MonthJune 2013

10 Winning Presentation Ideas

Presentation Ideas

Whether you’re a Haiku Deck master or you’re just checking it out, I hope you’re getting the picture that we have a point of view about presentations. Does the world need more lame clip art and bullet points? We say no. Does it need more inspiration, more simplicity and beauty? That’s why we’re here.

I have created probably hundreds of presentations over the course of my career, and I always worked hard (and I mean, really, really hard) to try to make them creative and nice-looking. But I have to say that Haiku Deck completely transformed the way I think about my slides, and I now wish I could go back and redo all those bad decks. Haiku Deck makes me feel more focused and creative, and there’s a spontaneity to the experience that truly makes it fun. I also love being able to work on my slides at a coffee shop, or curled up on a couch, instead of being chained to my desk.

Over the past few months, it has been fascinating to study both what the experts say and what our amazing creative community (that’s you!) creates. I made this Haiku Deck to articulate our core philosophy, and to share 10 tips–simple, concrete presentation ideas– that can help transform your experience and set your story free, whether you’re using Haiku Deck or not. (The Notes are important for this one, so I’m including a linked screenshot instead of embedding my deck. Just click to view the full deck.)

Presentation Ideas: 10 Tips to Transform your Presentations

Click to view the full Haiku Deck with Notes

If you try to make a typical Powerpoint-y type presentation with Haiku Deck, you might feel initially frustrated by the limitations. But if you can understand the why behind Haiku Deck, and open your mind to telling your story in a slightly different way, I think you’ll enjoy the process and open some exciting new creative possibilities.

More Presentation Ideas

Have a question, or some presentation ideas you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments, or drop us a line any time with our support team.

SEO Checklist for Haiku Deck

SEO Checklist

Once you’ve created your amazing Haiku Deck, use this handy SEO checklist to maximize the content value of your work and make your deck as discoverable as possible.

1. Optimize Your Title

Think of your title like a headline: Concise, compelling, and keyword-rich.

Tip: You can choose your deck’s title when you create a new deck, or edit it any time.

2. Create a Title Slide

To maximize flexibility and discoverability for your deck, be sure to create a cover slide that includes your deck’s title and sets context. Depending on the purpose of your deck, you might also want to include your name (or the speaker’s name, if you’re doing a recap), the event name and date, a hashtag, and so on. Here are a couple of examples.

SEO Checklist for Haiku Deck: Sample title slide

Sample title slide for a talk recap

SEO Checklist for Haiku Deck: Sample title slide

Sample title slide for a “list” content piece

3. Incorporate Keywords into Slide Text

Think of each slide as a unique content asset, using keywords strategically to extend your content value. Remember that you can link to or pin individual slides. (See some examples on our Quotes and Education Quotes Pinterest boards.)

SEO Checklist for Haiku Deck: Creating keyword-rich slides

Sample slide reinforcing high-value keywords

4. Include a Closing Slide

Even though each Haiku Deck you publish includes your contact info, it’s a good idea to include a wrap-up slide to direct readers to more information or highlight ways to connect with you, like this one:

SEO Checklist for Haiku Deck

Sample “Learn more” slide

5. Add Public Notes

Haiku Deck’s Public Notes feature is the ideal way to add richness, content value, and more keywords to your work without cluttering up your slides. You can include supporting detail, additional information, and even links. Everything you need to know: Turn Presentations into Content Assets with Public Notes.

Tip: Be sure to include links to drive traffic back to your blog or website. To add a link, use the full http:// format.

SEO Checklist for Haiku Deck: Adding Public Notes

Sample Haiku Deck slide with accompanying public notes

6. Set Privacy to Public and Publish to the Web

If you’ve been keeping your deck private or restricted while you work on it, don’t forget to change the privacy setting to public when you publish your deck to make it fully searchable. More here: Adjusting Your Deck’s Privacy Settings and Publishing and Sharing.

SEO Checklist: Set Privacy to Public

Setting privacy on Haiku Deck for iPad

Publish settings on the Haiku Deck Web App

Publish settings on the Haiku Deck Web App

7. Add a Deck Description

For the cherry on top, add a description to your deck from the website. This is effectively your meta description, and it’s the default text that will appear when your deck is shared to social sites like Facebook or LinkedIn.

