Four Best Practices for Creating Effective Presentations

The marketing priority for small- to medium-sized B2B companies should always be to ensure they are utilizing the web and its global reach before all else. Yet the ultimate goal is to generate leads, create opportunities to engage the customer, and ultimately close the sale. Often this requires face-to-face meetings, product demonstrations, and targeted presentations. In order for your company to really shine at these prospect meetings, you need to be armed with a polished presentation that builds credibility, shows your experience, and conveys a memorable message that doesn’t put people to sleep.

Most often, presentations like this are done in PowerPoint slides. Here are four best practices to create a powerful and reusable slide deck, using examples from a recent project we did with TREW customer DISTek:

1) Design
Hopefully you already have a company slide template, but if not, apply a clean and simple design based on the color palette and font of your brand for visual consistency. Use a minimal header and footer to give yourself plenty of space to maneuver the content as needed.

DISTek uses consistent design between their website (top) and slide template (bottom).

2) Content
Two words: reuse & shorten. If your website is current, effectively designed and includes targeted content throughout, use this as your source material, and then convert it into slides for optimal reuse. You already created it on the web – why recreate it again? Create a cohesive story about who are you as a company, what your offering is and the benefits you can provide, and why your audience should care. Instead of providing lengthy bulleted paragraphs to be read verbatim, use large images and short bullets as visual prompts for the presenter. And build your more complex material with multiple slides instead of animations in case your customer wants to print out the presentation.

Build complex content with multiple slides. Here, the phases of the V development cycle were broken into four slides to show the company’s services from modeling to production test.

3) Script
Everyone in your company has a different way of describing the same diagram or mission statement, so a script is key to making sure all the presenters deliver the same message consistently and coherently. This also allows you to insert pre-planned pauses to engage the customer, ask about their challenges, and bridge back to how your company has the perfect solution.

4) Customization
After all the work to polish and standardize your message, make sure the presentation is customizable for each audience. A simple tweak you can always do is add your customer’s logo to the title page. To make further customization quick and easy, create an appendix with additional case studies, in-depth technical details, and extra images to personalize the slides for a specific industry or application.

Customize your content with images specific to your client.

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