Insight50: Takeaways From Our Scrappy Marketing Session

June’s Insight50 session was on driving results with scrappy marketing – where we provided fellow Webinerds with 50 minutes of expert insight and answered the questions about your scrappy marketing.

Below is just a brief wrap up of insights from Marc Hansen at Workfront, Nick Melton at Verint, Simon Hurrell at The Croc – and of course, you the viewers! If you didn’t manage to see it, view it on-demand here.

Nearly all (91%) of this session’s attendees said they are feeling at least some pressure to deliver more results with fewer resources. That’s one area in which scrappy marketing can help — getting a campaign out quickly, with fewer resources, so you can see the results quickly and make necessary changes right away.

So, what insights did the panel members have to help marketers run their own scrappy campaigns? Here are just a few points they shared.

Why Should Marketers Get Scrappy?

Getting your marketing out there quickly and, perhaps, less perfectly has its advantages. Audience members said they are seeing reduced costs, more content and campaigns being launched and faster learning from their scrappy marketing campaigns.

For Marc’s organization, the emphasis is on getting more done, with fewer resources in order to get results faster.

“With my team, we try to enable a culture where it’s fail fast, right. We want to get more done. We’re being asked to deliver more with fewer resources. So, how do we move the needle for the business in the most effective way? It comes back to scrappy marketing, right? What are the things we can do to repurpose content, get more out of the assets we create and generate more responses and qualified pipeline for our businesses?”

While scrappy marketing is a go-to strategy for start-ups, larger organizations can benefit from the practice, as well – a point covered in our blog series where we discussed how to get your team to buy-in to scrappy marketing. Simon spoke about how large businesses can use scrappy marketing to test out changes they wish to undertake:

“For large organizations, it comes down to really wanting to change the culture within that organization. A lot of our clients are really ambitious with wanting to change, not only how its teams execute, but how the organization sees the value of markets or the bottom line. And scrappy gives us the ability to quickly test ideas and bring them to market without necessarily having a fully-fledged strategy that’s taken three or four months to build out with the right data and insights.”

You Need Data to Be Scrappy

The majority of webinar attendees say they assess the results of their campaigns as they come in or on a fixed schedule. Regardless of when marketers are looking at their data, the important thing is they are accessing it and looking for insights. According to Simon, you need data to do scrappy marketing properly.

“If we haven’t got data, we can’t work quickly. To do that, you need to have an agreement about what you want to measure at the beginning of your adoption for this methodology and making sure you’re then just refining and adding to that as it goes through.”

Indeed, there are many data points you can use to measure your webinar’s success. Nick’s has found that his organization has benefited from webinars in their scrappy campaigns because of the data they bring in, not to mention the continued benefits of the on-demand feature webinars provide.

“I can’t speak highly enough about what on-demand gives us. Coming back to that concept of repackaging and not being afraid to go back and use a webinar that’s six months old because the content is still going to be relevant.”

Three Quick Takeaways

After covering a lot of ground about being scrappy with your marketing, the panel ended with a few words of wisdom.

Marc focused on content and finding ways to make the most of what you have.

“I think it comes back to repurposing content and or different campaigns. I would think through what are the little things I can do to get more mileage out of this piece of content or this campaign, whether it’s a webinar or a white paper or an event. There are lots of ways to leverage content to generate more leads.”

Additionally, Simon reminded us that, to do scrappy marketing properly, it’s important to focus on a specific audience instead of trying to engage an array of stakeholders.

“Focus on one particular audience, really understand how you can engage them, what type of value add you want to bring to that particular engagement and how you want to move them forward. Don’t think about trying to cover every single scenario, in every single channel, focus on the channel where your audiences are and then make sure you will find something of value to give to them.”

Speaking more specifically about the international market he works in, Nick referred to something important that we learned just a couple of months ago from our Insight50 Simplifying International Marketing webinar and holds true when it comes to getting content out there quickly:

“In an ideal world, you would translate everything into French, Spanish, German, but the reality is, that’s not going to happen. So, don’t be afraid to have the end and assets in English, but make sure the email or the landing page is done in the local language.”

