October 5, 2016 at 1:44 pm #30725
Alright, I got a bit of a dilemma,
I am hosting my first live webinar (very exciting). The good news is that response has been way better then I guessed, In less then a week I have over 300 ppl registered, Amazing!
Bad news, I did not realize until now that my webinar ninja account only takes 100 live participants. BOO, not amazing! I got in on the lifetime app sumo deal.
So I can think of two options right now and would love your thoughts or an option 3.
1) I upgrade to the next level up which costs $85/mo and allows 200 participants. Advantage: I don’t loose people in the confusion of sending out new webinar registration link & all 300+ ppl get sent recording of webinar. Disadvantage: I can’t afford $85/mo so would have to cancel afterwards and would then loose my super cheap lifetime membership for the lower pckg that allows 100ppl per month. This is such a good deal and could be good in the future.
2) My co-host has a membership to Webinar Jam. I could host everybody on webinar jam. I would have to send everyone an e-mail through webinar Ninja telling them that we had to switch platforms due to high demand and that they need to re-register for webinar jam webinar. Advantage: Can host unlimited people, don’t loose my lifetime webinar ninja account, Disadvantage: I would likely loose a bunch of folks that don’t reregister, I have never used webinar Jam and don’t know much about it.
Have you used Webinar Jam before? What are your thoughts on it?
Any other thoughts on my first two options or do you see a decent third option?
Thanks so much everyone!
Chris GilmourOctober 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm #30731
Andy FreistMountain Guide@andyfreist
Awesome! So stoked for you!
Did you ask Webinarninja tech support?
I dont think they would cancel your lifetime membership if you bought a one month upgrade..
Did they tell you that you would lose your lifetime membership if you were to downgrade?
Also, its worth noting that the average show-up rate is around 30-50%, so you can expect about 100-150 people to show up. In your case its probably best to play it safe..
Just reach out to webinarninja and say “hey, i need some extra buffer as i anticipate 150 live people.. how can we do this so i dont lose me lifetime access to the starter plan”
I would be surprised if they didnt accommodate 😉October 5, 2016 at 6:57 pm #30738
Do you have any experience with Webinar Jam?October 5, 2016 at 7:35 pm #30743
Congrats Chris. That is so awesome. (good problem to have)
I agree with Andy. Being a new company, they’re likely to help you out!
YES – we’ve webinar jam. It’s the platform we use for all our public webinars where we show video.
We prefer Crowdcast, but at this point Webinar Jam is the only one that lets us stream video in our presentations.
It’s less user friendly than Ninja that’s for sure. A little clunkier and more complex but I’m sure you can figure it out.
Definitely do a practice run before going live (to get the hang of it).
Congrats again on all the pre-signups.
Curious where all the traffic is coming from?October 5, 2016 at 7:36 pm #30745
Andy FreistMountain Guide@andyfreist
Yeah, it works fine, though I don’t like it.
Not a fan of the people behind it and their marketing/sales approach.
We still use it for our Art of eCourse Creation webinars because Crowdcast and Webinarninja dont yet support video injections (the ability to play a pre-recorded video in the middle of a webinar)
Did you get in touch with the webinarjam support team?October 6, 2016 at 7:21 am #30754
Chris, let me know if you want to test out Webinar Ignition. It is a WP plugin that uses Google Hangouts (like Webinar Jam) but it all lives on your site rather than the WJ branding. I don’t know off the top of my head if you could import a list of people into Webinar Ignition, but that might be an option (if you’ve got time to test that!).
Congrats on the “success problem”!October 6, 2016 at 12:02 pm #30767
Thanks for the offer Dr Wayne, I’d like to look into that for future webinars. I think I have too much on my plate the next couple weeks to go through the learning curve right now. I am looking for an easy fix at the moment.
Hey Brad & Andy, I spoke with Webinar Ninja and they are unable to flex. They said they understand my situation but they have a clear policy around anyone being in a lifetime membership not being able to leave and come back to it. As much as it is frustrating for me I understand where they are coming from with and why it probably makes sense for them.
I think I may just sacrifice my lifetime membership. Since it is only good for 100ppl anyways I hope to outgrow it pretty quick and already have on my launch.
Brad, you had asked about how we drove traffic to the webinar, here you go:
October 6, 2016 at 12:39 pm #30773
- The course is in partnership with the We Are Wildness blog and online school. They have a Facebook following of over 200,000. Not sure how many are on their newsletter list or average blog readership
- I have been releasing 1 promotional video a week teaching different components of tracking and they have been posting these to Facebook and their blog – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdr308-S37J3G7iGGUJnmG_qnKSO6yHdm
- Took out paid Facebook add for webinar
- about to launch a guest blog post on their site, should be up sometime today
Glad you got this sorted Chris. Soundsl ike the investment will be worth it.
How can you work into your experience a way for people to share the webinar for a replay with 3 people they each know. It’s an important topic, I’m sure you can find a way to gamify the Call To Action to inspire folks to spread the word.October 6, 2016 at 12:40 pm #30775
Curious to hear your experience with Webinar Ignition Dr. Wayne
(installation, usage, features, etc..)October 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm #30781
What about straight up Google Hangout?
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