Mac Tips

Subscribe to Mac Tips feed
Updated: 3 min 30 sec ago

How to Quickly Edit a Footer in PowerPoint in 60 Seconds

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:13

Footers are for the bottom of your presentation and can show information on each and every slide. In today's tutorial, learn how to quickly edit the footer in your PowerPoint slides. 

We also have a helpful compliment to this tutorial. Download our FREE eBook: The Complete Guide to Making Great PresentationsGrab it now before you read on. 

How to Quickly Edit a Footer in PowerPoint

Watch this short tutorial screencast or follow the quick steps that complement this video.

1. Open the Header and Footer PowerPoint Window

Let's go ahead and switch to the Insert tab on PowerPoint ribbon to get started. Now find the text section on the right side of the menu and let's click on Header and Footer.

Header and Footer PowerPoint Window.2. Set the Date and Time PowerPoint Slide Options

Now the first option that you might want to add is the date and time, which you can add by checking the box for Date and Time. This adds the current date and time to each and every slide automatically. I like to leave the Update Automatically box checked, so that PowerPoint will always have the date I present or print my slides.

Date and Time setting in PowerPoint.3. Edit Your PowerPoint Footer Slide Information

Next, you can tick the Slide number to add that to each slide and it automatically increases on every slide. Also, click the Footer checkbox so that you can add your very own custom text to each slide's footer. You can type something that you want add to each slide. And lastly, I like to check the option to Don't show on title slide, to not show any of these things on the very first slide. 

Edit PowerPoint footer automatically.4. Now Your PowerPoint Slides Will Show the Changes 

When you press Apply to All, you'll notice that each slide has the data we add. You can see as we change slides that each slide automatically adapts the slide number.

PowerPoint slide footer with edits applied.Finishing Up!

These PowerPoint slide settings are a great way to automatically add information to every slides footer without manual work. 

More PowerPoint Tutorial and Template Resources

Learn more in our PowerPoint tutorials and quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+. We have an assortment of PowerPoint material to help you make better presentations: 

You can also find great PowerPoint presentation templates with premium designs on GraphicRiver or Envato Elements. Or, browse through our selection of the best Microsoft PowerPoint designs

Make Great Presentations (Free PDF eBook Download)

We also have the perfect compliment to this tutorial, which will walk you through the complete presentation process. Learn how to write your presentation, design it like a pro, and prepare it to present powerfully. 

Download our new eBook: The Complete Guide to Making Great Presentations. It's available for free with a subscription to the Tuts+ Business Newsletter. 

How to Use 10+ Top SlideShare Digital Marketing Strategies

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 12:55

SlideShare can be a great digital marketing tool for marketing your business or organization. According to SlideShare's own statistics, there are literally millions of professional users who review and upload SlideShare presentations regularly. So, the potential is there to expand your customer reach by uploading one or more SlideShare presentations. But first, you need to develop a good SlideShare marketing plan.

Many SlideShare users upload a single presentation and then do little else to attract viewers to it. While a good presentation may reach some SlideShare viewers, you can reach many more when you use effective SlideShare marketing strategies. It's a good idea to view SlideShare as part of your overall digital marketing efforts.

In this article, we examine SlideShare digital marketing strategies more closely. I'll share over ten digital marketing SlideShare strategies that work. We'll also discuss how you can use SlideShare analytics to measure your SlideShare marketing efforts.

Strategy 1. Target Your SlideShare Audience

If you're trying to reach a specific audience with your SlideShare presentation (such as potential clients), make sure that your presentation includes content that is of interest to your desired reader.

Choose your slideshow topic carefully to engage your viewers. Use language your target SlideShare audience can relate to in your presentation. But also, make sure the presentation is useful for your desired audience. To make your SlideShare presentation useful, include actionable tips readers can easily follow and other information your reader can readily take action on.

Research your presentation carefully. Sharing useless or inaccurate information leaves a bad impression and could prevent a reader from working with your company in the future. 

For more information on researching your topic and engaging your audience, download our FREE presentation eBook, The Complete Guide to Making Great Presentations.

Strategy 2. Start with a Professional Presentation Template

SlideShare has many presentations uploaded. To ensure that your presentation gets the attention it deserves in this crowded medium, you need to make your presentation design look good. Looking good means using a professionally designed template. A poorly designed SlideShare presentation won't get a second glance.

If you've got the skill, you could design your own PowerPoint template. But designing an attractive presentation template takes time. A better plan is to use a professional presentation template that's made to work with quickly. You'll get a proven slideshow design and you can customize the template to add those elements that are unique to your company.

GraphicRiver has a great selection of professionally designed PowerPoint templates you can purchase and use for your next SlideShare presentation. Or, if you need access to limitless graphics, presentation templates, and creative assets, then head over to Envato Elements. To get an idea of some of the templates available on these sites, take a look at this collection of top PowerPoint templates:

Strategy 3. Craft a Powerful Title Slide

The title slide is the first thing your audience sees of your SlideShare presentation. The title slide can determine whether a reader decides to view the rest of your presentation or whether they quit reading. The title slide must draw your viewer in.

