21 Resources to Help You Rock SlideShare for Marketing

by Sharon Hurley Hall

Last updated on March 22nd, 2018

Move over PowerPoint – your day is done! It’s time to make way for SlideShare, the online presentation tool acquired by LinkedIn last year.

While many content marketers have been focusing on Twitter and Facebook, using infographics or making flashy presentations with a variety of online tools, there’s one online resource that has quietly gained prominence and influence – SlideShare.

According to its own published stats, SlideShare has 60 million visitors and 130 million page views each month and is one of the top 200 sites in the world by visitor numbers. Here’s a roundup of 21 SlideShare resources to help you come to grips with this important marketing platform.

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Why SlideShare Is Important

1. SlideShare: The Quiet Giant Of Content Marketing

This article from Forbes highlights the importance of SlideShare as “the world’s largest professional content sharing community” and as a business resource. It highlights some examples of people using SlideShare well.

2. Why SlideShare is a Content Marketing GameChanger for Authors

This article on Published & Profitable shows how the low start-up costs, easy shareability, visual impact and ability to evoke responsiveness make this a killer platform for writers. However, these tips could equally apply to marketers.

3. 11 Ways to Use SlideShare for Content Marketing Success

This Content Marketing Institute article shows that SlideShare is an efficient and visible platform that is easy to update. The inclusion of analytics makes this a great content marketing tool.

Getting Started with SlideShare

4. Why Should You Use SlideShare – Getting Started

This official presentation from SlideShare itself outlines some of the platform’s main features, including the ability to upload files in different formats and grow your network.

5. Slideshare 101: Why would I use Slideshare?

Here we find out about the nuts and bolts of setting up your SlideShare profile, as well as additional options for Pro users. This is a quick checklist, which includes advice on embedding presentations on your site.

6. Slideshare 101 Quick Start

Maria Peagler presents a four-part online course on SlideShare, including getting started, creating compelling presentations, collaborating with others and SEO. There are assignments, too! The aim is to teach people how to drive sales with the presentation platform.

Tips and Tricks

7. 7 Ways to Optimize Your SlideShare Presentations for More Traffic & Leads

HubSpot shows how to get more from the platform by using guest blogging, thinking about SEO, understanding the audience, designing attractive presentations and using presentations to send people to other content.

8. 10 SlideShare Strategies that Will Boost Your Content’s Value

The tips in this article by Gregory Ciotti include creating long, data-driven presentations, emphasizing design, repurposing content, sharing by email and using opt-in forms.

9. 10 Proven Tips to Leverage SlideShare

This presentation includes advice on fonts, the use of PowerPoint notes, profile completeness, sharing on LinkedIn and promotion.


10. Slideshare: Why You’re Missing Out on Traffic and How to Get Started

Brian Rock shows the advantage of designing your presentation to send readers back to your site. He points out that visitors coming from SlideShare are already engaged, making it easy to monetize those visits and keep your bounce rate down.

11. SlideShare: Infographics for an 80s businessman? Or a clever, informative and well optimised alternative?

Dave Langdale explains why SlideShare presentations tick all the Google boxes for great content.

12. Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz recommends including presentations in content marketing and SEO strategy

SlideShare highlights a presentation on the SEO benefits of using SlideShare. One of his tips is to promote SlideShare on external websites to increase both traffic and SEO.


13. 10 Ways To Become a SlideShare Marketing Master

HubSpot’s Kipp Bodnar shows the importance of links and tags, adding audio and video to SlideShare presentations via Slidecasts and understanding how presenting via SlideShare is different from delivering a live presentation.

14. The Marketer’s Guide To SlideShare

KISSMetrics presents strategies for improving traffic, search engine ranking and your follower/subscriber base using SlideShare as part of a brand-building strategy. This comprehensive article includes examples of “phenomenal” presentations which are sure to inspire you.

15. 8 Ways to Get the Biggest Marketing Bang Out of SlideShare

Joe Chernov shows how SlideShare can bring referral traffic and can be a lead magnet. A great tip for live presenters is to share the SlideShare URL right at the start to increase the chances of listeners sharing the presentation.

Going Viral

16. The Ultimate Guide To Hitting The Front Page on SlideShare

Want to create viral SlideShare content? Then you need to create informative content like HubSpot does. This article provides tools and tips on finding out what does well on SlideShare and replicating that to get an audience.

17. 3 tips from viral Slideshare presentations

The if. blog has a short assessment of the common features of SlideShare’s most popular presentations. One top tip is about the importance of storytelling for achieving virality.

18. SlideShare and Pinterest: 8 Ways to Use Them Together for Viral Marketing Power

Dre, from the Chic Geek Academy, shows how to use both platforms together to increase you reach. Tips include collaborating on Pinterest boards and using SlideShare to create the content you will pin.


