Wanting to get started with Arlo and Zoom? Need a solution to run webinars and online training? You’ve come to the right place. In this article we’ll take you through step by step how you can get set up. If you’re already an Arlo customer and want a super specific guide with all the information check out our support centre guide.
Also a quick heads up, in a few weeks we will be releasing Arlo’s Zoom Integration. This will give you a more automated solution and eventually allow you to have more control over scheduling Zoom rooms, managing online events with multiple sessions and more.
What do I need?
In terms of subscriptions for Arlo and Zoom we suggest the following:
- With Arlo you can use the Zoom integration on any of our subscription plans.
- For Zoom we recommend the “Zoom Pro” license plan or above.
We also suggest that each of your presenters have their own Zoom account. Not only does this comply with the terms and conditions of Zoom, it also allows you to use Arlo’s Presenter Scheduler to see when each Zoom room is in use. This will help you to avoid conflicting webinars.
Contrary to what you might think, to run good online training you don’t need a whole bunch of production gear. We’ve written an article on technical tips for hosting a webinar, it’s got some good intel on what gear you will need.
First things first…
There’s a couple steps you need to take before you can start delivering your online training. For each of your Zoom Hosts, you need to access their personal meeting URL and add it to their presenter record in Arlo. By doing this it is much easier to add the correct Zoom Meeting URL to any webinar you create.
Just find the presenter’s record in Arlo. Then in the “Information” field paste the Zoom Meeting URL.
1 – Create your your webinar
It’s easy to create a webinar within Arlo. From the Webinar page, select “New webinar” and Arlo will then guide you through the setup process.
Now, the really smart thing Arlo does, is allow you to use templates to save time when creating courses and webinars. Templates contain all the basic information about a course or event that is likely to be repeated whenever a course is run multiple times. For example, price, course duration, course description and other information. By selecting a template at the start of creating a webinar you won’t need to enter this information.
Even better, is that you can use a template from the webinars face-to-face counterpart. So if you’re trying to move your face-to-face courses online, you can take advantage of templates. Just select the original template for the face-to-face course and all those details will be passed over.
During the creation of your webinar you will set things like:
- General settings – price or whether there are CPD points available
- Website settings – what is the advertised duration of your webinar, a brief description, and the ability to upload an image.
- Schedule – In this section you will do things like set the start and finish times, and book presenters. Additionally, here is where you will add the Zoom Meeting URL. We will go into more depth about this in a moment.
- Registrations – Here you can set registration limits, maximum numbers and minimum numbers.
- Survey – If you are using SurveyMonkey you can have surveys sent out once the course is complete.
- Communication – Here you can choose what email communication you would like Arlo to to send out automatically to your registrants.
Finding and adding your Zoom URL
If you have added Zoom Meeting URL’s to your presenters this step is easy. But don’t worry if you haven’t.
We will be adding the Zoom Meeting URL into the “Guest URL” field in the Schedule tab. Simply go to the presenter you have selected for the webinar. Open up their record copy the Zoom Meeting Room URL from the left hand information.
Then paste it into the Guest URL field.
If you haven’t added the Zoom Meeting Room URL to your presenters, just grab it from Zoom and paste it in the Guest URL field.
After creating your webinar, you will be able to see it live on your website. Start promoting it and watch those registrations flow in!
2 – Transfer any face-to-face registrants
If you are moving your face-to-face courses to webinars, it’s likely that you will need to transfer your registrants to the new webinar.
Go into the old face-to-face course in Arlo. Find and open the registration you need to transfer.
Then select “Transfer registration”. Find the right webinar, then select “Transfer registrant”.
You will then get to choose what change notifications you want to be sent.
Pro-tip: If your webinar used the same template, it makes it a lot easier to find the webinar, rather than search through a full list of all courses and events you run.
3 – Record your webinar
Before you start your webinar we recommend recording it. Most webinar platforms will easily allow you to do this. Zoom will give you the option of storing your recording on the cloud or on your local hard drive.
Once you have a recording of your webinar you can easily host that content either on Zoom, YouTube, your website, or somewhere else and sell the recording as an on-demand video.
Arlo allows you to create on-demand elearning content to be sold on your website. What are the benefits of this:
- Your training business gets another revenue stream
- You get more return from your original webinar, it goes from being a one-off to a resource that could generate some passive income
- Your registrants get another way to consume your content
So there you have it. Using Arlo and Zoom gives you a great solution for managing, selling and delivering live online learning – and is a key piece of our remote training software for training providers. Again, keep an eye out because in the near future we will be releasing our official Zoom integration. This will push data both ways and give you an even more elegant solution to running your webinars.