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Doing a Dry Run

Dry runs give you the opportunity to practice your webinar, end to end, to discover any friction points BEFORE you invite attendees.

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Why do a Dry Run?

A Dry Run, or rehearsal, of your event let's you test each piece of your attendee experience and find any issues ahead of the event. It's incredibly important if you're doing your first event in Sequel.io. Once you have a successful Dry Run, you can run your first live event with complete confidence.

It's also a good idea to do a Dry Run when making changes to major tools such as:

  • Web Host

  • CRM

  • Company Firewalls/VPNs

Steps for a Dry Run

The steps for completing a Dry Run are just like running an event. It's important to do each step the way your attendees will. Don't skip to a url you have bookmarked when you want customer to click on a link in the calendar invite!

Here's an overview of the steps to test:

  1. Create the Event in Sequel.io.

  2. Embed the Event on an unlisted page on your website.

  3. Update the Registration URL in Sequel.io.

  4. Register for the event in Incognito Mode.

    1. If you have colleagues that can test, send them the link so they can also register.

  5. Join the Virtual Stage via the link in your Registration Confirmation email or Calendar Invite.

  6. Go Live from the Virtual Stage.

    1. If you have colleagues joining you, make sure they have different roles, like Presenter & Attendee.

  7. End the Event

  8. Publish the Replay in Sequel.io

Next Steps

As you're going through the Dry Run you may find steps that you missed during the event set up or while embedding on your website. That's why we do Dry Runs! Add steps to your process to clean up these friction points.

Once you're confident that you've made all the necessary changes, schedule another Dry Run. A perfect Dry Run means you're ready to start collecting registrations for your first customer facing event!

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