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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 Business Case Study: Cat’s Print Shop

#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 Business Case Study: “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. We feel any business, large or small, could take a page from Cat’s Print Shop when it comes to showcasing their products or services. Congratulations, Cat! And be sure to check out all five of the best business case study finalists if you missed them before.

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

2013 Decks of the Year Finalists: Most Creative Hook

#hdbestof2013

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.

Most Creative Hook

A clever hook piques curiosity and draws your audience in — our sixth category highlights decks that do this particularly well.

1. Dear Speaker, I Loathe You. Sincerely, Your Event Planner, by Julius Solaris

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 blog.)

Click to peruse Julius’s clever list of do’s and don’ts for speakers, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for better speaker behavior everywhere!


Dear Speaker, I Loathe You. Sincerely, Your Event Planner – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

2. I Am Your Dog, by Casey Lomonaco 

Like Julius, Casey plays with perspective by creating her Haiku Deck in the voice of her dog Mokie. The transcript of her dog’s thought process, captured using the Public Notes feature, is funny, touching, and awesomely clever  — “I mean, I bark when the UPS guy arrives within our zip code and YOU KEEP TALKING ON THE PHONE LIKE YOU DON’T EVEN HEAR ME!” And the “top secret tips” she shares about dog behavior along the way are terrific, whether you’re a dog lover or not.

Click to see life from Mokie’s perspective, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote as the most creative hook of 2013!


I Am Your Dog. – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

3. Bad Client Situation Toolkit, by Nick Armstrong

We see a ton of Haiku Decks each day, and we can say with confidence that this is the only one we’ve seen that includes a cover image of urinals AND some seriously useful information about improving client communication. Haiku Deck Guru Nick Armstrong of WTF Marketing gives a step-by-step guide to diagnosing and fixing a bad situation, articulating common causeshow to save boatloads of money, and how to prevent the same situation from happening again. (Bonus points to Nick for using the awesome Novella theme and solid-color list slides to amp up the impact of his tips.)

Click to check out all the clever wisdom in the Bad Client Situation Toolkit, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for it as most creative hook of the year!


Bad Client Situation Toolkit – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

4. Movember Stache Facts, by Centurion Signs UK

We love Haiku Decks that rally support for a great cause, but this one takes it to the next level, promoting mens health by offering “comebacks for dealing with derogatory Movember comments.” Relevant stats, such as the amount of time you save by not shaving, are cleverly brought to life with memorable images and snappy sound bites. Kudos to Centurion Signs UK, both for supporting Movember and for spreading the word with such wit!

Click to find out why you should trust the ‘stache, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to show your support in the most creative hook category!


Movember ‘Stache facts – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

5. Little H Woodworking, by Stephen Harrison

This isn’t the first example we’ve seen of a Haiku Deck digital portfolio or catalog, but Seattle woodworker Stephen Harrison makes his stand out with playful imagery and clever copy — from “Ukulele starts with u” to “Everybody needs a little moose in their life.” Each of Stephen’s elegantly crafted slides (created with the sleek Tabletop theme) tells a story — illustrating how he reuses material, for example, or showcasing functionality.

Click to take a peek at Stephen’s unique portfolio, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote for the most creative hook of 2013!

Most Creative Hook: Haiku Deck #hdbestof2013 finalists

“Little H Woodworking,” by Stephen Harrison

Cast Your Vote!

Don’t forget to help select the winner and bring more visibility to these clever creations 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 Crafting Creative Hooks

We believe there’s a creative hook for any story! Here are a few resources that might be helpful.

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.

2013 Decks of the Year Finalists: Best Business Case Study

#hdbestof2013

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.

2013 Decks of the Year Finalists: Best Idea Sharing

#hdbestof2013

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 Idea Sharing

The first category is idea sharing. These authors have grasped that whether you’re up on a stage or not, Haiku Deck is a powerful platform for helping inspiring ideas spread.

1. Enthrall: 7 Secrets of Highly Successful Storytellers, by Justina Chen

This gorgeous deck by Justina Chen is “an open invitation to disgruntled communicators tired of corporate pabulum, jargon, and acronyms.” She illustrates her 7 tips to create memorable and meaningful stories with clever, engaging visuals, and the effect is enthralling.

Click to view Justina’s expert advice on storytelling, and cast your vote for her work by sharing it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013!


