Both Meetings and Webinars offer similar features and functionality, although they differ in some important ways.
Participants are able to screen share, turn on their video and audio, and see each other at meetings which are designed to be collaborative events.
Hosts and panelists can share their screen, audio, and video during webinars. Attendees can also be unmuted by the host. Attendees of webinars can interact with Q&As, chats, and polling questions via view-only attendance. Participants cannot rename themselves during a webinar.
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Meetings versus webinars
|Description||Zoom meetings are ideal for hosting more interactive sessions where you’ll want to have lots of audience participation or break your session into smaller groups.||Think of webinars like a virtual lecture hall or auditorium. Webinars are ideal for large audiences or events that are open to the public. Typically, webinar attendees do not interact with one another. Though Zoom provides options for you to get more social with your attendees, your average webinar has one or a few people speaking to an audience.|
|Best used for||Small to large groups (2+ participants) for:
||Large events and public broadcasts (50+ attendees) such as:
|Typically used by||
|Cost||Free and Paid subscription options available.||Paid Add-on, available to Pro or higher subscriptions.|
Meeting and webinar feature comparison
|Video sharing||All participants||Hosts and panelists|
|Capacity||Up to 100 with free license, up to 1,000 depending on plan and large meeting add-on.||Ranging between 500-50,000 participants, depending on the license.|
|Participants list||Visible to all participants||Visible to host and panelist|
|Email reminders||N/A||If registration is enabled|
|Chat||In-meeting chat||Webinar chat|
|Meeting reactions||✔||Only raise hand|
|Polling||Polling for meetings||Polling for webinars|
|Surveys||Surveys for meetings||Surveys for webinars|
|Livestream||Facebook, YouTube, Workplace by Facebook, Custom Streaming Service||Facebook, YouTube, Workplace by Facebook, Custom Streaming Service|
|Registration||Registration for meetings||Registration for webinars|
|Require password to join||✔||✔|
|International dial-in numbers||✔||✔|
If the host or co-host enables Allow to talk, attendees will be able to enable their microphones and mute and unmute themselves.
- Roles in a Zoom Webinar
- Enabling breakout rooms
- The Zoom Learning Center is now available!
- Converting meetings and webinars
- Changing your Virtual Background image