Webcast vs. Webinar

The terms webcast and webinar are often confused, and even used interchangeably. Here’s a quick breakdown of these two types of web events.

 

WEBCASTS

WEBINARS

Objective:

A webcast is typically a one-way flow of information, broadcast over the internet to a large audience. The information contributes much to the content of the webcast, which might include an audio stream, presentation slides, or videos.

It has the capacity for handling a large number of viewers. With the connection support and the ability to work with a variety of operating systems, browsers and devices.

Webcasts can be used to extend the reach of traditional live events to virtual attendees as well.

A webinar can be described as an online interactive meeting or seminar. The content will likely be (but not limited to) educational, training-based, online demonstrations and meetings.

The audience is typically smaller than that of a webcast and often contributes to the discussion via chat, polling, screen sharing or other collaborative means.

Size:

Webcasts are designed for larger groups of several hundred upwards to thousands of people.

Webinars are designed for smaller groups up to a couple hundred of people.

Function:

Our webcasts offer enhanced pre, live and post event features including: participant registration pages, user analytics, Twitter integration, customized landing pages and more.

Our webinars offer a multitude of in-meeting collaborative features including: PowerPoint presentations, desktop/screen sharing, polls, chat boxes, whiteboards, annotating documents and more.

 In a nutshell,

Webcasts are the optimal solution for hosting a large-scale, live event. Our webcasts offer you a seamless, hybrid approach to both virtual and live attendees ensuring audience participation and engagement regardless of where your viewers are.  

Webinars offer a great alternative to a live event: Don’t have the budget to host a live event for your audience? Not to worry, just host a webinar and conduct it in real-time or pre-record for on-demand viewing.

To discuss your specific needs in detail and determine which type of online event is right for you – schedule a free consultation and demo with one of our account managers today!