As you plan your webcasts, an option you'll probably consider
is "Do-It-Yourself." With this approach, you'll pay for an off-the-shelf webconferencing application (you've probably
seen TV advertisements from the major players). Typically these applications can be purchased at a per-minute
rate, or you can buy a monthly license for "seats" that you can use on an unlimited basis.
On the surface, per-minute prices for do-it-yourself solutions
may look appealing. But to understand the true cost of your webconference, you'll need to factor project management
costs and labor.
Hidden Costs and Hidden Risks. Do-it-yourself
solutions require substantial labor, effort, and planning on your part. Moreover, you are required to handle all the unfamiliar details and
administrative tasks of webcasting in the context of a high-stakes live presentation.
Analysis. Webcasts don't produce themselves. Even if you purchase a webconferencing application,
you're still a long way from a quality online event. To determine your true costs, add up all the hours that will
be expended in managing and producing this event. Consider both the actual cost and the opportunity cost of this labor.
Then weigh the risks of doing it yourself.
The Trade-Off. If
your company plans to produce frequent webcasts (say, weekly), then paying an employee to manage your webconferences
– perhaps by adding to staff – is indeed likely to be the most cost-effective approach.
If, on the other hand, you plan to webcast less frequently
(say, once or twice per month or less), then outsourcing your webconference production with a service provider like
ProVision is likely to be more cost-effective.
In addition to saving you money, outsourcing your webconferences with
a full-service producer like ProVision carries another significant advantage: You are assured of a high level of sophistication and technical proficiency in your
This level of refinement is difficult to achieve when
one simply "dabbles" in webconferencing; yet superior production values are critical if you wish to project an image
of professionalism and competence. No one wants to make embarrassing and costly blunders on "Game Day."
Per-minute pricing for webconferencing applications will typically
get you an entry-level product. For a more robust feature set, more money is required ... frequently, a lot more
money. For example: Will you record your webcast? That's probably extra. Online hosting of the
recording? Extra. Do you require online registration, with e-commerce? Extra. Online hosting of downloadable
materials, like handouts? Extra. You get the idea!
Each ProVision webcast comes with the following features and services ... standard:
Moderation for entire webcast
telephony (teleconference services) included with webcast, at no additional charge
question-and-answer sessions, via phone and Internet submissions
Registration hosted by ProVision, with registration hyperlinks provided to you for posting on your website
online registration form, to capture all information requested by you
registration with e-commerce for pay-to-attend events, hosted by ProVision
confirmation and reminder emails, issued to all registrants by ProVision
Hosting of Downloadable Materials (e.g., PowerPoint handouts)
- Online testing
and grading, or program evaluation (if requested)
Assistance in the form of generic marketing copy
orientation and training
to participants with at least a 56K modem and a telephone on a separate line - 24-hour technical support, help desk
When ProVision produces your webcasts, you avoid distractions from your core competencies. Outsourcing
is a prudent way to maintain focus on your business strengths. ProVision will showcase your strengths
with quality online events.
Compared with a
do-it-yourself effort, ProVision delivers a more cost-effective and professional webcast with minimal headache
and time commitment from you. Our full-service production enables you to relax and let our professionals
handle all the details.