Capture your target audience's attention with:

  • The right words. Ask a question. Make a shocking statement. Give a deadline. Evoke an emotion. The key is to make the viewer curious or interested enough that a reader clicks through to see the rest of your slides.
  • The right images. They say an image is worth a thousand words. When it comes to your slideshow, if you've got the right image that statement is absolutely true. Find the compelling images you need at Envato Elements.

Take your time working on your title slide. It's possibly the most important slide of your entire SlideShare presentation. One of the biggest mistakes presentation authors make is not giving enough thought to a presentation's title slide.

If you're not sure what impression your title slide makes, ask someone (preferably from your target audience). Getting a second opinion can mean the difference between a dull title slide and an engaging one.

The following article addresses headlines for a web page, but many of the same principles are useful for presentation title slides:

Strategy 4. Include Enticing Details

With a live presentation the time allowed for making your presentation may be limited. You need to make sure that your presentation fits into the allotted time you're given. You also need to hold the audience's attention. And you need to allow extra time to answer audience member's questions. For a live presentation, a shorter presentation often makes sense.

A SlideShare multi-media presentation is different. Your audience can browse through your presentation at their leisure. Readers can also bookmark the presentation and return to it as often as they want. Don't be afraid to make your presentation a little more detailed or a little longer.

SlideShare provides the perfect opportunity for you to include details such as well-designed charts and diagrams in your presentation. If your readers are interested, they can take their time to study your statistics. SlideShare also allows you to upload documents and infographics.

Strategy 5. Make Your SlideShare Presentation Easy to Find

Since SlideShare is an online medium, presentations are discoverable through the search engines. Using search terms in your presentation's title and meta description makes it more likely to appear in the search engine results—which means more viewers for your presentation. Using a keyword in the filename helps to make your presentation search engine friendly.

SlideShare also has its own search tool. To make sure users who are looking for SlideShare presentations within the SlideShare platform find your presentation, choose your Category and Tags carefully. Here's a look at the SlideShare Upload screen, keeping in mind search factors:

The SlideShare Upload screen includes tags and categories.

Notice the Discoverability Score at the bottom of the screen. The score increases as you add discovery elements to your SlideShare upload.

Also, be sure to read through our tutorial, How to Upload Your SlideShare Slides for Use on LinkedIn, for detailed instructions on how to upload a SlideShare presentation.

Strategy 6. Add a Call to Action

An often-overlooked part of a presentation is the call to action. A call to action tells your viewers what to do about the information they just reviewed.

Typical calls to action include an encouragement to make a purchase or a link to your website or a landing page. A call to action can even include a non-commercial purpose, such as directing the reader to fill out a petition or a survey.

Including a call to action slide is important. A compelling call to action helps your presentation get results. For long presentations, include one or more calls to action in the middle of the presentation as well as at the end. The longer the presentation, the more calls to action you should include.

Strategy 7. Include Your SlideShare Presentation on Your Site

If you've got a website or blog, embedding or linking to your SlideShare presentation on your site ensures that your current clients and readers learn of your presentation. Since these individuals are already interested in your business, it's likely that they'll also be interested in your SlideShare (especially if it includes new and useful information).

Strategy 8. Promote Your SlideShare on Social Media

Social media can play a huge part in bringing more viewers to your SlideShare presentation. And since social media posts are often shared, your potential reach from social media is much larger than from just your own followers alone.

It's easy to promote a SlideShare presentation on social media from within SlideShare using its built-in tools. Each presentation includes Social Media Sharing buttons for LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter beneath the presentation:

Use the buttons inside SlideShare to share your presentation to social media.

To share your presentation to one of these social media platforms, click the corresponding button. To share your SlideShare on another social media platform, add the presentation URL to your social media post.

Strategy 9. Reach Out to Influencers

Every field has individuals who stand out. A re-share from one of these influencers can make a huge difference for your SlideShare marketing. Reach out to these influencers through email, social media, or by phone to make the influencer aware that your SlideShare presentation may be of interest to them.

To really capture the attention of an influencer and make them more likely to share your presentation, incorporate the influencer into your slideshow somehow. For example, you could interview the influencer and include quotes from them. Or, you could include a link to their blog in your presentation. Involving the influencer in your presentation increases the likelihood that they'll share it.

If you decide to reach out to an influencer through email, SlideShare has a built-in tool for quickly sharing your presentation. To use it, click the Share button below your presentation. The Share SlideShare screen appears:

Use the Email field to email your SlideShare presentation to someone.

You can use the Email field to automatically send your presentation to someone through email, but this tool doesn't allow for email customization. If you don't know the recipient well, a better approach is to include the link at the bottom of the screen in an email that explains why the influencer might be interested in your slideshow.

Strategy 10. Share Your SlideShare via Your Business Newsletter

Like many businesses, you probably have a newsletter that you use to share information of interest to clients and prospective clients. A good newsletter can strengthen your relationships and build good will for your business.

Since your SlideShare presentation includes useful tips and relevant information, it makes sense to link to your SlideShare in your newsletter. Your newsletter readers will likely be interested in your presentation.

Strategy 11. Use Analytics to Measure Your Success

No digital marketing strategy is complete without a way to measure its success. SlideShare marketing is no different.

