Times have changed since the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, and while virtual meetings were becoming more popular over the last decade, they have now become the norm in the business world. This is especially true for the corporate webinar, where companies are hosting large meetings and educational events online, rather than having people attend in person. Corporate webinars allow for a much larger audience at considerably reduced costs.
If you are curious about whether hosting corporate webinars is right for your company—and why so many more organizations are doing it—read more about what exactly a corporate webinar is, why they've skyrocketed in popularity and what benefits you can reap from jumping on the bandwagon.
A corporate webinar is an online "seminar" or event hosted by a business to a select group of individuals. Live video of a speaker or multiple speakers may be broadcast to live audiences and slideshows or visual components may be shared. While webinars aren't two-way conversations, they can incorporate feedback from audience members via technology that allows for Q&As, surveys, votes and more.
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There is no doubt that during the pandemic, the webinar grew in popularity. While webinars have been around for a long time, businesses understood that their best chance to educate and reach wide audiences while people were isolated was to host large events online. ON24, a company that specializes in hosting and marketing webinars, did a study recently about the rise in webinars during the 2020 lockdowns. Their ON24 Webinar Benchmark Reports 2020 showed that the usage of webinars by businesses increased by 162 percent during that time and that attendance actually quadrupled. In fact, over 60 million people attended a webinar during the year.
With few options for socializing or group interaction, webinars clearly became one of the best options for connecting and learning during the pandemic. As the world continues to feel uncertain about the safety of gathering—and more certain about the ability of technology to connect people around the world—webinars continue to be a resource that more companies are turning toward to remain relevant during a turbulent time.
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So many organizations are hosting webinars, and you may wonder if they're right for your organization. By choosing a webinar over an in-person event, you can benefit from the following perks:
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