Homepage | Startup Genome 7 Tips for Creating Professional PowerPoint Templates A boring PowerPoint presentation has no merit. If the information isn’t presented well, your audience won’t take it in, so it’s crucial to put together something that people can really engage with. A balance of visual interest and well presented information is key to a successful PowerPoint. By taking the time to make a well-crafted Template, you can save yourself a lot of effort later on. Follow these tips, and you can be confident that every PowerPoint you make will hit its mark. How to Create a Template To get started on your Template, create a new Presentation and then navigate to View > Slide Master. Edit the Slide Master—that’s the slide at the top of the left-hand sidebar—to establish any elements that are set to run through each different type of slide, such as a company logo or a background design. Next, work your way through the rest of the list to tweak individual variants like title cards and slides with multimedia elements. Using a Template Use Themes to Keep Things Consistent
An Epic List of 100 Growth Hacks for Startups I recently launched my first SaaS product after four months of planning and design and another eight months of development. That gave me a LOT of time to start planning for growth and in particular, customer acquisition. I read everything I could from Sean Ellis, Liam Gooding, Ryan Holliday, Andrew Chen, and many others. In fact, I spent over 100 hours preparing one hundred different growth hacks to implement for my startup and I have prepared them for you to review below. These growth hacks can be used by startups and established businesses as well. I broke these down into different stages, which Dave McClure came up with and appropriately named “pirate metrics” (due to the AARRR acronym). AcquisitionActivationRetentionReferralRevenue Most of the growth hacks listed here are in the “Acquisition” stage. 1. Almost ALL websites see a dip in traffic on the weekend. 2. Get noticed by commenting on SlideShare presentations. 3. 4. Use a hello bar style fixed position sign-up form. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Mural.ly 12 Websites for Royalty Free Stock Photos for Business Advertising 12 Websites for Royalty Free Stock Photos for Business Advertising One of the most common questions I get is: "Where can I get free photos or royalty free stock photos for business advertising, marketing, etc?" The answer is not so obvious since each business has its own unique need. What is the quality and/uniquesness of the photograph needed? Business success depends on a balance of creativity, originality and BUDGET. With this balance in mind and to help entrepreneurs save time, here is my list of royalty free stock photos for business advertising websites. Here is the list: (Watch for "Free Photos" next to the options) Everystockphoto.com - Free Photos Everystockphoto.com says they are a search engine for free photos. Free images for business or commercial use are available if you know where to look. Stokpic.com - Free Photos SplitShire - Free Photos Delicious free stock photos for personal & commercial use. Well Guys, there you are... IconFinder Freeimages - Free Photos Added July 2015.
Smarter Landing Pages, Opt-in Forms, & Email Marketing TextMaster Raises Further €1M To Crowdsource Translation, Copywriting And Proofreading | TechCrunch TextMaster, the crowdsourced platform for content translation, copywriting, and proofreading, has raised €1 million in a second round of funding. Money it has pegged for further International expansion, specifically Germany and Asia. The fresh capital comes from previous backer Alven Capital, eFounders and Cédric Siré (the founder of Webedia group). We’ve previously described TextMaster as akin to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk but for a very specific niche. It claims over 5,000 customers, from SMEs to multinational corporations, seeing it used in industries such as e-tourism, e-commerce, manufacturing, communication and mobile apps. The startup has also been gunning to be a platform in the true sense of the word, by offering a public API so that app developers can build copywriting, translation and proofreading functionality into their wares. Competitors include Scripted, Greatcontent, and Textbroker (copywriting), Wordy (proofreading), and Gengo (translation).
Circle of Growth — Growing + Scaling Startups “Circle of Growth” is a concept launched by Leo Exter and Omar Mohout in Belgium. Concept behind the Circle of Growth The concept is pretty simple: bring together 5 technology Startups that are in the same stage of growth, i.e. product/market fit. Coach them as a group during 90 minutes (!) Not only the two coaches will focus 100% of their attention on the 5 teams; learning, sharing and coaching from the peers are as important if not more important as they all face similar issues. The challenge: growth We believe that growth for software en web service companies can be essentially brought back to two basic constraints:1. Compare it to a retail shop. In the online world, the shop window is the Landing Page. Historically the two persons in companies, after the CEO, that have the most power are the VP Sales and the CFO. So if you want to fix your growth, you need to ensure (1) that relevant visitors come to your Landing Page and (2) that visitors convert into users or customers. The pioneers
61 Best Social Media Tools for Small Business Banana Republic and Susan’s Neighborhood Shirt Shop could be using the same social networks—Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc.—but their marketing plans and their marketing tools are likely quite different. Enterprise solutions are great for the big guys, but the rest of us are in the market for something more our size. Small businesses are eager to find valuable tools that take a lot of the time and trouble out of social media marketing and that do so without costing an arm and a leg. I think we’d all want tools like that, right? Well, I went searching for just this kind of simple, easy, cost-effective tool, and I came up with 61 that made the cut. Hopefully you find one or two here that you can use in your small scale marketing that can get you big results. Update: If you’re managing multiple accounts, you might enjoy this list of 6 social media management tools and strategies—it may help you put some of the tools here into practice! Ok, back to the blogpost! Buffer SocialBro Tweetdeck Tweriod
Best Cloud Telephony & IVR System in India | Get Toll Free Number What is Cloud Telephony & IVR Software? Cloud Computing is the most trending topic these days and the term ‘Cloud telephony’ is also picking up a lot of response in the business houses. However, not many people know what this is and why it is an important part of IVR System. Interactive Voice Response or IVR is a telephony system that is automated and it plays a vital role in interacting with the callers, gathering information from them and then routing the calls to the relevant person. Cloud telephony specifically refers to the services offered in IVR like voice services and replaces the business telephone equipment (like PBX, which is outdated now) with third-party VoIP services that are in vogue. Since cloud communication enables voice as well as data communication through applications and services by hosting them on services owned and maintained by providers, making it cost effective for customers to interact with them without any hassles. Advantages: Risks: The key features are: