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ReadyTalk Review

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readytalk Web Conferencing Review

ReadyTalk Web Conferencing

Enjoy reliable web conferencing with up to 100 participants and even video/audio recording.

$24/month

ReadyTalk

ReadyTalk is a reliable, user friendly web conferencing tool which makes any meeting easy. Using ReadyTalk’s simple layout you are able to quickly and easily schedule, launch, and record interactive meetings with up to 100 participants.

Excellent platform for those who want to streamline their meetings

PROS:
  • 100 participants
  • Operator assisted audio for 1000+ participants
  • Participants do not have downloads
  • Personalized access codes
  • Polling options during and after the meeting
  • Meeting will call you
  • Multiple co-presenters
  • Recording and recording editing
  • Lync and Skype
  • Participant reporting
  • Marketing platform integration
  • Presentation or collaboration option
  • Calendar and social media integrations
CONS:
  • Host requires Java, participants require Flash
  • Only private chat, no group chat
  • Confusing conference center


Meeting Setup: (Rating: 7/10)

You can easily schedule a meeting in advance or start an ad-hoc meeting. The meeting can be personalized with a title, date, duration, time, and description from you. It is also easy to upload contacts from a CSV file to send emails to potential participants. Unfortunately, the conference center takes some learning to effectively use it. One bonus is that ReadyTalk does offer live trainings to improve your learning curve. The use of webcam can be tricky as well if you do not have the proper Flash player installed.

Features: (Rating: 10/10)

ReadyTalk offers a multitude of features which allow you to completely personalize your meeting whether you have it in presenter mode or collaboration mode. The ability for everyone to use its annotation tools and take control of your computer or another participant’s computer makes the meetings highly interactive. Features such as follow up emails, marketing campaign tracking, and recordings allow you to keep in contact with your participants.

Video: (Rating: 7/10)

There is high quality video for four video streams, as long as you are able to use it. It does take some work to allow video if you do not have the proper Flash player installed.

Audio: (Rating: 10/10)

ReadyTalk has fantastic audio quality. Attendees, hosts, and presenters are able to be heard with crispness and clarity. The audio recordings are also very high quality. I did not hear any static in the background over the phone or computer. A great feature that ReadyTalk has is that the host is able to choose whether participants can use their computer as their audio connection.

Security: (Rating: 10/10)

ReadyTalk offers very secure meetings. Not only do the participants have to be invited to join the meeting, but you have the option to change the passcode as needed. The host also has the ability to kick participants from the call and control who is muted and unmuted.

Ease of Use: (Rating: 7/10)

There is a small learning curve to using ReadyTalk’s interface. Some of the tasks involve using the Conference Center and some involve using the presentation application, however once you have learned on your own or used their live demo you will find that it is very simplistic in nature. You are able to upload documents and videos, and invite participants prior to or during the meeting.

Help & Support: (Rating: 10/10)

ReadyTalk offers a variety of ways to receive support, including live training sessions. They also have a getting started guide, operator assisted web conferencing, and FAQs. You always have the option to contact their customer care 24/7 over the phone or through email as well.


ReadyTalk Pricing

Meeting 10 (10 participants): $288/yr. ($24/mo.) or $29/mo. Billed monthly

Meeting 25 (25 participants): $408/yr. ($34/mo.) or $44/mo. Billed monthly

Meeting 100 (100 participants): $708/yr. ($59/mo.) or $74/mo. Billed monthly

***All include unlimited web conferencing, VoIP audio, Video conferencing, Toll audio, and Call-Me audio with Toll-Free bundles available.


