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!

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!


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…)

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…)

Incredible Presentation Resources: Adding Humor to Your Slides

By Nat Robinson on November 23, 2010

No matter how hard you try, the content of your presentation will sometimes be dry and boring.  And, it can be quite a challenge to keep your audience interested and engaged while you’re flipping through one slide, chart, or graph after another.  Sometimes, even pictures and videos aren’t enough to spice things up.

Everyone loves to laugh.

That’s why more and more presenters are seeking ways to add humor to their presentations.  Everyone loves to laugh, and nothing will grab the undivided attention of your audience more than something that makes them smile or chuckle.

What can you to do make your slide deck or speech more amusing?

1.  Set the Tone
Start your presentation off on a light-hearted note.  Give your audience a big smile, and let them know that you want them to not only learn, but to enjoy themselves as well.  They’ll immediately relax and take notice.  But be careful, experts warn that it may not be wise to open with a joke.  If it bombs, the rest of your session will suffer.

2. 101funjokes (
If you need a good joke, this is the place to go.  Dozens of categories – from jokes about celebrities, the Internet, kids, and the medical profession, to funny bumper stickers, limericks, quotes, and witticisms – make it easy to find whatever you need to incorporate some fun into your slide deck and give your audience a good giggle.

3.  Humor Writers
Let’s face it, some people lack a “funny bone”.  If you are one of those unfortunate souls, you may want to hire a professional writer to help incorporate humor into your slide deck.  They’ll be able to take your existing content, and make it more chuckle-worthy.  Check out the Comedy Writers Guild (, or conduct a search on Google, Yahoo, or other popular search engine to find one in your area.

4.  Comedy Coaches
Comedy is about more than just “scripting” jokes and quips.  Delivery is also very important when you want to get the laughs.  Check out your local comedy clubs or theater groups.  Most of them will offer classes to help improve your comedic timing and execution.   Or, you can check your Yellow Pages for private comedy coaches who will work with you one-on-one.

5. Learn from Professional Comedians
Many professional comedians measure their success by evaluating one important metric – laughs per minute (LPM).  As you gain more experience adding humor to your sessions, you may want to use this indicator to gauge how effective you are.  How many LPMs should you strive for?  That depends on your content.  Some presentations may warrant several LPMs, while others that are more serious in nature may require just a handful of giggles throughout the entire slide deck to lighten the mood.

This is the continuation in a series of Incredible resources for presentations. If you have an idea for incredible resources or want to add one of your own just add a comment below this post. See the whole incredible presentations series here.

Find more great tips and resources at the Presentation Skills Launch Pad.

SlideRocket Tip – 6 Secrets for Pitching Your Startup

By Nat Robinson on July 7, 2010

Investors hear, on average, five to eight presentations each day from entrepreneurs looking to obtain financial backing for their new business ventures.  But, only a fraction of these startup companies will get the funding they want.  How do you make sure yours is one of them?

Investors hear, on average, five to eight presentations each day.

Here are some valuable guidelines to follow when preparing your pitch to venture capitalists, angel investors, and other financiers.

1. What’s the Goal?
You won’t know if you were successful, unless you know exactly what you were trying to achieve in the first place.  Whether you’re looking to secure a funding commitment, or simply spark enough interest to schedule a follow-up meeting, clearly define your objective ahead of time.

2. Sum it All Up at the Start
You’ve got one minute to grab an investor’s attention.  So, a pitch that gets off to a slow start is bound to fall flat.  Kicking your presentation off with a dynamic one to two sentence summary that highlights your idea and its potential value will help you get them interested.

3. Back it Up with Details
In order to win the confidence of investors, you’ll need to show them that you have more than just a winning idea.  In addition to explaining your high-level vision, be sure to provide some details about how you plan to execute, such as a go-to-market strategy.

4.  The Proof is In the Numbers

Venture capitalists and other investors like numbers, particularly “mega trends”. So, back your ideas and theories up with as many industry benchmarks, statistics, and metrics as you possibly can.  The more reputable the sources, the better.