Hear more on our Insight 50 session

The quotes above are just a small sample of what was discussed and answered on June’s Insight 50 session. Make sure to register to watch on-demand and find out how your organization can take advantage of scrappy marketing.

Insight50: Three Key Points Ahead Of Our Scrappy Marketing Webinar

To discuss ON24’s latest theme of scrappy marketing, our upcoming Insight50 session will be exploring just that – and answering all your questions on how to put scrappy marketing into place. Sign up to the session to get your questions answered.

We’ve been discussing scrappy marketing on the ON24 blog so, in case you somehow missed it, here’s just a taste with the first post of the series.

What is scrappy marketing? Simply put it is a mindset that looks to drive results quickly by being creative and standing out from all the rest of the noise. It means setting aside the habit of thinking your marketing needs to be polished and perfect and, instead, getting into the habit of just getting it done and out there.

Changing habits can be difficult but once you’re consistently applying them to your marketing, you’ll start to reap the benefits. So how should go about putting scrappy marketing into place? Ahead of our next Insight50 webinar, here are a few points to encourage you to learn more.

Scrappy marketing drives results – fast

By letting go of the thought that every bit of marketing you do has to be done to perfection, you are able to get more out there, quickly. This means you are connecting with your audience more frequently. So, while the bigger players are spending more time and money polishing up their marketing, yours is already in front of your audience.

Scrappy marketing also gives you the advantage of learning by doing. By quickly getting campaigns out, you are able to gather the performance data and learn what works and what needs to be improved upon.

Don’t forget, being a little rough around the edges can actually work as an advantage. People love the underdog and so do businesses. It’s that lack of perfection that will make your marketing more relatable and establish a connection with your buyers.

But scrappy marketing needs team buy-in

There may be members of your team that will resist this different approach but having everyone on board is essential to its success. To get your team’s buy-in, you can create urgency by showing them the threats and opportunities and then build an alliance, not just with your marketing team but with an array of individuals at different levels of your organisation and who have different capabilities. Don’t be afraid to use data to gain support. Sometimes numbers speak louder than words.

Once you’ve got your team’s buy-in, encourage innovation and don’t let them be afraid to fail. Test quickly and learn from your mistakes just as quickly. This can help you from having big failures later on.

Scrappy marketing helps you close the loop

Part of the problem new companies have with new initiatives is that they tend to spend too much time arguing and stressing over what might be considered the minutiae of a campaign which only services to delay it going to market and receiving feedback from customers.

Scrappy marketing makes it possible to get things done quickly so it’s out there in front of your customers in no time. In turn, you receive feedback quickly so that you can start adjusting and improving where you need to for your next launch. Each time you run through a cycle, you are able to improve what you are doing but at a much quicker pace than if your team was trying to perfecting and polishing everything at once.

To find out more and ask your questions, make sure to sign up to our Insight50 webinar on scrappy marketing.

The Lean Webinar: Three Steps To Improving Your Webinars Over Time

This post is the final post in our series on scrappy marketing – an approach can help you achieve better results in less time.

One of the most talked about business books in recent times has been The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. The book looks to address a key problem for young companies and new initiatives – that too much time is spent on ideas and products before they get feedback from customers:

Too many startups begin with an idea for a product that they think people want. They then spend months, sometimes years, perfecting that product without ever showing the product, even in a very rudimentary form, to the prospective customer. When they fail to reach broad uptake from customers, it is often because they never spoke to prospective customers and determined whether or not the product was interesting.

The same could be said for marketing. Too often in the past, teams have spent hours or days arguing over the copy, finessing messages and creative, cycling through a process of revisions and feedback that makes campaigns take too long to get to market.

But today, change happens too quickly. Instead, marketers should be taking an iterative approach, putting more value on getting results and feedback over making things ‘perfect.’

This is one of the key benefits of scrappy marketing. By getting more done in less time, you’ll get more data on what works and what doesn’t. This can then be fed back into future campaigns and activity. Over time, each cycle of your marketing activity will become better.

