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What is the best video conferencing software in 2022?

Robert Strobl
March 15, 2022

The way most of us work has changed a lot. We bet that if you went back in time and told your future self what the workplace would look like in 2022, you wouldn’t believe it. But here we are, it’s 2022, and work culture has changed in what looks like a permanent way. In this blog post, we'll cover how to choose the best video conferencing software for 2022.

A report found that hybrid working models are used by 63% of high-revenue growth companies. In comparison, the same report found that 69% of companies with negative or zero growth reject hybrid working strategies. Many of us now work from home on a permanent or part-time basis. The trend towards hybrid working has continued to gain traction, spurred on by the pandemic. Hybrid working on this scale wouldn’t have been possible without help from a range of new and improved video conferencing software.

In the past, video conferencing was done using software like Skype. In 2022, solutions like this appear clunky and old school. Modern video conferencing software is functional, lean, and usually requires nothing more than an account and a webcam. Adopting new software solutions to remote and hybrid working will be essential in 2022. 

What is video conferencing software?

Video conferencing lets you communicate with people online using audio meetings, video meetings, and seminars. Modern video conferencing platforms include features like video recording, chat, and screen sharing. Video conferencing enables long-distance communication, enhances collaboration, and reduces travel costs.

In the past, video conferencing software was difficult to set up, expensive, used client-side software, and proprietary webcams and microphones. The increase in demand for quick and easy-to-use video conferencing software has created many software options.

In the post-pandemic world, most web conferencing apps offers a massive range of features, are accessible via the browser, have a mobile app, and are billed on a per-user or per-host subscription basis. Using new video conferencing solutions like Samba Live makes joining video conferences easier than ever before. 

What to look for in a video conferencing platform in 2022

There are so many new video conferencing solutions out there. How do you decide which one is best for you? You should know that web conferencing tools come with many features.

We have prepared a list of these features for your convenience. The best video conferencing solutions will have most or all of the below features. Take a look and note which features will be useful for your business in 2022.

Common features of video conferencing software

  • Video calling: Smooth, high-quality video calling capabilities are essential for all video conferencing software. Video calls are vital for remote collaboration and a key component of most hybrid working strategies. You should be able to host one-to-one and group video calls. Check out our top tips for producing high-quality live content.
  • Customisation: The best software will let you customise your video conferencing experience. Customisation means being able to add a company logo and display company colours. Customisation is essential for client-facing industries. We can do better than generic-looking software solutions in 2022.
  • Audio calling: Just as important as video calling capabilities. People need to be able to call into remote meetings to join in. Audio calling is vital because people won’t always be able to access a webcam. 
  • Screen sharing: Screen sharing in online meetings is essential. It facilitates collaboration by letting people perform live demonstrations to co-workers. Screen sharing is considered an essential feature by most hybrid or home workers.
  • Scheduling: Some tools allow you to organise meetings internally within an app. People using the software for work purposes will find this feature incredibly useful. Some software offers integration with an external calendar instead of an in-app solution.
  • Instant messaging: Messaging features let you communicate in one-to-one or group formats. A handy feature because we don’t always need a full video call when a simple text message would suffice. Instant messaging should come with interactive elements like emojis, attachments, etc.
  • Recording capabilities: Recording is a highly valued feature in web conferencing applications. We use it to record live sessions to re-use them later. Educators find this feature particularly useful because it lets them record entire courses for future use. Key-note speakers often like to pre-record their speeches before a big event.
  • Document sharing: Document sharing lets you share documents with your colleagues/customers. Example uses include delivering a PowerPoint or explaining a spreadsheet to an audience. Similar to screen sharing, it can be used to allow colleagues to edit/download common documents.
  • Mobile compatibility: Most video conferencing software is mobile compatible. In 2022, mobile compatibility is an essential feature. It gives your team the flexibility to join meetings from any location, they won’t always near a desktop PC.
  • Cloud Storage: This lets you store shared documents on the cloud. Great for accessing shared documents, wherever you are. Some cloud storage will always be necessary. Check how much storage they offer you.

What are the benefits of video conferencing software?

There are tons of benefits associated with video conferencing software. Here are just a few of them:

  1. Facilitate effective, high-quality remote collaboration. Join the hybrid working movement gaining popularity by the day.
  2. Customise your web conferencing experience to include your logo, branding, and colours. Read more on how to customise your webinar branding.
  3. Record sessions and videos. Prepare videos in advance and save them for re-use later.
  4. Gamification features like polling, hand-raising, and Q&A will keep participants engaged and add an extra element to remote working. We produced an excellent guide on increasing engagement in virtual events.
  5. Instantly communicate with colleagues or students. Communicate via text, audio, or video either one-to-one or in a group setting.
  6. Use a mobile app to access your chosen software from any location. Give your employees and customers the flexibility they need to succeed in 2022.
  7. Video conferencing is much more engaging than audio conferencing. During audio conferences, people tend to drift off and start multitasking. Video calls increase the pressure on attendees to maintain “virtual eye contact”.
  8. Save your business money spent on travel. Face-to-face meetings will always be a key feature of a business, but we can cut down on travel using video conferencing when appropriate.

What should become apparent after seeing these advantages is this: video conferencing can give your business a sustained competitive advantage. As well as making your business more efficient, you will be providing a work-life balance that employees have come to expect in 2022. Video conferencing can help you increase your profit margin and increase employee retention.

So, with all of this in mind, what is the best video conferencing software in  2022? We believe that our product, Samba Live ticks all the necessary boxes to be classed as the best web-based video conferencing solution available today.

Why Samba Live 

At Samba Live, we have created one of the most attractive, easy-to-use, and lightweight web-based video conferencing tools on the market. We have packed all the features discussed in this article into an affordable package that offers excellent value. We encourage you to sign up for a free trial here and experience it yourself.

Samba Live has all the features you need to drive your business into 2022 using a fully remote or hybrid working strategy. Take a look at everything that happened for us in 2021. Here are some of our platform’s top features:

  • HD broadcasting
  • Video recording
  • Full customisation
  • Mobile app
  • Interactive features
  • API & LTI/LMS integration
  • Screen sharing
  • Breakout rooms
  • Shared whiteboard
  • Much more

Despite including all of these features, Samba Live is very affordable. Packages start from €49 per month up to €75 per month. A video conferencing platform with so many features has never been so affordable. Start your free trial today and experience it yourself.

Final thought

Video conferencing software has come a long way. Older software solutions are no longer fit for purpose and won’t give your company the competitive edge you need in a tight market. Modern web conferencing software is engaging, user-friendly, lightweight, and affordable. 

The best video conferencing platform will help you implement the remote or hybrid work strategy craved by prospective employees in 2022. The software you choose will have a huge impact on your business, so you need to go with the best. 

Samba Live has everything your company needs to make its remote working strategy a success. We have a huge list of features that make remote and hybrid working arrangements extremely effective. Don’t get left behind. Sign up for your free trial of Samba Live today. 

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