There are various different plans and licenses Zoom offer that cover most conference/webinar scenarios.
The first thing to bear in mind is you'll need as many Zoom users/licenses on the Zoom account as the number of concurrent sessions being hosted on Zoom.
In layman's terms, this means the maximum number of Zoom sessions happening at once will (normally translating to the number of columns they have in the program) equal the minimum number of Zoom users/licenses needed on the account.
For example, if you have 4 sessions happening at the same time, you will need 4 licenses.
So what’s the difference between Zoom Meetings and Zoom Webinars?
Zoom meetings are your everyday way to organise a virtual meeting with colleagues, clients and event attendees.
There is a handy built-in chat so you can easily share files and links etc.
Zoom meetings usually accommodate up to 300-500 participants.
Please be aware that much of this is dependent upon which plan you select, but luckily Zoom has many plans for you to choose from.
For example, if you select the free plan (license) you have a limit of 100 attendees and only 40 minutes to host your meeting/webinar.
But if you were to select their “Enterprise” plan (license) then you can have up to 1000 attendees with unlimited minutes to host your meeting/webinar, plus other perks too.
This is aimed at (as the title suggests) those wanting to host webinars.
This integration allows for the audience members to easily interact with you and keep engagement levels up, with high-quality video.
In terms of numbers - Zoom webinars can host up to 50,000 attendees and a staggering 1,000 panellists.
This system also enables you to track the success of the webinar.
Zoom Webinar plans (licences) start from 500 attendees, allowing for unlimited webinar sessions for up to 30 hours each.
Therefore, the main difference is that Zoom meetings is for a much smaller audience, and Zoom Webinars is for a bigger audience.
We’ve touched on the basics here, there are other perks to each plan such as branding etc, so please do have a look to find the right license/plan for you.
Which is the better zoom system for you?
That ultimately comes down to how many people will be attending your conference/webinar, and your budget.
If you only have a small number of attendees under 500 you can indeed choose either platform, but bear in mind the webinar system will be portrayed in a more traditional “webinar” fashion than Zoom Meetings.
However, don’t let that put you off using the Meeting system.
Using the Zoom Meeting function could provide that more intimate feel you want for your smaller webinar.
If you're planning on having over 500 attendees, then Zoom Webinars perhaps could be the better option for you, as this system can accommodate a larger audience.
What Zoom package can integrate with Oxford Abstracts software?
Zoom Meetings is required for integration with our software.
To find out how to do this, please read our Knowledge Base article - Setting up Zoom integration.
You are able to use Zoom Webinar for a session.
You can change the meeting to a webinar once configured and paste the Zoom Webinar weblink into the session.
Should you require any further assistance, please contact our support desk via our Contact Form.