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Tool suggestions to jazz up a product demonstration?

Hope everyone is well. Looking for tool suggestions to really spice up a product demonstration. For ppt presentation portion, Prezi, Slides, and Adobe Slate have been mentioned, but would love to hear not only additional thoughts on really making a slide deck pop and be impactful from a design perspective, but outside the box thoughts on creating intuitive and immersive product demonstrations for prospects, specifically for enterprise software platforms if context is helpful.

Thanks for your time and consideration and look forward to hearing your thoughts.

JG

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Brian Piercy
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Brian Piercy Entrepreneur
Full-stack product manager. Polymath.
How about video? Dropbox's video-based startup pitch is sorta legendary. :-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QmCUDHpNzE
Michael D. Bower
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Michael D. Bower Entrepreneur • Advisor
B2B Ecommerce Consultant and Agency Owner
Jesse to take a quick step back, what's making you feel the need to spice up the deck? I love the idea of a really nice flashy presentation approach, but I keep hearing that the 10-20-30 rule is the best to go with -- ultra simple. Pair that with a very to-the-point demo. Am I crazy? Michael Bower
Don Holtz
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Don Holtz Entrepreneur
Group President at Phoenix Marketing International
There are products that make ppt, docx, and pdf files interactive such as Xcelcius. Don Holtz President Phoenix Marketing
Sardar Atif Habib
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Sardar Atif Habib Entrepreneur
Visual Communicator and Presentation Designer ✔
Being a designer with over 10 years on experience in visual communication, I will just say that it is not the Gun but the man behind the Gun, that matters. Innovation, creativity and Ingenuity of mind of designer can design anything extra ordinary. You don't have to merely depend on the tools. Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
Andrea Raimondi
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Andrea Raimondi Entrepreneur
Computer Software Consultant and Contractor
Put the right content in it.
Leah Coss
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Leah Coss Entrepreneur • Advisor
Director of Franchise Development at CYI
Perspective and context is always a great way to help conversion. Reminding them of their current struggle or problem is key. Perhaps showing a contrasting deck or demo of their current options for solving the problem and highlighting the limitations of it. Then in contrast, show them your option and how it doesn't have those same limitations.

As well, if you are in a tradeshow environment, sometimes people will walk up part way through your demo or not want to engage with you at all. They like to look around by themselves and figure it out. So while you have a demo station that you are manually running, having a reel constantly rolling on the side of the booth showing what your program does with (not audio as it can get loud in there) but text on the video for them to read about the features and benefits while getting to see how it works.
Bob Scheier
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Bob Scheier Advisor
Veteran IT marketing copywriter, IT journalist, community manager
My suggestions, from years of watching product demos as a trade press editor:

1) Describe specifically where you fit vs. competitors -- price, scalability, features, differentiation.

2) Provide real-world examples, ideally with dummy data or a transaction similar to that the prospect would execute.

Hope this helps;

Bob
Jesse Guglielmo
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Jesse Guglielmo Advisor
Senior Manager, Enterprise Sales at Pathgather
Thanks for the suggestions folks. Appreciate all the help.
Brian Chan
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Brian Chan Entrepreneur
Helping Sales Teams Save Time and Increase Pipeline Visibility for Management
I am in Sales at a company called Speakeasy and if your company uses Salesforce we are great for product demos and capture things that happen on the call and log it into the right fields in Salesforce to save your reps a lot of time while giving management greater pipeline visibility.

If you are interested in taking a look I would love to walk you through the platform and if you like it I will let you and your team pilot it for free in exchange for feedback and to make sure it is a great fit.

You can contact me at [removed to protect privacy]
You could also check out our website at speakeasy.co
Aaron Schmookler
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Company Culture Engineer / Change Management Improv Trainer / Keynote Interactive Speaker
You are the presentation, not your slides. The sizzle should be in your style, your content, your ability to connect with the audience, your ability to highlight the benefits of the product. If people are paying attention to your slide transitions, you've lost their attention where you need it.

If anyone says, "that's cool," about anything other than your product, you're pitching the wrong product.

Good luck!
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