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My Webinar Only Had One Attendee…And How I Plan to Profit From It

June 20, 2016

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The Story

Yesterday (yes….seriously…this happened yesterday) I had a webinar.  I had a webinar that over 150 people signed up for (157 to be exact!)…so when I booted up the live streaming page and and waited patiently for people to show up, I was concerned when I saw that the total of people in the chat area was a whopping two!  Yes…two.  Myself and one other.

Holy shit.  Worst. Nightmare. Come. True.

What the hell was going on?? I was recording the webinar, so I decided to continue on like nothing happened.  I asked questions like I was talking to a room of 157…but inside I was blushing.  I was humiliated.

I’d spent the last two weeks promoting this bad boy.  It was some of the best content I’d ever written!!!  WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED??!!!

Human error…that’s what.

I sent out my “We are about to start” email thirty minutes before I went live, and like the dumbass I am when I’m in a hurry, I put the wrong link into the email.  Head/desk. When I got back to my inbox after the hour and a half webinar was over…I had an inbox FULL of “The link isn’t working!!” emails.

I. Was. SO pissed at myself.  Like…BEYOND the valley of the irritated.  I spent the next hour moping.  Then…I realized something. This might ACTUALLY be a blessing in disguise! I still had my original list, the slides are all done. The sign up page? Done.  The script? Done. This was my chance to DOUBLE the amount of viewers for the webinar!!  

So…what’s my plan? I’m going to break down for you guys EXACTLY how I plan to market this bad boy and DOUBLE the traffic it was originally going to get!!  I’m going to go over how I’ll use my email list, which newsletters I’m going to send out, and the deets to the new webinar.

I’m breaking it aaaaaall down for you! So where do we start?

Quick Intermission:  Let’s start with a littl focus!!!  If you’d like to check out my newest automated webinar (this post was written a few years ago) AND you’re ready to bring more focus into your business, with your followers, and in your message…this is the webinar for you!!!! 

Setting Goals

If you guys know me…you know I’m a HUUUUUUUUUGE goal setter and documenter. This is important for ANY event or product you launch (or just in business in GENERAL). You HAVE to have something you are pushing for.  My original goal for the webinar was to have 200 sign ups (didn’t quite get there) and 40-50 attendees (hey….every attendee counts!!! Even my one!!)

My new goal? 250 sign ups and 50-60 attendees.  I know I’m not increasing the goal by much…but I am actually focusing more on opt-in downloads and promoting through newsletters for this bad boy.

I have a financial goal for this one as well…but I’m gonna keep that one on the hush, hush for now.  If you see me grinning like a mad fool taking a selfie on Saturday afternoon…you’ll know why.

The Marketing Plan

Alright…HERE’S where we get down to the nitty gritty!!!  For the last few launches, I’ve had a marketing calendar (I’ll share it with you in the free download below!!) that has been a HUGE success!!!!  There’s a lot of automation involved, but a TON of hands-on marketing as well…which is why I think it’s only increased my sign ups every go around!

The calendar involves blogging, tweeting, Facebooking, live streaming, newsletters…and a TON more!!  All done at the right time and right place for my audience. One thing I’ve learned…is that launch week is NOT easy, no matter HOW you slice it!

In fact…it’s bat shit CRAZY time!!

But, having a few calendars in your arsenal to keep your marketing and publications in line is key!!! 

Marketing Tools

Speaking of marketing…I have a TON of tools in my arsenal!!! The goal, first and foremost, is to automate as much of my marketing AS POSSIBLE!!! This involves using systems like “Meet Edgar”, “ConvertKit“**, CoSchedule and more to keep everything together!!

My recent FAVORITE tool is Twitter Cards!  WHAT IS THIS MAGIC!!!!!!!????? ConvertKit** allows me to create Twitter Cards for all of my opt-ins! This means, my Twitter followers can sign up for the free downloads directly from a Tweet!

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I actually take this a step FARTHER and schedule these Twitter Cards to go out multiple times a day using MeetEdgar! As of today…I’m averaging between 15-20 newsletter sign ups a day!  Four months into blogging, and my list is at almost 500 peeps! (I switched from GetResponse to ConvertKit** last week….so the numbers are a little skewed. But 77 sign ups in 7 days aint too shabby!!!

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Email List

(Wow!!! These segues are AMAZING!) SPEAKING of email…how exactly am I using my opt-ins, funnels and newsletters to meet my sign up and profit goals?  Lemme break it down for you!!