Sample deck description

Sample deck description.

To edit your deck description from the Web App:

Click the SHARE button or EXPORT for your deck in the top right corner from Edit Mode. In the window that pops up, you can enter a description and choose a category for your deck.

To view the deck we’ve been showcasing here in its full form, check out Haiku Deck Guru Lois Zachary’s 8 Tips for Effective Communication.

8. Embed Your Deck in Your Website or Blog

Once you’ve created the ultimate Haiku Deck, don’t forget to amp up its SEO value by embedding it in your blog or website. It’s easy! For an example, take a look at how Haiku Deck Guru Nick Armstrong embedded his WTF Marketing Manifesto in his blog.

More Tips?

If you have more tips for extending the content value of your Haiku Decks, we’d love to hear them! Please let us know in the comments.

How to Enrich Conferences and Events with Haiku Deck

Enlivening Events

If you’re speaking at conferences or events, we certainly hope you’re using Haiku Deck (and your audience will thank you, too)! But there are plenty of ways to use Haiku Deck to circulate ideas, capture inspiration, and build relationships–even if you’re in the audience, or attending virtually.

Before the Event

If you’re organizing an event, creating a Haiku Deck is a great way to build awareness and excitement ahead of time. You can easily post these decks to your blog or website and circulate them (regularly) across all of your social media channels. Here’s a Haiku Deck created to build buzz for the LAUNCH festival organized by Jason Calicanis:

Tips and best practices:

  • Prominently feature the name, location, and date of your event.
  • Include short testimonials from previous event attendees.
  • Include quotes from featured speakers (these can also be drawn from the session descriptions on your website).
  • Use a compelling mix of literal, evocative, and abstract images.
  • Highlight specific program highlights and sessions.
  • Mention and thank sponsors.
  • Include a final slide with the event website, hashtag, and other key contact info.
  • Use the public notes feature to add links or other supporting details.
  • Be sure to notify anyone you’re quoted or mentioned in your deck and encourage them to share with their own networks (Twitter works especially well for this).
  • Even if you’re not organizing the event, you can create a Haiku Deck to reflect on your goals and thoughts beforehand, like this one by Rafranz Davis.

More “before the event” Haiku Decks:

During the Event

You can also use Haiku Deck as a fun and unique idea-sharing tool, to capture quotable gems and circulate them with your networks.

You can create a Haiku Deck recap of a particular talk, like this one by Haiku Deck Guru Wendy Townley at the ALT Summit:

Another approach is to create a “highlights” Haiku Deck, with sound bites from a wide range of speakers. Here’s an example I made while sitting in the audience at the XConomy Mobile Madness Northwest Forum:

Here’s an excellent example by the Bruce Clay team, combining Haiku Deck slides with “live blog” links to offer in-depth coverage of SMX West 2014.

Capturing events with Haiku Deck: Example from SMX West 2014

Click to view the full Haiku Deck with notes and links

Tips and best practices:

  • Consider creating the first few slides of your deck to set context in advance, so you can give the speaker(s) your full attention.
  • You can either take notes and create your Haiku Deck later, or create your Haiku Deck “live,” giving it a final polish later before you publish.
  • Select a theme that suits the speaker’s style or talk topic.
  • Use a mix of literal and evocative images, or some abstract imagery that complements the topic.
  • If there’s an event hashtag, keep an eye out for photos attendees have taken that you can incorporate into your deck, or sound bites you might have missed. (Bonus: Tweets are usually short enough to fit on a Haik Deck slide.)
  • You can even make a Haiku Deck of sound bites if you’re following along virtually, via Twitter and an event hashtag–I created this one, of the closing keynote at IntegratED PDX, on the train since I couldn’t be in the room during the talk.

More “during the event” Haiku Decks:

After the Event

Creating a Haiku Deck is also a powerful way to reflect on a conference and share your observations, key trends, or things that inspired you. As you review your notes, you can build a deck that captures your experience, like this one by Haiku Deck Guru Simon McKenzie:

How to Enrich Conferences and Events with Haiku Deck

Click to view the full Haiku Deck with notes

Tips and best practices:

More “After the Event” Haiku Decks:

The Main Event

Of course, if you are up on stage, and you did use Haiku Deck for your slides (Hai-5!), don’t forget to share them with the event attendees using the social share and embed buttons–and with us! Send a link to your deck to, and we’ll consider them for our Featured or Popular Gallery or our Pinterest boards.