ReadyTalk Specifications

Specification

Pricing

Monthly Price: $24 - $74

Free Trial

Attendees

10

25

100

Help and Support

24/7 Support

Phone

Live Chat

Email

Social Media

Online Tutorials

FAQ's

Knowledge Base

Meeting Invitation

Schedule Meetings

Recurring Meetings

Ad-Hoc Meetings

Meeting Calendar

Invite Attendees After Meeting Started

Expel Attendees

Collaboration & Sharing

Change Presenters

Desktop Sharing

Specific Application Sharing

File Sharing

Annotation & Drawing Tools

Chat

Polling/Surveys

Video

Video Conferencing

Max # of Video Streams: 4

Audio

VoIP Support

Local Toll Dial in #'s

Toll Free Dial in #'s

Mute Participants

Additional Features

Meeting Recording

Outlook Integration

Participant Reporting

Meeting Room Branding

Operated Assisted Meetings

Security

High Security help

128-bit SSL encryption

Platforms

Windows

Mac

IOS Iphone/Ipad

Android

Windows Mobile


What We Like about ReadyTalk

Live Training & Operator Assisted: ReadyTalk offers both, 24/7 live trainings and 24/7 operator assisted web conferences. They do not leave you in the dark, if you need help they have fantastic support.

Only One Download: Only the host of the meeting needs to download the application. All other members can join from their favorite browser or mobile app.

Recording Options: Not only are you able to record your meetings, but you are able to edit the recordings before you share them with the participants, or those who may have missed the meeting.

Invitation Integrations: ReadyTalk integrates with your Outlook or Google calendars to make scheduling meetings easy. You also have the option to upload your contact list from a CSV file, or post the meeting to your Twitter or Facebook accounts.

Marketing Integrations: Using ReadyTalk, you can easily transfer your participants into your marketing CRM. Integration is available for Oracle, Hubspot, Marketo, and Salesforce Pardot.

Optional Access Code: When you launch your meeting you have the option to request that participants enter a customized access code to enter the meeting.

Presentation or Collaboration Mode: One of the features which helps ReadyTalk stand out from the other web conferencing platform is its feature that allows you to choose presenter or collaboration mode. In presenter mode only the presenter and co-presenters have the ability to share their screens and use annotation tools. In collaboration mode all the participants have the option to share their screen and use the annotation tools; this is a great option for smaller meetings. The host also has the ability to promote participants to presenters at any time.

VoIP is Optional: An interesting feature that ReadyTalk offers is the option to allow VoIP. At meeting setup you can choose to allow participants to join with their computers or only allow them to join with phone audio.


What We Don’t Like about ReadyTalk

Confusing Conference Center: ReadyTalk’s Conference Center is a great tool, after you receive the live training. There are several dropdown options which help you set up and schedule your meeting, however these are not obvious. Plus, you have to do all of this in your Conference Center before you launch your meeting app if you want the proper information to be displayed.

Flash or Java Confusion: It is important to note that as the host you need to have Java. However, to run your webcam you need the proper version of Flash player as well. While the new version of Flash is slowly being introduced to the browsers this may cause some meeting interruptions.

Only Private Chat: During your meetings you are only able to chat privately with your participants. Unlike many other platforms where you can share answers with the whole group, unless you do this over the audio, you will have to share the answer with each individual.


Final Thoughts

The comprehensive pre-event, post-event, and during-the-event features makes ReadyTalk a great option for holding your meetings. However, due to learning curve of its features it may be tough to get going right away. If you want a web conferencing platform that allows much flexibility then ReadyTalk may be right for you.


8.7 Total Score
Comprehensive Integrations Make Live Meetings Easy

ReadyTalk is the web conferencing platform for those who want many integrations. It is easy to get started with only one download for the host and options for importing your contacts to easily send invitations. If you don't want to send emails, use your social media integrations to invite participants from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Meeting Setup
7
Features
10
Video
7
Audio
10
Security
10
Ease of Use
7
Help & Support
10
PROS
  • 100 participants
  • Operator assisted audio for 1000+ participants
  • Participants do not have downloads
  • Personalized access codes
  • Polling options during and after the meeting
  • Meeting will call you
  • Multiple co-presenters
  • Recording and recording editing
  • Lync and Skype
  • Participant reporting
  • Marketing platform integration
  • Presentation or collaboration option
  • Calendar and social media integrations
CONS
  • Host requires Java, participants require Flash
  • Only private chat, no group chat
  • Confusing conference center

ReadyTalk Web Conferencing

Enjoy reliable web conferencing with up to 100 participants and even video/audio recording.

$24/month

ReadyTalk


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