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Most Creative Hook: Julius Solaris of Event Manager Blog

#hdbestof2013

This week we’re announcing our #hdbestof2013 Decks of the Year winners! Thank you for all of your comments, votes, emails, and shares — and a special thank-you to the creators of these amazing and inspiring decks.

Most Creative Hook: Julius Solaris of Event Manager Blog

This clever piece of content marketing turns the tables and enumerates tips for conference presenters–from the perspective of the event planner. With humorous images and  hard-hitting copy, Julius Solaris gently (and not so gently) reminds speakers that “Your time is not about you, it’s about them,” that the time slot is not a suggestion, and–our favorite—slides that look like this “are not cool.” (Full disclosure: Julius completes the picture with a companion piece titled “Dear Event Planner, I Hate You. Sincerely, Your Speaker” on his Event Manager blog.)

Click to peruse Julius’s clever list of do’s and don’ts for speakers, and be sure to check out all five finalists for some supercharged creative inspiration!

Haiku Deck #hdbestof2013 Most Creative Hook: Julius Solaris of Event Manager Blog

“Dear Speaker, I Loathe You,” by Julius Solaris of Event Manager Blog

 

Best Blogging Case Study: Emma Fexeus

#hdbestof2013

This week we’re announcing our #hdbestof2013 Decks of the Year winners! Thank you for all of your comments, votes, emails, and shares — and a special thank-you to the creators of these amazing and inspiring decks.

Best Blogging Case Study: Emma Fexeus

Swedish design blogger Emma Fexeus embedded Desiree Groenendal’s “The Mini Company” in her popular design blog, driving huge numbers of views, and then began creating her own Haiku Decks. We love the inventive way she’s used Haiku Deck to publish her weekly editorial schedule and her site’s statistics in a striking, visual format — she even added a beautiful roundup of 2013 design trends since we announced the finalists. We can’t wait to see what creative uses she’ll think of next.

Click to see how Emma Fexeus plans out her blog’s recurring features with Haiku Deck, and don’t miss all five finalists in the best blogging case study category, which was particularly difficult to judge because they were all so outstanding!

Haiku Deck #hdbestof2013 Best Blogging Case Study: Emma Fexeus

“Weekly Editorial Schedule,” by Emma Fexeus

 

 

2013 Decks of the Year Finalists: Best Blogging Case Study

#hdbestof2013

As the year draws to a close, we’re showcasing 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 Blogging Case Study

This year we noticed a creative explosion with bloggers, with Haiku Deck being used to add visual content to posts, highlight schedules and statistics, and enrich blogging content from a wide range of disciplines.

1. Sue Vaughton, Discovery Holiday Homes

What better way to showcase a featured vacation rental than with a gorgeous Haiku Deck slideshow? Sue Vaughton of Discovery Holiday Homes gives a tantalizing glimpse inside the Dartmoor Barn Cottage with inviting pictures of the rooms, meals, and surroundings that await visitors to South Harton Farm. She wins our hearts with the use of the high-style Iditarod theme, beautifully composed images, and polished lists of interesting factoids about the area. Realtors, hoteliers, and travel pros, take note: this is how it’s done.

Click to take a virtual tour of the Dartmoor Barn Cottage on the Discovery Holiday Homes site, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for Sue’s stylish slideshow.

Best Blogging Case Study: Haiku Deck #hdbestof2013 finalists

“Dartmoor Barn Cottage,” by Sue Vaughton

2. Emma Fexeus, Emmas Designblogg

Swedish design blogger Emma Fexeus embedded Desiree Groenendal’s “The Mini Company” in her popular design blog, driving huge numbers of views, and then began creating her own Haiku Decks. We love the inventive way she’s used Haiku Deck to publish her weekly editorial schedule and her site’s statistics in a striking, visual format — and we can’t wait to see what creative uses she’ll think of next.

Click to see how Emma Fexeus plans out her blog’s recurring features with Haiku Deck, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote as the year’s best blogging case study.

Best Blogging Case Study: Haiku Deck #hdbestof2013 finalists

“Weekly Editorial Schedule,” by Emma Fexeus

3. Angela Booth, Angela’s Creativity Factory

Copywriter Angela Booth has been incorporating Haiku Deck into her blog in all kinds of creative ways. In this playful Haiku Deck post, she shares memorable writing tips in a way that’s lighthearted and personal. (She has also inspired her readers to create About Me slideshows and participate in the 30-day novel writing challenge via Haiku Deck.)

Click to view How to Write Anywhere, Anytime on the Creativity Factory blog, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for Angela (and her dog Honey).

Best Blogging Case Study: Haiku Deck #hdbestof2013 finalists

“How To Write Anywhere, Anytime,” by Angela Booth

4. Marty Smith, ScentTrail Marketing

Over the past few months, Marty Smith has absolutely blown us away with the sheer volume of powerful, thought-provoking Haiku Decks he has produced for his marketing blog. He’s explored everything from the future of web design to how to take your LinkedIn profile to the next level, and even how to create a “live now” plan if faced with a cancer diagnosis. Here’s an amazing recent post with Haiku Decks illustrating 5 Secret Internet Marketing Tactics for 2014, Enterprise Crowdfunding, and Content Widgets. He’s even devoted a post to articulating how Haiku Deck helps him develop content: “Haiku Deck’s image focus builds magic into the PROCESS of creating a story.”