5 Ways To Save Time on Presentation Prep

Save Time for Fun

The great Walt Mossberg once commented that Haiku Deck saves people so much time it will raise the GDP. And we hear frequently from our community that they can’t believe how quickly they can create something that looks amazing.

Here are five ways Haiku Deck helps you save time.

1. Fast photo finding

New Haiku Deck Guru Bill Seaver created his very first Haiku Deck, “Presenting (In a Nutshell),” in about 10 minutes (!) using the app’s built-in Creative Commons image search. This feature will save time by finding you free, high-quality, perfectly sized images and pulling in the proper attribution automagically. (Check out Bill’s original post, Haiku Deck: Beautiful, Easy iPad-Built Presentations).

Presenting (in a nutshell) – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

2. Fuss-free formatting

We’ve heard from a bunch of people who made their first Haiku Deck under time pressure as a result of a dead laptop, a disastrous PowerPoint crash, or a ticking deadline clock. A consistent theme is that the app’s one-step formatting and automatic font sizing make decks look polished without a lot of fiddling. When Meghan Rihanek turned to Haiku Deck in a pinch at Startup Weekend, “Everything just flowed.” Read how she created a standout pitch in short order.

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Announcing Premium Images from Getty Images

Haiku Deck + Getty Images

We believe strongly in the power of images to tell stories and communicate meaning. Our powerful image search puts millions of beautiful, high-quality, Creative Commons-licensed (free) photos at your fingertips, and those will always be available to you in both our iPad and Web Apps.

In our quest to make Haiku Deck even more useful and powerful as a storytelling tool, we have partnered with Getty Images–one of the world’s premier image collections–to make premium images available in Haiku Deck for iPad. This allows us to offer an even wider range of incredibly high-quality images.

Because Getty’s collection is vast and professionally curated, we think you will be delighted (as we have been) by the improved quality, variety, and accuracy of the image search results with premium images in the mix. Here’s a deck that showcases some of the new premium images:

The Haiku Deck Way – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

We are making these premium photos available to you for easy purchase within the iPad app, without the hassle of creating a separate account, wondering about file sizes, or trying to decipher licensing agreements. Like everything we do, we’ve made it very simple: buy a premium image with a couple of taps, right from the app, and you’ll be able to use it any Haiku Deck you create.

Our Haiku How-To: Premium Images video on Vimeo.

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Haiku Deck, Getty Images Partner to Bring More Beauty to Presentations

Press Release

Updated iPad Presentation App Introduces Premium Imagery, Powerful Storytelling Features

Seattle, WA — June 4, 2013 — Haiku Deck, in its continued quest to transform presentation creation and sharing, announced today an expanded library of stunning, high-quality imagery through a new partnership with Getty Images, through its Thinkstock offering. Getty Images, the leading provider of digital media worldwide, will make more than a million premium images seamlessly available for purchase within the free Haiku Deck iPad app.

Haiku Deck + Getty Images Bring More Beauty to Presentations

Haiku Deck, proclaimed the “Instagram for pitch decks” by Mashable, launched in August 2012 and has topped charts in productivity in 50+ markets around the world. The app’s focus on empowering people to easily create beautiful, image-rich presentations has inspired a passionate global community of creative communicators from a wide range of disciplines. A central feature of Haiku Deck is its powerful, integrated Creative Commons image search, and today’s update–which brings professionally curated premium imagery into the mix–opens up exciting new possibilities for visual storytelling.

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Introducing Haiku Deck 2.1

Haiku Deck 2.1

We’ve been hard at work making Haiku Deck an even more powerful tool for communication and storytelling. Here’s a quick tour of what’s new in Haiku Deck 2.1:

In-App Public Notes

Our Haiku How-To: Notes Overview video on Vimeo.