5.  Leave the Spreadsheets at Home

Your audience wants to see anticipated return on investment in the form of revenues, profits, or market share.  But, boring, dry spreadsheets or profit and loss statements are not the most effective way to do this.  Instead, wow investors with charts, graphs, and other exciting visuals that clearly convey expected value.

6. Speak with Passion
If you don’t show conviction in your idea, it will be very hard to get your audience excited about it.  Strong voice inflection and dramatic hand gestures are just a few of the ways you can demonstrate your passion for your concept, and your belief in its viability.

Want more valuable tips on effective presentation creation and delivery? Review our archive of presentation tips and check back every week for new posts.

Find more great tips and resources at the Presentation Skills Launch Pad.

SlideRocket Tip – How to Give an Amazing Product Demonstration

By Nat Robinson on June 30, 2010

Many speakers follow up their presentation with a demonstration of their product.  Whether it’s a software application, a piece of mechanical equipment, or a small appliance, the demo is the presenter’s chance to put their words into action, validating the claims they made during their slide deck.

The demo is your chance to put words into action.

Yet, most presenters are so focused on the quality of the presentation itself, they forget to fine-tune the demo.  As a result, they build up audience expectations, then fall flat when it really counts.

Here are some great tips for giving an amazing product demonstration.

1. Differentiate Yourself
Chances are, the prospective customer already has evaluated similar products, or will be speaking to other competitors in the near future, before making a final decision.  Since time will be limited, don’t waste it walking them through all the “me too” features.  Instead, highlight the characteristics of your product that make it unique and/or superior.

2. Customize It
Every product has countless interesting features and functions, but you’ll only have time to demonstrate a fraction of them.  So, it’s best to gather a little intelligence in advance.  Find out what the customer is trying to achieve through the use of your product, and focus on those capabilities that will help them get there.

3. Make It Interactive
Keep your audience engaged at all times, especially if the product you are showing is complex in nature.  Allow them to ask questions, or even select an audience member to participate “hands on”.  This will not only prevent their attention from wandering, it will give you the opportunity to capture valuable information about what they want to see, so you can structure the demonstration accordingly.

4.  Keep It Simple
Always remember that your audience doesn’t have the same level of technical or mechanical savvy that you do.  To avoid confusion, whenever possible, steer clear of technical or engineering jargon, and present the features of your product in layman’s terms.

5.  Be Flexible
Scripting and practicing your demo ahead of time is a wise idea.  However, you need to leave some room for “on the fly” change, based on audience response.  For example, a prospect may request to see a certain feature that you weren’t planning to show.  Or, they may ask a question that requires you to go back and re-explain functions that were already covered.   While preparedness is important, you also need to be able to “go with the flow”, so the audience is satisfied.

6.  You Need a Plan B
You’ve finished delivering your slides, and you’re getting ready to show your product.  But, you discover that it’s broken.  Now what?  Make sure you always have a backup plan in case of such emergencies.  For example, if its equipment you’re demonstrating, bring a second piece, just in case.  Or, keep a brief tutorial video on hand, so you can convey how certain features work.  If you’re showing software, be sure the room has a Web connection.  If your laptop fails, you can simply access the application via the Internet.

Want more valuable tips on effective presentation creation and delivery? Review our archive of presentation tips and check back every week for new posts.

SlideRocket Tip – Presentation Theatrics: Adding Drama to Your Presentation

By Nat Robinson on June 17, 2010

While in some presentation scenarios, the subtle approach in the better one to take, many cases call for a very over-the-top delivery, one in which everything – from the speaker’s hand gestures to the tone of his voice – has a theatrical flair to it.

Add some drama and give the audience a presentation they'll never forget.

By taking up the excitement and energy up a notch or two, and sprinkling in a little drama, you can give your audience a presentation experience they’ll never forget.

