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We feature another deck from INSCALE. This time we look at their Showcase slides. We also feature Philip Franta of Beamium again who finds that slideshows can be a great way to capture and validate leads. We then explore Arial, a font that everyone has used. We look at a little history.
In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users will learn about the Find and Replace Words feature. You can also explore Language Options on the Status Bar and recover unsaved presentations. PowerPoint 2010 users can learn about Research Tools and Translation. Finally, do not miss the press releases and templates of this week.
Are you stuck for a word? Do you know a similar word, and want to try your luck using a thesaurus? Did you know that PowerPoint already has a thesaurus that can help? There are several ways to access the Thesaurus in PowerPoint 2010.
In this conversation, we explore OfficeOne Daily Tools, a PowerPoint add-in that provides easy access to a bunch of useful PowerPoint tools.
Geetesh: Chirag, can you tell us about your Daily Tools add-in for PowerPoint. What motivated you to create this add-in that provides so many tools?
Chirag: OfficeOne Daily Tools, as the name suggests, is an add-in that aims to help you every day when you develop your story in a PowerPoint presentation. The idea for this kind of a product started with knowing how people use PowerPoint daily and where they spend most of their time. Daily Tools is designed to help save time in performing these frequent tasks.
We have another product called ProTools for PowerPoint that help with precise placement and dimensions of shapes to help create professional looking presentations. We looked at how people use that product and created new tools to quickly perform some of those tasks. The new tools allow you to operate on multiple shapes simultaneously, which is quite an addition to PowerPoint itself.
We also looked how people use QAT and what gets placed there for quick access to certain features in PowerPoint without having to switch between different tabs in the ribbon. All this data helped in creating Daily Tools that allows you to access professional tools from a single tab.
Geetesh: Daily Tools brings together many PowerPoint commands that are scattered or hidden; does it also add some extra options?
Chirag: OfficeOne Daily Tools integrates its tools so well within PowerPoint that these seamlessly operate with other functions in PowerPoint. This makes it hard to distinguish the new tools from built-in ones. This is one of the main advantages of the product and also speaks about the extensibility offered by PowerPoint. You don’t want to think that you are using something that is not provided natively in PowerPoint but is coming from an add-in.
In the present version, there are 30 new tools introduced by Daily Tools in various categories including Alignment, Organize, Size, Presentation, and Sharing.
Chirag runs Office One, a site that explores PowerPoint add-ins, VBA and more.
We explored how you can translate text from one language to another in PowerPoint 2010. To make better use of these translation features, you should be aware of the various options available to get just the results you want. In this tutorial, we will simplify these options for you.
We explored INSCALE’s Morph presentation a while ago. This time, the folks at INSCALE share their showcase presentation in which their designers combine composition, aesthetics and artistic vision.
Again, the folks at INSCALE have pushed PowerPoint’s abilities to another limit.
I asked INSCALE’s Dominic Späth: How do you approach presentations that can be saved and shared as Youtube videos? Also, is there a market for such showcase decks?
Here’s Dominic’s answer: As the inventor of the PowerPoint Movie, INSCALE started to create videos in PowerPoint using PowerPoint 2003 and screen capture software. Today, it is much easier to create and export videos from PowerPoint. The most common use cases are event presentations, which can be provided to all employees after the event through a wide array of channels such as YouTube, Vimeo, or internal company channels.
The benefit is that one can edit the file and incorporate beautiful animations at any time in a familiar platform, so you don’t need to use any fancy video editing software that may be expensive or confusing. Our clients can show off great design while staying flexible in case they want to change anything.
Dominic Späth is the owner and founder of LEBEMAN which markets the brand INSCALE.
Known as a leading presentation specialist with over 17 years of experience in consulting clients and leading a presentation design company, his focus is mainly on innovative presentation techniques and their most effective individual design. With skills stemming from an education in 3D design and printmaking, he is always looking for the newest technology to make presenting an interactive, memorable experience for every audience.
Thanks to INSCALE’s Johanna Kneifel, who was my liaison for this feature.
