
Google Meet logo
As Google’s video conferencing feature, Google Meet aims to bring secure, high-quality business meetings to anyone, on any device.
Livestreams can hold up to 100,000 viewers per domain and all video webinars are secured with up-to-date Google encryption.
Guests can join meetings via any web browser (no installation needed), the mobile app, or through Google Nest Hub Max.
Google Meet also adjusts to your network speed to ensure high-quality video calls wherever you are.
Here are some additional features you can expect with Google Meet:
Google Meet’s pricing options
Google Meet offers 3 pricing plans and each plan allows for unlimited meetings and 1:1 calls that can last up to 24 hours.
The Google Workspace plan comes with a 14-day free trial to test out all their features.
To discover more of these plans’ features, click here.
WebinarJam is an all-in-one webinar-oriented platform that gives you everything you need to get your webinars to your audience.
With WebinarJam you can:
WebinarJam’s pricing plans
WebinarJam only offers yearly subscriptions that are priced monthly.
Each plan comes with unlimited webinars, live chat, email, and SMSes (to name a few) and is billed as follows:
WebinarJam also offers a 14-day trial for $1 and a30-day money-back guarantee.
To discover all the features their plans include, you’ll need to visit WebinarJam’s website.
Below we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common questions people ask about Zoom:
If you use all their features, and if you're a large company with a focus on meetings, then Zoom is absolutely worth it.
For webinars alone, there are platforms like WebinarJam that will give you more features — but at a higher price.
For small teams that need a platform for meetings, there are options like Google Meet, which is inexpensive and easy to use.
The best option remains systeme.io.
Not only are our prices affordable, but we offer everything you need to get your online business off on the right track.
So what are you waiting for? Sign up with systeme.io today!
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