The 13 Benefits of Using Webinar Software to Host Online Classes

If you have a desire to teach, then you should know that using webinar software to host online classes comes with a number of unique advantages worth exploring.

We’ve provided you with the top 13 benefits to teaching online classes via webinar below:

1. There is no limit to the number of students you can accept

While this is the type of problem most teachers can only hope for, the fact is that teaching a class in person means that you may not be able to accommodate all the students who wish to attend. After that, you just have to hope they sign up for the next time you’re offering the class or you’ve just missed out on more money. (If the class is free, you may still miss out on potential students.)

 

2. Online classes have zero room restrictions, so you’re never limited

Of course, you may decide to cut off registration at a certain point simply so you’re able to give individual attention as necessary, but the number you choose will be completely up to you.

 

3. Students can attend from anywhere in the world

The other side of benefit #2 is that you can accept students from anywhere in the world. They don’t have to be a local to become a student. They don’t even have to be a citizen in the same country as yours.

Again, this is going to mean that you can receive more students for each class you hold.

It also means that you can market your class to people from all over the world, too. You’re dealing with a much larger pool of potential students.

All this might seem obvious. What probably isn’t obvious is that by being able to market to anyone in the world, you stand a much better chance of finding potential hotspots you would otherwise have missed if you could only accept local attendees.

For example, if you were teaching a course on the history of European art, you might be surprised to learn that the topic is very popular in Asia, simply because this type of art is much less common.

If you could only teach the course to people who could attend in person in the West, you’d miss out on this very promising income stream.

 

4. You can record online classes

Use webinar software to record online classes

Live online classes are great for a number of reasons, but sometimes they’re inconvenient for some people to attend, especially when you cater to a global audience.

For this reason, we recommend you use webinar software to record your online classes so they can be watched on-demand.

Obviously, this isn’t something you could easily do with in-person classes. Even if you did, the equipment costs would be significant and you’d still need software to upload the recording to your website.

 

5. Your Online Classes Can Teach People While You’re Fast Asleep

Once you’ve recorded your online classes, you can put them online and people can watch them whenever they want. This means your students can be learning at any time, even while you’re fast asleep.

This is a far better use of your time. It also accommodates your students’ time much better, too.

Again, the end result is that you can welcome more students into your course. If you plan on charging for your classes, this is going to make a very profitable difference.

 

6. Online Classes Can Become a Source of Passive Income

As we just mentioned, you’re probably thinking about charging for your online classes. Sure, you can offer classes for free in the hopes that they work as a sort of marketing funnel, but it’s also worth thinking about how much you could make by charging people to attend your course.

If you use webinar software and record your classes, you don’t even have to work to make money. Once your class is recorded and you’re happy with it, you can share it online and charge people to watch while, once again, you’re busy doing something else.

The class can continue to make you money for as long as it’s relevant.

In fact, a lot of teachers use webinar software to record their classes and then spend their free time marketing it to increase its exposure and how many customers they can charge.

 

7. Students Can Still Ask Questions During Online Classes

Interactive webinar software for online classes

There’s no doubt that students need the option to ask questions in order to get the most out of a class. Perhaps you were thinking about this as you read our advice to record your online classes and offer them 24/7/365.

Did you wonder how students would be able to get answers to the questions they had?

If so, remember that, if you use the right webinar software, you can host a live class with students watching and make it possible for them to send you their questions, record it, and then offer it online later. Q&A sessions at the end of webinars are extremely popular.

Whether you decide to do this or not, you can also provide your students with an email address they can send their questions to. You just have to make sure you reply promptly.

Over time, consider putting together a FAQ of the questions you tend to get the most from students. This should help cut down on the number of emails you get while still keeping your students happy.

No matter how you plan to handle this matter, the important thing is that you’re still able to interact with people who sign up for your class and may have questions.

 

8. It’s Easier to Monitor Success Rates with Online Classes

Another very distinct advantage you’ll get from using webinar software to host your online classes is that it becomes much easier to monitor your success rates.

Traditionally, it can be difficult to know if you’re doing well teaching your class. There are things like attendance rate and grades, of course, but those still leave a huge gray area. Even handing out feedback forms usually won’t bring you the type of responses you can really use to improve as a teacher.

Webinar software can give you extremely helpful analytics, though.

Aside from the basics (e.g. how many people registered to attend vs. how many people actually did), you can also find out if/when people left your class from the engagement statistics your webinar software provides.

Most students can’t or won’t do this in real life. They might physically be present, but their minds are miles away. As such, you have no idea that your presentation of the material isn’t very engaging. You probably won’t find out until it comes time to do some grading and it becomes clear there’s an issue.

If you use webinar software, you’ll know where you need to improve as a teacher. As time goes on, you can expect far better engagement rates. You should also see more and more people sign up for your classes as word spreads about just how effective you are as a teacher.

For those of you who are offering a class for free as a means of marketing a product or service you’ll offer at the end, analytics are also very important. Webinar software will help you boost engagement and profitability. You can also use it to decide what your future investment will be on classes so you’re not sinking yourself with unnecessary overhead.

9. Online Classes are Great for Teachers Who Hate Public Speaking

Teaching and speaking in front of a large group of people tend to go hand in hand. Unfortunately, not everyone who loves sharing their knowledge with others also loves getting up in front of those people.

Obviously, if you’re using webinar software to host online classes, you’re not standing directly in front of a huge crowd.

However, if you’re lucky, a huge crowd will be “attending” from all over the world. The very thought of this might be enough to get your pulse racing.

As we’ve already mentioned, though, using webinar software means you can simply record your class and post it online later.

If you take this route, then there’s really no one around when you’re actually “teaching.” You’re just talking to your computer. If you don’t like how you said something, go back and redo that line. Rehearse as many times as you want without ever having to worry about messing up in front of a crowd or stage fright otherwise getting the best of you.

10. Hosting Online Classes Is Far More Affordable Than Holding Them in Person

High-quality webinar software – the kind you’ll want to use for your online classes – is going to cost money, but you’ll find it’s still more affordable than the costs that come with offering courses in person.

For one, you’d have to rent space.  You may even need to spend money on making sure that space has seating.

Then there are all the profitable advantages we’re covering in this piece. Foregoing those will definitely cost you.

Therefore, despite the fact that webinar software will actually make it easier to make money from your online classes, it’s also going to be cheaper than the traditional approach to teaching.

 

11. Online Classes Are Becoming the Norm

It wasn’t all that long ago that learning through a webinar format was almost unheard of. However, that has definitely changed. Nowadays, almost everyone has gone through some type of course online before.

Whether it was for college credits, a class their employer made them take, or something they did in their free time for their own reasons, webinars are the norm.

In fact, whole colleges have sprung up around the idea of providing courses to students from all over the world. Don’t be surprised to see this trend continue.

What this means for you is that you shouldn’t avoid offering online classes because you’re worried about what people will think. While some of your students may definitely be attending an online course for the first time, those people are in the minority. Most have already been through several.

 

12. Webinar Software Will Give Your Online Classes a Truly Professional Feel

Not only do you not need to worry about online classes being a turn-off to your potential classes, but you can actually use this type of platform to position yourself as a high-quality source of information.

Webinar software will give your online classes a truly professional feel. For one thing, as we already covered, you can wait until you’re happy with your presentation before you actually put it online, which means you can make numerous efforts to give off the professional feel you want.

The right webinar software will also help with the very presentation in terms of how it looks and how your market engages with it. You can optimize this professional feel with your entire marketing funnel, too.

 

13. You Can Use Online Classes to Boost Your Perceived Authority

If you’ve been in education for a while, you know that there are only a couple of ways to truly boost your professional profile.

The first would be to get work published in your field and have it receive glowing reviews from your contemporaries.

The other is to publish a work (usually a book) that has a decent chance of reaching potential students so they can judge for themselves how qualified you are.

While it might still be worth chasing these options, neither can compete with using webinar software to create online classes and then marketing them online.

Again, as people can attend your course from anywhere in the world, you can use everything from social media to PPC to guest posts to grab your market’s attention.

Aside from giving you a shot at far more students, being seen all over like this can dramatically increase the authority you’re perceived to have in your field. Obviously, this could be worth a lot of money.

Webinar software isn’t just user-friendly; it also comes with all the benefits we just covered above. Still, if you’d like help making the most out of one of these platforms, contact BigMarker for help.

 

 

 

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What’s in a Webinar Title?

A lot goes into hosting a successful webinar. While there are a number of important elements to cover before, during, and after your webinars to ensure success, it’s critical to start with a winning webinar title.

Below, we’re going to cover what you need to know in order to come up with an attractive, high-converting webinar title.

 

Think About Your Audience Before Choosing a Webinar Title

Think About Your People and Webinar Audience Before Choosing a Webinar Title

This might seem like pretty obvious advice. Of course, you want to think about who might be attending your webinar before you come up with its title. That’s why this tip comes first on our list of webinar title advice.

However, let’s dig a bit deeper.

When you understand your market and what they’re looking for, you’ll have more freedom to make the most out of the advice below.

One thing to think about is tone. It has become very popular for people to give the titles of their webinars, blog posts, and other forms of marketing some kind of humorous or witty bend.

This can definitely increase your clicks, but before you do something like this, consider if the tone would be appropriate.

If your webinar is on something like estate planning, dealing with depression, or any other subject that might carry a somber feel, it probably isn’t a good idea to try to inject humor. People might not think you’re taking the topic very seriously or they may simply wonder if you are truly a professional.

Finally, take a look at what your competitors are doing. There’s no shame in trying to improve on what’s clearly working for them.

 

Turn Your Webinar Title into a Provocative Question

No matter what kind of marketing material you’re trying to come up with a title for, asking a question is almost always a sure bet.

For one thing, a question demands an answer. Therefore, by making your webinar title a question, you’re setting yourself up for instant engagement. This doesn’t guarantee someone will sign up, but it ensures that most people will take an extra second because of your title.

For best results, make the question a provocative one.

“How would you like to increase your sales?” is definitely a question that will probably gain decent engagement.

However, a far better one would be, “Would you like to improve your profits by 200%?”

See how that gets the mind going? A provocative question must be specific in order to get the desired reaction.

 

Use a Powerful Verb in Your Webinar Title

Use a Powerful Verb in Your Webinar Title

Rephrasing the above provocative webinar title into a statement would be to say, “Start making 200% more today!”

Obviously, it’s still provocative. It also carries a certain amount of power with it. The title doesn’t just hold a promise. It’s literally telling you to begin doing something.

However, an even more powerful verb would go a long way toward boosting your webinar signups.

“Accelerate your profits by 200%!”

“Boost profits by 200%!”

“Generate 200% more with your business!”

