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A Big Call Out – Become a Business Skills Series Presenter!

Redback’s Business Skills Series will be going into its sixth year! As another year comes to an end, we’re raring to start planning for our 2018 series.

Our online audiences demand presenters that inspire, engage and educate. We’re currently on the lookout for fantastic presenters who want to get their word out. If you’re a subject matter expert (or know of anyone that is), then let us know!

What is this Series All About?

This series is dedicated to giving back to our community through education. Every second Tuesday, between 11:00 am – 11:45 am, we give back to our energetic and involved community with a range of educational and inspiring topics via a webcast. We deliver the webcast in our state-of-the-art studios (take a virtual tour) and guide you through the process.

Anyone can join, and anyone can present. The entire program is provided free of charge to all participants and presenters. The archived webcast can then be viewed on-demand and shared for an additional 12 months after the live-stream.

What Can You Talk About?

A whole variety of things! Here’s a snapshot of some the webcasts we held in 2017:

  • The Art of Public Speaking and Presenting Online with Trish Springsteen – Watch
  • Developing your Careers Most Valuable Asset – YOU with Neil Von Heupt – Watch
  • Health and Wellbeing Session: Mastering Mental Chatter with Rose Lauria – Watch
  • The Change Intelligent Leader with Huw Thomas– Watch
  • Pricing – Getting it Right for your Business with Rachel White – Watch
  • Gen Y and X Have Entered the Workforce with Alex Richardson and Belinda Moore – Watch

 

Click here to submit your details and become a presenter!

Until next time,
Aiza Hakik


Hybrid is Here – Grab Your Whitepaper Today!

Hybrid is here! Gone are the days of yore when you were restricted by time and space. Attending a physical event used to mean a tradeoff in terms of what you wanted to see and what you could actually see. Concurrent sessions necessitated a decision every time as to which session would bring you more value. With the advent of webcasting technology, you can now tune in to any and all sessions of your choosing. Find an example of a hybrid event here.

The use of hybrid events on a global scale has seen tremendous success and the trend is surging ahead. Fears of attendance cannibalisation are unfounded. Lack of knowledge around the subject matter propagates the myth. Dana Freker Doody, VP of Corporate Communications for the Expo Group, claims that hybrid events, if done properly, can prove to be a very effective marketing and awareness channel for your face to face events. The online presence of the event is driving more physical event registrations for following events.

“We are not seeing cannibalisation by putting out offerings online. We are seeing more people actually being driven to the face-to-face event based on what they are seeing online.”

Beyond the day of the event, you can access the content online from any device. Be creative with what you webcast – the possibilities are endless! Thanks to hybrid, you can now extend the extend the life of your content, increase sponsorship opportunities, access a broader pool of speakers and measure your return on investment with advanced reporting and tracking features.

Read this white paper for a deep dive into the world of hybrid events. Learn the latest trends, research, and tips needed to make your next virtual event a success. Get going with hybrid!

 


3 Ways to Lead Digital Transformation in the Workplace

Collaboration within team environments is irrefutable. It’s powerful and effective. It drives alignment across key departmental heads and fosters engagement throughout the workplace harnessing better work, smarter work and essentially nurturing togetherness.

Australian Bureau Statistics data now reveals that 30% of Australians work remotely*. Furthermore, a report from Hays concluded that 86% of employees consider flexible working options an important or very important factor for their engagement**. This significant rise over the last fifteen years has allowed for improved and flexible workplace environments provided the right communication tools are at hand. Put broadly, it’s really about encouraging the advantages of transforming to digital and focusing on building a brighter future for your organisation.

Here are 3 ways to digitally transforming the workplace you’re in and creating an engaged workforce;

#1 – Build on Company Culture
Company culture is a big deal these days. Its reasons are valid and essential to the way forward. What it really means is fostering cohesive teams, fulfilled individuals and productive performance. By defining and measuring productivity as opposed to clocking the hours alleviates stress and provides room for retention, happiness and creativity.

#2 – Create Engagement
Engaging your staff comes from within them. Basically, you want to allow the space for employees to develop a sense achievement and ultimately make a difference to the business. By clearly communicating your goals and overall strategy on a regular basis highlights the importance of being heavily aligned to it. Make them apart of the bigger picture. 

