Among B2B marketers, 73% identify webinars as their top lead generation tool.

But why do webinars—one of many popular and effective B2B content types—excel at generating quality leads? The marketing technique known as a webinar marketing funnel provides the answer.

For decades, marketing and sales organizations across industries have used the concept of funneling potential customers and clients through successively narrower stages of marketing content to educate and motivate capable buyers. Marketing and sales funnels work by eliciting purchase decisions in small increments rather than making a direct, upfront sales pitch. These increments begin with creating awareness and progress through educational and demand generation stages to active engagement and, ultimately, purchasing.

In this guide, you’ll learn how the concept of the B2B marketing funnel for lead generation applies to webinars and how you can use webinars to generate leads.

Key Takeaways

What Is a Webinar Funnel?

Although B2B marketing and sales funnels vary by industry, marketers commonly divide the process into six stages:

  1. Awareness
  2. Interest
  3. Evaluation
  4. Engagement
  5. Purchase
  6. Loyalty

A webinar funnel refers to a template for webinar promotion, hosting, and follow-up that maps closely to these stages. This format focuses on attracting a target audience of attendees with the prospect of engaging content, collecting attendees’ business contact information, and converting attendees into leads either during the webinar or through follow-up contact afterward.

The webinar hosting process simulates funneling by moving potential customers through a sequence of activities that progressively indicate greater degrees of interest and engagement, while filtering out the less interested. In practice, this process should contain these steps:

Webinar views over time.

Benefits of a Webinar Funnel

Webinar funnels generate more leads than other B2B marketing content for various reasons. 

1. Direct Personal Contact with Audiences

Marketers use funneling paradigms to identify capable buyers among potential customers and motivate them toward a purchase decision. Often the final hurdle to cross involves addressing a potential customer’s unique concerns and questions and establishing a personal connection. In the live Q&A portions of webinars, hosts can do just that in real time.

2. Longer Views for Video Content

Among B2B marketers that create video content, 86% report successfully generating leads and meeting or exceeding ROI goals. Additionally, content consumers remember 95% more information presented in video than in text. As the average webinar view duration is 52 minutes, webinars provide B2B marketers with an unequaled opportunity to present their most engaging video content in longer segments.

3. Superior Format for Evergreen Content

In marketing patois, evergreen content refers to subject matter that stays relevant. Although industry hot topics attract more content consumers in the short term, evergreen content maximizes lead generation and ROI. How-tos, guides, and other types of in-depth educational content, including webinar videos, are examples of evergreen content. On-demand webinars allow B2B marketers to give viewers detailed tips and tutorials for products and services in an engaging video format, while continuing to generate leads from registration information.

How To Create a Webinar Funnel

Creating a webinar marketing funnel involves the following steps.

1. Catch Your Target Audience’s Attention

A webinar’s promotional content and landing page constitute the top of the funnel. Messaging at this stage should speak to a specific issue or pain point unique to your target audience. While topics and email headers based on trending keywords may drive more traffic to your landing page, the volume of awareness you raise is irrelevant if it doesn’t produce a proportional number of leads at the bottom of the funnel.

2. Confirm Registration and Send Reminders

Successful registration on your landing page should automate a confirmation email thanking registrants and containing links to share the webinar with their contacts. As the date approaches, registrants should also receive regular reminders, a week, three days, and one day in advance. Reminder messages should not be identical, but rather should attempt to build interest and communicate increasing urgency.

3. Deliver an Engaging but Clear Message

Webinars provide B2B content creators a chance to showcase their best-performing content from nearly all formats such as videos, infographics, and excerpts from whitepapers and case studies. While this multimedia leeway helps drive engagement and keep the audience interested, it’s important to stay on a clear message that moves the audience down the funnel into motivated, capable buyers. When you arrive at the Q&A, field questions from attendees deliberating purchase decisions rather than exploring general interests.

Custom Webinar Production and Lead Generation with ActualTech Media

At ActualTech Media, we provide B2B tech marketers with end-to-end, white-glove webinar production services. With just your slide deck and demos, ActualTech Media’s team of webinar experts will handle landing pages, promotion, and moderation, while connecting you to vast audiences of capable B2B tech buyers in your niche.

Talk to our sales team to start building your webinar marketing funnel today.