How to use remote working tools like Zoom, Trello and Google Drive to improve your productivity, wherever you are.
Good client-agency relationships benefit from a mutual value of efficiency, clarity and communication. At our marketing communications agency, we work with people from all over the world and partner a multitude of people to deliver our projects. Add in sustainability and an aim to reduce travel, and you'll understand why we love using tools that allow us to collaborate well with people, wherever they are.
Many people are now facing the stark reality of working from home, on their own. In these 'unique times', we'll all do well to stay connected, present and engaged. So, we invite you to explore a few ways that we like to communicate and connect. Happy home-working.
1. Communication is key, so try Zoom
Zoom is a web-based video conferencing tool with a local, desktop client and a mobile app that allows users to meet online, with or without video. You can call, host meetings, chat and work with your teams and clients from anywhere.
It's got some great additional features, like this green screen, virtual background. You can pop a picture of the office in the background and continue to give off that 'business as the usual' highly professional vibe (even now school's out).
2. Make work easily accessible via a collaborative workspace like Google Drive
We use Google Drive and its related suite of products for 80% of our work as it lets us create, share, collaborate on our work. You can share comments, suggestions, live amends in each of its programmes, improving efficiency. Its suite of products are online Google versions of applications such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint with different names (Docs, Sheets, and Slides) but the same functions. As they are live online versions, we can give clients access to their work via its sharing feature.
Alternatives are available such as Microsoft Office 365.
3. Design collaboration beyond just the designer with Creative Cloud
Creative Cloud is a collection of 20+ desktop and mobile apps and services for photography, design, video, web, UX and more. Now you can take your ideas to new places with Photoshop on the iPad, draw and paint with Fresco, and design for 3D and AR. Join our global creative community — and make something better together. Our designers, creatives and makers use this as the core base to build work - we also use its collaboration tools to share style sheets, brand assets, logos and templates via this all in one package. It means we can tie in with client brand and design teams and their creative assets effortlessly.
Find out more and download it here.
4. GitHub to help our developers share and collaborate
GitHub is a Git repository hosting service. While Git is a command-line tool, GitHub provides a web-based graphical interface. It also provides access control and several collaboration features, such as wikis and essential task management tools for every project. Our developers use it to work together on, share code and collaborate on projects. It brings together our developers from across the world and helps them in the mission to build great software.
5. Trello to you too!
Who doesn't love a list? Trello lets you work more collaboratively and get more done. It's the most straightforward, slickest and quickest tool to plan, organise work and assign jobs to team members.
6. Monday.com, good for project management any day of the week
This one's fast proving itself as a great tool to manage our outsourced marketing programmes and advisory services in collaboration with our clients. It's a tremendous full-stack project management tool which allows us all to collaborate on project current workflow, tasks and teams.
7. WhatsApp natters keep things real
We've all got a load of groups on the go right? Most of the time it's gibberish and nonsense with friends about events, the weather or what's happening in the world. Well, it's an excellent tool for your teams - we love connecting with this super simple tool. Whether we're on location, working overseas, at client events, sharing images to be posted on social media, or just messaging the tea order in - it's perfect. Best of all we share gibberish and nonsense on our workgroup too - which is nice.
If you need help connecting with your teams, customers, clients or stakeholders just let us know. We can help with internal communications, inbound marketing, creative comms and can ensure you find the right ways to be heard and valued, now and in the future.