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10 more new things you can do with Knovio Gold

Recently, we published a list of ten things you can do with every Knovio Upgrade. But you’ve chosen to step up your game with Knovio Gold, and I wanted to share with you ten more things that come with that step-up in capability.

Ten Key Knovio Gold Features

  1. Create a quiz or KnowledgeCheck. Whether you’re an educator, trainer, or marketer, you’ll find power in being able to ask your viewers questions along the way. We support open-ended questions, too!
  2. Sign in your viewers with a guestbook. Want to know exactly who’s viewing your content? Add a guestbook form up-front, and it will instantly shed light on who’s watching.
  3. Add a password to your presentation. The guestbook feature allows you to require a password so only the invited can watch your content.
  4. Export with the highest possible online video resolution. While every Knovio upgrader gets 720p video export, Knovio Gold kicks it up to a full 1080p. Crispness to impress!
  5. Get detailed viewer-by-viewer tracking information. In combination with Knovio Gold’s guestbook feature, you’ll get detailed, viewer-by-viewer reports not only on who watched, but how engaged they were, what questions they answered, and more.
  6. Use your content in a learning management system. With Knovio Gold, your Share page now lets you export a SCORM file that allows your Knovio to be snapped right into SCORM-compatible Learning Management Systems.
  7. Embellish your quizzes. Don’t just ask questions in text — embed images, add right/wrong answer feedback, and scoring criteria. And use our unique multi-section quizzing to sprinkle questions throughout your Knovio, not just put them at the end.
  8. Issue completion certificates. Whether you’re certifying your viewer or just wanting to give reinforcement and encouragement, you can issue customized completion certificates to those who pass your quizzes.
  9. Customize your guestbook with the fields you want to track. Don’t just use the fields we supply. Ask your viewer just about anything when they register, and have it show up in your tracking reports.
  10. Get detailed notifications when someone watches. Set Knovio up with notifications to let you know by email when someone watches, and send you information about their level of engagement.

A great way to get started on these Knovio Gold features is to read the easy-to-follow documentation we’ve written: “Creating Quizzes with Knovio Gold”.

Remember, these are all in addition to the new features that every upgrader gets. If you missed the post and video series on that, you’ll find it here: “Ten New Features that Every Knovio Upgrade Gets”

Videos: 10 Things You Can Do with Every Knovio Upgrade

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Let’s be honest. The reason many people upgrade their Knovio is because they hit one of the limits of the free edition: recording time, number of presentations, or standard-definition video export. But when they get their upgrade, they find a whole new world of features — and new creative possibilities — open to them. New designs. New interactive features. New tracking.

I’ve just completed a new video series to help upgraders discover and learn the new power within their hands. And every one of these videos was made with Knovio Pro. I hope these are helpful as you continue to learn and explore Knovio.

10 Key Features of Every Knovio Upgrade

  1. Clickable chapter navigation – Your viewers now see a list of chapter titles, taken from your PowerPoint slides.  You can also change these chapters.  (See how.)
  2. Alternative player designs – You now have more than a dozen player layouts to choose from, to give your Knovio different looks and interactive features.  (See how.)
  3. Embedded video clips – You can insert video clips right into your Knovio and show them in the flow of your slideshow.  (See how.)
  4. Footnotes and attachments – Enhance your slideshow with dynamic footnotes, reference links, and attachments that can invite your viewer to find out more.  (See how.)
  5. PowerPoint animations – Unlike with the free version, your upgraded version of Knovio takes full advantage of the animations that are built into PowerPoint, and give you the ability to step through those animations as you narrate.  (See how.)
  6. HD video export – While the free version lets you export Knovio to standard-definition video files, now they can be rendered in full high-definition 720p crispness.  (See how.)
  7. Email receipts – Send your Knovio to someone, and get a detailed report back by email when they view it: when, how much, and even an engagement score to see how they interacted with it. (See how.)
  8. Personalize with your logo and colors – While our blue, white and gold templates are designed to be attractive, we understand you might want to customize the appearance of your Knovios with your own branding, including a logo for your business or school. (See how.)
  9. Set autoplay, looping, and redirect – With your new Knovio version, you have much more control of how your Knovio plays.  You can set it to auto-play or even loop continuously, and you can even set it to redirect to another web page after it’s finished playing. (See how.)
  10. Your Knovios Won’t Expire – We assure you that your Knovios will stay online and available as long as your account is current, unlike Knovios created with the free product, which are subject to deletion.  No advertising on your Knovio player, either!