So, as you go forward with your scrappy marketing journey, we’d like to make the case for The Lean Webinar. It’s what many ON24 customers have been doing instinctively over time and feeds into how they progress through four stages – from webi-newbie, to webi-basic, to webi-pro and webinerd.

Summing up our earlier posts from the scrappy marketing series, here are the three steps you should follow to progress your journey.

1. Build Your Webinars Fast

Earlier we covered how you can get quick campaign ideas, accelerate your marketing and webinar formats that are quick and easy.

You should put these steps together to make sure you can get webinars out to your audience at pace. If you’re still struggling for time, see if there are any old webinars you can repurpose. Delegate more to your team and give them the freedom to experiment.

To get attendees, revisit tactics to drive webinar registrations at speed, and make sure to use third-party sites and syndication partners.

2. Measure Your Results

Once you’ve run your webinars, look at their performance to find out how you performed against your goals. Our checklist for content marketing brainstorming has guidance here, along with our post on how to measure webinar success.

The good thing about running webinars is that they will collect a range of metrics that you can use to assess your performance.

3. Learn and Apply

Once you have your results, review the figures and ask where there may be opportunities to drive further performance. This should become a regular marketing habit.

Taking a scrappy approach means that you don’t have to look to overhaul your entire campaign if it’s performing in certain areas. Instead, look for quick tweaks where you can improve performance.

Some ideas you might want to explore include tips to improve webinar engagement, turning your webinar into a podcast, or driving always-on webinar viewing. You can also look to make your webinars better by building an improvised webinar studio.

In isolation, each of these changes might not initially add up to much. But put together, these incremental steps will help build results over time.

Good luck with your journey to becoming a scrappy webinerd!

How to Measure Webinar Success

This post is the latest in our series on scrappy marketing – an approach can help you achieve better results in less time.

Marketers are always asked to report on their performance, regardless of what approach you are taking. But in the context of scrappy marketing – and, in particular, when you’re running webinars – what numbers will you use to measure your performance? How do you know you’re successful? And what data points might provide inspiration for driving further results?

To help you, we’ve put together a few questions you either might get asked, or might ask yourself. Each guiding question has several points you can use to help find an answer suitable to you – as well as some suggestions on where scrappy approaches could help turn the dial.

How are webinars contributing to marketing’s goal?

Different marketing teams often work on different goals. But ultimately, most marketing is measured by how it impacts sales performance.

As such, here are a few areas to look at when assessing the impact of your marketing campaigns. If you haven’t yet connected your CRM or marketing automation platform to your webinar software, you should! ON24 Connect can help you do that seamlessly.

Chances are there are other channels that go into the touches for each prospect. To get a clearer picture, use your marketing automation or CRM to investigate what touches buyers went through in their journey. Even if you don’t have a full attribution model in place, this data will give you a good indication of how you are performing.

  • Marketing-generated opportunities by both volume, total amount and weighted pipeline value. Your company’s CRM will likely be the place to turn to for opportunity information. If you don’t already mark opportunity records as marketing-generated, export the list of opportunities your sales team is working on (including closed, lost, and open) and look to match these against your campaigns and webinars. Email addresses can often be an easy way of matching records.
  • Webinar-influenced sales-accepted leads (SALs). Assess which of the leads accepted by the sales team were influenced by a webinar.
  • Webinar-influenced marketing-qualified leads (MQLs). Look at the data within your marketing automation platform to understand how webinars are contributing to your MQL numbers.

Some scrappy ideas for influencing the above include:

  • Run scrappy campaigns against large target accounts. If you can open a large opportunity through webinars, this will help increase marketing’s contribution to pipeline. More information is in the Webinerd’s Guide to Account-Based Marketing.
  • Run scrappy webinars to further qualify leads – and get sales to join the session. If you need to influence the number of leads that sales is accepting, find out what information causes them to disqualify prospects (e.g. budget) and run webinars to screen for those attributes. Use both registration fields and poll questions to collect this data – and invite your sales team to answer Q&A in the background so they will be happy to pick up those leads directly.
  • Test calls-to-action in your webinars that boost lead score. While it’s tempting to adjust your lead scoring to boost MQL numbers, that tactic won’t do anyone any favors. Instead, try to increase engagement during your webinars in a way that contributes to building a prospect’s lead score – so more of them become MQLs.

How are webinars engaging our prospects?

There are many ways to measure webinar engagement – from simple figures such as attendee count, through to more granular metrics such as drop-off rate. Here are a few to assess.

  • Attendees and qualified attendees. This is a simple number – how many people watched your webinar? How many of those were qualified and fit your target prospect profile? But a word of warning – be careful that this number doesn’t become used as a vanity metric.
  • Engagement score. ON24 provides a simple to understand engagement score that uses participation, engagement and use of webinar features. This number can give you a benchmark to further drive performance.
  • Resource use. How many assets did your prospects engage within the webinar console?
  • Average viewing time. How long did your prospects stay tuned into your session?
  • Attendee feedback. Don’t forget about qualitative metrics. What do attendees say about your webinars? You can also poll them for this information.
  • Repeat viewers. How many of your prospects have viewed more than one webinar?
  • Account coverage. For your target accounts, how many decision makers have tuned into your webinars?

Many of these figures can be found within the ON24 Intelligence console – as shown below. Looking at the data, we can see that while average viewing time was strong, the engagement score could be improved – as well as running some marketing to increase on-demand viewing.

ON24 Webcast Intelligence Screenshot

The good news with all these tactics, there are scrappy ways to amplify success – many of which only require small tweaks. To drive up your engagement score, look at increasing the number of engagement options within the session or try different a different presenter. Put more resources on your webinar console and signpost them during the session. Take polls, but hang on to the answers to increase average viewing time. Ask for feedback in the Q&A. Tell attendees to sign up to the next webinar, or watch an always-on session. Run campaigns for specific accounts.

How successful is our webinar promotion?

As well as the success of the webinars directly, look for webinar metrics connected to influence sign-up and attendance rate. Figures to look at include:

  • Registrations and qualified registrations. How many people signed up? Of those, which registrants fit your target profile?
  • Attendee conversion rate. How many of those registering actually showed up?
  • Cost-per-registration / cost-per-lead. If you paid to drive registrations, what was the average cost?
  • Registration page conversion rate. What percentage of people are converting on the registration page?
  • Conversion rate from channels. Which channels are performing better than others?

Taking a scrappy approach to improve these could include:

  • Making use of third-party sites and syndication to boost registration counts. If you need more people signing up, working with a partner that has a large audience can help.
  • Experimenting with landing page copy. What could you do to make signing up irresistible? Feel free to experiment and do something new.
  • Try different channels. If you’re stuck on using just email, change things up. Add social promotion, incentivize your sales team, get your friends to share it! As an example, Twilio used Facebook ads to boost its audience by 30% – a channel overlooked by many B2B marketers.

How will you use this data?

This isn’t a question that demands numbers, but highlights a key aspect of success with any marketing. You need to find out what works and how well it’s working to close the loop on your efforts and make next time even more successful.

The quicker you can get this data and change your approach, the faster you will see improved results.

Want to benchmark yourself against other ON24 customers? Then check out our Webinar Benchmarks for 2019 report.

How To Make Scrappy Marketing a Habit for Success

This post is the latest in our series on scrappy marketing – an approach can help you achieve better results in less time.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve covered a number of posts on how to put scrappy marketing into place – from brainstorming for ideas through to promoting your webinar after it’s finished.

However, like all good habits, the long-term benefits only come from a consistent approach. So how can you make sure your efforts stick and last over time?

Here are a few ideas you can put into practice to keep results high.

Make Every Webinar Always-On

There are a lot of ways to get the most of your after it’s gone live.

While old webinars can be passed off as brand new, before even doing this you can simply make sure that each webinar you produce is available to access as an always-on session.

The latest stats from ON24’s Webinar Benchmarks Report show that more than one-third (36 percent) of attendees only watch always-on sessions, with the majority of this group signing up a week after the webinar ends.

With many people working either non-standard hours or across time zones, the timing of a live webinar will never work for absolutely everyone. By making sure that each webinar is available as an always-on session, you can encourage both viewers to binge-watch your webinars and provide a place to experiment with scrappy approaches to driving always-on sign-ups.

Build in Reminders and Routines

Previously we covered how you can make your marketing team more agile, getting them to buy into the scrappy mindset. Following those steps will help remove barriers to productivity, get them to experiment and work at speed.

However, keeping this up requires habits and processes. Productivity guru James Clear mentions that habits (whether good or bad) typically follow the same process – a cue triggers a desire to take action, which leads to a response and a reward.

As such, you should look at what cues and reminders you can set up as triggers for routines. As an example:

  • On a certain day of the week, you publish content covering a particular theme.
  • When a blog article is published, your team members promote it on social media.
  • When a webinar is scheduled, your sales team gets notified so they can send it to prospects.

The reward in each case should be tied to your goals – but you may also wish to incentivize your team to drive further success.

Take Advantage of Reusable, Repeatable Formats

There will inevitably be days when members of your team aren’t feeling as productive as they would like or have a lot of other priorities depleting their mental energy.

Trying to reinvent the wheel each time will simply lead to reduced performance. Instead, you should look at what reusable and repeatable formats you can run that follow a given formula. The formula should be structured enough that it requires minimal effort to put things into place.

Furthermore, if you schedule these reusable formats, it makes planning your demand generation and marketing activity (and predicting results) far easier, leaving you with more time to experiment on different approaches.

While running webinars initially may take more time than other marketing approaches such as sending out an email newsletter or posting something on social media, there are also webinar formats that are quick to run – such as panel sessions, demos and interviews.

But an important point – make sure to experiment within these regular formats. Always be looking for interesting ways to liven them up or novel approaches to generate better results.

Make Scrappy Marketing Part of Your Identity

Once you are doing scrappy marketing regularly, it should become part of the way you generate results for your business. But there’s always the risk that outside pressures might make you revert to old ways.

As marketing is always evolving, failing to experiment and try things out – particularly with limited resources – will eventually make you less effective.

Being proud to be a scrappy marketer will help you maintain that curious and energetic edge that will give you a lead over others. When things inevitably change, your scrappy mindset will help you make the most of the situation, reaping rewards when others fail.

Three Ways You Can Use Existing Webinars to Drive Customer Engagement

This post is the latest in our series on scrappy marketing – an approach can help you achieve better results in less time.

One of the principles of scrappy marketing is making good use of what you have.

Webinars are a great way of engaging potential customers, as well as nurturing your relationships with them, but they take a lot of work to make. How can you get as much mileage as possible out of them?

In an earlier post, we discussed methods you can use to extend the lifecycle of a webinar. This post focuses on ways you can use webinar recordings to engage your on-demand audience.

Create a webinar hub

On-demand webinars are a huge part of your audience – a potential third, according to ON24 research. How can we serve them better?

Creating a central place on your website where all of your webinars are based is a great place to start. Make it attractive, make it accessible, and above all, make it searchable.

This needs to be a place where visitors can start a long journey with you, so, for example, after viewing a webinar, they can be recommended some of your related content, such as a white paper or case study that was discussed on the recording.

Creating a webinar hub helps you draw parallels between the different kinds of content you host while catering for the bingers who like to watch several webinars on the trot or a whole series at once.

The choice is yours on whether to ask visitors to sign up once for access to all of your webinars, or to gate each video individually – you’ll have to weigh up user experience against your desire for leads.

Syndicate your webinar content

Third-party sites can be great places to host your webinar content. By placing lead forms and calls-to-action on other sites, you can capture an audience that you otherwise wouldn’t have reached.

You can also reach additional viewers organically by making parts of your webinar content available on video sites such as YouTube, Vimeo and SlideShare. These platforms can help grow your audience further by making your webinar content more searchable and accessible, although you should weigh up the benefits of reach versus capturing leads.

