B2B buying has changed. It's no longer a linear journey where you can get the buyer on a discovery call, book a demo walkthrough, and seal the deal.

Today's buyers demand more than that:

  • They want to play around the product before they make a case to get buy-in;
  • They want to realize the product's value before they pay for it;
  • They want to be confident in their purchase;

To meet this demand for more information up-front, you can no longer depend solely on jargon or static images that lack fidelity or context for the user. While these landing pages yield some basic results, they fall short when it comes to visually demonstrating your product's features or benefits in a captivating way.

But luckily – by offering a real-time preview of your product's use cases and how they work, you can better capture your audience's attention and interest.

And that's where interactive product demos can help. In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through what interactive demos are, explore their extensive use cases, and highlight best practices to help you better engage, convert, and retain your customers.

What are interactive product demos?

Interactive product demos offer potential customers an immersive, hands-on experience of the product during the entire buying and enablement journey — including discovery, purchase, and adoption.

Typically guided by pre-programmed steps, these interactive demos guide users through key features or persona-based benefits for your product – helping visually guide viewers in a step-by-step, engaging way. Best of all, viewers don't need to download or have access to your tool (or be a customer) to learn about these features. No paywall, no subscription, no endless discovery calls before getting hands-on with the product.

Here’s an example of an interactive product demo for customer support use case, which guides you through steps to export files into PDF in Figma:

This type of interactive demo is made possible by automatically capturing screens and video steps through an extension using a no-code platform like Supademo.

Through an intuitive Chrome extension, you can simply walk through an existing product or workflow to magically transform it into a step-by-step walkthrough of your product. After recording, you can customize each step — change the duration of the click, zoom in on certain steps, customize the demo design, gather engagement data, add AI voiceovers, and more.

Interactive demos are often complimentary to traditional sales-led demos and aren't meant to fully replace the human touch. There's substantial value in continuing to conduct discovery and providing dedicated meeting time to address use-case or persona-specific queries.

What are the benefits of interactive demos?

Whether you work in marketing, sales, or customer success, interactive product demos have some amazing benefits to offer. Key highlights include shortening sales cycles, increasing prospect conversions, efficiency gains, and faster product adoption.

While there are hundreds of benefits depending on the use case, here’s a quick visual overview of some of the main benefits:

Major benefits of interactive product demos

1. Shorter sales cycles, more conversions

Interactive demos can shorten the sales cycle by helping you easily illuminate specific use cases and creating a persona-specific demos in just a few minutes. Instead of spending hours creating a persona-specific script/video or getting on a demo call with a lead, you can create personalized interactive demos or duplicate and edit existing templates in just a few seconds.

Gone are the days of custom demos for unqualified prospects. Instead, we leverage demo automation to enable our sales team to show compelling demos in just a few clicks and tee up that highly customized demo for clients who, by this time, are truly captivated by what ProcessMaker can do to help their business.

- Casey O'Brien, Solutions Consulting Director, ProcessMaker

And, as 27% of buyers conduct independent research before they speak to a sales rep, interactive demos can help foster trust and transparency with buyers asynchronously and at scale. These demos serve as visual proof that your software can deliver what it promises, helping increase the chances of qualifying, engaging, and closing the deal.

Not only that, but according to Gartner, 64% of buyers quickly become willing to pay when they're familiar with the tool. And getting them hands-on with the product in an intuitive, quick, and infallible way is the best path to familiarity.

2. Reduced time to value, higher product adoption

One-sided sales monologues are like selling a car. But, instead of buyers driving, you drive and explain all the features.

There are three key issues with this sales approach:

  1. Buyers might absorb the information but struggle to retain it effectively;
  2. Non-interactive demonstrations make product adoption slower;
  3. Customers lose interest due to one-way communication and monologues;

Interactive demos can help shift this approach.

It's no longer enough to give buyers a glimpse of the product, they need to get behind the wheel and experience it firsthand. It's no longer about letting buyers see you drive; it's about getting them behind the wheel and allowing them to experience the product firsthand.

And as buyers step through features and benefits step-by-step, it helps them progressively commit and invest attention, while staying in control of pace and learning. This in turn accelerates time-to-value (the time it takes users to realize the value of the product) and helps them understand the Aha! moment more quickly.

Users prefer to go through interactive demos rather than a video tutorial or even reading a guide. It’s fast, self-paced, and intuitive.
- Juan, Founder and CEO of Porter Metrics

3. Reduced onboarding time, higher customer satisfaction

It's often time-consuming and challenging to onboard new customers. You reiterate the same information and answer the same queries daily. It results in a lot of wasted time and effort which could be invested in training and other more productive tasks.

On top of that, the rapid pace and perishability of onboarding information (i.e. a one-time call or a product tour that inevitably gets skipped and disappears forever) makes it difficult for buyers to retain information or revisit key context when they need it (not when it's presented).

Interactive demos serve as async, self-paced, and persistent demonstrations that ease onboarding for both creators and viewers.

