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Archived ReadyTalk Webinars

Missed a recent webinar? Want to review the content from a past session? Check out the ReadyTalk Webinar Series archives for recordings of past events. Access to the archives is free and a great way to review session tips or check out webinars that you missed.


Start Time:
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 6:00:pm EDT
Category: Marketing
Rob Simon

Podcasting used to be the new kid on the block.  Not any more.  Here come the tablets and eReaders – iPad, Kindle, Touch, Nook, Playbook – to name a few.  Digital media – and the appliances to view, hear and read them – are on fire.  Podcasting, the distribution of audio and videos, now has more locations than ever to be consumed.  Throw in social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and suddenly you have a whole universe of possibilities.

In this presentation, Rob Simon, president and founder of BurstMarketing, a digital and social media company, will navigate you through the fast-changing world of digital media, provide 101 basic information and advanced tips, and help you chart the right digital media strategy for your organization.

Speaker Bio

Rob Simon is an accomplished entrepreneur with more than 30 years of experience starting, growing and managing pioneering media companies. He is the founder, president and CEO of BurstMarketing, a social media company and leader in publishing podcasts, widgets and mobile applications for consumers who access their media online and via portable devices including iPods and smart phones.

Prior to starting Burst, Rob had started three successful newspapers, two cable TV companies, a magazine and one of the largest full-service marketing, public relations and Internet firms in the Rocky Mountains.  Today, BurstMarketing’s social media networks reach more than 400,000 unique customers who download annually nearly 1 million episodes of audio and video content.

Start Time:
Thursday, September 23, 2010 6:00:pm EDT
Category: Marketing

A recent survey by the 1080 Group and Quantum Leap Marketing revealed that most webinar promoters struggle with two fundamental issues:

1. How do I promote my online events so my audience shows up in droves?

2. And, how do I engage my audience and get them to take action on the ideas presented at the event?

Whether you are webinar marketer, trainer, or a speaker, you must join ReadyTalk and Roger Courville, author of The Virtual Presenters Handbook and Bob Hanson, President of Quantum Leap Marketing for this live webinar.

In this fast-paced, fact-filled educational webinar you will hear the results of the survey about what is working in webinar marketing and presentation in 2010. You’ll discover:

  • Webinars top trends - what's new that you must know for your own events 
  • Successful promotional practices  - what’s working and what’s not
  • What audience members value, and what to leave out
  • How to create and deliver engaging webinar content…every time
  • Common webinars presenter mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Top reasons why most of your target audience fail to register for your event, and how to build a webinar marketing plan for 50% (or more) attendees
  • Simple, but powerful, virtual event presentation and marketing techniques that work…period.

Attendees will have the chance to get their top webinar questions answered in an interactive Q&A session. We will also pick 5 attendees at random who will get Roger Courville’s new book on killer webinar presentations.  Register today!

Speaker Bio

Bob Hanson

Quantum Leap Marketing

Bob Hanson is the President of Quantum Leap Marketing, and creator of the Must-See Webinar System. He consults with firms of all types on how to get more leads and sales using marketing strategies like webinars, web marketing, and email marketing, and he also produces many webinars using his Must-See Webinars system. Last year his clients including Dale Carnegie Business Group, EMC, Symantec and countless small businesses successfully delivered over 1,500 webinars.

Bob is also the author of many reports on webinars including 7 Secrets of Winning Webinars and How to Create an On Demand Webinar Program.

Roger Courville

1080 Group, LLC

Roger Courville is the author of The Virtual Presenter's Handbook, editor of 1080 Group's Web Seminar Producer's Toolkit, blogger at TheVirtualPresenter.com and principal of 1080 Group, LLC, an independent consulting training firm that helps companies design and optimize online presentations and web seminars.

A practitioner in the web seminar industry since its inception, Roger has provided companies with thought leadership, innovative web seminar program design, vendor and system analysis, and staff development.

