BeaconLive Product Highlight: Virtual Event Accessibility

Posted by: The BeaconLive Marketing Team

Originally published in December 2008, the WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) was developed and put into place with the goal of providing a single shared standard for web content accessibility that meets the needs of individuals, organizations and governments across the globe. The 2.1 version was published in June 2018—and introduced additional success criteria.

Unfortunately, it’s taken many companies a long time to comply with these guidelines, and limited accessibility to digital content for the hearing-impaired is still a pressing issue. However, with a growing spotlight on accessibility in a variety of industries (we’ve seen this is the case for government organizations, as well as companies in the healthcare and legal spaces), these conditions are really starting to change!

When it comes to product development, BeaconLive has made accessibility a priority—and we wanted to make sure our customers and their respective audiences, particularly those members who are part of the deaf and/or ESL communities, are aware of the services we provide to make attending virtual events a streamlined and pleasant experience for all. Here’s a quick overview of our service offerings that contribute to this mission.

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5+ Simple Tips for Creating Relevant Webinar Content in 2020

Posted by: The BeaconLive Marketing Team

At first glance, creating, promoting and launching a webinar may seem like a lot of work. From identifying and bringing in the ideal presenter, to gathering valuable information for prospects and customers, to technically executing the live event, there's a lot that can go wrong. However, pulling off a solid webinar can be surprisingly simple and straightforward when you plan ahead accordingly and/or work with a knowledgeable partner to cover all the right bases.

What is becoming increasingly challenging, however, is creating relevant webinar content that cuts through the noise and resonates with viewers to the point where they take action. In our busy digital world, we are continually bombarded by 3,000+ marketing messages on a daily basis. That's A LOT of content! And consequently, we are all a bit desensitized to the presence of ads, and it takes a message that's particularly compelling to really grab our attention—and hold it.

In light of this situation so many marketers, content creators and educators are facing, below we have 5 simple tips you can use to ensure you're producing successful, appetizing webinar content in 2020 that caters to the needs of your audience and motivates them to learn more about what your business or organization has to offer. Read on to get the scoop!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Include Closed Captioning in Virtual Events

Posted by: The BeaconLive Marketing Team

Have you ever thought about how accessible your online content is? How inclusive is your brand? If your organization regularly publishes videos or hosts webinars and other types of online presentations, are you truly helping out your audience with the best user experience? One way to succinctly address all of these questions is to include closed captions in your video content and virtual events.

From webinars and webcasts to on-demand video and eLearning modules, these types of UX elements are playing an increasingly important role in today's world. That’s one reason why we’re happy to announce that BeaconLive provides full support for ADA compliance for both live and on-demand transcription and closed captioning. (So if you’re looking for a partner who offers these services, don’t hesitate to ask!)

In a nutshell, closed captions are short lines of text that sync up with a video’s audio track. They transcribe the audio to text in “caption frames” on top of or underneath the video, including not only the words of speakers but also the speakers’ names, sound effects and other elements that may not be related to speech at all. Additionally, while open captions are always on screen and cannot be turned off by the user, closed captions can be enabled or disabled in a viewer’s video or device settings.

Below, we shed light on five ways closed captions will make your content better. Particularly if your goal is to educate your audience, you won’t want to miss this post…

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Flash-Free or Bust: Why Your Virtual Events Should No Longer Incorporate Adobe Flash

Posted by: The BeaconLive Marketing Team

Once upon a time (in what now seems like a faraway land), a digital multimedia platform called Adobe Flash was the go-to solution for creating and displaying interactive visual media, online ads and even entire websites. Early iterations of HTML simply couldn’t support complex graphics and video, let alone complete eLearning environments – and therefore, the majority of continuing education and professional development programs primarily relied on Flash technology.

In today’s mobile era, however, many big-name media sites have transitioned to using HTML5, which provides built-in browser support and eliminates the need for any additional plug-ins or downloads. Meanwhile, Adobe Flash is slowly slipping into the darker corners of the universe, never to be heard from again. In fact, Adobe itself formally announced that by 2020 it would stop updating and distributing Flash – and that the company will “encourage content creators to migrate any existing Flash content to these new open formats.”

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4 Continuing Education UX Essentials Your eLearners Are Expecting

Posted by: The BeaconLive Marketing Team

While an impressively knowledgeable speaker or a particularly captivating topic may increase online CE sales or OnDemand content views and replays, your eLearning course isn’t going to generate much enthusiasm (or have a substantial impact) if the presentation format and user experience are falling short. That’s why it’s so important to facilitate an engaging and interactive experience for your eLearning audience.

Yes, today’s learners are expecting a wide variety of high quality content. Yes, they are expecting a sleek CE platform design and intuitive tools. Yes, the registration process should be streamlined, and yes, you should be using technology that automates grading and post-exam certificate delivery. If you aren’t offering your audience these practical eLearning essentials, you’re already falling behind your competitors.

But what will take your CE program to the next level? Read on for an analysis of the Continuing Education UX trends you should be following in order to delight the modern CE participant.

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