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Launched in 2019, Hopin is a virtual event management platform. Hopin describes itself as a platform that has been created to give the feel of an in-person event, with meaningful interactions and engagement, but all online. However, it does offer physical event management tools as well.
Whether your event is a physical, virtual, or hybrid one, Hopin offers options for limited groups. These groups would largely include big corporations who have time to set up an event on their own. Or users with some level of tech-savviness. These limited options make Hopin less accessible to a larger number of customers.
Let’s take a deep dive into a Hopin review.
Hopin offers a few major products. These are:
Hopin offers a virtual experience that feels like the user is navigating a website. This includes a reception page, event stages, and breakout sessions. These can be presented through videos that are pre-recorded or live. The platform offers some engagement tools as well, including polls and quizzes, one-to-one chats, and group video networking sessions.
However, vFairs offers much more as it curates an immersive 3D virtual environment for you. This can be replicated to look like your office or event venue space. Exhibition halls with exhibition booths and a separate auditorium are additional virtual spaces offered by vFairs.
According to a Hopin review on G2:
“As an end user the virtual venue made it easy to move between different conference rooms/stages and booths.” – User in Information Technology and Services
Hopin offers integration with Streamyard Studio, whereby hosts can easily share live or pre-recorded videos of any length directly into a Hopin event. According to Hopin reviews, clients can add their logos, banners, or any other layers of branding. Speakers are offered a virtual green-room which they can sit in and wait before the event starts.
Up to 10 speakers can partake in a panel in order to make the discussions more dynamic. It also offers seven different video layout template options where speakers can be repositioned according to the host. vFairs, however, allows you to have as many speakers as you wish at a time, and as many attendees per session.
This is what a user a has to say about this feature on G2:
“I like the Streamyard studio, but I wish it allowed easy virtual backgrounds.” –
User in Non-Profit Organization Management
Hopin Canvas enables you to create your own content through customizable templates. You have to move blocks around on your landing page or event pages. You can also make live changes within minutes from the Hopin dashboard.
Let’s see what users have to say about this feature on G2:
vFairs doesn’t limit you to drag-and-drop templates. The team provides you with the option to customize your event as per your requirements. Thus you have access to the backend to move features around or you can ask your dedicated project manager to do this for you. vFairs is flexible in this capacity as it provides clients with an entire team to their behest.
Hopin reviews say that the Hopin App store offers various integrations with its platforms for its clients. This includes CRM tools such as Hubspot or email tools such as MailChimp. You can integrate a GoFund me campaign, Miro Whiteboard or Kahoot for more engagement. According to G2 reviews:
“We are having issues with the Marketo integration and Hopin support was unable to figure that out.” –
Maria H – Event Marketing Associate
It’s important to note that custom integrations may be difficult without the help of a dedicated IT person. Since vFairs offers you a dedicated project manager, you can do custom integrations without people having to chase down a customer support rep, that’s a big win.
Hopin offers great features for all of its products among other things. Let’s delve into a few of the pros and cons.
*All reviews are from G2
As you can see, the cons outweigh the pros. Therefore, platforms like vFairs is a better alternative as it provides the option to integrate any of the video conferencing tools your company is used to. These options can be embedded into the platform for easy access and efficiency. vFairs supports tools such as:
vFairs is a one stop solution for all your virtual, hybrid and in-person event needs. It is an entire virtual environment that replicates a physical one. Apart from a landing page and a lobby, vFairs offers you a virtual exterior building that can be replicated to look like any event venue of your choice. It is more than a flat website-like video and chat platform.
You have features like a virtual auditorium, exhibition halls, poster halls, and networking lounges. The platform provides integrations with various software such as Miro Whiteboard, Zoom and Kahoot. You can even add new ones as per your needs. vFairs is always adapting with its clients.
Having hosted virtual events since 2016, vFairs has some incredible features such as auto matchmaking for efficiency and time saving. For very big events, with multiple speaker sessions, the platform even allows attendees to customize their schedules. This helps them manage their time efficiently and not miss out on sessions they truly wish to be part of.
Many new engagement features keep attendees fully immersed in the virtual environment. vFairs offers a range of languages and various accessibility features as well, including captioning, text readability adjustments and more!
Every client is assigned a dedicated project manager and team. The team manages all pre, during and post event planning, organizing and troubleshooting. Customers need not worry about their event being a success as it is ensured with the support of the vFairs team.
A technical support team is also always guaranteed and available at the ready on the day of your event. Depending on the plan you sign up for, Hopin only offers 1 organizer per event with an additional cost to add more.
At vFairs features, all features and tools are available to clients. They simply have to pick and choose which features they wish to keep or let go of. The project manager will also best guide the customer on which features would best suit their event.
With a dedicated team, and access to your event dashboard, you can manage your event seamlessly. Instead of having to import data from sponsors and speakers such as with Hopin, through vFairs you can give access to the dashboard for your sponsors and speakers to tweak their information as they please. All of this with constant back end security for privacy and protection.
Unlike Hopin, vFairs offers a one time payment plan without additional costs. There is no monthly plan, and all features are available to you to pick and choose from.
Here is a snapshot comparison of the three tools, based on user ratings and experiences. (All ratings out of 10)
** as of Q2 2022
Hopin can be used as a platform if you have enough resources on hand to set up a small event with video conferencing tools, a virtual lobby and chat features, when choosing a monthly plan. Custom features, which make or break your event’s success, are only available for those who have a budget that allows it.
However, if you’re looking for a platform that helps you host unique, results-driven specialty events such as trade shows, conferences, recruitment fairs or the like, vFairs is one of the best Hopin competitors and alternatives.
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