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Worried about coronavirus? Here's six tech tools to host events online

Worried about coronavirus? Here's six tech tools to host events online
Emma Jones
Emma Jones
Founder
Enterprise Nation

Posted: Thu 12th Mar 2020

As hundreds of events across the UK move from offline to on, here's a list of six tech tools you can use to make the online experience a success and ensure delegates are happy.

GoToWebinar and GoToMeeting

These tools allow you to host webinars and invite clients and contacts. Webinars can be recorded and made available for playback too, as we do with Enterprise Nation webinars.

GoToWebinar has a great analytics tool, which shows you the part of your presentation that had the highest engagement and when users drop off, and you can follow up with an email to all registrations.

GoToMeeting allows you to have up to 1,000 people on a call at any one time. Users can submit their questions, which team members can manage while an external host is presenting. There is a free seven-day trial in which you can host a webinar for up to 100 people and then the packages are priced from £69 per month.

Facebook Live

This is free to use and enables you to broadcast live video from your Facebook page or phone. To see how a Facebook Live works in action, sign up for upcoming She Means Business events.

Get top tips on how to use Facebook Live through searching the phrase on Enterprise Nation as there are hundreds of posts, articles and top tip guides on the subject

Skype

Now part of Microsoft, Skype group video chat enables up to 50 people to join you for free via mobile or a desktop device.

Zoom

This tool comes with high endorsements from organisations using it. It's free to sign up for the "Personal meeting" package and you can host up to 100 participants on a meeting for up to 40 minutes.

Prices then start at £11.99 per month for more features and larger numbers of participants.

Microsoft Teams

Invite up to 10,000 people to join you with this online conferencing tool from Microsoft. Teams allows you to collaborate with your team with ease, when preparing for an online event. Simply create a calendar invite through outlook and select "Teams meeting".

Within the call, you can have multiple presenters, record the presentation and collaborate on documents. Sign up for free or team plans with further features start at £3.80 per month, per user.

IGTV

If your audience is predominantly on Instagram, get to grips with IGTV, which allows you to stream videos for up to 10 minutes. You can measure the engagement and host a series of speakers who present their topic live on your channel.

If you are a member of Enterprise Nation, you can share your online event with 20,000 small businesses who visit the site each month. Simply upload the event via your member dashboard, so we can share with the community.

Please also share the tools you use to host online events in the comments below.

 
Emma Jones
Emma Jones
Founder
Enterprise Nation
 
Following a degree in Law and Japanese, Emma joined international accounting firm Arthur Andersen, where she worked in London, Leeds and Manchester offices and set up the firm's Inward Investment practice that attracted overseas companies to locate in the UK. In 2000, bitten by the dot.com bug, Emma left the firm to start her first business, Techlocate. After 15 months, the company was successfully sold to Tenon plc. The experience of starting, growing and selling a business from a home base gave Emma the idea for Enterprise Nation which was launched in 2006 as the home business website. The company has since expanded to become a small business membership community of over 75,000 people who benefit from events and support: online and in person. Enterprise Nation also presents a campaigning voice to government and the media on behalf of its members. In 2021, Emma was awarded a CBE for services to small businesses and entrepreneurs.