Host your Webinar with Google Hangouts instead of Go-to-Meeting

Over the last couple of years I have tried more webinar services than I want to think about…Go-to-Meeting.com, StartMeeting.com, InstantTeleseminar.com, AnyMeeting.com, MeetingBurner.com, join.me  and Google Hangouts.

I feel a bit like Goldilocks in the fairy tale Goldilocks and The Three Bears?

“This chair is too big!” she exclaimed.
So she sat in the second chair.
“This chair is too big, too!”  she whined.
So she tried the last and smallest chair.
“Ahhh, this chair is just right,” she sighed.  But just as she settled down into the chair to rest, it broke into pieces!

Go-to-Meeting.com (and Go-to-Webinar) are too expensive.

StartMeeting.com was great when I tested it, but the first time I used it for a webinar the recording would start – and immediately stop. After playing with it for a few minutes I gave up. I understand that these things happen, but when I emailed support about it, I learned that we have a different expectation about customer support.

They knew it had been down all day – but they didn’t tell anyone about it. It wouldn’t have been very difficult to email the customers  who had scheduled webinars and tell them to make other recording arrangements.

MeetingBurner.com made me feel like a beta tester . (You can read more in my review on AppSumo)

I like InstantTeleseminar.com but I can’t use it for live screencasts.

The service I’ve been using most often is join.me, but I have to use screencast-o-matic.com to create the recording myself.

I’ve been using Google Hangouts occasionally for the last couple of years, but only for small group meetings. Now that it’s together with Youtube, you can have up to 100 attendees watching live and interacting with chat.

Google Hangouts + Youtube= the ideal webinar solution.

I just discovered this new WordPress plug-in that looks like it will do everything I want.

Take a look at the Hangout Plug-in. I’m going to test it this weekend and I’ll write a complete review. In the meantime you might want to test it yourself.

It’s just $27 until June  5. Then the price goes up to $97. There’s a money back guarantee so take it for a test drive and let me know what you think.

BTW, if you buy it through this link I’ll install it for you!