ON24 offers over 30 engagement tools — also known as “widgets” — that you can use to customize your webinar experience.
Standard webinar tools
The Slides widget displays the slides that are presented to your audience during your webinar. The Slides widget will also display polls, surveys, and video clips that are pushed to the slides section.
The Media Player widget plays the audio and/or video for your webinar. For archived events, this widget allows attendees to pause, fast-forward, or rewind the presentation.
The Q&A widget allows your attendees to submit questions at any time during live or on-demand webinars. Presenters typically answer the questions during the live broadcast. Supporting staff can also send text-based answers to questions, which will be displayed in the Q&A widget. For on-demand webinars, the Q&A widget can be configured to email questions to supporting staff members.
The Transcript widget displays scrolling text, which is synchronized with the presentation audio. In addition, the transcript sentences are highlighted when they are spoken in the webinar. The Transcript widget is frequently used to support requirements for the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is also often used for multilingual webinars, where the language translations are displayed in the Transcript widget and synchronized with the presentation.
The Content widget allows you to add one or more information pages to your webinar using a basic text editor with the following formatting features:
- Multiple fonts and sizes
- Italics, underline, and bold styles
- Text justification (left, right, and center)
The URL widget allows you to direct webinar attendees to a related URL. You can either provide a link that, when clicked, will open in a new tab, or you can have the website load within the widget window.
The Speaker Bio widget allows you to introduce the presenter with important information such as their name, photo, title, company, and a brief biography. The Speaker Bio widget allows rich text formatting, including different font styles and sizes, bullets, and hyperlinks.
The Chapter widget allows you to display a table of contents for archived webinars. To advance through the webinar, participants simply click on the chapter of interest. If a new chapter is entered as the webinar plays, the associated chapter title is highlighted.
The Resource List widget lets you add documents, presentations, URLs, podcasts, and other content to your webinar. The following content types are supported (maximum size is 25MB per file):
- Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx)
- PowerPoint presentations (.ppt, .pptx)
- Excel spreadsheets (.xls, .xlsx)
- Acrobat documents (.pdf)
- Podcasts (.mp3)
- Videos (.mp4)
The Contact Us widget provides an easy means for viewers to contact your company. The widget allows an attendee to send an email to the email addresses that you specify.
Email a Friend
The Email a Friend widget provides an easy means for viewers to share information about your webinar with their friends and colleagues.
The Image widget lets you add an image to your webinar console. The Image widget can be hyperlinked — that is, if it is clicked, it will take the attendee to the associated website.
The Text widget allows text to be added to the webinar console. The Text widget can be hyperlinked — that is, if it is clicked, it will take the attendee to the associated website.
The Survey widget allows you to survey your audience during a webinar. You can ask multiple choice, true/false, and open-ended questions, and attendees reply directly from within the webinar.
Social media tools
The Twitter widget allows your attendees to view one or more Twitter feeds from within your ON24 webinars. It also lets them share information about the webinar with their Twitter followers. The Twitter feed that is displayed in the widget is determined by the following elements:
- Hashtag(s): The hashtag(s) for the Twitter feeds that you would like your attendees to view in the webinar
- Account(s): The account(s) for the Twitter feeds that you would like your attendees to view in the webinar
- Keyword(s): The keyword(s) that must appear in a tweet for it to be displayed
The LinkedIn widget allows your audience to connect with your company via LinkedIn. Audience members can follow your page, see who else in their network is following your page, and share your page with the public, their connections, groups, or private individuals. Attendees can view your LinkedIn profile without any login requirement; when they attempt to share they will be prompted to log in with LinkedIn credentials.
The Facebook widget allows your attendees to connect with your company by liking and sharing your page with their connections on Facebook. Attendees can view your Facebook content without any login requirement; when they attempt to share, like, or comment they will be prompted to log in with their Facebook credentials.
The RSS widget allows you to add any RSS feed to your webinars. Applications for the RSS widget include the display of company news, online community topics, blogs, product information, job listings, or any other RSS feed.
The RSS widget provides summaries of the feed posts and includes links to the complete articles. It also supports images and pictures in the posts. In addition, the RSS widget allows viewers to search for keywords to limit the number of posts that are displayed.
The Wikipedia widget allows attendees to search for the definitions of unfamiliar terms using Wikipedia.com. It ensures that your audience understands the information and terminology being discussed in your webinar.
