Evaluating Webcast Solutions – Here's What Matters Most

Posted by: The BeaconLive Marketing Team

Did you know that 75 percent of executives watch work-related videos on business websites at least once per week? Or that 81 percent of online and mobile audiences watch more live video every year? OR that the video streaming market is predicted to be worth over $70 billion by 2021? 

It's true... live event streaming is no longer a new, innovative technique for connecting with your audience. It has come to be expected. (Think about how many people are now so accustomed to watching live video via Facebook and Instagram!) Video is trending in just about every arena—from marketing and sales to training and conferencing—and if your organization or brand hasn't started leveraging live broadcasts, you're missing out on some important engagement opportunities. Not to mention you're likely falling behind your competitors or leaving your employees or association members wondering why you aren't keeping up with digital best practices.

Webcasts offer a viable solution.

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The 10 Types of Webinars Everyone Is Doing

Posted by: The BeaconLive Marketing Team

There's no question webinars have become an essential ingredient in today's business world. You've probably been hearing a lot about webinar marketing and communications for some time now, and surely you've attended a number of webinars yourself. Perhaps you've even thought about delivering your own webinar – but you hesitate, fearing the worst: a failed event and a wasted budget.

However, that's not the case for most webinars when you do them right! According to the Content Marketing Institute, webinar platforms remain in the top 5 technologies B2B organizations use to manage their content marketing efforts. Moreover, webinars and other virtual events also stand among the top 5 channels for distributing content to a targeted audience. This tried-and-true tactic isn't going away any time soon, so it's best that you brush up on your webinar use cases, and get a handle on how you can make the most of them for your business.

Of course, the topic and purpose of a webinar are the main reasons anyone attends in the first place. But the type of event you're launching also plays a big role. People don't want to attend every event out there; they only want to participate in the types of webinars that satisfy their educational needs – and everything else is a waste of time. Read our list below to identify the 10 types of webinars everyone is doing today!

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What Is Microlearning – and What Are Its Advantages?

Posted by: The BeaconLive Marketing Team

 

Education at all levels is experiencing change on a grand scale. Emerging technologies are giving a facelift to the ways teachers approach developing their students. New studies and techniques are disrupting long-established learning best practices. Tools powered by Artificial Intelligence are generating a shift in how educational associations service their eLearning customers. Learner-centricity is more important than ever before, and creating a compelling and impactful educational experience requires a well-thought-out strategy and the right content – with respect to both substance and format.

But in the fast-paced professional world, Continuing Education, training, and employee development programs are at the mercy of dwindling hours in a day. Yet time set aside for formal training programs that occur on an annual or semi-annual basis is not enough for learners to keep pace with industry standards. So how do learners achieve their educational goals while working in an environment that is already very demanding of their time?

The answer is microlearning. And this post sets out to explain exactly what microlearning is – and why it’s becoming a powerful force in the eLearning field.

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5 Expert Ideas for Engaging Your Association's Members

Posted by: The BeaconLive Marketing Team

Did you know that the number one reason for association members to skip out on membership renewal is a lack of engagement with their organization? According to Marketing General’s comprehensive Membership Marketing and Benchmarking Report, other major factors contributing to opting out include being unable to justify membership costs, failure to realize any significant ROI, and simply forgetting to renew altogether.

Now, what do these reasons all have in common? They boil down to value – or a lack thereof.

If your association isn’t consistently delivering value to its members, what’s to stop them from up and leaving when their membership is approaching expiration?

The key to retention is member engagement. But what does “engagement” really mean? Rather than defining this term by the sheer amount of activities in which a member participates, it’s more about cultivating relationships. As renowned association marketer and ASAE presenter Erik Schonher says, “engagement is the emotional fabric that drives an association’s success.”

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What Does the Ideal Automated CLE Workflow Look Like?

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The world of continuing legal education is a complicated one. And as a CLE service provider, law firm or legal association catering to today’s professionals, it’s critical that the tools you’re leveraging to deliver and manage your continuing education programming are state-of-the-art – and built with CLE specifically in mind.

Of course, platform end users in this day and age expect a super intuitive, seamless, mobile-friendly CLE experience. They expect to operate in a Flash-free environment, taking in complex content using a simple, streamlined interface. They require technology that isn’t going to suddenly crash on them in the midst of a course, and they want immediate access to any certificate or grades they earn from a personalized portal. And what’s more, it’s important that your CLE platform reduces your organization’s administrative workload – all the while increasing revenue and helping you to retain and impress your employees, members or customers.

However, with various accrediting bodies offering credits to the end user in different ways, you also need to be equipped with an adaptable platform. Therefore, it’s critical that the CLE technology you’re using meets all possible national and state requirements without any additional applications, plug-ins or downloads. The key to doing this is to utilize a system that is driven by virtual event templates and makes use of the right CLE workflows. Here’s what we mean:

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