The onset of this massive work from home experiment has showcased just how useless much of modern corporate culture has become. We’re very excited to say goodbye to the “facetime” era. It has plagued productive employees for the last few decades.
However, the shift to a more remote-friendly culture is not always simple. There can be a substantial amount of logistical setup to make a company run with the same efficiency as a group that is used to face to face meetings. The crucial step in making the plunge towards at least allowing for flexible work arrangements permanently is finding the right video conferencing service that is seamless and can meet the needs of the broader team.
We’re a remote company ourselves, and we’ve tried all the big name services out there at one time or another. Ultimately, the main factors in our decision making were call quality, pricing and mobile-friendliness. While some of the bigger name competitors may have decent desktop experiences, we value giving our employees more freedom.
That’s why we ultimately went with GoToMeeting.
Why is GoToMeeting the best video conferencing service?
GoToMeeting was our pick for a few main reasons:
- The video and audio quality are as good as almost every competitor we tried
- It has an amazing integrated chat experience
- The service is extremely mobile-friendly (this is crucial for our time which is often on the go)
- It is affordable and has transparent pricing
In our experience, the video quality holds up well against any of the main competitors, and the audio was crisp and clear.
The integrated chat was a really cool development and far outpaces the competition. We use it to share documents during meetings, provide background commentary, and generally take meeting notes to set reminders. It makes the process much more collaborative and workable.
The other main selling point for us was the amazing mobile app. We had terrible experiences with the other big-name competitors, and we love the ability to have great mobile video conferencing on the go. Our team can dial in from anywhere, even if they don’t have WiFi, and has brought the team closer and allowed impromptu meetings to function much more smoothly.
The lynch pin, like with any SAAS service, is pricing.
How much does GoToMeeting cost?
GoToMeeting has simple, and transparent pricing. Their plans focus on the number of people you want to be able to organize meetings. $19 a month will get your business a single organizer, but up to 250 participants. This was right in line with every major service we looked at, and their cancel anytime policy made testing it a no brainer.