It’s one thing to have great content to share with others. It’s another thing for the message to go out there.
So, as you invest in developing great content for your upcoming webinar, have you thought about how to promote it?
Getting people to know about your webinar and eventually turning up for it is very important if you want to make it count. We have outlined what we believe are the essential strategies for getting attendance at your next webinar to be mind-blowing.
Webinars are a very effective way of reaching out to multiple people from where you are. Webinars, which could also be referred to as webcasts, are live seminars that are delivered online and can reach many people. Webinars are effective in organizations and large settings.
Many businesses have flown on the wings of well-produced and well-publicized webinars. But so is it for entrepreneurs and small businesses who wish to reach many people with the products at their disposal.
Because it is delivered online, webinars can reach audiences worldwide, and that means you can use webinars to expand your market beyond your wildest dreams.
However, it all starts with getting people aware and getting them to tune in. That’s why we have outlined steps to guarantee that your webinars are well-attended from now on. But first, why is the promotion of webinars important?
Why is promotion important?
Promotion is essential because unless people know about something, there’s no way they will benefit.
Every marketing technique seeks to get the most publicity for products to the target audience in ways that can influence them to patronize the product. That’s why companies spend a lot on advertising and promotion.
Webinars are great tools for promoting products and services. However, webinars won’t knock on the doors of prospects. They are specialized events, so attendees need to be aware of them, register, and attend.
At other times, we have talked about how to produce webinars, and we will also talk some more about it here, but without promotion, your webinars may not reach as many people as desired.
However, even before promoting your webinars, we always encourage you to create an optimized landing page containing all the essential information that would benefit the attendees.
This landing page should also have the form where they can register for the webinar if they are interested and a thank you page after registering. We’ll talk more about this as we progress.
But, let’s look at some successful webinar promotion strategies. As we noted, these are proven strategies that have delivered unbelievable numbers for countless webinars, and you can benefit too by using them.
Successful webinar promotion strategies
Here are some proven methods to help you successfully promote your webinars.
We assume that you already know the importance of choosing a topic that appeals to a broad audience and that you are well prepared for the presentation.
Let’s ensure that you have a high turn-up at your next webinar with the following tips:
Using your website to promote your webinar is a no-brainer. You can use a compelling CTA, pop-up, or any kind of promotion that constantly stares at visitors. If you’ve got it, flaunt it.
Every time visitors flock to your website, they should leave with messages that encourage them to register for the webinar. That’s why a call to action is the best bet. This makes it easy to transport them directly to the registration page.
The best way to proceed would be to add fascinating information that shows why the webinar would benefit the attendee. Make it short and straight to the point, but let a CTA button do the rest.
How will messages spread without social media? With close to 4 billion people using social media daily, you can go a long way using your social media platforms to promote your webinars.
Select the most relevant social media to your target audience. For example, Tiktok and Instagram are more favored among younger audiences. However, Facebook and Twitter are more popular among middle-aged and adult users. The product you are trying to market should have a target audience.
Also, you should target your post to reflect the message you want to get shared. You can create short videos and catchy graphics to attract users and ensure that the registration page link is always included.
Social media can also be used to promote your guests if you have any, and their platforms can also be used to improve the reach of your messages. Use hashtags and trend lists to enhance the reach of your message.
Social media influencers have massive followers, and one post on their forum can give your message a huge reach. You can also use paid advertising on social media platforms or partner with influencers with huge followers to reach more people. That’s where the quality of your messaging should be top-notch. If your messaging is poor, influencers won’t yield much.
Social media is full of abundant information, so you must make your posts catchy and straightforward. Investment in graphic designs to attract the most people, and you should always include the link to the registration.
Time your promotions
You need to time your promotions to achieve better results because not all days produce the same results. The recommended start time should be a month before the event, and ensure you increase your promotions to the highest level when it’s a week before the webinar.
Of course, it is expected that your promotion should have started weeks before the date, but research shows that your promotion should peak about seven days before the event.
You may ask, why not Mondays? Mondays are always perceived as a very tough day for people, and they already have enough on their plate.
So, that’s why Tuesdays produce the best responses. People are known to respond better on Tuesdays, so ensure you time most of your campaigns to fall on Tuesdays.
