5 Reasons to Use Canva over PowerPoint for Your Next Pitch or Presentation

Presentations - Canva Over PowerPoint - here's why.

Present Your Best: 5 Reasons to Use Canva over PowerPoint

Alright, so full disclosure: I might be a bit biased here, but I’ll try my best to be balanced. I mean, who needs Microsoft products anyway? Well, sure, there’s LinkedIn, I love that…)

Though there are zillions of software tools out there, when it comes to creating presentations that make you look as good, two tools often come to mind: Canva and PowerPoint. Again, in the spirit of honesty, I haven’t personally used PowerPoint in some time – so if I am not 100% accurate, please feel free to leave me a comment – politely and I’ll investigate.

Here are five reasons why you might want to consider jumping on the Canva train…

Canva screen on laptop demonstrated a wide array of templatesCanva Templates

Templates: Canva offers a wide range of templates for you to choose from. In fact for your basic 16:9 presentation there are nearly 14,000 templates. There are nearly 250 templates for a Talking Presentation and almost 300 mobile (vertical instead of horizontal) templates and so forth. So whatever type of presentation you need to create, Canva has a template that can help you get started.

While PowerPoint does have some templates available, they are not as extensive as Canva’s.

Canva Presentation typesEase of use:

Easy to use: Canva is known for being incredibly user-friendly. With its drag and drop interface, even someone with little to no design experience can create a professional-looking presentation.

PowerPoint, on the other hand, can be more difficult to navigate, especially for beginners.

Collaboration:

Collaboration Made Fun: Canva lets you collaborate with your team in real-time, making group projects way less painful.

PowerPoint? Well, it’s not exactly a team player.

Cost

Cost: Canva is significantly cheaper than PowerPoint. While PowerPoint requires a subscription to Microsoft Office, Canva has a free version that offers many of the same features as the paid version. Plus, Canva’s paid version is much more affordable than a Microsoft Office subscription.

While PowerPoint is a great tool for creating presentations, Canva offers more design options, ease of use, collaboration features, and affordability that make it a great alternative.

Presenting, Sharing & Exporting

With Canva presentations, you get more than just the standard Presenter View! Ever heard of Present and Record? You can actually record your presentations and share them with a “view link”, or even download them as a video. And when it comes to exporting, Canva makes it super easy. You can export your presentations in different formats like PDF, PNG, or PowerPoint, making it convenient for sharing with others. Plus, you can also share your presentations directly from Canva using a link, email, or social media. Cool, right?

More Possible Reasons to Switch to Canva from Powerpoint

  1. Mobile app: Canva has a mobile app that allows you to create and edit designs on-the-go, which is great for those who need to make quick adjustments to their presentations. PowerPoint also has a mobile app, but it is not as user-friendly as Canva’s.
  2. Brand Hub: The Canva Brand Hub allow you to store your brand’s colours, fonts, photos, graphics and logos in one place. This “hub” makes it easy to create consistent designs across all of your marketing materials.
  3. Animation options: Canva has a variety of animation options that can add interest and movement to your presentations. Of course, PowerPoint also has some animation options, but they are not as extensive as Canva’s.
  4. Social media integration: Canva allows you to easily create designs that are optimiz
  5. sed for social media platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. PowerPoint does not have this feature.
  6. User community: Canva has a large user community that shares templates, design tips, and other resources, making it easier to learn and improve your design skills. PowerPoint, to my knowledge, does not have such an avid community.

Overall, Canva offers a more robust set of features and options for creating visually appealing presentations compared to PowerPoint. While PowerPoint may still be a good choice for those who are already familiar with it, Canva is a great alternative for those who want to create professional-looking designs with ease and affordability.

Which do you use? 

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