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Add audio and Create a Presentation Video in Haiku Deck

More and more presentations are being shared in virtual spaces- from webinars and blogs to social media and online forums. As a result, our top feature request has been to let users add audio to their Haiku Deck presentations and give the option of saving presentations with audio as video presentations. With the launch of new Haiku Deck Presentation Video beta, we are delivering on this request.

Our test-release will be available for a limited time at no additional charge to Haiku Deck Pro Subscribers via our web site only.

What better way to introduce you to Haiku Deck Presentation videos than with a Presentation Video about this very topic.  (I know, it’s meta)

While Presentation Videos will be offered at no-additional charge during the beta period, we do expect that it will eventually be paid upgrade for Haiku Deck Pro users.

We came to Presentation Videos based on feedback from thousands of users who told us they need a better way to create all kinds of videos. Here are a few examples of the requests:

  1. Create videos for webinars
  2. Create videos for corporate training
  3. Quickly create and deliver lesson videos for students in flipped classrooms or traditional learning environments
  4. Create team update videos
  5. Reach more customers online with remote sales presentation videos
  6. Inspire donors and share your story with fundraising videos for nonprofits and other organizations
  7. Keep your group engaged with community update videos
  8. Easily build promotional videos for events, products, and services
  9. Drive listeners and readers to your blog and podcast by creating presentation videos that summarize your content for easy sharing through social media
  10. Create informational videos for customers and partners

As with any beta, some users may encounter an issue along the way. Please share any problems you encounter or ideas you have so we can make Haiku Deck Presentation Videos the best possible solution for your needs.

For more information about creating Presentation Videos in Haiku Deck, please refer to the Haiku Deck User Guide and our FAQ.

Audio Playback for Haiku Deck Presentations

In addition to creating videos, we also now support audio playback through the Haiku Deck playback pages. When you record your audio, a small play button will appear in the lower left corner of your slides. Online viewers can click to hear your audio track for each slide. For more information on adding audio to your Haiku Deck, please refer to this article on the Haiku Deck User Guide. For information on audio playback, please refer to this article.

 

8 Ways Presentations Grow Nonprofits

Over the past few years we’ve heard from thousands who use Haiku Deck in their nonprofit organization to create great presentations for engaging donors, rallying volunteers, training teams, and promoting their mission. Here are eight ways we’ve seen Haiku Deck help grow nonprofits around the world.

1. Personalize Your Mission:

Every nonprofit is inspired by a story. Many can be quite powerful, such as the story that inspired alexashope.org. In the presentation below, they use personal stories and personal examples to bring their mission to life.

A True Gift of Love – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

2. Make a memorable impression:

Images help potential donors visualize impact, as most people remember an average of 10% of what they read, and 65% of the visuals they see. Using powerful images is one way to make a strong impression that drives to action.


Hurricane Sandy: How You Can Help – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

3. Grow Awareness:

The best decks are featured on our website and in blog posts like this one, attracting thousands of views and shares. Here is a deck that has received nearly 17,000 views from one of our users highlighting volunteers in the “Calais Jungle,” a congregation of homeless peoples’ tents in France.


The ordinary people who volunteer in the Calais Jungle – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

4. Training Volunteers:

Many organizations struggle to deliver effective training materials for volunteers. Haiku Deck, makes it easy to deliver the information your growing team needs to succeed.


Surviving At Carewell – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

5. Pitching Partners and Investors

When it comes to scaling your organization, finding partners and investors can be a critical success factor. The Diversity Fund’s Haiku Deck below is a great example of just such a pitch deck.


Diversity Fund – Finance for the rest of us! – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

6. Attract Sponsors:

Private-sector sponsors want to know that your organization shares their appreciation for professional design. This starts with a presentation that looks professional. Here’s a creative sponsorship proposal for an organization supporting programs for at-risk youth.