These stronger, more powerful verbs all help get the blood pumping a bit more. This is what you want. Before someone decides to invest time and perhaps even money into your webinar, you’d better get them excited.

Use verbs in your webinar title that will spike their emotions and have them full of anticipation so they can’t wait to get started.

 

Turn Your Webinar Title into a Listicle

If you know anything about writing blogs, you know that “listicles” (list-based forms of content) make for fantastic content. Aside from the fact that they are inherently better for organizing information, the titles tend to outperform others in terms of gaining clicks.

You can leverage the same power by coming up with a webinar title that begins with a number.

Of course, you only want to do this if your webinar will actually follow the same format. However, if you haven’t picked said format yet, it might be worth reorganizing things a bit so your listicle title becomes an accurate choice.

Combine this titling tip with the others from this piece and you will come up with a real powerhouse for your webinar.

 

Don’t Forget to Use Keywords in Your Webinar Title

Use keywords in your webinar title

While we’re not going to take the time to explain the intricacies of SEO (Search Engine Optimization), the following should suffice for a definition: SEO entails a number of different methods that help your site earn traffic by getting better ranks with search engines, especially Google.

Keywords play a big role in SEO. They’re the words or phrases people type into a search engine when they’re looking for something.

For example, if you were car shopping in Miami, you might type, “car dealerships in Miami.”

If you run a car dealership in Miami, that phrase is definitely a keyword you would want Google to associate with your site, so you’d stand a better chance of ending up high on the first page of the search results for it.

Again, we’re not going to get into all the details here, but having a keyword in the title of your content is always helpful. It tells Google that this keyword clearly plays a big role in the content you’ve posted.

Therefore, when you’re trying to come up with a webinar title, consider what your audience might search for to find it. This goes back to understanding your audience.

For best results, use SEO software for this or hire an expert to help you come up with a title based on available keywords you stand a good chance of ranking well for.

 

Make the Outcome Clear in Your Webinar Title

Above, when we were coming up with webinar title ideas about a program that would help viewers boost their profits, we did more than just make it into a question or use powerful verbs.

Those titles would also work because they imply or make an explicit promise to potential viewers.

This is always a good idea. It tells your would-be audience exactly why they should tune in.

Remember: people are busier than ever before. Therefore, even if you’re not charging for your webinar, you still need to convince them that it’s worth setting time aside in their days to tune in.

If you make the title of your webinar something like “The Acme. Co. Webinar”, you’re leaving too much to the imagination. What’s it about? What’s it going to cover? What do I get out of it?

You don’t want to hope that people will simply answer these questions themselves and give you the benefit of the doubt.

Something like “The Acme. Co. Profitability Webinar” is still too vague, though. Sure, people now know you’re probably going to talk about profitability, but that could still cover a wide range of topics.

Going back to what we talked about earlier, it’s also not very provocative or exciting.

You’d do much better with, “Drive Sales Up 200% in 10 Days.”

Now people know exactly what you’re promising. They still need to tune in for the details, of course, but they’ll be far more likely to do so because you’ve made a clear promise: If people join your webinar, they are going to make 200% more sales by the time 10 days go by.

If you want to double-check how well you’re doing with this strategy, try writing one out and asking somebody who knows nothing about your webinar what they think you’re going to deliver. The closer they get to the exact answer, the better you’ve done.

 

Are You Giving The People What They Want?

One last note regarding the outcome you promise in your webinar title: it better be one people would actually want.

This is similar to our recommendation about being provocative, except we’re not referencing style here. We’re talking about the actual substance of your webinar. While that topic is a subject for another blog post, the point is that if it doesn’t sound compelling in a title, it’s not worth going through with the webinar.

If you can’t completely overhaul the topic you’re covering in your webinar, at least do your best to repackage the subject so people can’t wait to reach the goal you’re promising.

 

Can You Make Your Webinar Title Timely?

Sometimes, this simply won’t be possible, so don’t try to force this tactic where it clearly won’t work.

That being said, timely titles almost always do better than those that seem like they could’ve been used at any time.

This is true for a couple of reasons worth exploring.

The first is simply that they do better with keyword research, which we already touched on. If someone looks up a certain recent event and you used it in your webinar title, you now have the chance to win over a new viewer you may have otherwise missed.

The second advantage is that a timely title often seems as though it’s a short-term offer, as fleeting as the event it references.

Even if this isn’t actually the case – perhaps you plan to leave the webinar up indefinitely – it still encourages people to take action when they think they could miss out if they don’t click now.

Again, don’t be sloppy with this method. When it isn’t an option, there’s no point in shoehorning it in.

Furthermore, you don’t want to attract people who would never be interested in the actual subject matter you’re covering.

For example, if you were to use a recent celebrity’s dramatic weight loss in order to pitch a webinar about self-management, goal-attainment, or a nutrition plan that the celebrity didn’t actually use, you might get people to sign up, but they’ll quickly lose interest.

 

Keep Your Webinar Title Nice and Short

Don’t get carried away with your webinar title to the point that people have to spend a good amount of time simply to read the entire thing.

A good webinar title length is between 50 and 70 characters.

While you certainly want to be descriptive, the problem is that most people associate long titles with boredom, which is definitely not how you want them to think about your webinar.

Furthermore, shorter titles are better for search engines and most social media platforms because they won’t be cut off due to length.

Again, descriptive titles are best. You want your potential viewers to understand what they can expect from your presentation. Ideally, they should be excited about this promise, too.

However, once you have an idea for your title, try to pare it down to make it as short as possible without losing its punch.

 

Will Your Brand Name Help Your Webinar Title?

If you have a notable brand, it’s not a bad idea to include it in your title.

People are busier than ever before. A link to your webinar on a social media page or some other site besides your own could be easily overlooked.

However, if your webinar title references the name of your company, you’ll probably have a much easier time getting the attention of your targeted audience.

 

Consider Using A/B Testing to Evaluate Your Webinar Title

A/B Test Webinar Titles

If the above seems a bit overwhelming, rest assured that picking a good title gets easier with practice.

At the same time, one really easy way to “hack” the process is by using A/B testing. While there are a number of platforms you can use to do this, the idea is simple: you test two different titles and see which one gets the most clicks.

For example, you can launch a Facebook ad that uses two or more titles and then see how many of your targeted customers click on them.

It will quickly become obvious which title is the best to use.

Nonetheless, we still recommend using the above advice and practicing your title-writing as much as possible. A/B testing will only be as productive as the quality of your titles.

 

If you’d like help crafting your webinar title, BigMarker is here to help. Contact us today to chat with a webinar expert.

 

 

 

 

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How to Effectively Drive Webinar Registrations and Conversions

If you’re planning to host webinars in the near future, you’re probably pretty excited about their potential. Companies from all over the world and in countless industries have used webinars to increase their reach, build their authority, and, of course, turn viewers into customers.

However, that doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed the result you want. While there are plenty of important parts to virtual presentations, if you don’t know how to drive webinar registrations and conversions, the actual session you host won’t do a whole lot.

A brief primer on webinar registrations

Before we go jumping into the nuts and bolts of driving webinar registrations and conversions, let’s make sure everyone is on the same page about this topic.

After all, if you’re new to webinars and/or marketing, you may not understand why having people register for your webinar is so important. Some have even worried that putting a step like this between viewers and webinars may actually be counterproductive.

Webinar registrations are important because they help you build a target market. Registration data teaches you about the people signing up for your webinar, including how they heard about it.

That’s not all. Webinar registrations provide email addresses, allowing you to contact the audience about new programs and opportunities.

All things considered, you ultimately want to drive conversions. Webinars are great for countless reasons, but if they don’t lead to revenue, what’s the point?

Conversions are ratios of how many webinar attendees become customers. It may not happen immediately and it may take you several programs, but it’s still important to drive this number.

Now that we’ve covered webinar registrations and conversions, let’s move on to talking about how you can increase both.

Understanding the relationship between webinar registrations and conversions

Understanding the relationship between webinar registrations and conversions
On the left we have registrations and on the right we have conversions…but how are they related?

The first thing you need to understand about webinar registrations and conversions is how the two are related.

You might think this is obvious: Without registrations, there cannot be conversions.

That’s true, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. If you only get that far in your understanding of how the two are connected, you’re going to be very disappointed by your webinar’s results.

The people registering for your webinar will have a direct effect on your conversion rate because of the types of people who are registering.

Take this example…

Let’s say you’re a fitness coach and you specialize in coaching men older than 40 in weight loss. In an effort to sell books, courses, and more to clients, you decide to use a webinar where you cover basic topics, answer questions, and engage your audience.

After your webinar, you see that you hardly converted anyone. With a bit more digging, you learn that the vast majority of people actually dropped off early on into the webinar.

What went wrong?

It turns out your registration process set you up to fail. It didn’t mention that you were only focusing on men 40 and older. All you talked about was weight loss, six-pack abs, and easy diet plans. By trying to market to everyone, you ended up converting no one.

That’s an extreme example, but it illustrates how webinar registrations and conversions are related.

With that established, let’s dive into how to drive conversions.

Know your audience and how to target them

know and understand your webinar audience to drive webinar registrations
Different people – different goals and motivations!

Never assume you know everything about your market and your customers. It’s easier than ever before to learn more about them, so it’s worth researching which sites they visit, who they follow on social media, what their goals are, and more.

Truly understanding your audience helps you craft a message that resonates with readers and drives registrations.

At some point, you’ll have a large email list you can use for this heavy lifting, but right now, you may have to rely on ads or social media to promote your webinar.

Use ads to drive webinar registrations

It’s important to know where your audience will be and to craft an ad that will resonate. The more time you spend researching and testing this, the more effective your ads will be.

Video ads are one of the best ways to advertise a webinar and build interest. They give viewers a great idea of what to expect when they join your webinar.

So what kind of first impression should you make?

First, the audio and video must be perfect. This communicates to registrants that they will be able to see and hear the webinar.

Second, presentations must be polished. They don’t need to have expensive graphics and features, but they need to be delivered smoothly, succinctly, and confidently. This conveys that you are a trustworthy expert, and attendees will be more likely to register for future webinars.

Third, your audience should receive compelling information. Ideally, this is actionable advice that they can use right away. If you’re able to give them concrete help in an ad – even if it seems small – they’ll be incentivized to attend your webinar for more information.

Video ads are easy to run on YouTube, but what if your audience prefers Facebook or LinkedIn?

On sites that use static ads, you can redirect your audience to a shorter, teaser ad video on a landing page.

Earn webinar registrations through email

Over time, you’ll grow a reliable email list to attract registrants every time you host a webinar. If your content is always amazing, one email should be enough, right?

