While webinars are the most versatile, effective content marketing tool to engage your audience and drive significant pipeline, there are still a lot of companies out there that simply haven’t made webinars a consistent piece of their lead generation strategy. And after countless discussions with marketers, we’ve found three common barriers to webinar adoption:

  1. Bandwidth Issues – when a small marketing team looks at everything that a successful webinar entails, from registration page creation to event archive, they think there’s no way they can run a successful webinar campaign. It’s a legitimate concern, but if you work with a webinar provider that has a managed-service option, it can make the bandwidth issue obsolete. At Elastic, we assign a team to each of our client accounts to ensure their webinar process is seamless and on point. This includes a webcast project manager to build your registration page and customized webinar environment; taking care of all confirmation and reminder emails; managing scheduling logistics and dry runs; training your presenters on how they can be at their absolute best the day of the event; recording the day of the event and providing live support; archiving it on-demand and giving you an on-demand asset that you can use for lead-gen purposes for a long time to come, and much more! Long story short, having a team that can manage all the technical and production details, while you worry about producing great content, can help you execute great webinars on a more consistent basis
  2. Thinking they don’t have any content/topics to present on – we get this one all the time, but little do folks know that great content to present on is often staring them in the face! If you’re using blogs, repurpose a blog into a webinar. If you have whitepapers/eBooks/research reports/case studies, use those as the foundation of a webinar. Great content is typically there, you just need to know where to look for it. Read this blog to learn more
  3. They’ve been burned by webinars in the past – this is completely understandable. If you’ve had a bad experience with something in today’s world of instant gratification, you’re unlikely to go back to that well. However, we’ve found three reasons why folks have been burned by webinars:
    • Their previous webinars weren’t properly promoted or properly managed – they didn’t promote them long and hard enough (3 weeks minimum, leveraging as many promotional channels as possible) and the project management of them was poorly executed. They didn’t have an outlined, 5-6 week webinar success plan in place. Proper planning is essential to webinar ROI
    • Their previous webinars didn’t drive value for the attendees – the topics didn’t speak to the pains and challenges of their target audience; they didn’t truly educate their audience; and worst of all, they used webinars as a one hour sales pitch. Big no no.
    • They had technical difficulties – plain and simple the webinar platform they were using didn’t work. Nobody could get in and watch the presentation; the slides wouldn’t move; the audio didn’t work; they didn’t get the reporting metrics they were looking for. And worst of all, they didn’t have anyone from their webinar provider that could troubleshoot it for them in a timely manner. Challenges like this can make it hard to regain the trust of your audience

Does any of this sound like the reason(s) you’ve shied away from using webinars as a tool to drive pipeline for your business? If so, all of these are challenges that can be easily solved!

If you’re compelled, please share your feedback below. Talk soon

Jason Stegent is the Founder & President of ElasticSolutions. Email him @ jstegent@elasticroi.com

I’ve been in the lead generation game for a long time, and whether it’s our webinar-based software or services, Elastic Solutions is laser-focused on quality lead generation. Because of that, our conversations with our clients and prospects always center around the topic of lead-gen. We’re increasingly hearing marketing and sales leaders say that their qualified leads aren’t converting, and after peeling back the onion we’ve found three common themes:

