May 17th, 2011
PowerPoint presentations are the old standard for marketing and sales meetings, and for good reason – PowerPoint is a decent slideshow tool accessible to the masses. If you’re ready to stand out from the masses, try these creative and innovative online business presentation tools.
Prezi is an online presentation tool that uses zooming animation technology that instantly engages the viewer in an creative way. Made famous by TED conferences and an investment by TED as a startup in 2009, Prezi is a truly unique (and super fun) presentation tool for visualizing complex concepts and mental engagement through storytelling.
Ideal for marketing pitch presentations and mind-blowing “A-Ha!” educational lectures, Prezi is also a fun tool for resumes, portfolios, and – of course – conference presentations. Users can embed YouTube video content and images, and use customizable templates to kickstart your creative side. When I used Prezi for the first time, I played around with the fun features for about 45 minutes – and then I was able to start designing my presentation.
A “Public” Prezi account is no-cost and allows for full functionality. Buy a yearly package for more storage space and capabilities.
SlideRocket is a feature-packed, intuitive and elegant online presentation tool that allows the user to create interactive slideshows with animation, embedded YouTube video content, surveys, and even Twitter feeds. You can access your slideshows online, on your iPad or iPhone, embed into your website, or use as a live presentation – and then track your viewers’ interaction using built-in analytics tools.
What else can SlideRocket do? Users can import existing content from PowerPoint presentations and Flickr photos. SlideRocket is Google App integrated so you can feed data from your Google Docs in real time.
Like Prezi, SlideRocket offers an attractive and functional suite of dynamic features for free, plus the ability to use their powerful analytics tools at the next paid account level up.
Tools for Content Storytelling
I’m not getting paid to plug these great online applications. But I would love to see every small business owner and marketing team exploring business marketing resources available in the cloud. Online presentation tools are not only efficient and innovative for client sales meetings, they can boost visibility and credibility as dynamic content for your website.
Charitable organizations looking for nonprofit discounts on software should also contact Prezi and SlideRocket for special pricing and take advantage of presentation tools to give you a competitive fundraising edge.