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Power Tips: Optimize Your Haiku Decks for SlideShare

Haiku Deck for SlideShare

Uploading your Haiku Decks to SlideShare is a breeze — and now you can create them right from SlideShare! Here are a few things to keep in mind to make your Haiku Decks look their best for SlideShare’s 70 million monthly visitors (wow!).

5 Power Tips

1. Include an attention-grabbing title slide.

Make your first slide the title slide — think of it like a headline. This is the first thing your audience will see, and you want to grab their attention.

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Click here to view the full deck on SlideShare

2. Sprinkle in keywords.

Haiku Decks on SlideShare can draw some serious traffic! Be sure to include your important keywords in your deck title and throughout your slide content.

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Click here to view the full deck on SlideShare

3. Break out the multiline slides.

SlideShare is a great place to make use of multiline slides, which give you a bit more room to flesh out an idea, showcase an inspiring quote, or capture a mission statement. (Keep in mind that currently Public Notes are not uploaded to SlideShare, so you want to make sure you’re capturing a complete thought on each slide.)

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Click here to view the full deck on SlideShare

4. Optimize your layouts.

Haiku Deck’s different text layouts allow you to customize the placement of your text. For Haiku Decks shared on SlideShare, we favor layouts that place your text toward the middle and top of your slides (this keeps the Creative Commons licensing information from overlapping with your slide text).

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Click to view the full deck on SlideShare

5. Include your contact information on the last slide.

When creating and publishing your Haiku Deck on SlideShare, the normal final slide with your contact information will not be displayed. So be sure to add a wrap-up slide with any contact information you’d like to share with your audience. (We actually like to do this for all of our Haiku Decks!)

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Click to view the full deck on SlideShare

Your Turn!

Now that you can easily create and share Haiku Decks from either site, there’s no reason not to set your story free! If you’ve shared a Haiku Deck on SlideShare, we’d love to see it — just leave us a comment below.

SlideShare and Haiku Deck Team Up for Presentation Creation and Sharing

Millions of Users Can Now Create Beautiful Visual Presentations Directly from SlideShare

Announcing Haiku Deck for SlideShare – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Click to view a version of this announcement created with Haiku Deck for SlideShare

Seattle, WA — November 6, 2014 — Haiku Deck today announced that its popular presentation creation software will be integrated into, allowing SlideShare users to publish beautiful Haiku Decks quickly and easily to the platform’s 60 million global monthly visitors without leaving the site.

SlideShare, a LinkedIn company, is the world’s largest community for presentation discovery and sharing, and Haiku Deck has won a passionate global following for making it fast and simple to produce stunning slides. This new integration brings together the best of both worlds: Create standout slides quickly with Haiku Deck and publish directly to SlideShare. The streamlined login experience keeps the focus on creating outstanding presentation content.

“Our goal at Haiku Deck is to make it 10 times easier for professionals to create decks that are 10 times more effective, in 1/10th the time,” said Adam Tratt, co-founder and CEO of Haiku Deck. “We’re thrilled to help SlideShare users express their ideas and share their expertise through beautiful presentations.”

Haiku Deck for SlideShare makes powerful digital storytelling available to professionals from all disciplines. Presentations are no longer confined to a particular time and place — increasingly they are vehicles for circulating ideas, showcasing expertise, and building thought leadership. Haiku Deck’s streamlined design templates, high-impact visuals, and vast image library — with more than 40 million free, beautiful Creative Commons images — make it easy to communicate ideas powerfully, without design skills or a big budget. Plus, SlideShare’s avid, rapidly growing community makes presentation content instantly visible to the widest possible audience.

Haiku Deck for SlideShare extends and deepens the partnership announced in December 2012, when Haiku Deck added the ability to upload decks  to SlideShare. Since that time thousands of Haiku Decks have been uploaded to SlideShare, and many have been featured on the SlideShare home page.

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This Haiku Deck by content marketing agency XPLAIN has received more than 275,000 views on SlideShare.

Try Haiku Deck for SlideShare for free at

About Haiku Deck

Haiku Deck makes it simple and fun to create flawlessly beautiful presentations. Headquartered in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, Haiku Deck is a privately held company with the backing of prominent investors, including Trilogy Partnership, Madrona Venture Group, Founder’s Co-op, and Techstars. The Seattle-based startup was founded by Adam Tratt and Kevin Leneway. Haiku Deck has been embraced by creative communicators from a wide range of disciplines worldwide; for examples of how people are using Haiku Deck to pitch ideas, teach lessons, tell stories, and ignite movements, visit the Haiku Deck Featured and Popular Galleries, Blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, and Pinterest boards. For additional information and company images, visit

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Haiku Deck for Desktop: Announcing the Haiku Deck Web App Beta

It’s been a whirlwind year for us, culminating this month in a new product development that we are so excited to share with you, our amazing creative community, before anyone else.

