My first webinar

A few days ago, along with the help of my colleague Chris, I hosted my first webinar here at import•io. I covered our new feature auto table extraction as well as hosting a Q&A session at the end of it. The uptake was excellent and the interaction throughout the webinar was top notch. Just in case you missed it, here’s a short recap of how it all went down (complete with video)!

What We Covered

The main purpose of the webinar was to demonstrate what auto table extraction is, why it’s so powerful and how best to use it.

Auto table extraction came out as part of our February release and makes extracting the data from within an HTML table quick and easy. This is especially helpful when you have similar looking tables with the same structure that have information which varies or is updated regularly; such as football tables or financial tables. We looked at the premier league table as an example. With teams playing every week, the data is constantly changing so it was a great example to use. I demonstrated how to extract it, how to manipulate the data and then how to upload the dataset to import•io.

Throughout the session we had a live question stream where people could upload their own questions and we answered a select few at the end as well as having some FAQs that come through the support channel everyday.

We even recorded the whole thing!

Personal experience

The first problem with a webinar is in the title – it’s a webinar – it has to be done on a computer, in the office without seeing the people you are talking to. Having been a piano teacher for many years this was a completely new experience for me. In the classroom it is easy to change your delivery based on the expressions of your audience. For instance: if little Timmy has a smile on his face then keep doing what you’re doing, if he looks uninterested then do something to engage him and if he is in floods of tears either hand him a tissue – or advise him to stop learning the piano. What I’m trying to say is that it’s quite hard to gauge people’s feelings during the webinar, it literally is a case of ploughing through and hoping for the best!

After the webinar we sent out a survey to the attendees and generally had good feedback which we were both very happy with.  And, through watching the webinar back (cringe) we have learnt a lot and know where to improve for next time.

Overall it was a really good experience and a much better way to educate people about how to use import•io.

Join Us for the Next One

Our next webinar will be on getting started with crawlers and will take place on the 25th of March at 4pm GMT click here to sign up!

Hope to see you there!

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