Unfortunately, that’s not usually how it works. Webinar experts with great content still struggle to keep attendance high.

To avoid this problem, first and foremost give prospects plenty of time. Instead of emailing them for the first time a few days before the webinar, help them plan for it by announcing it ahead of time.

For best results, use a three-week period when following up with prospects. You can always make it longer, but on average, 91% of registrations happen three weeks before the webinar.

Now, what kind of email are you going to send?

To drive webinar registrations, you will want to mix it up. For example, if you were to send three invitations, you might start with an HTML email, then a plain text email, then an HTML email again.

You should also vary the promotional message you use. It’s important to understand your audience, but in this case, we’re referring to the tone and verbiage. In one message, you might be formal. In another, you might be more personable.

When you create variety in your emails, your recipients can’t predict what you’ll send next. This piques their interest and makes them more likely to register.

Before we move on to conversions, we’ll leave you with one piece of advice about the copy you use to drive webinar registrations: Promise something big.

People take the time to attend webinars because they are looking for something impactful and they believe they will gain something valuable. It is important to give them a sense of certainty that the webinar will change their lives or businesses in an important way.

The art of turning webinar registrations into conversions

improve webinar registrations and conversions
Ramp up your ratios!

As discussed earlier, if you have a strong foundation of webinar registrations, it should be manageable to convert quite a few. This will be especially true if you follow our advice from the previous section and excite people about what you have to offer. They will show up ready to convert before the webinar even begins.

You might be wondering, “What is a good conversion rate?” The truth is that there’s no way of generalizing this number across industries and product lines. All you can do is look at the ratio between registrations and conversions and continuously improve it.

Give an exclusive offer

One way to increase conversions is with an exciting and unexpected offer during your webinar. Even if your goal is to sell at the end of the webinar, it is key to provide exclusive, obligation-free offers. This will excite them and they will want to reciprocate.

It’s important to hype this exclusive freebie. Instead of simply stating the offer, build up to it for a natural yet attention-grabbing moment.

Save the sales pitch for later

Keep the product or service out of the spotlight until the very end. Again, your webinar needs to add value, even if attendees do not convert. Webinar registrations improve when you not only promise value, but you deliver. Failing to deliver, or only delivering after you sell, can negatively impact conversions.

If you jump right into a sales pitch, it’s almost guaranteed that you will sell absolutely nothing. Avoid the sales pitch, and conversions will likely improve.

Use scarcity

Finally, you can use scarcity to your advantage. This is a powerful sales technique, and a webinar is a great time to leverage it.

Scarcity works one of two ways:

  • You can tell your audience that you have a limited quantity, or that you can only accommodate a certain number of people
  • You can make a limited time offer (e.g. After the webinar ends, they have until midnight to convert)

Of course, in order for your webinar marketing to be effective, your audience ultimately needs to be exicted about what you are offering.

Final thoughts

More than anything, each webinar you host is a learning experience. If you knock it out of the park on your first try, that’s amazing! However, don’t be discouraged if that’s not the case. The more you host, the more you learn, and your results are bound to improve.

Even when you see positive registrations and conversions, keep improving. These two components make all the difference, so the better they are, the better your overall results.

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To drive webinar registrations, you’ll first need a webinar software that allows you to design an amazing landing page. BigMarker is a modern webinar platform, offering a full stack of marketing tools that help you capture leads and maximize the impact of your webinars.

Start your 14-day free trial of BigMarker today, or send us a message to get in touch.

 

 

Sources:

https://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-to-increase-webinar-registration#sm.000011dwb1h6t8epau77f3bhms60v

https://www.thebalance.com/increase-webinar-registrations-with-landing-pages-2531490

7 Ways to Improve Your Webinars (and Conversion Rate)

The 11 Best Web Microphones for Webinar Hosting

A lot goes in to running a successful webinar. However, above all else, you need a good web microphone. Below, we’ve listed 11 of your best options. After going through them all, you should be ready to make a selection.

Understanding Your Two Main Web Microphone Options

Before we get into your best web microphone options, let’s take a moment to talk about the two main types you have to choose from.

The first kind is a “dynamic microphone”. If you’re looking for a web microphone and aren’t too sure how serious you are about hosting webinars, this is probably the model you’ll end up with. That’s because it’s the cheapest.

That doesn’t mean it’s bad. A dynamic web microphone works by using a magnetic field to sense where the audio signal is coming from and receive it. On a mechanical level, a very lightweight and usually thin diaphragm moves when it responds to sound pressure.

As a result, a dynamic web microphone will be less sensitive to sound pressure levels. The same goes for high frequencies. While they won’t record as much surrounding noise, this type of web microphone also won’t produce as rich a sound.

Is that such a bad thing?

You’ll have to decide. Again, these are less expensive and don’t need a power supply. Although, in this day and age, that last feature probably shouldn’t be a huge deal if you’re looking for a web microphone. Just plug one in.

The other web microphone option is known as a “condenser”. These respond far better to the “speed” of sound waves. They also pick up on more nuances. Condenser microphones are (by far) the choice of people who need mics to record music.

Inside of the condenser web microphone is a conductive diaphragm that is spread thin and placed closed to the backplate, which is a metal disc.

Of course, condenser mics will require a power supply, but we’ve already talked about that.

While they will cost more money than dynamic mics, the other drawback is that you will only want to use them if you have a secure area that won’t involve background noise. If you’re planning to use this web microphone in your home, you can’t have other things going on in the surrounding area or your listeners will hear it.

 

11 of the Best Web Microphones for Webinar Hosting

 

Heil PR-40

Heil PR-40 web microphone
https://heilsound.com

Our first pick, the Heil PR-40, may be the king of dynamic web microphones. It’s made with a copper-wound dynamic combined with a neodymium magnet structure. These are both high-quality pieces of material, which means you get to put out a better sound.

While this dynamic condenser web microphone is an excellent choice, it does come with a higher price tag. If you’re new to webinar hosting, the Heil PR-40 may not be your first choice. In contrast, if you’re looking to invest in high quality webinar audio technology, then add this to your short list.

 

Audio-Technica ATR2100

Audio-Technica ATR2100 web microphone
http://www.audio-technica.com/

While the Heil PR-40 may be more popular, another great dynamic web microphone that is gaining a lot of fans is the Audio-Technica ATR2100.

As a handheld mic, much of its popularity is based on preference. If you like handheld mics for your webinars, the others may not be a good fit. The Audio-Technica ATR2100 is handheld but also produces an amazing result.

It’s also both an XLR and USB, which makes it unique to the list and gives it another huge advantage. Furthermore, you can actually use both at the same time. The XLR would work best for live webinars or webcasts and, obviously, the USB would make the most sense for digital recordings.

Other reasons to love the Audio-Technica ATR2100 include the fact that it uses a Cardioid polar pattern, has an extended frequency, and works with built-in headphones. At the end of the day, if you are using multiple webinar approaches – or you’re not sure which version works best, yet – this mic is easy to recommend.

Rode Podcaster

Rode Podcaster web microphone
https://www.amazon.com/

The most expensive dynamic web microphone on our list is the Rode Podcaster. Even though it’s easy to recommend a condenser mic over this type of model, don’t sell this one short. It might be one of the best options on our entire list (which explains its price).

Internal shock mounting will help when you record, especially if you’re in a room that might let in outside noise. It also makes it very easy to isolate your voice, which is one more reason it’s a good, versatile option for those who are worried about recording a bit too much audio.

A 3.5mm stereo headphone output is also very attractive in its own right, but the jack gives you built-in volume controls, too.

Samson Meteor

Samson Meteor Web Microphone
http://www.samsontech.com/

Let’s now shift our focus to condenser microphones. The first on our list? The Samson Meteor. It’s actually very affordable despite being a condenser mic, so even if you’re new to hosting webinars, don’t write it off right away. For the price, this is probably the best deal on the list.

It’s very durable, too, so if you think you’ll be holding webinars from numerous locations, it is going to be a great choice. You can fold the legs up and it will still work very well as a handheld option, but those legs also go right back down, which will make it easy to talk into from the seated position.

Although you still have to make considerations for its condenser features, if you’re going to hold webinars and are short on space (e.g. an apartment, hotel room, small office, etc.), this web microphone won’t get in the way.

Lastly, another reason we love this web microphone for people on limited budgets is because it can connect right into your iPad and other tablets, so you can then use Garageband to edit the final version of your presentation before releasing it.

Audio-Technica AT2020

Audio-Technica AT2020 Web Microphone
http://www.audio-technica.com/

In terms of price, the Audio-Technica AT2020 is a considerable step up. Yet, you’re still not spending a ton of money to get a very easy-to-use microphone that would be great for you entry-level types.

You don’t need a ton of technical skill to use this condenser web microphone. You can literally just take it out of the box, plug it in, and start using it. While you should do just as much research finding good webinar software for your presentations, this mic works with just about all of them, whether you prefer a Mac or PC.

Another thing we love about it is its low-mass diaphragm, which was custom made to work well with extended frequencies and gives a high-level transient response. Basically, this means that if you use this mic, it will isolate your sounds. Therefore, once again, if you don’t have a perfectly quit environment, the Audio-Technica AT2020 will work around it.

Blue Microphones Yeti

Blue Microphones Yeti Web Microphone
https://www.amazon.com

This web microphone is a top seller on Amazon for a number of reasons. The Blue Microphones Yeti is relatively affordable, it works well, and it has a stylish, retro design, which makes it ideal for webinar hosts who plan to be on camera.

Aesthetics aside, its bidirectional design makes it phenomenal for interviews. If you plan on talking to people on a podcast, this is the one to go with. At the same time, it was also crafted for omni-directional use, which means it is phenomenal for webinars where you might do a conference call.

If you’re worried about the work involved to execute these types of webinars, don’t be. The Blue Microphones Yeti can be taken out of the box, plugged in, and used right away without any technical skill. With an audio output right at its side, you can also plug your headphones in.

Blue Microphones Snowball

Blue Microphones Snowball Web Microphone
https://www.amazon.com

If you know anything about webinars, this one shouldn’t surprise you. Blue makes our list again with this extremely popular web microphone. It earns its name because of its simple apparatus that’s capped off with a spherical mic.

Despite the legendary manufacturer behind it, the Blue Microphones Snowball is another extremely affordable condenser mic. It also looks fantastic on camera, especially because you have eight different colors to choose from.

On a technical side, it has a dual capsule design, so you can do interviews and conference calls with equal sound quality. The -10dB Pad: A -10dB pad switch will eliminate sound either way, so you’ll have a bit more freedom to choose the location for your webinar.

Both Macs and PCs will accommodate this high-performing mic equally.

