What is Quickshow Messaging?
Quickshow Messaging is a total delivery and tracking package.
Implementing multi-media and rich media email can be complex, daunting, and error prone tasks.
We have removed the complexity and risk, leaving a fast process.
Messaging provides full email service if you need it.
Messaging integrates seamlessly into your existing email software (Outlook, GMAIL, Yahoo, Thunderbird) so that you can continue in a familiar setting,
and we are plug-and-use easy with your current CRM system.
With fewer than three mouse clicks you learn the detail, the pacing, the total of what shows have been seen. For Quickshow Messaging, Activity Reporting is serious business: Who was sent a show, did they open the show, how long did they view it, when did they see it, did the original viewer pass it along, where are they located. This information is provided by account, within 2 minutes of show viewing.
What's with email?
Every PC has an email program (many, more than one). There's HTML email web page (hotmail and gmail services). And, despite the many Instant Messaging services and Twitter and social networks following friends, and despite a world of SPAM, email is and will remain, the preferred method of business communications.
QUICKSHOW uses email as a time and distance shifter to initiate a show. We are a personal web page experience that is made available to your client via a Play Show button, delivered by email.
Why worry about email program format?
Simply put, you've never seen the disaster of 100 differently configured PC's and 100 different user training and experiences 'trying' to deliver a consistent message. If you've ever see and done it, you know why it is a worry.
With Quickshow Messaging, you and your staff control the formatting detail.
Your transition from text to rich media can be easy.
What does Creative include?
Creative is the software and network services that provides the ability to create Quickshows. Creative is the full range of services. We can build shows for you. After a show is completed you own it and can edit it and create new shows within the Creative framework. Additionally, for service bureaus and Quickshow resellers, total independence to build as many shows as desired.
Remember: We built the Creative services software for ease and speed.
We use it. We love to show you how it works. If you start a project, we love to pick it up and complete it.
What does Messaging include?
Play Show button, ability to send a full complete email, ability to input your own text, send from Quickshow server, with return email to your account, tracking of sent email and view show by individual. With 3 minute training. Every software can claim features. Every service can say that if you purchase and use, you'll receive these benefits. Only Quickshow Messaging delivers sales person implementation (not expecting a technical expert) with training included (less than 3 minutes) on every PC (web based) AND central ability (CRM staff support).
If your business is afraid of what could be said as random remarks, a Quickshow is always on message: it never forgets to tell the entire story. Compliance and message certification is natural. We never get tired telling your best message. It's always engaging and never leaves out any important text or audio.
Unlike a general purpose brochure, every Quickshow is built for a specific application. When used in that application it is on target with your message that you need intent to deliver to advance the sale or training or company information.
A rising tide lifts all boats. Quickshow lifts the knowledge level. Your new employee starts with a 'sales expert' presentation ability and experience and knowledge base that would normally take months to establish.
Best practices - BP
If there is a correct way of doing something, the incorrect way gets in the way. Best practice policy is having subject matter experts create the script, providing the BP advantage throughout your company. With Quickshow BP it becomes difficult for incorrect processes to work their way into daily operations. Best practice saves money. Lack of BP costs money.
Prior approval - PA
Before a Quickshow is viewed, used in your field sales organization or by your call center, the PA process allows it to go to a through brand positioning, making sure the message is acceptable, that the lawyers have seen it and approved and have signed off on the message.
It's impossible for someone to read a printed sales story and repeat it. It's easy for a Quickshow to develop a best message and repeat it over and over.
Improving processes via Quickshow
When you have an inventory of Quickshow's it's easy to revise and substitute a show and improve a message. It is very difficult to improve a video message.
What is rich media?
Rich Media is an email message that has images and color. The text has color and scale, size and format, and the delivery has a background image or color. Rich media emails look like they were created at significant time and cost.
What is a personal web page?
A single purpose, non distracting, web page. It has a Quickshow embedded, and the user's name, phone number, email, perhaps a head and shoulders picture or company logo. It does not have the distractions of text blocks, or look like a general-purpose business web page.
Do I have to build my own shows?
Building shows is fun and rewarding but if your not comfortable, or don't have the time, we can build shows for you. You can also have a friend or business associate build shows for you.
At what cost?
Our prices vary with complexity, but typically cost one tenth to one quarter of an advertising company, and are delivered in one week. You should receive a similar price from your friend or associate
What is a template?