Do you quickly need to translate your slides from English to French or some words from English to Hindi? The best option available to you is to get a professional translator but did you know that PowerPoint includes rudimentary translation skills? This translation is not something that you could use without checking the results, but this is still a great start.
Imagine this situation: you started working on a presentation, saved it couple of times, then got so much involved in your work that you spent an inordinate amount of time working on it without saving it. Then, your computer unexpectedly crashes or just shuts off due to some unexpected crisis. Or maybe just PowerPoint crashes for some reason. Does it mean you are now left with your presentation in the status when you last saved it and lost all your work? Not really because you can restart PowerPoint, and one of two occurrences may happen.
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If you already spent many hours creating slides, it’s definitely worth to use them effectively. Slideshows are not only useful as a visual back-up for oral presentations – they can also be used to inform your prospects, to get new leads and to turn them into paying customers. In this blog post, we will have a closer look at the importance of slideshows in the process of capturing and validating leads.
Presentations can be used for educational purposes, at events, and on many other occasions. But most importantly, you should use them in your marketing campaigns. Nobody is interested in reading long website-texts anymore. None of your customers has the time to read white papers with hundreds of pages. Presentations summarize the most important conclusions in an appealing, visual way. They guide your prospective customers through a storyline in a determined order. Sharing slideshows with interested buyers also guarantees that the viewers get active – by clicking through the slides. Additionally, slide analytics and customer insights enable a much better reporting than traditional tools. Therefore, it makes sense to share them more often with prospective clients. How? Well, why don’t you use all your existing marketing channels? Online slideshows can easily be shared via email, on social media or even embedded in your website and blog.
After sharing the slideshow with your target audience, it’s time to go one step further. Beamium is a web-based presentation sharing platform which turns your slideshows into marketing tools. Simply upload your slides with one click and share them online or integrated into your website. A dedicated lead feature makes it possible to get the contact details of the presentation viewers at a specified point in the slideshow. The marketing presentation platform automatically validates the email address by sending the unlocked online presentation to the prospect. A perfect way to use your presentations as lead capturing tools. Check out this example presentation and see in detail how you can share your slides more effectively online:
Let’s now have a closer look at why leads captured with your slideshow outperform traditional lead forms or newsletter signups. First, the willingness of the viewers to share contacts in the middle of a presentation is extremely high. The viewers already know the topic, are interested and get something in exchange when sharing their contact details. Second, slideshows are the perfect way to market your business with a story. Third, slide analytics make it possible to analyze your marketing materials and to find out how much time your viewers really spent on every single page. The more information you get from your prospects, the better will your slideshow become. And the better your slideshow becomes, the better the quality of the leads you capture.
Analyzing your slides has many advantages and helps you to better understand the needs of your audience. Furthermore, you can use these slide analytics on an individual level to classify the leads. When you choose Beamium for capturing leads with your slideshows, you will automatically find out which slides the lead likes most, how much time the person spent in your presentation and which lead score the platform allocated to the contact. You probably have many slideshows saved on your computer, which are not used anymore. Give them a second chance and capture leads with your presentations!
Philip Franta was born in Austria where he studied International Management and Business Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. During his studies, Philip had some amazing experiences abroad in the USA, Finland, Italy, and Germany. He also worked at the fast-growing search engine for holiday rentals, HomeToGo. After finishing his studies, Philip co-founded Beamium and became CEO of the company.
In PowerPoint 2016 when you select any text container such as a text placeholder, shape, or text box, then you may (or may not) see which language is specified for the text container on the Status Bar. However it is quite possible that you may not be seeing any language specified on the Status Bar, and this can happen for one of two reasons.
The folks at Eyeful Presentations created a PowerPoint adaptation of The Beauty and the Beast. I reached out to Eyeful, and their Managing Director, Rob Bailey graciously responded. We also explore two articles from our archives on case studies for using Callouts effectively.
In the Tutorials section, PowerPoint 2016 users will learn a lot about Custom Dictionaries. We explore creating and editing, plus how you can disable, enable, and set the Default Custom Dictionary. We also look at sharing Custom Dictionaries. For PowerPoint 2013 users, we look at Embedding Fonts and Backstage View’s Program Options. Finally, do not miss the press releases and templates of this week.
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