It is common knowledge that businesses have to be decentralised so that their products and services can cover more ground – in the past, people had to travel frequently to discuss ideas and assess results to decide on the aspects that their business had to focus on. The latest trends in the internet allow online seminars where the user sits in one place, but is still an active part of a discussion on the other side of the globe.
Webinars and webcasts have economised businesses and enabled them to save a lot of time, effort and money. Typically, webinar providers provide services which enable participation in online events and exchange ideas with other people from different parts of the world. Webcasting is another tool which allows a business to broadcast its discussions on the Internet. Most service providers provide businesses with webcast solutions and webcast support. All the business needs to facilitate the use of these tools is a broadband connection.
There is no restriction on the type of content that can be broadcasted in a webcasting or a webinar session. Essentially, these sessions support audio and video; real time communication over VoIP is possible in all online events. The presenter can choose to present a slide show to the audience with a remote mouse pointer to refer to objects on the slide, while discussing it. Most webinar software applications also support web tours where URLs and cookies can be sent to different users so that each of them can participate in the session while the presenter takes them on a tour through a website.
Webinar services allow the presenter to use a whiteboard which allows him and other attendees to make notes on the board and also highlight items on the slide. Webinars also allow the use of text chatting for question and answer sessions in a virtual conference, further providing the option of a public or private chat between individual attendees of the meeting. Other forms of data display would be polls or surveys – the presenter shares questions with multiple choices with the attendees. In addition to this, webinars introduce the concept of remote desktop sharing and control where the presenter can take control of the desktop of his attendees to manipulate the data on his screen.
Recording webinars allows the user to convert the web sessions into a video that can be used later for analysis or distribution. A similar option called webcast recording allows the user to record video webcasts. Webinar hosting is easy and economical because free webinar support is available on the Internet; there is no limit to the potential of webinars when it comes to virtual events, and it effectively benefits the organization to save up on a lot of resources.