MXL990

MXL 990 Web Microphone
https://www.amazon.com

Once again, we have another web microphone that mimics the mics of yesteryear. It doesn’t get much more classic than the MXL990.

Don’t let the look fool you, though. It comes outfitted with a FET preamp, which helps create a better balance output. Add to that its nice large diaphragm and you get a professional result that offers superior sound quality, even by condenser web microphone standards.

The only real drawback with this web microphone is that it will only work with an XLR cable. You’ll need a USB mixer or XLR-to-USB converter to get it to work with your computer, but that’s to be expected with this kind of professional equipment.

CAD U37

CAD-U37-Condenser-Recording-Web-Microphone
http://cadaudio.com/

This is one of the largest condenser microphones on the list. While that adds to its looks, the fact is that the CAD U37 will also give you a nice rich sound on your webinar. Just remember that the trade-off is that you have to be careful about where you record.

That’s not all it has to offer, though. You’ll benefit from a -10dB overload-protection switch. This will make up for its ability to pick up noises from far away – at least, a little bit. That feature reduces distortion. There’s also a switch for reducing bass, which will eliminate a lot of the low-frequency white noise you may not hear until the webinar has been recorded.

All of these professional features don’t elevate the price tag much, though, which makes this condenser web microphone a solid choice for rookies.

Shure SM58

Shure SM58 Web Microphone
http://www.shure.com/

The Shure SM58 is a workhorse of a web microphone. It’s another one on the list that is very mobile, so you have some options for how you want to format your webinar. It’s also extremely durable – maybe the toughest mic on the list. While that probably shouldn’t influence you too much, if you plan on traveling with a mic a lot, look no further than this condenser microphone.

Given its price tag, you can also afford audio software or a mixer to travel with you and, therefore, leave your laptop or tablet behind.

Samson Go Mic

Samson Go Mic Web Microphone
http://www.samsontech.com/

Another very affordable option is the Samson Go Mic. If the CAD U37 was one of the largest on our lists, then this is definitely the smallest. As its name suggests, it’s very portable. This also makes it great for impromptu interviews when you may need to hand the mic back and forth. The Samson Go Mic can even be clipped to a desk, so though it may look like you’d have to hold it, that’s not the case.

Like other, more expensive web microphone options on our list, this one has an omni-directional pickup and switchable cardiod. Translation: its sound quality is great. It also works with Macs and PCs.

One feature that makes this web microphone especially unique is that it’s the only one that comes with recording software. Cakewalk Music Creator is fairly user-friendly and will give you everything you need to begin producing webinars right away.

Don’t take your web microphone needs for granted before hosting your webinars. The last thing you want is to spend good money on one only to get bad results. No matter what your budget or needs are, there’s a mic from the list above that will fit.

Still, if you want help making your decision, contact us. We’d be more than happy to guide your decision.

Also, check out BigMarker today to start hosting amazing webinars.

 

 

 

Sources:

https://www.elegantthemes.com/blog/resources/the-15-best-webinar-software-products-from-around-the-web

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/mic-need-professional-podcast-10-best-podcasting-microphones/119254/

https://www.thepodcasthost.com/equipment/the-best-podcasting-microphones-on-the-market/

Hacks for Crafting a Killer Webinar Presentation – Part 2: Webinar PowerPoint Design

This blog is “part two” of a two-part series that details steps to take to develop a killer webinar presentation. Part one covered best practices for developing the content for your presentation, and this blog will include hacks for designing the webinar PowerPoint presentation, best practices for placing your content on slides and then tips for adding images.

If you haven’t read part one yet, check it out here. I will be referring to it often.

 

Designing your webinar PowerPoint Presentation

PowerPoint is a powerful tool and has more features that you probably ever considered.

You don’t need to be a designer to build a professional, sleek webinar PowerPoint presentation. You just need to have a little bit of creativity and patience. If your company doesn’t have a corporate PowerPoint template that you must use for your webinars, you are lucky enough to have the chance to develop a presentation that mirrors the tone of your webinar.

Before you start designing your webinar PowerPoint, decide what that tone is. Is this a serious webinar? Or maybe it can be a little playful, or have a modern take to it. Think of who your ideal audience is that you will try and get to register, that will be your first clue for selecting the design of the webinar PowerPoint.

 

Steps for Designing a Webinar PowerPoint

  1. Open your PowerPoint program; you should see a list of ready-made templates you can use. Such as below. Select the template that best fits the look you are going for. Note – we will review below how to change the colors of the template, only pick a template based on the design for this step.
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Pick a webinar PowerPoint template
  1. Once you select your template, you can choose your colors. There are a few options to do this:
  • Under the Design tab, you can immediately choose different colors for your template, like the blue, brown or green. Look at the screenshot below for example.
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Choose your color palate

 

  • OR if you have corporate brand standards, you can customize the background color and font size to your company’s colors. To customize the background, in the Design tab you will select the ‘Format Background’ button, make sure ‘Solid Fill’ is selected, click the color bucket to the right of ‘Color.’ A pop-up will open, and you can then input your corporate colors using the RGB sliders or Hex#. Notice the screenshot below. The slide is now gray!

 

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  1. The next step is updating your font colors. You can, of course, select from any of the available colors, but if you’d like to use corporate colors or custom colors, go back to the Home Tab, select some text on a slide and then select the Font Color button – click on ‘More colors.’ Again, a pop-up will open, and you can use the RGB sliders or Hex# to find your colors. These colors will be saved in PowerPoint in the colors section under ‘Recent colors’ to select from again as you build your webinar PowerPoint.

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  1. Logo – if you want to promote your company via your webinar PowerPoint, there are two easy hacks to get your logo on each slide.
    1. Add the Logo on the Slide Master – detailed instructions here.
    2. Or you can add your logo on the first slide of your webinar PowerPoint, typically your Title Slide. Once you place the logo in the spot you prefer, right-click on the logo and select copy. Go to each of your slides in your deck and press Paste. This will place the logo in the same spot for each of your slides.

That’s it! Now you have your PowerPoint design and colors set.

 

Placing Content in the Webinar PowerPoint

Some may not realize this, but you can find multiple slide layouts for PowerPoint templates. You can find these by being in the Home tab – click on the ‘layout’ button. As you can see in the below screenshot, there are a variety of designs to choose from to get your message across. Whether it’s a section slide, a two image slide design, captions, or even a vertical layout.

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Pick your slide layout

In the part one blog, I had you highlight the most important elements of your webinar script. This highlighted content is to be the foundation of the content you place in your webinar PowerPoint slides.

Please do not copy and paste your script content directly onto your PowerPoint slides. There will be too much text, and then what is the point in you even talking if they can just read your entire presentation on your webinar PowerPoint?

You will want to break-up the content from your webinar script in short, digestible bites – this will allow your webinar attendees to listen to what you are saying rather than reading a story from your PowerPoint slides. Let’s break up the parts of a webinar PowerPoint piece by piece.

 

What content to place on the first 4 slides:

Title Slide: Put the title of the webinar, speaker(s) name, date, company logo.

Bio Slide: Picture of webinar speaker(s) and short bullets on who they are.

Agenda Slide: A Short-bulleted list of what will be discussed. (I used the agenda example from part-one of the blog series!)

Objectives Slide: Another short-bulleted list of what webinar attendees will take away from attending this webinar (example: 5 Hacks for Crafting a Killer Webinar Presentation)

 

These first 4 slides are the easiest to build, and should be the shortest. Don’t overthink these slides. They should be simple to follow and let your attendees know their purpose for being there the next 45 minutes to an hour. Check out the below 4 screenshots for examples of these slides.

 

Sample Intro Slides 

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Typically, each webinar has a few main points to make or a couple of different sections. Please refer to the part-one blog for more information on writing these different sections. For this blog, I am going to again assume you have 4 sections of content called the what, why, how, and when.  We will call this part of the webinar PowerPoint the “body” – think of when you were school and the elements of an essay, this is the meat of your webinar, and you’ll have most of your slides in these sections.

For each of your 4 sections, you should have already highlighted the most important parts. You likely highlighted whole sentences. You will want to turn those sentences into short, digestible, easy to read bullets to illustrate your point or argument.

Once you have gathered the summarized text for each of your sections, I recommend you write a very short intro for each of your sections, and then 3-5 highlight bullets for what will be covered in this section. Almost like your agenda. You don’t need only to list what will be covered. You could instead name 3 important stats, a quote from an expert, or list of qualifications.

For each of your bullets, you can create a separate slide for each that dives deeper into the content. The below (some are silly!) screenshots will make this clearer. Start each section with its own sub-title slide to introduce each section. This will help let your attendees know that a new section of the webinar PowerPoint is starting as well.

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The last slide (above) is a great example of a time to put in either a relevant image, call-out a quick stat, quote or comment. You could still list few short bullets on this slide to further illustrate your point too. The goal is not to overwhelm any of your slides, but to break up the content from your script. In these slides, you can also highlight a short snippet of the stories or examples you share from your webinar script.

Each slide should only be filled with 30-50% of text. If you’re covering a complex topic, think of a way to break it down without having to type it all out. A webinar PowerPoint should be a reference tool, not a script or a book. That is where your webinar script comes in handy, you’ll have all the points handy that you want to make, without having to remember it by just looking at a slide.

Now that the “meatiest” part of the webinar PowerPoint content is complete, you will create a ReCap or Takeaway slide. On this slide, you will pull out a few main bullets that you’ll want your webinar attendees to remember if nothing else. After this, you should proceed to your Q&A session (if this is part of your agenda).

Never leave your webinar attendees hanging, provide them information on a slide with the next steps you detailed in your webinar script. By sharing the information, it will give them time to screenshot the slide or write it down.

Finally, place your contact information on the last slide so that your webinar attendees can reach you, and you’re done with the content piece.

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Using Images on your PowerPoint Slides

Slides looking a little bare? Jazz them up a bit with some images! Use images to illustrate each of your sections for your webinar PowerPoint. Ensure that your chosen images are relevant and drive home the point you are trying to make. Or add a little humor, it will keep everyone awake during the presentation.

There are a couple of free image websites I love to use. Check out the full list here. I recommend starting here to find images to ensure you are not infringing on any copyrights. Check out this blog for more information on copyright infringement.

My last tip for images is to use the ‘Design Ideas’ function in PowerPoint. It will offer a variety of ways to design your slide based on the image you drop in the webinar PowerPoint slide.  Check out the below screenshot for examples. It’s a quick, sure way to make your webinar PowerPoint look better in no time. You can find the ‘Design Ideas’ by selecting the Design tab at the top and then click on the ‘Design Ideas’ button. Note, this feature will usually only work if you have an image already on the slide. Or this feature will sometimes automatically pop-up when you drag an image to a slide from your desktop.