Click to view an example of how Marty brings an idea to life visually with Haiku Deck, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for ScentTrail Marketing as blogging case study of the year.

Best Blogging Case Study: Haiku Deck #hdbestof2013 finalists

“Hearts & Minds,” by Martin Smith

5. Margot Lester, The Word Factory

Haiku Deck Guru Margot Lester has also been both prolific and creative with her Haiku Decks this year, informing and inspiring on topics such as connecting with your audience, incorporating customer perspectives into messaging, and developing voice. (Margot often takes advantage of the Upload to Slideshare functionality and embeds her Slideshares.) This summer over lunch, we enjoyed hearing how she’s been playing with color as a unifying theme for her creations, which makes her decks feel cohesive and distinctive.

Click to check out Margot’s 7 Strategies to Drive Relevance & Resonance on the Word Factory blog, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for the year’s best blogging case study.

Best Blogging Case Study: Haiku Deck #hdbestof2013 finalists

“Engage! Driving Content Relevance,” by Margot Lester

Cast Your Vote!

Don’t forget to help select the winner and bring more visibility to these outstanding blogging case study examples 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 Blogging with Haiku Deck

Ready to create your own blogging case study? Here are a few helpful tips and resources.

Building Community with Haiku Deck

Guest Q&A with Stephanie Bell

Meet Stephanie

Jefferson City lawyer, mother, community builder, and Haiku Deck Guru Stephanie Bell turns out Haiku Deck after Haiku Deck to spread the word about local events and to encourage people to get involved in the JCMO community. If you have a cause you care about, you can’t help but be inspired by Stephanie’s commitment to building community creatively!


Stephanie S. Bell – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

 

Guest Q&A

Haiku Deck: How did you hear about Haiku Deck, and what inspired you to try it?

Stephanie: I first found out about Haiku Deck while watching the twitter stream for Alt Summit. Some of my favorite bloggers were there so I was trying to stay in on the action. I happened to see Guru Wendy Townley’s recap on Personal Branding, and it was love at first sight. I immediately started brainstorming all of the different uses for Haiku Deck. At the time, I didn’t have an iPad, so I had to first devise a plan to convince my husband an iPad is a necessity. A few months later, I got my iPad and Haiku Deck was one of the first apps I downloaded.

“I didn’t have an iPad, so I had to first devise a plan to convince my husband that an iPad is a necessity.”

Haiku Deck: How does Haiku Deck help you spread the word about your community events?

Stephanie: I think most people would call me a community activist. I always have an event coming up or a message I am trying to get out to the people. I saw Haiku Deck and instantly knew that this could change the way I communicate with my people and the people I’m trying to reach.

“I saw Haiku Deck and instantly knew that this could change the way I communicate with my people and the people I’m trying to reach.”

I tend to be verbose–I am a lawyer, after all. Haiku Deck helps me focus on the important parts of the events. It requires me to sit down and ask why I’m inspired to host or attend this particular event and why I think others might be similarly inspired. I have been amazed at the results I have received from the decks.

A typical post where I share an event on Facebook might get a 20+ likes, and a share or two. The first deck I made about “Hidden Spaces Secret Places” received 1,000 views in 24 hours. I never could have reached that large of an audience without Haiku Deck.

“I never could have reached that large of an audience without Haiku Deck.”

The ease with which you can share your message in such a simple, likeable way is unmatched.


Hidden Spaces. Secret Places. – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Haiku Deck: What has the response been from people you’ve shared your decks with?

Stephanie: The response has been incredibly positive. My goal is, and continues to be, to inform people about our community and engage them in the process of making it a great place to live, work, and play. I tend to include a lot of pictures of my own – and people love to see pictures of themselves, their company logo, their neighborhood, or their comments in a Deck.

“I tend to include a lot of pictures of my own — and people love to see pictures of themselves, their company logo, their neighborhood, or their comments in a Haiku Deck.”

They also tend to share it much more frequently than just an event poster. I have convinced people to share my decks – my next step will be to convince my fellow citizens to start creating decks of their own to share what it is they love about our town.

Haiku Deck: What tips do you have for people who’d like to give Haiku Deck a try?

Stephanie: My tip would be to check out the Haiku Deck blog (I guess if you are reading this, you probably are already doing this – Hai-5!). There are some fantastic ideas on the blog that will really take your deck to the next level. Thankfully, I was scanning the blog right before I published my last deck (about Kicks in the Sticks) and Catherine had a post all about “Enlivening Events.” I skimmed her list of “best practices” where she suggested “Include short testimonials from previous event attendees.” Of course! I had almost left that out! After last year’s event, I had saved blog posts and Facebook messages about the event itself. I picked my favorites, added them to my deck, and I really think it made the “wow” difference.

