Pros and cons of webinars
Webinars offer options for reaching out to and educating buyers at all stages of the lead generation cycle.
Keep in mind these pros and cons when deciding how best to reach your audience.
Pros of Webinars
- Less time: It’s easier to get on attendees’ calendars if you’re only asking for 30-60 minutes.
- No travel: Your audience and can join in from their desks or home offices. In today’s marketplace, prospects are coming from different time zones and personal schedules. It’s also a big plus for presenters.
- Usually cost less. If you fly in presenters, rent a meeting space and equipment and provide refreshments, it can add up.
- Viral marketing: To put it simply, attendees can invite others easily and they’re more likely to because it’s easier to attend than an event you have to travel to.
- Record the webinar. If someone’s registered but doesn’t show up, you have an easy way of giving them a second chance at their convenience. Follow up by auto-responder email. You’ll get extra “bonus” attendance. And don’t forget, you can put it on your website as content to draw in web visitors.
- You can do live, interactive demos over the Web. You can use web conferencing software or services to demonstrate your software right on participants’ own computers. They can follow along as you click through each step, or you can let them manipulate their own mice and keyboards.
- It’s easier to attract guest speakers. If a speaker can participate from his or her own home or office, they’re much more likely to rather than having to travel to the event. You could even save a few dollars because professional speakers usually charge more when they travel.
Cons of Webinars
- You may not have participants’ undivided attention. It’s easy for attendees to be interrupted by colleagues or staff, or to get distracted by phones or e-mail while your webinar or teleconference is going on.
- Time is limited. Webinars should last no longer than an hour. Shorter is even better. If your material requires more time, perhaps break it into chunks that can be a series of webinars.
Busy C-level and senior executives will likely prefer the convenience of a quick webinar, whereas a user group may prefer the interaction of a live event such as a lunch-and-learn seminar. Give the audience your information in the way your audience wants to receive it. It’s much more likely your message will be heard, retained, and acted on.