A survey of over 1,000 employees across multiple industries found that, on average, people spend 20 hours a month on PowerPoint. That’s almost three entire work days wasted! Those hours could have been spent working on other needle-moving responsibilities.
Wasting time is probably why many consulting or multi-national companies now prefer to outsource their PowerPoint tasks. Executives use it for internal meetings (79 percent), projects (68 percent), reports (51 percent), documentation (50 percent), training documents (48 percent), customer presentations (35 percent) and product presentations (31 percent).
Even lean startups use it often, especially for pitch decks. Thus, there’s no surprise that the demand for PowerPoint presentation design services has been steadily growing the past few years.
If you're anything like Ethan Duff, global head of creative at Vlocity, creating decks is a big part of your business. At Vlocity, Duff’s team acts as an almost internal agency that creates, delivers, and manages all kinds of content, from PowerPoint decks to video, social media to desktop publishing. “Vlocity is one of Salesforce’s biggest partners,” says Duff, “so we're also in a space that's moving and changing really fast.” Read about how Duff scaled presentation deck design with Superside in this case study.
So, with a myriad of choices in the marketplace... how do you know where's the best place to start outsourcing PowerPoint design?
Check out the three main options below, with a quick summary of pricing and turnaround time, along with the boons and banes of the alternatives.
The second option you have is to check out Superside.
Superside is filling the gap in the market between agencies and freelancers. Superside is cheaper than many popular agencies because of fixed rates, but faster, more reliable, and also provide quality control with a dedicated Project Manager, which you can’t usually have if you engage with freelancers directly.
Superside works depending on your budget and need, and cater to multiple audiences or industries. Whether you want a quick PowerPoint service brush-up, high-end visual enhancements or a brand new, professional designed slide deck, you can simply submit an order, get a reply from us within minutes, and have the presentation ready as soon as 12 hours.
The good thing about trying this method is that their services can be very affordable (Fiverr starts at only $5)! However, there are risks of lower-quality work, because you need to filter through profiles and manage the designers on your own.
Of course, if you are able to successfully find a great designer after several tries, there will be economies of scale and you can work more efficiently in the long run.
Nonetheless, the hassle, project management and attention to detail when proofreading to check language can be time-consuming, so it’s probably unsuitable if you have a tight deadline for a sales or investor presentation.
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The last option you have is to try out one these popular PowerPoint agencies:
24Slides has been providing PowerPoint design services since 2010 and has an office in Copenhagen. Although their HQ is in Denmark, their design team is based in Malang, Indonesia. The agency specializes in beautifying presentations so their clients can influence listeners and seal profitable deals.
How it works Clients use an order form to insert their presentation, remarks, request, turnaround time and payment details. Working in chronological order, the team will get in touch with clients as soon as they can. 24Slides’ team consists of 50 individuals with several years of design experience.
Pricing They have two types of PowerPoint design services. The first is called Brush Up, for basic enhancements, and the second, Redesign, is for complete transformation of presentations. For Brush Up, each slide’s cost ranges from $10-17, while Redesign costs between $15-25.5 per slide. It depends on the turnaround required by clients.
Timing 24Slides can give clients the first review within 24 hours.
Pros The great thing about 24Slides is the flexibility on the turnaround time based on your budget. Additionally, they specialize in animating slides, which you can see in their portfolio.
Cons While their portfolio looks fun, exciting and vibrant, which is suitable for pitch decks and educational materials, it might be less fitting for professional or formal business and boardroom audiences because of their use of cartoon-like illustrations.
Slidebean provides presentation templates that are pre-built for common purposes, such as pitching an investor or delivering a client proposal. Thus, their approach on PowerPoint design service is slightly different from other competitors. The templates they provide are finished and beautifully designed so that you can easily replace their content with your own.
How it works Sign up (there’s a free 14-day trial), browse through templates and modify according to your needs. They’ve categorized the templates for different audiences such as start-ups, marketing agencies, business managers or educators so it’s convenient for you to find and download the slides you require.
Pricing There are three subscription plans available: $8/month, $19/month or $39/month. The first plan is most suited for solopreneurs, the second for corporations and the last for agencies or teams.
Timing Since the slides are readily-downloadable templates, you can instantly get the designs and modify in your own time.
Pros Their focus on the startup market is really superb and convenient for pitch decks. No wonder they’re featured in Tech Crunch, The Next Web, Y Combinator 500 and TEDx. Their templates, tools, icons and images are easy to use, which enables users to save time updating their presentations.
