The year 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered as the year that revolutionized the way people socialize. Building and maintaining relationships with other people takes time and effort and with social distancing at hand, it’s become nearly impossible to organize real-time parties and events that include a lot of people. But interacting with your friends and family is quite important and in the digital era there are many great ways to stay connected.
With the holiday season coming up, it’s best to start thinking about creative ways to stay connected and safe. You can always use Spotfood to organize virtual events and stay connected with your loved ones. Spotfood is a platform that connects event organisers with vendors that can provide services such as catering, gourmet food packages and gifts for upcoming virtual and physical events. But, if organizing a virtual event, you’ll need an online platform to set up video calls for a great get-together. That’s why we made a list of best online meeting service providers to help you stay connected during holidays.
Zoom is a popular choice for its slick user interface and handy screen-sharing tool. However, its free membership limits meetings to 40 minutes and the lack of custom room links can be frustrating. Zoom is super natural and easy to use. Just download it, set up a meeting in a couple of clicks and you’re in.
It limits free group meetings to 40 minutes, but with a paid version of $149.90 a year, you can host up to 100 participants and have unlimited group meetings. Paid version also enables Social Media Streaming, so if you want to share your virtual event with the world, this is quite a nice feature.
Google Hangouts is a popular Google product that enables conversations between two or more users. The service can be accessed via desktop or through mobile apps. It has a free plan that allows meetings of up to 10 video chatters. Otherwise, it has a paid plan of $5 per month, making it one of the most affordable communication tools in the market.
Unlike Zoom, it enables unlimited meeting time, but it doesn’t feature screen sharing or direct file sharing, which can come in handy when throwing a virtual dinner party.
ClickMeeting is a browser-based online video conferencing platform. It’s easy to use and it’s suitable for organizing big online events, like webinars, but it can be useful to help organize smaller events. It offers a free trial version, otherwise it has a starting price of $25 per month.
It’s a very powerful platform built to suit primarily business needs and is loaded with features for webinar hosts. On the other hand, it might turn out to be a bit pricey for small tier event organizers which will probably not use all the platform's features.
GoToMeeting is a stable, widely used platform for virtual conferencing. It provides a fast and reliable solution that enables meeting face-to-face, sharing presentations and video chatting.
The platform does not have a free version, but it’s monthly pricing starts at $12 per month and has a free trial to check all the features it has. It’s not a best choice for small tier events, but for larger events, it’s definitely worth looking into.
At the end, maybe the most suitable app for small private events is Skype. Skype has been one of the most popular video apps since its launch in 2003. Skype functions through a freemium pricing model and offers services to individuals and businesses.
It can be used free of charge for up to 50 users with a full range of features. It enables screen recording and sharing your screen and multimedia files. You can also create polls and even share music from Spotify, making online hangouts close to real-life as possible. A definite recommendation for your private online get-togethers.
Today, technological possibilities offer many ways to connect with your loved ones, making it quite easy to organize virtual events. Just don’t forget, the creative part will always be left to you and all the ways you can utilize these platforms is left for your consideration. Just remember that it's important to stay connected with your friends and family during the upcoming holiday season, so think about using Spotfood in combination with one of online conference platforms to organize virtual events.