Very good
July 06, 2022

Very good

Robert Eble II | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Whova

In September 2020, July 2021, and June 2022, I as an individual teacher participated in 3 professional development conferences hosted by 2 separate organizations (Keystone Christian Education Association and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum) using the Whova platform. Both conferences were directed to educators. One was specifically toward teachers in Pennsylvania and several surrounding states. The other was directed toward teachers worldwide.

Pros

  • Agenda was before me at all times
  • Although it was recommended to download the app to one's personal device, I accessed it via the internet and had no difficulty accessing my conference meetings.
  • There platform interacted very will with Zoom

Cons

  • While interfacing with Zoom, participants were posting questions on Zoom and on Whova. Conferences directors need to realize they need to disable the Q&A in one of the 2 areas so as to not confuse participants
  • Many meet up opportunities were available: it was a bit overwhemling
  • Whova is a great platform for virtual conferences, but it should not replace in-person conferences which offer much more in the face-to-face environment
  • Flexibility in watching the seminar meetings. When in-person, one must be "in the room" by a specific time; when watching virtually, one may watch later in the day adjusting for his own schedule. But, a virtual conference loses the networking gained from a face-to-face in-person conference.
  • In 2020 our educational association (Keystone Christian Education Association) was able to continue the annual "tradition" of an education conference, not that we're driven by tradition, despite the constraints placed upon us by the covid lockdown.
  • My recent conference (Beer Conference hosted by the USHMM) allowed me to view from home rather than travel to Washington, DC (4.5 hours) with the expense of gasoline today, and additional expenses of hotel and meals. I was able to function all from home.
I had no problems with my most recent use of Whova. In my first experience, I was part of a round-table discussion using Zoom through the Whova platform. I needed a little guidance when I began but did not experience any problems thereafter. In my recent conference, some had difficulty, but it appeared that their difficulties were addressed quickly.
I did not have any real problems with Whova. It works well for a conference platform bringing the agenda to the people as well as a conduit for the dissemination of resources. That being said, I am weary of the trend that conferences are going virtual rather than in-person. In-person conferences provide intangible networking resources that one does not achieve virtually.

Do you think Whova delivers good value for the price?

Not sure

Are you happy with Whova's feature set?

Yes

Did Whova live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Whova go as expected?

I wasn't involved with the implementation phase

Would you buy Whova again?

Yes

I watched 1 conference in the summer of 2020 which consisted of disjointed recordings of Zoom Meetings posted to a webpage. The organizers of the conference apologized for the disjointed nature and stated that if they had to do it again they would use a professional platform. I didn't know what a professional platform looked like until I was introduced to Whova in September 2020 when the Keystone Christian Education Association used the platform for their annual Education Conference. It worked very well for us.

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