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Import Images to Haiku Deck like a Pro

How To Import Images

We’re pretty darn proud of our killer built-in image search (which the great Lawrence Lessig, founder of Creative Commons, called “insanely cool”), but of course there are times when it makes sense to use your own images or screenshots in a Haiku Deck. Here’s how to import images like a pro.

In EDIT mode, use the + to add a new slide. Go to the blue IMAGE icon on the left, then use the IMPORT button (iPad app) or click the ⬆UPLOAD IMAGE button (Web App beta).

iPad App example: the blue Image button on the left, and the Import button

iPad App example: the blue Image button on the left, and the Import button

Uploading an image from the Haiku Deck Web App

Uploading an image from the Haiku Deck Web App

A popup will appear displaying all of the options to import images.

iPad app example: the Import popup displays all your options for importing

iPad app example: the Import popup displays all your options for importing

Take a picture (iPad app only)

Tap Take a picture to take a picture with your iPad’s built-in camera.

Inspiration: This method is ideal for a Haiku Deck advertising a real estate listing, like Paul Kaplan Group’s stunning Midcentury Modern Bungalow, or for “how-to” Haiku Decks like Jeremy Conn’s Cell Membrane Bubble Lab or Destination Cuisine’s How to Eat a Pomegranate. Kesey Pollock also used this technique to create their extraordinary Women In Art Photo Project, which helped drive support for their successful Kickstarter campaign.

My photos (iPad app only)

Tap My photos to select a picture from your iPad’s Camera Roll, your Photo Stream, or a custom Album or Photo Stream you have created.

Inspiration: If you’re making an “About Me” Haiku Deck, like this one by Haiku Deck Guru Megan Hunt, you’ll definitely want to include some of your own imagery for a personal touch. Importing your own images is also very useful for a Haiku Deck portfolio like Cat Barrett’s Cat’s Print Shop, a Haiku Deck using custom imagery like Andrea Sutten’s Buying a Home, or even a Haiku Deck showcasing drawings by imaginative 1st and 2nd graders, like Anacondas (one of many amazing Haiku Decks produced by Pat Johnson’s students).

Importing Multiple Photos (iPad app only)

With the latest update to Haiku Deck, you can select multiple images from your iPad’s Photo Stream or Camera Roll, and turn them into beautiful Haiku Deck slides in a snap.

iPad app example: tapping multiple photos will outline them in white to be imported as separate slides.

iPad app example: tapping multiple photos will outline them in white to be imported as separate slides.

Tap all the images you’d like to include in your Haiku Deck — a white box will appear around the images you’ve selected. Tap Add Images, and voilà! Your slides will be created automatically, and you can visit each one to adjust sizing and placement and add text.

Uploading a Logo to a Logo Slide Type

Once you’ve selected the Logo Slide type, tap on the camera icon in the white circle on the slide to upload your image or logo.

haiku deck logo slide

Tap on the camera icon in the white circle on the slide to upload your image or logo

Tip: For the best results, the optimal size for logo images in Haiku Deck is 600 x 600 pixels. If you find that the automatic zoom is cropping your image, we recommend resizing your image with free apps such as Canva to place your logo on a larger canvas, or PicMonkey’s collage feature to increase the amount of white space around your logo.

My Computer (Web App beta only)

Selected by default, My Computer will allow you to drag-and-drop photos right into the middle of the image import popup, or click the Choose File button in the bottom right to browse through all the photos you have on your computer. Tip: if you’re on a Mac, clicking Choose File and selecting Photos on the bottom left of the next window that pops up will allow you to browse your iPhoto or Aperture libraries.

Online (Cloud) Photo services

You can also upload pictures from FacebookInstagramDropboxFlickrPicasaGoogle Drive, or Box to quickly access photos you’ve saved to any of these services. You’ll need to sign in to each account to connect it to Haiku Deck, but then you’ll have easy access to your favorite images.

Inspiration: Our CEO Adam worked some Facebook photos into his Mother’s Day Haiku Deck message, Things I Learned from Mom. Also don’t miss GlobalFootprints: A Travel Photography Project, a gorgeous Haiku Deck made completely from Tercia Goh’s Instagram photos.

Editing Imported Images

Once you select an image, it will be automatically placed as your slide background.

