When we think of an “event,” most of us forget that they don’t have to be a one time thing. This is especially true if you’ve had the foresight to record them. For instance…webinars!
Not only can you host a webinar live but you can offer it as a replay or even sell it as a course.
You may ask yourself, ok so I have this recording, what are my options for ‘archiving’ or ‘distributing’ my webinar?
Arguably the most old school choice, you can save your recordings in a physical format (CDs or on a thumb drive). I completely forgot this was something we used to do until I ordered a good course I heard about a few months ago online… and got mailed a binder with notes in it, CDs (that were like DVDs I guess since they played different sections of the course), and a personalized thank you note. It was all very old school but, hey, got the message across.
A lot of people don’t realize podcasts do not have to be an exclusively audio format- they can be video, too.
You can chop up your webinar into a series of video podcasts… or if you are going to do multiple (regular) webinars, you can use a podcast format to curate them together.
Note: You can have a one episode podcast… but everyone will wonder.
A Third Party Course Website
So there are plenty of ‘learning’ websites that people go on to learn skills: Skillshare, Lynda, etc.
Your material could go on one of these websites to be distributed by these providers. The upside is these sites are already attracting traffic of people who like webinars. The downside (if you are trying to sell something) is your relatively small cut if you are approved as a provider. (Ex: Skillshare is around $1-2/student as I understand it.)
Basically, these websites vet you as a teacher and in exchange for the marketing and customer service, they get a pretty good cut.
Your Own Website
Your own website will always give you the most options. You can put your webinar behind a login screen or you can send participants/customers a unique download link via email, it’s entirely up to you.
The main takeaway: using your website, you keep more money, you do more of the customer service and marketing, you give your customers the exact experience you want them to have. And you can take the good and bad that goes along with that.
Here’s a video going over the third party option versus the on your website option:
However you decide to distribute your webinar will ensure more people will see it for your efforts. Don’t skip this step, even if you want to.