How can you make your delivery more theatrical and dramatic?  Here are some great ways to breathe life into your presentation:

1. Tell a Story
Nothing adds drama to a presentation more than an action-packed, one-of-a kind tale that demonstrates your key points.  Trying to teach attendees about motivation and perseverance?  Talk about the time your brother finished a triathlon – in first place – while battling the swine flu.  Giving advice on effective interview techniques?  Share the story of when you were put in front of an executive “firing squad”, and how you managed to keep your cool – and get the job.  Interesting, thrilling stories will captivate your audience, and create a sense of excitement around your subject matter.

2. Bigger, Bolder, Louder
At the heart of every dramatic presentation is the strong use of emphasis. Drama is all about exaggeration.  So, everything from your voice inflections to your hand motions and facial expressions, and even the images you use on your slides, should be far “grander” than normal, particularly at times when you want to draw attention to the most important elements within your content.

3.  Act It Out
Speeches can get dry and boring.  The presenter talks, the audience listens.  Yawn.  Whenever possible, jazz it up by acting out the ideas you’re trying to convey.  For example, if you’re training new customer support reps on how to handle angry clients, act out a mock conversation between a caller and an agent.  You can even engage your audience further by asking them to participate in these “acts”.

4. Its All About the Showmanship
When you are delivering a dramatic presentation, keep in mind that you are the host, the ringmaster, the emcee.  It’s up to you to set the tone, and to make your presentation as entertaining as possible.  Put on your showman’s hat, and bring all the charm and charisma you can muster.

5.  Put Yourself in the Audience’s Shoes
Review your presentation from the perspective of your attendees.  Go through it section by section, and analyze it carefully – for both content and delivery.  If it isn’t attention-grabbing, compelling, or high-impact, find a way to make it so – or remove it.

Want more valuable tips on effective presentation creation and delivery? Review our archive of presentation tips and check back every week for new posts.

SlideRocket Tip – Why You Need to Put Your Presentations Online

By Nat Robinson on June 10, 2010

You’ve done your research.  You’ve fine-tuned your content.  You’ve created a killer slide deck.  And, you’ve practiced over and over again.  What could possibly go wrong?

Are your presentations online?

The answer is – a lot!  If your slides are stored on your desktop or laptop, you may be leaving yourself open to major problems.  Many experts believe that hosting your presentation on the Web can reduce risks and help ensure a more seamless and trouble-free delivery.

Why do you need to put your presentation on the Web?

1. Computer Crashes
It’s the night before the big presentation, and you’ve decided to do one last dry run.  Halfway through slide number four, you get it – the dreaded “blue screen of death”.  And, to make matters worse, you didn’t make a back up copy of your deck.  You’ve now got a big problem on your hands, and will have to stay up until all hours of the night to re-create your presentation.  But, if you had posted a final copy on the Web, you could simply rent or borrow any Web-enabled PC to gain access your slides.

2. Corrupt Files
Perhaps your security software is out of date, creating major gaps in how completely your desktop or laptop is protected.  What happens if you get a virus (one that corrupts your presentation file)?  You’d be left with no visual aids for the audience – an issue that could seriously impact the effectiveness of your presentation.  But, if your slide set had been stored on the Web, it would be safe, virus-free, and easy to retrieve, regardless of what happens to your PC.

3. Version Control
Like most presenters, as you edit and modify your slide set, you likely end up saving multiple version of it on your PC.  Yet, in the midst of you pre-presentation jitters, you may accidentally open the wrong file on the big day.  Even worse, you probably won’t even realize your mistake until well into your session.  Which means, you’ll have to stop and switch decks mid-way – throwing both you and your audience off track.   But, if the final slide deck is posted to the Web before delivery, version control issues become non-existent.

4. Hyperlinks
Many presenters include hyperlinks within their slides, so they can easily get to Web pages they wish to refer to as they are speaking.  Now, imagine you have an outdated laptop without much processing power.  As the browser is opening, your PC locks up, making for one very awkward moment.  However, if you had been delivering a slide deck that was already on the Web, the browser would already be opened and the Web site would load quickly.

