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Social hour vs Zoom Comparison

Overview
Limits 5,000 attendees are permitted for an unlimited amount of time Up to 1,000 attendees are permitted for a maximum of 30 hours
Number of guests 5,000 guests 1,000 guests
Guests per table 7 guests 20 guests per breakout room
Event duration Unlimited 30 hours
Simultaneous events Unlimited 1 event at a time
Event management
Topic-based tables Attendees can set discussion topics and prompts for their table and invite other attendees to join their conversation. Learn more → Zoom only allows the hosts to rename the breakout rooms.
Multi-track events Hosts can create multi-track events and group tables in theme-named rooms. There are no multi-track events with Zoom. Unfortunately, hosts have to create and manage multiple meetings to do this.
Announcements Event hosts can address their entire event using video announcements. Learn more → Zoom meeting hosts can only send text chats to every breakout room.
Background music Event hosts can add a playlist and put on background music for the entire event to enjoy. Learn more → Zoom does not allow hosts to set background music for the entire event or individual breakout rooms.
Screenshare Every attendee can screenshare at each table. Attendees can screenshare, use a whiteboard, and create polls within a breakout room.
Pre-recorded videos Event hosts can upload and play videos for attendees at a stage or a table. Learn more → Hosts can only share their screen to play videos.
Branded events Hosts can create a branded look and feel for each event by adding a logo and choosing a color for the background. Learn more → Zoom has a standard look and feel for meeting spaces and only allows branding on pages where attendees can join a meeting and invitation emails.
Lobby Guests enter the event in the lobby so they have a chance to select the table they want to join. In the lobby, they get background music, announcements, and prompts to join a table. Attendees can't do anything in Zoom's waiting rooms. They must wait for hosts to let them in.
Social interactions
Networking Attendees have the freedom to network and visit whichever tables or topics they please without the host assigning them. Learn more → Zoom event hosts must assign each attendee to the breakout rooms, and the attendees can’t move around between breakout rooms.
Networking nudges Attendees are prompted to visit other tables and meet new people. Zoom does not offer any features to assist attendee networking.
Profile details Attendees can get to know the basics about their tablemates through the virtual name cards under each video stream that includes profile picture, job title, company, and other custom fields. Learn more → Zoom doesn’t display any information about meeting participants other than their name or profile picture.
Contact sharing Attendees can opt to share their profile details and contact information with other guests to connect after the event ends. Learn more → Attendees cannot share their profile or contact information with each other.
Ice breakers Attendees at the same table can play fun games or get the conversation flowing with suggested icebreaker topics. Learn more → Zoom does not offer any games or ice breakers.
Non-verbal communication Attendees have a variety of non-verbal communication prompts at their fingertips. Attendees can change status, raise hands, and share reactions. Learn more → Zoom only has two non-verbal reactions and attendee status is hidden in the sidebar.
Chat Attendees can chat with everyone at their table or direct message other guests at the event. Learn more → Zoom allows attendees to chat with everyone or select individuals.
Reporting
Event stats and reports Admins can measure the success of their event by accessing event data including the number of connections made, the most popular tables, and engagement levels of all the attendees. Learn more → Zoom offers a Usage report which contains limited information like the list of meetings, attendees, and meeting minutes.
Event connection summary Attendees receive a summary of the connections they made during the event that include LinkedIn profiles. Zoom does not send any summary to attendees after meetings.

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