A template is an email and web page completion environment. It is designed by a web developer or by Quickshow staff to ask questions, and create email and Quickshow web pages. The questions ask you to input your email message, the show you want to play, color for the surrounding page, buttons to link to other shows or web pages.
What is a Quickshow, from a technology point-of-view?
Quickshow is a shockwave flash file, placed in a control wrapper and special web page.
What does a Quickshow do?
It plays inside a personalized web page. The show starts playing immediately, engages visual and sound media, to extend information to the viewer.
Can QUICKSHOW track activity?
Yes. Every Creator account can track email received and show play activity.
What kind of product is QUICKSHOW?
Quickshow is a SaaS product. Software as a Service. The software runs on a PC or MAC, and is tightly coupled with a complimentary set of server side applications.
Why not free?
Free means advertiser supported. Our purpose is high-level business to business communication. Paid advertising distracts from the message.
What does do-it-yourself mean?
That the process is step-by-step. Building a Quickshow is easy enough that a typical person can start and complete the process, and create a show that looks like it was created by a media professional.
What image editor do I have to use?
You can use your existing image editor. Many people use PhotoShop. Some prefer a less expensive product that does the same thing, PhotoImpact, Picassa, etc. Any image editor software that can crop and edit, perhaps add text, is acceptable.
How do I record audio?
Audio recording requires a ($20) headset microphone and audio recording / editing software. The tools are a script, headset microphone, Audacity software, and a quiet area to record.
What is the STEPS-TO-DO-LIST?
Building a Quickshow is a slightly disciplined process. i.e. you cannot start the program and create a show if you don't have audio materials, or images and don't know what your message or script will be. The STEPS list places these things inside a process.
Why is the STEPS-TO-DO-LIST so important?
Because it starts with a business need, allows you to develop your story message, add materials to complete the story, and quickly assemble your Quickshow. The STEPS list greatly reduces confusion and time to completion.
What if I don't want to build a show?
We will build shows for you. Our pricing is so low, our turn-around so fast, most times it's easier and less expensive to have the show originally created for you by our professional staff. At any time, when you're ready, you can start doing any part of the show building process.
Can I change the length of my audio recording, in QUICKSHOW?
Start with your existing audio. Cut or add additional audio, edit audio using your audio editing software. Drop the new audio into the Local Drop Panel, delete the old audio in your show and place the new audio. Save the show.
How long does it take to build a show?
After assembling images and audio, with a storybook, actual show building time should be less than 30 minutes.
How long does it take to build a personalized web page?
It is accomplished automatically within the Messaging process-as you add the show, it is placed on a panel or in a template, and automatically distributed to each user account.
What's the similarity to PowerPoint?
Power Point requires a personal presentation, with very large sized files, and typically presentations last for 30 minutes to an hour. Quickshow is a web viewing experience, are a small sized file, and typically Quickshow present for 1 minute. It's a short attention span world.
Can QUICKSHOW use PPT output?
PPT was built for a different place and time. Unfortunately, PPT image quality is not very good. PowerPoint can be used to create an acceptable storyboard (as does any word processor).
What's the difference between a Quickshow and business video?
Quickshows are created with recorded audio, a script, and image editing software. Business video is created using video camera, video editing software, a video set, and lots more time. Quickshows are typically 2 to 5 meg in size and HD images. Business video is typically 200 to 500 meg in size and image quality is significantly lower.
What's the pricing difference between a Quickshow and business video?
Quickshow is 5% to 20% the cost of typical business video.
How do I download the Creative account software?
Go to any of our server web pages, click download, step 1 checks your JAVA virtual machine, step 2 downloads and starts your Quickshow client. Step 3 is a self paced training area.
Can I use my Creative account on multiple computers?
Yes. Download and use it on your office and home computer. Regardless of computer or location your assets, shows, images and audio are always available.
Can I let a co-worker use my Creative account?
What are the minimum configuration of a PC?
A business class XP or VISA PC, with 2 monitors, and high speed Internet access. A MAC with 2 monitors. Since displays / monitors are the window into any rich media application, more is always better than fewer.
What is JAVA?
JAVA is a secure virtual machine (VM) environment. JAVA allows applications and process to run on your computer without risk of virus or bad program behavior. The Quickshow application runs inside the JAVA VM.
Why do I have to download JAVA if I just want to run the Messaging account?
You don't. The Messaging account runs as a simple IE or Firefox or Chrome internet application.
Does QUICKSHOW run on a MAC?
YES. The application is developed on a MAC, so it runs very nicely there.
