Friday, 14 August 2015 02:34

Startup savvy Zeetings sets interactive cloud presentations free

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Prezi dramatically outshines Powerpoint and Keynote, but newcomer Zeetings pivots by adding effortless next-gen interactivity that turns presentations into instantly insightful two-way conversations.

After 12 months of beta testing, Australian social presentation platform Zeetings has launched its new, free, cloud-hosted service which it says ‘gives presenters the power to engage and collaborate with their audiences while gathering data-driven insights.’

The company has done so as Microsoft has unleashed its own next-gen presentation software, dubbed Sway, to combat the rise of Prezi's wonderfully dynamic presentations, with Zeetings delivering its own next-gen dimensions to be a game changer of its own. 

It does this by letting you easily create and present a ‘zeeting’ - a social, interactive and accessible collaboration experienced via any connected device delivering the host(s) data-driven analytics, helping them understand what their content community is thinking.

Already in use by individuals in a range of companies including HP, eBay, Deloitte, Ikea, XPrize Foundation, SXSW, EY, cSuite, Always On, CSIRO and many others, with a range of testimonials published here, Zeetings’ official launch was scooped by TechCrunch’s Anthony Ha earlier this week on 10 August in an article entitled: “Zeetings Adds Interactivity And Analytics To Your Presentations”. 

To celebrate its coverage, Zeetings says it is ‘inviting every startup in Australia to use Zeetings for free’, which dovetails nicely with Zeetings’ own status as a successful new Australian startup that has just launched a game changing experience, product and technology all its own.

However, with the service now officially available and free to all, it’s really an invitation for startups, businesses, organisations and anyone to meet, greet and present to anyone or any group in person, online or both, the world over - in a greatly enhanced new way.

So, how does Zeetings work and what makes it different?

Zeetings says it ’shifts the communication paradigm by transforming one-way presentations into powerful, dynamic, two-way conversations.’

Import presentations created in Powerpoint, from PDFs or images, and then combine them with videos, polls, questions, comments and Web content to create your interactive new Zeeting.

Each audience member connects to your presentation using the browser on any smartphone, tablet or computer to a simple, customisable URL without having to download any additional software or create any accounts.

The participants then interact with the presenter by following the slides on their own personal device screens, voting in polls, posting question and comments and connecting with everyone in the room.

Zeetings says ‘every audience member can have their voice heard, increasing the impact of meetings and presentations, and creating online content communities that continue to exist after the event is over.’

Zeetings ‘keeps everyone connected and engaged in the conversation' with 'the presentation’s content, which can include PowerPoints, PDFs, videos and more, remaining live in the cloud, allowing for edits and changes, as well as becoming a valuable resource audiences can re-visit.’

The company adds that 'presenters also maintain strict control over who has access to the content and make sure everyone has the most up-to-date version.’

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I saw Zeetings present itself using its clever presentation platform earlier this year at MediaConnect’s TechLeaders 2015 conference in the Blue Mountains of NSW, Australia, and impressively, it worked as advertised even though it was in beta form at the time.

You can see for yourself by joining the Zeetings service for free and seeing the ‘Welcome to Zeetings!’ presentation which serves as both a simple tutorial on what to do next - and how it powerfully works.

Now the Zeetings has officially launched, the company’s co-founder and CEO, Robert Kawalsky, said: “Zeetings is stunningly simple. It turns dreary monologues into lively, informative dialogues.

“Presentations are one of the top methods of communication. We’ve found a way to turn anyone into a better presenter, giving them the power to engage their community and create a collaborative environment—a virtuous cycle, if you will.”

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Zeetings co-founder and VP, Tony Surtees, explained part of the inspiration to create the Zeetings experience.

He said: ‘We created Zeetings was to help startups pitch better. Simple. We believed that being helping more interactive we could help make an audience more engaged. We wanted every Australian entrepreneur and manager to pitch better.”

“Our team, based here in Sydney are pumped to be making some noise in the US. As thrilled as we are getting this visibility, we want to get our fellow Aussie innovators, hustlers, hackers and others to use Zeetings and show the world what great startups Australia can produce.”

“US based startups are great at pitching. We believe knowing more about your audience enables a presenter to make an audience more responsive. By using Zeetings we can help every Australian startup pitch better.”

Surtees gives an example of one entrepreneur, Phil Hayes-St Clair, who used Zeetings “in a way we hadn’t ever seen before - as a killer follow-up tool for a small startup at a trade event.

“He had a trade show stand but no followup material. He pitched 42 times in two days at Echelon in Singapore and then followed up with a ‘shared Zeeting’ with each prospect. He converted the pitches to 11 investors and customer conversations in Asia each of whom responded within 48 hours of receiving the Zeetings link.”

So, with a ‘zeeting’ being a ‘social, interactive and accessible collaboration via any connected device while data-driven analytics help hosts understand what their content community is thinking’ that is connected to the company’s ‘cloud-based presentation and content interaction platform that transforms the audience from passive viewers into active participants’, Zeetings zigs while they zag and looks set to zoom!

After all, Zeetings is claiming to help you create and deliver a ‘genuine connection between presenter and audience’ which is ‘changing the paradigm from one-way to two-way conversations’.

It really does sound like the world’s newest and most interactive way to ensure the people you’re presenting to are truly present has just presented itself!

For more info and to try it out for yourself, visit Zeetings.com.


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