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Elevate Your Presentations: Introducing Briefings in ArcGIS StoryMaps

Captivate your audience, make informed decisions, and tell your story like never before with briefings, a new presentation-style output of ArcGIS StoryMaps. With no design or coding knowledge needed, you can now create elegant and interactive slide-based presentations called briefings for succinct storytelling and offline sharing with ArcGIS StoryMaps. Next time you need to give a presentation, share slides with your dynamic maps, 3D scenes, embedded content, and more using briefings in ArcGIS StoryMaps.



Briefings is now available in ArcGIS Online. If you have ArcGIS Enterprise 11.2, you can access briefings in beta if your organization’s administrator has enabled beta features. Briefings comes to ArcGIS Enterprise 11.3 in May 2024.


Where Stories Unfold

ArcGIS StoryMaps is a digital storytelling tool for crafting and sharing an interactive narrative that can create awareness, influence opinion, and affect change. The easy-to-use builder allows you to weave together maps, 3D scenes, embedded content, video, photos, text, audio, and more into a modern and responsive digital story. It’s simple to publish stories and briefings as a standalone narrative or in a collection. Provide stakeholders with secure access to your ArcGIS StoryMaps content or choose to share it publicly via a link, an embed within your website, and across social platforms using built-in tools.


Elevate Your Presentations

With the introduction of briefings, ArcGIS StoryMaps is an even more comprehensive digital storytelling tool. While stories are designed for readers to immerse themselves in narratives, briefings offer a familiar, slide-based format to present key information. A briefing is ideal for those moments when you need to share concise, impactful information. You could even use a briefing to summarize a story.  


Explore a Sample Briefing

Esri helped the South Carolina National Guard create this sample briefing on the Power of Proximity. Use the arrows and table of contents in the top left of the briefing below to navigate through these example slides.

View this briefing in full-screen here.

Benefits of Briefings

In a constantly evolving world, having a tool to present dynamic maps and data enables your stakeholders to quickly synthesize information, facilitate meaningful discussions, and make informed decisions.


How to Access Briefings in ArcGIS StoryMaps

Getting started with briefings is as easy as creating a story or collection in ArcGIS StoryMaps. You can access briefings through your account if you’re part of an ArcGIS organization. Simply log in and navigate to the ArcGIS StoryMaps application in the app launcher. Inside ArcGIS StoryMaps, select briefings from the menu on the left and start crafting engaging presentations that will captivate your audience and drive impactful decision-making. 




How to Access Briefings Offline

Having the right tool for your organization’s briefings is critical to keep your stakeholders updated wherever they are. By downloading your briefings to the new ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings app, you can share information, no matter your location, even offline. The ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings app is available forAndroid and iOS tablets and Windows tablets and computers. For more information on the app, please review this blog article. 





Get Started

Get ready to tell your story like never before. Use briefings for your next presentation and demonstrate the power of location-specific connections with slides that put your dynamic maps and data front and center and can even be shared offline. If you have issues or suggestions, please share your feedback through the in-app feedback form or in the Esri Community. 


ArcGIS StoryMaps Briefings Builder Demo


This is Only the Beginning 

We plan to release additional capabilities to enhance your experience of briefings in ArcGIS StoryMaps. Get product updates directly in your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter and explore updates to briefings in our What’s New in ArcGIS StoryMaps blog. 


Please Note

This blog article was originally published on August 16, 2023, when briefings was released in beta in ArcGIS Online. It was updated on February 8, 2024, for the general availability release of briefings in ArcGIS Online. Briefings is available in beta for ArcGIS Enterprise 11.2 organizations that have enabled beta features and will come to ArcGIS Enterprise 11.3 in May 2024. 

About the authors

Virginia is a Sr Product Engineer on the StoryMaps team at Esri, most recently leading the effort on the new ArcGIS StoryMaps briefings. Her passions are her labradors, GIS applications, process improvement, & creating products that delight users. Go Red Sox!


Leah is a Product Marketing Manager for ArcGIS Online, Esri's primary software as a service for mapping and analysis. She loves connecting customers with innovative workflows and is passionate about technology that encourages productive collaboration and information sharing.

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