Keep Taking the Tablets: Samsung CTIA Presentation Experience

By Andrew Ivey | Presentations

Mar 28

There’s a tablet arms race going on right now. The successful iPad 2 product launch presentation got things going in early March.

And since then there have been other launch presentations from the tablet computer manufacturers at the GSM Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the CTIA 2011 show in Orlando, Florida.

Now it’s the turn of Samsung. Their launch of the all new Galaxy line of tablet computers has followed their product introduction last year.

Unlike the Apple iPad 2 launch this presentation was very much a Samsung team effort. The Apple presentation was very much a Steve Jobs performance supported by a few other presenters. The Samsung presentation was an all-round team effort with no real star on display…not counting the actors who appeared as “real customers” in one of the presentation videos.

This was a rehearsed presentation. It was slick, but not totally convincing.

Some of the speakers were clearly apprehensive with their hands clasped in front of them, nervously tipping backwards and forwards.

The tone of a few of the Samsung presenters remained slightly wooden. It was obvious that they were reading their lines from a screen on the floor. That was a pity, because the story was well-worked.

We expected management speak and technology speak. Fortunately there wasn’t too much of this. But there were some classic examples, such as:

…and to complement this premium video experience…

and,

…very unique.

and,

A mobile tablet experience.

Marvellous. What did marketers describe things as before they found the word, experience.

As a team presentation the Samsung show benefited from slick hand-overs between the various presenters. That was encouraging. Unrehearsed this is an area for trouble!

There were stumbles–probably the result of an over-reliance on reading an autocued script on the floor monitor. But the production values held it all together: some excellent video, good titling, classy graphics and “user” interviews.

A well-worked presentation marking an excellent product launch.

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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+