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content marketing
20 Jan 2020
SaaS Content Marketing : The Guide You’d Need to Kick-Start your Content Marketing journey!
I'm sure you know why content marketing is important, it's time to figure out the best strategies that may help you win your customers and take charge!   Content Marketing costs 62% less than any outbound or traditional marketing method, and yet it generates approximately 3 times as many leads as conventional marketing.   It’s cheaper and more efficient.   Do you still need more reasons to trust content marketing over any other marketing strategy?   I know it’s not easy to convince you unless I talk facts. So, here are some benefits of content marketing : Conversion rates are 6 times higher for companies that adopt content marketing strategies. 86% of SaaS organizations have specific departments or someone in charge of checking over their content marketing strategy. 58% of marketers believe ‘original’ written content outdoes videos and visuals   The vast majority of SaaS marketers are now embracing content marketing strategy. A good SaaS marketer knows that content marketing can aid their company to achieve brand visibility, lead generation, and nurturing the leads simultaneously.   I am not asking you to abandon traditional marketing, but if you are into the SaaS business, you must pay attention to create a  high-quality, experience-based, top-notch content.   At Troop Messenger, we tried over a dozen of content marketing strategies. There were times we failed at generating desired results. Our blog posts won’t appear in the search results, let alone appearing on the front page.   We failed to stay ahead of CM trends. It was challenging because there are hundreds of things, trends, and strategies to watch over every week.   It took us a while to understand the 3 Cs of SaaS Content Marketing: Consistency, Consistency, and Consistency.   It took us a while to understand that we needed to be directly involved in content creation. Gradually, we resorted to creating content that encouraged visitors to click on our site link, visit the homepage, and subscribe.   Keeping in mind all of our failure stories, the lessons we learned, and the different strategies we employed, I have created this guide for you. It’s the only SaaS content marketing guide you’d need!   How to create a content marketing strategy? Let’s find out here   A. We Leveraged the Power of Google by Mastering Keyword Research There has been an ongoing debate on the usability of Keyword Research Planners. Some say it is dead. Others argue it's the best thing. I say it’s Google is smart, and all the algorithms are designed in a way it enhances as a reader’s readability and helps them with the article with search results that carry ‘phrases’ and ‘keywords’ a person adds in the search bars.   Keyword Research Might not be the almighty thing but it is an important factor. There are tools like Ahrefs’ Keyword Explorer that can help you rank your article by using selective keywords. Such tools allow a thorough keyword analysis and backlinking as well.   Step 1: Check the Search Volume SV (Search Volume) represents the number of times people have types a specific keyword into Google. SV is important as long as you do not wish to create a content strategy with keywords nobody is looking for.   It’s simple as selling a product in a market. You’d sell a product only if it is in demand, right? So, with SV, you know about the demand. When it comes to keyword search volume, there are two primary factors to take into consideration: volume and competitiveness. Keywords with higher volumes mean more potential exposure (or impression share), but will likely be much more competitive. This, in turn, makes it harder to rank for these terms as you’ll probably be going up against popular and well-established sites. If you’re a new website, you may want to begin by targeting low-volume (or medium), low-competition keywords as a starting point to establish some domain authority. if you’re a well-established site, you can delve into the more competitive territory (medium to high SV) to maintain your edge.   In the image below, we did SV for the term ‘flock vs Slack,’ using Ahrefs’ Keyword Planner. This Keyword is super easy to rank and the user intent is high too. SV for ‘Flock Vs Slack’ is 250 with 306 Clicks and 91% Organic Clicks. Hence it’d be easy to use this phrase.     Using the Ahrefs Keyword Planner, we also analyzed SERP position history to find our competitors who are targeting the same phrase and the articles they’ve curated around it.     Step 2: Check for Keyword Difficulty Level Finding the SV is only half the battle. It takes you to popular keywords with insane competition. Hence, at this point, you can use other keyword software like Ahrefs or SemRush. Keyword Difficulty Level, abbreviated as KD, is an important metric since it shows how difficult it's going to be for a blog to have a top-ranking using a particular keyword. KD metric takes into account the amount of backlink that points to the URLs in the top 10 search engines. Hence, At Troop Messenger, we use Ahrefs to check KD for the popular keywords we pick in Step-1. Ahrefs KD helps find the ‘low-hanging fruit’ by giving us an estimate of how hard it will be for us to rank among the top-ranking pages. We did KD search for the term ‘Flock Vs. Slack,’ which has KD of 2, 250 SV, and we’d need to create about 3 websites backlinks to rank in top 10 for this keyword. Since Flock & Slack are already popular, we used these keywords to rank our application Troop Messenger. The term ‘Flock Vs. Slack’ is super easy to rank and the user intent is also very high. Don’t believe us? Google Search the term ‘Flock Vs. Slack’, and you’ll find us there: Step 3: Check for the Intent To understand Intent, you need to have an understanding of user behavior. An intent represents a user’s intent (purpose) for the search. It shows what a user is most likely to do when they are searching Google with a particular phase. For SaaS, keyword intent reflects ‘How ready a user is from buying their products/services?’   To be specific, it’s a guessing game since you cannot be sure. Hence, this is the part where you have to apply common sense as well.   For instance, the search intent behind ‘cost-effective office collaboration tools’ shows that the buyer already knows about Slack and Flock, and they are looking for a more efficient and cost-effective tool. It’s easy to convert this specific audience since we are offering just what they want. When we search for keywords for our Troop Messenger blog, we come across different keywords to find user intent. People looking for office chat application like ours usually search with phrases like ‘Slack,’ ‘Team Chat Apps,’ ‘Slack Alternatives. Search Intent for ‘Slack’ represents the user intent of those who are mainly interested in Slack and would neglect the other's name on the list. Hence, for us, user intent is low here. People searching with ‘Slack Alternative’ means they are looking for something other than that. With our blog, we show them what benefits they get by using us as a Slack Alternative (keyword intent is high here).   B. Leverage the Power of Google & Google Tools Can you create any content marketing strategy without abiding by ‘Google’s and it’s an algorithm? I bet not.   If you want your content to rank high and your SaaS products/services to appear in the top search results, you’ve to distribute your content thoroughly. It starts with spending at least 50% of your resources.   Google should be the ultimate content distribution channel where you create and publish content relevant to your product and the niche.   Let’s take Groove for example. They created content for an exhaustive list of marketing keywords and brought them to the top of search results. Groove promoted its content through Facebook and other Social Media Channels, but it’s Google where they first created a base. From creating customer-oriented how-to-articles to tutorials, Groove did it all.   At Troop Messenger, we leverage the power of content distribution via Google and we make thorough use of Google tools. We know Google results can either make or break our business.   