Tips for Filming Whiteboard Presentations

Posted by Nick Sayers

Whiteboard presentations are a great way to easily communicate advanced ideas and engage your audience. Sure kid, but what isn’t so great is lighting for whiteboard presentations. No bulls-eyeing womp rats here. In fact, sometimes filming a presentation on a whiteboard can be like listening to a self-entitled princess micromanaging your ship. Needless to say, we get a lot of people writing in and asking about our WBF gear, so here it is!

(One caveat: I cannot take credit for the current WBF setup. The lighting was already professionally set up before I joined the Moz team.) Let's dive right in!


Lighting is the most important aspect of our setup. The mission of our lighting setup is threefold:

  1. Light the presenter
  2. Light the whiteboard
  3. Eiminate shadows

Sounds easy enough, right? Whoa! Don’t get ahead of yourself, kid. Too much light directly on the Whiteboard will create glare; too little light and the actor will cast a distracting shadow over their content. The best way to get even light is by using lights with softboxes.

whiteboard side lighting    Whiteboard friday lighting set up

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September 3, 2012  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

8 Rules for Exceptional Slide Presentations – Whiteboard Friday

Posted by randfish

In last week's Whiteboard Friday, we talked about how you can leverage the power slide decks to boost your SEO. This week, we are going to be following up on that same theme with, 8 rules that you can use to make exceptional slide decks. Here you will find some of tips and tricks I have learned over my many years of creating slide presentations.

Please share your own thoughts on developing the perfect slide presentation in the comments below. Happy Friday everyone!

No Whiteboard Friday about creating slide presentations is complete without a slide presentation on creating slide presentations. Say that three times fast ;) The slide deck below is from last year, but has some other handy tips included. I wouldn't necessarily recommend taking all the advice included in the process section (waiting until the last minute, etc). This is merely how I do slides and presentations and may not work for everyone.

Making Presentations Better

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July 14, 2012  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments Goes Local: Presentations, Giveaways & Webinar For Local Search

Another great SLCSEM (Salt Lake City SEM professional organization) event has come and gone and left us with a ton of great information from one of the country’s leading experts in local search, David Mihm.  The timing for a local search meetup and having David as a speaker couldn’t have been more perfect as the local search landscape is preparing for a major shakeup in the near future.  With Apple dropping Google and launching its own maps product, Google Places changing to Google+ Local and Yelp making big moves to embed itself in major search platforms, there was a lot of great information and speculation on preparing for what’s coming next.

I was invited to speak following David to give the attendees an agency’s perspective on fulfilling local search campaigns for small businesses.  Both presentations are available at the bottom of this post.  However, I want to highlight what I thought were some of the most interesting takeaways from David’s presentation and the Q&A session that followed.

7 Local Search Takeaways From SLC|SEM

  1. Website Criteria – In David’ recently released 2012 Local Search Ranking Factors, he noted that Website criteria dropped from #1 to #3 in
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June 24, 2012  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

How to Create Presentations Like Rand

Posted by willcritchlow

Has anyone else noticed that Rand’s presentations are getting better and better recently? Obviously he’s been a great presenter for a long time, but I’ve noticed him upping his game recently particularly in the quality of the decks themselves.

I obviously have a vested interest in watching how Rand does things. I am once again going head to head with him in Boston at our upcoming conference and again in Seattle at Mozcon in July. (Tickets are still available for both and you can read more at the end of this post about why I think you all should join us there!)

When we’re prepping for the conference, we do really detailed prep calls with all our speakers. This time around, I’ve found myself explaining how I want everyone’s decks to be a bit more like Rand’s. It occurred to me that this wasn’t particularly actionable and so I wanted to put together some of the things I’ve been trying to integrate into my own presentation style in the hope that it’ll serve as a good guide for others.

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May 7, 2011  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  No Comments

4 SEO Presentations w/ Tips, Graphics + Data You Can Use

Posted by randfish

NOTE: All of the slide decks in this post are free to download and distribute, as are any of the stats/graphics in them (please reference the source if you do). Hopefully they’ll be helpful learning tools and will make your deck-building processes easier than mine have been!

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for me, and they’re not slowing down anytime soon. Just 2 weeks ago, I jetted off to San Marino (a small country in the northeastern part of Italy) with my travel blogging wife, Hannah Smith from Distilled, Marcus Tandler + Niels Dorje of TandlerDorje, Gianluca Fiorelli and Google’s Avinash Kaushik (along with several great local speakers). Below are two of my presentations from that event (Be-Wizard):





From there, I headed to Rome, where, thanks to the US State Department and LUISS University, I gave a talk on entrepreneurship and told the story of SEOmoz, which contains my usual level of oversharing and transparency:


March 27, 2011  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: SEO / Traffic / Marketing  2 Comments

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