In our organization, we have a discussion currently that maybe some of you might share: To what extent do we want to make the presentations that were held at our conferences available to everyone?
On the one hand side, we charge a lot of money for delegates, hence so far, we protected the slides with a password and made them available on our website, but only for participants. We have seen this as an additional justification for the price they paid.
On the other hand side, the relevance of a conference grows when the content is shared and spread on social networks. Provided you have great content, this will help you in marketing the next event. And probably, it will not keep anyone from attending, just because they can download the presentations without having been there.
I’d like to hear your experiences on this subject. How do you as a conference organizer handle this? Do you sell the presentations? Publish them as a book or online? Make them available for download from your website? Do you use slide sharing services?
I have compiled a list of slide sharing services that facilitate easy sharing and social media functionalities:
A particularly interesting service for conference organizers is slidepresenter.com. This service combines video with slideshows, and it allows embedding on your website, social bookmarking and sharing, and it even offers a shop solution so that you can charge for the content easily. Click on the image for an example (in German language, but you’ll get a good impression of what the service can do for you).
The beauty of the service is that it makes it quite easy to upload both video and the slides, and that you can jump within the presentation while the video moves in sync with the slides. Quite unique, and overall an affordable solution.
The company EventCast offer a comparable solution: