Zoom vs. Whereby

If you’re researching video conferencing software, you may have come across Zoom and a newer contender Whereby.

In this article, we’ll go over the biggest differences, and considerations to help you pick the right tool for you and your particular scenario.

The cost difference between Whereby vs. Zoom

Both options offer free plans, which is a great way to test them out before you buy.

You might even be able to stay on a free plan if you don’t need the advanced features or you don’t need the software often.

But chances are that you’ll want to upgrade to a paid tier eventually.

Whereby’s Pro plan comes out to $80 per year, whereas Zoom’s Pro plan is $150 per year.

If finances are tight, then Whereby is the winner here.

What will you be using the software for?

These video conferencing tools are very versatile, and that means you might plan to use them for:

  • Sales calls
  • Coaching calls
  • Group training
  • Team meetings
  • Webinars and presentations
  • Teaching online courses

Both Zoom and Whereby can be used for these use cases. I would argue that Zoom leans more toward team-focused work, whereas Whereby has an edge in online courses and memberships.

Keep reading to find out why.

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What they have in common

Both tools allow you to:

  • Have live video and audio “calls”
  • Share your screen with other participants
  • Record your session
  • Type into a chat
  • Change your background in your video

That makes them interchangeable in many ways. But let’s look at what makes Zoom and Whereby different.

What makes Zoom and Whereby different

The biggest difference is that Zoom requires participants to download an app on their computer or mobile device.

Whereby is browser-based, which means that participants can just click a link and be on the call. This is a great option for people who may be less tech-savvy.

In my opinion, being able to have people click a link and immediately be able to join a video presentation is a great thing.

If you’re working with people who join Zoom calls all the time, then this might not be an issue. This tends to be more likely in a B2B space, for example.

Another big differentiator where Whereby wins out because of this is when you realize that you can embed the video conference into a website.

For example, if you run online courses or have a membership website with say group coaching, then Whereby is a great option.

Here’s what that might look like, where you’re embedding a Whereby video conference in your AccessAlly members area:

Screenshot of Whereby embedded in the members area

On the other hand, Zoom cannot be embedded on a website. You can certainly put a link to a zoom meeting or webinar inside your members’ area.

But it will always open up the Zoom app from there.

Other differences to consider are the add-ons and marketplace that come with Zoom.

Zoom is very well established, which means that there are a lot of developers creating add-ons and apps for it.

One example of these add-ons includes Zoom games, which can be great for icebreakers, and other team-building activities.

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4 comments

  • Daniel Perry

    I have had a subscription to Whereby for the last few years as a back-up to Zoom, Skype, and Webex, etc. Increasingly, I find that when the other services have connection problems, Whereby (whose servers are in Norway) are more crash-proof. I send my video-conferencing clients a browser-based Whereby dedicated link and we can bail stress-free out of a laggy Zoom call to a stable Whereby.com. Thanks to the ability to embed, I can even set up a dedicated link my client’s website which makes it easy for me to have regular meetings with them.

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      Nathalie Lussier

      I love that Daniel! Thanks for sharing how you’re using Whereby and that it tends to be more stable as well.

  • Oh wow this is indeed very interesting. I’m an avid user of Zoom… but this Whereby sounds very promising. I REALLY am drawn to the embeddability. Thank you for sharing this. I will definitely take a look.

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      Nathalie Lussier

      Glad this was a new one to check out for you!

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