Cons While templates with a clear content flow are great, customers who want to stand out might need to customize more. Clients are limited to the design options provided by Slidebean and it might not be suitable for corporations that have strict brand guidelines.
SlideGenius are visual storytellers with their HQ in San Diego, California (U.S.). They provide design services for presentations, infographics, web experiences, presentation management, collateral and videos. What’s cool about SlideGenius is that they have an established reputation with 1,000+ global customers including Facebook, Oracle, J.P. Morgan, Citibank and Mastercard.
How it works SlideGenius has a global team of presentation designers, copywriters and web developers. They have phone lines for the U.S., U.K., Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa, which showcases their worldwide presence. Clients need to phone or email to enquire about a project.
Pricing Quotations are project based, so clients have to submit a form before someone at SlideGenuis gets in touch.
Timing Not disclosed
Pros It’s pretty amazing to hear that some of their presentations or pitch decks lead to 25-50 percent conversions! This makes them more suitable for sales meetings than other PowerPoint design services in the market.
Cons Since quotes are not estimated instantly, time is wasted for clients; this is not the best option if you have a tight deadline.
Since 2002, eSlide has energized and revitalized over 16,000 PowerPoint presentations for high-stakes meetings around the world. Their clients range from Fortune 500 corporations and mid-size businesses to small companies and entrepreneurs.
How it works The managing partners of eSlide are accomplished communications professionals, each with over 20 years’ experience in the design, production, technology and management of presentations. Like Slide Genius, clients have to enquire via eform, phone or email.
Pricing Costs are on a per project basis, so you’ll need to contact them to get a quote. However, their price guide provides handy information!
Timing eSlide’s hours of operation are Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-8 p.m.(U.S. Eastern time) and clients can expect to receive a response within 15-20 mins during regular business hours.
Pros The designs eSlide provides seem to be suitable for corporate types… generally for formal audiences or meetings, which are, strikingly, a far cry from Slidebean’s tech investors. Their strength comes from the team’s collective experience and it shows in their great complex business diagrams, which are easy to understand.
Cons Some of the designs depart from typical current start-up look-and-feel (think of modern and minimalist pitch-decks). So their PowerPoint design service should definitely be avoided if you are looking for tech-related “hipster” styles.
SlideRabbit’s PowerPoint design services bring high-level creative value to every industry at low cost. SlideRabbit provides creative presentation graphics for litigation services and marketing material using Powerpoint slide designs, Keynote presentations, infographics and much more.
How it works Slide Rabbit is led by Bethany (founder and creative director) and Tara (partner, art director). They have several strong global brands who have worked with them such as Abbott Nutrition, Nike, Edelman, PayPal and Pepsico.
Pricing Quotes are given on a per-project basis, so clients have to enquire via email or phone.
Timing Turnaround times are not disclosed on their website.
Pros SlideRabbit provides creative presentation graphics for litigation services and marketing material using Powerpoint slide designs, Keynote presentations and infographics. This means they are able to tackle more complex content that needs storytelling and verbal illustration, making them a favorable choice if your presentation needs data visualization.
Cons Although SlideRabbit proves they can produce high-quality design, the amount of time or budget required to complete projects is unclear, unlike 24Slides, who can clearly state their estimated pricing in real time.
Visual Spiders, based in India, provides PowerPoint and Prezi presentations at $3-$6 per slide and has worked with over 500 clients since being established eight years ago.
How it works Clients can choose one out of the three plans available and get in touch with Visual Spider’s team to design their PowerPoint or Prezi presentations.
Pricing There are three plans available. Start-ups pay $6/slide, a value pack is $5/slide and premium plans cost only $3/slide.
Timing Depending on your plan, the turnaround time can be as fast as real-time (premium), to 24 hours (value pack) or three working days (start-up).
Pros It’s very affordable! $3/slide in their premium plan is definitely value for money if you have a lot of slides to design. Not many PowerPoint design service agencies also provide Prezi visual enhancement, which Visual Spiders can do.
Cons Since they are based in India, English might not be their native language and there’s probably a need to look through the content and doublecheck any typos, grammar or misspellings when working on your PowerPoint or Prezi presentations. This would take more time, especially if you are working on persuasive sales or marketing presentations. Nonetheless, if the timeline is not an issue, then it’s without a doubt one of the most cost-efficient choices.
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