How to Upload Visual Social Marketing Presentations to SlideShare

By Krista Neher

Uploading presentations of your visual social marketing campaigns is relatively simple. SlideShare allows users to upload a variety of presentations including presentations, documents (such as Microsoft Word), PDF files, and videos (Pro accounts only). SlideShare doesn’t support uploading KeyNote files from Mac computers, so these files must be converted to PowerPoint before uploading.

To upload a presentation to SlideShare, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Upload button.

    It’s the orange button at the top of the page.

  2. Choose the correct uploading option.

    When you’re uploading a presentation, SlideShare provides two buttons with different uploading options:

    • Upload (orange): The basic uploader is available to all account types, which limits file sizes and makes all presentations public.

    • Upload+ (blue): Pro users can benefit from larger file sizes and private file sharing.

    • Dropbox upload: Below the orange Upload button is the Upload from Dropbox link. If you have your file on Dropbox, you can upload this way.

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    After the presentation type has been selected, SlideShare uploads the presentation and provides a number of fields to complete.

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  3. Add basic information about the presentation.

    The fields you complete for your presentation are Title, Description, Tags, and Category. (You might notice that you can’t change the Privacy setting with a Basic account.) This information about the presentation helps make your presentation discoverable on SlideShare and in search engines.

    All these fields can be accessed and edited at any time. You can also upload the presentation again, if needed; for example, you might notice an error on a slide or want to make another change.

  4. Click the Save & Continue button to save your changes.

  5. Click Advanced Settings to update additional presentation settings.

    When you initially upload a SlideShare presentation, not all the advanced customization fields are displayed. By clicking on the Info and Settings text, which is displayed below the presentation when you view your presentation, you can see all settings that can be customized. On this screen, you see a number of tabs, including Edit Details, Privacy Settings, Re-upload, Add Audio and Add YouTube Video.

    Here are two of the most important settings, which you may want to update:

    • Allow Download: You can find the download settings on the Privacy Settings tab. Consider this option carefully because it pertains to your intellectual property and the content you’re sharing. Do you really and truly want people to be able to download, edit, and reuse your presentation?

      Remember that competitors, customers, or others in your industry may fall into this category. By default, most presentations are set to allow downloading, so if you don’t want to allow it, be sure to update this setting.

    • Choose a License: You can choose the license for your presentation on the Edit Details tab. By default, you retain all rights to the files you upload. Though others can view your presentation on SlideShare, they cannot reuse any of your content.

      You can also choose to apply Creative Commons licensing to your file, allowing others to reuse your work. A variety of Creative Commons licenses are available. You can find out more about these licenses at Creative Commons.

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  6. Click the Updates button and review the presentation, description, and transcription.

After the presentation has been uploaded, you may view it to check for accuracy and any display issues. Below the presentation and comments is a transcription of the presentation. The transcription is automatically generated based on the words on the slides of your presentation,

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Depending on how you create your presentation, the transcription may or may not be relevant. SlideShare doesn’t allow you to edit the transcription, but you can remove it. Keep the transcription active because the additional words used in it can help the discoverability of the presentation. If it’s irrelevant or misleading, however, you may choose to remove it.