WEBINARS MADE EASY

How to Create and Host a Webinar

Ace your next online webinar with these best practices.

HOW IT WORKS

Watch how to schedule and host a webinar

Online webinars make communication with prospects, employees, partners and customers easy and efficient. Webinars are online events that combine HD video, integrated audio, live polls and more to engage audiences from anywhere. You can give presentations, perform product demonstrations and deliver world-wide messages to thousands of people at a time.

BEST PRACTICES

10 steps to host great webinars

Online webinars make communication with prospects, customers and employees easy and efficient. Just follow these steps:

1. Choose a date and time.
Schedule your webinar for a time that works well for attendees in different time zones. We recommend Thursdays at 12:00pm PST/ 3:00pm EST.

2. Choose your webinar topic.
Make sure the topic will inform and motivate attendees. If the subject matter calls for it, guest speakers are always great.

3. Customize your branding.
Choose a theme for your webinar, pick a relevant image for your landing page and add your logo to make sure the everything reflects your brand.

4. Create a hashtag for your webinar.
Successful webinars require promotion. Creating a hashtag is a great start, and it gives people an easy way to talk about it on social media.

5. Send out your webinar invitations.
This is when you should really publicize the event. Send the invite to your email list. Post about it on your website or blog. Use the hashtag on social media. Get creative and you’ll get more people to attend.
6. Build webinar content.
Take care with the content you’ll present during the webinar. Engaging slides, polls and handouts will make a big difference.

7. Do a practice run.
Get your speakers comfortable with the webinar controls and make sure things go smoothly by doing a test run beforehand.

8. Host your webinar.
The day’s arrived. This is when your preparation pays off. Don’t forget to record your webinar as well!

9. Follow up.
Check up on your attendees shortly after the webinar, preferably within 24 hours. Ask whether there are any more questions or requests.

10. Make your webinar recording available.
A recorded webinar is a great way to keep generating leads long after you’ve finished hosting. Publishing the recording to a video-sharing platform can broaden your reach and attract extra interest.

THE BUSINESS CASE FOR WEBINARS

What are the benefits of hosting a webinar?

Webinars let you give presentations, perform product demonstrations and deliver world-wide messages to thousands of people at a time.

Reach and qualify more prospects, more often.
With just a few simple steps, webinars can help you generate more qualified leads in your target market than you would get through other channels.
Build greater brand awareness.
Showcase your products and business through online events where you can easily engage your audience and drum up interest.
Present to more people in less time.
You can have up to 2,000 people attend your events with GoToWebinar. This helps you effectively share your message to a wider audience.
Conduct cost-effective employee meetings.
Webinars work great for internal presentations, too. Even if you have offices all over the country, they can get the same message in real time.
Reach and qualify more prospects, more often.
When you know how to host a webinar, you no longer have to gather everyone in one physical location for presentations, which cuts down on travel costs.
Engage audiences with HD video.
Even the best message can get muddled if the video quality is poor. GoToWebinar allows up to six presenters to jump on HD webcams for better engagement.
Expand reach with reusable content.
Record your webinar and post it everywhere to reinforce your brand and marketing manager. GoToWebinar captures your screen, audio and webcams.
Streamline your marketing processes.
Integrate GoToWebinar with your customer relationship management (CRM) solution to manage your lead generation and event creation in one place.

ESSENTIAL WEBINAR FEATURES

Easy, engaging webinars with GoToWebinar

GoToWebinar offers a full suite of webinar features to ensure that you get the most out of your webinars.


GETTING STARTED

How to create a webinar in GoToWebinar

If you’re ready to begin, follow these steps to schedule your first online event in GoToWebinar.


1. Sign in to GoToWebinar. Don’t have an account? Start a free trial.


2. Click the Schedule a Webinar button.


3. Specify the details of your webinar. This includes the title and description of the webinar as well as the session type, date, time and time zone.


4. Click Schedule when you’re finished.


5. On the Manage Webinar page, customize your webinar settings by clicking edit next to the section you’d like to change.


6. Set up reminder emails by clicking edit right beside the Reminder Email setting.

PRESENT WITH CONFIDENCE

Final tips for running a webinar

Sometimes the unexpected can happen, even when you know the ins and outs of how to conduct a webinar. While you can’t always be fully prepared, here are several tips that will not only help your webinar be successful but make it engaging and informative for everyone.

Promote your webinar early and often.
When promoting, it’s best to start at least a month in advance. But put in extra effort at the end! The majority of registrations occur in the last week.
Add presenter bios to the registration page.
People join webinars to hear thought leaders speak. Add social authority to your landing pages by featuring the speakers’ photos and bios.
Create polls to get attendees involved.
Polls are an awesome opportunity to engage your audience. They’re also a valuable source of feedback and audience insights.
Connect to the Internet by cable.
Since Wi-Fi can be spotty at times, make sure your computer is connected to your router by a cable. This will keep your broadcast smooth.

SIMULATED LIVE

Scheduling pre-recorded webinars

Once you know how to set up a live webinar, take advantage of other useful features in GoToWebinar like Simulated Live.

GoToWebinar Simulated Live
Automate everything.
Simulated Live simplifies the webinar experience by automating the entire event. Your webinars can run themselves without you even having to be there!
Reuse your recordings.
To use Simulated Live, just select Simulated Live when you schedule a webinar in GoToWebinar. Pick the recording you want to use, schedule it to auto-play (or make it available on demand) and then sit back and relax.