As the year draws to a close, we want to acknowledge and showcase the many amazing, inspiring decks that have been created by our community in 2013. We’ve selected ten categories, and each day beginning December 16th, we’ll reveal the five finalists in two of those categories.

Best Business Case Study

The second category showcases outstanding business case study examples — from entrepreneurial pitches to digital portfolios and inspiring content marketing.

1. Cat’s Print Shop, by Cat Barrett

Artist Cat Barrett illustrates her offerings, from wedding silhouette prints to pet silhouette cufflinks, in a lovely Haiku Deck catalog. Her artfully composed photographs, paired with the striking Tabletop theme, work together to showcase her artwork and packaging.

Click to view Cat’s unique digital portfolio (and order a silhouette if you feel inspired), and cast your vote for her work by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!

Cat’s Print Shop – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

2. The No BS Guide to PR for Startups, by Matthew Krayton

According to Matthew Krayton of Publitics, “PR is the art & science of making people pay attention,” and he combines humor and practical tips in this catchy content marketing piece. Bonus points to Matthew for using Public Notes to add detail and context to his deck and for choosing the Foundry theme–one we don’t see nearly often enough–to create such a unique look.

Click to find out how to avoid “shiny object syndrome,” and cast your vote for the No BS Guide by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!

The no BS Guide To PR For Startups – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

3. Why Coldwell Banker and the James Team? by John James

Colorado realtor and Haiku Deck Guru John James made last year’s Decks of the Year roundup with his winning listing presentation. This year he’s back with a sleek, stat-packed pitch for how the Coldwell Banker practice he runs with his wife spans global to local and offers award-winning service. We particularly love his use of stat charts and how he mixes Creative Commons photos and branded images with his own photographs for a personal touch.

Click to see how John and Di put your home in the best light, and cast your vote for the James Team by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!

Why Coldwell Banker and The James Team? – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

 4. Bella Minds, by Shala Burroughs

Whether you’re rallying support for a cause or trying to close a big deal, every pitch benefits from bold vision, striking visuals, and a clear call to action. This case for making tech training available to women in rural areas is a standout example — and it helped Jenn Shaw and the Bella Minds team make their pilot program fundraising goal. (Bonus points for using lists so effectively, without cluttering up the beautiful slides.)

Click to see a 10-slide vision for bridging the digital divide, and cast your vote for Bella Minds by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!

Bella Minds – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

5. Walk Score for Real Estate Professionals, by Josh Herst

Anyone who’s watched Simon Sinek’s legendary TED talk knows how important it is to start with the why when explaining your product or service. Josh Herst, CEO of Walk Score, does just that in this to-the-point Haiku Deck designed to promote his service with real estate professionals. You can’t help but be inspired to walk or bike to your favorite neighborhood spots!

Click to view how much larger a mortgage a family can afford with one less car, and cast your vote for Walkability by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!

Walk Score For Real Estate Professionals – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Cast Your Vote!

Don’t forget to help select the winner and bring more visibility to these outstanding business case studies by adding a comment below, sharing your favorite with the #hdbestof2013 hashtag, or dropping us a line at gallery@haikudeck.com. We’ll select one winner from each category to receive a special Haiku Deck prize (and, of course, creative bragging rights)!

Tips for Business Case Studies

Have an entrepreneurial idea, or a business to promote? Here are a few helpful resources.