There are two ways to do a webinar – either doing it live or pre-recording it. So what are the differences?
|Live Webinar||Pre-Recorded Webinar|
|Cost||The cost is higher compare to pre-recorded webinars due to dedicated internet lines required||The cost is lower as we do not require such high speed during recording|
|Q&A||Live Q&A with the audience||Unless the webinar is run as simulated live, pre-recorded webinars can also take live Q&A provided the speakers available during the time the session is ON AIR|
|Poll||Live Polling with Answers||Automated webinar available on some platform can run polls at stipulated time but live result will not be shown|
|Internet Speed||Stable and fast as audio and video will be transmitted live||Sufficient for remote presenters to dial in|
|Presenters’ Time||All presenters must be available at the same time||Presenters can be recorded at different time based on schedule or availability|
|N-G||It’s live broadcast so no retake but rehearsals usually helps||Since it’s recording, so retake is possible|
|Engaging||Live broadcast is definitely more engaging||Limitations to how the session can be more engaging as compare to live sessions|
Hopefully the above comparison can help you choose which option to take for your next virtual event. Remember, there’s always an option to do both or hybrid.