SlideRocket Launches with Pricing, Marketplace

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Flex-based presentation creation web application SlideRocket is coming out of beta today and announcing pricing plans for its premium service. The company is also announcing partnerships with a handful of vendors as part of a newly launched marketplace that will allow users to purchase products and services for use with their presentations directly within SlideRocket. SlideRocket is easily the most complete presentation application on the web, and the most likely to really compete with Microsoft’s PowerPoint juggernaut. SlideRocket does basically everything that you’d expect a presentation app to do, but really sets itself apart where many web apps do: collaboration. Every presentation on SlideRocket can be shared down to the slide level, and changes can be dynamically updated across slides. For example, say your sales department creates a sales pitch deck and uses some slides that the marketing department created and shared with them. Then something changes and the marketing guys need to update the slide, when they do those updates are pushed automatically to the slides being used in the sales presentation. Founder Mitch Grasso told me that there are about 30,000 people using SlideRocket today. I asked Grasso if he anticipated any push back from users by adding a pricing plan after the fact to a service that has been free for about 8 months. Surprisingly, many of the have been asking for a pricing plan that will allow them to pay for the service, he told me. Many enterprise customers feel more comfortable using web applications if they’re paying for them.


SlideRocket will launch to the public today with a three-tiered price plan: free, $15/month, and $30/month (though the two paid plans are discounted for launch). The biggest difference between free and paid is the amount of storage allowed per account — 250mb for free users, and 1GB for paid users. The highest priced paid account also allows multiple users and opens up SlideRocket’s impressive collaboration features, versioning, and web conference app that allows slides to be shared with remote viewers. Paid plans include email support, while phone support is available to all users for $49 per incident. Premium support with unlimited phone calls will be offered to enterprise customers for 20% of subscription fees (at a $1,500 minimum).


The most impressive part of what SlideRocket is announcing today is the marketplace. Current SlideRocket users will already be familiar with the marketplace concept, because the application already has built in search features for free content around the web — such as CC-licensed photos on Flickr. SlideRocket is launching with two partners, stock photo site Fotolia, and printer Mimeo. Presentation template provider PresentationPro will launch soon. Content from each of the marketplace providers is available for purchase within SlideRocket using a unified, built-in credit system. Adding the marketplace is a brilliant move for SlideRocket because it allows them to monetize the free plan. Grasso tells me that he has contracts in place with four of five other companies as well, and ultimately, SlideRocket plans to expand the marketplace into a full service portal for vendors of all sizes. The hope is that the Marketplace will eventually become the “iPhone apps store of presentations,” with all manner of content and services for sale such as video, stock photography, graphics / clip art, fonts, data feeds (for dynamically updated graphs, etc.), graphic design services, copy writing, or public speaking lessons. SlideRocket customers will be able to search for and purchase stock photos from Fotolia the same way they can currently search for Flickr images. Purchased images will be added directly to their account’s assets area.
The above image is a mockup SlideRocket provided of what the eventual services marketplace might look like. Clearly inspiration was drawn from iTunes. SlideRocket, which launched in beta last March, is based in San Francisco, CA and is backed by a $2 million Series A investment from Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about SlideRocket

What is SlideRocket?

SlideRocket is an innovative online presentation platform that allows users to create, share, and manage presentations in a more efficient and effective way. It offers a wide range of features including a marketplace for buying and selling presentation-related services, cloud storage, collaboration tools, and analytics to track viewer engagement.

How does SlideRocket differ from other presentation tools?

Unlike traditional presentation tools, SlideRocket offers a cloud-based solution, meaning you can access your presentations from anywhere, at any time. It also provides real-time collaboration features, allowing multiple users to work on a presentation simultaneously. Additionally, it offers a marketplace where users can buy and sell presentation-related services.

How can I access SlideRocket?

SlideRocket is a web-based application, which means you can access it from any device with an internet connection. Simply visit the SlideRocket website and log in to your account to start creating or editing presentations.

What is the SlideRocket Marketplace?

The SlideRocket Marketplace is a unique feature where users can buy and sell presentation-related services. This includes everything from pre-made presentation templates to professional design services. It’s a great resource for anyone looking to enhance their presentations.

Can I collaborate with others on SlideRocket?

Yes, SlideRocket offers real-time collaboration features. This means you can invite others to work on your presentation with you, making it a great tool for team projects.

How does SlideRocket handle data security?

SlideRocket takes data security very seriously. All data is stored on secure servers and all communication between your device and SlideRocket’s servers is encrypted.

Can I track viewer engagement with SlideRocket?

Yes, SlideRocket offers analytics features that allow you to track viewer engagement. This includes information on who viewed your presentation, how long they spent on each slide, and more.

Can I use SlideRocket offline?

While SlideRocket is primarily a web-based application, it does offer an offline mode. This allows you to download your presentations and view them without an internet connection.

What types of media can I include in my SlideRocket presentations?

SlideRocket supports a wide range of media types, including images, videos, audio, and even interactive elements like quizzes and surveys.

How much does SlideRocket cost?

SlideRocket offers a range of pricing options to suit different needs and budgets. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please visit the SlideRocket website.

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Before joining Jilt, Josh Catone was the Executive Director of Editorial Projects at Mashable, the Lead Writer at ReadWriteWeb, Lead Blogger at SitePoint, and the Community Evangelist at DandyID. On the side, Josh enjoys managing his blog The Fluffington Post.

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