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The Future: Selling With Social Media

By John Rode on April 25, 2012

The role of sales has fundamentally changed because customers find much of the information they need to make purchase decisions on the web. To adapt, forward-thinking sales teams are employing a cadre of sales tools to engage with, and win the trust of, prospective customers.

In this webinar, Jacco van der Kooij and Dan Adams discuss this new selling paradigm and share their perspectives on key sales tools and techniques you should consider employing to help you sell more effectively.

The following is the Q&A transcript from the webinar:

Sales Presentations – When and How to Effectively Use Video

By Jacco VanderKooij on April 19, 2012

This is a guest blog post by Jacco VanderKooij, an entrepreneurial sales executive with a 10+ years proven sales track record. Jacco brings rigorous discipline and boundless energy to sales organizations. On Apr 25, Jacco will present the webinar The Future of Sales, Selling With Social Media. Join us!

Over the past 10 years I have delivered close to 1,000 sales presentations. In that time, my use of video during in-person sales meetings has had perhaps the biggest, most surprising impact on my ability to deliver an exceptional presentation.

At first, I was reluctant to try video during an in-person sales presentation. My fear was the video would distract my audience, (more…)

Business Storytelling – Using Literary Techniques to Strengthen a Presentation

By Maggie Summers on April 17, 2012

This is a guest post by Maggie Summers, a content writer and blogger at Ethos3 – a leader in presentation design and training, and a friend of SlideRocket. She takes pride in empowering presenters through her knowledge and passion for presentations and powerful storytelling.

Stories can be the quickest way to be transported someplace far away. Don’t feel like being at home this afternoon? If you’d like to venture through the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia, pick up Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, or if you want to experience Paris and London during the French Revolution, grab Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. Stories establish immediate familiarity and trust between storyteller and listener, they explain and nuance our complicated lives, and they offer a genuine glimpse at who we are. Presentations are enriched (more…)

Introducing the 5 Winners of the SlideRocket Non-profit Presentation Contest

By John Rode on April 11, 2012

Congratulations to the five winners of the SlideRocket Non-profit Presentation Contest! Well Done! Please take a few moments to view and share the winning presentations below. And a big congratulations to all the presentation contest participants. It really was a close race!

The first place winner will receive a $10,000 donation from SlideRocket, and each of the other four winners will receive a $5,000 donation. To process your donation, we will contact you directly via the email you used to register for SlideRocket. If you are one of the winners and have any questions or concerns please email

The judges made their selections of the best presentations based on unique views, best storyline, composition and compelling cause. So, without further ado, here are the winning presentations! (more…)

Presentation Tips and Resources – SlideRocket Monthly Newsletter

By John Rode on April 6, 2012

March 2012

Orbit is your source for presentation tips and resources. From amazing presentations, to insightful webinars, to inspiring presentation tips, Orbit is your resource for the latest content from SlideRocket.


Webinar: The Future of Sales

Customers learn far more about what they want to purchase by searching the web. This webinar will help you understand which sales tools can help you better reach, engage with, and win your prospects’ business.  April 25 @ 11 AM (Pacific)

Register Now. (more…)

Presentation Images – The Exploded Flowers Collection

By John Rode on March 21, 2012

"Exploded Flowers" by Chi Wei, curated on Pinterest

Visuals are of course a critical component of your presentations, along with storyline, audio, and delivery. And while visuals can include things like fonts, videos, animations, effects and transitions, presentation images are the most dramatic and commonly used visuals.

While browsing Pinterest looking for “stunning images” I came across Chi Wei’s “Exploded Flowers” collection. And it was soon obvious it deserved a dedicated Amazing Flower Images board. (more…)

How to Record a Webinar – 7 Reasons Online Presentations Rock

By John Rode on March 20, 2012

We often make recording a webinar more complex than it needs to be, particularly when recording on-demand webinars. Sure, you can use webinar platforms like GoToWebinar or Webex, but you may find they’re overkill and introduce unwanted complexity. Screencast tools like Camtasia are a better option for recording an on-demand webinar if you’re doing a demo or jumping between applications or windows. But for straight slides, which the majority of webinars are, online presentations are the way to go. (more…)

Geek’s Guide to Building Your SXSW Schedule

By John Rode on March 5, 2012

Geek's Guide to the SXSW Schedule

The SXSW schedule is packed with sessions for the Geek in all of us. From apps to lasers, hackers to green energy, we’ve culled the sessions to make it easier to build your SXSW schedule.

Are you a marketer and a geek? God bless you! Check out the SXSW Session Guide For Marketers as well.

After your sessions, stop by the SlideRocket booth right next to the SXsaloon and geek out with a nice cold one. (more…)

Viral Marketing Examples – 7 Inspiring Facts and 5 Tips

By John Rode on February 29, 2012

This viral presentation receives 2,000 to 5,000 views per day.

We’re always excited to share viral marketing examples, of the presentation kind of course! This presentation is currently going viral based purely on the quality of the presentation and a few well-considered tactics.

So, here are 7 inspiring nuggets about this presentation that may just convince you to also launch a viral presentation campaign: (more…)

SXSW Session Guide For Marketers

By John Rode on

Marketer's Guide to SXSW Sessions

Every year as we gear up for SXSW I’m a bit overwhelmed by the huge selection of SXSW sessions to attend. So, with marketers in mind, we filtered through the SXSW session list to pick out those sessions that will be most compelling for marketers. That’s right, a SXSW marketer’s guide. Stupendous, I know. (more…)

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