Start Time:
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 6:00:pm EDT
Category: Marketing
Jessica Walker (Gallup), Kai Rostcheck (Free Marketing Made Easy), Mike McKinnon (ReadyTalk)

As a marketer, your duties can change on a moment's notice. Fire drills are never far away and the broader your skill set, the more valuable you are to your team and organization. You must continually adapt to changing needs and often rely on innovative tools to help you do so.

When it comes to web conferencing, it’s important to find a platform that has kept up with the pace of your business growth. Marketers have become more efficient with their time by implementing tools that can ease the load and dovetail some of these duties into an effective workflow. Departments continue to adopt more sophisticated methods of completing their ever-expanding to-do list. Conferencing tools ought to make it easier to get those tasks done. Consider these questions we'll be covering during the presentation:

  • Can it be used for multiple types of online meetings - events, collaborative space, training, sales demo and presentations?
  • Are you able to easily generate and distribute content - podcast, recordings, etc?
  • Do you have the ability to create unique campaigns and monitor ROI on each event?
  • Does it integrate with your social networks - Is it easy to promote and distribute your events through social channels without separate logins?

Join our expert panel from Gallup and Free Marketing Made Easy as we cover actual use cases and discuss some essentials to look for when choosing a tool that will make your ‘to-do’ list a little less scattered and a lot more resourceful. Integration and product evolution are crucial when the end goal is providing qualified leads to the sales organization and delivering meaningful content to those evaluating your service or product.

Speaker Bio

Jessica Walker

Jessica is Process Manager of Gallup’s Healthcare Practice. In this role, she coordinates with clients and client support teams to ensure the smooth delivery of customer and employee engagement programs as well as employee development programs. She works with Gallup’s partners, principals, and operations teams to ensure they have the information and resources needed to forge new business relationships and enhance existing partnerships. She is also responsible for managing research and development projects for the Healthcare Practice.

Kai Rostcheck

Kai is a full-speed-ahead, risk-taking, big-picture, new-media, new-economy entrepreneur. He thrives on change, and provides exceptional value to organizations that are willing to evolve.

A serial entrepreneur with deep roots in sales, marketing and business development, he has learned the retail, technology, media and wellness industries, worked in direct sales at national and local levels, built reseller and distributor relationships and brought several new product categories to market. An avid online and offline small business networker, he recently developed Free Marketing Made Easy, an Internet Marketing program for traditional businesses owners and early stage entrepreneurs who need to get online, don’t have much money to spend and aren’t sure where to start.

Kai maintains a creative sandbox at www.kairostcheck.com where he blogs about new ideas, business evolution and thought leadership.

Mike McKinnon

Mike has worked at ReadyTalk for the past five years. Most recently, Mike manages all of ReadyTalk’s demand generation programs. With 12+ years of experience in marketing, PR and market research, he brings a wide breadth of knowledge to his job that he applies nearly everyday in his quest to satiate the sales team with qualified leads. PPC programs, prospect and nurturing campaigns, sales campaigns and tele-prospecting are just some of the programs he manages. Mike came from a software company called 3i, where he managed their international reseller network for 3 years.

Start Time:
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 6:00:pm EDT
Category: Marketing
Kai Rostcheck

Every small business owner needs to understand why and most importantly HOW to use the best and most cost effective Internet tools. But many of us don’t know where to start. This presentation will review affordable, effective strategies that you can start implementing right away. Through this interactive, conversational session, you will learn how to:

  • Assess the market for your products and services, get direct, actionable feedback from customers and create relevant content that will engage your audience.
  • Save money by getting graphic designers to compete for your projects.
  • Build an inexpensive but powerful website that lets you easily optimize for social media, audio, video and SEO.
  • Improve your site design to increase traffic and create landing pages that convert traffic into sales.
  • Use leading Social Media tools like blogs, Facebook and Twitter to build your audience.
  • Create videos and distribute them through your website, YouTube and beyond.
  • Turn press releases, eNewsletters, teleclasses, web-based conferencing and podcasts into moneymaking opportunities!

Whether you are brand new to Internet Marketing, or simply need a refresher course and some new ideas, you will leave this seminar with a better understanding of the most cost-effective ways to grow your company.

