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Webinars, Conferences and Webcasts: What Are They?

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The pandemic forced even the most technophobic person to connect and share information with others online. To the uninitiated, the number of options could be overwhelming, from webinars to conference software and webcasts. If you weren’t in the know about virtual events beforehand, all these terms can blend in together.

 This quick piece will help set the record straight for virtual event newbies. We will define three of the most popular kinds of virtual events and dispel any lingering confusion!

What Are Virtual Meetings?

Everything that we’ll be discussing here is technically a virtual meeting, so it’s important to understand what that term means. 

Traditionally, business has been conducted face-to-face. However, as commerce has expanded across the globe, actually getting people into the same room isn’t always feasible.

It’s for this reason that we need virtual meetings, and part in parcel, virtual meeting software to help connect people who can’t easily meet in person. 

What Is A Teleconference?

The teleconference is one of the earliest forms of virtual meetings. Teleconferencing uses a variety of software or programs to let multiple people enter into the same telephone call; also known as an audio-only virtual meeting.

While teleconferencing definitely gets the job done, it certainly leaves a lot to be desired. A lot of the human touch gets lost when you can’t see each other’s faces. It also makes it difficult to coordinate looking at the same documents and materials. 

What Is A Video Conference?

Video conferences are similar to teleconferences, but use technology such as webcams to get audio and video feeds to everyone in attendance. While this does add a human layer, video conferencing is a fairly basic technology. 

It should be noted that video conferencing and web conferencing, discussed later on, are often used interchangeably. Both of them use methods to bring video and audio feeds to meetings. The main differences between the two are the methods used. Web conferencing generally uses online tools, while video conferencing will often use physically placed cameras – many businesses have dedicated “video conferencing rooms”.

While this means that video conferencing can have much higher quality video and audio, they are much less convenient to set up. 

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