5.  Absentees
What happens if someone important can’t make it to your scheduled session, due to traffic, weather, or some other unexpected event?  In certain scenarios (for example, if you’re a sales rep giving a product pitch, and the missing person is the decision-maker), absences can make it nearly impossible to achieve your goal.  If your slides are on your laptop, there will be no way to share them without using a third-party tool – something that can take time to set up, and may delay the start of your session.  But, if you’ve already got your presentation hosted on the Web, it can be easily accessed from remote locations.  So, all important stakeholders can experience your slides, even if an emergency has prevented them from doing so in person.

Want more valuable tips on effective presentation creation and delivery? Review our archive of presentation tips and check back every week for new posts.

Top 10 Reasons to Consider Moving Your Business to the Cloud

By Nat Robinson on May 12, 2010

More and more companies are investing in cloud-based solutions, also commonly referred to as software-as-a-service (SaaS) or hosted, Web-based, or on-demand software.  In fact, leading technology industry analyst firm IDC forecasts that worldwide spending on cloud software will top $42 billion by 2012, representing close to 27% compound annual growth over the next several years.

Why should YOU consider taking your business to the cloud?

1. No Capital Investment
Desktop software can cost a lot of money upfront.  You’re not just purchasing the software itself, you’ll often need new hardware to support the application.  And, that can get quite expensive.  As a result, total cost of ownership will be much greater, and it will take longer for you to realize a return on your investment.  Cloud solutions typically offer a much more affordable and budget-friendly “pay-per-use” pricing model.

2. Simplified Licensing
Vendor contracts for on-site solutions can be rather complex, and license allocation can be quite a challenge to track and manage.   Licenses are often used improperly – and in some cases, illegally – distributed, putting companies at risk for fines and penalties for non-compliance or software piracy.   Usage agreements for cloud-based software are far simpler, and therefore, much easier to adhere to.

3.  Rapid Roll-out
Desktop software is often associated with long, cumbersome installations.  Depending on the sophistication of the solution, it could take weeks, or even months, before your users can start reaping the benefits.  But, because cloud solutions are already up and running at the service provider’s site, customers can often begin utilizing the software almost immediately.

4.  Minimized IT Burden
Ongoing maintenance, troubleshooting, and support are provided by the vendor with Web-based, on-demand software.  Unlike on-premise systems, this frees IT staff from tedious day-to-day monitoring and administration, allowing them to spend time on other important IT projects.

5. More Enhancements
Traditional desktop software vendors only release new versions every one and a half to two years.  Which means, customers must wait that long for new features and capabilities.  However, because cloud solution vendors can more easily rollout new functionality, they tend to do so more often, which allows them to respond much more rapidly to customer feedback and user demands.

6.  Customization
Cloud solution providers understand that the “one size fits all” approach to software is ineffective – a message that some on-premise vendors have yet to receive.  Many experts believe that on-demand systems are much easier to modify to meet specific business requirements, or to satisfy unique end user needs.

7. Go Green
Eliminating the need to operate new hardware will cut down on energy consumption significantly.  This makes cloud-based software the more environmentally-friendly option.

8. Improved Information Sharing / Collaboration
Want to share data with customers, suppliers, and other business partners?  With cloud computing, it’s fast and easy.  All they need is an Internet connection, a user ID, and password to gain access to your application.  Granting them access to your desktop software, however, can be far more complicated, since they will need to connect to your internal corporate network.

9.  Advanced Security
Any software you install on-site will be subject to the same security techniques as your other network systems.  This doesn’t pose a problem if your company is diligent about the policies and tools it uses to protect data from breach – but how many organizations can actually make that claim?  Cloud solution vendors, on the other hand, understand the impact a breach can have on their business.  They can’t afford for customers to lose confidence in their service, and therefore leverage the latest and greatest security features to maintain the full integrity of information at all times.

10.  Disaster Protection
What kinds of mechanisms do you have in place in case disaster strikes?  Chances are, not many.  On-demand solution providers, however, are always well prepared.  Frequent backups, redundant servers set up at off-site data centers, and other techniques are employed to ensure full business continuity and recovery in the event of a hardware failure, natural disaster, or other catastrophe.

To learn more about moving your business communications to the cloud, visit our Web site at

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