First…I need to have a few things in place.  I have a TON of downloads for traffic building in the downloads library…and about HALF of them are specifically related to SEO.

Since this webinar is all about SEO and Long Tailed Keywords, these guys are my PERFECT customer!!!  I’m sending a SPECIAL email just to those folks…letting them know all about the webinar coming up and how it’s going to help them increase their traffic and meet the SEO goals for the year!!

So…my goal this week is to add a couple more SERIOUSLY amazing SEO tools (kinda like this kit?) into the library area! That will bring in a more targeted audience!

Next…I have two blog posts to write!!  One will be pinned to the top of my blog, so that it’s one of the first things visitors see when they come over to say hi!  Of course, there is an embed sign up within the post!

The second post will be almost completely informational!  All about long tailed keywords….and how to find them.  Once the reader has fallen in love with THAT awesome content, they’ll be more likely to want to learn more at the webinar!! So…of course there is a sign up within that blog post as well!

Next on the newsletter to-do list? The email sequence!! When you sign up for the webinar, you’ll receive an email that tells you exactly what we are going to go over, when to expect your (correct) live page link, and finally…what to do while you wait for Saturday to get here!!

I will also pre-write the reminder email to be sent out the day before the webinar…and the 1 hour until we begin AND the “We are starting!!” emails!!

Last on the list? Writing the emails with the replays, downloads (because I ALWAYS give free downloads!!) and sales codes!

Downloads (The Ultimate Downloads Kit)

I talked about the Freebies earlier in the post…but I want to reiterate how important these are!!! EVERY SINGLE POST on this blog has SOMETHING to opt-in to!!!  And we are NOT talking crappy somethings!!! We are talking seriously amazing and useful worksheets and I’ve used in my businesses for years. 

There’s a lot to launching a webinar (or any event and product for that matter)…but these tools will get you started on the right track!!

The Webinar

( From “Future 2019 Terra Dawn” : WANNA COME TO THE WEBINAR?????  (That link is to the NEW 2019 webinar!!! )  It got RAVE reviews from the one person that managed to attend (and the 40 or so who’ve watched the replay)…lol.

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Whew!!! I guess that does it for ME today!!! I’m going on a blogging binge for the next few weeks…so you’ll see a lot of me in your inbox!!!  When you sign up for the download or webinar, you’ll be automatically signed up for the newsletter that I send out every Thursday with updates on the blog, events, freebies and the video library!

See you guys tomorrow!!!

  • 1. You are very brave to share your human error! Kudos to you for being human. 2. I totally love your plan and your post. You’ve given me a lot to think about for launching my own webinar. You rock!

    • Awwww…thank you so much!!!! I was originally just going to reschedule and move on, but I thought…THIS is the fear EVERYONE who does a webinar for the first time has!!! Might as well tell them how I overcame it!! lmao.

      YAY for launching your first webinar!!!!! Kick is bum!!! 😀

    • The way I did it, was to create a series first!! What do you talk about on your blog? Maybe create a 7 day email series or a challenge! Then, let your readers know you’ll send them a newsletter with blog updates every Thursday (or whichever works best for you). Good luck with everything Rese!

  • This is such a great post. Mainly because it highlights the pitfalls of owning your own business. The part I like the most is how you used it to improve yourself in the long term. Which is also a big part of business.

  • blessings in disguise, they always happen! glad you took this as a learning opportunity and took advantage of making it even more profitable! great work! I really have to try the whole automated scheduling social media avenue for my blog, it’s so time consuming!

  • Sorry to hear about the mistake. Don’t beat yourself up, it happens to us all. At least you know the turnout would’ve been greater than 1 if the link worked. That’s good news. Loved reading your post.

  • First off, I love your ability to share your mistake AND inspire the rest of us at the same time. I have yet to jump into the webinar arena but I am preparing to give it a go. Thank you for sharing your experience and all of this incredible information. I have bookmarked this post and will come back to digest your tips in steps. Thanks for not letting your mistake from stopping you in your tracks.

    • Thank you so much Ref J!!! I hope you dive in soon!!! It’s definitely not as scary as thought it would be AND the worst thing has already happened!!! Only going up from here!! 😀

  • I think this is a wonderful post. You live and learn that’s for sure. I’ve had similar things happen, just not with a webinar. It’s hard when only one person shows, but then again that one person still really helps!

    • Hahaha…isn’t that the nightmare, though? lol. And it was a great webinar Vera!! I’m doing it again this weekend to give people the chance to ask questions and show up live!! My goal is to send out the RIGHT link this time!! lol.

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