11 Highly Useful Presentation Tools for Sales and Marketing

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UPDATE: For an updated list of presentation tools, please visit “62 Highly Useful Presentation Tools for Sales and Marketing.”

Computer slide presentations are one of the ways we sell in person. We create the slides, show them to a prospect and then leave them on our machines for the next time we need them.

Why let them go to waste? By hosting them online, we can repurpose them as marketing and soft sales pieces.

Aside from repurposing existing presentations by loading them online, what if you want to create new presentations from scratch that do more — that contain a mix of slides, browser screen shots, product images, and even short video clips?  Today you can easily do that and often for free.  Jing and some of the tools below make it possible to create a more dynamic presentation, complete with audio, animation, and video that you can position on the Web for customers to review at their convenience.

So here are 11 presentation tools for creating outstanding presentations or just repurposing already-existing presentations, for your sales and marketing.  NOTE:  There is a follow-on post with 33 Highly Useful Presentation Tools linked at the end of this post.

1. Slideshare is a well known presentation hosting site. It has great web applications to let you distribute  your presentations to LinkedIn, Facebook, and many other social networks. It is becoming its own social network, in essence. They do not let you build a presentation as many of these others do; you only can host it there. It is simply a presentation portal where your ideas and thoughts can garner traffic and links.

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2. Google Presentations – It sometimes feels to me that Google does everything that I need online. It isn’t true, of course, but Google Docs does offer Google Presentations. You can create a presentation from scratch or upload a Powerpoint file to Google and then share it with others. A basic tour is found here.

3. Zoho Show does a lot more than presentation hosting.  Zoho’s tool in this category is excellent and collaborative. If you need to have a chat going while you’re presenting, this is one to look at.

4. Prezi is one of the hottest startups in the presentation world. Takes a new look at presentations, gives you a large canvas to place images, videos, text and then lets you zoom in and out on various parts of your “presentation.” You have to host your presentation at Prezi, but you can embed it into your site or blog once you’ve done that. Their technology appears to be too robust to package up in any current file format. I liked this phrase from their site: “Prezi is zooming sketches on a digital napkin.”

5. authorStream allows you to convert your Powerpoint into video, which then lets you tap into all of the other video type hosting services like Vimeo, YouTube, Viddler, and others. This YouTube Marketing post by Travis Campbell inspired me to investigate the different options you are reading now.  I wondered if I could put my presentations on high traffic video sites without having to do a video.

6. Jing is a screen capture program that lets you capture whatever you have on your desktop (slides, webpage, image) and add audio as you click through. You can then save it to their slide presentation hosting site, Screencast or download it for email, chat or the web.

In the past I have frequently used GoToMeeting.com.  The only problem?  I was unable to save some of the audio from my presentations.  So I used Jing to re-create my presentation, added browser screens in a tour-like fashion, and audio. I was then able to email it to the people who could not join the presentation. The feedback was always terrific.

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7. KinetiCast is a presentation hosting service that’s great for the analytical types who just have to know what happens when a prospect views the presentation. You upload your presentation, then send your prospect a download link which KinetiCast then tracks if the prospect actually visits and what they look at as well as how long they spend. They also let you download your presentation as a video.

8. Empressr has been widely written about and it is one of the market leaders. You can create your presentation, add video, audio, photos, then host it there for free and share it with others. They call it the world’s first free online storytelling tool.

9. 280Slides is a browser-based tool that requires no download. If you do not have presentation software, this is one of the most intuitive tools I’ve seen for free. You simply work right from your browser to create slides, insert video, photos, and audio and save in different formats. It also lets you publish it direct to Slideshare, which I found pretty neat.

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10. Myplick lets you upload your presentation and then add audio to it. It is a slide hosting service, smaller and less well known than Slideshare, but because it helps you place audio into the presentation, I include it here. They give you various options for including your audio into a presentation allowing you to upload a video with the sound you want.