 

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With this blog series, you have a variety of tips and tricks at your fingertips to develop a professional, branded and fun webinar PowerPoint. Give these tips a go, and have fun. Use this template as your foundation to begin building your own webinar PowerPoint presentation.

 

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Hacks for Crafting a Killer Webinar Presentation – Part 1: The Webinar Content

Crafting a killer webinar presentation is not simple, but with this two-part blog series, you will have the perfect tutorial at your fingertips to learn how to craft your very own killer webinar presentation that delivers results.

This blog series is ideal for those who want to host webinars, but don’t have the budget for an in-house content writer or graphic designer to help pull together killer webinar presentations. The good news is, you don’t need that in-house expertise! As long as you or someone internally is an expert on the content topic you wish to speak about, you can still pull off a professional webinar presentation that will be sure to impress.

A webinar presentation utilizes a PowerPoint 99.9% of the time unless you are hosting a webinar demo of a software platform. This PowerPoint presentation is the focus of the webinar and what your webinar attendees will be looking at throughout the length of the entire presentation. Since it is the star, it is important to build your webinar presentation with a solid foundation. That solid foundation is your content. The content is your webinar script.

It is not ideal to start building your webinar presentation before your script. I’ve met way too many webinar speakers that prefer to just “wing it” when it comes to what they will be saying during the live webinar. If you’re a charismatic speaker and know your content inside and out, the webinar might still go well, but you will be doing your webinar audience a disservice.

 

Here is why winging it is never a good idea:

  1. You’re able to easily get off track as you didn’t properly plan on how to deliver the content
  2. You might share information that confuses attendees or not share enough information
  3. If you’re stressed out before the webinar, sick, or having a bad day – you might lose focus and forget key points or stories that would enhance the content of webinar
  4. You’re more likely to be nervous, as each slide you look at you will have to think of what to say, vs. already knowing what to say

 

These are just a few reasons, but there are so many more! A webinar presentation script is your life boat. It helps you to be confident in what you’re saying and knowing you are delivering the very best content to your audience, at the right time in the live webinar presentation.

Considering the webinar script is the foundation of your webinar presentation we are going to review in-depth how to prepare your script and then how to use that script to select the content for your webinar presentation.

First start you will start with a Word document to note all your ideas, points you want to make and the flow of the webinar presentation you are aiming for. It is much easier to start from one continuous document, than going directly to PowerPoint and figuring it out from there.

Once you have down the direction you want, it’s time to start building your script on that same Word document, from start to finish.

When I say script, I mean you really want to write down each word you plan on speaking during the live webinar. Of course, you can’t script the Q&A section, or what you might say based on your audience’s poll answers or chat comments (and you most definitely need to comment or relate to those answers!), but that will be the only time you need to think of what to say – the rest of your webinar presentation track will be a well-oiled machine. That way if a webinar attendee asks a question that you know you will be covering later in the webinar, you can tell them to stay tuned, vs. side-tracking the whole webinar  presentation to answer that question and potentially confuse other attendees who don’t understand the concept yet.

As you build your script, include the following 9 parts. Through writing down content for all 9 parts, you will then have your entire talk track ready for the day of the webinar and ensure it aligns with your webinar presentation PowerPoint content and what main points you want your webinar attendees to takeaway.

Additionally, during your dry-runs, as you read out loud your webinar presentation script to your team, as a group you can collaborate on gaps in content or chunky transitions. With this feedback, you can quickly update your script so that the live webinar is seamless and you can ensure you are hitting on all the reasons your webinar attendees signed up to attend in the first place.

 

The 9 Parts of a Webinar Presentation Script

 

  1. Greeting

During this greeting portion, you will welcome your webinar attendees, thank them for joining, perhaps note a few housekeeping items. You will then introduce yourself and your company, what you do and why you are relevant to speak on this topic. If you have co-webinar speakers, have them introduce themselves as well.

It would be a good idea to run through a very quick tutorial for using the webinar platform from an attendee perspective if you plan to have participants interact with the webinar platform to chat or fill out a poll, for example. Basically, whatever information that is important for you to share to ensure a successful webinar should be stated here before getting started.

Tip: If you do plan on interacting with your webinar attendees through poll, chat or other webinar engagement features like social sharing or white-boarding, you should decide at what times you would like this interaction to happen and place it in your script accordingly so that you do not forget to invite them to write an answer in the chat or fill out the poll at the times it makes sense during the content delivery.

 

Beginning your webinar presentation

 

  1. Agenda

Run through the agenda of the webinar presentation. Your agenda should have 3-5 bullets on what you plan on covering, each bullet should be for a different section of the webinar, and you’ll want to say how long each section should take to review and how long you intend for Q&A at the end of the webinar to answer questions.

To create a “section” you will want to break up the content you intend for them to learn in different chunks as to create the different elements of the webinar. Through doing this, it will make the delivery of content easy to understand in sizable chunks.

As an example of different sections, your first bullet on your agenda could be “The What”, second bullet can be “The Why”, third can be “The How” fourth bullet could be “The When”.

 

  1. Objectives

Write out the objectives of attending this webinar. You could talk about what your attendees will get out of being there, possible next steps after the webinar, or what webinar attendees will now be able to do because of participating in your webinar.

 

  1. Separate Sections for Each Agenda Item

This will be the bulk of your script as you are writing out the content for the entire reason people are attending your webinar in this part. This content is founded on your agenda and objectives of the webinar presentation.

Based on the sections you selected in your agenda and using the example in #2 (the what, why, how, when sections), you will write out all the content you want to say that explains each section individually. You will start with section 1 and write down everything you plan on saying to explain this section, and then move on to section 2, and so on. It is important for clarity that you don’t jump around the different sections during your script, as you might confuse your attendees. Of course, the content should build on each other – stay away from language like, “we will discuss this in section 4” if you are still in section 1.

 

  1. Stories and examples

Your script might include stories and examples alongside the main content for each of your sections.

These are great to include to further explain your point or concept. Another place to include these is after you have reviewed all the sections on your agenda, and then you share stories or examples to reinforce the content in a different way after your audience has had time to process the primary content.

Regardless of how you do it, ensure you have enough relatable stories or examples to include in the content. Stories help your audience understand complex ideas and for them to imagine taking the content and implementing it into their world.

 

Use stories in the content of your webinar presentation

 

  1. Recap / Takeaways

Once you’ve completed section #5 and #6, you will recap what you have shared today, why you have shared it and the top 3-5 things you hope your audience takes away and remembers post-webinar.

During this part would be a good time to encourage your audience to fill out a poll on the favorite thing they heard today, or start the Q&A portion.

 

  1. Next Steps for Attendees

When hosting a webinar, there is usually a next step or action you’d like your webinar audience to take. Perhaps that could be registering for another webinar, downloading an eBook, signing up for a one-on-one demo or encouraging them to buy your product. Whatever it is, give them all the information needed to make that next step. You don’t even want to assume they know what the next step is, or how to complete that step.

  1. Contact information

Share all the ways to get ahold of you, the webinar speaker, or the company you are speaking on behalf of. Include emails, phone numbers, websites and social sites.

 

  1. Closing Comments

Thank them for attending and if there is anything left unsaid, now is the time to say it or continue to reinforce the next action you’d like them to take and how it would benefit them.

As you write your script, take special care to write it out in a conversational tone as you would speak. Write out whole sentences, not fragments – that way if you get nervous or tripped up, you know exactly where to pick back up. And most importantly – practice, practice, practice your script until you can read it as though you are not actually reading from a script. Additionally, time yourself reading your script out loud to ensure you’ve written enough content to last the entire webinar presentation, or see if you need to cut content, as it could be too long.

Once your webinar script is complete and you feel comfortable delivering it as is, even without the aid of a PowerPoint, you can start building the webinar presentation PowerPoint!

You will use this final script to pull from for the content you place on your webinar PowerPoint slides. Take your script and using the highlight feature in Word, highlight the most important elements from each of the above 9 webinar script parts. The idea is to transition these parts to your PowerPoint slides. Building your webinar presentation PowerPoint will be quick and easy following this method.

Note, you will not actually copy and paste your highlighted content directly onto your slides. Instead, you will want to shorten your talk track into short, digestible snippets or “call-outs” to place on your slides.

 

Part 2 Teaser

In Part 2 of this blog series, I will share a sample PowerPoint template which includes what slides to include in your webinar presentation based on the 9 parts of the webinar script. Additionally, each slide in the template will have examples of the type of content to put on these slides. So don’t start building your webinar PowerPoint yet.

In Part 2 we will first review how to design and build your webinar presentation PowerPoint, then how to place your content on this final PowerPoint design and finally tips for adding images to enhance the final look of the PowerPoint.

Check out Part 2 Here

 

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Webinar Marketing 101: A Guide To Effectively Use Webinars As Part Of Your Marketing Strategy

Webinar marketing has proven value in virtually any promotional mix.

Still, some modern business owners hesitate to include webinars in their marketing strategies, for a wide range of reasons. Some believe that their current efforts are “good enough” and feel reluctant to change their approach. Others are apprehensive about learning a new technology and fear that they will have an on-air lapse that will derail their presentation. Some may even worry about the presentation itself; they are convinced that they have nothing of value to say.

Fortunately, executives in every industry often discover that their webinar marketing fears are unfounded. From a technology standpoint, partnering with a provider of an innovative and intuitive virtual conference system quickly eliminates the fear of live presentation glitches. Additionally, many professionals are surprised to learn they actually do have a lot to share with their audience.

Whether it’s hosting an online demonstration for a new product, providing a slide deck of recent industry trends, or even just hosting a question and answer session about a current hot topic, there are limitless ways to add value with followers using webinar marketing.

 

Stop Missing Out On Webinar Marketing Benefits

If you are not including webinar marketing in your current promotional approach, you may be missing out on an extensive range of brand-building benefits. Many entrepreneurs and businesses who are late to adopt a webinar marketing strategy quickly realize that their former content marketing strategy really wasn’t enough at all. Just one webinar session can help business owners tap into a wealth of advantages.

Unlike most advertising resources that only provide a marketing monologue (aka – your brand speaking at consumers), webinar marketing opens up ample opportunity for an actual dialogue with your targeted demographic. Not only does webinar hosting grant you a chance to engage with your audience, it also provides a platform for you to inform them. More specifically, webinars are an ideal marketing channel for you to inform your customer base about services, offerings, and topics they actually want to hear about. What else in your promotional mix can do that?

Finally, webinar marketing offers long-term, sustainable brand traction. You and your team get to further your corporate exposure and reach with every hosted session as well as provide a personalized dynamic to your overall brand identity. Your audience gets to put a face and voice to your business name to help you quickly build trust and credibility. An online conference can both generate new leads as well as further nurture current prospects in your pipeline as you move forward towards the ultimate goal of any marketing pursuit – a sale.

