Webinar Recap: “Strategies to Boost Your Sales” from Part 2 of the free webinar series, “Accelerating Your Business Growth”

Part 2 of our free webinar series, “Accelerating Your Business Growth” entitled “Strategies to Boost Your Sales”, presented by AnyMeeting together with Comcast Business and SCORE, featured speaker Carleton Smith, the former Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Harris Corporation, a Fortune 500 company with worldwide operations. During his forty year business career, Carleton managed turnarounds, acquisitions and mergers, and worldwide sales and marketing for companies and divisions in difficult markets with demanding customers and tough competitors. Carleton has been a volunteer business counselor with SCORE in Austin since 2006.

Carleton’s insightful and engaging presentation is designed to help small business owners and marketers learn how to accelerate sales by:

  • Expanding your distribution channels,
  • Building and motivating your sales team,
  • Benchmarking,
  • Using a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to manage and retain customers.

Get insights and listen to actionable advice as Carleton engages the audience in live Q&A.

Whether you are just starting your business, looking to accelerate your growth or simply want to gain an edge to get your business to the next level, you won’t want to miss out.

Watch the full webinar recording here.


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40 Tips for Webinar Success


Small businesses and non-profits are looking to grow their customer/constituent base, deepen their relationships with supporters and prospects, and influence people to take action.

Online events such as webinars present an ideal opportunity because they allow you to share your presentation, video, and screen and provide audio commentary. You can interact with your audience and enable attendees to connect and at-tend your event from anywhere in the world. With this in mind, we have compiled 40 tips that address each stage of the webinar process and help ensure success.

You can review and download the Free eBook here.

Or review them all below:

Planning and Preparing

  1. Determine what they want: Poll your audience and find out what they’d like to hear about. Discovering where your clientele already understands your expertise to lie will help you to craft a webinar that plays to their perceptions of existing strengths. Especially if you work in a team environment, don’t plan your webinar topics without the input of the sales and marketing staff. “How To Plan Webinars That Work,” James O’Brien.
  2. Consider working with a partner: Sometimes the process of getting sufficient numbers of people to your broadcast can be a daunting one. Whatever your situation may be, the easiest way to get the viewers you need is by partnering with an individual or organization that already has a relationship with your target audience. “A Little Known Secret to Webinar Success,” Eric Brown.
  3. Decide who will present: From the start of your webinar planning, you need to think about what format your online experience might take. Will it be just you, as the expert, explaining a principle, or are you thinking that it would be best to bring in additional presenters — people who can broaden the field of knowledge? Note that you’ll need to administrate a group if it’s the latter. So, plan and build all the slides and audio material from every presenter into a complete package, early on. “How to Plan Webinars that Work,” James O’Brien.
  4. Pick an interesting topic: Create a solid theme and topic that will be interesting to attendees, and drive the message home. “First Time Producing a Webinar?” Lauren Tuculescu.
  5. Put together a solid slide presentation: In addition to creating a wonderful talk, spend as much as 20 hours building a simple and interesting slide deck to accompany it. Make sure they work well together. “10 Tips for Effective and Engaging Webinars,” Mark Di Vincenzo.
  6. Your slides should be visually appealing: While it is important that you provide engaging and relevant content through your narrative during the presentation in addition to the slides, be sure to have an interesting and visually appealing slide presentation. “Creating a Professional Webinar,” Jennifer Gregory.
  7. Identify a problem and a solution: Throughout your presentation, you should be hitting on hot buttons that identify common problems or frustrations. Grab their attention by making them feel like you’re talking directly to them, describing what they thought were unique challenges. Once they’re on the hook, offer up a solution: your products or services! “How To Sell With Webinars,” Angela Stringfellow.
  8. Give yourself enough promotional lead time: You’ll need some time to attract an audience to your webinar. The industry-recommended standard is about two to three weeks. Any longer than that and you’ll run the risk of having participants forget about the event. Any shorter and you may not be able to attract a large enough audience. “6 Tips for Hosting Your First Webinar,” Kate McFarlin.
  9. Don’t forget to send out reminders: Two days before the webinar, email a reminder with the specifics: date, time, URL, pass code and audio dial-in number. Note if the participants must download specific software or use a certain browser. Include a contact phone number in case of technical difficulties. Prevent last-minute chaos by familiariz- ing yourself with the webinar system well before the event. Plan to log on early the day of the webinar to make sure everything is working well. “9 Tips for Better Webinars,” Julie Bawden-Davis.
  10. Make sure everyone has what they need: When working with a large online group, providing the attendees with necessary documents prior to the meeting is essential, unless breaking or bad news — like corporate down- sizing or mergers — is being shared. If it’s simply a sales plan or projections, send the slide presentation or accompanying files ahead of time. This will help attendees come prepared, with questions already formulated, which will help with interaction. “Five Ways to Prevent Boring Webinars,” Angela Stringfellow.