Bonus: Register now to receive The Free Marketing Method: Internet Marketing for Entrepreneurs 42-page ebook for free!

Extra Bonus:Purchase the Free Marketing Made Easy Core Program within 5 days of the presentation and receive 1/2 hour of 1-On-1 Coaching ($125 value) for free.

Speaker Bio

Kai is a full-speed-ahead, risk-taking, big-picture, new-media, new-economy entrepreneur. He thrives on change, and provides exceptional value to organizations that are willing to evolve.

A serial entrepreneur with deep roots in sales, marketing and business development, he has learned the retail, technology, media and wellness industries, worked in direct sales at national and local levels, built reseller and distributor relationships and brought several new product categories to market. An avid online and offline small business networker, he recently developed Free Marketing Made Easy, an Internet Marketing program for traditional businesses owners and early stage entrepreneurs who need to get online, don’t have much money to spend and aren’t sure where to start.

Kai maintains a creative sandbox at www.kairostcheck.com where he blogs about new ideas, business evolution and thought leadership.

Start Time:
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 7:00:pm EDT
Category: Marketing
Melanie Turek (Frost & Sullivan), Alli Libb (American Marketing Association), & Elaine Ellis (Trada)

Businesses today cannot ignore the presence of social media in people’s lives. On-going conversations in the social media sphere require attention on your part, but also highlights your willingness to engage with customers or prospects on their timeline, where they choose. The opportunity to connect with customers is a critical element of building and maintaining your networks. Networking is no longer just about making a name for yourself; there’s an opportunity to utilize social networks to benefit both you and your customer. From promotion to post-event action items, are you making the most of your connections?

During this 1-hour event our panel will discuss the following:

  • The usual suspects (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin), plus a few you may not have considered
  • Establishing a ‘social media timeline’
  • Tracking & Tackling – discovering the issues before they hit
  • Making the most of your all networks, all the time
  • Passing the ball – social media from marketing to sales
  • And more ….

Bring your questions to the experts during the live Q&A session. Everyone wants to know how they can make better use of their social networks – what better place to take away some best practices from various industry perspectives.

Speaker Bio

Melanie Turek

Principal Analyst - Frost & Sullivan

Melanie is a renowned expert in unified communications, collaboration, social networking and content-management technologies in the enterprise. For 15 years, Ms. Turek has worked closely with hundreds of vendors and senior IT executives across a range of industries to track and capture the changes and growth in the fast-moving unified communications market. Melanie writes often on the business value and cultural challenges surrounding real-time communications, collaboration and Voice over IP, and she speaks frequently at leading customer and industry events.

Alli Libb

Online Event Program Manager - American Marketing Association

In her role, Alli works closely with high-profile clients on a weekly basis to promote and produce educational webcasts. Using her technical expertise combined with her background in event marketing and public relations, she has run over 100 successful webcasts for the AMA’s audience of marketing professionals.

Elaine Ellis

Social Media & Marketing Manager - Trada

Elaine is obsessed with social media and has been on Twitter since early 2007. That's her way of saying, "I knew the band before they got popular." In her previous career, she billed people in 15-minute increments to impart her social media expertise, but really despises billing in 15-minute increments. Elaine is responsible for managing, engaging, and driving leads through their numerous social media platforms - and then imparting her knowledge to the rest of us hoping to do the same.

Start Time:
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 6:00:pm EDT
Category: Marketing
Dr. Jaclyn Kostner

If you could wave a magic wand and suddenly have more leads, more opportunity, and more paying business with clients all over town and all over the world, would you be interested?  Of course!  For these kinds of results, though, you don’t need a magic wand.  Instead, learn how to leverage interactive webinars to gain a substantial competitive advantage.

Conducting business face-to-face has always been the gold standard.  But in today’s marketplace, it’s critical also to know how to use interactive webinars to differentiate your business, provide significantly higher value, and get more done effectively without travel.  These are the new pillars to success for every business—from a one-person entrepreneur to a large mega giant corporation.

Join webinar interaction guru, Dr. Jaclyn Kostner, to learn five key ways to leverage webinars to grow your business beyond your dreams! Here are a few of the takeaways…

  • The #1 reason why interactive webinars are critical for your business growth and success
  • Five critical ways to use webinars to make your business successful faster
  • What single pitfall to avoid that will hold back your success
Speaker Bio

Best-selling business author, Jaclyn Kostner, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized thought leader on the human side of communicating when people are NOT face-to-face. Her company, Bridge the Distance, delivers online courseware to help people make their webinars engaging, interactive, and fun. The methods and models that she has created for online training, online presentations, and online meetings are relied on by Fortune 100 companies and others all over the world. 

Besides authoring numerous successful books (Virtual Leadership; Knights of the Tele-Round Table; Bionic eTeamwork), Dr. Kostner has also acted as virtual communication expert in articles in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Time, Newsweek.com, FastCompany, Kiplinger, CIO Magazine, and USA Today, among many others.  She has appeared on CNN and CNBC, and numerous business talk-radio programs worldwide.  She has been spokesperson for studies published by Verizon Business, Microsoft, Frost & Sullivan, MCI, and Polycom.

Start Time:
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 6:00:pm EDT
Category: Marketing
Deb Daufeldt

Cashing in on Email Marketing is the second segment in The “Cashing In” Series For Small Business brought to you by Second Story Solutions – “Where Smart Growth Wins Big”. The cost of retaining a customer is a fraction of the cost of acquiring one, so why don't businesses focus as much of their marketing budget & efforts on retention activities as on acquisition?  Email has proven to be the most effective customer retention tool, ever-- if done right. 

There is no better medium than permission-based email that is personalized, relevant, and timely.  In this webinar we will share proven email trends, tips, and techniques to help get you on your way to engaging your customers, deepening your relationship with them, and keeping away the threats of competition.  Listen to Deb Daufeldt discuss some of the leading practices for successful email marketing including:

  • Ethical strategies to build your list at every opportunity
  • How to deliver value to the Inbox that retains long-term readers
  • Making your email program more effective by integrating it with an overall marketing strategy
Speaker Bio

Anti-SPAM zealot, Deb Daufeldt is President and Founder of Second Story Solutions, an interactive marketing agency specializing in permission-based email marketing.  She and her talented team provide on- and off-line marketing strategies and solutions focused on acquiring, retaining, communicating with, and engaging customers through her results-oriented e-marketing approach. 

Working with companies ranging from ground floor startups to the Fortune 500, Deb's proven techniques focus her clients' efforts on building relationships and not just communicating information to their customers and prospects.

Start Time:
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 6:00:pm EDT
Category: Marketing
Carol Chapman and Suzanne Tulien

Every business, whether small, medium or large; start-up or well-established; B2B or B2C has a unique brand.  Do you know what your brand stands for? Have you dug deep, to discover what makes you unique? Now is the time to make sure you and your employees are crystal clear on who you are as a brand, what you stand for, and what you promise to deliver to your customers.  Now is the time to define, build and evolve your brand from the inside out to ensure its sustainability in any economic environment.

We invite you to join us for this engaging, thought-provoking and interactive webinar to explore 8 key questions. Answer and action each of these questions to cash in and catapult your brand for competitive advantage!

  1. What perception does your brand want to “own” in the minds of your market (employees and customers)?
  2. What is the distinctive style of your brand?
  3. What are the core values of your brand that guide your behaviors and business practices?
  4. What are your unique differentiators to leverage brand advantage?
  5. What standards of performance excellence will you adhere to as a brand?
  6. Does your brand have a strong point of view?
  7. How will your brand reinforce who you are and the desired perception you want to create in the minds of your employees and customers?
  8. What is your brand’s promise to your employees and customers?
Speaker Bio

Carol Chapman and Suzanne Tulien are principals and cofounders of the Brand Ascension Group based out of Colorado Springs, CO. They are committed to organizations that want to achieve transformational and sustainable brand success through strategic, internal brand definition and implementation. As co-developers of pioneering brand elevation methodologies—Brand DNA (Dimensional Nucleic Assets®) and The Brand DNA System™—they have helped numerous small to medium-sized businesses create consistent, relevant, and distinctive experiences that engage, inspire, and win their employees and customers for life.

Start Time:
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 6:00:pm EDT
Category: Marketing
Jon Fougner (Facebook) and Dennis Yu (BlitzLocal)

Not advertising on Facebook? You’re missing out on potential traffic from the second largest website with more than 350 million unique users. Facebook’s self-serve image and text-based ads let you advertise your own web page or even your own Facebook page or event. They also offer a way to catch people in “pre-search” mode, when they’re almost ready to seek a solution. Other cool features? Social actions, targeting, real time reporting and more.

Jon Fougner, head of Facebook Ads Product Marketing for local busiensses, and Dennis Yu, CEO of BlitzLocal , will present tips and tricks for successfully promoting your non-profit or for-profit organization through these Facebook marketing tools. This event will be full of practical information for those involved in capturing ROI measurements for their organization’s social media efforts.

Speaker Bio

Jon Fougner

Jon Fougner leads local Ads Product Marketing at Facebook. His responsibilities at Facebook have ranged from co-launching the Facebook Pages product in 2007, to partnering with independent developers to build branded promotions templates, to keynoting industry conferences.

Prior to Facebook, Jon worked on M&A and financing in the Investment Banking Division, Financial Institutions Group at Goldman Sachs. Previously, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Norway. He took his B.A. in Economics from Yale.

Dennis Yu

Dennis Yu is CEO of BlitzLocal.com, a 50 person agency based in Westminster, Colorado, specializing in local lead gen via integrating Facebook advertising with social media marketing, pay-per-click advertising, directory listings, web analytics, and call tracking. Clients include Quiznos, Equifax, Maggianos, Famous Daves, and other national retail and franchised outlets.

Dennis is a 14 year veteran of online marketing via Yahoo! and American Airlines. He has spoken at SMX West, SMX Singapore, SMX Sydney, Affiliate Convention, the American Marketing Association, and other venues. He and his teammates also provide pro bono Google Adwords management to select non-profits, including March of Dimes, Grameen Foundation, International Rescue Committee, and others.

Start Time:
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 6:00:pm EDT
Category: Marketing
Ken Molay (Webinar Success) and Andy Goodman (The Goodman Center)

You’ve put together an amazing line-up of speakers. You’ve hit it out of the park with promotion and your registration list is growing by the day. The groundwork is in place and you’ve crafted a compelling message for your target audience – so once they’ve logged on, how do you keep them from nodding off?

For the second event in our three-part “Invite, Meet, Share” Series, we’re bringing you two of the best speakers in the business to answer these questions:

  • How do I keep my webinar audience engaged during the meeting
  • What kind of technology or tools are available for me to capture, and hold my  audience’s attention
  • What are the recommended best practices for keeping attendees logged into my event
  • …and more

Ken Molay of Webinar Success and Andy Goodman of The Goodman Center have years of experience with these issues  and will give you insight on what it takes to keep your audience tuned-in to your message and on the call. They’ll also take time to answer your specific questions during a live Q&A panel discussion.

Don’t miss this event if you are responsible for running your organization’s webinar program and if you’d like to increase the ROI for lead-generation programs associated with these events.  Attendees will receive a whitepaper download from Frost & Sullivan entitled “Best Practices for Making Your Webinar a Success: Engage the Audience During the Event."

View a recording of the first event in this series here.

Speaker Bio

Ken Molay

Webinar Success is a consulting firm that assists companies in producing and delivering effective and compelling web seminars. Ken combines a technical background with experience in corporate marketing and public presentations. He is a prolific blogger on the subject of web conferencing and its applications, and is a frequent public speaker on the topic of more effective webinars.

Andy Goodman

Andy Goodman is a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant in the field of public interest communications. Along with Storytelling as Best Practice, he is author of Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes and Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes. He also publishes a monthly journal, free-range thinking, to share best practices in the field.

In 2008, he co-founded The Goodman Center to offer online versions of his workshops. To learn more about his work, please visit:

www.agoodmanonline.com and thegoodmancenter.com