1. Google Analytics: I’m sure you must have set some goals for your content marketing strategies, and with google analytics, you can take a step to reassess your situation. At Troop Messenger, we’ve been using Google Analytics to get a snapshot of our performance over time. Here’s what you can analyze with this tool: Audience engagement Active Users User explorer based on demographics, interest, behavior, mobile, and technology Average time on page Bounce Rate Page Views Unique Page Views   All of this will give you a clear idea of what’s working and what is not, in regards to your type of content, topic selection, etc.   2. Google Trends We all find it difficult to continually come up with a fresh set of ideas and topics. This is why we have made a habit of checking the trends alongside brainstorming new ideas. Here’s what you can do with Google Trends: Explore a new topic Browse what’s trending using time filters Realtime Search Trends for Web, YouTube, Image Search.  You don’t need a specific action plan for using this tool. Just type in the category and see what Google pulls out from trending topics in your niche.   3. Create Blog Posts that Won’t Put Readers to Sleep When you are curating any type of content, remember that the attention span of a human is only about 12 seconds. Hence you’ve to grab their attention right with the first few lines.   You cannot take a risk by creating something that has nothing unique. People do not have enough patience to read an article that is crowded, has long sentences, is boring.   So, before anything else, you must create content that your prospects truly want to read. Here’s a five-step strategy to create the kind of content which makes you closer to the SaaS marketing goals.   Step 1: Research. Research. Research. Every single SaaS content marketing strategy must start with thorough research. Don’t think your imagination can be the only source of ideas. You might be creative, but you still have to find what others are looking for. For the research, Google’s Suggest Feature can be highly useful. Start by searching for a phrase (office chat software) related to your product. Now Scroll to page bottom. Here you’ll see similar searches that are based on user data. Try to understand the intent behind these searches   At Troop Messenger, we further narrow topic research by reviewing our competitor’s content via BuzzSumo. This tool helps us find the content that is performing best in our field.   You can also use BuzzSumo for content insights, to generate ideas, perform the influencers, monitor your performance, and create high-performing content.   Steps to reviewing the content of your competitors:   In the Content Analysis Search Bar, Enter your competitor's name:  When you hit enter, BuzzSumo will display an analysis of all content published on that domain. You can review the topics that got your competitor's maximum engagement.   In the image below we did blog content analysis for our competitor Flock.   Review the formats and Networks that are working Apart from topics, you can use BuzzSumo for digging into the social networks and see where your competitors’ content is gaining traction. See which social media platform has driven the most engagement.   In Flock’s case, it’s twitter chiefly.   Review the content by Backlinks You can also sort your search by the ‘number of backlinks’ and find the articles that have driven most links.   Research who is linking and sharing your competitor’s content Social engagements always amplify content. More the engagement, wider will be the audience reach. With BuzzSumo, you can review the people who shared content on social media from a competitor’s site. This can be done by narrowing search results for ‘Influencers’ and choosing ‘Search Content Shared.’   Use these search results to create and curate high-quality content on the same topic, and target a similar audience. Step 2: Curate Content for Every Phase of The Buyer’s Journey The content or blog post you create should be curated around each phase of your buyer’s journey. Since the goal of SaaS content marketing is to provide the target audience with valuable information, use your blog for the sales funnels. Help your customers understand why your product or services can be helpful at each stage.   Usually, content marketers mainly create content to create awareness and generate traffic. But that is not the right approach. Content should be used in the entire marketing funnel. Like other SaaS companies, Troop Messenger also needs a full-funnel strategy for executing a thorough marketing plan.   Awareness: In this stage, we created content to target all top keywords related to the office collaboration tools and promoted engaging, entertaining, and informative content to attract the target audience. Goal: The goal of this phase was to help people discover how Troop Messenger can solve their problems of office collaboration and virtual workplace management.   Lead Generation: Once we made the customers aware of our existence, we generated leads by providing them gated, high value, and free content. Brands that are good at lead nurturing, easily generate over 50% more sales, and that too at 33% lower cost.   Hence, at this phase, we continued educating our customers, solving their problems with ‘How To’ content. We delivered facts and data to help prospects overcome their concerns.   For Lead Generation, we also highlighted our USPs so the prospects see why we are the best Slack Alternative.   Goal: Get prospects to engage with our brands and trust our services more and more.   Trial Sign-ups: Since we offer a free trial for 30-days, this stage helped us attract the customers into availing the freebies. It’s a crucial step, and we also highlighted this as a testing phase since the customer’s feedback after the trial helps us further improve the product.   Goal: Trial Sign-ups aimed to encourage our users to install the application, try the software, and decide for themselves.   Conversion to Paid Customers: We continued creating content around the special features of premium plans, the benefits, testimonials of clients and businesses who’ve been using the paid plan and what changed for them.   We deliver high-quality content either through newsletters or blogs and continue educating and engaging about the more valuable features within our software.   Goal: After the trial period ends, it’s all about convincing them to opt for a paid subscription.   Customer Retention: Customer Retention is an important step to retain customers. We do this by constantly providing the value we promised to our customers in the initial phase of their journey.   We created content that further educates each of the customers about all the functionalities. At our blog, we provide guides and step-by-step tutorials targeted at guiding customers on ‘how to get the most of our SaaS product.’   Goal: Continue helping customers to be successful at using the different features of Troop Messenger and avail benefits.   Step 3: Create Something Unique Like I said before, it’s all about uniqueness. A thousand words can earn you traffic for a while, but if your content is not unique, why will people turn up to read?   There’s no shortcut. You have to put in maximum work if you wish to achieve better visibility. If you wish to earn a great response, you must create content that offers something unique. Even a lengthy post cannot guarantee that top spot you desire.   Go big or go home.   