Are you ready to take "engaging your audience" to all new heights?
You better be! Because today, I'm going to show you how to create an interactive menu in PowerPoint.
Let's start with the mandatory disclaimer
This interactive menu PowerPoint tutorial was made using Quest Nutrition's protein bars.
Why? Well, we don't really have a good answer for that. We just love their products. And their branding is top-notch. Heck, I personally eat a Quest Nutrition bar after every workout.
Just to be clear: As of this writing, Slide Cow does not hold any business relationship or agreement with Quest Nutrition. At all. They did not ask us to design an interactive menu for them.
The only reason we used their marketing collateral is that we thought their products fit well with what we're trying to achieve. That's all.
That being said, Quest Nutrition, if you're reading this, we'd love to work with you. Hit us up.
What on earth is an 'interactive menu'?
An interactive menu achieves two key things.
First, it's a way to strategically display content to a viewer. Second -- and perhaps more importantly -- it allows the viewer to engage with the content by inviting the viewer to take certain actions.
An interactive menu takes your audience beyond the whole reading and reviewing experience. It does this by giving your audience the ability to perform certain actions (e.g. clicking on a certain area, touching part of a screen, etc.) to navigate through your content and control certain actions.
Do I sound too technical? Just check out what this cat's doing. It's basically that. Sort of.
Why use PowerPoint to design an interactive menu?
PowerPoint's pretty damn versatile when it comes to its applications.
Sure, PowerPoint's primary focus is to provide designers all the tools necessary to create game-changing presentations.
But that doesn't mean it can't do so much more.
With PowerPoint, you can create whatever you'd like: Interactive menus, brochures, website layouts, certificates, videos ... You name it, and PowerPoint can probably do it.
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Two key PowerPoint features at play
We used two key PowerPoint features to create a stellar interactive menu in this tutorial. As far as I know, there are no alternatives.
The first feature is PowerPoint's Morph tool. We've created a separate tutorial to go into what Morph is, and how you should use it.
The second feature is PowerPoint's linking tools. This comes to play when you want to link an object in one slide to another slide. We've created an internal linking PowerPoint tutorial that you can check out over here.
How to make the best use of the video tutorial
This is a long, long tutorial. And as such, I want you to take everything in baby steps.
Follow what I do to the last detail, and make sure you apply it to your own images and designs.
Truthfully? I don't expect you to sit through the whole video tutorial in one sitting. It would be best for you to learn one thing at a time, and apply it to your own interactive menu.
Slow and steady wins the race, my friends.
How'd it go?
I'd love to know what your experience is like as you design your own interactive menus in PowerPoint.
Leave a comment below!