Fortunately, SlideShare includes a free analytic tool to help you track how well your presentations are doing.

Here's a peek at the Summary page of the SlideShare Analytics tool:

The SlideShare Analytics tool lets you see how your presentations are performing.

The links at the top of the screen let you see more details about the following information:

  • Views. See how many people have viewed your SlideShare presentations.
  • Actions. Shows how many people have liked, commented on, downloaded, or emailed each presentation.
  • Viewers. This list shows recent viewers by date, location, and internet service provider (ISP). You can also see how each viewer was referred to your SlideShare presentation and which presentation they saw.
  • Export. Use this part of the tool to export the analytics data as a CSV file.
  • Social Shares. See how many times your content was shared on LinkedIn or Facebook using the Social Media Sharing buttons.

The information you gather through analytics is useful for planning your future SlideShare presentations, and evolving your marketing strategies further.

Conclusion

You've just learned ten effective digital marketing strategies for your SlideShare presentation. Adding one or more of these strategies to your SlideShare marketing plan can increase the reach of your slideshow and ultimately your business.

You've also learned some basics about SlideShare analytics. We've shown what SlideShare analytics measures. We've also discussed why analytics should be an important part of your SlideShare marketing strategy.

For a more in-depth look at what makes a great SlideShare presentations, along with some killer examples, read this article:

To learn even more about SlideShare, take a look at our SlideShare learning guide, How to Make Online Presentations (SlideShare + PowerPoint)

Now that you know how to use SlideShare for business marketing, you're ready to develop your own effective SlideShare marketing plan. Good luck!

Download Our New eBook on Making Great Presentations (Free PDF)

Grab our new eBook: The Complete Guide to Making Great Presentations. It's available for FREE with a subscription to the Tuts+ Business Newsletter. 

It's the perfect compliment to this tutorial, which will walk you through the complete presentation process. Learn how to write your presentation, design it like a pro, and prepare it to present powerfully. 

Envato Elements Now Includes WordPress Themes & Plugins!

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 08:12

If you work with WordPress, you're in luck—WordPress themes and plugins are now included in an annual Envato Elements subscription. And what's more, you can lock in a special introductory rate for a limited time. Read on for more details.

What's Included

Envato Elements already gives you unlimited downloads from a massive library of 400,000+ photos, graphics, templates, and other creative assets. Plus it gives you free access to more than 1,000 courses and 240 eBooks here on Envato Tuts+.

From today, you'll still get all of that plus a curated collection of beautiful, premium WordPress themes and plugins. 

As with everything else on Envato Elements, this is an "all you can eat" deal. You can download as many themes and plugins as you want, with no limits or credits to keep track of. And there's a simple licensing system so that you know you're covered for all of your projects.

Right now, there are over 190 top themes and 130 plugins available to choose from, and you can expect that number to grow as more authors join the platform and existing authors upload more items. 

WordPress Themes

There's a wide range of premium themes on offer, whether you're looking for a multipurpose theme suitable for a corporate audience or something more creative that would work for a blog or portfolio site. There are even niche themes for real estate sites, wedding sites and more—and of course, you can find e-commerce themes to help you make sales from your site.

WordPress Plugins

A well-designed theme is a great start, of course, but if you're working with WordPress you'll also need access to premium plugins to add the features and functionality you want.

Envato Elements has you covered here too, with a selection of powerful plugins to help you create booking and scheduling systems, contact forms, responsive menus, social media feeds, and more.

What It Costs

It's important to understand that WordPress themes and plugins are only available with an annual subscription, not a monthly one. Usually, an Envato Elements subscription costs $29 a month, so the annual subscription will be $348 a year ($29 x 12).

However, for a limited time, you can save $120 on your subscription and sign up for just $228 (the equivalent of $19 a month). Remember, for that price you get not only the WordPress themes and plugins but also thousands of photos, fonts, graphics, templates and more. It's a pretty special deal.

So head over to Envato Elements to see what's on offer, and if you like what you see, sign up for an annual subscription to start making unlimited downloads. Don't spend too long thinking about it, though, because this introductory deal won't last forever!

How to Email Your Resume Professionally (Quick Guide)

Sat, 11/11/2017 - 12:55

You may think you know how to email a resume to a potential employer. But consider this, if the email with your resume is constantly filtered out or ignored, your chances of being considered for the job are gone.

Employers often receive hundreds of resumes in response to a single ad. Resumes are often sorted (and eliminated) by an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) before they ever reach a human. That's why it's important to know how to email your resume in a way that gets it in front of a hiring manager.

Do you know how to email your resume and cover letter to help land a new position? (graphic source)

There are steps you can take to make your resume email stand out from the rest. In this article, we'll explore emailing a resume for a job in depth. We'll look at every aspect of the process, including what to say when emailing a resume and how to properly attach a resume to an email.

1. Create a Professional Resume & Cover Letter

How your resume and cover letter looks is important. An attractive design can mean the difference between a resume that gets a second look and a resume that's passed over. This is especially true if you know a human will be reviewing your resume.