Best 5k Sponsorship Offer – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;
7. Update Donors:

A well informed donor is more likely to become a repeat donor. Haiku Deck is a great way to keep your supporters up to date on the progress you’re making. 
The Money House Update – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

8. Use Social Media To Drive Viral Awareness For Your Cause:

Aside from sharing your presentations in person, Haiku Decks are easily shared through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and other social channels. Creating visual content for your social networks with Haiku Deck keeps your community engaged and helps them to spread the word about your mission.


Charity & Social Media – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Anything we missed?

Let us know if you have any other creative ways to use Haiku Decks to grow nonprofits! E-mail us decks and creative ideas at gallery@haikudeck.com for a chance to have your ideas quoted and decks featured in our upcoming nonprofit landing page!

Join us!

Did we mention that we offer a 50% nonprofit discount?
Send us an e-mail at nonprofit@haikudeck.com to get set up.


From Wikipedia article to Presentation in 5 minutes flat

With more than 5,000,000 articles, Wikipedia is a gold-mine for information that presenters can use to build or enrich presentations on virtually any topic. For this reason, we’re excited to share that Haiku Deck Zuru makes the process of converting a Wikipedia topic to a presentation significantly faster and easier than ever before.

The simple process is shown in this video and below.

  1. CHOOSE YOUR TOPIC: Start by clicking the Zuru button and choosing Wikipedia topic as your starting point.  Next, type your topic. As you type, Zuru will show you relevant topics already available on Wikipedia. Use the slider bar to choose the desired length for your presentation. The fewer slides, the tighter the summarization will be in the next step. 
  2. EDIT YOUR OUTLINE: In step 3 you’ll be presented with an outline of the Wikipedia article. Here you can open a new window with the Wikipedia source material and edit the outline as needed. In some cases the Zuru summarization will be exactly what you want. In other cases, you’ll want to add and remove elements of the outline to suit your needs.
  3. CHOOSE IMAGES: After you’re done with the Wikipedia presentation outline, Zuru will extract image keywords for each slide in the outline. You can choose one of the suggested image tags, enter your own image search term, or just choose a solid color background. Repeat this process for each slide.
  4. PREVIEW SLIDES: When you’ve finished step 4 for each of your slides, Zuru will carefully review the image selections to choose the right layout and color palette for the fonts and text background. The result is a rough draft of your presentation shown in preview mode. Clicking edit beneath slide thumbnail will take you back step 3 above.  Click the blue EDIT DECK button to edit the deck in the Haiku Deck Editor. Click the blue DOWNLOAD button to download in .pptx or .pdf format.
  5. EDIT/DOWNLOAD: If you are a paying Haiku Deck Pro subscriber, your next step is to edit the deck in the Haiku Deck editor or download your draft in PowerPoint or .pdf formats. If you are not signed in as a paying Haiku Deck Pro subscriber, you will have the option of subscribing or paying a one-time fee to complete this step.

We’d love to hear what you think of Zuru! Please share your feedback with us here.

Storytelling for Brand Building & Marketing

I recently had the pleasure of joining Kelly Lucente, CEO & Brand Strategist of Minneapolis-based Re-Tool Marketing for an in-depth conversation covering a range of topics from how Haiku Deck came to be, to finding and living your passion, to the principles of great presentation creation, how we built the Haiku Deck brand, and more.

Re-Tool Marketing helps clients build strong brands through powerful strategy, identity, and positioning. Aside from being one of the best in the branding business, Kelly has been a long-time Haiku Deck Pro member and enthusiastic evangelist for our approach to presentations. If you’re passionate about brand-building and marketing or if you’re curious to learn some of the background that led us to Haiku Deck, this is for you!

To learn more about Re-Tool Marketing, be sure to head over to their web site, http://www.retoolmarketing.com/ where you’ll some other helpful videos about brand building

Find and Remix Presentations with Haiku Deck Gallery Search

Long time readers of our blog know that from the beginning, Haiku Deck’s vision has been to make it 10x faster to create  presentations that are 10x better. One way we’ve done this is through our apps on iOS and the web. Another way we’ve done this is through Haiku Deck Zuru, our Artificial Intelligence that automatically creates presentations from outlines, Wikipedia topics, or even existing .pptx files. We’ve also achieved this through our creative community who have shared millions of presentations with one another. Today we’re happy to announce  a brand-new feature that makes it easier than ever before to find and remix decks from the millions in our library of publicly shared presentations.