Moving Forward With Webinar Marketing In Your Branding Strategy

Once you’ve decided to include webinars in your branding campaigns, it’s important to put together a plan on how you’ll achieve your corporate promotional goals and objectives. Much like other resources in your advertising initiatives, it’s critical to develop a webinar marketing strategy to optimize use and results. When putting together your webinar marketing approach, consider the key steps to success shared in the following paragraphs.

 

Know What You Want To Achieve

Effective webinar marketing begins with detailing exactly what you want to achieve using this medium. Sure, you may have some general ideas about number of listeners, leads, and total conversions; however, it is imperative to outline your promotional purpose as well as how you will accomplish these objectives. Webinars can help achieve several marketing goals, including:

  • New prospects
  • Lead conversion
  • Strengthening of brand identity and overall consumer exposure
  • Establish industry expertise
  • Develop mailing list for advertisements/newsletters

Beyond general objectives, you’ll also want to decide in advance what services/products you want to highlight, what type of promotions and discounts you will offer, and how many deals you’d like to close to develop a concrete tracking method of what works and what may require modification in the future. You’ll also need to decide whether to host live, recorded or automated webinars (or a combination of all three) to deliver your webinar marketing content.

 

Pinpoint The Right Topic

Never underestimate the importance of finding the right topic for discussion. The first rule in determining what you should talk about? Remember it’s not about you; it’s all about your audience. In order to connect with and captivate your listeners, you must zero in on a subject that will intrigue them. Fortunately, you don’t have to unearth the ideal focus area alone. Most business owners simply ask their consumers for input when putting together their webinar marketing presentation. Send a survey to existing and potential customers asking about what they’d like to discuss or learn more about and use it for guidance moving forward.

Remember, you don’t have to talk about everything you find on a survey. In fact, you shouldn’t. Covering too many topics in one webinar marketing session can overwhelm listeners. Stick to one relevant idea where you can establish your industry expertise as well as help your audience solve a related problem to truly add value and solidify their perception of you as a go-to resource.

 

 

Topics for your webinar marketing approach

 

Leverage Partnerships And Affiliations

Another way to rely on others to help boost your webinar marketing results? Invite guest speakers to participate in your events. Leverage the partnerships and affiliations you have to broaden the spectrum and reach of the discussion. Showcasing industry thought leaders as guest speakers during your session will instantly further the breadth of your webinar marketing efforts beyond your existing customer base and help you stretch into other relevant demographics.

Of course, before you can advertise your guest presenters, you will have to convince them to take the gig. When promoting your webinars, be sure to pitch your expected audience size and how your webinar marketing can make an impact on their marketing efforts as well. In short, be ready to sell what’s in it for them.

Even if you don’t yet have an extensive network of industry-innovating partners at the ready, or if you’re working with a small marketing budget, you can still offer guest speakers at your next webinar. Nothing says that a co-speaker has to come from outside of your company. Tap into the wealth of knowledge held by your own staff members by asking them to host various pieces of the webinar. Not only can they keep your audience engaged, having them speak adds another level of familiarity/personalization between your brand and your consumers.

 

Plan Lead Time Wisely

In order to reap maximum results from your webinar marketing, you must strategically plan your lead time to optimize your registration numbers for your upcoming webinars.

As a general rule of thumb, you will not want to wait too long between your webinar announcement and actual webinar date, as it runs the risk of having registrants forget what they signed up for. Whenever possible, allow for two weeks of lead time, especially if it’s your first webinar. Having a longer registration stretch means you can utilize a comprehensive range of resources to market the upcoming event. Consider both free and paid promotional channels to give your event the publicity it deserves.

Planning your lead time wisely also gives you the ability to carefully monitor trends in your signup numbers. Slower registration spans means you will have time to amp up your webinar marketing promotional efforts before game day. Likewise, spotting surges in attendance before the webinar may mean you’ll want to break up the event into separate sessions to accommodate everyone. Remember, when first hosting webinars, initial attendance may seem light. However, don’t let this deter you; as you continue to establish your brand as an authority in your vertical, you should see overall momentum begin to increase.

 

Reward Your Participants

If you do notice a downturn in registrations, consider rewarding guests who have signed up. Offer free perks such as e-books, downloadable materials, and even a link to view the webinar again at a later date. If you have a product line you’re hoping to promote, offer exclusive samples to everyone who registers as further incentive.

You can also run a pre-event contest on your corporate social media pages to cross promote both your conference as well as your brand. Create a fun hashtag for your event and encourage those who register to post on their pages for a chance to win a special gift even before they attend your webinar. These webinar marketing tactics not only makes registrants feel valued, it also increases the odds that they will tell others about your event, driving up attendance numbers for you.

 

Optimize Your Presentation

Yes, shamelessly self-promoting throughout the entire presentation can feel forced (as well as possibly make your audience uncomfortable). However, you should still optimize your presentation materials to make the biggest impact possible on guests.

Include specific brand imaging (both for your and your guest speakers) throughout the webinar marketing materials as a subtle way to remind your audience who you are. Also, always include Q&A segments throughout your presentation for added promotional return on investment. Fielding inquiries from your audience not only keeps them tuned into your webinar, it also provides a more organic, less-contrived opportunity to endorse the value of your services and products to a live audience.

Don’t Miss A Chance To Reconnect

Many webinar hosts do a stellar job connecting with registrant before their event. However, they fail to reengage with them after the session has ended. Your job as marketer doesn’t end with your webinar. Everyone who registers for your webinar should be considered a lead worthy of follow up. Once again, planning is critical to promotional success. You and your team should go through the list of attendees to determine where each person falls in your sales funnel. Are they an existing contact? A new referral from an affiliate? An existing client? Determining the status of every registrant can help you develop a customized webinar marketing approach for next steps.

After you’ve gone through your lead list, work with your team to develop strategies on how you should engage with each prospect.  Forwarding materials, soliciting feedback, promoting future webinars and even directly marketing products and services are all ways to reengage with attendees and help convert them from webinar lead to actual customer.

 

Webinar marketing strategy lead generation

 

Picking the Right Software

Finally, you’ll want to pick a webinar software that will maximize the ROI of your webinar marketing efforts. Luckily, the choice for marketers is easy. BigMarker is the only webinar platform that comes with a complete stack of marketing capabilities that’ll provide robust solutions for your webinar hosting from start-to-finish. To get started, sign up for a 14-day free trial today, or send us a message if you have a question about getting started.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources

https://www.forbes.com/sites/drewhendricks/2015/02/19/5-killer-tips-for-marketing-with-webinars-in-2015/2/#632c0d556139

http://www.business2community.com/digital-marketing/8-reasons-webinar-great-marketing-tool-01042162#yCCJzzSyeggu0xxc.97

 

What To Expect Before, During, And After Your First Webinar

A well-executed first webinar can boost your brand exposure, inform a designated consumer group, and deliver your marketing messages to a targeted demographic. The powerful combination of content, graphics, and a live, interactive exchange of data can convert prospects into actual sales as well as grant your audience an up close look at everything your business has to offer.

Despite the many benefits offered by webinars, many entrepreneurs still hesitate to host their first webinar simply because they aren’t sure what to expect throughout the entire process. They worry they won’t know how to adequately prep, execute, and follow up, so they opt to leave webinar hosting out of their marketing mix altogether. Don’t let fear of the unknown prevent you from reaping the benefits of running your first webinar; know what to expect before, during, and after so you can prepare for optimal success.

 

Before Your First Webinar

You should expect a lot of strategic planning before your first webinar. Pre-event preparation is often the most crucial component to an effective webinar. Some key items you will want to put on your pre-event checklist include:

 

Will Your Material Work in Webinar Format?

While webinars work well to present a wide range of ideas and materials, it’s still important to determine if what you want to announce is relevant for the webinar format. In short, if you’re asking people to clear their schedule to tune into your session, you should have a fairly significant announcement or event to share. Leave minor announcements like press releases and inconsequential service updates to other mediums. Your first webinar should focus on more relevant ideas such as:

  • Panel discussions
  • Product demonstrations
  • How-to tutorials
  • Interview with industry authority / trendsetter
  • Fresh takes on current niche topics

Taking the time to identify if you have enough to share is a key first step before hosting your first webinar.

 

Set Specific Goals

Not having any outlined objectives before a first webinar is a common mistake. You should treat webinars as you would any other marketing initiative and develop a list of specific goals you’d like to achieve with each session you host. Include both general and specific targets:

  • Further brand exposure and reach
  • Launch new product/services
  • Number of attendees
  • Total qualified leads
  • Sales conversions

Knowing what you want to achieve before your first webinar can help you fine-tune the presentation as needed so you accomplish it.

Get Writing

Once you’ve determined you have something to offer as well as your marketing purpose, you’ll want to hit the keyboard to start drafting your content. A well-rounded, engaging webinar will use a solid mix of both audio and visual material to captivate listeners.

Work with your team to develop an outline of various components to include. Once you know what you want to convey, it’s time to start writing the slides and script you will need to keep the audience tuned in from start to finish.

Send and Manage Invitations

Even the most captivating webinars fail if no one knows when to tune in and listen.

Before hosting your first webinar, you will want to develop a strategy to invite your targeted demographic to your session. Start by choosing when you will host your first webinar, remembering to consider various time zones so as many prospects as possible can check you out.

Once you’ve identified your date and time as well as desired audience, you will want to get the word out by using as many resources as possible. Emails, your website, a press release, and social media pages all prove an excellent way to help spread your announcement.

No matter what invitation forum you use, be sure to include ways to RSVP so you can manage attendance totals as well as field any necessary questions in advance.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Setting aside enough time to rehearse your session is quite possibly the most important thing to expect before hosting your first webinar.

You should host dry runs on every component of your webinar, beginning with the technology you use. Practice using the webinar software before going live to guarantee everyone involved understands all the needed functionality in advance.

You will also want to rehearse the presentation itself. Copy that reads well may not have the same desired impact when spoken. Gather up a makeshift audience to listen to your material before going live so you can adjust and edit as needed before guests beginning logging in.

Finally, as part of your practice session, you will want to setup your meeting space for optimal results. If you’re hosting from home, ensure that everyone you live with knows to not interrupt you during the conference time. If you’re hosting from the office, you should sign out a quiet room where you won’t have to worry about disruptions.

Your immediate space should be organized and clutter free to eliminate the risk you will knock something over when you do go live.

Last thing on your checklist – turn off your computer notifications and put your cellphone on Do Not Disturb.

