In the following parts, we'll show you two ways to set up the best free Webinar Software MVP you can. Here's a visual recap of what to expect with both options compared to going the fully-fledged webinar software route with Livestorm.
Setting up a free webinar process on your own is possible. But before going into the how-to, here are a few words of caution.
Disclaimer: Creating a free webinar setup will require some work. And the result won't be a smooth as it could be with a trusted webinar software to handle everything for you... Indeed, there's a reason Livestorm and all the other webinar softwares out there exist: live events are a tricky beast where so much can go wrong. So it's a full-time job to make them work. Now that this hard truth is out of the bag, here's our take on making the most efficient webinar setup, for free.
“Free webinar software” is the most requested query on Google on the web-conferencing market.
The reason is obvious, everybody wants to host live sessions for their businesses but webinar software is expensive for small businesses.
Webinars, live sessions or whatever you want to call them are indeed extremely helpful for your sales, content, community engagement, or customer training. You must do those if you wish to grow and scale your activities.
However, it's important that you have proper expectations regarding what you’ll be able to achieve with webinars. That is especially true when relyingon a free webinar setup, as limitations will apply regardless of the option you'll choose.
Should you pay now for a professional tool like Livestorm? Or should you test the channel before by running free webinars MVPs?
This is a tricky question with no real answer besides…“It depends”.
It depends on:
The equation is pretty simple: if you don’t have any budget, but you have time to experiment and the skills to set it up, then testing the MVP webinar channel could be an option.
Otherwise, we don’t recommend it. This is mostly why we do provide an unlimited-in-time, unlimited-in-number free trial.
So if you’re looking for a free webinar software quickly, you should first test Livestorm.
We can extend your trial until you find value in the channel.
If you wish to have a traditional webinar layout with screen sharing, you should probably need a software to create your own layout like OBS on mac. Although, you can stream using your browser directly.
You can use this tutorial to help you get started.
This could be helpful if most of your audience / community is on Facebook and if you interact on a regular basis with them on that platform.
However, you must know two things: you won’t be able to capture leads (e.g emails) and you won’t be able to invite a speaker on stage (unless you stream a Skype conversation…But brace yourself for the computer crash).
On the other hand, you will be able to get a certain number of attendees quickly, you can easily scale that audience, your recording is automatically posted to your community and the local files are available after the webinar.
If you wish to have a traditional webinar layout with screen sharing, you should probably need a software to create your own layout like OBS on mac.
This could be helpful if most of your audience / community is on YouTube or if you host large events or podcasts. All those use cases are more live events oriented and more professionals.
However, just like Facebook Live, you won’t be able to capture emails and you won’t be able to invite a speaker on stage.
Bottom-line, free webinar software should be only experimental, to test a channel before moving to a professional tool. Unless you have a great community on those platforms.
The Free Webinar Plan on Livestorm includes unlimited free webinars, but a few restrictions apply. Livestorm Free webinars are limited to the following:
Aside from that, all the Livestorm features are enabled in the free plan, that is:
Check out our pricing page to learn more about our free webinars and all the options available to you.