4. Reduced friction, higher trust and confidence

Interactive demos can be a key catalyst to boosting activation, retention, and expansion. Using quick and engaging snippets, you can easily showcase features and benefits of new and existing features to drive adoption and upselling.

And as you enable customers to explore these features at their own pace without asking anything in return (i.e. pressure to switch plans or buy a premium feature), you unlock product-led opportunities for expansion without disrupting their workflow.

This is especially pertinent for products with complicated features/workflows, huge learning curves, or require a context-driven demos to help buyers derive value from your product.

Now, that we've explored some of the potential benefits of using interactive demos, the next step is to highlight specific, tactical use cases based on popular use cases. Let's dive in:

Interactive product demos for marketing

1. Add to your product update pages or emails: Make your product or feature launch a success by sharing a real-time, interactive overviews of new features. You can share a short snippet of the new feature to pique the user's curiosity to accelerate feature adoption.

You can also embed the demo link or GIF export in your product launch email sequence. This way, you'll get more traffic to your site and the number of your leads will also go up.

If you've made improvements to an existing feature, you can do a before/after demo and highlight the potential value customers will get out of the new updates. It's hard to explain features in just words or text, so show, don't tell!

2. Showcase product features on your landing pages: One common and easy tactic is to replace static images on your website with interactive demos that showcase features in action. You can increase website engagement by keeping users engaged as they play around with your software at their own pace.

ProcessMaker showcases different features of their tool through interactive demos which makes it easier for viewers to learn about the tool’s interface and how each feature works.

3. Share prototype demo to collect user feedback: If you're working on a prototype of a new feature or making changes to your site's navigation, interactive demos can be a source to collect feedback before you launch.

Share a demo with your power users — guiding them through new navigation or features added and asking for their feedback. You will also be able to see their engagement level and number of clicks in your interactive demo software's analytics tab.

Based on these data points and feedback from users, you can make improvements and increase your chances of a successful product launch.

Interactive product demos for sales

1. Showcase premium features to upsell/cross-sell: Use interactive demos to display your product’s premium features. For example, showcase advanced features to free trial users and how those features further improve their workflow.

Even if they're already using the product, they might be restricted because of plan-specific tiers or by the free trial. By showing what more they can achieve without any conditions attached, they are more likely to jump to a paid plan or upgrade.

2. Offer personalized pain point-specific demos: As B2B buyers have access to an overwhelming amount of information, it's becoming more important than ever to personalize the sales calls to buyer's preferences. With so many fake reviews and biased comparisons, buyers still need a helping hand to sift through the noise and make an informed decision.

First, identify the specific use cases that will help you solve your buyer’s pain points. Then, take a few short minutes to create a demo showcasing those use cases so the viewer gets the most value out of your demos.

We recommend using dynamic variables in your interactive demo – which is a low-effort, high-return tactic to personalize interactive demos for prospecting, follow-ups, and enablement:

3. Trackable post-demo sales collateral: Leverage interactive demos as foolproof, trackable ways to recap key features and benefits highlighted during your demo. This demo can be used by your champion to loop in other decision makers and sell your product the right way – without your champion needing to be an expert in your product lingo.

Interactive product demos for customer success

1. Embed within help docs and knowledge bases: Make your guidance visually engaging and intuitive by replacing static screenshots with an interactive demo. It's quick, step-by-step, and makes customers develop more familiarity with the issue they're trying to solve.

Humans are visual creators and are far more likely to retain information through experiential learning, so what better way to provide guidance than having them click through a process or workflow?

Ultimately, this helps reduce users' learning curve and help them derive more value out of your product – all while decreasing unnecessary support burden.

Here’s an example of how Porter Metrics embeds interactive demo to resolve users’ queries via their help docs:

2. Create an async onboarding demo: Async customer onboarding helps customers onboard onto the product at their own pace without much intervention from the help chatbot for the customer success team.

To help achieve this, you can create modular interactive demos for steps such as account setup, and navigation overview, and offer them to new customers. You can them group them together into a singular collection – which is made possible with Supademo's showcase feature. You can compile all the short demos and share a cohesive link with your customers.

An example of a Supademo Showcase - a collection of interactive demos

They can jump from one link to another at their own pace without the pressure to follow a strict, linear process.

Additional use cases of interactive product demos

  • Educate internal team members by sharing an interactive walkthrough of new feature updates;
  • Share how your solution solved your customer's pain points on your case studies page;
  • Educate new hires with a self-paced interactive demo of your software;
  • Create interactive demos for channel partnerships;
Want to see more interactive demos? Checkout our article where we showcase 13 Interactive Product Demo Examples To Inspire Your Next Demo

How to create an interactive product demo

Here are some of the key steps that can help you create a compelling interactive demo:

• Step 1: Set goals and identify your target audience
• Step 2: Determine the demo flow
• Step 3: Curate all the material you need to build compelling demos
• Step 4: Build your demo (writing + designing)
• Step 5: Ask for feedback
• Step 6: Share the demo
• Step 7: Track the demo's performance
• Step 8: Optimize the demo and repeat

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Interactive demo best practices - How to create interactive demos to trigger the "Aha" Moment

Now you’re all set to start creating your first interactive demo. And contrary to traditional video demos, it takes just a few seconds to create your first interactive Supademo.