 

Before hosting your first webinar

 

During Your First Webinar

You will want to prepare for what may occur during your first webinar. The first thing to expect during a webinar? The unforeseen can (and often does) happen.

There’s truly no foolproof way to plan ahead for the limitless possibilities of “what ifs” that can occur throughout your presentation. However it’s still important to understand some of the basics of what may go down when everyone starts logging in:

Dealing With Nervousness

Even if you are reading everything from a script, there’s still a chance that you may find yourself battling butterflies and nerves when going live. It’s perfectly natural.

Walking in place and moving a bit (as much as your webinar setup will allow without compromising the quality of the demonstration) whenever you start to feel tense can help relax you so your listeners never notice your anxiety.

Show-Up Rates

As with any audience-centric event, some of your participants will simply not attend your first webinar, for various reasons. Illness, changes in schedules, forgetting about the event, and a simple loss of interest can all play a role in guests not attending your presentation.

The key is to not take their absence personally – track those who don’t attend so you can develop a plan to remind and encourage guests to tune in on your next session.

Timing is Everything

No matter how many times you’ve rehearsed your presentation, you may still find that your live execution is off. Some newbie exhibitors run too long and risk people having to leave the demo before it’s finished; others finish up too quickly and experience the awkward tension of “dead air.”

If you do start to notice your timing is a bit off, plan accordingly. If you’re going over the planned time, you may have specific sections you can omit in order to focus on the most crucial elements of your expo. Or, if you feel like you’re racing through your delivery, slow down and insert some ad hoc Q&A sessions with your audience.

Stopping for inquiries not only gets you back on schedule, it also instantly adds an interactive component between you and your audience as well.

 

What to do during your first webinar

 

After Your First Webinar

When you finally log off and think your webinar work is over…it’s not. Managing the aftermath of your event is critical to help you achieve all those goals and objectives you identified before your first webinar. After every session you will want to:

Follow-up

Far too often, newbie presenters fail to follow-up with the leads garnered during the webinar. As soon as possible, you and your team should work through your entire list of webinar attendees to identify what type of lead category they fall into. For the most part, these lead categories will include:

  • Invited
  • Signed-up but didn’t attend
  • Attendees
  • Conversions

Once you’ve identified lead type, you will want to develop a follow-up specifically designed to bring them to the next level in your pipeline. Emails, sales links, freebies, and exclusive opportunities are just some of the many ways you can connect with and further nurture your leads.

 

Analyze Data

After hosting your first webinar, you will have access to a wealth of critical data and information. Analyze some key facts such as:

  • Attendance levels
  • How long session actually lasted
  • How many attendees stayed until the end
  • Technical difficulties
  • Areas for improvement
  • Negative feedback
  • Most powerful segments
  • Questions asked by audience

No detail is too small for consideration; gathering up everything you can will help you identify trends in your performance, what worked, and what didn’t.

Get Ready For Round Two

Armed with your newfound webinar experience and careful data analysis, you are officially ready to get started on your next live webinar.

Reevaluate your initial presentation to pinpoint how you can strengthen your brand messages and further your promotional objectives in the future. You may find there are pieces of the original presentation you want eliminate for upcoming conferences. However, you may still identify a use for relevant materials.

Go through your demonstration to determine if you can repurpose content in other campaigns and strategies.

Finally, you may also want to develop a method for storing your first videoconference (and any other subsequent sessions that follow).

Offering access to your specific demographic after the live event is an excellent way to optimize long-term marketing momentum. Live links on your website and social media pages give interested consumers a chance to review your demo at their convenience. Online access to your presentation increases total promotional impact for maximum overall return on investment.

 

Start hosting!

In order to host your first webinar, you’ll need to start with great webinar software. Check out BigMarker for modern, no-download webinar technology you and your audience will love. To get started, sign up for a 14-day free trial or send us a message to learn more about the hosting experience on BigMarker.

 

After hosting your first webinar

 

 

 

Sources

http://www.techsoup.org/support/articles-and-how-tos/10-steps-for-planning-a-successful-webinar

http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2014/08/26/how-to-do-a-webinar

How to Deliver Effective Marketing Presentations During a Webinar

Effective marketing presentations are the backbone of most companies’ sales force, especially in the B2B world. Organizations rely on these presentations to get their markets excited about the services and/or products they have to offer.

Nowadays, many of these marketing presentations are given over webinars. While these can prove to be very effective mediums, you need to make sure you understand what it takes to make the most of them.

In this article, we’re going to discuss some of the differences between traditional and webinar presentations and also give you lots of tips specific to the latter.

 

Consider the Differences Involved in Hosting a Webinar

When most people are worried about putting together effective marketing presentations, they’re thinking about the kind you do in person.

A webinar is going to be much different. Even if it’s live and you’re allowing people to message in their questions, this is going to be a lot different than an in-person presentation.

Among other things, you won’t get the same kind of feedback you would from an actual audience. Many people simply won’t ask their questions or may save them for later.

If you’ve done presentations in the past, then you may not have too much trouble making this transition. You may simply need to practice as you would when preparing for any other effective marketing presentations, just with someone viewing elsewhere so they can give you feedback.

 

Market Your Webinar to Build Your Audience

Another big difference between traditional marketing presentations and the kind done over webinars has to do with the audience.

Obviously, all effective marketing presentations rely on receptive audiences, but these are much easier to come by with the traditional route.

It involves setting appointments with potential customers – at your venue or theirs – and then putting on the presentation for them. While getting the appointment can sometimes be tricky, once you show up for the presentation, you should most likely have a captive audience.

If you don’t, there are many ways to help rope them in and grab their attention early on before getting to the meat of your presentation.

Unfortunately, this is much harder to do with a webinar.

First of all, you won’t really be setting appointments with people. Instead, you’ll be trying to get them to set the appointment by signing up to attend your webinar.

To do this, you’re going to need to invest in ample marketing. Even once you get someone to sign up, you’ll have to remind them through email to make sure they attend. (Generally, it’s recommended to do this three times, including an email on the day of your presentation.)

Give yourself lots of time for this. Conventional wisdom is that you should spend a month marketing your webinar before you actually go through with it.

 

Make Sure You Focus on Your Audience

All effective marketing presentations are built around the people actually watching them. However, the instinct most people follow is to make it solely about themselves or their product. This is something you must absolutely be sure not to do or your presentation will be lackluster.

People want to hear about themselves. Tuning into your presentation means they’re also interested in your product or service, but keep in mind this is only relative to how it will affect them.

In other words, effective marketing presentations are the ones wherein you’re talking about what your product/service can do for the people on the other side of the screen.

Many successful salespeople understand this as “benefits vs. features.” The latter is what most people talk about. They explain to their audience about all the different bells and whistles their product/service can offer.

While this can work to some degree, it certainly isn’t the hallmark of effective marketing presentations. Instead, you should be explaining the benefits of your product/service. This refers to the effect a certain feature will have on the customer.

For example, if you were selling a new model forklift, you could explain all about its engine, MPG, wheel size, etc. These would be features. On the other hand, you could explain to your audience that this new forklift can do twice as much work as competitor models in half as much time (which is because of the aforementioned features).

Effective marketing presentations focus on the webinar audience

 

Make Sure You Know Your Audience

Along the same lines, be very clear about the types of people you’re going to be speaking to.

This is another example of how effective marketing presentations are different depending on how you’re hosting them. With the traditional version, you generally have a very good idea of whom you’re speaking to because, as we mentioned already, you set up the appointment with them.

When marketing your webinar, you want to do as much as possible to get hyper-specific about the people you’ll be attracting.

That could mean doing different versions of the webinar for different segments of your market. You’d just have to make sure you correctly market these different versions to their appropriate audiences.

If you’re able to understand the type of people on the other side of the screen, you’ll also have a much easier time speaking to their values and focusing on what they want. As we just covered, this will go a long way toward crafting an effective presentation.

Get to the Actual Value Quickly

People who give effective marketing presentations know how to get to the value of their product/service quickly. They understand that their audience will quit paying attention early on if they don’t see a compelling enough reason to keep listening.

There are many ways you can do this, but one of the best is to hit the benefits early. You don’t have to fully explain them right way, just make sure your audience has a reason to pay attention now. They should be interested in finding out more about how it’s possible that your service/product can live up to this promise.

This is even more important to do well when trying to give effective marketing presentations during webinars.

Since your audience isn’t right in front of you, nothing is really keeping them from simply getting up and walking away. They could open up another browser window, jump on their phone or just decide it’s not worth it anymore to listen to your webinar and close out the window altogether.

Just because someone has signed up for your presentation is not a promise they’ll actually attend. And just because they attend is no promise they’re actually going to pay attention or stay.

Don’t take this for granted. Effective marketing presentations work because they get the audience’s attention immediately and keep it.

 

Consider Telling a Story

Another way you can get your audience to sit up and pay attention is with an engaging story.

As humans, we naturally love stories. They can even be quite effective as sales tools.

Just be sure you give people reason to listen. Before beginning the story, give them a hint of what to expect or, once again, make a promise.

“I want to tell you about how I was able to pay off all my debt and become a millionaire in just five years” would be a great way to begin your webinar presentation. It’s certainly a compelling story, but you also told your audience exactly what they have to look forward to by sticking around.

Be careful with stories, though. If your story drags on and on, people may become bored and quit paying attention. Keep the narrative lean and tight.

Also, don’t exaggerate when making your promise. If you get to “The End” and your story was clearly didn’t live up to the hype, why should people keep listening?

Don’t Rely Too Heavily on Your Slides

One reason webinars can make for such effective marketing presentations is because you can use visuals. Slides are often very popular for this. You can display anything from photographs to charts.

However, you need to be careful not to overdo it. Think about how traditional presentations work. They generally involve visuals, too, but the presenter still needs to say plenty.

Visual after visual is going to be boring. This is especially true for graphs and charts where the viewer may have to do a lot of the work to decipher them.

Whenever you use visuals, make sure you add plenty of context through your narrative. This will keep them interesting and ensure your audience pays attention.

 

Make Sure to Include a Call to Action

A call to action (CTA) is how all effective marketing presentations end. That’s because you need to literally tell people what you want them to do next.

This might seem like odd advice. You might think we’re not giving your audience enough credit.

The evidence on this subject is quite clear, though.

When you don’t end with a strong CTA, you risk people simply logging off your webinar page and returning to what they were doing. They may go to your website and look around a bit but not make a purchase like you had hoped.

They might like your webinar but not think to share it because you didn’t bring it up with a CTA.

Again, it might seem odd to get so specific with your audience, especially after you may have spent 30 or more minutes trying to sell them on your product or service. Shouldn’t they know you want them to buy?

Maybe, but why risk it?