#3 – Lastly, Get the Right Tools and Advice
Having the best technology in the market to allow your organisation to connect, collaborate and communicate efficiently and effectively from any location in the world is one thing. But, having a dedicated provider in your virtual backyard that can support you from planning to implementation, completely customised for your business is indisputable when it comes to peace of mind. Saving time on travel, money and resources are important factors within an organisation; lessen the work-load for your employees so that they can focus on bigger and better things!

Redback’s solutions help you on your very own journey to becoming a leader in the digital arena, substantially improving the way your teams communicate and collaborate as well as getting them to live your brand and really understand the company’s mission. Great companies understand the value in having teams working well together and we want to make it easier for you to do so.

If you want more information on digital events and collaboration tools, head over to our inspiration page – it’s full of content that has been created with our customers in mind. Explore the possibilities!

Here’s to change,
Aiza Hakik

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Augment your franchisee training program with webinars!

Training and education are essential in the highly systemised franchise industry. Desired results and performance are directly linked to the training provided to franchisees. Franchisors need to provide training both in the initial start-up period as well as on an ongoing basis. For a franchisor to remain competitive in the long term, franchisees must be informed on best practices, industry trends, product updates, location openings, licensing information, operating procedures, and strategic information. Beyond competitiveness, for a franchisor to remain compliant and in business, franchisees must be cognisant of legal issues and be tracked on their knowledge. Learn about Redback’s Participant Engagement Reporting here.

Online training is an essential tool for both partners in a franchise relationship, both franchisor and franchisee. Read here for a quick guide on how to implement online training.

Convenience, cost-savings, and consistency are key benefits to implementing an online training program. Franchisors can disseminate information while reducing costs and maintaining consistency easily. Franchisees are typically so busy with the day-to-day activities that attending in-person training, updates, and debriefs are a strain on time and money. With device-agnostic online training, franchisees can access information at a time convenient for them. There is no excuse for not keeping abreast of issues when information can be accessed so readily.

Hosting webinars online allows franchisors to cut costs and receive long-term dividends. Their training content can be accessed again in the future as it is needed. Find out how you can take your CPD programs online here.

Not convinced on taking on webinars? Read below for the 7 Benefits of Online Training Webinars:

  • Extending the reach of franchisors to their franchisees in dispersed locations
  • Reducing the costs involved with traditional online training, such as event hire, catering, transportation, and accommodation costs
  • Simple platform where franchisors can upload content easily and on-the-go if they need to communicate a message
  • Providing training that can be accessed at the user’s convenience and from any location and device
  • Ensuring consistency in messaging that might be otherwise altered when delivered by personnel live
  • Instantaneous updates so that franchisees have the latest training information and updates
  • Ability for participants and hosts to track participation/engagement through Engagement Reporting to see who is being compliant

Want to know how to create your own webinar? Read here for our Webinar Organiser Handbook.

Want to learn more about the custom solutions available to you? Speak to a specialist at 1800 733 416 today!

Until next time,
Tammy Lim

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E-Marketing Timeline Template for your Digital Events!

Email marketing is a very common tool for organisations both large and small for one reason – it works! When executed effectively, it can be powerful in capturing the attention of your audience especially when you want them to register for your next live event. It’s also an inexpensive and easy way to expand your contact database for future webinars and webcasts.

Preparing and promoting your webinar or webcast shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially if it’s completely new territory. Creating a well thought out e-marketing plan is critical and can make all the difference between success and failure.

That’s why we have created an E-Marketing Timeline Template! It will help you map out your strategy for each event campaign that you create. Essentially, this will allow you to understand the exact customer touch points allowing you to execute your strategy effectively – and hopefully add to the success of your next digital event!

Click here to download your copy!

Until next time,
Aiza

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3 Things to Know when Delivering the Perfect Presentation

Remember back in school when you spent the week both dreading and procrastinating on a speech you had to present to the entire class? It was more the battle to overcome your fears of stuffing up – trying to clear that lump in your throat, so you didn’t sound like a shaken, off-pitched flute, oh and of course the trembling hands – how could you forget! Then you made things a whole lot worse for yourself by preparing the entirety of it the night before… uh oh!

Ah presenting… you either love it or hate it. Either way, whether it’s your thing or not, the limelight will be on you one day. It takes some years of experience, lots of practice and a little dedication to get to a point where your confidence prevails. Watch out world!  You’ll be ready to smash a TED Talk… or a webinar or webcast, perhaps? Wink wink.