Knovio Gold and Knovio Suite users get even more capability — like quizzes, registration, password protection, detailed tracking and more. We’ll cover those in a future video series.

Knovio Goes to College

One of the more remarkable things that’s happened in the 14 months since Knovio officially came out of “beta test mode” has been its rapid — and quite organic — growth on college and university campuses.  Without a single advertisement or marketing campaign, Knovio has taken off purely through word-of-mouth, to the point where there are now more than 1,500 “.edu” domains represented in the Knovio user base.  More than half of the 170,000-plus registered Knovio users self-identify as educators or students.  We’ve found Knovio being used on campus in 33 countries on six continents, and in all fifty United States.

Knovio is popular among both faculty and students and even staff on campus:

  • For educators, Knovio is an easy and painless way to create “flipped classroom” lectures (to be watched before coming to class), multimedia teaching and “how-to” notes, reports on faculty research, and distance learning content.
  • For students, Knovio is a great way to submit presentation-based assignments (especially collaborative group work), as well as to practice their presentation skills (especially if they are not native language speakers).
  • For staff, we’ve seen Knovio used for distributing orientation material, onboarding new employees, virtual open houses, and alumni/donor communications.

All of this was a delightful surprise to us at KnowledgeVision, a company that has traditionally been business-to-business — that is, serving corporate learning, content marketing, sales enablement, corporate communications, and investor relations.

But the market was telling us something important: Knovio and the college campus are a natural fit!  So now, we’ve sought out and found a committed educational technology partner to help us tune Knovio to the higher education marketplace.  So let me introduce our new strategic partner for higher education, Jenzabar Inc.

JenzabarLogoJenzabar is one of the leaders in providing technology to the college and university community.  Originally rooted in student information systems, Jenzabar is now investing heavily in e-learning platforms in order to cover even more comprehensively the entire student life-cycle — from admission and enrollment, to registration and course selection, to course administration and grade-keeping, to billing and even alumni relations.

Knovio fits right in with Jenzabar’s modern eLearning platform — a Learning Management System that works seamlessly with the college’s other administrative platforms.  An advanced version of Knovio will be intimately tied in with Jenzabar eLearning, even to the point of passing embedded quiz results and grades directly into the Jenzabar grade book.

Over the coming weeks and months, watch for a whole series of joint initiatives in the higher education market from Jenzabar and KnowledgeVision, starting with Knovio Campus — a plan that puts an advanced version of Knovio in the hands of every student, faculty member, and staffer on campus, at a very low price, tied to enrollment.

We’re very excited about this partnership and what it means for the future of Knovio on campus.  And we’re grateful to the tens of thousands of students and educators who have discovered and adopted Knovio on their own, making this partnership not only possible but also the best outcome imaginable.

Jenzabar CEO Bob Maginn announces the company's strategic partnership with KnowledgeVision at the Jenzabar Annual Meeting of college and university customers, in June 2016.

What Network News Anchors can Teach you about Framing Video Selfies

After looking at a few thousand video “selfies” made with the Knovio online presentation tool, the conclusion is inescapable: most people don’t intuitively know how to frame their self-headshot for maximum effect.  It’s worthwhile, then, to take a moment to see how the network news programs showcase their anchor talent, and then apply that to Knovio.

Take a look at these shots of some of the most visible news anchors in America.  What do you notice?

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The framing of each of these standard shots is characterized by three things:

  • The top of the person’s head is close to but just below the top of the frame;
  • The shoulders of the speaker are clearly visible; and
  • The eyes of the speaker are approximately 1/3 of the way from the top of the frame.

In contrast, take a look at these (disguised) headshot video images taken straight from publicly-distributed presentations made by Knovio users: misframed-shots

These display the most common mistake made by Knovio users: improper framing, with too much headroom.  And because we as television viewers are conditioned to a certain style of video framing, the result is that the video can be distracting.  What’s more, improperly framed videos rob the viewer of the chance to read your body language, facial expressions, and gestures that can add to your Knovio story.

rule-of-thirdsVideo producers often talk about the “rule of thirds” in composing a video frame, in which the most important elements of the picture fall on the one-third mark within the frame (see the reference image to the right).  In a single-subject image like a face-forward headshot, the vertical lines are less relevant, but it’s generally agreed that the most powerful framing is achieved by placing the presenter’s eyes on the horizontal line one-third of the way down from the top of the frame, and the top of the head just below the top of the frame.

michael-kolowich-rule-of-thirds-video-framingHere’s how this applies to a presentation I recently recorded for Present-It.com (see the image to the left).  By keeping your eyes on the one-third line, your head just below the top of the frame, and your head centered in the frame, you’ll look your best, and be in position to take full advantage of the gestures, body language, and facial expressions that are very much part of a well-presented Knovio story.

Present-It.com: Sharing Your Knovio with the World

You’ve finished recording a brilliant Knovio presentation.  You’ve made great slides, figured out just the right way to articulate your idea.  You’ve given a brilliant, high-energy performance to your narration.  And you’ve pressed PUBLISH.

Now what?

If you’ve got a high-traffic website, or lots of Twitter or LinkedIn followers or a ton of Facebook friends, you’re on your way: you can use Knovio’s embed codes and social sharing options to get the word out.

But if you don’t have those channels (and even if you have), you’re a bit stuck.  Now, there’s an answer: Present-It.com.

Present-It-ScreenShot-May2016The idea for Present-It.com came to me when I was looking at a lot of the great presentations that are being created on Knovio that deserve a lot more attention than they’re being given.  Despite the fact that the internet is a very busy place, it’s not always easy for a brilliant idea to be spontaneously discovered.

So we decided to do something about it: Present-It.com was born, and we launched it just a few days ago.

Present-It.com is an online home for multimedia presentations — the kinds of audio- and video-narrated presentations that are made with Knovio and other KnowledgeVision tools like KVStudio.

Present-It.com is designed to be an interesting destination in its own right: you’ll find all kinds of intriguing presentations just by browsing the “Featured” section, where we select some of the most interesting content that’s recently been published.  But just as importantly, Present-It.com exposes Knovios instantly to all the major internet search engines, making them more easily discoverable in web search results.  It also makes it easier to share presentations that you’ve discovered, and to show appreciation by giving high ratings to the best content.

Just in its infancy at this writing, Present-It.com will continue to grow and evolve as a medium.  I hope that every Knovio user will consider publishing their best content into Present-It.com, and that they’ll continue contributing to a robust and energetic community of ideas.

Simple Questions for Presenters to Consider

“If all you want to do is create a file of facts and figures, then cancel the meeting and send in a report.”
-Seth Godin, author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker

When preparing, then reviewing, a presentation, pitch, or even an online tutorial, there are some questions you should ask yourself.

  1. How passionate do I feel about this topic?
    If you’re tasked with putting together a presentation at work about something you’re not super enthused about…fake it. Passion is contagious and it will get your audience to perk up and pay closer attention. It works.
  2. What am I offering?
    If it isn’t immediately evident, inspect your topic and ask what your position is on it: are you offering a different vantage point, or a unique insight? Try to pull out an angle that will elicit an “aha!” moment from your audience.
  3. How big is my audience? How big is the room?
    If you’re delivering a pitch from across the country, you may not have the advantage of knowing this beforehand. It’s an aspect of creating presentations that isn’t often considered. Take a look at the spacing and size of your visuals – pictures, graphs, animation, and font. If it’s too busy or small, you’re going to lose your audience’s attention.
  4. Is my delivery all that it can be?
    By itself, PowerPoint® is one-dimensional and linear. The beauty of online, multi-media presentation tools like Knovio Web, Knovio Pro, Knovio Campus and Knovio Mobile is that they truly turn what would otherwise be a rather static experience into on pitch with personality. By adding voice and audio commentary to your slides, you also add texture and life.

Student Presentations: Pick an Issue – Any Issue – and Pitch it!

There are countless social and political issues being debated and discussed around this time of year.

If you’re a teacher (especially of junior high and high school-aged students), this might be a terrific opportunity to teach your class public speaking skills, debate techniques, and/or presentation strategies. And, more importantly, to have them practice these skills and see for themselves how they come across.

While you may be hesitant to bring actual politics into the classroom, there’s no shortage of social issues to focus on. Students in their pre-teen and teenage years can be especially passionate about what’s happening around them, and their communities. Unfortunately, they may not have the confidence to speak out, or know what vehicle to use to talk about their issues.

