6 Common Features of Interactive Presentation Software—and 5 Uncommon Ones

Shash Cates
Director of Product Marketing at Tiled
September 24, 2020
October 12, 2021

You have an important presentation coming up and the pressure is on. Your boss needs to be impressed, your team needs to be engaged, and the board needs to be on the same page with your vision! How do you transcend their expectations?

Regardless of the situation, you want to create a stunning slideshow that exceeds expectations. Start off the “wow” experience with relevant, creative storytelling presented via an interactive presentation.

6 Common Features of Presentation Software

Traditionally, presentation software accommodates text, images, and audio in a slide-by-slide format. They tend to restrict creators to:

1. Customizable Content

Choose from an assortment of colors, text sizes and font styles, images, videos, animations, graphs, etc., to enhance the information being presented.

2. Transition Effects

When one slide is replaced by the next slide, transitions provide a bit more visual interest but don’t do much to contribute to the message of the presentation.

3. Linear Presentation of Content

Slides show up in a very specific order. If information is out of place, you simply move that slide to the appropriate section in the predesigned linear, static flow.

4. Templates

Slides appear with text boxes for headings, images, and other suggested content. Designers have the option to choose a theme or background color that remains consistent throughout the series of slides.

5. Speaker Notes

Most presentation software is designed to aid a presenter rather than to guide a user through a content experience. Because most static presentation software is creator-centric, functionality that highlights speaker notes is available as a supplementary guide.

6. Shareability

You will also have a channel of some kind for sharing your presentation with your audience. For example, cloud-based access allows you to display your slides from just about anywhere with an internet connection.

5 Uncommon Features of Presentation Software

Unlike standard presentations of the past, where the speaker clicks a button to progress through their “story,” interactive slides improve engagement, retention, and interaction—both with the content and your brand. With Tiled, sharing your content experiences across multiple platforms, adapting them for different devices, and getting actionable insights from real-time analytics enable teams to fully immerse their audience in better stories.

1. Hotspots

Tiled hotspots, or function tiles, are an easy way to create interactions between slides for a more user-centric journey through the content. For example, you can create a slide for each of two comparable items and toggle between the slides as you discuss similarities and differences.

Hotspots are great for live presentations because they allow users to go beyond the typical, predictable layout and flow of content. They allow for a much richer interactive experience with the content. Information can be designed in various tiers or formats so users are able to gain what they need in a way that appeals to them.

2. Device Adaptability

Rather than a “one size fits all” approach to format, customize your presentations to better “present” on various devices. With Tiled, you can create content experiences that are not only compatible with but also optimized for computers, tablets, and smartphones.

3. Content Library & Design Tool Compatibility

Tiled enables you to use a variety of tools for your presentations, rather than limiting you to what is available in a PowerPoint or other slideshow editors. For example, your designers can create all the assets, flow, and content in the design tools they are most comfortable using, then simply import them into Tiled or use existing plugins (Adobe XD / Sketch) to seamlessly sync the design to the interactivity. Once the assets have been added, further customize your content with hotspots for the ultimate interactive, modern experience.

4. Interactive Scrolling

Another great feature to add to your content experience is the ability to scroll through other content within the page. Users don’t have to leave the experience; they just scroll for more! Move beyond the confines of the rectangular space of a text box.

This in-page scrolling feature lets you build multi-dimensional components, including:

  • Include long-form vertical or horizontal infographics
  • Highlight key points in a single, scrollable view
  • Group images to create an interactive gallery, like an employee directory with snapshots of each person

Elements like scrolling make your presentation feel more like touchscreens and social media news feeds that people are so comfortable with and accustomed to nowadays. In effect, your presentation is no longer a slideshow. Now it’s an interactive presentation—a microapp!

5. Analytics

What’s modern day marketing and sales without data-driven insights? Once you’ve created a fully interactive, immersive content experience (you’re no longer playing in the slideshow arena!), optimize your microapps based on engagement data.

For example, you can gather data about how engaged users are with different informational components, what pages they reach, and capture lead contact information—all without ever leaving the microapp!. You can draw insights on what is working and what isn’t and modify for better results. Think of this as one more step to ensure that the content and experience you create for your audience is optimal. It’s another arrow in your modern marketing quiver!

Better Presentations With Tiled

With Tiled, you are no longer limited to traditional features of presentation software. Check out all the features of Tiled, schedule a demo, and get started creating your first microapp today!

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Shash Cates
Director of Product Marketing at Tiled