So how do you get there? Here are three small tips that will make a big difference to the development of your next presentation and, hopefully, mark the growth of your sensational self!

1. Know Your Audience

Before you dive in head first, consider your audience and see how you can relate to them. Your presentation will benefit from doing a thorough fact find of things like their background, their position, and any preconceptions they might have about you or your business will benefit. Asking questions like “what are you hoping to gain?”  to your viewers before you present will help you form the foundations of ways in which you can communicate and engage with them directly.

2. Know Your Objectives

The best presenters can comprehend clearly what key points they want to highlight and how to tell their story in a way that is best understood by their audience. Instead of getting caught up in the design of your slide deck, open up a Word document or even just get out the good old paper and pen, and get writing! Quoting Albert Einstein is opportune here; he once said, “If you can’t explain it to a six-year-old, you don’t understand it yourself.”

3. Know What to Focus On

Engagement is a word thrown around quite a bit these days, and for a good reason! The last thing you want to do is bore your audience with an overly worded slide deck that drowns out your main points. Ensure your well-researched presentation remains inspirational and digestible; make an effort to convey your insights on the research as it’s easy to overwhelm your audience with information and data. Also, always keep in mind that your listeners are giving you their valuable time and attention so make an effort to really engage with them. If you have them engaged on a higher level during your talk, they’ll be more likely connect again to find out further details.

Once you’ve prepared your presentation, also allow the time to practice! Practice does make perfect.

If you find you are struggling with the thought of presenting, we highly recommend viewing our Business Skills Webcast on “The Art of Public Speaking and Presenting Online” by Trish Springsteen – enjoy!

So there you have it! Are you ready to present?

Until next time,
Aiza Hakik

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Making Money with Paid Digital Events – Is the Price Right?

It may seem like a given, of course you’ll make money with a paid digital event! But, ensuring that you have a considered pricing strategy and content to boot is crucial to ensuring you receive the most back from your digital event.

A Value Based Pricing Model

In the 2017 Redback Report, our findings showed that 78% of our customers would pay anywhere between $25 and $50 for a digital event provided it has educational and inspirational content and the presenter is well sought after.

One question you should be asking yourself is do you have a successful pricing strategy in place? Using a Value Based Pricing Model allows you to be able to increase your online events’ perceived value, meaning increased ROI and ultimately a very happy audience!

Is your content of value to your audience?

The content that you provide to your audience is important and should influence the amount you charge. It has to be thought-provoking and appropriate for your audience.

Do you have a well sought after international speaker? Are they highly credible? Or is your product/service offering new, exciting and relevant to them? These questions will all play a part when it comes to whether your audience will actually pay for your online material and how much they will spend on it.

Are you keeping the end in mind?

Be smart about the way you price your next event and keep in mind your long term ROI strategy. Always keep your sales teams in the loop and don’t forget to have analytical data to support you. Having a digital event strategy will play the key role in determining the success of your event.

To find out more on other ways to make money from your Digital Events download The Ultimate Guide by clicking here.

Money, money, money! Are you ready to make some?

Until next time,
The Redback Team

 


Top 3 Tips to Making Money with Sponsorship!

Sponsorship. Big word, big chunk of your potential revenue generating stream. So why is it often overlooked or poorly executed?

Well, we think it’s because there isn’t enough information on how to utilise it best for your Digital Events.

Luckily, we have some tips for you! Here are our top 3 that will ensure your sponsors get the most from their sponsorship dollars… and potentially make some bucks for you too!

Tip #1 – Target the right sponsor
Make sure you target sponsors that have similar goals, objectives and an aligned purpose to you. This is beneficial as it will help to ensure you are targeting the right brand for your event. Contact the most compatible sponsors and see what you can offer them. Be ready for questions and work with your digital event providers to ensure you know how to answer them. Consider arranging some examples – maybe even a link to a recent event!

Tip #2 – How to get your perfect sponsor on board
Now that you’ve chosen the right sponsor, how do you gain their support? Providing them with the finer details prior to the live/online event is incredibly important, especially when it comes to delivering results and reporting after the event – this will set you apart from others. Remember, sponsors need to justify their expense to play a part in your event, particularly if they’re scouring the market for other opportunities, so make it worth their while!

Tip #3 – Promote your sponsor via Marketing Assets
During the lead up to your event, you’ll have many touch points with your audience which can all be co-branded with your sponsor in mind. You can take advantage of these opportunities by utilising landing pages, logo’s, email invitations, re-direct pages and within the digital event platform.

