Webinars have long been an effective means of communicating complex and structured information to audiences, while courting questions and addressing issues at the same time.
Over two decades into its existence, the humble webinar still reigns supreme, and is used by professionals the world over, across industries, especially with the newer advanced technologies pertaining to virtual meetings.
That being said, running an effective webinar is an art, as much as it is a science. If you’re about to run your first Zoom webinar, there are a number of tips, tricks, and best practices that you can use to get the most ideal results. Zoom represents the next stage for webinar, with the ability to host 100 participants in the free version, and over 1,000 with premium addons.
Here are some ways to make the most of a Zoom webinar, and achieve targeted levels of engagement and conversions.
Plan Your Content
A webinar is only as good as its content, and if you want participants to remain engaged and make it to the end, make sure to plan your content, keeping in mind your audiences, their personas, and the ultimate CTAs.
You can come up with an outline first, and after a number of reviews, you can start to fill-up the gaps to best align with your goals and objectives.
Promote Your Webinar With An Attractive Landing Page
There are a number of avenues to garner attention and promote your free webinar to tens of thousands of like-minded individuals. However, it is absolutely essential to have a landing page for your webinar, which can prompt visitors to RSVP to your event. This is often the first stage of the funnel, which ultimately leads to a sale on the backend of the webinar.
While there are dozens of landing page templates particularly aimed at promoting webinars, or getting sign-ups for the same, getting targeted visitors to click-through to your landing page is a battle in itself.
Every meaningful source of traffic comes with its own hurdles, for example, there are over 84 Discord icons for you to familiarize yourself with, before you can actively engage with the community.
Do A Dry-Run Before Going Live
No matter how well you plan things, or how many registrations you drive with your marketing, it ultimately comes down to how well you can execute on the plan. Being live, webinar hosts have to learn the art of holding the attention of participants, captivating them throughout the program, before compelling them towards a call-to-action.
This isn’t easy, especially for beginners, and often requires extensive preparations and rehearsals before going live. Beyond the content, there are a few technical considerations that need to be taken care off, in order to minimize technical disruptions during the webinar.
Ideally, it is recommended to conduct a dry run of the entire process before the real thing, especially for those who are hosting their first webinars.
Track, Measure & Optimize
Apart from being a science with tried and tested principles and best practices, holding webinars is also an art, something that hosts get better at over time. However, this is only possible with accurate tracking and analysis of their performance.
There are plenty of analytics tools that help in this regard, helping ascertain the level of engagement and attentiveness of the audience, apart from pinpointing specific parts of the program where the webinar lost participants.
All of this can be used to plan better, and fill gaps in order to come up with the most compelling content going forward.
Webinars on Zoom gained substantial momentum over the course of the pandemic, and they are likely to be a mainstay in sales and marketing going forward.
With the right systems, approach, and execution, they can very well be the single most important source of leads for businesses across sectors and industries.