SlideRocket Blog

Integration Progress

By Bryan Alexander on October 8, 2013

We are happy to report that the first phase of our integration with ClearSlide is rapidly approaching, bringing with it many exciting changes. We’d like to highlight some of those changes here.

First, many of you may have noticed on our Support Page that we have transitioned to a self-support model for most SlideRocket specific issues. The reason for this is that we have integrated our Support Department with ClearSlide. As such, we are thrilled to announce that we are now able to offer support directly through the ClearSlide application! Simply navigate to the Help/Feedback section of your ClearSlide account to submit a ticket.

Second, as the conversion process for SlideRocket accounts to ClearSlide has accelerated, we are excited to offer limited-time promotional pricing for SlideRocket users. You can see how seamless it will be to connect SlideRocket as a storage account in ClearSlide and transfer your presentations here. To get in contact with a ClearSlide Sales Representative to discuss your conversion options, please fill out our contact form or call 1-877-360-DEMO

Finally, as part of this integration process, the account retirement initiative that started with EDU accounts has been extended to all Lite accounts. Many of you may have seen the in-app and pop-up messaging alerting you that Lite accounts will be retired at the end of the year. The reason for this, again, is ClearSlide’s focus on delivering the highest quality sales engagement platform to sales and marketing teams across the world.

For those of you that join us at ClearSlide, we’re confident you’ll love what we’re building into our integrated platform, and as the first phase integration is completed, more information about the new features available to ClearSlide users will be posted on this blog. If you don’t feel like ClearSlide is a good fit for you or your organization at this time, you can find out how to download your content here.

Thank you for accompanying us on this exciting ride these past five years. Here’s looking to many more productive years with ClearSlide!

Integration Focus: EDU Sunset

By Bryan Alexander on June 26, 2013

Thank you to everyone who has inquired about SlideRocket’s free educational initiative through Google Apps. As the integration of SlideRocket into ClearSlide has progressed, it has become apparent that a shift in our approach toward educational accounts is necessary and appropriate. Specifically, due to both technical and practical reasons, we will no longer be integrating with Google Apps or offering free educational accounts beyond the end of the year.

With any change, focus is important. ClearSlide is dedicated to delivering the highest quality sales engagement platform to sales and marketing teams across the world. As key SlideRocket features are available in the new integrated product, we’ll be reaching out to both SlideRocket and ClearSlide customers to demonstrate the immense value that our enhanced sales engagement platform can provide.

Thanks to all the educators that have worked with us. We hope that many of you will see the value of our integrated sales platform and will continue to rely on ClearSlide to accomplish aspects of your organizational goals. If, however, a transition to our sales engagement platform doesn’t make sense at this time, we’ll be offering export of current presentations to SlideRocket’s offline player for future use. It has been a pleasure working with educators and students to achieve their academic goals.

No New Signups: Integration In Progress

By Bryan Alexander on June 7, 2013

Thank you to everyone who has reached out to inquire about SlideRocket’s new direction these past three months! We know you still have many questions about how our integration with ClearSlide will affect existing SlideRocket accounts, and we will be updating current account holders in the near future with all the exciting things that we’ve been working on.

As with any transition, some things must change in order to make way for the new. Our website is already reflecting this. Specifically, many of you have wondered why we are no longer accepting signups for SlideRocket in its current form. This curiosity is understandable, and the answer is simple: we have been working diligently on creating an even better, integrated presentation tool. This new platform will ultimately be available from the ClearSlide website, so it makes sense that all new accounts start there.

If you’re interested in the exciting new direction SlideRocket is headed and you have a Sales or Marketing team, I highly recommend that you check out ClearSlide. You can find out more about it here. The integration of SlideRocket’s dynamic editing capabilities into ClearSlide’s acclaimed sales engagement platform will produce the most elegant, robust presentation tool available. We can’t wait to help your organization achieve its business goals!

 

Big News, SlideRocket Has Been Acquired by ClearSlide!

By Chuck Dietrich on March 5, 2013

It’s true, two of the leading innovators in online presentations are joining forces! Together, SlideRocket and ClearSlide will progress to a whole new level our shared passion for amazing presentations, engaging stories, collaboration, sharing and presentation analytics.

Meet ClearSlide!

ClearSlide is revolutionizing the relationship between sales teams and customers. You can launch web presentations with no technology hassles, and seamlessly show web pages, videos, and demos. You can share presentations with just a link and track how prospects interact with your slides with presentation analytics. And your sales team has access to a library of up-to-date presentations so their content is always fresh.

By acquiring SlideRocket, ClearSlide will expand its rich presentation capabilities for sales teams to engage customers more effectively and close more business.

Get a demo of ClearSlide!