Get a Pro Resume Template

The fastest way to get a professional looking resume that's sure to make a good first impression is to use a professionally-designed resume template and matching cover letter. With a resume template, the design work is already done. All you need to do is plug in your information and it's ready to use.

You may wonder where to find a professionally designed resume template and cover letter. At GraphicRiver you'll find a good selection of professional resume templates or browse through this curated list: 

Gather All Your Information

Once you've selected a resume template, you're ready to begin the resume-writing process. This tutorial explains what you'll need to get started:

Some of the specific information you'll need includes past job titles, past employers, and years employed, as well as records of any education programs you've completed. Once you've gathered the information you need, you're ready to put it into the resume template.

Consider Your Resume Length

Resume length is a controversial subject. Most resume experts agree that a resume should be kept short. Unless you've got many years of work experience, one page is probably long enough.

While you may be tempted to list complete details for every position you've ever held, keep in mind that most HR professionals decide very quickly whether to move your application forward in the hiring process. It's in your best interest to edit out any irrelevant details.

For a complete discussion of resume length, read this Envato Tuts+ tutorial:

 2. Customize Your Resume and Cover Letter

A common resume mistake is to send the exact same resume and cover letter with every job application. Don't make this mistake. Instead, tailor your resume to each position you're applying to.

How Do You Tailor Your Resume to a Position?

Start by reading the job description carefully. Then, look at your own experience and find the parts of your experience that match the job description. The matching experience is what you want to highlight in your resume.

For example, you're applying to be a web designer. Your previous job was as an administrative assistant at a web design company. In that job, you answered phone calls and sent out invoices. But, you were also responsible for making updates to current clients' websites. In addition, your employer paid for you to take web design classes. The parts of your experience you'd focus on from your current job would be that you updated client websites and completed web design classes.

It also helps if you're specific. So, if you can, provide numbers and details of your experience.

When applying for the web design position, you might describe your former position like this:

Administrative Assistant. Anytown Consulting (2014 to present). Responsibilities included updating 42 client websites monthly. Completed six web design classes at ABC University.

In contrast, if you were applying for another administrative assistant positions, you would focus more on the administrative aspect of your current position. The description of your former position might look something like this:

Administrative Assistant. Anytown Consulting (2014 to present). Responsibilities included supporting six full-time web designers in a busy office. Also updated client sites as needed. Completed web design classes at ABC University. Be Sure to Customize Your Cover Letter as Well

Follow through with the customization in your cover letter. Think of your cover letter as another chance to explain why your experience is relevant to the job. Again, use the job description as a guide.

Here's a sample of what to write in an email when sending a resume. This example explains why the administrative assistant position is relevant to the web design job:

In my administrative assistant role at Anytown Consulting, I became familiar with the field of web design. I learned to update client websites. I also enrolled in and completed web design classes at ABC University. I believe my experience at Anytown Consulting, in combination with my education, has prepared me for a full-time role as a web designer with your company.

For even more effective cover letter samples, review this tutorial:

3. Double-Check Your Resume Carefully

Mistakes in your resume make you look bad. So, double-check your resume carefully to avoid the following:

  • Spelling Errors. Any spelling error is bad, but be especially careful about the spelling of company names. Using the wrong name for a company may make it hard to check your information.
  • Grammar Errors. Poor grammar makes your resume and cover letter look sloppy. If grammar isn't your thing, consider having someone proofread them for you.
  • Inaccurate Information. Make sure your years of employment and graduation dates are up-to-date.

If your authoring tool has a built-in spell check tool, use it. But don't stop there. While spell check tools catch some mistakes, many of them fail to catch improper word usage. So, be sure to read through your resume and cover letter carefully.

Typos can really derail a resume. For example, I remember reviewing a resume for a writer. They had listed 1897 as their college graduation date, when it should've been 1997. Naturally, the mistake in the date made the writer look careless.

4. Avoid the Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

The sad truth is that many resumes never make it to a human. They're weeded out by Applicant Tracking Software (ATS). You can improve your chances of making it through the ATS by using keywords and key phrases and by formatting your resume specifically for the ATS. Learn more in these tutorials:

But, the best way to make sure a human sees your resume is to give it directly to a human. This tactic bypasses the ATS and can ensure that your resume gets the attention it deserves.

Send Your Resume to a Company Contact

To give your resume to a human, start by looking for a contact who works in the company where you're applying. A good place to look for contacts is in your LinkedIn profile. If you find a contact within the company, you can use LinkedIn's own messaging system to ask them if they would be willing to deliver your resume to the hiring manager.

Your note could look something like this:

Hi Jane Doe, Remember when we both worked at Anytown consulting? It's been a few years, but I'll never forget your work on the NOP project. That was quite a project. I notice that you now work at XYZ consulting. I'm applying for a position as an associate there and I was wondering if you would be willing to recommend me for the position and deliver my resume to the hiring manager? If you could help me, I'd really appreciate it. I've attached my current resume to this email. Best wishes, Avery Smith

Note: Some companies offer a referral bonus to employees for qualified candidates they refer. So not only are they doing you a favor by referring you, you could also be doing them a favor as well.