For SaaS business, I suggest writing a high-quality and experience-based article. Here are some of the ideas that worked for us: Comparison Articles of alternatives: pros and cons of our competitors or rival’s product alternatives. Feedback articles: It’s where our team members shared their feedback after using a couple of office chat alternatives Vote/Score article: We make our team members vote for the alternative they like using the most. Verdict articles: It’s where we compare different features of different tools and tell the readers who won in terms of a specific feature. Screenshots article: After thoroughly using an alternative, we make screenshots of features/things we like or dislike while using the tool. Step 4: Repurpose Your Blog Posts There are different ways in which content is shared. Some SaaS businesses still prefer sharing information through written content, others rely more on video tutorials. At Troop Messenger, we leverage the benefits through brief posts that focus on special tasks. We have repurposed our blogs into start-to-finish guides. As a content creator, you can further repurpose content for different audiences. Your audience might be willing to listen, watch, or read the content. Different formats are good as long as they engagingly provide information. Here are different ways to repurposing your blog posts: Creating a presentation. Designing an infographic. Creating a Pinterest or Instagram instructographic. Republish old posts. Repost to social media handles as tweets or Facebook posts. Repost on Quora as an answer to questions. Use as newsletters Reuse blog posts as an email series (for example, 11 days projects) Create an Ebook Create a podcast Create a video series Host a Webinar Reuse blog posts as Reddit Answers  D. We use our blog posts as a conversion machine If you have a blog dedicated to promoting your SaaS startup, and yet there is no medium to convert blog post readers into paid customers, you need to review your content marketing strategies.   Most of the blogs fail at conversing the readers into customers because there’s no dedicated place where they can turn into a customer unless they scroll down to the very end. It’s important to write articles that convert. We did the same thing at Troop Messenger. We change the position of a few things:   Call to Action: CTA’s are the most integral part of a SaaS business. Hence, don’t make your CTA stubbed in a corner of the page, or somewhere far in a crowded place. It has to be visible.   The best practice is to put CTA as a fixed menu. It has to be visible enough to catch attention. At Troop Messenger, we have implemented a fixed menu with our call to action button, which encourages the readers to try our office chat application.   Sign-Up prompts: While your readers are reading the content your team has drafted, remind them that they can get all the benefits by signing up. Sign-up prompts are a good way to convert customers. By implementing sign-up prompts, not only did we grew our email list, but we also succeeded in increasing the opt-in rates.   E. Here’s How We Get Our Blog Posts Rank Higher in Search Results: For any content to rank high in google, quality backlinks act as a backbone. Often called Inbound Links, these are the links directed towards your website.   More the number of quality backlinks, more important will your content be in google algorithm’s consideration.   Google considers such a website more important and gives better credit by showing them first in the result page after a query.   At Troop, we follow the backlink mantra religiously, and frequently create content relevant to our niche (SaaS products) and generate backlinks with the same process.   1. Guest Blogging to create backlinks: You have to understand the importance of guest blogging. It lets you share your expertise and at the same time, build your authority too. With the backlinks, you can also boost your SERP rankings.   Since we have started Troop Messenger from scratch, we resorted to guest blogging to get our monthly traffic. From ‘Top Office Messenger Applications,’ to ‘Growth Hacking strategies, and ‘Startup Funding Ideas’, we’ve created guest blogs on a vast range of topics.   We use the staircase blogging strategy: With this strategy in mind, we create high-quality content for websites (third-party blogs) that have a decent number of traffic. We pitched guest blogging ideas to reasonably popular blogs We continued writing for these sites where the competition wasn’t too intense, and following the same approach, we built for us a great writing portfolio.   At Troop Messenger, we didn’t guest post only for the sake of backlinking, but also to showcase our expertise and to present our product to a bigger audience.   2. Blogger Email Outreach Strategy : What Should be the Next Step After Guest Blogging?   If you are one of those entrepreneurs who want to scale your posts and reach a wider audience, Blogger Outreach should be the answer.   Sounds Alien?   Let me explain.   Blogger outreach is a method of putting your content across relevant industrialists, bloggers and experts from your niche, by sending them a personalized email.   The objective of these emails is to convince these experts with a larger audience to talk about your content. Give you a shout out!   Blogger Email Outreach = Broadcasting.   Two things you need to keep in mind when trying the blogger outreach strategy: Choose your target very carefully Use Content Explorer to reach people linked to articles from the same niche and topic Craft your pitch to evoke curiosity with the subject line Make sure to send them a highly personalized email Explain why you’re contacting them Avoid Fake Flattery Always End with a clear CTA Example of Some of the best outreach subject lines:   3. High-Quality-Captioned Visuals: We create our images for every blog post. By designing great visuals, featured images, and infographics, we manage to grab your reader’s attention. But the trick here is to optimize the image. Don’t leave it uncaptioned. Add the link. Your images should be easily available online. Choose the right alt tag. Add the best keyword that fits with your image and put it with the alt text. I suggest using a long-tail phrase/keyword as an alt tag.   4. Reddit Marketing Reddit has about 1 million communities and 51 million unique users. It has proven to be the most intimidating social network for us. At Troop Messenger, We frequently post in relevant subreddit and get engaged with the users in the subreddit. Subreddits: There are subreddits (categories) for almost anything you can think of. Each is identified by https://reddit.com/r/subreddit With a helpful search feature, you can search for a subreddit of your choice using keywords. Once you find a handful of relevant subreddits, start using Reddit for real.   Reddit sure looks like the early 2000’s message board, but it has a reputation many other social media platforms still fail to match. It’s a huge aggregator. Here’s what you can do with Reddit:   Submit links (repurpose your blog posts) that are relevant to a specific community. You can also submit self-posts, which are posted as original contributions by the users. Text posts enable a user to submit original content, which helps drive quality traffic. Redditors can either downvote and upvote your submission, which generates a karma score. This Karma score works wonders for Reddit's credibility. Hence, avoid getting downvotes as less as possible. The only way to have a good karma score is a submission of valuable content. In our subreddit, we also host AMA (Ask Me Anything) where Redditors ask questions, we answer, which helps us establish a relationship.   5. Quora Marketing Quora has 300 Million Users. Unbelievable, right?   When we launched Troop Messenger, we were looking for ways to confirm authority in our niche, create brand awareness, and increase organic traffic. We did it all via Quora.   Through Quora, we searched for specific topics related to our business. We targeted questions that appeared in google search. We also created a few questions to collaborate with many industry influences. We answered questions with authority and passion and added links to our website for those who wanted to read more. Paid Advertisement, where we targeted users topic-wise, further helped us increase the conversions and clicks.   With Quora, we succeeded in highlighting our position as an industry leader, built valuable relationships, and drove traffic to our website.   Conclusion There’s no denying the fact that content marketing has evolved into an integral element of marketing for pretty much all types of business. Especially for SaaS, content marketing has become one of the standard practices.   Want to escalate your SaaS business to new heights? You cannot do it without strategic content marketing tactics.   Sharing Educational and Informative content with the target audience is important, which is why ‘content’ is a crucial tool for SaaS products and its marketing.   With content marketing, not only can a company effectively educate its customers on how their product works, but also encourage them towards giving it a try to avail of the benefits.    
