How Business Review Webinars Draws Larger Audiences and Generates Powerful Analytics with ON24 Webinars

About Business Review Webinars

INDUSTRY: Business Intelligence and Media

ON24 SOLUTION: ON24 Webcast Elite

Summary

Business Review Webinars (BRW) chose ON24 to run its business-focused webinars. Using the platform’s multiple broadcast options, high-quality video, strong branding and customization capabilities, BRW is drawing larger audiences for its new educational webinars, generating powerful analytics for sponsors in their lead-nurturing efforts and closing over $50M in signed contracts.

INDUSTRY: Business Intelligence and Media

ON24 SOLUTION: ON24 Webcast Elite

Business Review Webinars (BRW) chose ON24 to run its business-focused webinars. Using the platform’s multiple broadcast options, high-quality video, strong branding and customization capabilities, BRW is drawing larger audiences for its new educational webinars, generating powerful analytics for sponsors in their lead-nurturing efforts and closing over $50M in signed contracts.

Introduction

European leader in webinar delivery

Business Review Webinars (BRW), a division of Progressive Digital Media Group Plc, provides free webinars for delegates in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, energy, manufacturing, supply chain, technology and packaging industries.

The company runs more revenue-generating webinars per year than any other Europe-based webinar provider. Clients pay BRW to sponsor a webinar that promotes a product or service or provides thought leadership on an issue facing its industry. BRW hosts the event live and on demand and provides all of the event’s marketing support while the sponsor creates the content and narrates the session. BRW then delivers to the sponsor detailed attendee data and analytics for its follow-up activities.

Situation

Seeking a webinar platform to match the physical event experience

The company initially used the Citrix GoToWebinar platform to host and run its webinars. When client sponsors increasingly requested the ability to integrate video and live streaming into the webinar, BRW recognized that the Citrix platform lacked a polished look during screen share and product demonstrations.

When BRW switched to Cisco Webex, it was considered the logical choice at the time as it was widely used for video and screen share. While the platform supported video well enough, the BRW Sales and Product Development Director felt “well enough” was not sufficient for an industry leading webinar provider; he wanted to better capture the interactivity of being at a live, physical event combined with the ability to engage with presenters.

European leader in webinar delivery

Business Review Webinars (BRW), a division of Progressive Digital Media Group Plc, provides free webinars for delegates in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical, energy, manufacturing, supply chain, technology and packaging industries.

The company runs more revenue-generating webinars per year than any other Europe-based webinar provider. Clients pay BRW to sponsor a webinar that promotes a product or service or provides thought leadership on an issue facing its industry. BRW hosts the event live and on demand and provides all of the event’s marketing support while the sponsor creates the content and narrates the session. BRW then delivers to the sponsor detailed attendee data and analytics for its follow-up activities.

Seeking a webinar platform to match the physical event experience

The company initially used the Citrix GoToWebinar platform to host and run its webinars. When client sponsors increasingly requested the ability to integrate video and live streaming into the webinar, BRW recognized that the Citrix platform lacked a polished look during screen share and product demonstrations.

When BRW switched to Cisco Webex, it was considered the logical choice at the time as it was widely used for video and screen share. While the platform supported video well enough, the BRW Sales and Product Development Director felt “well enough” was not sufficient for an industry leading webinar provider; he wanted to better capture the interactivity of being at a live, physical event combined with the ability to engage with presenters.

Solution

An industry-leading platform for an industry leader

ON24 led the very short list of webcasting platforms under consideration, and several features and functionalities fast-tracked its selection.

  • Flexibility of multiple broadcast options. Pre-recording the content and running the webinar live (simu-live) or entirely on demand satisfies the corporate and compliance requirements of certain industries. These options also allow BRW to accommodate the schedules of live speakers and still meet its aggressive schedule of running 300 webinars a year.

An industry-leading platform for an industry leader

ON24 led the very short list of webcasting platforms under consideration, and several features and functionalities fast-tracked its selection.

  • Flexibility of multiple broadcast options. Pre-recording the content and running the webinar live (simu-live) or entirely on demand satisfies the corporate and compliance requirements of certain industries. These options also allow BRW to accommodate the schedules of live speakers and still meet its aggressive schedule of running 300 webinars a year.
  • Stronger branding through customization. BRW can “skin” the webinar session with the sponsor’s branding, logo and color schemes to create a more professional, polished look.
  • Branded console, greater interactivity. The vast amount of available widgets and collaboration tools encourages participants to stay focused within the presentation and interact with the content.
  • Enduring analytics and data generation. With ON24, BRW can provide client sponsors with data from on-demand viewers, further monetizing the content and extending the life of the webinar.

Results

Better webinars and a new webinar offering

With the ON24 platform, BRW launched a new webinar concept, moving:

  • From a traditional marketing model with a single speaker delivering a promotional message
  • To an educational webinar with three speakers, all market leaders in their respective fields, addressing topics currently affecting their respective industries

BRW’s new webinar formula is providing sponsors with improved revenue-generating opportunities while maintaining the objectivity of the webinars topics being presented. The model is a huge success.

  • Larger audiences. A sponsored webinar on nanotechnology drew a respectable audience. The same topic, presented from an academic point of view on the ON24 platform, drew four times as many registrants.

Better webinars and a new webinar offering

With the ON24 platform, BRW launched a new webinar concept, moving:

  • From a traditional marketing model with a single speaker delivering a promotional message
  • To an educational webinar with three speakers, all market leaders in their respective fields, addressing topics currently affecting their respective industries

BRW’s new webinar formula is providing sponsors with improved revenue-generating opportunities while maintaining the objectivity of the webinars topics being presented. The model is a huge success.

  • Larger audiences. A sponsored webinar on nanotechnology drew a respectable audience. The same topic, presented from an academic point of view on the ON24 platform, drew four times as many registrants.

 

  • More webinars. Using Webcast Elite simu-live capabilities, BRW can circumvent speakers’ holiday schedules by pre-recording their sessions and run an additional 190 webinars throughout the typically slow summer months in Europe.
  • Higher-quality leads. BRW conservatively estimates its sponsors have sealed contracts worth over $50 million as a direct result of the data and analytics generated from its webinars.
  • Time and cost savings through video. A pharmaceutical manufacturing client of BRW turned a physical guided tour of its manufacturing facilities into a video tour that can be streamed during a simu-live webinar. With the use of video, the company did not have to shut down manufacturing operations and deal with stringent cleanroom regulations associated with in-person tours.
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“With analytics from the ON24 platform, we can conservatively estimate that our sponsors have sealed contracts worth over $50 million as a direct result of the data they’ve been provided with from their sponsored webinars.”

Liam Braeger , Sales & Product Development Director, Business Review Webinars (Progressive Digital Media Group)

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