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SlideShark Broadcasting: Conversation with Andy Zimmerman

Andy Zimmerman is chief marketing officer for Brainshark, Inc., a leading provider of sales enablement solutions. Thousands of companies use Brainshark to improve the reach and results of their business communications, while dramatically reducing costs.

In this conversation, Andy discusses “SlideShark Broadcasting” – a new capability the company is launching today in its SlideShark app.

Geetesh: SlideShark Broadcasting is a big feature – can you tell us more?

Andy: Thanks, Geetesh. It really is a big feature and an exciting addition to the app. SlideShark has had fantastic traction to date – with more than 1.4 million downloads – and Broadcasting significantly expands the app’s scope and utility.

As you know, today, individuals and businesses use SlideShark to show PowerPoints properly from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and manage, distribute and track their content in the cloud. Now, with SlideShark Broadcasting, mobile presenters can “broadcast” their presentations live over the Web, and invite others to view them.

Meeting attendees – whether they’re across the table or across the globe – simply click a link to view the presentation in real time, from any computer, tablet or smartphone. They’ll see the presentation in their Web browser – no downloads required – as the slides and animations are advanced, and even see annotations as made by the presenter. So for anyone who can’t attend a meeting in person, it’s very easy to get looped in. And it’s also a great way to focus the attention of the people in the room who can follow along on their own device!

This new feature is a boon to presenters too. They can broadcast their presentations securely, and maintain control over what content is delivered, when it’s delivered and the overall cadence of the meeting. Presenters receive visual alerts when someone enters or exits a broadcast, and at the meeting’s conclusion, receive reports via email that detail audience attendance and viewing activity. They also receive data on the broadcast meeting itself – including how long it lasted, which presentation(s) and slides were shown, how much time was spent on each slide and more. This is a great help for any follow-up activity.

If your readers would like more info and/or a visual explanation, here’s a quick (two-minute) demo of how SlideShark Broadcasting works:

Geetesh: This broadcast feature is limited to SlideShark PRO and Team Edition account holders – although free and PLUS users can try it out at no cost until May 31, 2013. What happens after that date? Also, can you tell us more about your new SlideShark PRO offering?

Andy: You’re right. So, with Broadcasting being a feature that is attractive to businesses, we’ve incorporated it into SlideShark Team Edition. Team Edition users can broadcast to up to 25 attendees per meeting. We’ve also introduced SlideShark PRO – a new plan that includes the broadcasting and reporting capabilities and provides an additional 1GB of storage to users. SlideShark PRO account holders are able to invite up to 10 attendees to join each broadcast meeting.

Users with free and SlideShark PLUS accounts, as you mentioned, will be able to try out the capabilities at no charge and can include up to three attendees per broadcast, through May 31, 2013. If free and PLUS users would like to continue using the Broadcast feature, they would simply need to upgrade to SlideShark PRO. You can see a comparison of all the SlideShark plans here.

Thanks very much for this opportunity, Geetesh. It was a pleasure to speak with you as always and share our SlideShark news with your readers.

Categories: brainshark, interviews, online_presentations, powerpoint

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