Are you making use of SlideShare as a social media marketing option?

With a little effort you could you SlideShare as a conversion tool.

SlideShare is owned by Linkedin and is useful for sharing presentations giving you creditability with your audience in addition it’s a hot social platform. Many businesses are missing out on the huge potential of SlideShare as a social marketing tool.

Why SlideShare?

As mentioned LinkedIn owns SlideShare, which means the platforms work seamlessly together. By creating content on SlideShare, you have an important connection with the biggest professional social media platform. If you want to show your expertise in your industry and become a thought leader, the LinkedIn/SlideShare combination is an undeniable powerhouse.

Sign up for SlideShare Pro at no cost. Beyond just uploading static presentation slides, you can also upload video—a perfect opportunity for repurposing webinars or company videos.

You can even upload content that you make available only to a select audience. Just share the link with your VIP customers and they’ll have access to your exclusive content.

SlideShare analytics offer insights into what’s working and what’s not, so you can adjust your marketing appropriately.

An important feature of any platform you work with is analytics—the dread and delight of all social media marketers. With SlideShare’s analytics, you can find out which presentations are most popular and enhance those with additional conversion options.

#1: Collect Emails From Viewers

LeadShare is SlideShare’s way of allowing you to collect the emails of people who download your presentations. You can simply insert lead capture forms within presentations, documents and video.

For example, you can set your contact form to show while a user is looking at your slides. The contact form will show up after the tenth slide, at the end of the deck or via a permanent display button on the slide player.

 

LeadShare makes it easy to collect emails from viewers.

And the best part? If you embed your SlideShare deck on your website or other social networks, the contact form remains intact.

Another option is to set your form to show when a user downloads your original presentation or PDF file.

Regardless of which method you use, you can see your lead captures in the LeadShare section of your Pro Dashboard. As an added bonus, the information is also emailed to you.

To capture the most leads, upload content to SlideShare on a regular basis and make sure your lead form shows on your download.

#2: Include Links in Slides

If you want to move people to your website, lead magnet or contact form, embedded links are key. SlideShare lets you include live links starting on your fourth slide and going all the way through to the end of your presentation.

You can add links to your presentation within PowerPoint or Keynote before you upload your slides.

Keep your subscription forms short for maximum engagement.

Add Visual Calls to Action

Your calls to action are what move users to complete your targeted task. You can’t be subtle and expect to get clicks. Be loud and clear—use graphics such as arrows and buttons combined with text to ask for the click-through that are in keeping with your brand.

 

If you didn’t use clear calls to action in your previously uploaded presentations, don’t sweat it. SlideShare is the only platform that allows you to update your posts without losing the social sharing counts and views.

It’s worth taking the time to go back and update your old presentations with visual calls to action and links.

Create an Enticing Description

The description you use for your SlideShare presentation is just as important as your slides, links, calls to action and contact forms.

What you write here not only helps users, but also it’s important for SEO. Ann Smarty says, “The text you include here is what the search engines see. What you say and how you say it can improve your SlideShare natural rankings dramatically.”

Within the description, you can include links to your company website, blog or email sign-up form. But don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to the usual links—point people where you want them to go. For example, I linked my Pinterest SlideShare to both a pin and my website.

Many companies are ignoring the opportunity to enhance their descriptions for SEO and other important factors. Don’t make the same mistake!

Over to You

Think ABC: Always Be Converting. While the usual suspects—your website, Facebook, etc.—are important, don’t discount SlideShare. It offers an often-overlooked lead gathering opportunity.

You can present your valuable content in an interesting way to a new audience, watch how it performs and tempt your new audience to connect with you.

Maximizing your content’s effectiveness by creating SlideShare presentations is something wise social media marketers will be taking advantage of. It can be fun too.

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