The truth is that when people get what they pay for, they are more likely to come back and pay again. So what do you do when you’re offering a conference call with a signup fee? How do you promote the conference to make people feel that their twenty or so dollars, their time, is a worthwhile expenditure?
Offering incentives for signing up and ultimately attending the conference are great ways to get the word out about your event.
Why Do Incentives Work?
Incentives work because I am going to do something that benefits me. Rewards teach us to get positive outcomes for specific actions, and the more someone benefits from an effort, the more likely they are to repeat it.
Incentives have to be tailored depending on the audience, but studies on the impact of rewards show they are still useful.
Provide Webinar and Conference Call Recordings for Download
As the presenter, you want participants to create a buzz on blogs and social media networks. We recommend that once the conference is over, you provide the recording to participants so they can review what they might have missed.
- Send them a copy of the full conference and prevent unauthorized sharing by password protecting or encrypting the file.
- Our favorite tip is to set up the conference to have a dial-in playback option. This will allow people with the registered conference code to call in and listen to the recording as often as they like.
- You can also send them small portions of the recording and encourage them to share those through social networks.
Host a Contest During the Conference
I went to a conference last year that awarded a huge travel package for the person who used Twitter in the most effective way to engage with the speakers and other conference attendees. It was a sweet package (airfare, hotel, limo services), and everyone wanted to win it. The great thing about the contest wasn’t just to “tweet the most” but to “tweet the best”.
Contests like that boost your engagement you’re your participants and gives them a reason to talk. If you don’t have the money to provide a travel package – give away something like an iPod Touch, an iPad, or the latest Kindle.
Hook Up With a Sponsor
Find a company that sells a complimentary item to yours and provide a purchase incentive. It’s a “attend this hot dog webinar and get a free packet of ketchup!” kind of deal. Since hot dog webinars aren’t exactly at the height of popularity, here’s a more practical example.
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