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Creating a Webcast Template

Creating a webinar template will provide a consistent starting place for all of your webinars. Set up a new webcast with all of your branding, registration, emails, engagement tools, etc., and title it Template, to help save time when creating future events. The template webcast should not have any slides or media uploaded to it.

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Creating a Webcast Template

To create a webinar template event, click the Create a Webcast button from the My Webcast Page. 

Want more information on creating a webcast?  Find it here!

Once a template webcast event has been set up, you can create copies of your template webcast for future events by clicking the Create-a-Copy button in the Utilities column.

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Note: When creating a copy of a webinar with media you will be alerted that the media will be copied too.

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Benefits of Creating a Template 

When creating a copy of your webcast template, all design choices, media assets, and set up items will be copied, thereby saving you significant setup time.  Below is a list of the assets that will carry over when copying a webinar.

  • Presentation audio/video 
  • PowerPoint slides & video clips, including the storyboard layout 
  • Audience console design and engagement tool configurations
  • Registration and Lobby page 
  • Messaging and branding within the ON24 email notifications (if applicable)
  • Poll questions and URLs 

Once the copy is created, update the event title, start date and time, present type, and any other design choices (e.g., promo summaries on the registration and lobby page, email messaging, speaker bios, resource list, etc.) as necessary.    Note:  If copying over a Test Event, this option will still have to be toggled on. 

For accounts that have subaccounts (or workspaces), copy or create new webinars between the main and sub-accounts.  When clicking  “Create a Copy” or “Create New” from the My Webcasts page, there will be a "Create In" dropdown that will allow the user to choose the account to copy to (Default will be the current account). If a user chooses a different account from the dropdown, the webinar will be created in that account.

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Things to Consider

We do not recommend copying a previously run webinar unless you are broadcasting the exact same webinar at a future date.  When you copy a webinar that has already run, each slide pushed during the live broadcast will get copied over as well.  If a presenter pushed the same slide more than once, then a duplicate of that slide will get archived for the on-demand version.  If you then copy that webinar, the platform recognizes the slide was pushed multiple times and will create duplicates every time you upload a new deck. There is no way to prevent that from happening unless you create a template event from scratch and copy that (which is our best practice) or only copy events that you plan on running again the exact same way at a later date and time.

To address the issue for any currently built events, the duplicate slides must be hidden in PMXD.  Click here to learn how!

To prevent the issue in the future, we recommend building a Template webinar (one that never has slides uploaded or has run previously) to prevent this from creating confusion in the future.

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