Let’s be honest here: there’s a lot of web conferencing software out there, some better than others. Some way better than others. Some cheaper than others, too. And despite the variety of pricing and interface, the same essential features remain the same: web conferencing, desktop sharing, communication – the whole shebang.
That’s why price matters so much here: there’s no point paying more than you need to if so many pieces of software are going to offer the same thing.
This sets the context for this MegaMeeting review: it’s simply hard to get over their, shall we say, more advanced pricing structure. Another way to put it: MegaMeeting costs too much. And no matter how many features they have and no matter how easy it is to use, I’m going to keep coming back to that price and imagining all of the entrepreneurs and business people out there who could do much better with their web conferencing simply by choosing a platform that’s far less expensive.
But there’s an old saying: you get what you pay for. So maybe, in some zany way, MegaMeeting is worth the cost and really does blow the competition out of the water. It deserves a chance, and that’s exactly what we’re going to give it: the old college try.
Before We Get to Price: Is It Good?
If you’ve made your way past the initial gatekeeper (the stock-photo picture where two women are facing forward and one guy stars into your soul, then there’s a good chance you took the same route this MegaMeeting review did: investigating the actual features of MegaMeeting to find out if the price to which we’ve foreshadowed is worth it. And what did we find?
Well, it’s actually a little confusing. MegaMeeting isn’t content with high prices; they’ve also got to have confusing prices by dividing their plans up into different sections and doing that whole checkmark-graph thing.
In other words, the features you get will depend on the “option” you select at MegaMeeting. As I count them, there are four different essential products:
- Enterprise Lite
As you might imagine, these are ranked: professional is the best, while personal is the worst. There are a few other options, as well, such as “Professional Pay as you Go,” which simply highlights just how confusing the whole MegaMeeting sales pitch really is.
As you’re exploring these different offerings, you’ll also notice an interesting thing about the price: you can buy these programs upfront and opt out of the monthly fees. The cost? Tens of thousands of dollars. That’s right: you can choose between purchasing a new company car or buy a piece of software you can otherwise have for around $50/month. Did I tell you the pricing was odd?
But there I go on again about pricing – and in the wrong section, too! So let’s focus on the features. The good news is that there is indeed some quality here. For example, you’ll find that you get to invite as many people as you want to your meetings with offerings beyond the basic “Personal” package. The usual suspects of web conferencing tools are here, such as desktop sharing and basic video/audio functionality. That’s good news, because I was about to tear MegaMeeting a new one for all of their pricing issues.
And speaking of those pricing issues, I can’t contain myself anymore. Let’s talk about it.
Pricing: A Mega-dealbreaker?
Price is not a flat variable in these reviews; it has to be viewed in conjunction with the features of a product.
For example, if I have a $5/month piece of conferencing software, that sounds cheap, right? But if that $5/month only gets you up to one other collaborator in the meeting, then I’m $5/month more expensive than the free products that will accomplish the same thing for you.
MegaMeeting’s prices have to be viewed in this context, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be viewed for what they are. So let’s take a look at them.
First, it’s clear that MegaMeeting is offering itself to businesses and avoids marketing to individual entrepreneurs, startups, and freelancers. With prices that go into the tens of thousands for an upfront payment, it’s certainly not advertising itself to college students working on a project together.
At the bottom of the pricing structure is the “Personal” offering, which says it gives you a 5-person capacity for every single “room” you use. The price? $49/month, which should sound pretty familiar as a relatively standard price if you’ve read about web conferencing software before.
The thing is: that’s the absolute bottom price at MegaMeeting. It only goes up from there, including a $250/monthly fee for their “Enterprise Private Branding” package and $499/month for their highest-rated “Professional” package. If that doesn’t sound like a lot of money to you, then you’re probably someone with a hefty budget and plenty of employees to take care of. If that’s the case, MegaMeeting would like to talk to you.
But for the rest of us, this pricing structure definitely puts MegaMeeting out of our league, even considering how nice it would be to invite an unlimited amount of people to our meetings. The simple truth is that we can invite less people to our meetings and get plenty of work done, and there are plenty of cheaper options online for doing just that. MegaMeeting’s software has some upsides, but the price is ultimately a major downside.
Even if you are a business with a hefty budget, I’d still encourage you to consider your options thoroughly before choosing MegaMeeting. It’s easy to hold online collaboration meetings with plenty of quality before you step into the deep end of MegaMeeting’s pricing pool. You can be professional, prompt, and run a tight ship without opting for the most expensive software out there. If you like expensive things, we recommend cigars – not your web conferencing software.