By Special K – ETMG Writer/Editor
Since being acquired by cloud technology leader VMware* last year, SlideRocket has become a leader of its own in the online presentation space. A big reason is that SlideRocket enables you to quickly create dynamic presentations that improve sales and marketing communications while leveraging the vast resources made available by Web 2.0.
SlideRocket uses Amazon’s S3 Internet Storage to secure and store presentations and related digital assets. Because the platform leverages web-based cloud storage, teams can easily collaborate, manage, and gather intelligent analytics on their presentations from anywhere at anytime. Mobile users can access SlideRocket, too – especially important considering roughly one in every ten presentations is currently viewed on a mobile phone.
With SlideRocket, you can create a presentation from scratch or import a presentation from applications like Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote. SlideRocket includes excellent presentation creation and collaboration tools, such as:
– Simple tools for adding high-quality images, video, and sound to your presentation
– An impressive library of images and videos including access to Flickr and YouTube
– The ability to directly purchase stock photography via the Marketplace tab
– Real-time social engagement tools such as polls and Twitter feeds, which can be inserted into a presentation
– The ability to collaborate and gather feedback on presentations using shared folders and customized permissions
– Custom URLs to provide customers with easy access to your content
What is the difference between SlideRocket and PowerPoint?
What kinds of marketing tools does SlideRocket offer?
SlideRocket’s more advanced features include analytics that allow you to analyze the effectiveness of each slide in order to refine and improve results. SlideRocket not only tracks views, clicks, tweets and Facebook “likes,” but it also tracks the amount of time a user spends on each slide and collects user comments. You can also create an instant meeting to walk viewers through live presentations. And just recently, SlideRocket released the “Promote My Presentation” feature, which greatly improves your ability to have your presentation listed in search results from Google and Bing.
What kinds of files can I import into SlideRocket?
Currently, the media file types supported in SlideRocket include .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .swf, .flv, .mpg, .mov, .ppt, and .pps.
Which browsers and devices are compatible with SlideRocket?
SlideRocket supports HTML5 playback for iOS devices, and it will run in any browser on any platform that supports Adobe’s Flash Player 10 plugin. It also comes with an offline player so that you can synchronize your online presentations and make a presentation while offline.
What’s the cost?
SlideRocket Lite provides basic tools to casual users for free. The “Pro” rate of $24 per month provides online, mobile, and offline access along with access to analytics. Enterprise pricing with more advanced tools is also available. For more information on pricing, go to http://www.sliderocket.com/signup/
Can I test drive SlideRocket?
VMware offers a free 14-day trial here http://www.sliderocket.com/signup/. I tried it out, and really liked the design, ease-of-use, and functionality.
* Full disclosure: VMware is an ETMG client.