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Cold calls and emails are exactly what they sound like– impersonal, boring, and honestly pretty awkward. If the person on the other end of the line has never heard of you, what do you think your chances are of getting them interested in what you have to say, let alone selling them one of your products? Slim to none, right?
I’m sure you can agree that it’s always better to sit down with someone face-to-face when you first meet them. But as a creator in the online world, that’s not always feasible or the best use of your time.
Those one-to-one meetings might not make financial sense when you think about how much your time is worth. So how do you make the most of your time and still get that face-to-face time in?
Utilizing webinars has been a tried and true marketing strategy for online creators for a while now. If you’ve never done one for your own business, or you’ve been too cautious to put yourself out there, now is the time to jump in!
Here are a few benefits of hosting webinars:
But while we could go on listing the benefits of webinars, the truth is, there’s a lot of work that goes behind each one.
Coming up with a topic that hits the hearts of your audience, creating content that is both educational and valuable, putting slides and video chats together, and then of course, all the communication and promotion to get an audience to even show up– the work seems endless.
But we can help out with that last one.
Email marketing and marketing funnels help you automate communication with your audience so you can focus more time on creating the best content for your webinar. It’s basically a no brainer at this point, right?
The more processes you can create ahead of time for your webinars, the more time you have in the moment to focus on what you’re teaching, how your attendees are reacting, and how to keep them engaged and create more future webinars.
These email funnels can be used both before AND after your webinar to go from promoting to pitching. Here are the emails that make up a webinar funnel:
This first set of one to three emails is all about the hype. Why should your subscribers take time out of their day to join you on this webinar? What pain point will this webinar help them solve? Do you have a guest co-hosting with you? If so, what value are they bringing to the table?
These emails are meant to get your list excited about this webinar, so keep it upbeat, benefit-driven, and valuable. Give them little glimpses of what they can learn by attending your webinar. This could be through testimonials if you’ve co-hosted with your guest before or from past students if you’re teaching on a similar topic.
This next batch of emails is sent to everyone who registers for your webinar. These can be short and to the point so your audience doesn't miss out on any of the important details. Registration emails include:
A short confirmation email thanking them for registering for the webinar. This can also include dates, times, and links for your webinar room.
These are the emails that are sent right before your webinar to remind your registrants that it’s about to happen. Some people send up to six email reminders, but we don’t recommend that many.
For our webinars, we like to send one email 24 hours before, another 1 hour before, and then a last one 15 minutes before. Inside each of those emails, you should include the date, time, and the link for your webinar room.
After your webinar is finished, you can immediately start the communication again with attendees and even those registrants who didn’t attend.
Whether they were in the webinar or not, many people will want a copy of the recorded webinar. This will be great for people who really wanted to be there but couldn’t make the time work into their schedule. For anyone who did make it to the live webinar, they might re-watch it to reference something you said or share it with their friends because they loved your content so much.
Either way, having the webinar recorded makes it possible for you to set up an evergreen webinar funnel down the line, so make sure to always hit record!
There’s always room for improvement. Sending a survey or feedback email to anyone who attended your webinar helps you make sure you’re hitting the right information, making your content valuable, and staying connected with your audience.
It also opens up the chance to get some testimonials from your attendees. If they offer up some praise, reply to them and ask if you can use that testimonial for future webinars! Win-win.
We always say how important it is to not to sell on the actual webinar. As a content creator and business owner, you want to use your webinar to build trust and authority with your audience. It’s difficult to do that if you’re pushing a product during your time together. But you still need to make the sale to earn a living online, right?
To remedy this situation, you can send attendees and non-attendees down email funnels related to something they’ve shown interest in. These funnels will eventually pitch your products/services for you without feeling salesy and pushy.
A classic setup for a follow-up pitch sequence would include two to three educational emails on the topic at hand, a hard sell of your product, and then a down sell of your product (or a free product you offer) for anyone who didn’t click to purchase in the previous email.
Download a Classic Follow-up Sequence Template
Now that you know what goes into a webinar email funnel, let me show you exactly how to create that funnel with Vvisual Automations in ConvertKit.
By setting up automations for your webinar, you can find out more about your audience’s needs before you teach them, give yourself more time for dedicated work on your webinar content, and follow up with your new audience after you’ve hooked them. Here’s how to set up your webinar funnel.
Create a webinar opt-in Form that will attract the attention of your audience and get them interested in your event. Once they opt into your Form from your sidebar or on a landing page they will be subscribed to an email sequence that will give them information about what they can expect to learn and other details about your event.
This could be a sequence of emails that goes out to a segment of your list that has shown interest in your webinar topic. Within this email(s), you’ll want to introduce the topic, let your reader know what they will expect to learn, introduce your co-host if you have one, and remind them of the webinar date, time, and give them any links that will either put your webinar on their calendar or send them to your webinar room.
Your webinar registrants could be opting into your webinar at many different points of time leading up to your event. Because of this, they could be on email 1 or even email 3 of your webinar welcome sequence at the time of your live event depending on when they heard about it.
To bring all your registrants to the same point in your funnel right before your webinar, you can set up an Event: Date Occurs to pull all your subscribers to the same point in your webinar funnel to start sending reminder emails when your webinar is about to take place.
Following up with your registrants after your webinar will be easier to do once they are segmented into attendees and non-attendees. With this information you can better personalize the rest of their journey through this webinar marketing funnel.
After your webinar is over, a follow up email can include a limited time discount to purchase a product that matches the topic of your webinar. You can also follow up with non-attendees to download the recording (and then make a similar pitch).
Depending on whether or not your subscribers click the Link Triggers in your pitch email to purchase your product, you’ll add a Conditional Tag to continue pulling the subscriber further down your marketing funnel.
Creating these automated processes for your webinars will give you more time to focus on pulling together the best webinar for your audience. So what are you waiting for? Start setting up a new marketing funnel for your next webinar.
And if you have any questions, let’s talk about them in the comments.
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