Furthermore, you want to make sure they know exactly where to go or click to make sure this happens. Effective marketing presentations that convert don’t leave anything to chance.

 

Record, Edit and Republish It

Now, an advantage you have over “traditional” or in-person marketing presentations is that you can record your webinar and then use it again and again. This is especially good news for people who don’t like getting up in front of people and giving presentations.

To really make the most of these effective marketing presentations, though, you may wish to consider editing them. This could entail anything from sharpening up the audio levels to simply cutting out any dead air or slips you made.

Follow Up with Your Audience

Another reason to love webinars for marketing presentations is because of how easy it is to follow up with your audience. In order to secure access to your program, you should have required that a viewer supply you with their email address.

After your webinar, you can then follow up with them for any number of reasons. It might be to reiterate your CTA after a day or two. You might want to see if anyone has any questions. You could decide to offer them a special deal.

Down the line, if you host another webinar, you can email your former audience members and let them know about your new one coming up. Remember: half the battle involved with effective marketing presentations is making sure people show up, so this can be a huge help.

 

Make Sure You’re Using the Best Possible Tools

While your budget will definitely be a factor here, it’s important that you use the best possible hardware and software for your webinars. You’ll have no shot at creating effective marketing presentations if the people on the other side of the screen can’t hear you or make out your visuals.

The good news is that these important tools are extremely affordable these days. Even the webcams required for webinars can be purchased for less than $100 to $150 (you can spend a lot more, too).

 

Effective Marketing Presentations

Effective marketing presentations are important for the ongoing success of your company, as either a sales tactic or simply a means to increase your company’s mindshare.

Whatever reason you have in mind, if you’re going to be doing these presentations through a webinar, make sure you use the above advice to do so. BigMarker would also be happy to help. Check out our website or send us a message to get in touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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http://www.businessknowhow.com/marketing/sales-presentation.htm

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http://www.wordstream.com/blog/ws/2014/08/26/how-to-do-a-webinar

Why and How to Host a Q&A Session During Your Webinar

Live webinars offer a model forum for speakers to deliver information and innovation to the masses, all in a single online session. However, many webinar presenters miss out on one key advantage of real-time communication: audience interaction. To avoid losing the interest of your participants, hosting a webinar Q&A session is an excellent way to engage your audience.

 

The Why: Benefits Of Hosting a Webinar Q&A Session During Your Webinar

 

More often than not, webinar hosts simply run through their slides and notecards, hoping that their message somehow sticks without encouraging a dialogue with listeners. In other words, they talk at the audience, rather than with them. As a result, they miss out on the chance to make a meaningful connection with the listeners and may risk losing their attention before the presentation ends.

 

Benefits Of Hosting a Webinar Q&A Session During Your Webinar

 

Generating an intentional webinar Q&A dialogue between you and your audience that yields sustainable impact can be a surprisingly straightforward fix. If you feel like you’re simply racing through a planned itinerary without actually connecting with your crowd, using a webinar Q&A in your next live session can prove an easy solution.

In this section, we’ll share the reasons why you should start integrating webinar Q&A sessions during your live webinars. Beyond enhancing interaction and engagement with listeners, allowing for a question and answer segment in your conference yields a wide range of benefits, including:

 

Hold Attendee Interest

Hosting a webinar means working hard to command and hold audience interest from start to finish. Allowing for inquiries throughout your session via webinar Q&A can pique guest interest and encourage listeners to stay tuned in so they don’t miss an opportunity to ask for the specific information they need.

Boost Energy Levels

Not only can a webinar Q&A hold audience interest, it can also prove a major mood boost throughout your session. As you hit various time milestones in your web conference, you may find that energy levels take a dip. However, you’ll notice an instant upswing in energy levels when you take a break from speaking and ask others for input.

 

Watch the full Wednesday Webinar Wisdom episode on hosting a webinar Q&A session 

 

Personalize Your Brand

Webinars provide an excellent way to help your listeners put a face to your brand…without an actual face-to-face meeting. Fielding questions via webinar Q&A is a great way to humanize the session and achieve a more personal connection with your audience. The audience collaboration can ultimately further strengthening brand identity and exposure.

 

Establish Industry Authority

Anyone can read a script. However, subject matter experts can effectively answer most ad hoc inquiries. Providing information during a webinar Q&A can establish your credibility on any given topic as well as build trust (another key ingredient to developing brand identity) with your participants.

 

Emphasize Message / Promote Brand

Every question you take acts as another opportunity to reinforce your message and most salient selling points. Directly promoting your specific products/services in the presentation segment can feel forced and set an awkward vibe. However, during the webinar Q&A section, with its more informal tone often lends itself to a more comfortable way to market your brand.

Best of all, every audience member will have a chance to hear your answers, further reinforcing your overall speaking objectives.

 

Strengthen Your Future Webinar Presentations

Most importantly, including a webinar Q&A segment in your presentation can deliver a major return on investment for future webinars. Write down every question you field; each inquiry grants you invaluable insight on information that interests your audience. Additionally, writing down the questions you receive will help you strengthen your delivery the next time someone asks it.

 

The How: Optimize Results With Your Webinar Q&A

 

Now that you understand why you should include a webinar Q&A segments in your webinar, it’s important to know how to effectively implement them throughout your conference. A successful inquiry session requires strategic planning and preparation. However, don’t let the process intimidate you. Knowing a few easy-to-implement tips can help maximize impact with your webinar Q&A.

 

Optimize your webinar q&a session

 

Put Inquiry Segments On The Agenda

Don’t simply verbalize you’ll allow for questions; list these segments on your webinar agenda or on one of your introductory slides for all participants to see. Putting the webinar Q&A session in writing lets them know what to expect during the presentation. Knowing when you’ll pause for input can encourage your attendees to stay focused on what you have to say until it’s their turn to speak again.

 

Know Your Audience

Every webinar has a specific targeted audience. Knowing who’s tuning in allows you to modify your presentation for your participants. There are many factors to consider when customizing your session for each individual listener. Think about details such as:

  • Attendee demographics (geographic location, age, etc.)
  • Degree of formality
  • Relationship to attendees: Peers, clients, students, etc.

Knowing this information prior to your live webinar can help you create a final session that truly resonates with your guests and prompts thoughtful inquiries.

Also, when speaking to multiple people at a single company, you will also want to customize your online conference to suit each individual organization. Modify your template to include brand-specific information; tailoring every webinar will provide a comfort level to listeners and encourage them to participate in the webinar Q&A segments of your presentation.

 

Come Prepared

If it’s your first time hosting a webinar on a specific subject or topic, you will want to proactively anticipate some potential questions so you can come prepared with articulate answers that help further emphasize your main points. Similarly, if you’ve presented on an upcoming topic before, you should think about questions that have been asked in the past. Use any notes as a guide (and not as a script) so you sound natural when answering.

Going forward, put a plan in place to have someone take notes of all questions asked during the webinar. Tracking trends in what people want to know more about can give you insight on tailoring your exhibition in the future.

Pro Tip: Come prepared with a few relevant questions you think your audience would likely ask. Then, if none of your attendees ask questions at the beginning of your webinar Q&A, you’ll have a few backup questions to share to keep the momentum going. Oftentimes, webinar Q&A sessions are slow to start, so preparing a few canned questions will help break the ice.

Include Panelists

Nothing says a live webinar should only have one speaker throughout its duration. In fact, adding panelists into the discussion can have a significant impact on the session’s results, particularly during the webinar Q&A segments. Co-hosts with unique areas of expertise can offer invaluable insight to listeners beyond the basic scope of your demonstration.

Guest speakers can also deliver an added dynamic to the webinar Q&A session, further entrenching your brand with everyone who has tuned in. Finally, adding panelists during the questioning can add a very practical perk; it can provide an opportunity for you to rest and catch your breath a bit before you have to start presenting again.

 

Offer Instructions

Yes, really.

If you’re hosting a webinar Q&A session via chat submissions, you’ll want to tell your audience how and where to submit their questions.

If you opt for a live audio Q&A, sharing instructions is even more critical. You may be surprised to learn just how often background noise and the inability to un-mute a microphone adversely affect a webinar. Fortunately, high-performing software programs make the entire process fairly intuitive; however, you always run the risk of barking dogs and unplanned “dead air” silence ruining the flow of your speech if users aren’t given a little advance instruction. Give your participants a quick tutorial before beginning the session so they will know how to quickly go from listener to speaker when the time comes for inquiries.

 

Set Time Limits

It’s important to set upfront time limits with your webinar Q&A sessions. You have limited bandwidth to get your information to the group. Fielding questions for an extensive stretch not only gets you off track, but you also run the risk of losing the attention of audience members who simply want to keep moving forward with the demonstration. Worried of having to cut questions short? Don’t be; tell listeners who haven’t had a chance to ask their questions that you’ll happily connect with them after the webinar.

 

Offer Topic Suggestions

If you distribute webinar Q&A sessions throughout your presentation, you may want to offer topic suggestions for each segment so it’s relevant to what’s been most recently outlined in the demonstration. Also, when giving your audience a focus, it’s okay to also outline subjects that will not be discussed, such as confidential information or products/services not yet available.

 

Expect The Pregnant Pause

Sometimes a crowd needs a little push to actively participate in your Q&A. Nerves and fear of asking something irrelevant can prevent people from speaking up. Make it as easy as possible on them; combat the prolonged pregnant pause by proactively offering up various topics that often warrant questions. They will welcome you getting them started. Even a gentle nudge can encourage them to keep the momentum going.

 

Value Attendee Input

Your audience wants to feel like you actually value their input. Go beyond just answering what they ask. Give them encouragement by thanking them for their inquiry and showcasing to the audience the thoughtfulness and insight behind the question. Not only will valuing their input encourage them to ask again during other webinar Q&A segments, it will also inspire others to get in on the conversation as well.

 

Be Honest

Honesty is always the best policy when managing your webinar Q&A. Many speakers feel tempted to embellish or over-promise as a way to captivate the audience. While you may gain some momentary attention during your webinar, exaggeration will generally bring backlash. Always give straightforward, honest answers to establish credibility and build trust amongst your audience. Additionally, don’t be afraid to let a questioner know if you didn’t understand what’s being asked.

Whether you need further clarification or it’s simply a technology issue hindering your audio, take the time to let listeners know you didn’t quite catch what’s being asked. Most importantly, if you don’t know the answer, say so. Not only will your guests appreciate your honesty, it also gives you a reason to follow up with them once you have an answer, for future conversations, the ultimate webinar win.

 

 

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Sources

http://blog.clickmeeting.com/10-ways-to-make-your-webinar-qa-rock-the-house

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/8-benefits-having-qa-session-during-your-webinar-karen-repoli