Article by Chris Costi, Last update at October 16, 2019
Zoho is a video conferencing system that is very easy to use as you can conduct any meeting or webinar directly from your browser. It is also a leader in the social media marketing and management category. With excellent reviews, Zoho is a web conferencing solution for small to medium sized businesses, offering quality presentations on screen, and online meetings on the go. Zoho Meetings uses WebRTC technology for their browser, cloud based software. Their software allows you to join any online meeting, invite participants and use video sharing and recording. Meetings can be conducted on desktop or any mobile device instantly. Zoho Social is a complete social media management platform that allows you to manage multiple channels, schedule posts, and collaborate with teammates, all from a single dashboard. Zoho also supports 9 languages including Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, German, Turkish and Russian. They have offices in North America, Asia, Australia and Europe.
Zoho Meeting has 3 plans. The first plan is free and allows you to have up to 3 agents and includes email, web form, domain mapping, priority SLA, agent and manager dashboards, ticket overview and team feed amongst others. The second plan is the Professional which starts at $12 per agent per month, billed annually. For one host and 100 participants you would pay $49 per meeting. This includes all the features from the free version plus multi-channel support, department management, cloud telephony, advanced reports and dashboards and much more. The Enterprise package starts at around $30 per agent and offers all the features offered by Zoho Meetings. Note that all prices quoted are paid annually. The monthly prices are 20% more expensive.
Zoho Meeting is the most effortless web conferencing tool for hosting an entire meeting or webinar right in your browser. Bring in better quality to your presentation using screen/application sharing, and audio/video conferencing. With their publishing schedule you can schedule posts on social media sites with multiple listening columns that will help you stay tuned, respond in real-time and engage with your audience whenever you want. Collaboration on ideas and content through social media gives you the capability to discuss reports and tag your team members for feedback. With Zoho you can schedule webinars and promote them on your website and through social media. Sending invitations through emails with customizable registration forms allows you to keep track of participants. You can host video webinars using your computer or by dialing a local or toll-free number to connect through your phone. You can then record, replay or share your web seminar, and store the data on the cloud or download it to your computer. Detailed analytics will generate a report of attendees and poll participation and identify genuine leads for future reference.
Zoho Meetings collaborates with real time audio, video and screen sharing. You can decide to join a meeting using audio only or web based video. For phone based audio you will be given access to a dial in bridge that your participants can join easily. Zoho’s video based conferencing also offers Voice over IP (VoIP), dial in numbers for 25 countries and toll free numbers within the U.S. You can connect to audio using your phone or computer and dial in to join meetings from your phone. To transmit video you can use any camera and sharing the entire screen, application or monitor can be done in collaboration with your audience. Zoho Meeting also offers moderator controls that you can use to regulate the meeting. Keep your meetings secure by locking them to prevent unwanted visitors or interruptions……..
Let’s Dive Deeper
With Zoho you can create and host online meetings with leads and contacts directly from your CRM account. Another integration with Zoho Projects allows you to collaborate on tasks by initiating meeting and the Zoho calendar can be used for planning meetings, inviting participants, sending or getting reminders and starting meetings directly through the calendar. For meetings on the go, you can use the iOS app to host or join online meetings and collaborate with video, screen sharing and recording. You can also allow anyone at the meeting to take an active part and allow them to share their screen or make a presentation.
Promotion of you brand by adding your company logo and name to email headers, invitations or reminders is possible with the Zoho software. The Zoho Projects feature allows you to initiate online meetings with controlled invitations to project team members only. The ability to connect with team members at any time is conducive to improving teamwork. Zoho services use encrypted TLS 1.2 protocols and are certified by SHA 256 based CA, to ensure that you get a secure connection form their browsers. They are also certified as compliant with the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks. For your security, Zoho is also compliant with GDPR guidelines.
Host webinars or video conferences from any browser and allow attendees to join without the need to download any software. You can also keep track of your meetings using Google and Zoho calendar software or other calendar apps using downloadable ICS files. Attendees can join any meeting with one click from anywhere in the world. Interaction with your audience makes it possible to launch live polls for instant results. With Zoho you can encourage audience participation by making any attendee a presenter during the meeting. Detailed analytics at the end of a meeting will inform you of registrations, attendance poll participation and more.
To start meetings instantly you can add the Zoho Meeting extension directly to your Google Chrome browser or online from your android devices. You can easily host and attend meetings from your iPhone or iPad if you want to take part in online meetings, conferences or live demos. Sharing data has never been easier as you can use the screen sharing feature to make any meeting interactive.