But before digging in, here are some of the tips and tricks we've observed from conversations with our customers – who have collectively created over 20,000 interactive demos across different industries and use cases:

1. Closely tie each demo to your audience’s pain point

Research your audience and truly understand and empathize with their pain points. You’ll have a greater chance of grabbing their attention if the demo you offer closely ties to the problem they’re trying to solve.

Even though buyers are already doing their research, you’ll be missing out on potential sales if you increase their work rather than reducing it by offering a generic interactive demo.

If a user wants to improve communication among their team members, they will be more interested in learning about the features closely tied to solving that problem.

So, ensure your demos are customer-centric which shows your audience the value they’ll get out of your product’s feature. from using it.

2. Don’t overwhelm buyers with too many steps

Keep the number of clicks as low as possible while not compromising the quality of your demos. As the user's attention span has gotten shorter than ever, keep demo steps between 6- 10.

If demos are too long, you will see a higher user drop off leading to lower conversions and a slow product adoption rate.

If you need to add more than 10 steps, you can either try conditional branching or utilizing multi-demo showcases:

1. Conditional branching: Conditional branching is when you divide different features or use cases of your product into segments and allow users the flexibility to choose their journey.

For example, for a new customer, you can create 3-4 branches for your contractor management software such as invoicing feature, payroll feature, and onboarding feature.

With conditional branching, you allow the user to pick a demo without overwhelming them to go through all the steps at once.

Here’s an example of conditional branching in action created using Supademo:

2. Multi-demo showcase: Interactive demo showcases allow you to group related or complimentary demos into a single, shareable page. Through showcase, you make a digestible and engaging version of your demo.

For example, you can use showcases when onboarding a new customer. Instead of sharing 6-5 separate demos, curate all these demos under a "Onboarding Kit" demo and share them with the customer.

Showcases allow customers to go through the demo in a non-linear manner — they can jump to whichever demo they want at their own pace. Besides, there is no pressure to fit multiple steps under one demo.

Here’s an example of how Showcases work in Supademo:

3. Embed demos across different touchpoints

The buyer journey is no longer linear as buyers gather information via various channels, sources, and people. It means the sales team needs to meet buyers where they are instead of waiting for them to book a call.

Interactive demos can be easily embedded across various touch points — websites, in-products, emails, case study pages, and help documents. So, make sure you understand the intent of your target persona and offer demos at a touchpoint they’re more likely to engage with.

4. Use voiceovers to make demos more engaging

Improve your demo’s performance and engage viewers by adding voice-over for different steps. Adding voice-over makes your demo more human-like and improves viewers’ experience

With Supademo’s Synthetic AI voiceover, you can overlay captivating voiceovers with custom accents, tone, and voice type onto your demo in just a few seconds.

Here's an example of a Supademo with AI voiceover capabilities:

5. Maintain design consistency

Interactive demos are nothing less than showcasing your software’s UI to your viewers. But, apart from the UI focus on the presentation of your demos — font color, custom domain, brand logos, and hotspots.

Here are a few tips to customize your demos to stay on-brand:

  • Add your brand logo;
  • Use brand color for hotspots and CTA buttons;
  • Use a custom domain to maintain branding and trust;

6. Emphasize important steps via zoom in

Demos can turn out to be boring and monotonous if there is no transition between different steps. Similarly, small text or UI elements can be difficult to read or grasp if it's too small. To combat this,oom in on certain steps to make demos more engaging. The zoom-in feature also helps direct the viewer's focus on important steps or text within the interactive demo.

Here’s an example of how adding Zoom in between steps makes demos more engaging and fun.

7. Adjust your text based on the viewport size

It’s advisable to keep the text for each step concise to not overwhelm readers with too many details. Using step 4 above, you can keep text short and elaborate on it further via voiceover. But overall, the text you write should depend on how your demo is displayed.

For example, if you add a demo on a blog page chances are the viewport size will be smaller compared to the demo on the landing page where it is usually over a huge area.

When the viewport size is small, having 2-3 lines of text is best. But, for demos covering more areas, you can be more descriptive.

Get started with your first interactive demo

In conclusion, interactive demos help you break down barriers between your product and your buyers and users. By empowering them with the power to discover, adopt, and educate at their own pace, you can build trust, reduce skepticism, and boost engagement.

And, with Supademo, anyone can create beautifully interactive product demos in just a few minutes – for free with no technical expertise required.

And even better: you get more than just recording or demo creation with Supademo. There are countless features to help trigger and accelerate the Aha! moment for your buyers. So, head over to Supademo to start creating engaging interactive demo – it's free!

Snapshot of interactive product demos in action

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