Today we have Part Two of our list of tools and resources for marketing professionals and businesses. Read Part One here - Advertising and Content Marketing Resources.
Remote Working Tools and Resources
Organizations all across the globe have need to shift toward working remotely full-time, which can be a demanding adjustment for employees and employers alike. We recently published a post with helpful tips for working remotely. There are also many tools that can make the transition to remote work more successful such as:
Project Management Software
There are plenty of options available for remote project management like:
- Proofhub - With a clear interface and a nice balance of features and simplicity, Proofhub is a great option for virtual teams.
Pros: Competitively priced, quick and easy setup.
Cons: It can be slow, there are no budgeting tools.
- Basecamp - A popular choice for project management, Basecamp is a good solution for collaboration.
Pros: Flat monthly price, supports integration with many apps and services.
Cons: Limited reports, interface can lead to rabbit-holing.
- Monday.com - With an attractive interface, many remote teams rely on Monday.com to stay organized.
Pros: Highly customizable, includes templates.
Cons: 14-day trial is insufficient to learn the app, confusing pricing and plans.
- Function Fox - Described as timesheet and project management software, Function Fox is a great choice for creative professionals.
Pros: Well-organized interface, solid selection of reports.
Cons: Relatively expensive, lacks project management in a mobile app.
- Asana - Although a little confusing at first, Asana is a top-notch tool for collaboration.
Pros: Includes a lot of features, flexible and fast.
Cons: Not ideal for graphics-intensive work, a little confusing.
Team Chat Apps
Good communication is essential when the team is scattered across multiple locations. It’s important to be able to chat with your team in real-time throughout the day, and as we all know, email is not necessarily the most efficient tool. Here are some excellent team chat apps:
- Slack - Slack is a popular team chat app. With the ability to create multiple channels, it’s easy to keep conversations organized. It can also integrate with other tools like Google Drive, Google Calendar, Trello, and others.
- Microsoft Teams - This app is great for meetings and sharing documents.
- Google Hangouts Chat - This is a team chat companion to the popular Google Hangouts video chat and can be easy to coordinate with other G Suite apps.
- Twist - This team chat app is from Todoist and turns all chats into their own threads.
- Flock - Flock is a solid team chat for quickly making decisions and streamlining conversations.
Video Conferencing Apps
Video conferencing is absolutely essential for remote teams. It’s the best way to hold meetings, check in on each other, and share ideas. Because there are quite a few to choose from, we’ve pared down our top picks here:
- Zoom - Zoom is basically poised for world domination at this point, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s far and away the most user-friendly and efficient video conferencing tool for bigger groups. You can have up to 500 people on a Zoom call, share your screen, and use custom backgrounds (for fun, download some backgrounds from your favorite TV shows and movies here or here). It’s almost always a reliable way to video conference.
- Google Hangouts - Hangouts is a great way to chat one-on-one with your co-workers, but you can also do group chats on Hangouts.
- GoToMeeting - GoToMeeting boasts professional video conferencing as well as the ability to host webinars.
- Amazon Chime - A new, reliable and easy-to-use platform for group chats, Amazon Chime marks the latest expansion of the Bezos empire’s digital footprint.
- BlueJeans - The best thing about this app is its ease of use across multiple platforms and devices.
We invite you to check out the above tools. Stay tuned for Part Three tomorrow in which we'll be sharing educational marketing resources.