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Just like any IRL conference, webinars are only as great as your ability to interact with your audience. Good speakers know how to capture their audience attention, maintain a rhythm and use that audience as a way for creating something new.

Polls are great for getting to know your attendees and engage better with them. If you are not using them, you should. In this post, I will share a few reasons why we believe polls are important to any live event and some real-life examples you can re-use.

Why You Should Use Polls During Your Webinars?

Here are four reasons why you should integrate polls into your next webinar:

Learn something about your attendees

Often, there's a tradeoff between asking a lot of things to your attendees during registration and keeping a good conversion rate.

My opinion is that you should ask the bare-minimum, the essentials, during the registration process. Then, during the webinars, use the polls to capture that extra information.

This is particularly useful for sales-oriented webinars. Your registration form is your minimal qualification form. Polls will give you those extra points you need to distinguish warmer leads from the rest.

For customer training or content marketing webinars, polls are great to actually meet your customers or your readers and elaborate their profile (firmographic or demographic information, usage, needs, requests, etc.).

Here are 3 simple examples:

Are you looking to buy a <solution> in the next X days? Yes | No | Not sure

This one is really simple, but it will help you better qualify your leads during the webinar.

How did you hear about us? Google | Someone recommended | Advertising | ...

We use that last poll in every webinar. The reason is very simple, it helps get a better understanding of the word-of-mouth going on around Livestorm, which is very hard to measure and the current impact of our acquisition channel.

Which option better describes your use case or situation? I need to do A | I need to do B | I need to do C | ...

Understanding why people are looking for your blog, solution, shop, will help you disqualify bad fits and/or iterate on your value proposition.

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Get feedback on your webinars with surveys

You would not want to spend 1 to 3 hours every week or every month on a piece of content and don't know if this content has helped someone at some point, right? So don't forget to add that simple question at the end of each webinar:

Was this demo/webinar/training useful? Yes | No | I'm still confused

Asking this will help recalibrate your webinar until find your content sweet spot, something that will bring attendees each time, every week/month.

You can even ask very specific questions about the format:

Was the webinar too long? No, it was ok | Yes, it could be 10 minutes shorter

Or:

What time of the day works best for you for the next webinars? Morning | Noon | Afternoon | Evening

Asking technical questions will help you understand the environment of your attendees and prevent any problem for the next sessions:

Did you encounter any technical problems during the webinar? I could not connect | Audio issues | Video issues | No, all good!

For that last one, you can let people choose between multiple options.

Get ideas for your next webinar series

This is something we started doing recently for our Flash Sessions at Livestorm. Flash Sessions are 15 min webinars in which we cover one specific feature or aspect of webinars.

For the past month, we talked about our newest feature: the Recurring Events. But now we need to find a new topic, and polls have been great for that.

Turns out, people want to learn about measuring ROI with webinars and how to bring more people to their webinars. So this is what we'll do.

Here's an example of what we send:

What would you like to see next in our webinars? Topic 1 | Topic 2 | ...

Engage your audience

In our latest customer story with GoCheck Kids, they noticed that the better the engagement the more likely they were to purchase. So they decided to use polls to ask a question to their attendees at the beginning of the webinar to create initial engagement.

Here's the kind of questions you can ask:

How do you do X at the moment? I do A | I do B | I don't do it...

If you are an accounting software, maybe you can ask something like: "How do you generate your payroll automatically?". The idea is to leverage that initial question to create a discussion, initiate engagement and emphasize on the "need".

Or it can be completely unrelated to your business:

Are you on time for your Christmas shopping? Wait, what? | Yes! | Still WIP

The important is to create interaction.

Conclusion

The conclusion is fairly simple. Don't pass on polls. Actually, this advice also applies to real life. No wonder that most stand up comedians or TED conference speaker always open with a "poll". It creates empathy and a sense of engagement.


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