Marketing and Promoting

  1. Remember what you want: Before you start marketing your online presentation, make sure you know why you’re doing it, what you’re trying to accomplish, and what you hope attendees will get out of it. “10 Tips for Effective and Engaging Webinars,” Mark Di Vincenzo.
  2. Choose your audience wisely: Invite the right people. If 100 people attend your webinar, but very few of them are the target audience, then your webinar will not achieve the goal you set. “How to Use Webinars for Lead Generation,” Jennifer Gregory.
  3. Decide how your landing page will look: Start by considering what is important to your audience. What are they looking to learn? What secrets might they miss if they don’t attend your event? The landing page is where people are sent when they want to find out more. That page has to do a lot of work for you. It has to have the basic details of what the webinar is, and when it is going to take place. A picture of somebody is a very good way to gain interest. Have a very clear set of bullet points on the value and/or benefit to the attendees. “How to Put On a Killer Webinar,” Ken Molay
  4. Find those with a common interest: Think about the individuals or groups that already have relationships with the people you want to reach and come up with ways to partner where everyone can walk away a winner. “A Little Known Secret to Webinar Success,” Eric Brown.
  5. Flap your wings and Tweet: Although Twitter restricts posts to just 140 characters at a time, it can still be effective for tweeting links to your seminar’s Web page. To take full advantage of Twitter, learn to exploit the power of hashtags. Twitter hashtags are code words (preceded by the “#” symbol) that designate your posts for keyword searches. For instance, if you include the hashtag “#webinar,” in your tweet, anyone searching for that hashtag will see search results that include your tweet. “Using Social Media to Promote Your Webinar,” Robert Hadley.
  6. You’ve got mail: Email is still effective, as long as it does not appear annoying or “spammy.” Having a special guest speaker for your upcoming webinar is a great way to encourage registrations. An influen- tial speaker will generate buzz, enticing and exciting potential attendees. If chosen appropriately, this guest speaker aspect is a promotion in itself. “Using Webinars to Promote Your Business on a Tight Budget,” Lauren Tuculescu.
  7. Decide who will facilitate your event: A webinar facilitator can be of assistance in terms of advising you on ways that you can have a high marketing reach by reaching out to groups, organizations and other contacts to draw individuals into the webinar, “5 Tips for Using a Webinar Facilitator to Generate Leads and Customers,” Heather Butts.
  8. Enlist the help of your colleagues: If you have brand ambassadors — key employees who can spread your message — make sure they post the webinar link in their status updates and share it in any relevant groups they belong to. Different groups have different rules about promotions, so it’s a good idea to either consult the rules or email the moderator for guidance. “Using Social Media to Promote Your Webinar,” Robert Hadley.
  9. Select the right ticket price for your audience: Before deciding on the price for your webinar, spend some time researching what other people are charging for similar webinars in your industry. “Tips to Monetize your Webinar,” Jennifer Gregory.
  10. Use registration as a marketing tool: As part of the registration process, have one required registration question for future marketing purposes (example: How did you find out about this webinar?). “7 Tips for a Successful, Pitfall-Free, Lead Generating Webinar,” Heather Butts.

Presenting and Engaging

  1. Testing, Testing, 1,2,3: Before starting any online event, it is always a good idea to test out your equipment and make sure it runs properly a day or two before you go live. “Everything is Working Correctly Right? Are you Sure?” Bob Menzies.
  2. Three words – practice, practice, practice: One of the secrets to keeping the audience’s attention is to appear confident, knowledgeable and professional. You should also make a conscious effort to eliminate annoying speech habits, such as the dreaded “um” and “eh” disease. “The Secrets of Engaging Webinars,” Jennifer Gregory.
  3. Eliminate distractions: Before the webinar begins make sure that you eliminate all distractions that will be audible or visible to your audience, such as unnecessary computer programs running on the screen and personal items in the background. Make sure that you keep kids, dogs and co-workers out of the room where you are hosting the presentation. “Common Webinar Mistakes and How to Avoid Them,” Jennifer Gregory.
  4. Look like you know what you’re doing: If you are using video, be sure to dress professionally, just as you would if you were in the front of a conference room. Check that everything visible on the webinar presents the image that you are aiming for. “Creating a Professional Webinar,” Jennifer Gregory.
  5. Don’t forget to hit record: Be sure to record the webinar and edit the recording after the presentation. “How to Use Webinars to Generate More Sales,” Tom Treanor.
  6. Make sure everything is set: At the start of the meeting, make sure that all participants can see the screen or slide and that the audio is working properly. Quickly review how to use features such as chat. Lay the ground rules for asking questions and completing any polls. “9 Tips for Better Webinars,” Julie Bawden-Davis.
  7. There’s a poll for that: Starting at the beginning and throughout the online presentation, encourage interaction with attendees through on-line polls, quizzes and by opening up the floor for questions. Offer incentives for participation, such as raffle prizes. “8 More Tips for Effective and Engaging Webinars,” Julie Bawden-Davis.
  8. Your body language says it all: Make sure your body language is good – posture, smile, and use of your hands while speaking. Don’t pace or have other distracting movements. Also, make sure your tone is the right volume and pace. You want your audience to hear you and be able to understand what you are saying, especially when dealing with video conferencing technology. “Tips and Guidelines for an Effective Video Presentation,” Anna Brown.
  9. The results are in: Conduct polls and share the results as soon as they’re in. Polls are a great way to involve everyone in the online meeting, and they can be used to transition into or out of a topic. “10 Tips for Effective and Engaging Webinars,” Mark Di Vincenzo.
  10. Failure is not an option, but it happens: If audio fails for more than 30 seconds, have a slide available to alert the audience as to what is going on – but don’t apologize excessively – technical issues can happen. “7 Tips for a Successful, Pitfall-Free, Lead Generating Webinar,” Heather Butts.

Following up and Converting

  1. Share the recording: After the webinar, post the recorded version on your website for people who were unable to attend and for attendees to re-watch. You can also send links to the webinar to potential new customers to share the information presented and build interest in future webinars. Be sure to encourage attendees to share the link with co-workers and other professional contacts. “My Webinar is Over, Now What?” Jennifer Gregory.
  2. Remember to thank your attendees: Webinar attendees want something in return for their attention and participation. So after the webinar ends, email a thank-you note to attendees, and include some tips related to the topic. “10 Tips for Effective and Engaging Webinars,” Mark Di Vincenzo.
  3. More follow up may be necessary: You’ll want to set up a series, maybe 2-3 emails, that include not only the recording but also any other content that would help your attendees better understand the material that was presented and make that decision to buy your product or sign up to your service. “Post-Webinar Email Funnel,” Jay Moore.
  4. Follow up and/or respond quickly: If somebody has questions or says “I would like more information,” during the webinar and you get back to them that same afternoon, that is very powerful. “How To Put On A Killer Webinar,” Ken Molay.
  5. Decide who will handle answers to questions:   Assign someone to coordinate the questions and answers that are raised during the meeting and to get them to the participants as soon as possible. There is nothing more frustrating than being told that the answers to the questions presented will be emailed shortly, then nothing comes. Following through with requests and sometimes demands, will build trust among the participants and they will be more willing to participate again. “5 Ways to Prevent Boring Webinars,” Angela Stringfellow.
  6. Post webinar presents marketing opportunities: Always follow up after the webinar. Decide how you are going to use your webinar recording for marketing purposes. “7 More Tips for a Successful, Pitfall-Free, Lead Generating Webinar,” Heather Butts.
  7. Find out who attended your presentation: Once the webinar is over, you’ll want to go over the registration/ attendee rates. How many people registered and how many people actually attended? From there it is imperative that you follow up with the individuals that registered but did not attend, ideally with a recording of the webinar very soon after the live event. “5 Tips for Using a Webinar Facilitator to Generate Leads and Customers,” Heather Butts.
  8. Reach out to your prospects: Your post-webinar emails should encourage prospects to start a trial of your product or service. These emails and calls to action can consistently generate new orders that likely would have slipped through the cracks without proper follow up. “Post-Webinar Email Funnel,” Jay Moore.
  9. Survey says: An important step of following up is to send a survey to all attendees with specific questions about your webinar. “My Webinar is Over, Now What?” Jennifer Gregory.
  10. Take time to reflect on your performance: After the webinar is over, take some time to recap what worked and what didn’t work to help improve for next time. “Tips to Monetize Your Webinars,” Jennifer Gregory.

Implement these 40 tips to help get more out of your online events and webinars, andbe sure to use a reliable webinar service that is built for small business, like AnyMeeting. To learn more about AnyMeeting and select a plan that’s right for you, visit http://www.anymeeting.com.

Winning Webinar Strategies for Small Business

If you’re looking to grow your small business with digital marketing – this webinar is for you!

Watch this webinar featuring John Jantsch, Founder of Duct Tape Marketing, who discusses the many ways you can use webinars to help grow your business. John is followed by Nicole Kroese, VP of Marketing at Likeable Local, who shares tips on how to use social media to build your webinar audiences and expand your relationship with registrants afterward.

You’ll get insight into:

  • Best practices in using webinars to grow your small business
  • How to use social media to increase awareness—and market your webinars
  • How to build an audience for your webinars
  • Driving value and results after your webinar

Watch the entire webinar now!

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Winning Webinar Strategies – Vote for your favorite

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After collecting numerous submissions for our Winning Webinar Strategies promotion, we’re excited to announce the finalists!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their webinar strategies. We’re excited to hear so many of you are producing impactful webinar programs that are making a real difference in your business and the community. Keep it up!

Now, to help us select a winner – vote for your favorite! Follow the links to review their winning webinar strategies then come back here and vote!

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Here are the finalists for this season’s Winning Webinar Strategies promotion:

Liz Parker, 121 Temps Winning Webinar Strategy


Top webinar tips from Liz:

  • Less on the screen, just have a heading – too many points on the screen and people read rather than listen.
  • Ask a question for each screen and get feedback in the chat box
  • Start the session with some housekeeping and expectations.
  • Housekeeping, turn off all distractions (including any additional tabs or social media sites, phones and even put the dogs away.
  • Expectations – come as a student with an open mind and ask lots of questions
  • Don’t read your presentation verbatim, just make key points on a page to remind you what you want to cover.  Use lots of case studies or examples to emphasize your key points.
  • Don’t try and cover too much in one session especially if you are recording it as people won’t sit through 1 hour to try and get some nuggets of gold.”

Read the 121 Temps full webinar strategy here (then come back and vote below!)

Nic Tsangarakis, Kwela Leadership and Talent Management Winning Webinar Strategy

Top webinar tips from Nic:

  • “There is no substitute for preparation.”  Kwela distributes a “webinar best practices” guide to each of its presenters and encourages practicing in advance with presenters and an acting attendee.
  • Avoid hard selling.  Kwela focuses on providing value to the audience to help build relationships and trust.
  • Keep the content simple, without too much content on each slide.
  • Don’t leave audience engagement and Q&A to the end of the presentation.  Take moments out within the presentation to solicit and address questions from the audience.
  • Understand that your audience can get distracted, so lead with what’s in it for them, as well as with assurances that the presentation will be brief, rich, and sensitive to their time.