Finding Company Contacts on LInkedIn

If you don't know a contact within the company, you still may be able to find the name of the hiring manager on LinkedIn. Once you've got a name, invite them to be a connection first—this lets them see your profile and acquaint themselves with your qualifications. 

Meanwhile, apply for the position through the conventional means, then send the hiring manager a short note (remember, these people are busy) mentioning your interest in working for the company. Quickly explain that you applied for the position and why you feel you're qualified.

With any luck, the hiring manager will respond and start a conversation with you. If your LinkedIn profile looks good, they may search for your resume in the pool of applicants or ask you to send it directly to them. Either way, you've met your goal of getting your resume in front of a real person.

For guidance on how to set up a professional LinkedIn profile, study this article:

5. Use a Professional Email Address

The email address you use for job applications and to send out your resume can make a bad impression. If you're like many of us, you may have created an email years ago when you were in school. Unfortunately, some of those student usernames may give a potential employer the wrong impression.

The best email addresses use a well-known email service (such as Gmail) and a variation of your first and last name. Alternately, if you've got a personal professional website, it's acceptable to use that email. Again, use your first and last name as the user name.

Here's are examples of professional and unprofessional email addresses.

Unprofessional Email Address Averyl1kesaParty@example.com Professional Email Address AverySmith@example.com 6. How to Attach a Resume to Email

Now that you've created a professional resume, you're ready to submit it to a company. If you're responding to a job posting, follow the instructions carefully. If you're sending the resume to an individual, you'll likely be using email.

Be careful about the time you choose to send your resume email. An email sent on a Friday, or late in the day (just before closing) is less likely to be read.

Most email services make it easy to attach a document. Here's how to attach a resume to email using two common email service providers:

How to Attach a Resume With Gmail

Here's how to email cover letter and resume in Gmail:

1. Start a new email by clicking the Compose button.

2. Type the email, including the recipient's email address and subject line.

Use the Attach icon to attach a resume to an email in Gmail.

3. Click the Attach Files icon (it looks like a paper clip) on the bottom of the screen.

4. From the File Upload screen, attach the file that contains your resume and cover letter.

After you've attached your resume to your email in Gmail you can send it.

5. Click the Open button at the bottom of the File Upload screen. The resume is attached to the email.

6. Click the Send button in the left of your message to send the email with your resume.

Learn more about getting started working with Gmail

How to Attach a Resume With MS Outlook

Here's how to email cover letter and resume in MS Outlook:

1. Click the New Email button in the upper left corner to start a new email.

2. Type the email, including the recipient's email address and subject line.

Use the Attach File icon to attach your resume to an email in MS Outlook.

3. Click the Attach File icon (it looks like a paper clip) on the top of the screen.

4. Click the Browse this PC option and navigate to where you've got your resume file stored.

After you've attached your resume and cover letter, you can send the email.

5. Click the Open button at the bottom of the Insert File screen. The resume is attached to the email.

6. Click the Send button in the top left of your message to send it.

Learn more about whether Gmail or Outlook is better to use: 

7. Follow Up

Once you've sent your resume via email, it's important to follow up. If you haven't heard from your contact after a day or two, send a follow up email. It's possible they never received your emailed resume, or they may have questions for you.

If all goes well, you may find yourself negotiating a salary for your new position. If that happens, you'll need the information in this tutorial:

Conclusion

You've just learned how to email a resume so that the hiring manager notices. Your chances of finding employment are much better when you use your professional network to direct your resume to the right person.

We've also discussed some techniques that'll keep you from making a bad first impression, such as using a professional resume template and sending your information from a professional email address.

To learn even more about creating a standout resume, study our series of tutorials on resumes, How to Create a Great Resume (Ultimate Guide).

Good luck in your job search and landing a great position!

Manage Financial Affairs From a Smartphone: FinTech Round-Up, Part 1

Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:00

In this tutorial, I’ll explain FinTech and challenger banks and show you the apps to use so that you can run your financial affairs from a smartphone. 

FinTech Explained

FinTech is the term given to a new wave of startup technology companies challenging conventional ways of transacting business within the financial sector. FinTech being short for Financial Technology. Such banks are sometimes called neobanks.

In London, these companies are predominantly based in and around an area dubbed silicon roundabout.

Such companies are not confined to the United Kingdom. There’s some innovative thinking coming from overseas, too, some of it available to customers in the UK.

Open Banking InitiativeOpen Banking is setting the API standards for the future of UK Banking

Open Banking is an initiative from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to address issues around longer established banks not needing to compete hard enough for customers’ business that leaves customers with poor deals.

Open Banking uses APIs, or Application Programming Interfaces, in order to securely share customer data between different financial institutions.

The CMA says:

  • Open Banking will mean reliable, personalised financial advice, tailored to customers’ particular circumstances delivered securely and confidentially
  • Open Banking will provide tailored advice banks and other financial service providers need to know how you use customers’ accounts
  • Open Banking will use APIs to share customer information securely
  • Third party providers will be able to use Open Banking APIs to see customer transaction information to help identify the best services available

You can read more about this at openbanking.org.uk

FinTech FutureThe future of FinTech will see significant changes to the way people conduct their financial affairs

The future of FinTech is exciting. It is going to make significant changes to the way people conduct their financial affairs, the exciting beginnings of which we are starting to see. 