11. vcasmo allows you to put video and presentations together, which is pretty interesting. Your video goes on the left side and slides on the right. As you talk through your presentation, you are demonstrating your service or product by video. It looks and feels like an in-person presentation with their format.

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These tools can help you create presentations from scratch or enliven existing presentations with audio and screenshots. If you’ve ever given a presentation via PowerPoint or some other software tool, you can give that work a new life and post your presentations online.  Or just create a new whiz-bang presentation with all the bells and whistles.

Give some of these a try and let us know which ones work for you. Tell us about others you may like.

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Small Biz Lending Up 11 percentage Over last 12 months, PayNet Says

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U.S.-based small companies skilled an increase in borrowing in September as compared to a downwardlymodified analyzing of a hundred thirty five.6 in August, and rose by using 11 percentage overremaining 12 months, Reuters pronounced.
The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small enterprise Lending Index rose to one hundred forty.4 in September from the previous month’s 135.6 rating.
Small corporations doing the borrowing are in numerous enterprise sectors, consisting of transportation, warehousing, construction, accommodation, food, healthcare and actual property.
plainly greater small agencies are looking forward to a upward push in family spending over the next few months.
“It’s consumer, consumer, consumer,” bill Phelan, President of PayNet, informed Reuters. “This above-average increase fashion method that small commercial enterprise is going to supply fabric amountsof growth to GDP in the fourth region.”
The index reached a document excessive this past June.
according to posted reviews, the Federal Reserve said whether or not it raises fees in December can bebased on actual and projected development toward its dreams of 2 percentage inflation and fullemployment.
Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small commercial enterprise Lending Index (SBLI) is a notably-correlated mainindicator of the GDP. PayNet tracks new borrowing pastime regarding tens of millions of U.S.organizations through its special database to calculate its predictive index.
PayNet’s proprietary database is defined as the richest and biggest series of small enterprise loans,rentals, and lines of credit in lifestyles. It collects actual-time information from greater than three hundred leading U.S. creditors and replace the information on a weekly foundation.

Yahoo Sets April 11 Deadline for Preliminary Bids: Report

Yahoo Sets April 11 Deadline for Preliminary Bids: Report

Yahoo Inc has set an April 11 deadline to submit preliminary bids for its web business and Asian assets, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing sources.

Yahoo asked bidders details regarding financing, conditions or approvals that would have to be met on their end, and what key assumptions they would be making by deciding to move forward with a deal, the Journal said, citing a letter sent to possible bidders.

A deadline for preliminary bids in April could mean that Yahoo could close a deal by June or July, theJournal said.

Yahoo could not be immediately reached for a comment outside regular business hours.

The faded Internet pioneer launched an auction of its core business in February after it shelved plansto spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Activist hedge fund Starboard Value LP, which owns about 1.7 percent of Yahoo, launched a proxy fight last week in an attempt to overthrow the entire board of Yahoo.

Telecommunications company Verizon Communications and publisher Time are among companies expected to bid for Yahoo’s core business, while some private equity firms are expected to team up to make offers.

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SFIO to probe 11 cos for suspicious forex transactions: Arun Jaitley

A pedestrian walks past a Bank of Baroda advertisement in Mumbai

A Bank of Baroda advertisement in Mumbai
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The Corporate Affairs Ministry has ordered the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) to probe 11 companiesallegedly involved in suspicious foreign exchange transactions relating to the Bank of Baroda (BoB) case.
“Based on preliminary scrutiny relating to suspicious foreign exchange using a public sector bank, the ministry has ordered (on October 15, 2015 and November 9, 2015) investigating under…Companies Act, 2013 into affairs of 11 companies which are allegedly involved in suspicious foreign exchange transactions,” Corporate Affairs MinisterArun Jaitley said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
The minister did not name the bank in the written reply.

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The government had however mentioned earlier that the BoB case pertains to alleged irregularities in outward foreign remittances.
While replying to a written question, the minister said that no such complaint has been received against private sector banks for unfair trade practices.
The SFIO, which comes under the ministry, has completed investigation in 39 cases in the current financial year.
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