Haiku Deck Web App Launch – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Ever since we launched Haiku Deck for iPad, the most common question we hear from you is, “When can I use Haiku Deck on my computer? When will there be Haiku Deck for desktops, PCs, and Macs?

And the answer is: Now! Haiku Deck Web App Beta is available now for all Haiku Deck account holders!

Here’s everything you need to get started:

We’re calling this Haiku Deck Web App “Beta” because we’re still working hard to make it as full-featured as Haiku Deck for iPad. Each week we’ll be adding new functionality to the Web App, and we really appreciate your patience as we continue to improve it. We’ve included a Feedback button in the app so you can help us identify issues and share your thoughts.

As a special thank you for joining us early, we’ve also built a way for you to invite your friends to the Beta before it becomes available to everybody. To earn invites for your friends, simply use the Web App to create and share decks. Each deck you email, post, or embed earns you an exclusive invite code you can share. (New users can also request an invite to the private beta.)

Thanks again for helping us to fill the world with more amazing stories and beautiful ideas. We wouldn’t be here without the amazing support and invaluable feedback of our community. We are grateful for your help in trying out the Web App and sharing with friends, and as always, you can drop us a note with feedback any time.

P.S. A special Hai-5 to those who’ve been helping us test the Web App over the past few weeks!

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, or tweet us with the hashtag #hdgallery.

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.


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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Haiku Deck Tutorial – Edit Mode

Edit Mode

This Haiku Deck tutorial, the second in a series of three, will walk you through creating, editing, and saving slides.

If you’d like to start at the very beginning, visit Getting Started with Haiku Deck.

Looking for help with the Web App? This post is exclusive to the iPad app, but you can click here to go to our Haiku Deck User Guide, which covers both apps.

Entering Edit Mode

If you’re creating a new deck, you’ll enter Edit Mode automatically once you give your deck a title and tap RETURN. (Tip: Tap the + at the bottom of the screen to start a new deck.)

To edit an existing deck, simply swipe left or right on the Main Menu to select the deck, then tap EDIT.

Haiku Deck Tutorial: Editing a deck in Haiku Deck

From the Main Menu screen on the iPad, tap Edit

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Telling Your Story

Your Story

We believe everybody has amazing stories to tell. Yes, you! And we’d love to hear your story, in Haiku Deck form.

Here’s an example I particularly love, from Haiku Deck Guru Megan Hunt:

Hi I’m Megan – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

You see, Haiku Deck isn’t just for stand-up-and-talk-to-a-crowd presentations. It’s a unique, fun way to introduce yourself–to say what you’re all about, what you believe, and what makes you tick. I’ve posted my own Haiku Deck story on our websiteadded it to my LinkedIn profile, and shared it with people I’m collaborating with but haven’t had a chance to meet in person. (Click to view the full Haiku Deck with notes.)

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Share Your Presentation Online: Haiku Deck Web View

Put Your Presentation Online

One of the best things about Haiku Deck is that you can view decks from any web-enabled device — a laptop, a tablet, or even a smartphone. In the Haiku Deck web view you can enjoy each presentation online in its full glory and get a snapshot of all the key information —  the description, author, views, category, and public notes). You can browse decks, share your own creations or decks that inspire you with your social networks, and even embed or download a deck, all from one place.

Web View

Here’s your Haiku Deck presentation online at a glance.

(You can explore yourself and check out the deck we’re showcasing below, featuring communication tips from Haiku Deck Guru Lois Zachary, here.)


Whether you’re a sit-back-and-relax viewer or a quick-on-the-trigger keyboarder, there’s bound to be a slide viewing option you’ll love. Here are the options—give them all a try to see what works best for you!

1. Use the controls in the top right corner. Click > to advance one slide or < to go back. Press the gear icon to access auto-advance timing and looping, which is great for running your presentation in kiosk mode.

2. Click anywhere on the slide to advance to the next slide.

3. Tap your spacebar to advance one slide.


The best way to set your story free is to share your decks with your social networks! You can also share inspiring decks you discover to help great content and ideas spread.

Click the share button to reveal options for sharing.


Select whether you’d like to post the deck to your own timeline, a friend’s timeline, to a group, or a page from the Share dropdown. Add a comment, make any edits you’d like to the deck title and description, and click Share Link.


