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The death of Powerpoint? Prezi hits 1 million users locally

Prezi quietly nets 1 million users in Australia and New Zealand
Cloud-based presentation platform experiences rapid organic growth

19 August, 2014

Auckland, New Zealand

Prezi, the cloud-based presentation platform that helps presenters connect more powerfully with their audiences, has for the first time revealed regional growth figures for the Australian and New Zealand market.

There are now more than one million Prezi users in Australia and New Zealand -- all of which have been acquired organically.

Drew Banks, Head of International, Prezi, said: “Prezi’s remarkable growth in Australia and New Zealand has thus far flown under the radar. Classrooms, boardrooms, startups, and conferences are undergoing a quiet revolution.

“But now we’re going to raise our profile. Prezi is turning its attention to the ANZ region as one of its key growth markets, and we’re keen to accelerate adoption of our popular cloud-based, zoomable presentation platform.

“We’ve been thrilled by the incredible popularity of Prezi in the region. There’s more than one million users in Australia and New Zealand -- all of which have been acquired organically. It’s an impressive figure and provides a strong launching pad as we look to introduce Prezi to even more Aussies and Kiwis in the coming months and years.

Banks said Prezi 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. Their message is more likely to resonate, motivate, and be remembered,” he said.

“Prezi is a powerful tool which is used by everyone from globe-trotting TED presenters, to students and teachers. It is just as powerful in the classroom as it is in the boardroom, where it is regularly used by some of New Zealand’s largest businesses to communicate new ideas and strategies.”

Founded in 2009, and with offices in San Francisco and Budapest, Prezi now fosters a community of over 45 million users and over 120 million prezis around the world. Because Prezi is cloud based, it offers the ability to easily collaborate, edit and share presentations. You can see live collaboration occurring around the world here.

Prezi has designated two ANZ regional Prezi experts, Kris Flegg and Emma Bannister, who are independent Prezi designers and trainers and will also serve as local ambassadors.

Flegg, who is also the founder and Director of Prezi Training and Design, said it is exciting to see people changing the way they present and share ideas.

Flegg said: "We’ve all sat through really boring presentations and come away feeling like we’ve wasted our time and gained nothing. But Prezi is helping to change that. It turns the previously mundane into dynamic and memorable presentations. It’s an extremely powerful tool.”

Prezi expert Emma Bannister, who is also the founder of successful local design business Presentation Studio, described Prezi as a new kind of presentation software that, unlike slides which literally box you in, lets you show your ideas in context.

“With Prezi, you can zoom in on details and pull back to reveal the big picture. Not only does this make your message more understandable, but it also makes your overall presentation so much more fun and engaging,” Bannister said.

Banks said it was exciting to see local businesses, such as Presentation Studio and Prezi Training and Design, spring up organically in the ANZ market and said it was testament to the growing popularity of Prezi downunder.

“Everyone from educators, to startups pitching for venture capital, small businesses wanting to punch above their weight, professional speakers, and big corporates, have been enjoying the benefits of Prezi. If you haven’t tried it out, it’s time you did,” Banks said.

Anyone in New Zealand can try out the new way of presenting and sharing ideas at Prezi.com, with plans starting from under $5 per month. Australian students and teachers can sign up for free accounts.

About Prezi
Prezi is a cloud-based presentation platform that helps you connect more powerfully with your audience. Unlike slides, Prezi’s open, zoomable canvas lets you show relationships between the big picture and fine details, putting your ideas in context. Your message is more likely to resonate, motivate, and be remembered, whether you’re delivering a sales pitch to a high-value client or a TED Talk to the world’s foremost thinkers. Founded in 2009, and with offices in San Francisco and Budapest, Prezi now fosters a community of over 45 million users and over 120 million prezis around the world. With investors including TED Conferences and Accel Partners, Prezi is in the business of making presenters great.

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