Again, it’s up to you whether you publish your webinars as full videos, create shorter chapters to create series, or just post shorter clips of the best bits. Whatever you choose to do, be sure to link back to your webinar hub for those who want more.

Cut webinars into bite-sized pieces

Breaking longer recordings into shorter, easier to digest clips makes your webinar content so much more versatile. Not only do they present a lower barrier to entry for the rest of your content (an hour-long video may prove intimidating), but you can be more targeted with how you share them, as a shorter clip is likely to be far more focused in its subject matter than a 60-minute webinar that covers many topics.

Research by ON24, which found that half of webinars have audiences of between 100 and 199 people, suggests that webinars are tending towards smaller, more niche audiences for mid to bottom of the funnel prospects, so it makes sense to specialize where you can.

Shorter clips can also serve as teaser videos in your webinar promotion – post them on social media – organic or paid – to generate interest in your longer on-demand webinars.

Want more tips? Check out our guide on the Keys to Building an On-Demand Webinar Strategy.

How to Pass Off an Old Webinar As Brand New

This post is the latest in our series on scrappy marketing – an approach can help you achieve better results in less time.

Do you have a webinar in your archive which could do with being promoted again, or that you just think deserves a wider audience? Have you thought about rerunning it, as if it were brand new? How would that even work?

The good news is that your old webinars are likely to be a treasure trove of content that can help get you results. The hard work has been done, and as scrappy marketing is about doing more with less, refreshing your previous content can be a key pillar of a scrappy program.

There are a number of different approaches you can take in repurposing your old webinars. Some ideas include:

  • Running a new webinar with existing content. This is where you take your notes, slides, promotional material and other assets but run the session completely new. This can be particularly valuable if you think a tweak of the title might bring in more viewers, but want to use your content again.
  • Running an old webinar as simuliveFor this type of session, it’s easy – your recording from the previous session is presented as if it were a live, scheduled event. There’s no material difference between running a webinar live or simulive. All of the interactivity offered by polls and chat and are retained, and it still ‘feels’ live, although you should check it first to make sure that there is nothing to impact the experience. Product demos work particularly well as simulive, especially as you can have your sales team on hand for chat and typed Q&A.
  • Mixing old recordings with live content. There are two different ways you can blend this approach. The first is to take video recordings from your previous webinars and put them in as video clips and run a live webinar session either before or after these clips. This can be valuable if you’ve had a speaker that can’t present again, but you still want to use their words and presenting. The other method is to run what ON24 calls a “Sim-2-Live” session – this is where you run a simulive webinar, complete with all functionality, before rolling over to a live audio feed.
  • Promoting pre-recorded webinars as an “always-on” session. This is where you take your old webinars and host them for people to view whenever they are available. This can be particularly useful in building out evergreen content, syndicating them on third-party sites, and serving customers in different time zones.

Whichever approach you take, here are the stages you should go through to make your refreshed webinar a success.

Review your old webinar along with any related materials

Before you promote your old webinar, watch the recording and review any related assets.

This is particularly important if you plan to run your old session as simulive or Sim-2-Live. In this case, keep a careful eye out for dates and times. Check any slides don’t have a date on them that is in the past. If you happened to do a screenshare, check that there is no giveaway date or time in the menu bar.

For an “always-on” webinar, these dates are not as important, but you may want to reconsider their use on slides going forward to keep them as evergreen content.

If you’re running a brand new webinar using old content, have a quick look over your materials to see if anything needs a refresh.

Set up your webinar ready to go

Whatever type of webinar you will look to run with, make sure you get everything set up ready to capture registrations.

Use your webinar console to set a date and time for your session, or to publish it as an always-on asset.

For practical guidance on this, the Webinar Best Practices series can show you everything you need to do.

Drum up interest on the topic through social media and other channels

Start posting existing content that’s related to the webinar, such as blog posts, to social media. Look at using other tactics to start driving traffic and building authority.

Taking such an approach helps you achieve two things: firstly, it renews interest in the subject of your webinar, and secondly, it allows you to gauge the level of interest. This can help you decide which of your old webinars you will look to promote the most, which can be particularly important if you have limited budget or resources.

For live and simulive sessions, start promotion at least two weeks out

It’s best to promote your webinar over a longer period, ramping up intensity as the date of broadcast draws nearer. We suggest starting promotion at least two weeks before the day it’s due to go out, based on data in our Webinar Benchmarks Report.

If you want to take the paid route, take advantage of retargeting tools and lead gen forms offered by both LinkedIn and Facebook, which you can integrate using a platform like Zapier. Retargeting tools let you target those who have demonstrated interest in your content before, while pre-filled lead gen forms reduce the friction of signing up to the webinar, through whatever device.

You can also syndicate your webinar through demand generation platforms and third-party sites. Services like NetLine can automatically connect with your webinar and marketing automation platforms, making sure you get accurate data and a great experience for registrants.

Reap the results

If you have your webinar as “always-on”, your efforts will now start yielding registrants. Check how your promotional efforts are going and make any tweaks to keep the stream running.

For new recordings, simulive or Sim-2-Live, the date and time of the session will be the proof of your efforts. Assess how it’s worked and use that insight for your next revived webinar.

There’s no reason you can’t repeat this cycle again for any of your webinars to save you time and drive results.

For more tips, make sure to register for ON24’s session on How to Bring Your Webinars Back From The Dead.

How to Market Your Webinar After It’s Finished

This post is the latest in our series on scrappy marketing – an approach can help you achieve better results in less time.

Let’s say you just ran a webinar, and it was great. Your speakers knocked it out of the park, the discussion was lively and informative, and your audience asked some inspired questions. What now? Do you just shelve the project and move on? After all that work?

The lifecycle of a webinar doesn’t have to end with its broadcast date. In this post, we’ll suggest scrappy ways of extending the life of your latest webinar by six months and beyond by making it into an on-demand webinar.

Up to 48 hours

After the stream is stopped, the panel has been thanked, and the mics are packed away, the first thing you need to do is send out a link to the recording of the webinar – not just to those who attended, but to anyone who registered who may not have shown.

Don’t worry about those streaming your webinar having a lesser experience – most interactive tools, such as chat, polls and CTAs – will still work on an on-demand webinar. Your on-demand viewers will still get answers to their questions, they just won’t be in real time.

One week

Even though the webinar is over, it’s important to keep promoting it, and social is a great way to keep the momentum going. Post links to your webinar with the call to action ‘Watch now’ along with some eye-catching imagery on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. It’s fine to keep it informal – that’s what we expect on social media.

Change up the message by drawing out different topics of the webinar and giving these their own social campaigns – say, SEO this week, paid search next week – so it doesn’t go stale, and that you can capture different audiences.

Six months… and beyond

Even when the webinar is well and truly in its long tail stage of popularity, you can continue to put it to work by making sure it’s always on. In fact, you can continue to promote the webinar by creating the following pieces of content that can point back to the on-demand webinar. Some ideas include:

  • Tweets: Was there an interesting poll result during the webinar? Tweet it out with a link to the webinar page.
  • Blogs: Write a blog post, perhaps a round-up of what was discussed in the webinar, or a series of blogs, each based around one of the webinar’s themes. Drop a link to the webinar in the sidebar.
  • Slides: If you have permission, post the webinar slides on SlideShare to reach a larger audience.
  • White paper: A longer piece of content, this could draw and expand on the themes raised in the webinar. Keep it relatively short.
  • Infographic: This could sum up everything that the webinar covered on a single screen. If you don’t have a design team, hire a freelancer to create this for you.
  • Put it in other webinars: Use the resources section of your webinar platform to link back to previous sessions. By doing so, you can encourage the type of ‘webinar bingeing’ that makes it easier for your audience to further their buyer journey.
  • Syndicate on other sites: To get new leads from a new audience, try syndicating your webinars on third-party sites and publishers. One bonus is that if you’re using a performance-based model for syndication, you’ll only pay for the leads that sign up.

Finally, as the original air date of the webinar draws further away, you might start to consider running it again as a simulive event, say, after about six months. This will allow you to reach a different audience and build on the insights offered by the webinar on its first airing.

