After several years of organic growth, driven primarily by the good old word of mouth, the cloud-based presentation software Prezi has finally officially launched in Australia.
And to underpin the launch, Prezi has gone ahead and appointed two Australian Prezi experts; Kris Flegg and Emma Bannister, who will also serve as local ambassadors in the Australia and New Zealand market.
A “quiet revolution” has been going on in Australia
Prezi Head of International, Drew Banks said classrooms, boardrooms, start-ups and conferences right around the country have been undergoing “a quiet revolution”, with Prezi’s remarkable growth in Australia and NZ having, so far, flown under the radar.
Its number of users in Australia has surged greatly over the past three years, growing from about 100,000 in 2011 to over a million this year – all acquired organically.
In fact, Australia is now one of Prezi’s top 10 markets globally.
What sets Prezi apart from the rest?
Because it is cloud-based, Prezi makes it easy to collaborate, edit and share presentations.
Banks said their software helps presenters connect more powerfully with their audience.
“Unlike slides, Prezi’s open, zoomable canvas lets presenters show relationships between the big picture and fine details, helping them to put their ideas in context,” he explained, “Their message is more likely to resonate, motivate, and be remembered.”
“Prezi is a powerful tool which is used by everyone from globe-trotting TED presenters, to school kids and teachers,” he added, “It is just as powerful in the classroom as it is in the boardroom, where it is regularly used by some of Australia’s largest businesses to communicate new ideas and strategies.”
Corporate customers already using Prezi include Telstra, Zurich, MLC and Rio Tinto.
Founded in 2009, Prezi now fosters a community of over 40 million users around the world.
Prezi already has ‘street cred’ in Australia
Local Prezi experts Flegg and Bannister are the founders of Prezi Training and Design and Presentation Studio respectively, and Banks said it was exciting to see such local businesses spring up organically in the ANZ market remarking that it was testament to the growing popularity of Prezi down under.
“Everyone from educators, to start-ups pitching for venture capital, small businesses wanting to punch above their weight, professional speakers and big corporate have been enjoying the benefits of Prezi in Australia,” he remarked.
Prezi is now officially available in Australia, with plans starting from under $5 per month.
It is worth noting that Australian students and teachers can sign up for free accounts.