Read the Kwela full webinar strategy here (then come back and vote below!)

Jennifer McGillis, PROergonomics Winning Webinar Strategy

Top webinar tips from Jennifer:

  • Keep presentations informational and not too “salesy.”
  • Provide enough information to catch the audience’s attention and get them reflecting on the topic, but leave them wanting more, which will help drive follow-up engagement.
  • Keep events to an hour or less to be respectful of the time demands of your audience.
  • Ask questions of your audience, which can be managed through chat, to further engage them.

Read the PROergonomics full webinar strategy here (then come back and vote below!)

Review their programs and then tell us below which one you feel others can best learn from!

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Webinar Recording: What The Affordable Care Act Means for Small Employers

Watch part III of our “Growing Your Business” webinar series, presented by AnyMeeting and featuring the Small Business Administration’s Meredith Olafson.

This webinar focuses on what the Affordable Care Act means for small employers. Topics discussed include:

  • Insurance market reforms for small employers
  • Small business tax credits (available to businesses and tax-exempt non-profits) – who’s eligible for them and how to claim them
  • SHOP Marketplace updates
  • Employer Shared Responsibility provisions
  • Key provisions for self-employed business owners with no employees
  • Tools and resources available for small employers interested in learning more about the law


Happy Holidays from AnyMeeting


On behalf of everyone here at AnyMeeting, I would like to thank all of our avid AnyMeeting users for a great 2012!

If it wasn’t for all of you, we would not have been able to keep growing AnyMeeting, with exciting additions such as the Small Business Toolkit webinar series, the new YouTube feature, an updated user interface, integration with VMware’s Zimbra Collaboration, Single Sign-On from the Google Chrome Web Store, and so much more!

We hope that you’ve had a very prosperous and productive year, and we look forward to being your choice for web conferencing and webinars in 2013.  Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!

Costin Tuculescu, CEO & Founder

AnyMeeting Success Story Finalist Presentation: Jeff Bartholomew, ACN

Jeff Bartholomew submitted a success story describing his experience using AnyMeeting as a tool to help grow his business as a regional director for ACN, Inc. A network marketing company, ACN is the world’s largest direct seller of telecommunications and essential services for home and business. Jeff has been using AnyMeeting for over a month and further discusses his experience with AnyMeeting as a meeting tool for his business.

“I’m on the east coast and I have a team across the country, across the North American continent, and I’m able to do webinars regularly, three, four, five times a week. I can conduct trainings, briefings, presentations, communicating with my team and it’s been an incredible tool to help build my business. There is no way I would have been able to do this without AnyMeeting.”

How Web Conferencing is Empowering Student Success

By Simon Breedon, Examiner.com, Degree Jungle,

Web conferencing has enhanced the effectiveness of online education, as well as brick and mortar education tenfold. Students are utilizing web conferencing tools more frequently and on a more goal-driven basis. From sharing files and engaging in social debates, to holding live instructional events entirely online, web-conferencing as an educational tool is changing how schools and universities function. This trend can be seen taking place both inside the classroom and outside where students are not just socializing with fellow classmates, but engaging with mentors in the form of webinars and study groups. The following are some of the interesting ways in which students can use web conferencing both inside and outside of the classroom.

In the Classroom

Inside the classroom, in both college and on the high school level, the expectation for students to be technologically savvy is becoming more pressing. This requires students to show they can utilize tools that extend much further than Microsoft Excel, or the basic Power Point Presentation. Web conferencing is the perfect tool to satisfy this expectation. In addition to being a valuable resource for information by providing students with the ability to contact experts in a certain field, web conferencing can also be used as a digital presentation tool in the classroom for live interviews with experts. Before conferencing was applicable as an integral part of the classroom, the thought of having an author present a live reading of their critically acclaimed novel, or having an actual political leader speak at a small classroom event would have only been possible in the rarest of opportune occasions. Web conferencing makes this type of exchange more convenient and thus more possible.

Outside the Classroom

Outside the classroom, students have the power to engage their fellow classmates on a level that is unprecedented. They can interact with mentors and experts for coaching and counseling. In many cases, counseling or consultancy services that were available to students in the past were often overlooked or avoided due to their lack of privacy or convenience. Tutoring services, foreign language studies, and adolescent counseling are all services that were costly or time consuming, but video conferencing makes them cost effective and time efficient. The most important aspect of this innovative resource is that students now have the ability to reach out and get assistance they need from the best possible source. They are no longer limited to resources just within their immediate surroundings, or community. The possibilities for education are truly globalized through web conferencing.

Future trends

Now that web conferencing applications like Skype and Google Talk are extending their functionality to mobile devices, students will truly be able to conference on the go. The fact that numerous mobile devices are extending their use to faster 4G networks makes data streaming and sharing much more plausible as well. The best benefit of being able to engage a large group through a web conference by cell phone is the ability to share files conveniently and securely with an entire group within the span of few seconds while on a daily jog, or running other errands. The multi-functional nature of web conferencing on mobile devices allows for an entirely new realm of possibilities in education and business.



AnyMeeting’s “Small Business Toolkit” Webinar Series Rolls On


How to Use Webinars to Generate More Sales

AnyMeeting kept the “Small Business Toolkit” webinar series rolling with its latest webinar from Tom Treanor of Right Mix Marketing.  A veteran marketing expert, we would like to thank Tom for presenting “How to Use Webinars to Generate More Sales.”

Tom’s webinar was very informative and provided some great insight on how webinars can work for you.  If you were not able to attend Tom’s webinar and would like to view the recording of his presentation, just click here.

How to Sell with Webinars

Selling with Webinars

By Angela Stringfellow

Any way you spin it, webinars are a valuable sales tool. Simply offering a webinar can boost sales and enhance brand recognition, and there are tons of ways you can use them to convert casual interest into actual paying clients. Here are seven specific tactics for turning webinars into sales engines:

  1. Offer a free introductory webinar to a longer, paid series. Delivering a complex training module can’t be done in just one webinar, and besides, if you gave away all your trade secrets for free your business would never turn a profit. Hosting a free introduction to a paid series is a useful way to accumulate more paid subscribers, by providing just enough information to entice attendees to want more. 
  2. Give a product discount as a bonus. Host a webinar, showcase your expertise and at the end, lead into subtle sales pitch for a product and offer an exclusive discount to attendees. Nothing is a greater sales incentive than a one-time opportunity to get a great deal on a valuable product. 
  3. Follow up, follow up, follow up! Once you’ve delivered an outstanding presentation, keep the interest of your attendees through regular contact. Ask for feedback the following day, follow up with a sales pitch for one of your products or paid workshops, and continue to provide value by inviting the same group to future free programs and regular industry tips. If, after you deliver your presentation, your attendees never hear from you again, you can bet they’ll soon forget all about you. 
  4. Identify a problem and a solution. Throughout your presentation, you should be hitting on hot buttons that identify common problems or frustrations. Grab their attention by making them feel like you’re talking directly to them, describing what they thought were unique challenges. Once they’re on the hook, offer up a solution: your products or services!
  5. Build value. This is an area in which many webinar facilitators fail. You must toot your own horn… subtly. Demonstrate your excitement about sharing a tool with them that will solve their biggest problems, and make its value clear. Talk about the standard retail price of the product or service you’re pitching, how much time or money they will save (or how much more money they will make), and illustrate their cost savings for taking advantage of your one-time-only offer. 
  6. Create urgency. Of course, if you’re offering a limited-time discount, customers have an incentive to make an immediate purchase decision. Add to that momentum by talking results and conveying how much they’ll benefit by acting sooner rather than later. 
  7. Offer a free consultation. If you’re selling services, customers love free initial consultations. But place a limit on it, such as within 60 days of the webinar. This provides you with an additional, one-on-one opportunity to close the deal!
Facilitators can employ one or several of these techniques each time a webinar is offered to help drive sales. Your wealth of knowledge on the subject matter should speak for itself, but using additional sales strategies can help turn potential customers into paying customers sooner and convert undecideds into decision-makers.