When it comes to building your profile and getting yourself seen as an expert, webinars are key. They’re easy to run and there’s masses of options available out there to help make the setting-up stage easy too. If you want to dip your toe into the webinar waters, without committing to large initial outlay, here are three low-cost WordPress plugins you could try.
Webinar Ignition is a great low cost option. It works by wrapping management features around the existing Google Hangout on air platform. Webinar Ignition keeps the integration on your website, so this helps your SEO and your branding.
It integrates with landing page solutions like Optimise Press and Leadpages, as well as all the well-known autoresponder programs and allows you to have both email and text message reminders, as well as Q&A and chat facilities.
Webinar Ignition gives you the ability to have instant replay on your site, customisable registration, confirmation, live and replay pages as well as an easy way to create evergreen and/or paid webinars.
There’s also a built in function for attendees to easily add your webinar to their calendar and to share on social media.
The only real downside to Webinar Ignition is, due to using Google Hangouts, there’s the usual delay between you talking and attendees being able to respond.
Webinar Ignition is priced at $97 for a single site – but this only includes an option for live webinars. If you want the other webinar options, you’ll need the more expensive one-off payment of $297 but in return you’ll then have the option to host on unlimited sites.
Easy Webinar again, uses the power of Google Hangouts and You Tube live for the live stream technology, so you’ll have that delay between asking questions and getting responses from your attendees. It also integrates seamlessly with any page building software (such as Optimise Press and Leadpages). Unlike Webinar Ignition though, the fee for Easy Webinar is an ongoing annual one – currently on special at $397 for the unlimited webinar and attendee license option.
The annual fee gains you access to the plugin and to the Easy Webinar website. Here you can monitor your account and access the training videos and various sales funnel templates.
Easy webinar allows you to host unlimited live events, summits, shared screen events, pre-recorded events and hybrid events. It also has a social share incentive – so you can offer a reward for those sharing your webinar event on social media. You can also use the scarcity event feature to build in urgency – whether that’s for a period of time or available bonuses.
Works with any WordPress theme and any autoresponder system, plus it has an easy to use dashboard. It’s fully customisable and can use your existing theme for page layouts. WPWebinar has full social media integration and is great for one time and recurring webinars – but unlike both of the other plugin options, WPWebinar doesn’t seem to give you the option to create pre-recorded or paid webinars.
Like Webinar Ignition, WPWebinar is a one-time payment of $197 for a single site – but this includes WPWebinar branding, so will show ‘Powered by WPWebinar’ on your webinar page. To get it without branding, you need to get the unlimited site option at $247.
What webinar options do you think you’ll need? Do you already use Google Hangouts, so feel the swap to a WordPress theme based on Hangouts is the next logical move for you? Maybe you’re just starting out and want a cost effective solution, like these plugins. What are your thoughts and opinions – why not share them below?
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