Software company Zoho has launched ShowTime, a web and mobile app that brings interactivity into presentations by connecting speakers with audiences.
With ShowTime running on their computers or mobile devices, audiences can view and participate in presentations as they interact with presenters.
Presenters, meanwhile, can assess participant engagement and view reports on attendee activity to help improve their presentations.
“Presentation software for decades has focused exclusively on creating pretty presentations,” said Vijay Sundaram, chief strategy officer of Zoho. “The focus has been on graphics and special effects rather than on tools that engage.”
To turn a presentation into a conversation, presenters upload their PowerPoint or PDF files into ShowTime. Presentations can also be created using Zoho Show, the cloud-based presentation software. At the start, the presenter assigns a key that audience members use for secure access from their computers or mobile phones.
During the presentation, ShowTime gives audiences many ways to remain engaged. They can go back slides, “like” individual slides, pose questions, and rate the presentation at the end of the session.
The speakers can leave the podium, interact with the audience, and control the presentations from a smart phone. ShowTime ensures that the speaker is always in control and not interrupted by all this engagement. Speakers, at their discretion, may select questions, project them on the screen, and drive interaction whenever they choose.
After the presentation, ShowTime provides the speaker with a dashboard of detailed analysis of the presentation with insights into audience engagement. For example, speakers can observe the slides that received the most likes, those where audiences spent the most time, look at overall ratings, and more.
Zoho ShowTime is available for free in desktop, iOS and Android versions. Zoho is a suite of online productivity, collaboration and business applications for businesses of all sizes.
Zoho is a division of Zoho Corporation, a privately held company. With U.S. headquarters in Pleasanton, CA and offices in Austin, Chennai, London, Tokyo and Beijing, Zoho Corp. serves the technology needs of customers.