Import Images to Haiku Deck

Your imported image will be placed automatically

If you’d like to resize or reposition your image on the iPad, simply tap the blue IMAGE icon again, then use your fingers to make any adjustments in the PREVIEW pane.

Import images to Haiku Deck: Resizing and cropping

BEFORE: Tap the blue IMAGE icon, then use fingers to resize and reposition

Tap DONE to save your work.

Import images to Haiku Deck: resizing and repositioning

AFTER: Tap DONE to save your work

On the web, just use the controls in the bottom right corner of your slide once a background has been selected:

Web Image Controls

Creating Custom Albums on the iPad

If you have a large number of images on your Camera Roll, you’ll save time by creating an Album for the images you want to use in your Haiku Deck first. From your iPad’s main screen, tap Photos, then Albums, then, the + button in the top left.

Import images to Haiku Deck from a custom album
Tap Albums, then the + button to create a new album

Type a name for your new Album, then select  the images you’d like to include.

Import images to Haiku Deck with a custom album
Tap the images you’d like to include in your album, then tap Done

In Haiku Deck, when you tap Import, then Albums, your images will be easy to find.

Import images to Haiku Deck from a custom album
Creating a custom album makes your images easy to find

Advanced Tips

1. If you’re sharing images across devices, sharing them to your Photo Stream is a great way to save time. You can even create a customized Photo Stream using the same method described immediately above.

2. To take a screen capture from your iPad, press the round Home button and the power switch on the top simultaneously. The image will automatically appear in your Camera Roll.

3. If you’re creating custom images using another tool, the optimal image size is 1124 x 768. Be sure to leave 50 pixels of space on each edge to allow for the cool scrolling “parallax” effect on iPad playback.

4. If you’re trying to resize an image with your fingers on the iPad and it’s snapping back, try using your other hand to tap DONE when you have the image how you want it.

5. Some of the best Haiku Decks seamlessly incorporate both personal photos and images from our powerful image search. Even if you’re showcasing an event you attended or a trip you took, you can often supplement your own imagery with photos capturing unique perspectives, beautiful lighting, or scenes you didn’t get a chance to photograph yourself. Read more about how Haiku Deck’s image search helps you tell the story (and see a fun Haiku Deck about a family trip to Ironman Canada) here.

More Helpful Resources

Turn Presentations into Content Assets with Public Notes

Enrich Your Content

Our power users have discovered that Notes are an awesome way to add richness and supporting detail to Haiku Decks that are published to the web, turning their presentations into shareable, evergreen content assets. Here are a few great reasons to add Public Notes to your Haiku Decks:

If you’re using the latest version of Haiku Deck for iPad or the Web App, you can add Public Notes as you create your slides.

How To Add or Edit Public Notes from the Web

You may find it easiest to type your Public Notes at your computer using the new Haiku Deck Web App. Just sign in and head to GALLERY/MY DECKS (or email yourself a link). Click NEW DECK, or hover over a previously published deck, then  EDIT DECK. (Tip: If your deck was created using an older version of the iPad app, you’ll need to republish your deck to allow web editing.)

To add Notes to any slide, simply click the yellow Notes icon and type your text.

Tip: To include a hyperlink, be sure to use the full http:// format. If you’re including a long URL, consider using a link shortener such as bitly to keep things tidy.

Content Assets: Adding public notes to a Haiku Deck

Adding a public note in the Haiku Deck Web App

 How To Add or Edit Public Notes from the iPad App

Here’s a quick demonstration video:

Our Haiku How-To: Notes Overview video on Vimeo.

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Present like a Rock Star with Private Notes

Rock Star Tips

Whether you’re a Haiku Deck rock star or you’re new to the club, you’ve probably figured out that Haiku Deck is not the tool for creating slides crammed with text and bullet points that you can stand up and READ to your audience, right?

Which is good, because nobody wants to listen to that anyway. (Seriously. Nobody.)

When you create a Haiku Deck, you’ll notice that we limit the amount of text you can put on each slide. We designed our app specifically to help you focus your message on what’s most important, to put images front and center, and to produce slides that are beautiful and easy to read. Most presentation experts agree that when it comes to text, less is more.

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