“I picked my favorites, added them to my deck, and I really think it made the “wow” difference.”

It is one thing to tell other people that your event is awesome, but it is certainly better to let other people describe your event in a positive way for you. A simple tip, but one I hadn’t thought of.


Kicks in the Sticks 2013| JCMO – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Share Your Story

We’d love to hear about the ways you use Haiku Deck for building community and promoting events! Send us a link to gallery@haikudeck.com, or tweet us with the hashtag #hdgallery.

The Secret Weapon for Blog Photos, Lists, and Killer Content

Haiku Deck for Bloggers

Haiku Deck is not just for stand-up-and-talk presentations; it’s also an incredibly easy (and fun) way to add rich content to your blog or website. Photos are one of the best ways to engage readers, and with Haiku Deck you can create killer slideshows like this one in no time flat

10 Ways To Add “Wow” To Your Blog With Haiku Deck – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

(For more detail and links to specific examples, be sure to view the deck with accompanying notes on the Haiku Deck site.)

Step 1: Get Haiku Deck

  • Haiku Deck for iPad and iPad mini: You can download the free app here.
  • Other platforms: Click GET HAIKU DECK in the top right corner of this page. Add your email and the platform you’d like to request, and you’ll be among the first to try our Web App.

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Blogging Case Study: The Story of the Most Popular Haiku Deck of All Time

Blogging Inspiration

2 Months; 250K Views

When design blogger Desiree Groenendal of Vosgesparis used Haiku Deck for her keynote at Hive Berlin, and racked up more close to a quarter-million views in just two months, we had to find out more!

Haiku Deck: How did you hear about Haiku Deck, and what inspired you to try it?

Desiree: I first heard about it from a fellow blogger. I had to make a presentation in a very short time, and since I’d never made one before I asked around on what to use and what would be the easiest to work with.

Many of the programs that were suggested just looked a bit too boring to me. And others looked so difficult to learn. I am a very visual person, and I wanted it to look beautiful. When I saw the black and white Haiku Decks in the Gallery, I knew instantly that this was what I wanted.

I am a very visual person, and I wanted it to look beautiful. When I saw the black and white Haiku Decks in the Gallery, I knew instantly that this was what I wanted.

Haiku Deck: How did creating your first Haiku Deck go?

Desiree: I had never used a presentation tool before, so it was all new to me. I thought it was so easy to learn and to use. Once I found out the right size for the background images I created them on my laptop, uploaded them to my Dropbox, and made the slides one by one on the iPad.

I loved how easy it was to adjust the position of the text. Also, it was very easy to change the order of the slides — the whole process was really very stress-free.

Tip: You can easily import photos to Haiku Deck from your iPad camera roll, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Dropbox, and more.

Haiku Deck: Your  Haiku Deck, “The Mini Company,” with advice for monetizing a blog, has been viewed almost 250,000 times. (Wow!) What do you think is driving so much interest?

Desiree: I’ve been surprised myself! I think bloggers like it because it answers things we are all wondering about when we start. I actually got several emails from bloggers with even more questions.


The Mini Company – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Haiku Deck: What tips or ideas do you have for bloggers who might be interested in trying Haiku Deck?

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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 Embed Haiku Decks on WordPress and Other Blogs

We are thrilled to hear how many of you want to share your Haiku Deck creations on your own personal and professional blogs. Decks are a great addition to any blog post, be it to better illustrate a topic or event, to add some visual flare to a project, or just to spread some Haiku Deck love. Embedding any published deck from your gallery on the website is simple.

Here’s a deck we put together with the steps you’ll want to follow to embed your one of your decks on your blog or website:

If you run into trouble or want more details, you can check out our user guide article about embedding, which includes a link at the bottom to our embed troubleshooting article at the bottom.

When you publish your post, the code you pasted will magically transform into your deck for all your viewers to click through and view, just like this one:


The Visual Gems Of Haiku Deck – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Now, get blogging!

 

Blog Inspiration: Guest Q&A with Megan Hunt

We’re delighted to announce our newest Haiku Deck Guru: entrepreneur, blogger, and all-around creative force Megan Hunt, a.k.a. Princess Lasertron. Megan’s high-style Haiku Decks have been wowing us for weeks, and we finally had a chance to hear more about how she’s using the app–and how it provided blog inspiration for Radvent, her latest creative undertaking.

Q&A with Megan Hunt

Haiku Deck: So, what inspired you to start using Haiku Deck?

Megan: I found out about Haiku Deck when I saw a business use it to pitch during a local Startup Weekend competition. I’m always super interested in trying new apps that seem like they’d make my life a little easier (particularly in the context of entrepreneurship). I thought Haiku Deck had a cute name and seemed promising, so I downloaded it and was immediately hooked. For me, the sparseness of the app makes it as fun to play with as it is useful. It honestly reminds me of the hours spent toying with HyperStudio as a kid. Really. It’s just fun.


Stuff You Need To Know About Me – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Haiku Deck: Could you tell us a little bit about how you’ve been using it?

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