BuzzCast and Hubb are two leading, enterprise-grade virtual and hybrid event platforms. They’re both headed by experienced, committed teams and are well-established in the events industry.
If you’re looking to host a successful virtual or hybrid event, you might consider these robust solutions. But which one should you go with? What are the major differences between the platforms? And which is best suited to your specific needs?
To help you find answers to these pressing questions, we’ve put together a detailed comparison review. So let’s see how BuzzCast and Hubb check out.
Customization and branding
BuzzCast and Hubb offer some of the most flexible branding and customization features of any events platform. Many events solutions on the market have some branding limitations, with some offering more flexibility than others.
The bare-bones, minimum branding features include inserting your logo, company name, and limited control over the colors. Some platforms offer more flexibility, such as control over fonts, greater palette control, and more robust customization functionality.
Hubb and BuzzCast offer even more branding and customization features. You can use either of these premium solutions to create a fully branded, unique platform with customized booths and expos.
BuzzCast and Hubb both provide custom quotes depending on your event. However, according to Capterra, Hubb’s pricing starts at $20,000 per feature. So, the quote depends on the amount of features you require, and the payments are one-time.
BuzzCast’s pricing structure is quite different from Hubb’s. Instead of one-time per-feature fees, our annual license gives you access to all core platform functionalities. BuzzCast’s yearly license is also significantly more cost-effective. Of course, depending on the type of event and its scale, you’ll also need to cover additional expenses too, with either platform.
Self-service vs. managed solutions
Similar to most event software solutions on the market, Hubb’s feature-rich platform follows a self-service platform. So, while Hubb’s gives you all the tools you need to pull off a successful event, your team is primarily responsible for the planning, organization, and execution.
BuzzCast, however, is a fully managed events solution. This means you can opt for as much support as your event needs, whether you need technical help, production assistance, or an extended team of specialists to work closely with your in-house staff.
We tailored our support offering after gauging businesses’ different event support needs. Some teams just need a little help to familiarize themselves with the platform, while others might need dedicated technical and production support teams. To meet these needs across the spectrum, BuzzCast offers three support options:
- Tier 1 – With the BuzzCast Production Team.
- Tier 2 – With BC’s streaming and AV teams.
- Tier 3 – Fully managed support for all your event needs.
To fulfill production needs optimally, BuzzCast has partnered with our sister company, The Buzz Lab. The Buzz Lab has decades of experience in high-value productions, and their experts can help you fulfill your production needs. One of our clients shared a review highlighting how BuzzCast’s support teams function:
“BuzzCast/BuzzLab was an incredible partner for our most important event that we had to make virtual in the current environment. A true extension of our own team, they worked with us to seamlessly provide an excellent experience for our attendees that was both personalized and high-end. Can’t say enough about this wonderful team.” (Read the full review)
Flexibility and ease of use
Events software solutions should be intuitive and easy to use, both for organizers and attendees alike. Fortunately, both Hubb and BuzzCast are quite easy to use, and you can schedule a demo with BuzzCast for a complete platform walkthrough.
But, beyond the friendly interfaces, the two event platforms offer additional features to improve user experiences. This includes:
- Custom agendas. This feature is essential for hybrid events, where you might need different agendas for hybrid and live audiences.
- Mobile apps – an absolute must for virtual and hybrid events. With smartphones being the preferred device for many internet users, your virtual events need to be mobile-friendly. Hubb and BC have both developed responsive, high-performance mobile apps; Hubb’s requires installation, though, whereas you can load BuzzCast’s up directly from your browser.
- Multi-ticket types. So you can create custom attendee journeys and provide them with different access privileges.
It’s also worth noting that BuzzCast users rate the platform higher for ease of use, ease of setup, ease of admin, and the quality of support compared to Hubb. However, these factors are subjective to an extent, and your experience may vary.
The Verdict: Which Platform Should You Choose?
From a features-and-performance perspective, BuzzCast and Hubb are quite well-matched. Both platforms deliver high broadcast quality at scale, cater to complex event types, and are equipped with rich customization features.
But, there are some pivotal differences between the two solutions. Here are some questions that will help you decide between the two:
Your Budget and the Event’s Size
Hubb’s offering is specifically tailored to the needs of enterprises and large corporations. And while BuzzCast is also an enterprise-grade platform, it caters to smaller businesses’ needs too. This is reflected in our flexible pricing structure and mix-and-match functionality.
So if you’re looking to conduct a small or medium-sized event, or have a more modest budget, you might benefit more from BuzzCast. Otherwise, for large-scale events with a lofty budget, both platforms are viable options.
How Much Support Do You Deed?
Do you have a highly skilled events team that fulfills all your technical and production needs? And is your team large enough to handle your event? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then BuzzCast and Hubb are both viable options.
However, if you answered no to either of those questions, you might want to consider BuzzCast’s more advanced support offerings. Whether you need additional help with the event’s production or more tech support, our team has you covered.
The Bottom Line
Choosing between premium virtual events solutions is challenging, primarily because of how established the platforms are. They are designed to meet market needs and backed by experienced, committed teams.
However, when deciding between different platforms, it’s important to find one that best suits your needs. Because some events solutions will inevitably be better than others for your event’s specific needs.
If BuzzCast seems like the right fit for your event, or if you just want to learn more about the platform, schedule a demo with us today. We’ll walk you through the platform and discuss your specific needs.