Have your students select a topic, then introduce them to the basic (free) version of Knovio. Creating online presentations with Knovio Web or Knovio Mobile, is simple, quick, and fun. Start by having them create outlines with pertinent points and transitions, and then use slides and videos to add to their audio commentary. Do they flub a line or start to giggle mid-sentence? With Knovio, it’s no problem to back up and fix mistakes. In fact, bloopers can be some of the most fun when creating presentations with students.

Once the class completes their presentations, you can share and track them online. Using online presentation tools like Knovio can help students feel more at ease when speaking to a group, organize their thoughts for the best flow and delivery, and realize that they can influence the world around them.

Real Estate Presentation Primer: How to Connect with Buyers

Even if you’re a seasoned pro in the industry, it can be a good idea to take a metaphorical step back and take stock of your approach. Do you need to update your methods or contacts? Are your presentations as effective as they could be?

We’ve put together a brief checklist of things to consider while reviewing your presentations to sellers.

  •    Personalize it. Of course you know that personality goes a long way. Personalizing each listing can take a little more time than using the same presentation over and over, but it can pay off. The more sincerity and unique knowledge you can convey, the better. Rather than use generic market reports, get familiar with the surrounding locations and what other homes have sold for in the area.
  •    Pivot your viewpoint. Step into your sellers’, and potential sellers’, shoes when creating your presentation. This helps with the tone, pacing, and length of your content. Have they sold a home before? Are they short on time? Do they tend to ask a lot of questions?
  •    Professionalize it. If you’ve been using the same software or online tools since Day 1, it’s time to shop around for something more modern. A simple PowerPoint may have sufficed a few years ago, but when you update to a presentation tool like Knovio Pro you can personalize, customize, practice, edit, and share your presentations with ease.

Our free 14-day trial gives you the chance to see if Knovio Pro is the right tool for you and your business. With voiceover and video, Knovio enables you to highlight your strengths to sellers and potential buyers, too.

The Perks of Presentations

Today’s post is a salute to the residual benefits of making online presentations presentations. Whether you use online presentation tools for instructional purposes, or marketing or sales presentations, the skills you hone by composing and practicing your presentations can have a positive influence in other areas of your life.

  •    Build confidence – The better you become at organizing your thoughts, the more articulate you will become. This naturally leads to becoming more comfortable communicating with different audiences. As a bonus, it can help you in your written communications, where tone of voice can get lost and risk of misunderstanding is a bit higher.
  •    More relaxed social situations – People who speak well are also in a good position to make others feel at ease. That’s a win/win in both social and business-social settings.
  •    Better phone conversations – This is a benefit that’s often overlooked. Tone of voice certainly matters. Whether it’s a cold call to a potential client or a message for your manager, interpretation of your message is equally important as the way you convey it. Having an awareness of the fluctuations and impact of your tone leads to more effective communications.

Overall, refining your presentation skills can have trickle-down benefits into other areas of your life. What’s extra helpful about using the online presentation tools from Knovio is that you can replay and practice your presentations, and edit or correct mistakes as you go. You’ll be more organized, more effective, and as a result, more confident.

The Visual Résumé: How to Stand out from the Crowd

Of course, we all want to be engaging conversationalists and polished communicators, but for some, their careers depend on it. If you’re in marketing or real estate, how successful you are at selling – whether it’s an idea, product, or service – is often tantamount to how successful you are in your profession.

When you’re applying for a position in a marketing firm or on a real estate team, you’ll do yourself – and potential employers – a huge service by submitting a visual résumé. Certainly, employers can learn about your employment and education background on LinkedIn, but how you present (or sell) yourself and your work will remain a mystery unless they decide to interview you. If you’re applying for a position that requires relocation, they may request a preliminary phone interview. That’s great! But a visual résumé that includes video of you is even greater, because it adds a depth and dimension that can get lost over the wire.

It’s always smart to read a job description and then tailor your résumé to show that your skills match their needs. A visual résumé is perfect for this. It also helps give potential employers a good sense of your personality, and how well you really know your industry.

With Knovio and Knovio Pro’s online presentation tools, you can add video to a set of slides that illustrate your experience and show your work in an interesting way.  Then, add footnotes and attachments (great for marketing portfolios) and easily correct any mistakes before you email it out.

And because they’re fast and easy to make (even from a mobile device like an iPad or iPhone), Knovio visual resumés can be customized to particular prospective employers and situations.

Best of luck!