JW Player vs. Vimeo

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
JW Player
Score 9.8 out of 10
N/A
JW Player (or JWP) is a video platform boasting 40,000 broadcasters, publishers, and other video-driven brands whose business relies on video as users. It provides these companies with a way to accelerate and scale their video strategy and is a video platform that can be used to stream video, engage audiences on any screen, and monetize content.N/A
Vimeo
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
Vimeo is a video experience platform. They enable anyone to create high-quality video experiences to connect and bring ideas to life. They proudly serve their growing community of nearly 300 million users — from creative storytellers to globally distributed teams at the world's largest companies.
$9
per month
Pricing
JW PlayerVimeo
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Starter
$9
per month
Standard
$25
per month
Advanced
$65
per month
Enterprise
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
JW PlayerVimeo
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
JW PlayerVimeo
Considered Both Products
JW Player

No answer on this topic

Vimeo
Chose Vimeo
Vimeo Pro stacks up quite well compared to each of the alternative services we have used. Since its integration was not as easily implemented for our own site for publishing client videos vs. JW Platform, we chose JW over Vimeo.
However, as a point of syndication so that each …
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Features
JW PlayerVimeo
Video Marketing
Comparison of Video Marketing features of Product A and Product B
JW Player
8.6
2 Ratings
19% above category average
Vimeo
3.9
36 Ratings
58% below category average
Support for advertisements9.12 Ratings2.314 Ratings
Video SEO8.12 Ratings4.526 Ratings
Lead generation00 Ratings4.121 Ratings
Video personalization00 Ratings5.733 Ratings
eCommerce00 Ratings3.413 Ratings
Integration to Marketing Automation00 Ratings3.520 Ratings
Video Security
Comparison of Video Security features of Product A and Product B
JW Player
7.8
3 Ratings
10% below category average
Vimeo
7.0
37 Ratings
21% below category average
Video access controls9.01 Ratings7.337 Ratings
User management9.01 Ratings7.234 Ratings
Video link sharing7.03 Ratings7.635 Ratings
External video6.02 Ratings6.034 Ratings
Internal video00 Ratings7.133 Ratings
Video Player
Comparison of Video Player features of Product A and Product B
JW Player
7.0
3 Ratings
17% below category average
Vimeo
6.2
38 Ratings
29% below category average
Player customization2.03 Ratings4.630 Ratings
Embedded videos6.03 Ratings7.637 Ratings
Video quality / Bandwidth controls10.03 Ratings7.536 Ratings
Mobile compatibility10.03 Ratings5.037 Ratings
Video Analytics
Comparison of Video Analytics features of Product A and Product B
JW Player
1.0
3 Ratings
152% below category average
Vimeo
5.2
34 Ratings
35% below category average
Per viewer tracking1.01 Ratings5.123 Ratings
Per video tracking1.02 Ratings6.529 Ratings
Video analytics dashboard1.03 Ratings5.727 Ratings
A/B testing00 Ratings1.712 Ratings
Streaming quality reports00 Ratings6.816 Ratings
Video Hosting, Management & Storage
Comparison of Video Hosting, Management & Storage features of Product A and Product B
JW Player
8.6
3 Ratings
2% above category average
Vimeo
5.2
37 Ratings
47% below category average
On-Demand video6.03 Ratings3.423 Ratings
Live streaming10.01 Ratings5.914 Ratings
Video upload & format support10.03 Ratings5.735 Ratings
Video library / File management7.03 Ratings7.633 Ratings
Video portal10.01 Ratings7.224 Ratings
Impact of streaming on network00 Ratings1.219 Ratings
Video Platform Integrations
Comparison of Video Platform Integrations features of Product A and Product B
JW Player
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Ratings
Vimeo
1.0
10 Ratings
145% below category average
Integration to Salesforce.com00 Ratings1.06 Ratings
Integration to Marketo00 Ratings1.06 Ratings
Integration to HubSpot00 Ratings1.06 Ratings
Integration to Eloqua00 Ratings1.04 Ratings
Integration to LMS00 Ratings1.07 Ratings
Video Engagement
Comparison of Video Engagement features of Product A and Product B
JW Player
-
Ratings
Vimeo
3.9
27 Ratings
68% below category average
Audience polling00 Ratings1.26 Ratings
Audience Q&A / Live chat00 Ratings5.28 Ratings
Video comments00 Ratings5.427 Ratings
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Enterprises
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User Ratings
JW PlayerVimeo
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(4 ratings)
5.2
(41 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.0
(2 ratings)
5.6
(9 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
JW PlayerVimeo
Likelihood to Recommend
JW Player
JW Player has flexible plans that won't cost you a lot of money. If you are a startup, JW offers a variety of plans that will suit your specific needs and grow with you as your company grows. You do not need to be a video expert to understand how to upload a video, which allows nearly anyone in the office to do it.
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Vimeo
For an overall professional appearance of Vimeo, I think it looks fabulous for the clients we work with. I think it works extremely well to host videos for courses and training that can be paid training. The privacy feature is great for that. I've never used it for going LIVE and wonder if that might be a good option for businesses but since I haven't tried it, I'm not of the capabilities. And I'm not sure how the clients are able to get on the LIVES. It does have so many new features since I started 4 years ago, and that means that there is a higher learning curve if you want to make full use of this platform.
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Pros
JW Player
  • Responsive HTML5
  • Provides share functionality built into the player
  • Platform use enables playlist functionality and playlist players which can be customized or versioned for specific uses
  • Videos uploaded to the JW Platform automatically provide multiple image frame options for selecting video thumbnail
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Vimeo
  • User-friendly interface for administrators of the account and external viewers. Being able to easily navigate a new platform or software is ideal for anyone.
  • Seamless sharing and embedding across many platforms. Vimeo is well-recognized so it makes it easy for other platforms to recognize Vimeo. The compatibility is outstanding.
  • As an administrator of the account, being able to select viewing privileges may seem like a basic function, but it's so necessary right now with how heavy our organization is utilizing the platform. We can mass upload content early and only release it for the public over time by simply changing it to a public video.
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Cons
JW Player
  • Definitely missing the ability (in and easy way) to have clickable links in the video.
  • Analytics is a little cumbersome and not very user-friendly.
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Vimeo
  • Price - For the full featureset of Vimeo, you will be paying $900 a year as of 2020, and this is expected to only go up over time. Thankfully, Vimeo offers lower tiers with less functionality, and most people will not need the unlimited streaming viewers or whopping 7 TB of storage that you get for the highest level of membership. But it is still a premium price for a premium service.
  • "Suggested" Algorithm - The equivalent of YouTube's suggested videos feature is the Vimeo Staff Picks, which recommends curated content from their team of editors. While this content generally has a high level of production, it is not especially relevant to the video you are watching, or to your watch history as a user. I rarely watch suggested videos in Vimeo.
  • Search - The Vimeo search page is beautiful, having huge thumbnails of videos with a clean, visually-appealing layout. However, the results themselves leave much to be desired. When I search for "jung" to try to find videos on Swiss psychologist C. G. Jung, of the first 18 results, not a single result is actually about C. G. Jung. On Youtube, the first 14 results are all about Jung. When I search for "c. g. jung" on Vimeo I find a number of relevant results, so it's not that the videos are not available in Vimeo. Rather, the search algorithm is not returning relevant results.
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Likelihood to Renew
JW Player
Just made the decision to renew given demonstrated improvements being made to the platform to expand compatibility for its player use on devices such as Apple TV, as well as improvements made recently to its JW Platform Dashboard
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Vimeo
No answers on this topic
Usability
JW Player
Reliability and compatibility on a majority of platforms. Would have received a 10 except recent versions of browsers such as Firefox are now defaulting against Flash components and thus prompting approval from users BEFORE loading which is a HUGE obstacle to an effective user experience thus creating concerns by end-users unnecessarily and risking that they will NOT accept the prompts, thus leaving unable to view video content hosted using the JW Player. Assurances by JW support suggest they will resolve this, so we'll see...
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Vimeo
The customization options are vast and very easy to utilize. While there can be a slight learning curve for some advanced features, it is not so steep that it takes a long time to figure out. Support is great at guiding you through anything that might be confusing to you as well
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Support Rating
JW Player
Support is reasonable. I from time to time have made suggestions on improvements that would be nice to see (like the ability to have a clickable link within the video - that is easy to create, without tons of coding) and it seems as though I never see it happen or get much response to "suggestions" to upgrade the software. The good news, other than a few things as I mentioned above, overall, I don't have many "technical issues" in the platform, which is a good thing. On occasion, I have seen some "issues" with the delivery of the video, but it has been pretty scarce. So it is dependable.
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Vimeo
Terrible support. When I subscribed to Premium we were guaranteed support. However, after the first e-mail I received from them, I never heard from them again. I sent several emails over the course of a couple of weeks acknowledging that due to covid, I did not expect a miracle overnight and that I was keen to work on the issue with them. I have not heard from customer service at all. This is very disappointing. We lost customers due to the poor quality of the livestreams and were left to sort the issue out without their help.
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Implementation Rating
JW Player
One of the primary features promoted by JW Platform is its SEO definition. However, there did not seem to be a way to integrate that data to our platform if selected thus only leaving the benefits of that data to be established on the individual video page hosted by JW Platform, which isn't useful in the end to the client value we are trying to deliver for our VideoproFile.net solution
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Vimeo
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Alternatives Considered
JW Player
JW had more player options, a better/more intuitive user interface, was altogether faster both in rendering the uploaded videos and in time to load on the web page. The integration with OpenX for pre-roll was faster and easier than with Brightcove, and lastly, they offered a great price for service.
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Vimeo
YouTube was the platform we primarily used previously, after having restrictions and having locked out of a couple of accounts we needed a better platform. We also lost some of our videos. We also have an internal app to track client videos and Vimeo supported it better. With the increased storage and the number of videos we create, we decided Vimeo would be better.
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Return on Investment
JW Player
  • JW Player has was less expensive (without sacrificing quality) than our previous video platform so the ROI was instant.
  • We were easily able to add a variety of video advertising options including pre-roll, mid-roll and post-roll.
  • The quality and consistancy of the look of the video has enabled us to grow our video views by well over 100% since starting with JW.
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Vimeo
  • It allows clients to serve a massive amount of video content within an LMS without eating up disk space or sacrificing bandwidth.
  • The overall cost is very low compared to other tools and there is no 'pay per view' style unstable pricing.
  • The tool has allowed students in other countries to access content faster.
  • NEGATIVE - the upload limits per week, especially on the basic/pro accounts are too restrictive.
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