 

New Haiku Deck Gallery Search is available on the web only and it allows you to keyword search all publicly shared decks created in Haiku Deck. Keywords can include topic matter or author name. After running a search you can sort the results by relevance or date.

When you find a deck you want to save to your gallery or remix, first click through to that deck’s playback page. Then look for the COPY button beneath the slides. Learn more about copying decks in this article.

copy decks from playback

Decks not designated by the author as reuseable will not have a COPY button visible on their playback page. This is a setting authors can adjust in the privacy controls for each Haiku Deck. Learn more about allowing reuse of your decks in this article. Once you copy a presentation to your own Haiku Deck account, you can edit it as if it is your own.

 

Innovation and Presentations: Competing Against Luck with Author & Haiku Deck user Karen Dillon

As entrepreneurs, we’re always looking to draw inspiration from innovators around us. Naturally, we were excited to learn that a member of the Haiku Deck community is doing ground-breaking work related to innovation, and best of all she’s using Haiku Deck presentations to spread the word.

Karen Dillon is the former editor of Harvard Business Review and co-author of two books with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen. How Will You Measure Your Life? was published in 2012. Dillon’s new book with Christensen (co-authored by Taddy Hall and Dave Duncan), Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice, is currently featured on The Wall Street Journal‘s business best-seller list.

As entrepreneurs, we were taken by Dillon and Christensen’s ideas about innovation, and in particular why innovation is so often unsuccessful, in spite of really smart people trying to get it right—and how to, instead, make it far more predictable and successful.

We’re honored that Karen took the time to answer a few questions for us, not only about her book, but also about presentations and the way she uses Haiku Deck to help spread ideas. Here’s Karen’s Haiku Deck about her new book and below excerpts from our interview:


Competing Against Luck in brief: Karen Dillon – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Haiku Deck: One of the key concepts in your book is the “Jobs to Be Done” approach. What does this mean for companies and individuals seeking to innovate in business? Does it apply outside of business?

Dillon: Clay has been working for years on what he calls the Theory of Jobs to Be Done. The idea is that well-intended innovation goes slightly wrong so often because it’s aimed at the wrong thing. We assume we just need to know more and more about the customer, but that’s not right. Just because I’m a middle-aged white woman who lives in suburban Boston doesn’t tell companies why I make the choices I do. Why did I choose to stay in an Airbnb rather than a fancy hotel when I was recently asked to speak at a conference in London? Nothing about my profile could answer that question. What could, however, is understanding what I was ‘hiring’ Airbnb to do. In our language, we say that customer ‘hire’ products or services to do a job for them. In my case, I used to live in London and I ‘hired’ Airbnb so I could feel like a local again. Understanding customers does not drive innovation success. Understanding customer jobs does. There’s a big difference.

It applies outside of business, too. I think about the ‘jobs’ people are hiring me in my life all the time. What does a boss really expect of me? What does my husband expect of me? Key to this concept is that ‘jobs’ are not just functional – they’re emotional and social, as my Airbnb example illustrates. If I can get to the essence of what ‘job’ I’ve been hired for, I’m far more likely to be successful. I think as a professional number two for a lot of years in my career, I intuitively understood that the ‘job’ I’d been hired for was to help my boss sleep well at night. He wouldn’t worry if he knew I was on top of things. That’s very different than saying my job included X and Y and Z responsibilities.

Haiku Deck: As a former Editor of Harvard Business Review, I imagine you’ve seen (and continue to see) quite a few presentations. If you had one piece of advice for all presenters, what would it be?

Dillon: Too many words! And I’m a words person. But there’s nothing more boring than watching someone more or less read bullet points off a slide deck. People don’t prune, they don’t think of the listener. They think about how they won’t mess up or forget something, but it can make for a terrible presentation – including the fact that no one will look at you when you’re speaking; they’ll watch your slides or even worse, look down at your handouts. Which are usually identical to your slides!

