As online marketers we're always looking for that secret something that's going to give us the edge over competitors. Recently I had a breakthrough moment inspired by Rand. I watched his recent presentation on "presentation tips" over on slideshare and was struck by this slide:
I thought, why the hell not right? Seems like a no-brainer to upload my presentations somewhere online so that I can access them and they might even get a little bit more exposure too. Little did I know that it would lead to some awesome results. I started posting all my presentations to slideshare and after posting my latest one I got this email:
Here's the presentation:
For those curious (and SEOmoz PRO members) you can watch the whole webinar over on SEOmoz: SEO for startups).
So What Can We Learn?
So after being featured on the homepage of Slideshare my presentation received over 30k views which is excellent exposure for a webinar that initially reached a few thousand.
Lesson 1 - Consider active communities like slideshare as great places to get exposure and reach.
But there's another lesson here too:
Lesson 2 - If you're a site that manages UGC don't forget to feature things your users content. Your users can promote your site for you and little touches like emailing them when you feature them can make a big difference.
Everyone's Doing It
Don't just take my word for it - everyone's doing it. There's some astonishingly good presentations on Slideshare right now completely free from some of the best people out there. Check these out: