Simulive FAQ

  • Q: It sounds like a great way to repurpose content, but wouldn't you still have to bring on the speaker again for Q&A?
  • A: Simulive can be utilized with or without a live component. Including a live operator introduction with a standard or custom script would bring a truly live element without requiring any additional time from presenters. However, many clients use Simulive within the live webinar, incorporating live Q&A sessions and live presentations to maximize the effect of the webinar event.
  • Q:  I'm not sure I understand the difference between a recording and Simulive. Please explain.
  • A: Simulive is the replaying of a recording as if it was a live webinar. Recordings can be used for static, on-demand viewing as well, but Simulive is the product that brings pre-recorded content to a live event audience and presents it as if it was live. Recordings may be created uniquely for Simulive or they may be from previously conducted live events.
  • Q: We have members across 12 time zones and have been thinking about how to make webinars work for all.  One concern is whether some members would feel duped by a simulcast?
  • A: Technologically with Simulive, the audience has no way to discern if the presentation they are seeing and hearing was previously recorded. That said, the art is in the presentation and delivery. In cases for which the "illusion of live" is critically important, presenters should be mindful of not including dates, times, major weather patterns, major news headlines or other temporal indicators in their content. In other cases it may not be critical to convince the audience that it is happening live -- for example, if the presentation is by the CFO of a US-based firm and the audience is in the UK, the audience may not mind that the CFO did not wake up in the middle of the night to present, but they will appreciate the high-resolution and interactive experience that Simulive provides.
  • Q: Does a delivering a Simulive event take away at all from the engagement and interactivity during a webinar?
  • A: The degree to which the Simulive product detracts from the level of engagement and interactivity depends upon the use case, but the technological distinctions are important. The current version of Simulive does not support polls or video clips in the recording -- it does support slides and desktop/application sharing, as well as annotation tools.
  • Additionally, the technology can support live polling and video clip playback outside of the Simulive recording. For example, a presenter could conduct a live introduction, push a live poll and then the Event Manager could run the Simulive followed by the presenter conducting a live Q&A session.
  • Q: This could be quite valuable for online training sessions of larger groups. What are the limitations of the format?
  • A: For the recording to be “simulived,” the limitations are as follows: must be an active ReadyTalk recording, must contain only slides (PPT, PDF, PNG, JPG) and/or desktop/application share. For the Simulive product itself, the recording is intended to be played from start to finish, without interruption, as it exists in Conference Center. At present, it cannot be paused and is not intended to be replayed, however replaying the same recording is possible upon special request to the Events team. Another limitation of the current product version is that only one recording can be “simulived” per webinar. It is technically possible to simulive multiple recordings in one webinar but the Events team will only support it in very special circumstances.
  • Q: How do you see other companies using this product?
  • A: There are many use cases for Simulive, but categorically they generally serve one of three needs: perfection, convenience and ROI. The perfection use case includes software demos (editing out lag), nervous presenters or carefully curated content (like quarterly earnings calls). The convenience use case includes webinars in which there is timezone disparity for presenters and/or participants, presentations requiring a credible subject matter expert (record at their convenience, Simulive at yours) and multiple presenters who are unavailable in prime webinar time but could pre-record presentations (this is also a concatenation use case, which is not a standard offering but is a service that Customer Care will provide on request). The ROI use case is the re-use of quality content either without requiring the time commitment or capitalizing on the outstanding delivery of a particular presentation.