One of my favorite ways to learn online is through interactive webinars. It is SO FUN to invest in myself while learning and turning it into a productive afternoon or Saturday morning.
Webinars are easily one of the best ways to unite your audience for 1-2 hours of valuable + actionable information and expand your content reach.
While there are some paid platforms that can host your webinar, sometimes you need a creative way, that you control to get the job done. Here is a three part process in:
- Creating a Landing Page for your webinar
- Creating a GoogleHangouts Live Stream via YouTube Live
- Organizing a chat window
What you will need:
YouTube Account (personal gmail account preferred)
Graphics for your Webinar (logo, header image, workbook or any other digital downloads)
Setup your Google Hangouts Live Stream Feed.
Log into YouTube > Creator Studio > Live Streaming > Events
Click on New Live Event
- Fill out the Title
- Set the date (in the future) for the webinar
- Fill out the Description
- Set to
- Select Quick, using Google Hangouts on Air.
Note: there have been some errors with using this feature with a BUSINESS GMAIL ACCOUNT (Now called GSUITE). You’ll want to test this before your webinar goes live. In that case, create a YouTube channel/account using a personal or @gmail.com email address. It’s okay to do this. You can stream professionally even with a personal account too; you really just need the embed code.
Get the Embed Link
Save the embed code in a Text Document or remember where to come back for it; You’ll need this for your Squarespace page.
Bonus: Here’s a video on how to schedule + grab your embed code for Google Hangouts.
Click on Show More. You can adjust the width of the box.
Recommended: Set the size to 853 x 480
Step 2: Create Your Chat Area
Chat boxes are perfect for continuing the conversation among your visitors. They also allow you a way to interact and have a Q&A.
There are multiple resources used to setup this type of content. You can start with Chatango.com it’s free and customizable.
- Go to Chatango.com
- Create your account or login
- Click “Add a group chat to your web page.”
- Select “Box”
- Set the Width to be similar to your Youtube window, so it fills the screen
- Look at the images
Create Your Webinar Page in Squarespace.
You will need:
- Your YouTube streaming embed code
- A chat box to encourage engagement and questions
- A password to protect the page (+ send out to your viewers via email)
- Header Graphic and more (for the name of your Webinar)
Here’s a screenshot of a Sample Webinar page
Use the code block in Squarespace to paste any Embed codes (e.g. YouTube embed link + Chat software).
And that’s about it!
If you need any additional help or something is missing, leave a comment below and I’ll respond ASAP