What is the difference between QUICKSHOW and a professional web developer?
We are an automation service, for standard business processes (build a message, deliver the message). Web developers build web pages.
Can QUICKSHOW replace my web developer?
No. But you will have fewer contacts with your web developer. Your web page will have to be updated less often. And Quickshows easily play inside your web page.
Replacing a show is much easier than updating an entire web page.
Can QUICKSHOW replace printed brochures and mailing our printed materials?
YES. This is a natural use. Your business will probably still need a few brochures, but in today's fast-paced business environment, Quickshows are a great replacement for printed materials.
Can I use QUICKSHOW for thank you messages, after a sales call?
The post sales call courtesy Quickshow, is the best way to remind a customer of business details and separate yourself from your competition.
How much does Quickshow charge to build a professional Quickshow for me?
As with all creative processes, prices vary depending upon complexity and quantity of shows. A typical professional show PACKAGE of up to 5 shows, total duration of 2 minutes 30 seconds costs $1500. After we build a few professional shows, you will be editing and re-purposing your inventory without calling us. That is free!
Who are your competitors?
There are no direct competitors. Web developers mostly have the tools to create something like a Quickshow. Advertising companies can create the message and media, but rarely build Quickshow equivalents, due to their very high costs of labor and administration. Free Internet creation services are do-it-yourself easy and produce amateur results.
How do you train someone to use QUICKSHOW?
We use gotomeeting Internet service. Watch as we build a show. Ask questions.
What are the steps to build a Quickshow?
We have a nine step process - 1. determine the message, 2. write the script, 3. record and edit the audio, 4. mark your audio timing, 5. gather and edit the show images, 6. start your Creative account and load the images and audio, 7. arrange the images, add transitions and save the show, 8. Merge
the show with a template, type your email message, 9. send your email.
How much training is involved in building shows in a Creative account?
We try to make show building a step by step process. The steps to build a a message, write a script, record and edit the audio message, mix in background music, select and format digital images are learned quickly. The mechanical process of arranging the image timeline is simple. Most people build simple shows very quickly. 15 minutes is typical.
Does Quickshow have a reseller channel?
Yes. Contact our sales or executive team with your situation and business need,
What if I don't want to leave my web shop, can they use my Quickshow account?
Yes. Provide them with your account id and password. They can build, edit and complete work for you, in your Quickshow account.
What is Audacity?
Audacity is an open source audio recording, editing, and changing program.
We prefer Audacity because it is FREE, easily downloadable, full featured, easy to learn and works on MAC and PC.
How can I record my own audio message?
Yes. There are many audio editing solutions. We use Audacity to record and edit, you can watch and learn by doing and the many Audacity user guides have step by step guides to recording, editing, and adding background music.
Can I use Quickshow for mass mailing?
Yes. We are fully compliant with CRM programs and mass email services.
Can I save a Quickshow on my PC?
YES. Inside the Quickshow client, right click to download your Quickshow or email message file from the Quickshow server to your PC
How can i send email using my company's email program?
Copy and paste-- about a 3 click process.
What about using different looks and feels of Play Show buttons?
Excellent! We provide a variety of standard Play Show buttons. New buttons, and unique play show buttons for each show, are VERY easy to create using almost any image editing software. Linking your unique play show button to a Quickshow takes about 5 seconds (copy and paste).
Does / Can Quickshow contain spyware?
No. A Quickshow is a shockwave flash video (SWF) and cannot contain any form of spyware. IF a person could insert malicious code into a swf file, the player would simply ignore the virus. Both JAVA and SWF run in a virtual machine protected environment. Quickshow is built as a save and secure environment.
Can I build my own template or Panel?
Yes. A moderately skilled web developer using image editing software should have no problem building a Panel or template. We can explain the steps. If you need a special look, we can do that for you. We can also use your existing web page to work as a template.
Do Quickshow messages forward through email systems?
Yes. It is possible to break anything, including a forwarded Quickshow email, but the second receiver will typically view and experience exactly the same email color, images. They will be able to view the show. And the Quickshow will play perfectly.
How can I use Quickshow to break through email spam filters?
No. We know of no product that will break through spam filters.
If there was, thousands of spammers would already have it and flood the world with wonderful offers to make you smaller or bigger, and all the wonderful scams of the World Wide Web.
The solution is to establish a trust relationship. Call and talk. VM. Send a simple sample email. Check Messaging Activity. Build a business relationship with simple, quick messages that tell your Story.