Posted on June 28th, 2012 by Simon K Williams
To Microsoft’s credit they have created a piece of software so prevalent that a ‘PowerPoint’ presentation has become a generic term. In reality many are turning to other, perhaps better solutions to deliver their so-called PowerPoint presentations.
Apple, unsurprisingly have their own solution ‘Keynote’ is perhaps unsurprisingly again, arguable a much superior solution, whilst ultimately delivering a similar solution, but through a cleaner more intuitive interface, with more professional transitions.
But there is a new kid on the block, or rather they are a few…
In an effort to stand-out agaist their competitors, many small and larger businesses are turning to iPad allocations to deliver more engaging presentations.
These include, StoryDesk, Prezi, and soon to be released KillerProposal
StoryDesk is about 16 months old, has seen a month-on-month growth of about 30% and now has over 1,000 clients, according to its founder, Jordan Stolper.
StoryDesk allows users to adjust presentations daily, and importantly allows the user to ‘jump’ to a different section easily, in much the same way that reader can jump to a different chapter in a book. This allows live face-to-face presentations to be more dynamic, with the operator able to ‘jump’ from one section to another at the tap of a button, or image.
Advanced options allow the created to track back-end information, such as sales or feedback data. Essential for any business that uses presentations as a key sales tool.
While the self-service version of the app, which allows for unlimited data storage, costs $39 a month per user with no upfront cost, the enterprise service has an upfront cost starting at $5,000–which covers the design of a customized, interactive iPad app–and a monthly cost of between $30 to $70 per user. The fee also includes a dedicated project manager and training sessions for sales teams on how to use the iPad.
Navigability is one reason why Williams at Ridge Diagnostics switched to the iPad for presentations. “If a doctor has a particular interest, they can go right to that particular area of the presentation in a very simple way without scrolling through,” she says. “The graphics are beautiful, it’s interactive and it allows sales people maneuverability.”
Prezi takes a different approach. Here presentations can be created closer to Motion-Graphics than simple slides with transitions. Highly engaging, visually dynamic, and at the moment highly unique for a presentation. Presentations can take significant time, but results can be impressive, and arguably worth it.
Soon to be released KillerProposal is a solution closer to that of StoryDesk, allowing presentations to be easily constructed, and adjusted as required. primarily these are created via the web, before the user/creator exports these to their prospects. Designed from the ground up to win contracts, and tenders, this solution can indeed be used for a number of other aspects.
As a business tool, it has the potential to standout from the crowd, as the recipient receives the presentation on their iPad. They can then share with other colleagues, managers, or interested party. Feedback and opinion can be gathered, and feedback sent through the App directly to the originator.
Feedback like this will allow the creator, over time to enhance their presentations, improving their chances of winning important tenders in the future.
KillerProposal is in the stages of development, and has been created by AppManSecrets.com who are well known for taking initial, sometimes vague concepts and turning them into great Apps, that are commercially successful.
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