Rich Media Presentations Grab Attention
CustomShow users replace boring text and bullet lists heavy presentations with high quality videos, animations, photos, illustrations, graphical icons and music (rich media) to tell their story. This grabs their audience’s attention, keeps them engaged and delivers a memorable experience.
Our customers ask us two questions very frequently:
- When should I use a specific rich media type such video, photo, illustration, etc.?
- How can I create stunning presentations without spending too much money?
This article answers both of these questions. We explain the ideal use of each rich media content type. Our team conducted extensive research to find and rank the best sites to get that provide rich media content for free.
Videos and Animations
The most common use of videos in presentation include:
- Presenting a customer testimonial or an executive’s message
- Describing a place
- Demonstrating your offering
- Explaining a complex idea
In addition, CustomShow users use background videos to grab the audience’s attention and set the tone of the slide. It is the easiest way to make your presentation standout.
Here is a list and ranking of sites from which you can download and use free videos and animations.
Videos improve presentation quality CustomShow users make liberal use of high definition free stock videos in their show-and-tell for B2B sales. Checkout a few samples
High Resolution Photos
The most common use of photos in presentations include:
- Representing people and places
- Displaying products
- Expressing an emotion
Photos also form excellent backdrops and set a mood.
Here is a list and ranking of sites from which you can download and use free photos.
A photo is worth a thousand words… Text-heavy headings and bullets, that are common in PowerPoint presentations, bore your audience. CustomShow users spice up their
Illustrations and Infographics
People often make the mistake of explaining things with too much of text. Simple illustrations and infographics are easier to understand and more memorable.
Here is a list and ranking of some great sites from you can download and use free illustrations and infographics.
A survey of 6 websites that provide free illustrations and infographics with no download costs and royalty-free distribution. Use them to explain everything.
Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG)
Icons reinforce your textual descriptions. Diagrams of common shapes such as sales funnel, organizational hierarchy, process diagrams, common day-to-day objects, etc. deliver your message visually. Together, they balance out the layout and deliver the message more effectively.
SVG files are very light, they scale infinitely and are fairly easy to modify to suit your purpose.
Designers have created and shared thousands of icons and diagrams. Here is a list of sites that provide access to them at no cost.
Scale across mobile to cinema screens with SVG 80% of the presentations shared with customers are viewed on mobile devices. On the other hand, live
Sound Effects and Background Music
Don’t over use it but inserting a relevant sound effect can draw your audience’s attention at the right time. Background music can set the mood and tempo. All of this is especially important when you are not presenting in person and sharing the presentation.
Here is a list of some sites with great collection of free sound effects and background music.
We hope that easy access to high quality rich media content will encourage you to design spectacular presentations that grab attention and engage your audience.