EventSpan

If you have not heard of EventSpan, you should head on over there and check it out. EventSpan is an on-demand publishing, social networking, search and syndication platform for webcasts, webinars, and various online events. It is a website where web providers, speakers and event seekers can come together and share information about their events. As a web service provider and a producer of our own web seminar series, we have used this site since its release in December of 2007.

EventSpan is attempting to tackle a problem that has existed in this industry for awhile. Namely, where can someone go to find web events on topics of interest to them. Unlike other failed attempts, EventSpan has the most robust offering of features of any other service out there. They are also partnered with Conferencing News which allows them to get great exposure to industry professionals.

Check it out yourself and while you are there check out our company profile and our upcoming events.

[tags]EventSpan, ReadyTalk, web events, web conferencing [/tags]

Web Events, Webcast, Webinars and Web Seminars, Oh My!

As expected in a technology industry where several companies are actively pursuing market share, terminology can become confusing as each company tries to differentiate and brand themselves. This comes at the detriment to the user who has trouble figuring out the difference (if any) in these terms.

So, what is the difference between these terms? Nothing really. Webinars seem to be the leading term currently. Most people have either heard of a webinar or can deduce what they are from the meaning of its two root words: web and seminar. However, as these types of events become more popular a lot of companies do not want to be bound by the webinar nomenclature. Here at ReadyTalk, we call them Web Seminars. Some other companies refer to them as webcasts and others as web events. There may be subtle differences between the each term as each company tries to stress a different part of their service.

Webcasts tend to be one-way communication with little to no interaction between participant and speaker. Web Events tend to connote large important events like IR calls or earnings announcements. These events, like the webcasts, tend to have little interaction as well. Webinars and web seminars tend to be interactive like their more traditional counterpart – the seminar.

Your other options is too not worry about these terms and let ReadyTalk take care of your event!

Blogs

I was talking with a colleague the other day about the blogs that we read. He mentioned several that I had not read before and it got me thinking what other great blogs are out there that I am missing. With that said, I wanted to share with you my 10 favorite blogs. I will also be happy to share with anyone my OPML file with anyone.

In no particular order:
1. Seth Godin's Blog
2. Brian Carroll's B2B Lead Generation Blog
3. Rand Fishkin's SEOMoz Blog
4. Guy Kawaski's How To Change the World
5. Ken Molay's Webinar Blog
6. ReadyTalk's Blog
7. Copy Blogger
8. Podcasting Tricks
9. Field Thoughts
10. Marketing Profs

I would love to see what blogs you read on a regular basis.

[tags] blog, seth godin, guy kawaski, rand fishkin, ken molay [/tags]