I don’t know about you, but anytime I’m perusing SlideShares and come across a call-to-action (CTA), I get pretty excited. Unfortunately, what happens next isn’t exciting at all. As a matter of fact, it can be pretty aggravating. You click the CTA and wah wah waaaah—nothing happens! What’s up with that?
You immediately think to yourself, “Why have a CTA and not include clickable links?” The sad truth is that this happens a lot. Believe it or not, the uploader is usually unaware of their mistake.
Designers and marketers upload files straight from PowerPoint to SlideShare all the time. Piece of cake, right? Well, they also think their embedded links are along for the ride, but guess what—they’re not. Remember, when you save your PowerPoint slides as a PDF, your hyperlinks don’t carry over!
Lucky for you (and the rest of us SlideShare addicts) there's a very simple solution for getting those links working again. Oh, you haven’t heard? It's all about the Adobe Acrobat Pro!
What you’ll need:
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Adobe Acrobat Pro (try the free trial here—you’re welcome!)
Before you start, remember your first link should begin on the fourth slide. SlideShare prohibits any links on the first three slides. Also, each slide needs to include links that are within the correct parameters. You can use links in the middle of the slide and at the bottom of the slide. If you’re in doubt—look at your cursor! Your cursor should change horizontally in the areas where links aren't allowed.
Step 1: Save your PowerPoint file as a PDF.
Uh.... pretty much like it sounds. Save As > PDF.
Step 2: Open up your PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro.
Step 3: From the top menu, click "Edit" then "Edit Text & Images."
Step 4: The toolbar will appear on the right. Click on "Add/Edit link" and draw a transparent box around what you want linked.
Step 5: Choose your link settings and click next.
You can also change the link's appearance and choose the action you want the link to perform.
Step 6: Paste your URL and click "OK."
Step 7: Check your links, save, and upload to SlideShare.
Right-click to check your link and choose the option "Open Weblink in Browser." If your URL opens correctly, then you're good to go. Save the PDF and upload to SlideShare. Voila! It's that easy.
Not too shabby, huh? Now you're ready to implement CTA links into your upcoming SlideShares. Go ahead and brag to your friends—we won't judge you.