Enthrall: 7 Secrets of Storytelling – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

2. The Accordion Effect, by John Sheridan

“Cloud is the new black,” states Australia’s CTO John Sheridan in this concise, engaging deck, which he originally presented at the Forrester CIO Forum. He brings his vision to life with a memorable visual metaphor, clever references to Star Trek and the Lone Ranger, and a few of his signature Lego images. He also makes outstanding use of the Public Notes feature to add context and detail to his slides, ensuring his ideas about the country’s technology infrastructure can spread far and wide.

Click to see John’s full deck with notes, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote as this year’s Best Idea Sharing Haiku Deck.


The Accordion Effect – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

3. Reframing Business Analysts, by Amber Haley

Originally presented at ProductCamp Berlin, this information-rich deck by Agilist Amber Haley offers insights and ideas to strengthen development teams, boost team productivity, and improve products. (Bonus points to Amber for both using Public Notes effectively and including a snappy chart to let us know that she’s 32% massive nerd and 18% domestic goddess.)

Click to see Amber’s full deck with notes, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote as this year’s Best Idea Sharing Haiku Deck.


Unchaining The Analysts: Making BDUF Agile Friendly – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

4. The Trust Economy, by Mark Traphagen

When Mark Traphagen discovered Haiku Deck, he immediately grasped the possibilities for what he called lean content development and became enthralled with the visual storytelling possibilities. In this insightful Haiku Deck, he builds on ideas from Rachel Botsman and shares a case study from AirBnB to support the message that “in the new connected economy, trust & reputation will be more important than industrial capital.”

Click to see Mark’s full deck with notes, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote as this year’s Best Idea Sharing Haiku Deck.


Trust Is The New Currency – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

5. Technology Philosophy, by Gray Scott

If you’ve ever wondered what a futurist thinks about, you’ll want to explore Gray Scott’s thought-provoking deck. In it, he introduces his concept of the Neuronalverse and shares his theories about human consciousness, deep space travel, and immortality. The striking black-and-white imagery and explanatory notes add to the polish and effectiveness of this future-forward visual essay.

Click to see Gray’s full deck with notes, and share it with the hashtag #hdbestof2013 to cast your vote as this year’s Best Idea Sharing Haiku Deck.


Futurist Gray Scott – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Cast Your Vote!

Don’t forget to help select the winner and keep these powerful ideas spreading 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 Idea Sharing

We believe everybody has amazing ideas to share, so why not create your own idea sharing Haiku Deck? Here are a few helpful resources.

 

Announcing Our Gratitude Contest Winners

We are feeling especially grateful for our amazing community — you continue to wow us with your creativity, cleverness, and inspiring messages. Thank you to all who participated in our #hdgratitude contest, whether you tweeted, submitted a single slide, or created a whole deck! You are all awesome! And you can’t help but smile and be inspired when you see the collective images of moments of gratitude all together.

Best Deck Winner

We loved everything about this stylish deck from Meghan Zigmond, who scored a Haiku Deck t-shirt and a premium theme pack for her creativity. This is one of the best uses we’ve seen so far of the Illuminati theme. We also love how she mixed her own images with Creative Commons images.

http://www.haikudeck.com/p/diCIcZUMId/thankful-for-

Best Deck Runner-up

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Creative Presentation Ideas: A Guide to the Haiku Deck Gallery

If you’re looking for creative presentation ideas, the Haiku Deck Gallery is packed with inspiring examples from a wide range of topics. And the beautiful new design in both the website and the iPad app serves up more great content in a richer, more fluid browsing experience.

On the Website

Our Featured Gallery is updated each week with outstanding Haiku Decks, and the Popular Gallery showcases the most viewed and shared Haiku Decks. You’ll find inspiring decks created for business, education, how to, inspiration, and more. You can view the deck’s author, number of slides, and number of views at a glance, and see a deck’s complete title by hovering over the title. To view a deck, hover over it and click the PLAY button, or click the deck’s title. You can also help great ideas spread by sharing decks to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, or email from the main Gallery screen.

Creative Presentation Ideas: Haiku Deck Gallery (web)

Sample Haiku Deck Gallery view

On the iPad

The in-app Gallery has been completely redesigned for iOS 7, and it’s now much easier to browse and share creative presentation ideas right on your iPad. From the Haiku Deck Main Screen, tap GALLERY, and then tap a deck to view and share it.

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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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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.

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