Slideshare is a useful website where users can upload PowerPoint presentations, documents, videos and share with the world for free. You can also browse through presentations and documents uploaded by other users and follow people who have similar interests.
The company has now launched more features labeled under “Slideshare Pro” which will allow more functionality for premium publishers.
The following screenshot shows what these plans will cost and what the user is expected to gain with each plan:
Users who have signed up with the free plan can continue to use the existing features while professionals and business organizations can enjoy advanced features on a monthly subscription basis. The Pro plans starts at $19 a month, more information can be found on the official pricing page
With the PRO plan, companies can track and monitor their uploaded content ( presentations, documents and videos). Some of the very nifty features include social media monitoring, removing the advertisements, better analytics, lead capture on your content and a branded channel. Every Slideshare pro user gets a Pro badge and can upload HD videos.
Here is what Slideshare CEO Rashmi Sinha said in an official blog post:
We have bundled all these features together into Pro Accounts with three tiers. First is Silver ($19 / month) which is for any advanced user of SlideShare. You get access to Analytics and Social Analytics, ads are removed from your account, you can capture 30 leads per month, the ability to upload HD videos and a Pro badge which tells the world you are a Pro user.
Gold Pro accounts ($49 / month) are meant for small and medium-sized businesses. You get everything at Silver level. Additionally you also get a channel with a custom look and feel, that makes SlideShare a seamless extension of your brand.
I think what Slideshare is doing is really neat business. First it attracts the novice audience by letting them sign up for free, download documents and presentations, sharing content across social media and generate the buzz. Once the service becomes popular and well known, the company goes the extra mile and allows the user to pay a small subscription fee and do more with their content. After all, “Everything in the Internet should be free” does not fit everywhere.
Given the large number of businesses that use Slideshare, a PRO plan fits in naturally.