Travel Management tool App development ‘Know & Go’

Technology is helping take the stress out of business travel for Mondelez International employees. Giving your business travellers the tools they deserve is a priority for any organisation — better-informed travellers are more productive and safer. Plus the extra benefit of helping to keep travel expenditure under control — especially as travel is one of the most significant controllable expenses for many businesses.

In this map driven app ‘Know & Go’ — developed by us in collaboration with Mondelez Global Travel Team — you can find information on preferred hotel and ground transport vendors, find the useful local facility and office information. Search for restaurants, shops and airports. All accessible from a mobile phone while travelling or a laptop in the office. This travel tool makes budgeting and planning trips much more informative for the traveller. Up-to-date information is key to making smooth trips. Tapping into Google Maps content makes sure the data is relevant and timely.

Easy to update through user dashboards

Internal data, such as office and production facilities locations, are managed through admin dashboards. Preferred hotels, useful visitor information, currency and country data can be updated by administrators securely through an (SSO) Single-Sign-On, no passwords required when you’re logged in to their intranet. The Content Management System (CMS) makes updating instant and straightforward.

Complexities of organising business travel information

Mondelez operates in 70 countries across the globe, with nearly 300 locations and over 80,000 employees. All able to access the tool through their intranet. The complexities of organising travel information in an easy to use interface were critical to the project’s success. The user interface (UI) we developed follows the norms of mobile-first design principles. Feedback from users — gathered within the app — has been very positive. App usage has increased 100% over the last twelve months since launch.

Evolving technologies driving new business needs

We designed the original software as a location map website for Kraft offices. Primarily as a database of their European locations, contact details and brand information for their corporate events team in 2005. Pre-Smartphones!

In subsequent years this has been adapted to include hotel and travel information for their employees, or when planning and budgeting business travel. We incorporated information on trip safety guidance for unstable countries and regions.

Mobile-friendliness became a priority for travellers as smartphones became the norm! Hence the reworking of the front-end application interface.

We deliver projects on time and budget!

Rewriting the application for responsive mobile-first smartphone browsing was a considerable task. However, we were able to use our existing database structure and desktop website admin interface, keeping costs down – and more importantly, delivering the project on time and budget!

User-friendliness is a must for any app

User-friendly, data-driven technology solutions are crucial to ensuring every Mondelez business traveller has excellent experience planning, travelling — and more importantly, a safe return home.

We hope ‘Know & Go’ will help them deliver those great travel experiences in the future.

TurnRound have lots of expertise in developing mapping applications in the travel sector. Please do get in touch.

Designing a perfect presentation — PowerPoint template branding is critical.

Looking good in PowerPoint is all about understanding masters and your templates — combined with simplicity and design flair!

We work with lots of corporate PowerPoint guidelines that struggle to work in a real-world context. Often promoting overly fussy or overcomplicated presentation designs — frustrating both seasoned presenters and occasional users. And they positively don’t project the right image!

The financial costs in personnel time — often senior — struggling with badly design templates remains overlooked, wasting valuable time and resulting in poor looking presentations, which the branding guidelines are supposed to resolve.

Corporate PowerPoint template branding and design — Does and Don’t

Usually, presentation templates are an afterthought in the branding process, shoved to the back of the design queue — tasked to a graphic artist who has never worked within the presentation or events industry. These designers often have limited experience of PowerPoint — finding it clumsy and frustrating to use when compared to professional design applications. Insufficient knowledge of PowerPoint’s functionality often results in problematic templates.

A presentation specialist is much more qualified when rebranding templates. They will know little tricks to get the best from PowerPoint.

How do you create a great PowerPoint template?

The most helpful feature within PowerPoint is the slide ‘master layout templates’ and ‘placeholders’. Slide masters allow you to style sets of standard master layouts, e.g. bullets slides, charts, images and text.

These layout masters help to dictate the overall appearance (branding) of your slides and positioning of text and tables. Information such as the font choice, styling, sizing, colourways and palettes can be embedded too.

Background image designs, logos become automatically placed in the correct position on each slide. No more headings and logos are jumping around the screen. A consistent look to charts and tables make any organisation look their best. Getting these layouts set-up and branded corrected will save hours!

Working efficiently with PowerPoint

Understanding PowerPoint slide masters function is key to working quickly and efficiently. Most presentation sent to us appears to bypass using master templates. Many users avoid the slide master, mainly due to inadequate training or unfamiliarity with the software.

Most PowerPoint users appear to type text into the first blank slide in the file, then start adding freeform text boxes and pasting charts in from other applications. Then duplicate this slides in the sorter to create yet more poorly formatted layouts, rather than creating new slides and selecting the appropriate designs.

This approach is inefficient and full of error traps. It’s easy to make mistakes. Text sizing goes astray, wrong fonts from pasted in copy appear on your slides. Misalignments issues with logos and graphics make your slides look disjointed — very unprofessional — not right!

How to use PowerPoint masters

For PowerPoint to be able to apply correct styles automatically to content, i.e. fonts, colours, design. Text and images should go into the master Placeholders fields. These are the pre-defined text, image and chart boxes with dotted borders on the blank slide layouts.

Text inserted into these master Placeholders is resettable within the layouts. Making everything line-up and stay in registration and adopting your templates branding.

Apply slide master to existing presentations

Reapplying a new design to an existing slide deck is remarkably quick if correctly formatted using masters and placeholders. That’s why they are there!

Just insert slides from an old styled presentation, choose Reuse Slides from the bottom of the menu that appears. Browse your computer to find the file containing the slides you want to import, and select the file and click Open. Automatically they will be formatted to a new style.

Any elements such as text, graphics or charts pasted directly into a slide in custom text boxes. Will not adopt the branding characteristics (fonts, colours and especially layout) defined in the layout master. Only the text assigned to placeholders will take the correct formatting.

Corporate PowerPoint branding services

Having your corporate presentation templates set-up and designed by us will undoubtedly save time. You’ll benefit from great-looking presentations that are quick and easy to format. The savings in time can be vast for any organisation.

Online PowerPoint training

We offer a full webinar training service for end-users. These sessions run through how to work with slide master and general formatting within PowerPoint. Plus tips on the best design practice for creating stunning presentations.

And for that ‘unique’ presentation or big pitch — a full visualisation, design and animation service is recommended!

TurnRound Presentation Samples

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