Haiku Deck: How do you use Haiku Deck in your work?

Dillon: I don’t make a lot of slide decks, I’m not a PowerPoint jockey. I needed a very simple tool to help me give great speeches. I wanted images that would support the point I’m trying to make and I wanted ‘reminders’ of what I was going to say. I use Haiku Deck as a backdrop, but it’s critical to being able to stand up there and do the speech. At first I tried to create a slide deck on my own, but I quickly realized finding free (and without copyright issues) images was a lot of work and I loved being able to easily explore without those worries on Haiku Deck. I like the consistent look and feel that is created. Basically, I don’t think I could easily create these slide decks – which are critical to my speeches – without Haiku Deck.

Both of Karen’s books are available on Amazon.com. Click to learn more about Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice and How Will You Measure Your Life?

How do you Haiku Deck in the Classroom?

With millions of teachers and students using Haiku Deck in over 15,000 schools around the world, we’re inspired each day by the different ways our users get the most from Haiku Deck. With Haiku Deck Classroom now available, teachers can get even more out of the app by creating courses and inviting students to join. Are you doing something special to make your classroom presentations more exciting? Here’s a few recent posts that show how Haiku Deck is used in education from primary-level, to adult education and professional development. Drop us a line and tell us how you use Haiku Deck in the classroom.

 

Limiting Decks in Unpaid Haiku Deck Basic Accounts

When we launched Haiku Deck in 2012, our goal was to make it 10x faster and easier for users to build presentations that are 10x better. In our quest to reach this goal over the past 4 years, our product has evolved and so has our business. During this time we’ve made several changes to the business to ensure a bright future for Haiku Deck and the members of our community who rely upon us. This means that we are increasingly asking users to support our efforts by becoming subscribers.

One recent change to our business is that we are now asking Haiku Deck Basic users with more than 1 deck to become paying subscribers (3 decks if you’re a teacher or student).  

Why start limiting decks now?

Over the past year we have eased reluctantly towards this decision. In July 2015 we introduced paid Haiku Deck accounts for users who wanted advanced privacy, deck download, custom branding, and access to Zuru Beta. At the same time, we added ‘unlimited cloud storage’ to the list of paid features. We didn’t ask existing users to pay for unlimited storage at first because we hoped to support our costs without putting a limit on the number of decks users create. After a year of trying this approach we have to ask a little bit more from users who use the app regularly, but have not become paying subscribers.

Does this mean you’re going to delete my decks if I don’t pay?

No. It means that when you go to create a new deck, we’re going to ask you to pay. Your existing decks will remain exactly as you left them. You’ll still be able to view, edit, and share existing decks. If you like what we’ve built and want us to be there for you in the future, we hope you’ll decide to upgrade. If you don’t upgrade, we hope you’ll stay with us as a free Haiku Deck Basic user.

Why subscription instead of a one-time fee?

Most cloud-based and mobile productivity tools, from Evernote to Microsoft Office, are subscription-based businesses. This industry-wide shift is a function of the costs involved with continuously creating, maintaining, and servicing cloud-based software. The cost of creating and maintaining great software is high. Software engineers are expensive. Storing data and providing customer service are expensive. To ensure that we’re here for our users when they need us and to remain competitive, we had to move to this model.

The Future of Haiku Deck

In  4 years of having Haiku Deck on the market, we have earned over 5M downloads on iTunes and grown to over 2M+ registered users. This is an achievement reached by very few startups and one that we couldn’t have dreamed of when we began. We do not take the support of our community for granted and remain committed to delivering on our mission. We regret that with this change we may lose committed members of our community, but we hope that many more will join us as subscribers. If you’re a student or educator, we offer a 50%  price break for you to help ease the cost of upgrading.

Your feedback means the world to us, so please drop us a line if you have questions or concerns. We read and respond to every email.

