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Teleseminars Vs Webinars - Can Teleseminars Still Compete With Webinars?

June 14, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 131

It seems that lately, webinars have taken over. And you may be wondering... can you still host teleseminars and make them work. Will people still attend?

Sure, some people really do prefer webinars, but there are also plenty of people who actually prefer teleseminars. This means, there's still a definite place for teleseminars, and if you'd like to host one, go for it.

For example, if you don't want the hassle of having to create visual material, teleseminars can be perfect for you. In fact, their sheer simplicity gives teleseminars a definite edge.

Advantages of webinars

Let's start by getting this one out of the way... Yes, webinars do have an obvious advantage. You can add a lot of visual effects, from showing what you're doing on the screen to functioning as your own talking head. Plus you can include PowerPoint presentations.

But those bells and whistles also bring challenges that you won't have to deal with when you host teleseminars. Let's take a look at the advantages of teleseminars:

Advantages of teleseminars

1) Fewer technical requirements

Teleseminars are less challenging technically. There's no equipment needed other than a telephone, which means you can do them anywhere and anytime. Sure, you may want a computer handy so you can run the control panel, but in a pinch, you can control things from the phone.

And when it comes to your audience... a phone is all they need on their end as well, to access the event from just about anywhere.

2) Portability

And once you download the recordings, they're easily loaded onto an iPod or burned on a CD, which means you can take them for a drive or a walk. That's not something you can do with a webinar, unless it also offers a separate mp3 version, at which point you really have the equivalent of a teleseminar since the visuals are gone.

3) Advantages and disadvantages of visuals

For participants, webinars have the advantage that they can see what's going on. However, in order to actually get the benefit of that, they need to sit in front of a computer the entire time, or they may miss crucial information. That can be annoying, especially if the webinar is long-winded.

4) Visuals on teleseminars

Teleseminars may not have the built-in visuals, at least not usually, but they can easily be provided on a handout. And that's not all... InstantTeleseminar, one of the key teleseminar services is now offering a webinar version as well.

While InstantTeleseminar won't work with live video, at least not yet, it works very well with PowerPoint presentations. And a large number of webinars are basically narrated PowerPoint presentations anyway. So you could essentially have a webinar for the "price" of doing a teleseminar.

5) File size issues

And finally, there's the matter of file size: teleseminar recordings tend to be fairly compact in size, and generally run around 10 to 20 MBs in size. Webinars, on the other hand, can be hundreds of MBs in size and quickly clog up your hard drive.

As you can see, webinars may have certain obvious advantages, yet teleseminars have their own advantages as well. So don't count teleseminar out just yet. There are plenty of people out there who actually prefer teleseminars, and as long as people are as mobile as they are these days, teleseminars with their "anywhere" capabilities are likely to remain a popular option.

Ready to host your own money-making teleseminars? Get Elisabeth Kuhn's FREE Guide with "Nine Secrets to Teleseminar and Webinar Success!"

And if you want to use teleseminars to enhance your expert status, you may also like Elisabeth's Guide on how to look like the expert you really are.

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