Check the account you’re signed in with in the top right (or sign in if you are prompted to do so), make any edits you’d like to the tweet text, and click Tweet.


Add your insight, make any edits you’d like to the deck title and description, and click Share.


Add a custom comment, select your favorite people, circles or communities, and click Share.

Google Classroom

If you’re using Google Classroom, click this button to add your deck to a Google Classroom page. Learn more here.


To embed a deck in a website or blog, click Embed, select HTML code then copy and paste the string of code. Read more about embedding Haiku Decks here.


To download a beautiful PDF handout that includes your Public Notes, click Download, then Download an Adobe Acrobat PDF copy of your Haiku Deck. Read more about why and how to add Public Notes here.

Your presentation online: Sample Haiku Deck PDF

Sample page of PDF handout showing slides and public notes

Sharing to Other Sites

You can always simply copy the deck URL and post directly to any social site. Read more about ways to share here.

Haiku Deck Help: Sharing your Haiku Deck

Note: For getting-started Haiku Deck help, be sure to check out the Haiku Deck Tutorial and How the App and Website Work Together.

There are a lot of great reasons to share your decks online and lots of different ways to do it, but sometimes there’s a little confusion surrounding this topic. Note that sharing your Haiku Deck is part of our free offering, Haiku Deck Basic.

We thought we’d put a little resource together to help shed some light on this topic so you can easily set your story free!

3 Ways to Get Started Sharing:

  1. From within the Haiku Deck Editor
  2. From your User Profile Page (web) or Main Screen (iPad app)
  3. From the Deck Playback Page

Sharing from within Haiku Deck Editor:

To share your Haiku Deck from within the editor, open your deck and look in the top right corner for the share icon.

Haiku Deck Share Button

Share from main screen

After you tap this button, you’ll be presented with a range of options for sharing via various social networks. If you want to embed your deck in a blog, use the HTML option. Also note, we now support adding to Google Classroom along with other common social networks. COPY LINK option puts a link to your deck on the clipboard so you can easily paste it directly into an email or into a social post elsewhere.  Note that the “allow reuse…” checkbox allows others to copy your deck into their own gallery for editing. This is a great way to collaborate with colleagues, classmates, or others who might want to work with or remix your presentation content.

Haiku Deck Share Options


Sharing from your Profile Page and the iPad App Main Screen:

To share from your profile page on the web, sign in at and look for the options below your deck.

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To share from your iPad Main screen, look for the share button here shown on each deck:

ipad share button


Share from Deck Playback Page:

The share controls on the deck playback page are found to the left of the slides as shown below. Note that hovering over the “+” sign reveals more choices for sharing to LinkedIn, Google Plus, Google Classroom, and for embedding your Haiku Deck in a blog.

playback share

Here are some great ideas for using Haiku Deck with various social networks:

Facebook: Post memorable birthday messages, one-of-a-kind photo albums, or other creations you’re proud of directly to Facebook. If you haven’t yet configured a Facebook account in your iPad Settings, you’ll be prompted to do so.

Twitter: Don’t forget to share your amazing stories and ideas to Twitter! Again, you’ll be prompted to configure your Twitter account in iPad Settings if you haven’t already.

Email: If you’d like to delight a small group or your 15,000-member email list with a beautiful Haiku Deck, by all means, do so.

Post to Blog: Tap here to grab an HTML or WordPress embed code, right from the app. You can still get one from the Haiku Deck website, of course.

PPT/Keynote: Tap here to generate an email with an attachment that you can open with recent versions of Powerpoint or Keynote. Tip: If your deck has a lot of slides and you don’t receive the email, try this.

Copy URL: New! Tap here to paste a link to your Haiku Deck right to your clipboard.

Google Classroom: New! Submit Haiku Deck assignments directly to your Google Classroom with this button.

Of course there are many more ways to share from the Haiku Deck website. You can read about them all here.

Publishing updates to your deck, or changing privacy, etc.

If you’ve published a Haiku Deck and later want to make a change, no problem! You can make any changes you like easily update your deck. The best part is that any links you’ve sent out already (including blog embeds) will automatically point to the updated version.

Simply click the SHARE button in the top right, and then click DETAILS at the top and click CONTINUE until you see the green DONE button.

You can also click SHARE in the top right and then click DETAILS or PRIVACY at the top to make changes to the deck description, category, or privacy.

More resources:

Check out our Haiku Deck Web App User Guide, Part 7: Saving, Sharing, & Publishing Your Deck here.

More Haiku Deck Help

If you have a question or need more help, we’re here for you! Drop us a line any time here.

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