Webinars vs Talkshows

Webinars and talkshows have historically served different purposes and catered to different types of audiences. Talkshows were rarely considered a viable channel for communication by B2B content marketers. But, here’s why it’s time to add talkshows to your B2B content marketing strategy. 


Unlike webinars, which can feel one-sided and scripted, talkshows allow for spontaneous conversations and interactions between hosts and guests. They can be used to build trust and credibility with potential customers by featuring industry experts and thought leaders in a relaxed and conversational setting. This can help position a brand as a trusted source of information and insight. With lively discussions, unique perspectives, and fun games, talkshows can leave a lasting impression on viewers, which can be especially important in a crowded B2B content marketing landscape.

Format & Quality

The one-sided broadcasting of content is a less interactive format, which has led to the declining effectiveness of webinars. 

  • Low Attendance: A study by BrightTALK found that only 24% of webinar registrants actually attend the live event.
  • Declining Viewership: According to a report by Demand Gen, 58% of B2B buyers said they watched fewer webinars in 2020 than they did in 2019.
  • Ineffective Content: A survey by GoToWebinar found that 70% of respondents felt that webinars were too long and that they would prefer shorter, more focused content.

The quality of presentations impacts the effectiveness of webinars - a poorly designed or presented webinar can be less engaging and less effective in delivering the intended message compared to a well-produced talkshow. 

Also Read: Produce kickass talkshows 10X faster with Zync


Webinars require substantial investment of time and active participation from attendees. This can be a challenge for those with other priorities or competing demands. Additionally, the limited opportunities for interaction can make webinars feel less dynamic and engaging than other forms of content.

In contrast, talkshows and podcasts offer a more passive information consumption experience that doesn't demand viewers' full attention. However, this doesn't mean that audiences aren't effectively absorbing information. In fact, information retention is significantly higher. Edison Research reports that 80% of podcast listeners consume all or most of each episode, and 45% listen to every episode of a podcast.

Lead Generation 

The most common concern around Talkshows vs Webinars is lead capture. Webinars can be effective in capturing attendee details via a registration page and produce leads immediately but this number is dwindling. 
Talkshows can be a powerful tool for lead generation, despite not immediately capturing leads like webinars. By consistently producing engaging content that is shareworthy, brands can expand their reach and attract new prospects to the top of the funnel. To maximize impact of talkshow content, they can distribute it across multiple channels, such as social media, email, and website. A wider audience means more leads. Pro tip:  Zync automatically creates a ‘content kit’ after each talkshow episode. This kit contains bite-sized clips, highlights, summaries, and suggested captions.

Also Read: Get Talkin': Unleash the power of B2B talkshows 

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