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SXSW 2011 Here We Come

By John Rode on March 11, 2011

The #SXSW Tweets have reached a truly frenetic pace, SlideRocket presentations are already being fired up, and the SlideRocket team is getting ready to land in Austin. SXSW promises to deliver this year an intense and entertaining week full of awesome presentations.

Be sure to stop by and see SlideRocket in booth #825 across from the SXsaloon bar. Yeah, you can’t miss us. We’ll be the ones rockin’ the presentations and giving away beer koozies. And on Monday at 1:30 PM we’ll have none other than Guy Kawasaki in our booth pimping his new book Enchantment with free, signed copies. Get there early – once the free books are gone, all you’ll get is a koozie. (more…)

Presentation Maker – Top 5 Selection Criteria

By John Rode on March 1, 2011

Presentation makers have come a long way since PowerPoint was first introduced over 20 years ago. Since then video usage, collaboration and broad sharing of presentations have entirely changed the presentation landscape. So shouldn’t the criteria you use to evaluate them evolve as well? Here are 5 capabilities to consider as you evaluate a new presentation maker.

1. Creating

When looking for the best presentation maker it’s safe to assume authoring  (i.e., actually creating a presentation) is core functionality. Authoring is a very broad topic so rather than provide all the details to consider here are 7 key areas of functionality to consider: (more…)

How to Email a PowerPoint Presentation – 8 Things That Can Go Wrong

By John Rode on February 18, 2011

Emailing a PowerPoint presentation seems like it should be a simple thing. But all the slide design stock images, video and audio that can make a PowerPoint compelling are the very things that make emailing PowerPoint slideshows so clumsy. Those assets quickly balloon a PowerPoint’s file size, which is where the trouble begins.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have the presentation online? This way when you email the presentation you’re just sending a link. How easy is that? Try SlideRocket for free and find out.

Emailing a PowerPoint – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Emailing anything but a basic PowerPoint requires a fair amount of preparation, communication and wizardry. But everything should go as planned so long as the following criteria are met:

  1. Your recipient has PowerPoint or PowerPoint Viewer
  2. You properly embedded any audio files in the correct folder
  3. You properly embedded any video files in the correct folder (more…)

Lively Up Your Stock Photo Images

By John Rode on February 16, 2011

Because it takes time to find great stock artwork for your presentations, it’s a shame not to invest 10 more minutes to lend some edginess to your images. By playing around with contrast, saturation, hue and brightness you can add more emotion to your stock images to elevate your presentation design.

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SlideRocket’s Chrome Web Store Experience

By Nat Robinson on February 10, 2011

Last December Google launched an applications web store for it’s Chrome browser and announced that usage of Chrome had grown from 40 million to 120 million. SlideRocket was fortunate to be one of 10 launch partners that participated in the event and was live on the Chrome Web Store from day one. It’s great having Google pave the way for web apps and like some other Chrome web store participants we wanted to share what this has meant to our business.

#1 Results - The SlideRocket app on the Chrome Web Store received over 50,000 installs in the first 10 days of availability and the volume hasn’t yet dropped off. As much as 60% of SlideRocket’s daily lead flow now comes from the Chrome Web Store. (more…)

Improve Your Presentation Skills – Get Out the Shaving Cream

By John Rode on February 7, 2011

It’s no surprise that successful presenters continually invest time to improve their presentation skills. Without a doubt Steve Jobs has put in some time in front of the mirror, shaving cream on his lip, practicing some aspect of his keynote speech. And I’m sure early in his career he picked off a few tips and tricks from other great presenters.

Even if you aren’t on the professional circuit, you’ll still want a plan to improve your communication skills. You can of course make a significant investment in a training course, which may be the best way for you to jump ahead. But you can also choose a more incremental approach to improve how (and what) you present to your audiences. (more…)

SlideRocket Partners with crowdSPRING

By Nat Robinson on February 1, 2011

Last November, Rachel Arndt from Fast Company ran a slideshow titled, The Coolest Products From the 2010 Chicago Innovation Awards (you can watch it here). 2 slides in, I came across crowdSPRING and after reading the brief description I just knew I wanted SlideRocket to partner with them. Here’s how Rachel describes them.

SlideRocket partners with crowdSPRING

crowdSPRING connects companies looking for creative work with web designers, artists, marketers, and writers who can fill their needs. The company, which launched in 2007, now touts 75,000 members, and bills itself as the “world’s largest marketplace for creative services.”

What a great resource that would be for SlideRocket I thought to myself. We so often get SlideRocket users asking us for referrals to affordable designers who know how to make a presentation stand out from the crowd and likewise from designers and agencies looking for projects to work on. Wouldn’t it be amazing to let them find each other online? (more…)

Presentation Fonts – 4 Free Favorites From Font Squirrel

By John Rode on January 26, 2011

Fonts are a subtle and surprisingly easy way to set your slide design apart from the crowd. It’s easy because you only have to choose a font once and you reap the rewards on every slide.

Font Squirrel is an excellent place to start looking for the best presentation font for you. For one thing it’s free. But there is a lot of talent on the site, and we’ve picked out 4 fonts that really caught our eye. Read about them below and see them in action in the SlideRocket presentation. We picked a Museo 300, ChunkFive, Aller and a District Thin font. These are all excellent and we definitely recommend them for your next presentation.

We also spent an equal amount of time on the sites of the font designers to make sure they had the design chops and character to back-up their fonts. They all do.

Quick Presentation Font Primer

Remarkable fonts make a good slide design element in their own right, and focus attention on your message. But make sure you stick to solid design principles when choosing. (more…)

Sales Prospecting is 99.1% Heartbreak – Be The Tin Man

By John Rode on January 24, 2011

As you work to build your sales pipeline your sales prospecting technique of choice may be reaching out to a list of target contacts that fits the bill for the type of prospect you’d like to speak with. As you head down this path it helps to remember that your time is precious, so the last thing you want to do is waste it on folks who aren’t interested in talking to you.

But the reality of the situation is that 99.1% of people from a cold list will not engage with you, which can make your prospecting campaign frustrating and exhausting. You may want to consider exploring techniques to use responder behavior to filter through the noise and find those prospects who are interested in a more in-depth conversation with you. (more…)

Slide Design – Make Your Presentation Images Sizzle

By John Rode on January 13, 2011

A key ingredient to memorable slide design is presentation imagery. But making your slides sizzle takes more than just a pretty picture. It’s best to take a little time to position and frame your images for maximum impact.

Fortunately, the extensive use of PowerPoint clip art has set the bar low for slide design success. And, the pervasive, monotonous use of images of businesspeople staring at computers and “doing business stuff” makes standing apart from the crowd that much easier. Dare to be a bit more inventive with images and you’ll be a hit.

11 Striking Ways to Display Images – Check Out the Presentation

Here is some more detail on three of the slide design approaches for presentation images: (more…)

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