What we offer :
Your next conference presentation will play a major role in delivering your organisation’s next 12 months performance.
Without a doubt, you need certainty. We deliver this certainty through:
- Insightful collaboration to help you develop a compelling conference script
- Visual creativity to ensure your presentation grips the audience
- Experience and commitment to deliver what works
Prices start at £3,495
Call 0845 366 4131 or write to us for more information.
Our customers come to us for their conference presentations when they need more than PowerPoint can deliver. Usually the stakes are high.
We respect this, and back it up with the skills that will help you deliver the conference of a lifetime.
How our Multimedia Presentations differ from Traditional Conference Presentations
|Usability||Left mouse click through operation||Full navigation to instantly correct a mistaken click|
|Animation||Text moves with poor quality blocky animation||Dynamic animation to enhance the meaning of your message|
|Creativity||The look of every slide is predictable and quickly becomes dull, as they’re all based on the same template||Each slide is different and designed for an original fresh feel, as template use is minimised|
|Images||Images often poor in style or quality||Power images that will impress your audience are used|
|Content||You have to write it all, or maybe have someone to help you||We add our award winning insight to your experience|
|Runtime||Presentations are usually too long, with too much extra flannel||Crisp content means less runtime while delivering more substance|
|Special features||Can run video or flash, but they look like they’ve been added as an afterthought, or “stuck on”||Features like video or flash are visually integrated into the whole design framework for a totally professional finish|
|Installability||Files rely on having correct software versions, and correct locations of images, all of which can go wrong||You get a single .exe file guaranteed to work 1st time on any PC|
|Fonts||Only standard PC fonts can be used||Any font can be used, perfectly matching your corporate style|
|Last Minute Changes||Text can be changed the night before||Text can be changed the night before the event|
“… how fantastic our conference presentation was at the weekend. JB and I looked like multimedia Gods!! Thanks for all your effort and hard work. I hope we can find lots of excuses to use you again in the near future.”
Background to Conference Presentations
Not that long ago, a classroom-style overhead projector (properly called an epidiascope) with A4 transparencies and a marker pen was the norm for most conferences. But those with more resources preferred to use slide shows, based on professionally prepared photographic or graphic transparencies.
In fact, until the early 90s, producing slide transparencies and charts for conferences, presentations and events was big business.
Meanwhile the very rich employed elaborate stage effects such as revolving turntables, or near-circus lighting.
Or more creatively, for example, companies like IBM would employ a creative team to write whole dramas – mini stage plays if you like – using a cast of actors to bring their conference message to life.
The best boardrooms in Britain would boast multi-slide projectors, where slide after slide would dissolve over one another, synced to music – perhaps even Queen’s “We Are The Champions!”
But overall, conferences were fewer and further between in those days as the cost of a conference presentation was high, and not everyone was that mobile to attend.
Then by the 90s we saw the emergence of graphic desktop PCs.
Companies could produce their own conference-ready charts in house, but the biggie of them all was the arrival of Microsoft’s Powerpoint.
At a single stroke, directors and line managers could have clickable bullet points on demand for their presentations, which could light up the whole conference event.
And with this leap in technology we also saw a great increase in the actual numbers of conferences being held.
This was helped along by greater car ownership, the growth in conference facilities at reasonable cost, and the increasingly recognised need for events where companies to get together and meet.
Nonetheless, not everyone had Powerpoint straightaway. It took time to grow in popularity to what it is today.
The first five years of Powerpoint was a honeymoon period for all. It had so few facilities that almost anybody could operate it, and on that simple level, anybody still can. Any corporate event could have slides.
But PowerPoint’s universal appeal has led in part to its downfall.
Because Powerpoint became so common, every laptop travelling salesperson started obliging every buyer to sit and endure a company presentation, whether they liked it or not.
The phenomenon known as “death by powerpoint” began to appear. This led to a welcome stratification of the now massively growing presentation market into more clearly defined lower and higher ends.
Lower end event presentations had found their doyen in Powerpoint, as every manager became empowered to deliver a structured presentation on a laptop to any audience that needed to listen.
Higher end presentations still used Powerpoint as the package’s facilities became more professional. But as PowerPoint’s professionalism increased, so did the skill level required to get the best out of it. A badly executed presentation now looked even worse than ever, and red faces at events started to abound.
Increasingly this void was starting to be filled by specialist companies who could organise a whole conference presentation brief with creativity and flair. But these creatives didn’t necessarily see Powerpoint as their presentation development package of choice.
Because by the late 90s, multimedia software development packages had emerged.
Gaining early notoriety was Macromedia, who cashed in with their sophisticated but highly complex multimedia development tools, Director and Authorware. Difficult to work with, and needing a programmer’s analytical mind combined with a creative flair, costs started to spiral, with some companies paying £40,000 for “something rather special” to grace their conference.
Other packages, notably Digital Workshop’s Opus, began to find favour. It had all the bells and whistles of Director, but worked in a WYSIWYG way, which diminished the technical barriers, and opened the door for creatives to become presentation producers.
Animation, originality, integrated special effects, portability between PCs, and a host of features brought Opus to the attention of creatives everywhere, and hence their customers, the corporates with the still increasing demand for better and better conference presentations.
Which brings us to today.
Now we have powerful projectors at budget prices so event messages can be blown up wall high at greater luminosities and sharpness than ever before.
Allied with WYSIWYG multimedia development software, we see prices coming down to the point where any major event can look and feel original, impress an audience, and make sure the focal point of the conference presentation – the presenter person who has to stand up on stage – looks like a star.