To find out more about how you can make your webinars deliver results for longer, check out our guide on the Keys to Building an On-Demand Webinar Strategy.

4 Quick and Easy Webinar Formats You Can Use Right Now

This post is the latest in our series on scrappy marketing – an approach can help you achieve better results in less time.

The webinar’s primary purpose is to convey useful information to the viewer. If done well, it’s a format that can do wonders for engaging customers, but stick with the same formula and you run the risk of switching them off completely.

However, some types of webinar can take a lot of time to produce – particularly if you’re still learning the best practices. But if you’re looking to take a scrappy approach to your marketing, you want to drive results quickly. So what formats work well and require less effort than others?

Here are four webinar formats you can quickly pull together to start getting results quickly.

Run a panel discussion

What it is: A discussion among about three subject experts, moderated by the presenter.

How to do it: Find a few favorite contacts who are reliable, knowledgeable and great at communicating. They might be clients of the company or industry experts. The presenter, although moderating the discussion, should also be well-versed in discussion topics so that they can guide discussion, and think of different angles on the fly.

The discussion will be more lively and could yield more interesting insights, including offering several different approaches to a single problem, if the panelists have differing opinions. A diverse panel will make for a greater depth of discussion and have broader appeal.

Before going live, create a list of discussion topics to keep things moving and on track. Let the panel know in advance so they can prepare for the questions you’ll be asking.

For more information, read our tips for running better panel webinars.

Schedule a product demo

What it is: A look at how certain features of your product work, presented by an expert.

If your customers have a common problem that can be solved by your product, a product demo could show them how to solve that problem, while showcasing your product to a clutch of new potential customers.

How to do it: Base the webinar around a particular, concrete, problem that the solution can help users solve, rather than giving a whistlestop tour of the product, which might come off as a pitch. This approach will also help the webinar sell itself, as offer of how to solve a problem is a far more compelling proposition than a generic tour. The approach may also alert potential customers to problems they might not even know they had.

Find someone on your team who knows the product back to front, can clearly communicate complicated concepts and who won’t be thrown by unexpected questions from the audience.

ON24’s Mark Bornstein terms these sessions ‘The Deminar‘. Taking this approach allows you to have a conversation as you present, and therefore act as great bottom-of-funnel webinars.

Webinars like these have great simulive potential – that is, you can run them again and again as live ensuring that new customers also get to see them. And by putting your sales team on Q&A duty, you can have them engage in real-time even when you aren’t actually presenting. For accounting firm Sage, their daily “Coffee Break Demo” sees more than 20 sign-ups a day on average – meaning they generate as many opportunities from this automated session as all their other webinars combined.

Interview Your Boss, a Co-Worker or a Client

What it is: A chat with one of the company’s highest-ranking personnel, such as the CEO or Chief Product Officer, or with one of the company’s clients. Remember, this can be recorded in advance.

How to do it: Recruit a member of your team who is comfortable in front of the camera and may have some interviewing experience.

Draft a set of about 10 questions to put to your interviewee – you won’t need to ask all of these, in fact, you’ll probably only have time to ask more than in 45 minutes, but 10 gives you some room for maneuver. You might talk to a client about how they’ve used your product or service, or a member of your C-suite about upcoming opportunities, threats and trends in the industry. Make sure to engage the audience too, and field their questions as much as possible.

Share these with the interviewee in advance so that they can prepare, and make any suggestions – as they’re experts, they may have great ideas for discussion you may have missed. Read our article on interview webinar tips for more guidance.

Do a Content recap / revisit

What it is: A new look at an old subject which may have been rendered relevant with recent events, such as a change in legislation.

How to do it: Bring together all the material from the old webinar, including slides, audience data and ad creative. Update anything that has gone out of date.

You’ve got a headstart on promotion here – target all those who watched the webinar last time, and refresh the ad creative that worked best if you decide to take the paid social route.

Our webinar on “Bring Your Webinars Back From The Dead” provides more guidance on how to do this effectively.