Also, weekdays produce more results than weekends, so let most of your promotions fall during the weekday. Finally, it’s best to reach out to prospects before 11 AM and ensure you always reach out after 8 AM.
Last-minute campaigns should focus on reaching those that have shown some reluctance, but analytics have shown that they may be interested.
Advertising is essential; however, it could be a bit expensive. If your budget can accommodate it, you can advertise on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can also decide to promote your webinars on specific industry-related content like online magazines or even certain websites.
You should limit your adverts to online platforms since your webinar will also be online. You should run specific targeted display and social ads and target specific demographics, industries, roles, and interests related to your business.
Pay-per-click advertising should be considered if you wish to attract lots of registrants. PPC also helps to deliver a great ROI, especially if you have a reasonable budget for promotion.
The idea of landing pages is designed to retain those attracted to the webinars, so it may not technically be a way of promoting it.
However, it can help those who are already interested in the webinar. That means there must have been promotional strategies that attracted the attendees in the first place.
Social media and blog posts are some of the most important steps through which you can promote your webinars. So, if you have attracted them, landing pages are designed to help you retain them. How does it work?
The design of landing page is to entice the prospects to take more concrete action toward attending the webinar. It extracts commitment from the users and offers more information about the webinar. When landing pages are attractive enough, it helps to encourage users to attend the webinar.
You can ensure that landing pages contain videos and that the forms are very easy to fill.
Email marketing is also one great way of promoting your webinar. Using emails is very technical, but it could be very effective. If you know how to use email marketing, you can significantly impact the number of your attendees.
You should have a list of former attendees and prospects, so you should write a compelling letter explaining why the upcoming webinar would be a great option. The interesting thing about email marketing is that you will need to send a series of letters sequentially.
One can begin by sharing a blog post or article relevant to the message the webinar seeks to address. That serves as an appetizer. Then you can send another email a few days later introducing the webinar’s topic and formally invite them to the webinar.
If you have past editions, you may share snippets. Then send reminders as well, just days before the webinar. Remember always to include a compelling CTA in all the emails, so interested participants can register.
Hours before the webinar would be another critical time to send a follow-up email and never forget to send a thank you email after the event and include recordings or reviews for those who may have missed it. You need to know how to record a webinar to make it effective for your email marketing strategies.
Be sure to get permission from participants to be added to a regular mailing list before sending frequent emails to them. However, always ensure that all the emails contain information relevant to the prospects.
If you have a blog with many readers, you should use it to promote your webinars. You can write articles that explain what your upcoming webinar is all about. Blogs are always written in engaging formats and can easily promote webinars.
Otherwise, you can use other popular blogs and sponsor posts. You can also advertise on blogs that are related to the subject of your webinars. You can also use press releases in dedicated magazines or guest posts in other magazines. There will always be more audiences when you use platforms that are popular and are related to what you have to offer.
Other workable strategies you can employ include a strategic countdown timer and calendar that includes a special CTA button.
How much should you spend on promotion?
Hosting a webinar costs money, most of which is associated with the webinar platform itself.
If you wish to host a simple webinar, you may find some platforms willing to do it for free, but you won’t have most of the advanced options that make the session interesting. For beginners, you may use a free webinar to master the art of hosting the events before becoming an expert.
For any webinar that involves promotion, it is assumed that it must be a standard one. The cost of hosting an average standard webinar could be between $150 to $500 per month, depending on the features.
If you intend to invite professionals for the webinar, you may also want to consider the cost.
So, the budget for your promotion which is designed for lead generation should be significant because whatever amount you spend on your webinar would come down to how well received it is by the audience.
No amount is too much to spend on promoting webinars if it yields the desired outcome. However, if your overall budget for the webinar is about $1,000, you should spend between $500 and $600 on promotion. That means promotion should take about half of your budget for the webinar.
The promotion of webinars cannot be limited to just one method. Often, it would require a combination of methods. There are different things you must do to ensure a successful presentation.
We have looked at methods of promoting webinars and how to budget for the promotion.
Also, do not forget always to thank your attendees after each webinar so that you can easily reach out to them whenever you have another webinar to host.
The platform you choose to employ in your promotion determines how expensive it would be, but if it yields quality lead generation, then it would be worth it at the end of the day.