There you have it! Our top 3 tips to Making Money with Sponsorship. To find out more on other ways to make money from your Digital Events download The Ultimate Guide by clicking here.

Money, money, money! Are you ready to make some?

Until next time,
The Redback Team


Making Money from your Digital Events – The 3 Golden Tactics

Money. Having this word at the forefront of your digital event strategy is crucial, not only to you but to the benefit of your business. But how do you get to the stage where you’re actually bringing in the dollars? How do you get your online audiences into the top of your sales funnel? How can you utilise the latest technology to your advantage when it comes to audience behaviour?

This online world of ours can be a bit daunting especially when it comes to reaching out and engaging your virtual attendees. Webinars and Webcasts are now becoming the stand alone channels for anyone looking to make a dollar from a cent.

In this guide, we discuss how to Make Money from your Digital Events using these 3 Golden Tactics:

1. Sponsorship – where to start and how to engage sponsors
2. Lead Generation – tips for creating content and nurturing audiences
3. Charging for your Digital Event – how much should you be charging?

Money, money, money! Are you ready to make some?

Click here to access the complimentary guide today.

Until next time,
The Redback Team


Collect and Convert – Tips for Creating Webinar Registration Pages that Work!

We’ve all been there – you start promoting your webinar and then check your registration numbers… on the hour, every hour. It’s at this stage that one of two things will happen:

1. You’ll be overwhelmed by the number of people who are interested in this amazing webinar you’ve put together. This may then be followed by a little first pump or an ‘I’m quite pleased with myself’ smile

2. Your registration numbers are nowhere near what you expected. Suddenly you’re asking yourself ‘why did I put all this effort in for so little return?’

The good news is, with a few simple tweaks we can all position ourselves in situation number 1.

We’ve out together our tops for creating registration pages that will actually convert and in turn, give you a better chance of reaching your desired goals.

What’s your Call To Action (CTA)?
What do you want people to do? Ensure the action that you want them to take is clear and prominent and avoid multiple calls to action or hard to find buttons.

Always ensure your registration fields are promintent and your submit button is clear and if possible, a large, colourful submit button along with wording that clearly states ‘Register Here’ or ‘Save Your Seat.’ It’s also a good idea to keep this area at the top of your page – the less scrolling, the better!

Less is more!
Ever started a survey and given up half way through? Why do people need to know so much information?! Keep your registration fields light and consider using different ‘types’ of fields. For example, if you are asking people what industry they are in, use a drop down field – the less work the better! Keeping fields to a minimum will increase your conversion rates and you can always capture more information within your webinar.

Consistency is key!
When people are directed to your landing page they will more than likely be coming from an email invitation or your website – both of these places are no doubt fully branded, so why shouldn’t your landing page be? Use the same colours, logos and styling on this page to avoid confusion and promote your brand.

What can I expect?
Even if this is your tenth webinar, never assume that your audience is familiar with what to expect. Invest some time into creating a user guide or even better, a short video to explain what will happen once someone registers. This will remove any of the unknowns and can definitely increase your conversion rates.

Why should I register? What will I learn?
This is exactly what people are thinking when they arrive on your page, so help them! Keep your information succinct and include a brief summary (stats work great here), four to five brief talking points/learnings and establish credibility with your presenter. If you need to add more information, you can always include links to other sites or cover it off in your autoresponder  confirmation email.

Sharing is caring!
Your goal is to attract as many people as possible to your webinar – so let people share the love! Include Social Sharing icons through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and make it easy – a few clicks is all it should take!

Thank you… now what?
Most providers allow you to embed a link behind your submit button – this is a great opportunity to redirect your registrants to other pages that up-sell or cross-sell your services, upcoming events or offers. You can also use your thank you pages to engage your visitors even further by recommending other helpful content or providing them with an opportunity to contact you.

And finally – measure!
Because how do you know what’s working? It’s always important to measure your conversion rates to see exactly what is working, and what isn’t. If you don’t have the technology to do so, here’s a simple formula:

Registrations % Unique Views = Conversion Rate

For example, if you have 100 registrations, and 400 unique views, your Conversion Rate would be 25% – simples!

Until next time,
Sara

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P.S. While you’re at it, why not register for our upcoming webcast on Creating a Mentally Well Workplace – click here