Webinars can be an extremely effective tool to educate your audience, while moving leads down the sales funnel. While planning a webinar can be simple, keeping viewers engaged and driving results can be difficult. Let’s explore 4 effective ways you can work to improve your webinar and support your overall business goals.
1. Ask Questions and Include Polls
A great way to keep attendees engaged during the presentation is to ask questions that require the use of the chat box feature. Asking questions throughout the webinar makes sure that your audience is paying attention or draws them back in if they’ve been multitasking. Incorporating poll questions is also a good way to keep your attendees engaged. These questions should be centered around your content and getting audience feedback on their thoughts on it. It’s also important to give your attendees enough time to think about the question and provide meaningful answers. Between 30-60 seconds is best practice. It can also be helpful to share the results of the polls with all viewers. This is a great way to gauge where your audience is at and help other attendees learn what their peers have experienced in this industry.
2. Offer Incentives
Another simple way to improve engagement is to offer incentives related to the webinar content. Let attendees know if they participate in polls, answer questions or stay till the end of the webinar they could be entered in a giveaway for prizes. An additional way to increase reach is by asking attendees to mention you on social media and include a specific hashtag in a post and enter those users into a prize drawing as well.
3. Distribute Recordings Following the Webinar
Even after the webinar is over, you can continue to reap the benefits. Consider recording your webinars to create an on-demand version and distribute it through multiple channels. By posting a recorded version of the event, you can actually exceed your registrant totals and market to a new audience. As best practice, on-demand webinars should be gated. Webinars are considered premium content assets and are likely being viewed by users who did not sign up for the original event recording. We suggest letting your audience watch around 5% of the webinar and then present a form for them to complete to continue watching.
4. Create Automated Programs to Follow-Up with Attendees
Following the webinar, it’s best practice to create automated programs that consist of 4-5 emails that continue to showcase your organization as a thought leader in your space. The messaging should be centered around your products or services and how they can solve your audiences’ pain points. Be sure to also include strong CTAs in all of your messaging as well.
If you want to reach out to a broad audience, and boost your engagement and conversion rate, webinars are the way forward.
If done right, webinars can be better than visiting prospects personally or jumping on a call with them. The biggest benefit here is that it provides an online space to nurture your seasoned, quality leads. On the other hand, you can also leverage webinars to form a great first impression. If you’re looking to up the engagement of your webinars, follow the simple tips we’ve outlined in today’s blog.
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