Pre-recorded webinar

A pre-recorded webinar is a digital presentation recorded live and then made available to watch later. It can either be A. scheduled to a specific time, and simulated, or B. distributed on-demand, where the viewer can watch at their convenience.

What is a pre-recorded webinar and how to create one in 4 steps

What is pre-recorded webinar?

A pre-recorded webinar is a digital presentation recorded live and then made available to watch later. It can either be A. scheduled to a specific time, and simulated, or B. distributed on-demand, where the viewer can watch at their convenience.

What's the best option - live vs. pre-recorded?

The best options is determined by the goal of your webinar, and what type of webinar you decide to host. If you aim to stay close to your customers and offer them an exclusive and engaging experience - live is an excellent choice.

But there are a few use cases, where pre-recorded webinars, can be a solid option.

  • Product demos

  • Online courses

  • On-demand guides

  • Mass customer onboarding

  • Employee training

  • CS resource bank

Benefits of hosting a pre-recorded webinar

Pre-recorded has it's pros and cons. Some of the benefits involve that pre-recorded webinars can enable you to:

  • avoid live mistakes

  • do re-takes

  • skip the nervousness of saying the wrong thing

  • scale your efforts with a minimal team

  • focus on engaging your audience

4 steps to set up a pre-recorded webinar

Setting up a pre-recorded webinar is easy, as long as you have the right tool. Typically it involves the following three steps:

  1. Record: Produce the video together with your co-hosts or guest speakers. Typically, try to do this in one single take - to make it effective and don't make it feel too polished.

  2. Schedule: If you want to run an evergreen webinar or simulated live webinar format - schedule your video in your webinar tool, like Univid, where you set a time, and upload your mp4 file. If only doing on-demand, simply upload the video in the platform of your choice.

  3. Distribute: Share the link with your attendees and potential viewers.

  4. Engage (optional): If you run a simulated live webinar, make sure to get the most out of your webinar, by engaging the attendees in chat, Q&A and polls. Despite the video being pre-recorded, you can still use all the engagement functionality to maximize the viewer experience and drive conversions.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Q: What is a pre-recorded webinar called?

Pre-recorded webinars are often called simulive or simulated live. These webinars are recorded and then scheduled in a webinar platform like Univid. Once the time is in - the webinar is replayed to the audience, together with live engagement.

Q: How do I make a pre-recorded webinar interactive?

Pre-recorded webinars tend to be slightly less interactive than live, as the hosts cannot interact in the video to what the audience says in the chat or Q&A. However, with platforms like Univid - there are ways to make pre-recorded interactive. For example, using polls, Q&A, live reactions, and CTA:s along with the pre-recorded video. In this way the host can run the webinar just like a live one - focusing solely on keeping the audience engaged - aanswering questions in the Q&A, pushing out polls, and launching call-to-action buttons.

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