Finally, here are some additional tips on using the platform well:

19. How to Use Slideshare to Increase Content ROI

On the Salesforce blog, Jennifer Burnham shows how SlideShare makes it easier for people to discover and engage with content and provides some posting tips.

20. 9 Tips for Building Your Brand with SlideShare

Nick Westergaard says that SlideShare is perfect for B2B marketing and shows that the platform is a useful way for brands to provide a press kit.

21. Top Digital Challenges for Marketers

At the time of writing, this SlideShare presentation was the most viewed (613,000) in the business and management category this year. See if you can spot what makes it so popular.

What about you?

Have you used SlideShare? What are your favorite tips or tricks?



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Sharon Hurley Hall

Sharon Hurley Hall is a professional writer and blogger. Her career has spanned more than 25 years, including stints as a journalist, academic writer, university lecturer and ghost writer. Connect with Sharon on her website.


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  1. Brad Shaw says:
    April 6, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Very well thought out article on Slideshare. I learned a lot! Very interesting points on ROI that I had not previously considered.

  2. Top Rating SEO says:
    February 18, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Even as a professional that has drafted many presentations I am at times struggle to be able to project the messaging and content in a way that is both fast to prepare and efficient to present. SlideShare enables me to organize my presentation easily and to present in a very professional manner.

  3. Taylor Johnson says:
    October 22, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    I think slideshows are a creative way of advertising. They have been used for years and are a solid technique. Completely agree with your thoughts. Thank you.

  4. Dan Madden says:
    May 18, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I’ve never published a slide share, but that is changing now thanks to your article.


  5. Matthew Lee says:
    April 6, 2015 at 4:44 pm

    Slideshare presents a new way of getting ideas out there. It is a very helpful tool, but I do not think it will take down powerpoint any time soon. It helps to shows up well in google serps.

    • April 6, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      I like the versatility of Slidshare. Adding a deck to a blog post, for instance, can add tremendous value.

  6. pandian says:
    December 24, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Many thanks for the loads of useful information Sharon..
    Using these tips really helps in realtime.. Check out my recent slideshare which got featured in their home page.
    You can see it here.

  7. Ramin says:
    December 12, 2014 at 1:24 am

    What a great post! So many great reads, even morethan a year later 🙂

  8. Phil says:
    December 10, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Slideshare presents a new way of getting ideas out there. It is a helpful tool and shows up well in google serps. Thanks for the additional info.

    • December 11, 2014 at 9:49 am

      You’re welcome, Phil. Glad you found it helpful.

  9. October 31, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Slideshare and YouTube for the win… If you can capture their attention past the first 3 slides / 1 minute… You got em! We see amazing CVRs with hot visual content.

    • Sharon Hurley Hall says:
      November 3, 2014 at 6:13 am

      Good to know, Zeal, thanks. 🙂

  10. April 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    This post is absolute GOLD. The reason is that all the strategies above can be applied to other platforms on line that also allow content. Google Docs for one. There are many others.

    • April 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm

      Great feedback, Gary! I’m glad you pointed that out. And you’re right… knowing you can use these tips in other platforms adds a ton of value to the information. 🙂

    • Sharon Hurley Hall says:
      April 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Great point, Gary, thanks. 🙂

  11. February 27, 2014 at 4:51 am

    I certainly find that slideshare is benefical to my business. I use it for Pinterest to create graphics with charts and pie graphs to show seo concepts. It is also useful to create content for video sites such as youtube. I find that often seo marketing and how everything all works together is easier to digest when it is a visual representation of whatever you are wanting to display. Thanks for not only reminding me to start using it again but also telling others about slideshare.

  12. SEO Expert Atlanta says:
    January 25, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    One only needs search Google and see how many of the serps show slideshare in the top results to know that this is a great tool to have in the arsenal. thanks for the post!

  13. Laurie says:
    January 11, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    What an all inclusive resource for slideshare info! Love it.

  14. June 21, 2013 at 4:21 am

    This is such a good resource, I love Slideshare, it’s a great way of getting content out there to a large audience. If you don’t know how to use it, it isn’t great, which is why this article is so good.

    • Sharon Hurley Hall says:
      June 21, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      I’m glad you’ve found it useful – I know of quite a few people who are using Slideshare to build their brand. One of them recently had a presentation featured on Slideshare’s home page, leading to even more brand exposure.

  15. April 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Slideshare presents a new way of getting ideas out there. It is a helpful tool but I do not think it will trash down powerpint pretty soon. o

    • June 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      Perhaps not, but it makes a useful addition to the range of presentation tools. 🙂

  16. Jane says:
    April 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    OK I just have started to get my feet wet with Slideshare and I am planning to go big with using Slideshare as one of my major marketing tools. This post seems to be a one stop for all my questions with Slideshare. Thanks a bunch!

    • April 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Happy to help, Jane. I’m still experimenting with Slideshare, too, so researching this article gave me some great new tips. 🙂

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