Free Websites!

Q: "Is there such a thing as a free Website?" A: by Steve Puffenberger, Advent Media, Inc.

So a friend asked me the burning question, “Is there such a thing as a free Website?”  To which I reply, “is there such a thing as a free lunch?”

It's true for Websites. There are “free” services, some very low-cost options, and of course “real” Websites, but they all come with costs.  Here's a look at what's going on.

Categories: Web/Graphic Design

Why PowerPoint?

Advent Media, Inc. chooses PowerPoint for some very sound business reasons - by Steve Puffenberger

Sure, there are fancier, pricier and more trendy presentation software titles out there, but at Advent Media, Inc., we have standardized on PowerPoint as our go-to delivery system for presentations. Why? Here are 10 sound business reasons to trust PowerPoint.

Categories: Presentations/Events

What's a Pitch Deck?

Using PowerPoint to "pitch" your ideas - by Steve Puffenberger, Advent Media, Inc.

So, what is a Pitch Deck? It’s simply a series of images to illustrate your “pitch” that can be conveniently accessed wherever you are on a smartphone, tablet, laptop or big screen. Pitch Decks can be a powerful communication tool for anytime you need to sell something – a product, concept, or idea. Learn how Pitch Decks can be vital in achieving your business goals.

Bonus article: "What the deck?"

Categories: Presentations/Events

The Cost and Value of Media Production Services

How to budget for video production, Website development and presentation design services

You may have seen this illustration about "Pick Two: Fast, Cheap, Good."

Fast + Cheap = Not Good
Cheap + Good = Not Fast
Good + Fast = Not Cheap

By far the most frequently asked question about creative media production is "what does it cost?"
There's a very simple answer, "It depends."

This whitepaper will help you understand how pricing media production works.

Categories: General, Video Production, Web/Graphic Design, Presentations/Events

Distracted Presenting

Avoiding Primary Distractions when using PowerPoint - by Steve Puffenberger, Advent Media, Inc.

“Distracted driving” is a scourge on the land. You can’t go more than a week without hearing of someone who’s crashed their car – or just walked into a pole – while texting.

But this article is not about the foibles of distracted driving.  It’s about distractions when you’re trying to be a presenter – especially when using PowerPoint or other slide-based visuals.

So here’s the deal. Rule #1* of any presentation is, “people forget details.” Rule #2 is “people remember impressions,” and the corollary to Rule #2 is “distractions are impressions!” So what’s a distraction? It’s ANYTHING that causes a member of your audience to lose focus on what you are …SQUIRREL… saying.

Categories: General, Presentations/Events

Are you properly protecting your Website from hackers?

Why ignorance is not bliss when it comes to Website safety, security and liability.

You hear it all the time. “XYZ Company’s Website has been hacked.” “Big data breach.” “Customer credit cards and social security numbers exposed.” It’s not going to get any better.

But this article isn’t about a big company with big data. Smaller Websites are vulnerable too, and site owners are at risk. Why?

Read on to learn all about it.

Categories: Web/Graphic Design, Technical Support

Our Storytelling Approach to Professional Video Production

How Pre Production, Production, and Post Production work at Advent Media, Inc.

This article is to help you to understand the steps we take to assure your video production project will meet your expectations and connect with your audience. From first meeting to project roll out, here is the process that assures the highest Viewer Experience for your audience.

Categories: General, Video Production

The Video Codec Moment

An overview of the various digital video formats and codecs.

What's a video codec? Quick answer: it's a mashup of the words "COmpressor" and "DECompressor." But like everything else, that's just the tip of the iceberg. Read more to start to understand video formats for Websites, presentations and even broadcast television.

Categories: Video Production, Web/Graphic Design, Presentations/Events

Video in PowerPoint: What Works and What Won't

The fine art of inserting video into PowerPoint. It's easy unless...

Embedding video in PowerPoint is easy!  Just click "Insert," choose "Video | on My PC," point to the file, and voila! Your video is ready inside a slide. In PowerPoint 2016 you can just drag & drop the video into a slide and voila!

Now, that works very elegantly in the newest versions of PowerPoint for Mac or PC, but if you go to play it on an older version, your going to run into issues.

But we're PowerPoint experts and know the ways around this. So, here's a brief overview of what works and what doesn't between the various versions and platforms.

Categories: General, Video Production, Presentations/Events