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Staying Connected

Apr 16, 2019

Staying Connected

Anthony Head

Part of ORCHIDsocial

 

 

Great communication is at the core of every successful business and staying connected in today’s environment is easier than ever been but with more app and platform options knowing which is right for your team is hard.  Between multiple emails, texts, Facebook, direct messaging apps it is becoming more complicated to quickly get answers from your team to make effective decisions.  Over the years I have used a lot of different communication tools and always like exploring new options.  Here are a few that I have used and the pros and cons of each.

 

Platform

Pros

Cons

Airtable

Operates like Excel

Real-time collaboration

Tagging capabilities

Multiple views for tables

Cloud based so need wifi connection

Can become cluttered

Tough integration with outlook calendars

Smartsheets

Operates like Excel

Easy collaboration

Great Gantt Chart View

Great for long complicated projects

Cloud based so need wifi connection

Not practical for everyday communications

Monthly cost associated

Click Up

Great for project management

Solid free version

Kanban view for project steps

Tough for daily communications

Calendar function is a little hard to use

Learning curve to get started

Google Hangouts

Great instant messaging app

Easily send documents/screen shots

Solid Video conferencing

Easy for Group Collaboration

Low learning curve

Need a Gmail account

Cloud based so need wifi or data plan.

 

I have been dedicated over the last year to get my email volume down and between Airtable and Google Hangouts I have been able to streamline communication for daily needs as well as complex projects and have seen at least a 50% reduction in emails.  When dealing long complex projects having the right tools and strategy is essential to meeting your milestones.

You may also want to check out Slack, Basecamp, and Trello, all of these platforms have pros and cons so jump in and play around to see what works best for your team.  When you find the right tools, your efficiency goes up, your band width increases and your ability to focus on new opportunities grows. 

 

Don’t know where to start?  Contact your ORCHIDadvisor to help get going!