How many of you have attended a webinar in the last 6 months? Raise your hands… OK. How many of you wanted to do one!? I see a lot of hands here.
Well, I am going to guess that the main reason you haven’t held any webinars yet is that you can’t afford a service like GoToWebinar. If you are just beginning with your blogging journey and have a lot of information to share, it would only be logical to hold a webinar. But it is hard to afford it if you are just starting out and probably on a limited (or non existent) budget.
You can always sell something on your webinar to get the investment back, but how many people will buy from you, if no one knows you.
If you are a new blogger with no money but want to share your knowledge with those few readers you have, I have a solution for you. And I actually tried it a few days ago on my first live Q and A session and loved it – Meeting Burner.
Meeting Burner is a webinar service you can use for FREE! Yes, you read that right, there is a free plan you can use that would probably be perfect for beginners.
It allows you a meeting (webinar) with 15 attendees which is a great size for those starting out and just trying to share knowledge with their readers.
I was one of the lucky beta testers that was rewarded with a free PRO account after they got out of beta. Pays to be one of the first ones, right? (I did give some beta invites to my newsletter subscribers so you may want to join the list for future cool giveaways.)
Now that you know how to do it for free, let’s see what you can do on your webinar.
Three ideas for your first webinar
- Q and A session. This is the one I did a few days ago. I had a list of questions sent by mail from various readers. I also answered all the questions I got at the webinar itself (there is a really cool chat feature so people can send in their questions as you speak).
- How-to session. Solve a problem your readers run into often, by showing them how to solve it. Meeting Burner (even the free package) allows screen sharing so you can show your attendees how to do it.
- Product review. Ask your readers what is one product in your industry they would like to see how to use (or review), get it and show them how to use it. If it is a book, go through the main points; if it is a physical product show them how to get the most of it; I mean you get the point.
So you have the webinar service you can use for free, the ideas for your first webinar and readers eager to hear from you. Don’t forget that once you schedule the webinar, you can use these free online event registries to promote your event!
Your turn, have you ever held a webinar? And if not, will you do it now that you can do it for free?