For example, it is sensible to put a proportion of one’s money away into savings. This is often easier said than done.

FinTech is bringing a range of solutions to help you. 

For example: round-ups. Supposing you spend £2.40 on a cup of coffee, the way that this works is to allocate the difference, 60 pence, to a savings account. Spend £28.15 and 85 pence is siphoned off for savings. Passive techniques, such as this, enable you to save decent sums of money quickly and easily. 

At present, conducting an operation like this between two different organisations can only be done by sharing the login details of one bank with another. 

This is not only a worrying prospect for many, it is most likely against the terms and conditions of the bank. 

In January 2018, new legislation in the United Kingdom, in the form of The Payment Services Directive (PSD2), will make it mandatory for banks to share data with the consent of the customer.

This will be done securely via APIs that negate the need for the sharing of bank login credentials. 

Similar legislation is being enacted across the European Community.  

FinTech Round-Up

Important: this tutorial does not constitute financial advice. As with all investing, your capital is at risk. Investment products may not be right for everyone and tax rules may change in the future. 

Always do your own research to ensure any product is right for your particular circumstances. If you’re unsure, you must seek independent financial advice. Envato Tuts+ does not accept liability if things go wrong. 

Atom BankAtom Bank is the UK's first bank built purely for smartphone and tablet

Founded in 2014 by Anthony Thomson, the founder of Metro Bank, Atom is the UK’s first bank built exclusively for smartphone and tablet, the first to digital-only Bank to be granted a Banking licence and claims to be one of the fastest growing banking start-ups in Europe. 

Atom Bank launched in 2016 with Fixed Saver accounts and mortgages. In April 2017, Atom announced the appointment of will.i.am as a strategic Board advisor to give an external perspective on culture, philanthropy and technology.

Atom is available in the United Kingdom and Germany. 

BudBud is currently in beta and has around 10,000 people testing their technology

Bud is not a bank, it’s a technology company founded in July 2015 in London. Bud combines data gathering and machine learning functions with world leading financial technology companies to help people do more with their money.

Bud enables people to link accounts in one place and get personalised insights from their financial data.

Bud is currently in beta and has around 10,000 people testing their technology.

BunqBunq is currently available to customers in Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom

Bunq was founded by Ali Niknam, a 34 year old entrepreneur and millionaire. Bunq aims to disrupt the banking industry with their own app.

Bunq makes it possible to transfer money, to other Bunq customers, without an IBAN number. The app uses telephone numbers or email addresses of bunq customers. 

Unlike traditional banks, that are very formal, Bunq says it makes banking fun by allowing users to add pictures and emoji when transferring money.

With Bunq, which is developed in Netherlands, you can ‘go Dutch’, meaning you can split bills so that everyone pays their own share of the bill.

Bunq offers a free, a personal and a business account, the latter two with monthly fees. Bunq is currently available to customers in Germany, Netherlands and United Kingdom.

ChipIn just six months, for example, Chip calculated savings in excess of £600 for me

Chip is a savings account that intends to make saving effortless. It does this by using AI-powered algorithm (artificial intelligence) that calculates how much you can afford to save, and puts it away for you automatically.

Chip uses an app with a chat bot that can answer many queries and help you increase, decrease of pause the savings amounts. You can request to speak with a human at any time and the app is a really interesting way of saving money passively.

In just six months, for example, Chip calculated savings in excess of £600 for me.

You connect Chip to a current account and grant it read-only access. Details are protected using 256-bit bank-grade encryption.

Chip works with Barclays, HSBC, Santander, Lloyds, NatWest, Nationwide, RBS, TSB, Halifax, First Direct, Co-operative Bank and Metro Bank accounts.

CurveCurve is a MasterCard that aggregates most debit and credit cards into one card

Curve is a MasterCard that aggregates most debit and credit cards into one card. The advantage of this is that you only need to carry one plastic card and remember only one personal identification number (PIN).

You can choose which account is charged, be that the debit card on a personal savings or current account, a credit card or a business card.

Curve even allows you to change your mind up to 14 days following the transaction. You can freeze the card, to prevent spending, for security or in case of loss or theft. Everything is controlled in a smartphone app.

FarewillFarewill, a London-based start-up, says it wants to be the global brand synonymous with death

In the UK the majority of wills are made by solicitors or will-writing firms, with prices normally around £200-300 on the high street and £850-£5000s with established firms.

Farewill, a London-based Start-up founded in summer 2015 says it wants to be the global brand synonymous with death, offering simple, affordable ways of planning for death that are bold and positive, rather than shady and morbid. 

And Farewill is challenging the traditional way of doing things. Whilst it does not have an app, Farewill provides an online will writing service for £50, or £85 for couples.

FidorFidor offers a smartphone app, to keep track of one’s accounts

Fidor Bank is a German online bank founded in 2009 and active in the United Kingdom since 2015.

In the UK, Fidor Bank offers two products. A current account and savings bonds with terms between 3-36 months.

In July 2016 Fidor Bank was acquired by France's Groupe BPCE with Fidor Bank continuing to operate under its own brand.

