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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Connect

It is nice for projects where you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles. If you are doing a basic live training with a small number of participants, it is easy to manage. I also enjoyed having the ability to brand a classroom and create different setups. I would not recommend if you plan to reuse trainings because of the issue with downloading recordings. I also had issues figuring out how to set up access to live recordings beyond sending a link. I wanted to create a unique login for users but I did not find it easy to do. Also if you want users to view additional videos within the classroom and/or access other third-party features, it is hit or miss. I found it to be incompatible with devices beyond desktop/laptop computers. In addition, the price is a bit expensive for a product that is not as flexible as other products on the market that are cheaper.
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GoToWebinar

Decent value if you're presenting several webinars per month or using it to generate a significant amount of revenue. Harder to justify for occasional use. I've been pleased to see how well it has worked in the hobby/leisure environment, reducing the need for in-person meetings. Even non-techies come up to speed on it pretty quickly.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Performance & Compatibility of Online Events Software

Adobe Connect
6.6
GoToWebinar
8.0
High quality audio
Adobe Connect
7.7
GoToWebinar
8.4
High quality video
Adobe Connect
7.5
GoToWebinar
Low bandwidth requirements
Adobe Connect
5.6
GoToWebinar
Mobile support
Adobe Connect
5.5
GoToWebinar
8.2

Screen Sharing

Adobe Connect
8.2
GoToWebinar
Desktop sharing
Adobe Connect
8.1
GoToWebinar
Whiteboards
Adobe Connect
8.3
GoToWebinar

Online Meetings / Events

Adobe Connect
7.7
GoToWebinar
8.2
Calendar integration
Adobe Connect
7.6
GoToWebinar
8.4
Meeting initiation
Adobe Connect
7.5
GoToWebinar
Integrates with social media
Adobe Connect
6.8
GoToWebinar
Record meetings / events
Adobe Connect
8.3
GoToWebinar
8.8
Slideshows
Adobe Connect
8.2
GoToWebinar
8.6
Event registration
Adobe Connect
GoToWebinar
8.8

Online Events Collaboration

Adobe Connect
8.4
GoToWebinar
8.3
Live chat
Adobe Connect
8.5
GoToWebinar
Audience polling
Adobe Connect
8.6
GoToWebinar
8.0
Q&A
Adobe Connect
8.1
GoToWebinar
8.2

Online Events Security

Adobe Connect
8.1
GoToWebinar
8.7
User authentication
Adobe Connect
7.9
GoToWebinar
Participant roles & permissions
Adobe Connect
8.0
GoToWebinar
9.1
Confidential attendee list
Adobe Connect
8.5
GoToWebinar
9.1

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Connect
GoToWebinar
7.9
Dashboards
Adobe Connect
GoToWebinar
7.9
Data exportability
Adobe Connect
GoToWebinar
7.9

Online Events Marketing

Adobe Connect
GoToWebinar
7.5
Branding options
Adobe Connect
GoToWebinar
6.4
Integration to Marketing Automation
Adobe Connect
GoToWebinar
8.6

Pros

Adobe Connect

  • Allows the use of third-party add-ins such as a timer, or user poll. Pretty easy to set up.
  • Love how you can set up multiple classrooms and create branding for each.
  • Convenient method for contacting participants. Provide templates for sending out notifications.
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GoToWebinar

  • The automated e-mail to registrants. This e-mail allows the registrants to add the webinar to their calendar in a very seamless fashion and in the correct time zone, so there is no confusion and it increases the odds they will actually attend.
  • The recording of a webinar and the ability to edit it if need be and e-mail to 2 different segments (both the attendees and registrants who couldn't make the webinar). These e-mails go out to these groups separately, so it allows you to customize the message you send to each segment.
  • The reporting is another strength of GoToWebinar. It allows you to see how long the registrants were in the webinar, the answers they had for any polls you conducted during the webinar and their answers to any post-webinar survey questions you have. This actually covers three strengths in one. The reporting, the polls, which engages the attendees during the webinar and the survey, which allows you to learn and improve by getting valuable feedback.
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Cons

Adobe Connect

  • The one major issue I have experienced with Adobe Connect is the lag or "boot" when there are too many people present. When attendees reached the maximum amount, I see a huge lag when moving to a Break Out, an unresponsive or frozen room, or one may get what we term "booted". This is very frustrating for employees when time is of the essence.Opening up the parameters a bit on attendees to prevent these issues would be greatly appreciated.
  • Color. Color. Color. Although you are in a working environment, color is appreciate, but limited when creating pods to discuss or post items. The background is very drab and has no "pop" to it. Employees may see items differently if the pods background was something other than gray.
  • Videos. Videos tend to have a lag as well when doing real-time face to face discussion. There seems to be a pixelation issue that has been occurring for years now when viewing videos.
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GoToWebinar

  • Private pop-up notifications when questions are received by attendees. I sometimes miss new questions if I'm viewing the attendee list
  • Allow us to schedule a similarly themed webinar for months at a time, without all having to be listed on one landing page
  • Enable panelists to answer questions, start polls, etc. - give panelists more flexibility
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 10.0
Based on 27 answers
Given our recent success with Adobe Connect in deploying enterprise-wide training solutions and our subsequent investment in on-boarding designers and facilitators to deploy additional projects using it, I can see no reason we would not renew or change to another provider at this time. While Adobe Connect is a sophisticated solution, the learning curve is not nearly as steep comparable to other products, which has helped us quickly expand our use of it across the company.
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GoToWebinar

GoToWebinar 6.4
Based on 2 answers
Our largest issue with GoTo have been the limitations on recording and using recordings to host a webinar, and the biggest of those is the ability to record. We have had most of our webinars recorded successfully, but when it failed to save, it failed in a big way. Their customer service team was there to help, but they were unable to truly fix the problem.There are, of course, other providers, but as we are still seeing where hosted webinars fit in our marketing strategy, cost is an important factor. Since our company already uses GoToMeeting, it makes more sense for us to stay with the entire suite of products, especially while we are testing the strategy as a whole.
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Usability

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 9.0
Based on 5 answers
It's the easiest to use of all the major players in this space
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GoToWebinar

GoToWebinar 8.7
Based on 66 answers
Super easy to use, and overall, I think this is the best solution on the market. There are some opportunities to improve registration and branding, but I think that these are minimal asks in what is overall a very solid product. I would recommend GoToWebinar to any business looking to drive increase lead generation and better customer retention through a recurring webinar program. It's easy for teams to manage and allows for lots of collaboration in the execution of those events.
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Support

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 7.0
Based on 2 answers
No isues and any issues seems to get resolved.
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GoToWebinar

GoToWebinar 9.2
Based on 2 answers
The only time we have had to contact support, about installation on a Mac, the issue was resolved in short order
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Online Training

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 7.5
Based on 2 answers
The ability to have most of the functionality of a full LMS at a fraction of the cost is huge. I can create manage and deploy both synchronous and asynchronous training based on the situation and all of my training is tracked through a series of easily created reports
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GoToWebinar

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No answers yet
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Implementation

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect 7.9
Based on 4 answers
Prices do not seem to vary much among resellers of the Adobe Connect hosted license; the only price variation you're likely to find are among the audio providers. When implementing, you may also wish to look into expanding the amount of storage you are allowed on the server to avoid any problems later on as your library of files starts to build up
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GoToWebinar

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Connect

We have used Nefsis conferencing software in the past. It served a purpose but wasn't nearly as robust in the features it offered, making it just an okay platform for training. For conferencing, it worked very well, but if you're looking to add tools that will contribute to the learning experience, Adobe will provide many more options.
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GoToWebinar

I have used GoToWebinar, Zoom, and Join.me. GoToWebinar is by far my favorite one. I rarely had issues with it. There is great reporting functionality, recording is straight forward; it has a fairly straight forward user interface and is very clear and easy to know when you are sharing your screen and if your audio is playing.
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Return on Investment

Adobe Connect

  • Adobe Connect has allowed us to deliver our course material synchronously online internationally. This capability has increased our reach and sell our product to customers who would otherwise be unable to attend our courses in person.
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GoToWebinar

  • Our webinars have helped to drive traffic to our site, and we have acquired leads through their ongoing success.
  • GoTo's sync with Marketo has improved our reporting capabilities on the efficacy of webinars as a marketing device.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Connect

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Adobe Connect Editions & Modules

Adobe Connect
Additional Pricing Details

GoToWebinar

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

GoToWebinar Editions & Modules

GoToWebinar
Edition
Starter
$891
Pro
$1991
Plus
$4291
1. per Seat
Additional Pricing Details

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