  1. It was never qualified to begin with – this above all else, and most of the time it’s because the organization doesn’t have a clear definition of what a qualified lead is. They weren’t dealing with the ultimate decision maker, aka the person that is going to sign the contract; they didn’t confirm that there is a true intent to purchase the type of solution that they offer; they don’t even know if this ‘lead’ can afford what they’re selling, regardless of how bad the need may be. You get the drift. Add in the fact that the majority of ISRs/BDRs – typically the roles that are tasked with qualifying leads – get happy ears when a prospect says ‘yes’, without qualifying them further, and it’s no wonder that ‘qualified’ leads not converting is a headache for marketing and sales leaders
  2. Not all of the stakeholders are being touched – according to multiple studies and surveys, on average there are 6-8 stakeholders involved in an enterprise B2B deal. And chances are you’re not touching all of them. Just because it’s important to Jim the COO, doesn’t mean it’s important to Suzie the CFO. Samantha the SVP might be faced with this challenge, but another challenge is keeping Danny the EVP up at night. Are you marketing and selling to all of these pains? In today’s marketplace, it’s imperative that you A) understand who all of the decision makers are at the outset B) figure out the unique challenges that these decision makers are faced with, and C) present a business case as to how your solution/service can solve these challenges and generate ROI for all stakeholders involved. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen deals lost, that could’ve been won, because this wasn’t properly vetted upfront
  3. You’re just checking in – let’s assume that everything is properly vetted. You’re dealing with the key folks; you know their challenges and have a solution in place that can solve them; the intent to purchase a solution like yours is there. And then…crickets. The deal goes cold on you and you find out that it went to a competitor. Where did it all go wrong? We’ve found that many times this happens because organizations are ‘just checking in’ and stop marketing and selling. Active opportunities need to be nurtured every step of the way until close. Instead of ‘just checking in’ – three words that decision makers hate, FYI – send them something of substance. Invite them to a webinar or send them a video. Send them a recent whitepaper or pass along an article that speaks to them and the position they’re in as a buyer. Give them something that matches up to where they are in their buying journey. Trust me, your conversion percentage will thank you for it

If you’re compelled, please share your feedback below. Talk soon

Jason Stegent is the Founder & President of ElasticSolutions. Email him @ jstegent@elasticroi.com

It’s where everything begins. It’s where you make your first impression. It’s where you’re audience decides whether or not they’re going to give you 45 minutes to an hour of their time. The registration page. Seems simple enough, but a boring, vanilla, unoptimized registration page can be the difference between a webinar with huge registration numbers or one with little to no audience at all. Let’s look at the Do’s and Don’ts of webinar registration pages

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(Houston, TX) – Elastic Solutions, a provider of webinar-based marketing solutions and lead generation services that help B2B marketers drive significant pipeline, is hosting a webinar – Top 5 Traits of Highly Successful Lead Generation Strategies – on May 22nd at 1 PM CDT.

“Ask any B2B marketer what keeps them up at night, and they’ll say lead generation”, says Jason Stegent, Founder and President of Elastic Solutions. “But it’s not just lead generation, it’s QUALITY lead generation. There’s been a real shift over the last 3-4 years where marketers are getting more targeted than ever before and have an increased focus on bringing in leads that match a defined criteria. We’re going to cover why some lead-gen strategies are so much more effective than others, and what organizations can do to implement these strategies in short order. For any marketing team that’s stuck in a lead-gen rut, this webinar is a must watch.”

In 45 minutes or less, attendees will learn:

  • The importance of defining what a lead is and building a targeted list of prospects against that defined criteria.
  • Why it’s more important to educate than sell, and the best ways this can be done
  • How to put together lead-gen strategies that speak to your prospect’s needs and where they are in their buying journey
  • Why measuring performance is so critical for future lead-gen investments
  • Much more

The webinar will end with a live Q&A. Please click here to register now!

About Elastic Solutions

Elastic Solutions provides webinar-based marketing solutions and lead generation services that increase target audience engagement, generate more qualified leads and drive greater pipeline results.

From cloud-based webcasting and virtual event solutions that enhance demand generation and accelerate opportunities through the sales funnel, to strategic marketing services that get businesses in front of the right decision makers and generate more ‘sales ready’ leads in the process, Elastic Solutions improves the way companies engage their target audience.

The company is headquartered in Houston, TX at 3100 South Gessner Road, Suite 135. To learn more, please visit www.elasticroi.com and/or call 832.831.5844. We look forward to working with you.

Webinars are the best content marketing/lead gen tool in a marketer’s toolbox. Successful webinar strategies don’t just simply happen…far from it. There are certain steps and processes involved that separate the great ones from the rest of the pack. Anything worth doing is worth doing exceptionally well, right?
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Think about how many tools allow you to:

  • Know if you’re dealing with the right decision makers and influencers
  • Learn about what your targeted accounts are doing around X, Y and Z
  • Get insight into what they like/dislike about their current solution
  • Understand if the person on the other end is a legitimate opportunity for you and your business

Not many. However, a well crafted survey is one of those tools. Because it’s a part of our business, and because more and more B2B marketers are using surveys to drive actionable insight from their key accounts, I present to you the ‘Anatomy of a Good Lead Generation Survey’:

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(Houston, TX) – Elastic Solutions, a leading provider of webinar-based marketing solutions and lead generation services that drive greater pipeline for marketers, is hosting a webinar – How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Live Webinars – on Tuesday, March 13th at 1:00 PM CST.

“For most marketers and webinar producers, the live webinar itself is the most stressful part of the entire process”, said Jason Stegent, Founder and President of Elastic Solutions. “However, it doesn’t have to be this way. We believe through a better process leading up to the webinar, marketers can have a lot more peace of mind knowing they’re going to deliver a top-notch, glitch-free event. We’ll also be talking about alternatives that will enable folks to take care of most of the heaving lifting before the webinar, and ways they can avoid the live component altogether. For professionals that have had live webinar failures, and they’re looking for a process and/or options to ensure it doesn’t happen again, this is must watch content!”

In 45 minutes, attendees will learn, among other things:

  • Steps you can take in the weeks leading up to your webinars that will give you more peace of mind for the big day
  • A ‘day of’ webinar checklist to follow that can be the difference between a successful webinar and a live day disaster
  • What simu-live webinars are and why more organizations are leveraging them every day to provide a cleaner webinar experience for their attendees
  • Why sometimes having no live component at all is okay, and how to use on-demand webinars as a lead generation weapon

The webinar will end with a live Q&A. Click here to register

If you have any questions about this webinar or anything related to Elastic Solutions, please email sales@elasticroi.com and/or call 832.831.5844.

 

About Elastic Solutions

Elastic Solutions provides webinar-based marketing solutions and lead generation services that increase target audience engagement, drive more qualified leads and improve overall pipeline value.

From cloud-based webcasting and virtual event solutions that extend your reach, enhance demand generation and accelerate opportunities through the sales funnel, to strategic lead-gen services that get businesses in front of the right decision makers and drive more ‘sales ready’ leads in the process, Elastic Solutions improves the ways business leaders engage their target audience.

The company is headquartered in Houston, TX at 3100 South Gessner Road, Suite 135. To learn more, please visit www.elasticroi.com and/or call 832.831.5844

If you’re a B2B marketer, you know one thing is for certain – driving qualified, ‘sales ready’ leads is tough. I’m talking about leads that are truly qualified and fit a defined criteria. Quality lead generation is the #1 thing that keeps marketers up at night, and it should because the B2B landscape is more competitive than ever and it’s difficult to stand out from the crowd. With that in mind, here are our top lead generation trends in 2018 that B2B marketers should implement into their strategy to drive pipeline like never before.

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Sales and marketing professionals are the lifeblood of any B2B organization. They also get told ‘no thanks’ and have more doors slammed in their faces than the rest of the departments in any organization combined! Extremely thick skin, ‘can do’ attitudes, and a fearless mentality are a must in the sales and marketing game

As we’ve done the last few years, we direct you to our friends at Hubspot for their 60 Motivational Sales Quotes to Ignite Your Sales Drive in 2018. It’s a short read, but totally worth it. Now go make 2018 the best year yet! Click here to read on.

Content is king, and the amount of engagement that content is generating will tell you whether or not you’re hitting all of the right notes with your audience. The challenge, however, is that most folks know that content is king and marketers are creating more content than ever before, making it increasingly difficult to stand out from the crowd.
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The world of B2B marketing is ever evolving, and today’s marketing team needs to be able to adopt new strategies and leverage a mix of technologies that educate, engage and increase conversions. Marketing is part art, part science, and there are a number of different things that make up a top-notch marketing team that always keeps the pipeline full. With that said, we’ve paired it down to 5 essential traits.

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(Houston, TX) – Elastic Solutions, a provider of webinar-based marketing solutions and lead generation services that drive greater pipeline for marketers, has announced that Version 3.0 of their cloud-based webcasting solution will be released in September 2017, and it will be 100% HTML5-based.

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Marketers (and anybody else involved with producing webinars) have a number of challenges and questions they’re faced with when executing webinars:

  • Is the platform I’m using actually going to work the way it should, or is it going to be a technical pain in my @#$?
  • Who will my presenters be? Will they be any good? Do I have enough bandwidth to execute my webinars the right way?
  • How are we going to promote it and will our promotional efforts drive the traffic and leads we’re hoping for?

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