Fidor offers a smartphone app, to keep track of one’s accounts, a digital MasterCard debit card and a physical MasterCard debit card. Fidor is available to customers in Germany and United Kingdom.

FluxFlux automagically links receipts to the bank card as you pay

Flux is a fintech startup founded by ex-Revolut employees that is on a mission to make paper receipts obsolete.

The company has built a software platform to bridge the gap between the itemised receipt data captured by a merchant’s point-of-sale (POS) system and what little information typically shows up on a bank statement or mobile banking app.

Flux automagically links receipts to the bank card as you pay. Receipts are stored in the bank statement. Open up the bank app and you’ll find all the receipts as well as any loyalty points.

Flux’s first live integration is with EAT and Bel-Air, on the merchant side, and digital-only bank Monzo. 

FolioFolio is aiming to make saving a fun, simple and personalised experience

Folio is a Smartphone app that helps you automatically save small amounts of money, little by little, for specific goals.

Folio is aiming to make saving a fun, simple and personalised experience.

Folio automates savings for you and transfers them to an instant access savings account at Barclays PLC. It claims to be the first mobile-only savings account that you can create in minutes.

GoCardless

GoCardless is a UK Online Direct Debit provider, founded by Tom Blomfield, Matt Robinson and Hiroki Takeuchi, in January 2011.

GoCardless started out as a means to facilitate group payments by making it easier for groups of friends and small organisations to make payments between each other.

GoCardless enables businesses to automate payments, using direct debit, and make it effortless to receive payments from customers. 

Notably, from GoCardless, co-founder Tom Blomfield went on to work as CTO at challenger bank Starling before leaving and establishing his own digital challenger bank Monzo.

Conclusion

It’s long been the case that banks had a customer for life if they captured them at a young age with a piggy bank, pencil case or football. Despite the seven-day current account switching service (CASS), there is still a great deal of inertia.

The opening up of, and ability to share, financial data is making an exciting future possible for the future of Banking, and much of that Banking is now possible from the smartphone in your pocket. 

How to Share Your PowerPoint Presentation Online (For Free)

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:55

When you think of PowerPoint presentations, you likely envision them being presented using a projector or large screen display. But when you can't connect in-person to give your presentation, posting your PowerPoint online may be the next best alternative.

This may look like a standard PowerPoint presentation view, but it's actually taking place inside of a web browser thanks to the free PowerPoint Online service.

Maybe your audience doesn't have PowerPoint installed on their device. In that case, it makes sense to use Microsoft PowerPoint Online to share and collaborate. Or, you might have a major message you want to share online with anyone who clicks the link using SlideShare.

In this tutorial, discover a few ways that you can upload and share a PowerPoint presentation using best practices. 

Guide to Making Great Presentations (Free eBook Download)

Before you read on, be sure to grab our free eBook: The Complete Guide to Making Great Presentations. It will help you master the presentation process, from: initial idea, through to writing, design, and delivering with impact.

How to Quickly Share PowerPoint Presentations Online (Watch & Learn)

In this quick two minute screencast video, I'll walk you through using PowerPoint Online and Slideshare to upload your presentation for sharing. I'll show you tips and tricks for each platform to get the most from them.

Both of these services are free when you make an account. You don't need anything other than a PowerPoint file and an account to quickly share your presentation online.

 

Note: In the screencast tutorial above we use the popular Simplicity PowerPoint Template. You can get great PPT presentation templates on GraphicRiver, Envato Elements, or discover more in our Ultimate Guide to the Best Microsoft PowerPoint Templates.

Now, let's dive into some written tips on using these services. I'll show you best practices on getting your PowerPoint online for an audience to see.

Microsoft PowerPoint Online

My preferred way to share PowerPoint presentations is to use PowerPoint Online, Microsoft's web browser based version of PowerPoint. If you've used Google Drive and their collaborative apps that live inside your web browser, you can think of this as Microsoft's alternative. Best of all, it's free!

To use PowerPoint Online, you'll need a Microsoft account, which is free to create.. Jump over to this link to login or create a Microsoft account and get started with PowerPoint Online.

1. Upload Your PowerPoint Presentation

Now, you'll need to upload your PowerPoint presentation to make it available online.

There are two ways you can do this:

  1. Save it to your OneDrive account that is associated with your email address. OneDrive Microsoft's cloud storage app, and it will automatically be available in PowerPoint Online when you login.
  2. Log into PowerPoint Online, and click on Upload a Presentation to upload your file from your computer.
You can either save your file to OneDrive and it will be available in the sidebar, or Upload a Presentation directly inside your browser.

If you already use OneDrive, I would recommend saving your file to it instead of uploading it in PowerPoint Online. That way, if you make changes using the Microsoft PowerPoint desktop app, the online version of your presentation will stay up-to-date.

2. Invite Viewers to Your Online Presentation

Once your presentation is online, you're ready to invite others to view it. Using PowerPoint Online, click on Share with people above the presentation.

Now, you can add email addresses for anyone to invite to the presentation. Add some email addresses in the "To" field, along with a memo below it to add collaborators.

Make sure and set the permissions (either view or edit from the first dropdown), and then choose whether you'll require someone to sign in with an account or not to access it.

