Alternative to GoToMeeting

Posted by David Chism | Sat, Mar 9, 2013

 Alternative to GoToMeeting
Updat­ed June 2016 I first came across Start­Meet­ing in late 2012/​early 2013. I was told by my con­tact there that they would be adding video con­fer­enc­ing in the late sum­mer of 2013. That did not hap­pen until now! Start­ing this month, video is includ­ed at no extra charge. This now makes StartMeet­ing less expen­sive and a great alter­na­tive than GoToMeet­ing and oth­er online meet­ing software.  …For web con­fer­enc­ing (screen shar­ing) and now video con­fer­enc­ing, Start­Meet­ing is easy and inex­pen­sive. Read on about my orig­i­nal post if you’d like or give it a tri­alOrig­i­nal Post from March 2013 For the last 4 years, I’ve basi­cal­ly used one online pro­gram for meet­ings and webi­na­rs, GoToMeet­ing. It real­ly is a pret­ty sim­ple prod­uct to use. The only real com­plaints I have regard­ing GoToMeet­ing are, 1) A lit­tle expen­sive for what I use it for and 2) My cus­tomers and I seem to always have to install updates. I tend to be coach­ing my clients on how to use GoToMeet­ing more often than not. A lit­tle frus­trat­ing, but on the oth­er hand, there was noth­ing on the mar­ket that was bet­ter. Webex was a good pro­gram but cost more than GoToMeet­ing. I tried every oth­er one I could find and chose to stick with GoToMeet­ing. Until…

Meet Start­Meet­ing

Recent­ly anoth­er online meet­ing tool sur­faced in my inbox. I used a con­fer­ence line com­pa­ny at times when I need it called Free Con­fer­ence Call. That com­pa­ny is a sis­ter com­pa­ny to the lat­est and great­est online meet­ing pro­gram called Start­Meet­ing (affil­i­ate link). I real­ly had no rea­son to switch from GoToMeet­ing to Start­Meet­ing but thought I’d con­tact the com­pa­ny and drill them about why their pro­gram was the same or bet­ter than GoToMeet­ing. I sched­uled a call with Greg Plum, VP of Chan­nel Devel­op­ment. He walked me through all the fea­tures and ben­e­fits of Start­Meet­ing and how it com­pared to GoToMeet­ing. I real­ly had no prob­lems using GoToMeet­ing, so I would not even con­sid­er switch­ing unless it was easy to use for my clients, had screen shar­ing, was cheap­er and fea­tured mouse shar­ing. Greg did a great job con­vinc­ing me about Start­Meet­ing and the vision of his com­pa­ny too!

Sell­ing Points That Are Mak­ing Me Switch

After close to an hour walk­ing through the pro­gram, I was very impressed. Start­Meet­ing was cre­at­ed to go to bat­tle against GoToMeet­ing. That is their main com­peti­tor. That is why it intrigued me! I want­ed the same prod­uct for less. I’m not being cheap. I just have a lot of small month­ly cost pro­grams, and I want to sim­pli­fy my expens­es! Start­Meet­ing offered some key sell­ing points for me: 
  • The price point for 50 users was half of what GoToMeet­ing offers: $19.95.
  • It allows for the user to have a com­pa­ny brand­ed wall” which is where peo­ple can sched­ule a meet­ing or start a meet­ing. The back­ground and logo are ful­ly customizable.
  • One Meet­ing ID and Phone Num­ber. I did­n’t like hav­ing to sched­ule a meet­ing with GoToMeeting…as some­times I’d be on the wrong call wait­ing for my clients who received a dif­fer­ent Meet­ing ID. So it keeps it simple
  • Screen and Mouse Shar­ing: Most of my calls are to run mar­ket­ing meet­ings. Yet I do get involved fix­ing” or set­ting up cer­tain pro­grams and fea­tures on my clien­t’s machines some­times. There­fore it is nice to have the mouse shar­ing fea­ture. If it did not have this fea­ture, I would not even con­sid­er switching.
  • Video Con­fer­ence: This fea­ture is a lit­tle weak, cur­rent­ly, but the pre­sen­ter can show him­self using his cam­era. This is good for a webi­nar. The weak part is it does not allow a two way video shar­ing like GoToMeet­ing’s HD Faces. This is a fea­ture, Start­Meet­ing said they will be work­ing on. Again, for the price sav­ings, I’m switching…as I don’t use HD faces all that much. If I want to do that, I just use Google Hang­out which is free and sim­ple to use as an alternative.
  • Down­load­ing and Upgrades: I’ve not used Start­Meet­ing much just yet, but they assured me that my clients and I won’t have to be con­tin­u­al­ly updat­ing my com­put­er with v1.3, v1.4, v1.5 etc. This sounds great!
So I’m mak­ing the tran­si­tion from GoToMeet­ing to Start­Meet­ing to keep the pric­ing and fea­tures sim­ple. If you are inter­est­ed in giv­ing it a shot for your busi­ness, the first 30 days are free. Let me know what you think. My refer­ral link is here: Start­Meet­ing. (same cost as going direct­ly through them.)

About David Chism

David Chism started his business out of a passion for helping small contracting businesses grow, be more profitable and become better known to their target clients. One lifelong hobby of David is using techie gadgets. So this blog is a place where he writes about technology, marketing ideas, just for fun (humor), personal thoughts on small business and more.


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