SlideRocket Continues Its Rapid Ascent

SlideRocket users will continue to be able to create and share stunning presentations. Eventually, we’ll bring the best of SlideRocket into the ClearSlide platform, and we’ll keep you informed as new features and integrations are introduced.

There’s a presentation revolution underway and, together with ClearSlide, we’ve only just begun!

Presentation Skills and Cat’s Pajamas: An Infographic

By John Rode on February 26, 2013

When it comes to delivering a presentation, are you the cat’s pajamas? Well 32% of us sure think we are. While 23% of us would rather melt into the carpet than give a presentation. The rest of us fall somewhere in between. We conducted a Presentation Delivery survey with over 600 respondents. Check out this presentation skills infographic for more fun facts about presenting.

5 Fun Presentation Skills Facts

  1. 11% of people are “Terrified” of delivering a presentation. 7% “Feel Like Superman”. So, the majority of us fall somewhere in between. Not bad!
  2. Just like with presentation design, we skew towards thinking we’re a bit better than average at delivering presentations.
  3. We’re surprising good at practicing with 64% practicing their presentation at least twice. Good on you!
  4. Above all else (designing nice slides, being energetic, funny or well rehearsed), your audience (38%) wants you to tell them a story, not lecture. Point taken!
  5. When viewing presentations online, 75% prefer your slides to have voice-over rather than having to read them.

Hopefully this infographic will help direct you to effective ways to bone-up on your presentation skills. Be sure to also check out our other recent infographics:

Content Marketing New School vs. Old School: An Infographic

By John Rode on February 21, 2013

Is your marketing old school or new school? Have you embraced the content marketing revolution? Over 700 folks responded to our (unscientific) survey to let us know where they fall on the content marketing continuum. We then rolled all that fabulous fodder into the animated infographic presentation below.

From budgets to targeting, videos to blog posts, we tried to reach across the key content marketing topics to uncover what folks are thinking (and doing).

5 Key Findings From the Survey

#1. The majority of us do a good job of targeting our content. But still, 31% of us do not target. Hmmm, there’s certainly some low-hanging fruit here.

#2. Cost is the biggest challenge when creating content. Perhaps we’re not looking at content as the “gift that keeps on giving” that it really is?

#3. We’re splashing the cash. It was refreshing to hear that the vast majority of folks are spending at least 40% of their marketing budget on content.

#4. Guerrilla marketers prefer blogs and slide presentations. Scout’s honor we didn’t load this question. But those were selected as the “least expensive but most effective marketing content”. Of course, our respondents likely skewed to presentations.

#5. Big budgets like video and events. Not surprisingly perhaps, video and events were ranked tops for content that “costs the most and delivers the greatest benefit”.

#6 Social media rocks content distribution. Probably not surprising that social media is king for content distribution. But I was surprised that SEO and blog were lowest on the list. Kind of thought they’d be #2 and #3.

Design and Deliver Memorable Presentations: 6 Free Ebooks

By John Rode on February 14, 2013

Regardless of your level of experience delivering speeches or crafting slides, a memorable presentation is within your reach. From colors to storylines, transitions to preparation, these 6 free presentation Ebooks (in presentation format of course!) will help you build and deliver outstanding presentations.

Beginner’s Guide to Presentation Design

For beginners the road to better presentations is simple. And at this point you’ll probably experience the greatest degree of improvement in how your slides look. Use this Ebook to learn how to inject more pop into your story, keep it brief and introduce eye-catching imagery. (more…)

Presentation Survey Pointing to Storytelling, Preparation

By John Rode on January 31, 2013

Surprising findings are bubbling up in our presentation survey. And there’s still time to share your views in the survey below:

Here is a quick look at the survey results to date:

Leave the jokes at home, we want to hear a story

While we’re still collecting results for the presentation survey, a few surprises are already emerging. When asked what advice they would give to presenters I expected folks to shout from the rooftops “stop with the ugly slides”. (more…)

Finding the Right Flow in Your Presentation

By Maggie Summers on January 11, 2013

For a lot of people, one of the most difficult aspects of creating a presentation is finding the right flow with your content. And to make matters worse, it’s one of the very first things you must tackle in the process before moving on. There’s nothing like staring at a huge stack of information, or at a deck made up of 75 unorganized slides, to make your heart drop right into your stomach. Alas, here are three steps to steer you in the right direction. (more…)

Death By PowerPoint – An Infographic

By John Rode on December 5, 2012

PowerPoint hasn’t been the “in” thing since Reagan was in the White House. In fact, a recent survey found some surprising facts regarding people using PowerPoint. More people would actually want to endure pain than face PowerPoint. What’s your pain of choice? Would you rather forgo sex tonight? Check out our animated infographic to see how you stack up (there’s music too!):


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