Automated Webinars are pre-recorded webinars that include all of the engagement features typical of a live session, including polls, Q&As and a live chat. This gives guests the interactivity of a live webinar, while giving hosts the freedom to host webinars more frequently with minimal supervision.
What features are included in automated webinars?
Automated Webinar features include: HD Audio & Video, HD Screen sharing, Recording, Play videos, Present files, Whiteboard, No limit on presenters, Option to embed into your website, Call to Action Popups, Public & private chat, Q&A and upvoting, Polls & Quizzes, Handouts and the ability to host a Twitter chat.
How can hosts create interactive presentations that play automatically?
Hosts can organize all of these features into a coherent presentation that plays automatically for guests by creating an automated workflow. Think of an automated workflow as a timeline, with each of the features of a webinar (videos, polls, etc.) composing individual events on that timeline. Hosts can add these events to their automated workflow and test it before the webinar is published. Learn how to create automations later in this article.
How do I create an automated webinar?
To create an automated webinar, log into your BigMarker account and select Create Webinar, a button on the top right corner of the home page. From the options that appear, choose Automated Webinar.
Next, enter its name, description and posting schedule in the fields shown below. If you want the session to play more than once on your channel, open the dropdown below "When?" and choose Recurring instead of One Time. Select your desired run dates and times in the prompts that follow. You can schedule more than 20 replays at once.
How can I create the automated workflow that makes up my webinar?
After creating your webinar, you'll be prompted to create its automated workflow. To add your first event to the workflow, select New Auto Event. (Note: If you've already hosted an automated webinar and want to use the same workflow in this session, select Import to add your past workflow to this webinar.)
In the pop-up that appears, select your desired event.
In the right-hand drawer that opens, upload any necessary content to your presentation and set its runtime within the presentation. For example, if you want a video to play 30 seconds after your webinar begins, go to Play the Video..., then set it to play 0h, 00m, 30 seconds after start time.
Note that you can also play full videos or portions of videos, using the prompt shown below.
How do I adjust settings for my automated webinar?
When you have completed your automation you will have access to the webinar's dashboard. here you can Edit settings for the webinar, add and/remove Presenters, Design the landing page, Set up Emails and Invitations, Manage the webinar, add Automations, and take advantage of Integrations.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can hosts share their camera/mic in an automated webinar?
A: Yes! Hosts can "go live" at any point in the webinar. Once the webinar is live, select the microphone and camera icons in the white bar (circled in red) below, to share audio and video, respectively.
Q: Can hosts automate a live webinar?
A: Yes! Learn how to create a live webinar here. In its dashboard, select the Automation tab. From there, follow the same steps shown above to create an automated workflow.
A: Yes! Hosts can disable automation both inside and outside of the webinar room.