The Share This widget allows your attendees to share your webinar’s title, description, and URL with their friends and colleagues on 17 popular social media sites. The share options can be turned on or off based on five categories:
- Blogging: Twitter, Blogger, LiveJournal, and WordPress
- Social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Bebo, and Orkut
- Bookmarking: Google, Delicious, and StumbleUpon
- Email: Gmail and Email
- Social news: Digg, Reddit, and Mixx
The Idea widget is designed for webinars that require brainstorming, feedback, or focus group functionality. The Idea widget allows you to pose a question or topic to the audience. Attendees can take the following actions:
- Post their ideas or responses to the question
- Comment on ideas from other attendees
- Collectively rank the ideas and comments.
After the webinar ends, you can generate an HTML report that includes the ideas, comments, and ratings.
The Breakout Session widget allows you to guide attendees from a general webinar to more specific follow-up sessions. A breakout session can be any type of live interaction (e.g., webinar, web conference, group chat, moderated Q&A) or on-demand content (e.g., pre-recorded webinar, video, white paper).
The breakout sessions are typically scheduled to open at a given time within the general webinar. When the sessions are open, the bulleted titles become hyperlinks that take users to the breakout sessions. When the sessions are closed, the widget simply displays informational text.
Using the Group Chat widget, audience members can directly chat with one another. You can configure the widget to allow anonymous participation or show users’ names in the text chat display. During the live webinar, the presenters (or moderators) may facilitate the discussion through the presenter interface. The presenter/moderator chat entries are marked with a star.
Enterprise communication tools
The Yammer widget lets you include your company’s Yammer feeds for internal webinars. Your viewers can also add comments, bookmark messages, and post messages. Some of the feeds that can be viewed in ON24 webinars include the following:
- My Feed: Messages posted by members that the attendee is following and posted in groups where the attendee is a member
- Company feed: All messages and posts from people at your company
- Connections: One or more personal feeds from the attendee’s connections (e.g., people whose messages the attendee has subscribed to)
The Yammer widget also allows you to toggle between multiple Yammer communities, if the viewer has access to different networks.
The Socialcast widget lets you include your company’s Socialcast feeds for internal webinars. Your viewers can also add comments, tag messages, and post messages. Some of the streams that can be viewed in ON24 webinars include the following:
- Home stream: Messages from users you are following, as well as any posts where you have been @mentioned
- Company stream: Public messages from all users in your community, including messages posted to public groups
- @Mentions stream: When a coworker mentions you in a message, it appears in the @Mentions stream
- Private messages stream: Socialcast provides the ability for employees to send private messages to one another for confidential information sharing
The Jive widget enables your webinar attendees to receive their feeds from Jiveon.com and display them within the webinar console. Webinar attendees can view a specific activity stream or group, add comments, and post status updates. Attendees can also use Jive to share knowledge with other team members unable to attend a webinar, or to collaborate within a group while a topic is being discussed.
The Salesforce.com Chatter widget enables your webinar attendees to receive their Chatter feeds and display them within the webinar. Attendees can view different feeds, add comments, and search for relevant information in their network. They can easily share knowledge with members of their team unable to attend, or record it for later reference.
In order to view the Chatter feeds and share messages, attendees need to log in to their Salesforce Chatter account and authorize the ON24 Chatter widget. The process is launched from the widget console.
Cover Flow Videos
The Cover Flow Video widget allows a webinar manager to add up to twenty on-demand videos to any webinar. These videos are presented as a set of thumbnail images in the widget display. Attendees can scroll through the thumbnails by clicking on the images to the left and right, or clicking on the scroll bar at the bottom.
The video associated with the center thumbnail can be played at any time. When webinar attendees roll over it, a play button will appear. When they click the play button, the selected video will play over the thumbnail images. When the video is playing, the Cover Flow images are not accessible.
Other Cover Flow Video features include the following:
- Auto-Play: When the widget is configured, you can select a video to automatically play when the webinar console launches
- Play List: When the Play List option is selected, the next video in the list automatically plays after the prior one ends
- Auto-Sizing: Based on the widget dimensions, the video is automatically sized to be the maximum possible for its aspect ratio
The Test widget gives you the ability to quiz webinar attendees by creating questions that have specific answers. You can define how many questions must be answered correctly in order to pass, as well as allow test takers to retake the test one or more times if they do not pass.
The Certification widget allows you to set up a webinar for training, virtual learning, or certification. The certification widget can use information from the Test widget, polls created in presentation manager, and the amount of time attendees have spent in the webinar to evaluate whether the certification requirements have been met.