10 Steps for Building a Webinar
Ginny Grimsley, Aug 26, 2021 9:00:00 AM
A webinar is a video presentation, seminar, lecture, or workshop delivered via the internet, and, according to DemandGen, they are now the preferred content format next to ebooks for B2B executives. Typically, they are live events, but webinars can also be pre-recorded and delivered to customers and leads indefinitely if you maintain an interactive element that allows viewers to participate, ask questions, make comments, or collaborate with the presenters and/or hosts even if the webinar is not live.
With ten strategic steps, you’ll be well on your way to a new lead magnet tool. Here’s the 10-step checklist to create your B2B webinar:
- Define Your Purpose
- Choose the Software
- Create an Outline
- Select a Format
- Create a Registration Process
- Create Promotional Assets
- Build Your Webinar
- Deliver Your Webinar
- Follow-Up & Nurture
One: Define Your Purpose
Choosing what you want to achieve with your webinar reveals everything about how to set it up. You can use a webinar to generate more leads, educate current customers on an offering or strategy that you are an expert in, or re-engage leads.
Once you nail down exactly why you’re building a webinar, define the audience (buyer personas) that would get the most out of your offering and keep them in mind as you design it.
Notes on the Buyer Persona:
Your buyer persona is your ideal customer. You probably have more than one, so choose which buyer persona would benefit the most from your webinar. This concept will guide you through the rest of these steps, so make sure you have a strong idea of who your buyer persona is first. It’s also useful to decide on which lifecycle stage your webinar will be for — subscribers, leads, marketing qualified leads (MQL), and/or customers.
Two: Choose the Software
Use software that allows you to host the webinar and promote it through your marketing channels. Some really great options are Zoom and GoToWebinar, but you can explore other options for webinar hosting here.
Bonus: Watch an overview of how to use and set up a Zoom webinar.
Three: Create an Outline
Base your outline on your purpose and your buyer persona, then sketch out how your webinar will run and what you want your audience to walk away with.
Tips for outlining your webinar:
- Identify your learning outcome (what, exactly, you want your attendees to get out of the webinar: your ebook, free tool, course, or product, etc).
- Make sure your learning outcome has a call to action (CTA) that uses strong, active verbs.
- Using your learning outcome, begin to outline the rest of the webinar. Here are some helpful guidelines:
- Focus on one major topic for clarity and to maintain engagement.
- Determine a set amount of time for each section of the webinar.
- List what each section is and how it relates to your Learning Outcome.
- Create clear activities and objectives for the interactions with your attendees.
- Make time for questions.
- Select follow-up resources that you can share with your attendees.
- Create promotional assets through short and long descriptions of your webinar with the learning outcomes.
- Choose the date and time of your webinar. Don’t forget to factor in different time zones of your attendees.
Four: Select a Format
Now that you know your purpose, your buyer personas, your software choice, and your learning outcomes, you can now build out your webinar content.
Select a webinar format that best fits your audience and outcomes. Formats include:
- Single or multi-presenter
Co-hosting a webinar can double your prospective audience and attendance. Work with a credible co-host with complementary expertise within your field or industry.
Five: Create a Registration Process
To allow your potential attendees to sign up for your webinar, you will need a registration form, a landing page, thank you page, and an automated email to send out after your webinar is over. This is easy if you're using Zoom with Hubspot CRM to create a pipeline to keep up with your contacts and to engage with your attendees before, during, and after the fact.
Step 1: Write a description for your webinar that resonates with your buyer personas. Use this for your landing page and email promotions.
- Presenter Bio and Information
- The Learning Outcome
Step 2: Make your registration form. Design the form to gather email addresses and sales information from your attendees.
Registration form tips:
- Give the form an easy to recognize name.
- Remember, the perceived value of your webinar determines how many fields your attendees will fill out.
Step 3: Create the landing page your visitors will land on.
- Name the landing page in conjunction with your campaign name, webinar, and your thank you page name.
- Explain the value of the webinar in 1–5 sentences. Use numbers, bullets, and bolding in the copy, and include a relevant image or graphic of the content offer or topic.
- Indicate in the title that the landing page is for the live webinar.
- List the date, time, and time zone of the webinar.
Step 4: Design a thank you page. This is where your leads are sent when the webinar is completed and the recording is available.
Step 5: Remind your attendees through an email campaign (through HubSpot or webinar provider) for a week before, a few days before, and the day of your webinar. This will serve the purpose of keeping your attendees excited about it as well as reminded to attend.
Six: Create Promotional Assets
Start your webinar campaign and use your registration links to get people excited to sign up for your webinar. Use an email campaign to notify your regular website visitors, leads, and social media followers that you have a webinar available.
Step One: Decide which of your contacts database will be most interested in attending the upcoming webinar. Create and send an email to them encouraging them to sign up. Check out Creating High-Performing Email for ideas.
Step Two: Post a few blog articles on a topic that the webinar will cover. Share them on all your social media channels. (For tips on writing great blog posts, check out the Growth blog on the topic).
Step Three: Promote your webinar through scheduled social media posts. Include links to the landing page and create a hashtag on Twitter.
Pro Tip: Invite your community to share questions about the topic leading up to the webinar to start conversations, while increasing engagement and attendance.
Eight: Build Your Webinar
Now that you’ve made it possible for your potential attendees to register, you can focus on putting your webinar together. Most webinars have between three and seven agenda items and last about an hour, so to hold the attention of your audience, build some slides to help your audience navigate through the content with you. This is called a slide deck, and it can be created in Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, or Canva.
Build the slides from your outline beginning with the major bullet points or with your agenda itself. Fill in the information with text and images as you fill out your ideas as you would if you were writing an essay or a speech. Add in social touches by starting with an icebreaker question and adding activities like polls that are relevant to your topic.
Practice your webinar often beforehand and make sure the technology is set up to execute your webinar. Select a good microphone in a room with minimal outside noise, and be sure you’re familiar with the computer you’ll be using on the day of your webinar.
Nine: Deliver Your Webinar
About an hour before the webinar's start time, check your equipment to identify any issues early. Ask your team members to log in and watch the webinar so they can give you feedback.
Have fun, and know that it’s okay if you’re a little nervous. That just shows you’re human.
Ten: Follow Up and Nurture
Give attendees access to the webinar almost immediately after the presentation by uploading it to your thank you page.
Here are few steps:
- Upload the recording to YouTube, Wistia, Vidyard, or Vimeo.
- Link the recording or video embed code to the thank you page you built.
- Publish the thank you page or a webinar recap on your website.
Send an email to thank the attendees for joining with a recording of the webinar. Send a different email to those who registered but didn’t attend as a way to follow up and provide them with a recording as well.