Thanks,

Team Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck Classroom Brings Haiku Deck Presentations to Students and Teachers

With back to school season in full swing, we couldn’t be happier to announce a brand-new offering for educators, Haiku Deck Classroom.  Over the past 4 years, we’ve seen over a hundred thousand teachers, librarians, and education technology professionals from 15,000 schools (from primary to universities) embrace Haiku Deck. They use the app for creating inspiring lessons on any topic, teaching presentation best-practices, and even running curriculum nights or staff meetings. We built Haiku Deck Classroom to bring the full power of Haiku Deck Pro to educators and students in a way that’s easy and, more importantly, affordable even for teachers on the tightest of budgets.

Haiku Deck Classroom makes all the features of Haiku Deck Pro available to educators and students, including unlimited presentation creation, advanced privacy settings, offline viewing and printing, and YouTube video embedding. The subscription applies to use of Haiku Deck’s award-winning web, iPad, and iPhone apps. Here’s a 1 minute video introduction of Haiku Deck Classroom:

Additional features include:

    • Classroom Management Dashboard: Educators can easily add and remove students from their classroom by email address.
    • Mobile and Web-Based: Educators and students can create or view Haiku Decks on the web, iPad, or iPhone.
    • The option of Google Classroom integration: Educators who use Google Classroom may import users from and share decks directly to Google Classroom.
    • The option of using Google Sign-In: Haiku Deck now supports Google sign-in, for students without an email address.
    • Course Gallery: Students can share Haiku Decks to a classroom gallery, making it easy for teachers to review and evaluate work.
    • Share to LMS: Students can easily share their Haiku Decks to Classroom Management Systems like Schoology, Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, Edmodo, and more.  

Haiku Deck Classroom is offered at an introductory price of just $99/year for a teacher and up to 150 students with the option of adding student licenses. Department, school, and district pricing is also available.

To learn more about Haiku Deck Classroom and to purchase or upgrade, visit www.haikudeck.com/getclassroom or for technical information about the product, please visit the Haiku Deck Classroom section of the Haiku Deck user guide.

As with all product updates, we’d love to hear your feedback! Please drop us a line if you’ve got questions or ideas for ways we can improve Haiku Deck Classroom in the future.

4 Haiku Deck Presentations That Make Expert Use Of Embedded YouTube Videos

Many of our users already know that paid Haiku Deck subscribers have access to our new feature that lets users search for and embed YouTube videos directly in their presentations. Here are a few examples of Haiku Deck Pro users who have made great use of this new feature to enrich their presentations. Click on the images below to view the examples and look for the triangular ‘play’ button in the bottom right corner of slides that contain videos.

1. “Deadly Illusion

What we find so effective about this use of a YouTube video is the video’s ability to showcases the cause (the unrealistic expectations of women that photoshopped images create) in a way that stills or words couldn’t. It also captures interest immediately so the presenter will have an easier time arguing his/her case.

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2. “The Path To Success

In The Path to Success, the author uses two videos that give unique and powerful examples injecting emotional energy at key moments in the presentation. Using multimedia to create an emotional response is shown to help make presentations more memorable.

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3. “Big Hairy Audacious Goals

This is a perfect example of an embedded video which would lose almost all of its oomph if the presenter had to take the time to exit and reenter the presentation. But as a video embedded in the final slide, it offers an aesthetically satisfying brand reminder.

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4. “Adolescent Stress & Anxiety
This lesson on stress and anxiety in the teenage brain includes a video from a well spoken expert on the topic, offering the presenter extra ethos and injecting  the presentation with greater meaning.

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How Can You Embed Youtube Videos?

Once you have a Haiku Deck Pro account, you can embed YouTube videos into your Decks by clicking the “add video” feature on the toolbar (it looks like this.)Screenshot 2016-06-23 11.17.13 Then you can paste the link to your YouTube video directly in the white box, or search a term to discover the perfect video from the swath of options our app provides! Learn more about this feature here.

Show Off Your Contributions!

Have a Deck featuring a sweet implementation of an embedded YouTube video? Send it our way at gallery@haikudeck.com for a chance to be featured in a post we hope to make soon; “4 More Decks That Make Expert Use Of Embedded YouTube Videos!”

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