Irwin Hipsman is the director of customer community at Brainshark, Inc. Brainshark’s cloud-based software lets users create online and mobile video presentations -– using simple business tools like PowerPoint and the telephone –- and then share and track their content. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing costs.
In this conversation, Irwin discusses Brainshark’s annual Sharkie Awards, which are now open for submissions.
Geetesh: What exactly is the annual Sharkie Awards, and who can participate?
Irwin: Brainshark is hosting the fourth annual Sharkie Awards to recognize and celebrate excellent presentations. Users of Brainshark’s enterprise products, along with users of our free myBrainshark.com site, are eligible to submit their work. There’s no cost to enter, and the deadline for submissions is February 3. On March 21, we’ll be holding an online awards ceremony to announce and honor the winners.
We’ll be recognizing the best presentations across a wide range of categories -– from training and marketing presentations to those best suited for mobile delivery to users’ first-ever presentations and more. We’ve added three new categories this year too: “Best Agency-Created Presentation,” “Best Short Presentation” (for those less than one minute) and “Best Presentation for a Charitable Cause.”
As your readers may know, Brainshark provides an easy way to add voice to PowerPoints and other business documents to create trackable, online video presentations. So in addition to celebrating our winners’ achievements, the Sharkie Awards also provide a great resource for our users at large. The program showcases standout presentations and best practices, so others can pick up helpful tips and tricks via real-world examples. You can view our previous winners at www.brainshark.com/gallery.
Geetesh: How will you decide who the winner will be? Are you doing voting, or will there be judges?
Irwin: Brainshark employees will be judging presentations to select category winners. As they evaluate the presentations, they’ll be looking at the introduction, quality of the script and audio delivery, visuals, use of animations and incorporation of Brainshark features, among other criteria.
Category winners will receive a Sharkie trophy and will be eligible for the “Presentation of the Year” award. This award is selected by our customers, who vote for their three favorite presentations from the category winners. The top vote-getter for “Presentation of the Year” will receive a grand prize (such as a trip, team outing, or iPads) valued at $2,000. The second and third place finishers will also receive prizes valued at $1,000 and $500 respectively.
We’re very excited to host this awards program to celebrate and showcase examples of presentation success. For more information, please see our rules page here, or click to view the brief Brainshark presentation below: