Platform Rumble: Remo

Making virtual events pretty.

Read on to see how Remo holds up as a platform, its strengths, weaknesses, and ultimately its Alt Score.

Introduction

Remo is making headway, but still remains a little niche. They like to talk a lot about “humanising” the digital experience – and to be fair to them, they definitely make some strides on that front.

What’s good?

Remo takes the award for most visually impressive, bagging +50 points. Not only is it impressive but the interface is highly customisable (+20 points), meaning people have created conference halls, saloons, music venues… anything you can imagine!  Depending on the event you’re running through it, it’s a fantastic opportunity to pull the theme of it into the visuals.

It’s got some handy functionality to boot – users can move between tables at will through a simple double click, and see where everyone else is, so +20 points for that. Each table also has its own virtual whiteboard, which you can also pre-load stuff onto (+10 points).

Finally, you can switch between presenter mode, where it goes into a webinar style format displaying a presenter, a couple of potential speakers and a chat pane with polling functionality, or theatre mode, where people can free roam as they wish, giving you a great dual experience (+30 points).

Therefore as a platform for events, conferences or even workshops, it’s a great tool to consider if you want to give a bit more wow.

What’s bad?

It does however have some limitations. Firstly, this beauty of a platform loves to put your laptop through the ringer, meaning things can get pretty laggy (particularly if you want to fire up things like the whiteboard). A decent laptop will have no trouble, but plenty of people are attending virtual Remo events on a work device, and I.T. teams can’t always fork out for the most high performing laptops you’ve ever seen, so -15 points for a lack of compatibility there.

It also loves to get blocked by corporate firewalls and VPNs. Corporate I.T. departments do need to do some catching up here to stop this happening so much on some of the new but also perfectly secure platforms, but ultimately its still an issue, so -10 points there.

Its also mostly intuitive but could do with some tweaking, particularly on things like the chat function and getting your webcam/mic working, so a mild -5 points here.

It’s price point is also fairly steep – a membership for 200 guests and events of up to 2.5 hours will come in at $360 a month, and that’s on an annual plan. It’s $450 a month if you want a monthly rolling. And there are still package levels above that. While you get a lot of features in exchange, that price point will keep some people out, so it’s a -10 points here.

A perk to throw in though that you didn’t see coming – it has better monetising opportunities. You can have banners spread around the interface just like event “advertising space”, and charge sponsors for the pleasure of appearing on them. A nice touch, +10 points.

VERDICT – 100 Alt Points

All in all, Remo is a fantastic option for that “next level” virtual event that offers a far greater “wow” than MS Teams or Zoom. But you’ll pay for it, and it’s got its glitches if you’re sitting on a security heavy corporate system.

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