What is an Online Presentation?

J.S. Metzker Erdemir

An online presentation is any type of presentation that is given over the Internet or sent by e-mail. This can include sales presentations, online conference presentations, or any demonstration of a product or procedure that is done online rather than in person. Some of these presentations are made using presentation software such as PowerPoint®, but an online presentation like a commercial or webinar can also be made with recorded audio and video.

Online presentations can include sales shows, conferences or how-to videos that are shown live or prerecorded over the Internet.
Online presentations can include sales shows, conferences or how-to videos that are shown live or prerecorded over the Internet.

Online sales presentations are becoming an increasingly useful way for companies to introduce or pitch their products. This type of online presentation has many possibilities for the format that can be used. Some are created to look like traditional television commercials, with audio, video, photos, animation, or any combination of these. Others are made with software like PowerPoint or Sliderocket, where the user creates a series of slides containing text, graphs, photographs, and audio. Online sales presentations can be posted on company websites, on blogs, on Facebook, or they can be emailed to customers in newsletters.

Online presentations may be given using videoconferencing software.
Online presentations may be given using videoconferencing software.

An online presentation can also be part of a training session, business meeting, or conference that is conducted online. These presentations can be useful for businesses with offices or branches in different cities, allowing people to meet without the expense of traveling long distances. Using computers equipped with cameras, microphones, and often large viewing screens, people are able to meet and give presentations in almost the same way as they would face-to-face in a face to face meeting.

Online presentations may be used for education purposes.
Online presentations may be used for education purposes.

A webinar is another kind of online presentation. With audio and video equipment, it is possible to record a traditional lecture or seminar and post it online, where it can be viewed for free or with a fee. These presentations can be used for distance learning, training courses, and for sales and demonstrations of new products. Some webinars can be linked to from a school’s or company’s website, while others might be posted on video-sharing sites such as YouTube™ or Vimeo.

Online presentation tools and software are becoming more widely available on the Internet. Google introduced the presentation software Presently in late 2007 as part of Google Docs™, its online office software package. Other online tools like AjaxPresents™, Zoho® Show, or Sliderocket™ allow users to import files from their computers or generate interactive and animated presentations using Flash, then publish, share, and store presentations online, or embed presentations in blogs or on Facebook.

Online presentations may be used as an additional training resource.
Online presentations may be used as an additional training resource.

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