There are two other key options that you'll want to set each time you add viewers to a presentation:

  1. On the first dropdown option, you can choose between "...can only view" and "can edit" to control whether your invitees can make edits to the presentation.
  2. The second dropdown allows you to require someone to sign in with a Microsoft account before viewing or editing the presentation. This is a good security step to determine who changed your file.
3. Optional: Make an Online PowerPoint Presentation Link

Another option is to make the presentation public so that anyone with the URL to your presentation can view it. If you're distributing your PowerPoint presentation it to a team online, it's easier to create a link instead of inviting each user's email address.

To create a link, just click on Get a link on the same sharing window I showed you above. PowerPoint Online will create a URL that you can send to others to collaborate on the presentation with you.

Create a link to view the PowerPoint presentation using the Get a link option.

If you want to invite others to make edits using the URL, click on the Create another link option and choose Edit from the dropdown option. Careful with this, because anyone who gets their hands on the link will be able to make changes to your presentation file.

Post Your Presentations Online With SlideShare 

Besides PowerPoint online, SlideShare is one of the best-known services for posting a PowerPoint online. When Netflix uploaded a slide deck on their culture in 2009, they likely had no idea that it would be viewed 17 million times in the following years. 

Just as YouTube is a discovery platform for video, SlideShare is a network where users can discover your slide deck.

SlideShare is now owned by professional social network LinkedIn. You can upload to SlideShare simply by hopping over to their website and login (or create) your free LinkedIn account.

After logging in, click to upload your presentation or on a social service icon to add your presentation to SlideShare.

SlideShare supports a variety of formats, but it's tailor-made to drop your PowerPoint (PPTX) files into. You can drag and drop a file onto the window or click on a cloud service to quickly add your presentation online.

After you begin uploading your presentation, SlideShare will have you add some basic metadata. Add a Title, Category, and Tags to help users discover your content.

Setting the metadata will help users find your slide deck when searching for it.

Maybe the most important setting on this screen is to choose the Privacy settings for your presentation. A Public presentation will appear to anyone who comes across it via search or social, just like the Netflix culture slide deck. You could also choose Limited to make it visible, but not in SlideShare search.

Once you've set the privacy, press Publish, and your presentation will go online, ready to share!

SlideShare is a great choice for when you want to publicize your PowerPoint, but the privacy settings are essential when you're sharing your presentation online.

Learn how to make a great online presentations with SlideShare and PowerPoint in our multi-part tutorial series, or get started with one of these Envato Tuts+ tutorials: 

Send and Share Your PowerPoint Presentations

If your presentation contains sensitive information or you just don't want to publish it online, I still have tips for how to share your presentation effectively.

Whether you're going to use email or a service like Dropbox to upload your presentation, you might want to reduce the file size of your presentation before you send it. Let's look at two key tips to reduce the file size so that you don't waste someone's inbox space.

1. Compress Images

Images are usually the single largest part of a PowerPoint presentation. Everything else in a presentation is some combination of text and shapes, which don't consume much storage space at all.

Compressing images is the best way I've found to save space. In the File > Save As menu, click on the Tools dropdown and choose Compress Pictures.

On the Compress Pictures menu, choose a lower resolution option like 96 ppi to reduce the size of all images and reduce the PowerPoint file size.

On the Compress Pictures menu, choose a lower Resolution setting from the list of options. I recommend choosing a lower resolution like 150 or 96 ppi, which will reduce the space occupied by your images and create a smaller PowerPoint file.

It's a good idea to save a separate copy of your presentation when you compress images. That way, just in case you need the higher resolution images, you can always revert to the original slides.

2. Save a Lower Resolution Copy

Beyond the images in your presentation, you can also save the entire presentation at a lower resolution.

On the File > Save As menu, this time choose the Tools > Save Options menu.

On the Advanced Options, use a lower Default Resolution such as 96 ppi to compress the entire presentation.

For high resolution presentations that use premium PowerPoint themes, this step is a must to reduce the file size before you send it to your audience. Find top PowerPoint presentation themes on Envato Elements and trending PPT template designs on GraphicRiver: 

Both of these tricks will save some serious storage space when you share your presentation. Even if you're considering uploading it to PowerPoint Online, this is an ideal step to maintain PowerPoint performance.

Recap & Keep Learning More Great PowerPoint Presentation Tools

This tutorial showcased three key methods to share your PowerPoint presentation. The decision should come down to whether you're trying to attract a public audience (Slideshare) or collaborate with other PowerPoint users with PowerPoint Online.

If you aren't sold on using PowerPoint Online, check out some of the PowerPoint tutorials below. I'll show you how to use PowerPoint to work together online, and Laura Spencer offers a compelling look at using Google Slides instead.

Need Help? Grab Our Making Great Presentations eBook (Free)

We have the perfect compliment to this tutorial. You can find more information in our new eBook on making great presentations. Download this PDF eBook now for FREE with your subscription to the Tuts+ Business Newsletter. 

It will help you master the presentation process, from: initial creative ideas, through to writing, design, and delivering with impact.

What questions do you have about collaborating with PowerPoint? Let me know in the comments below if you need help.