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team collaboration
06 Mar 2019
10+ Online Collaboration Tools for Managing Remote Teams
Switching to remote work is a trend that dominates. The latest reports indicate doubling the number of remote workers in the recent 10 years. And despite the famous Yahoo ban in 2015 that forced the employees to return to the offices, the trend for remote jobs opportunities keeps on expanding globally. Among driving forces facilitating this growth, there are new managerial practices and innovative tech solutions that enable top companies to increase hiring remote teams.   Lack of effective tools, however, might hinder the productivity of your team so making the right choice in terms of software that would empower the team collaboration, will save you from facing numerous challenges.   Below there is a list of 10 ultimate tools you will find useful when working with a remote team.   Online Collaboration Tools   1.  Troop Messenger 2.  GoToMeeting 3.  ProProfs 4.  TMetric 5.  BlogIn 6.  Usernap 7.  JotForm 8.  SmartTask 9.  Tameday  10.  Wrike  11.  ClickUp 12.  Parabol 13.  I Done This 14.  Monday 15.  Clarizen 16. Quip 17. Teamwork   Troop Messenger    When searching for more interactive team collaboration, Troop Messenger comes as a leader. It will satisfy any team’s needs due to the simplicity of its implementation in an entrepreneurial environment.        Working as a fully-fledged business communication platform, Troop Messenger gives you instant access to unlocking a great number of functions:  Instant messaging Making video calls Conducting video conferences Sharing files Desktop sharing Creating complex schedules. Arranging work schedule within Troop Messenger will let you keep project info fully organized and, thus, secure all the project performance data.   GoToMeeting   It is optimal in case you need a tool for arranging online meetings. It works both ways, with customers and team members. The tool provides a high-quality connection and ranges as the most reliable software. With support assisting you 24/7 and instant availability of joining or hosting the meeting options, you can start a meetup, webinar, or a regular call hassle-free.     GoToMeeting is an ultimate communication choice for remote teams. A click on the link across any device will be a signal for activating various options:    Sharing the screen Making notes over the images Recording the conversations Settings for adjusting the visibility of participants’ faces    ProProfs ProProfs Project is not an over the top project management software but has made its name in the market for it's easy to use UI and simple features.   From startups to enterprises, anyone can use this robust project management tool to streamline workflow, boost team communication, and improve team productivity.   ProProfs Project helps you to: Create & track projects on one dashboard Track time spent on tasks by each team member Collaborate with your teams anytime, anywhere Create insightful reports in seconds Bill your clients automatically   TMetric     When you have to arrange the effective collaboration of your remote team, the first issue you need to address is means of providing accuracy of time calculations.  TMetric is an effective time tracking tool as it not only enables recording data on your work time in a single-click from any gadget but also has additional functions coming handy for remote work mode:   Creating an invoice Generating various reports (including the ones that will summarize your team performance on the project) Setting various pay rates for billable hours Offline time tracking Tagging projects for facilitating the workflow Available on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Android and iOS Integrating with 100+ apps remote teams use in their work.   This Timesheet software help allocate tasks to employees, track time spent, keep track of billable time to charge customers, calculate payroll, create invoices and keep track of expenses. Here's a quick list of 10 different timesheet software solutions and how they can help you manage your team better.    BlogIn     BlogIn is beautifully simple internal blog and knowledge-sharing platform for teams of all sizes. The internal blog acts as a central information hub or a ‘virtual bulletin board’ for the company, allowing all employees to stay in the loop with what’s going on in and around the office.   At the same time, the blog opens a new, transparent, two-way communication channel inside an organization, where everyone can ask a question and get the information they need to make faster and smarter decisions.   The internal blog is intuitive and easy to use, so everyone can quickly get on board, which is one of the reasons why it works so well as the internal communication tool.   Share internal news and knowledge Improve internal communication Share files Boost company culture Enables transparent, two-way communication   Usernap   "Show, don't tell" - use screenshots and illustrations to communicate issues accurately and quickly. Usersnap's widget can be easily installed on your staging website or use the browser extension to capture anything you see and want to share.   Microsoft, Facebook and many web companies employ Usersnap for issue reporting, QA, user acceptance testing and customer feedback. Visual bug reports and feedback saves you time and makes remote working so easy.   Browser screen capture and annotations Tickets include metadata (screen size, browser version, URL and console logs) Assign, label, track and close tickets easily Integrates with 30+ tools such as Jira and Asana Live commenting Unlimited guest access   JotForm   JotForm is an extremely versatile online form builder which is suited for a team of any size. It doesn’t require any development skills as it’s essentially a drag-and-drop form builder. So, your entire team can benefit from it. It has a surprising amount of use cases which you can apply to your business or use it to manage your team. You can use it to clock in the work hours of your employees, collect feedback, assign tasks, open bug reports and the list goes on, it’s all up to how creative you can get with it. The best part is that you have a wide variety of customization options for the forms you create. You can prevent things from getting boring for your team and have a sustainable remote team. As there are way too many templates and customization options you can check a form design guide they have prepared. Easy to use and implement Makes collaboration seamless Loads of customization options Wide range of use cases    SmartTask   SmartTask is a simple yet powerful task and project management tool, which will help your team be more effective and efficient than ever before. It brings the organization's tasks at one place thus everyone in a team has a clear overview of the team's progress, who's responsible and has clarity on the deadlines. The tool enables you with the following features:   Tasks, Projects and CRM in one tool Custom Fields to customize your tasks Multiple Projects in one single view with Portfolio feature Real-time communication and notifications Available on Desktop, Android and IOS   Tameday   Tameday is the all-in-one workspace for teams and small businesses that are struggling to manage their projects and workloads with various separate tools and email- Bringing everything into one place   Tameday helps you to:   Get rid of using email for internal communication by using Tameday's built-in chat feature. Keep your work and to-dos in one place within Projects, Communicate and share files with your team who are working remotely. Keep in contact with your clients by allowing them to see how projects are progressing, Keep you on track with to-dos, discussions, project due dates and your own personal calendar.   Wrike     Wrike is a perfectly illustrative example of how to integrate a favorite task management tool with time tracking software so that it could enhance your remote team productivity.   Wrike helps prioritize projects easily due to its intuitive design. It keeps all the info on tasks you perform. Additionally, when applying integrations in Wrike, you can:   Estimate the project resources with precision, Adjust timelines for specific tasks, Reassign tasks to accommodate urgent requests Tailor your tasks to projects goals.    ClickUp     It is a productivity platform that helps you create tasks and plan your projects. While implementing ClickUp, you have the unique opportunity to organize the scattered tasks into the unbroken workflow.  With ClickUp, you get the abundance of options pertaining to:   commenting on tasks, advanced task storing, agenda creating keeping your data as secure as you choose by regulating privacy settings.   Parabol     Parabol is software not bloated with extra functions as its primary goal is to provide your team with ‘free online retrospectives’. This part of project management practice is crucial for further planning and better estimation of the coming projects. This tool provides transparency of team priorities and accountability for task performance.   It is a perfect tool for remote work enabling cross-functional cooperation within a team by synching tasks in a dashboard on a daily basis. With Parabol, you can:    plan the day/week, mark the milestones upon a task completion (for monitoring the team progress), edit org charts send retrospectives (‘summary of a meeting’) email to your team   I Done This       It is a tool suitable for remote teams of any size. It is of particular interest to managers who can monitor top team accomplishments in real-time, and, hence, save tons of time on holding meetings.    Applying this software, your team gets access inside the app to:   commenting on their tasks, generating word clouds marking the most frequent task components, notifications of a reminder email (‘What have you done today?’) for sharing the daily accomplishments "visuals," which breakdown accomplished tasks with color coding   Monday     Suitable for any team size, it is a tool that will let you plan your tasks on a timeline so that nothing will fall between slots, point assignees and, thus, enhance accountability, and collaborate instantly for increased business productivity.  The featured Monday options that you will surely like include the opportunity:   to update the status on the task, to choose a customizable template for your sprints from the impressively big selection, Email notifications – get notified by email   Clarizen     It is a team management solution designed to facilitate remote teams collaboration. The software provides instrumental features to unite resources for more productive planning.   Implementing this tool means that your team can apply:   reporting templates, creating their own dashboards, tracking tasks of various kinds in real-time adjusting the time and resource allocation to current business goals in terms of project profitability   Quip     It is a productivity suite that unites spreadsheets and documents into the shared folders.   It is perfect in terms of goal settings for your remote team. It facilitates collaboration by sending reminders and instant sharing documents from one place. Your team will not have to dig deep to retrieve the documents.   Quip is accessible across any device so that you and your team can work from any place. Applying Quip, you can create:   Project plans Territory plans Checklists Meeting notes Documentation   You can work over multiple projects: the sidebar is available from any screen in Quip so you can easily access your work, your favorites, and your teammates.   Teamwork Teamwork Projects is an intuitive, feature-rich project management tool that lets your team reduce the complexity of collaboration. It allows you to work together with context, transparency, and accountability — and with increased visibility and improved communication, you can keep collaboration at the core of everything you do.   Most Exciting Features  Collaborative workspace Flexible and feature-rich Instant messaging with Embedded Chat Portfolio feature to help you oversee multiple projects Resource management   Wrapping it up: A trend for global cooperation and delivering your service internationally are motivating factors for many companies to increase remote hiring. With the tech tools presented in our list, remote team collaboration is unlimited due to enabling uninterrupted workflow, effective communication and full accountability of the work result metrics.
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slack vs x series
27 Apr 2019
Slack vs Asana - Know the top 8 key parameters to choose one.
It doesn’t seem like Slack and Asana are arch rivals. Rather they work together! They both don’t make a direct competitor, as Asana is majorly focussed on Project Management, while Slack brings team conversations together. Nearly both tools have made their launch to the public in the years of 2012 and 2013 respectively.   Asana has its foothold across a wide number of customers globally. The clientele-stack of Asana is fully loaded with big names of diverse industries such as; Nasa, Google, Bill & Melinda Gates, foundation, yelp, Vodafone, Deloitte, Avon, The New York Times, Airbnb, Uber and the list goes on. Founded by Dustin Moskovitz and Justin Rosenstein as a Software-as-a-Service project management tool with the most recent valuation of $1.5B.   Interestingly, Slack occupies a good amount of share across the world with impressive clientele of Ticketmaster, Airbnb, Target, Capitalone, Oracle and many more.   Let’s look into a few exciting parameters of both the tools:   Table of Contents    Getting Started Ease of Use Integration Support Platforms Search Features Security and Privacy Dashboard, Analytics, and Reporting Widgets   1. Getting Started   Asana   Find an easier way to manage broad-range of projects and daily To-dos with Asana Project Management Software. The user can Sign-up to Asana with their Google Account or with their work email. They are able to access the application individually, as a part of the team, or from within the organization.   Asana keeps things at the place and organized, so as the users can easily add tasks, conversations, teams, projects and invite other team members.   While creating a new project, the users can make the choice either from a blank project or template, can choose teams, and also can make the privacy setting of project visibility to marketing teams and project managers.   Assign tasks to the created project by choosing assignees, set due dates to each task, add more teammates, add them as task followers or project managers. With Asana create projects, organize tasks, assign responsibilities, bring scattered information to one place, track project deadlines and many more. Slack Conversations have to happen in one place to make the right decisions. Slack is a hub for all your team communication. Connect your team for all project discussions, share supported files, search team conversations, collaborate via one-on-one messaging, voice and video, etc., to gain optimum end-results.   The users can sign-up to Slack workspace with any of their public/private email ids. They can sign-up to a new workspace altogether or can join an existing workspace if they have an invite from the admin.   Can communicate with team members through channels, direct messages, voice, and video calls. Slack users can chat with bots for all kinds of help assistance.   Slack users can sign into other workspaces within the application itself. With Slack give a project name for each channel, directly log in to the application with your workspace URL, catch up to innumerable integrations, talk to Slack bots with many more interesting features.   Getting Started Conclusion Sign-up process of Asana completes in a few steps, while more steps are involved in Slack.     2. Ease of Use   Asana      Creating projects and tracking those projects tasks are simple and easy at Asana. The user interface is neatly designed and is highly self-explorable. It lets you create tasks and to-dos, add sections to organize your tasks, set start date and end date to tasks, add an assignee to tasks to track the project progress.   How to use Asana tutorial for new users  Team and Project management features are seen at the sidebar of the Asana application home page. Find my favorites, reports, teams, projects, team calendar, and more projects from here.   Slack   The user interface of Slack is quite appealing and impressive. Though it not as extensive as Asana, the UX is a little confusing. If we consider simple-to-use and the easy-to-understand user interface is one of the key performance indicators of measurement of any team collaboration tool, then Troop Messenger comes stands first in the row.   Getting Started with Slack - Tips, Tricks & More    Workspace settings can be managed from the administration section of each workspace. Those settings would include; workspace sign-up mode and language, display name guidelines, default channels, etc., The best part is that the users have the provision to integrate to App Directory right from the user-side application itself.   Ease of Use conclusion Asana, as a project management tool, has a number of user-interface navigations to work on project tasks, while Slack being a team collaboration tool has fewer hops.     3. Integration   Asana   Any tool that supports a good number of integrations makes teams job hassle-free. Asana helps the users to bring emails, storage, files, support tickets, and many more apps into the application for quick completion of tasks. It comes with more than 100 integrations like Zapier, Dropbox, Time Camp, Microsoft Office 356, Slack, Adobe Creative Cloud, etc.,     Slack   Slack comes with a humongous App Directory. It supports somewhere around 1500 app integrations and useful slack bots to ensure seamless office work routines. A wide-category of app directory includes; communication tools, daily tools, essential apps, new & noteworthy apps, and brilliant bots. Slack lets to build own APIs to suit your business requirements. Integration Conclusion  Asana has integrated Slack for all its team communications and work collaborations.   4. Support   Asana   At Asana Guide, one can find a detailed product’s help documentation, starting right from Asana demo to Sign-up process orientation. It extends live chat support to the users in its website. However, Asana also has a presence of priority support option that is rendered by a dedicated account manager. This service is available for premium users and thus comes up with a cost. Hence if you are ready to spend more bucks on the tool then you can get a better support option in Asana. Slack   Slack provides detailed and comprehensive help support to its users. Slack is quick at resolving all kinds of customer issues. At Slack, the customer support looks into; resolving issues, automation, knowledge sharing, and collaboration. Few of the customer support integration app includes; Slaask, Halp, and Zendesk.   Support Conclusion Both Asana and Slack extend equally notable support services to the users. But I see no Live Chat Support at Slack’s website.     5. Platforms Both Asana and Slack have their presence on all the major platforms such as Windows, Mac OS, Browser, Android and iOS. After you download the app from Google play store, you can look into the quick start guide for Android. The mobile app users of Asana can access My Tasks, projects, conversations, Inbox, Quick Add, and search from their respective Android apps.   Slack’s desktop and the mobile app user interface seems to be similar. From the mobile app, you are allowed to set your status, check your activity, allow you to select the time bound for Do not disturb status, invite people and many more..to go on.   However, the windows phone app is not supported by either of them.     6. Search Features   Asana   The use of search functionality in Asana is quite simple and easy to use. Filter out projects, tasks, conversations, teams, team members, project managers, etc., with this search feature.   You can further filter out attachments, project delivery deadlines statuses such as completed, and incomplete.  Asana search functionality allows the user to add custom filters as per the project requirement.    Slack   At Slack, search for messages, files, channels, It lets the users find the relevant files from the search filters of “Your Files”, and “All Files”. Slack allows the users to filter out messages from My Messages/files, Starred items, current conversations, and from using time filters.   Search Features Conclusion As Asana has more functional features, there exists a scope to filter-out more entities when compared to Slack.     7. Security and Privacy   Asana Asana takes customers security seriously to keep their data secure, safe and private. It is SOC 2(Type I) and (Type 2) certified for extending security, availability, and confidentiality to the users. To reduce all types of vulnerabilities and loss of data risks, Asana gets the processes and practices validated by trusted third-party services.   Slack Slack extends its best features to provide security to users data. The various compliance certifications and regulations of the application include; FedRAMP, SOC2(Type II), SOC3, HIPAA and more.   Security and Privacy Conclusion Both Asana and Slack are good at facilitating the best security and privacy to the users.     8. Dashboard, Analytics, and Reporting Widgets   Asana Asana’s Dashboard is extensive and provides a birds view of all the projects at one place. It gives the data of projects, team member allocation, project deadlines, project status updates, etc., Asana has planned to remove the dashboard and replace the same functionality with portfolios. Analytics facilitates detailed reports of project status to ensure optimum transparency.   Slack From Slack user interface, team members can add channels, set notification preferences, can send direct messages, invite people, star the channels, manage channel settings, etc., to perfectly collaborate with other team members.   Slack’s analytic section is divided into an overview, channels, and members. The overview area says about the number of messages exchanged, file storage used, apps and integrations installed and the other two divisions show the information of a number of channels added, and members along with the date of account creation.   Dashboard, Analytics, and Reporting Widgets Conclusion Apparently, we don’t see any specific-dashboard type of feature in Slack.   Conclusion This in accordance with the end-users discretion, if someone is looking for end-to-end project management, then Asana would be the ideal tool to opt for. For exclusive team communication, Slack makes the best choice. Asana’s teams integrate Slack for effective team collaboration.   Disclaimer The aim of the article is to be informative. We intend users take an informed decision for an effective and productive experience. The comparison shown between Asana vs slack in the blog is only towards that end and has no intention of pitting one against the other team collaboration app brands. The images, logos, any concepts etc., used in this blog, purely belong to their respective companies or applications (Asana and Slack).  Readers are advised to consult and confirm from the respective service providers regarding details of features, latest updates, prices, and their policies before utilizing any of their services. This further informs the reader that the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this blog solely belong to the author’s perception, and not necessarily to the author’s employer, organization, committee or other group or individual.  
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project management
20 Jun 2019
10 Best free Gantt Chart Software in 2020
You are here - On a page that talk talks about ‘Free Gantt Chart Software.’   Would it be too early to say ‘your search ends here’?   I guess not.   Because, here, you get to review an impartial analysis of top Gantt chart software with templates and examples.   This blog post needs your undivided attention.   5 minutes will be enough.   Let’s start with the basics.   Missing a deadline when you are on a serious project is never an option!   You need to accomplish your task with accuracy and precision, and that too within the fixed timeline. There are a lot of things running on the schedule that one needs to manage while working on a project.   Project management is not as easy as you think. You will have to keep a record of every step you take. It will be difficult to maintain such records if you don't have a Gantt Chart Software. Right from the duration for the task, name of the person who is assigned to the task, task milestone, how much investment was involved, and how much time is scheduled for each achieving each milestone-everything must be recorded with top-notch accuracy.   Trending Article      For fulfilling these project management requirements, Gantt chart software always comes in handy. Unlike the traditional timeline charts and manual records, it focuses more on the interdependencies within tasks instead of emphasizing only on the broad picture.    Table of Contents   1. Gantt project 2. ProofHub 3. Gantter 4. Bitrix24 5. TeamGantt 6. Backlog 7. GanttPro 8. GoodGantt 9Rational plan 10. Tom's planner 11. ProjectLibre 12. Hansoft 13. Merlin Project 4 What is a Gantt chart?   Gantt chart is a very important tool that is used to visually schedule and monitor the projects. Its main objective is to show the activities which are finished, the ones that are currently ongoing, and also those that are yet to start.   Henry Gantt was the first person to introduce the concept of a Gantt chart, and ever since it has become an integral project management tool. Gantt chart gives a visual or graphical representation of all the tasks undertaken in the project. It also gives the duration for each task and other important details with the progression of the project.   Generally, the bar of the graph changes its shading to show the progress in the project. Upon the completion of the project, the graph colour turns to a different shade. Also, it can show the name of the person to whom a particular task is assigned, and the milestones that are set to achieve the final goal. You can get your work done in a free Gantt chart software without buying one.   Gantt Chart Glossary you need to know:   Tasks: Tasks are different types of work assigned to individuals which should be done to reach the goal. They come with the start date, end date, duration, assigned person and all the other details involved.   Milestone: It’s a task with zero duration. It can indicate an important date in the project plan, for example, the initiation or completion of an important task. You might use it to make the completion dates of specific tasks.    Summary task: It is a group of tasks. They are made of sub-tasks which shows combined information.   Task status: It shows the progress, percentage, and completion of the task.   Dependencies: It shows the link and connection between different errands.   Assigned resources: It indicates the name of the people assigned to specific tasks   Top 10+ free Gantt chart available online   Gantt project ( A Simple Gantt Chart)     Price: Free   Supported Platform: Windows, Linux, OSX   Here’s why we have placed Gantt project at the top position of this list: It’s available for free for both the personal and commercial uses.   Established in 2003, Gantt Project is not just a clone of MS project but a lot more. It is one of the most efficient and trusted free Gantt chart software. Gantt project will run anywhere where Java runtime is available as it is written in Java.   It is a desktop application which can allow you to:   Manage the elements like task and milestones, including the initiation date, priority, duration, notes, and resources, etc.   Create a hierarchy which shows cost, progress, and details of lower-level tasks displayed on the upper level.   Draw dependency: dependencies between tasks, leads, etc   Baseline: you can compare your current status with your previous plans by creating baselines   Generate PDF / JPEG/ PNG files   It can export and import to/from CSV for analyzing data in spreadsheet apps.   Allows import and export to Microsoft projects.   Apart from all these great features, Gantt Project allows users to do collaborate with WebDAV servers and use cloud storage for storing all projects in the cloud. As you can see, Gantt project is a light and useful software which is very easy to use if you are a beginner in project management.   ProofHub: (Project management and Team collaboration Software) ProofHub is a project management solution and collaboration software that makes work easier for teams. It facilitates planning, helps in tracking progress and allows real-time collaboration and communication so that efficiency increases and deadlines are met on time.   ProofHub is a project management software that has an exhaustive list of features and the Gantt chart is one of them. The Gantt chart in ProofHub gives you a timeline view of all your projects in one window. It helps in planning your projects and tracking the progress of tasks at any given time.   Here is what you can do with ProofHub Gantt charts. Add tasks and task lists to the Gantt chart. Clearly distribute roles and duties by assigning tasks to team members. Set dependencies between tasks and adjust schedules as work changes or deadlines shift. Highlight the critical path to see which tasks directly affect the start and end date of the project. Adjust the start and end dates of tasks with a single drag and drop. Associate milestones with tasks.   Pricing: ProofHub is priced at $99/month (limited time offer). It offers a free trial with complete access to all its features. Platforms supported: Web-based, Google Play Store & App Store   Gantter ( A tool with Gantt Chart examples)     Pricing: $5 per month per user. Gantter is also available for a 30-day free trial.   Supported Platforms: Web-based apps.   Gantter is a cloud-based, community-powered, project scheduling and management tool. Its most distinctive feature is the community contributed task scheduling templates and the suggest and assist the engine,   With Gantter, you get an optimized user experience as it allows seamless integration with Google apps like Google Drive, Calendar, Hangout, and etc. Primarily,   Gantter has three editions:   Gantter Cloud   Gantter for Google Drive, and   Gantter for G-Suite   Here’s what you’ll get with these editions:    Features:   Save or open the Gantter files to Gantter cloud/Google Drive.   Access to millions of free community-based templates.   Access 24/7 community-powered support, suggest and edit recommendation, and real-time collaborative editing.   Auto-Generated WBS (Work breakdown structure), custom columns, built-in-analytics, Cost and task tracking, and resource auto-leveling.    MS Project import and export.   The team collaboration features let users bring multiple timelines and teams together, work on multiple tasks, and gauge the project completion. The Google edition is best for those who use Google drive and other G-suite applications.   Bitrix24 ( Gantt chart for multiple projects)   Pricing: $69 per month for all team members   Supported Platform: App Store and Google Play Store   Bitrix24 is a highly reliable Gantt chart software with the main specialty of moving tasks while still keeping their connections to compare current and baseline state at any time. This is mainly a team collaboration software that offers benefits of project management and CRM.   It can create a very professional Gantt chart for unlimited tasks and projects. It's another great option to work with 12-users. So even a small or average sized company can use it very easily.   It also monitors the workload on employees and identifies the task which can be uncertainly delayed.   Important features:   Free unlimited projects   Free unlimited subtasks   Free 5gb online storage   Multiple Gantt charts   Free 12 users   Task dependencies   Cloud and on-premise   Open source code and API   Free mobile PM (Android and IOS)   With Bitrix, you can communicate with team members and also work collaboratively on the project by gauging the visual representation of tasks, milestones, deadlines, and dependencies. Other fancy features are office reports, checklists, templates report builders, etc.   TeamGantt ( Construction Gantt Chart )   Pricing: $0 for small teams of three members. $49.5 and $74.5 for teams up to 5 and 10 members.   Supported Platforms: Web-based   This project management suite allows users to manage task while reviewing them in a different visual or graphical format. It provides team communication, project planning, and resource management functions which are very intuitive and offers user flexibility to assign tasks, set deadline, and create priorities via drag and drop option.   Some of the exciting features of this project scheduling software are:   Unlimited time for using the free version   Drag and drop scheduling   Customizable view through Google Calendar    Centralized storage of tasks, conversations, documents, and achievable.   Review into team member’s workload and availability   Exports to PDF but the watermark   Auto-update on team progress   Daily mail reminders   File attachments   Graphical formats for showing planned vs. actual timeline.   TeamGantt brings project scheduling online with the easy-to-integrate Gantt software. Users can invite teammates, co-workers, and friends to edit and view the Gantt chart.   Backlog (project management Gantt chart ) Backlog is an all-in-one online project management tool for task management, version control, and bug tracking. Bringing together the organizational benefits of project management with the power and convenience of code management, Backlog enhances team collaboration across organizations large and small. Plan work, track progress and release code updates right in Backlog.   Why Backlog Task management, bug tracking, and version control in one tool Visual Gantt and Burndown charts for better planning and resource management Built-in Git and SVN repositories Custom statuses and workflows to suit your project Mobile app for Android and iOS users Kanban-style boards for each project make it easy to view every task as they move through your workflow   GanttPro (Gantt Chart Software for Project Planning)     Pricing: Free 14-day trial and $15 per user per month   Supported Platform: Web-based   With this exclusive Gantt Chart software, you can easily create charts and visual graphs through existing templates of project planning. These charts can be shared with team members for better collaboration and project management.   Gantt pro has an extensive community of users who create and share editable templates for different projects.   Here are some of the features of Gantt Pro:   Unlimited number of projects and premium support   Multiple Gantt chart baseline and task filter   Can allow one active project per member   Customizable export to PNG, PDF, and XL format    Project estimation cost and working hours   Onboarding and team progress tracking   Resource management   All the other basic Gantt chart features   Gantt chart is a great pick for people working individually. It’s also a good choice if you want to work with your group since it supports features like team training sessions, real-time notifications, and project role settings for members.   Good Gantt ( Diagram Gantt chart)   Pricing: Free for one user without restrictions. Prices for use in a team depending on its size. It starts at 2.99 per person per month   Supported Platform: Web-based   Many Trello users have been waiting for this for a long time. Now they have access to a Gantt Chart with deep integration in Trello. It will seem as if it is one application and you do not have to go to external pages during use. You can quickly plan a project by creating Trello cards directly from the Gantt Chart   Here are some of the features of Good Gantt :   On one Gantt chart, you can view all your Trello boards   You can set up integration with time trackers to keep track of the actual execution time of tasks by your employees   Nice design   Automate the movement of cards depending on the actions   Evenly distribute the load between employees   Group tasks and milestones   ReTrack progress by the task   Use hot keys for quick work   Rational plan ( with Gantt Charts, Timesheets)     Pricing: Free trial and the paid plan starts from $19 per month (for cloud-hosted version).   Supported Platforms: Linux, Cloud-based, On-premise.   This comprehensive project planning and scheduling software covers are available for free with Linux.   The rational plan offers a variety of project management features. It is available as a cloud-based solution as well as on-premise and it helps both the project managers and teams to develop a consistent project plan with the analyzed workload, allocation of resources, estimation of project cost, and management of the budget.   Rational Plan has two versions: You can either use cloud service or opt for an on-premise application.   On-premise- single version for Linux- It shows advanced planning through dynamic Gantt charts and timesheets. This single version will allow you to share the project with MS users. Gives you a chance to share the details about your projects to other users who are involved.   Cloud-based- Includes all the basic Gantt chart features for two users, two projects, 100 tasks, and 5 MB storage.   Here’s why Rational Plan is a great choice for Linux users:   Schedule the project using duration driven activities.   Use of recurrent, split tasks, and milestones.   A visual way of tracking the baseline and dependencies   Critical path detection   Collaboration with team members and integration with Microsoft project files   Some other feature includes portfolio management, resource management tool, costs tracking, scheduling, time management, and all the basic Gantt chart features.   Tom's planner (online Gantt Chart Maker)     Pricing: $ 9.95 per month   Supported Platform: Web-based   It is Import projects from Excel, MS Project, Trello, and Basecamp an excellent web-based Gantt chart application. It requires no installation and has an easy drag and drop options with right click menu and task management.   Tom’s planner really stands unique when it comes to the collaboration feature. This project scheduling tool offers a free subscription with two-user limitations and offers most of the basic features.   With Tom’s Planner you can:   Create professional Gantt charts and share them virtually   Zoom in to check who’s doing what and how far they’ve progressed   Drag and drop to make the edits and changes on the fly   Import projects from Excel, Basecamp, MS Project, and Trello   Embed charts with SharePoint, Wordpress, and Confluence   The free subscription can allow for 200 items in a schedule. It only lasts for one year. This software is recommended for beginners who want to have a basic knowledge of project management.   ProjectLibre ( Compatibility with Microsoft Project)       Pricing: Free   Supported Platform: Window, Linux, Mac OS.   ProjectLibre is another great project scheduling solution for your team projects. Unlike other software, it is not a complicated one. Its main objective is that all the company user should be able to learn to work in the chart even if they cannot afford it. That's the reason it is open-source software.   This open-source alternative of MS project has the following features:   Gantt Chart   Earned Value Costing   WBS/RBS charts   Network Diagram   Resource Histograms   Compatibility with Microsoft Project   The software has received various awards which proves that being free it can give the best results. You can translate it into any language. It has versatility which makes it much easier to work for a small or large business.   Hansoft (tools along with a Gantt chart template)     Pricing: Varying rates depending on team members and type of installation   Supported Platform: Cloud and On-premise   Hansoft is originated from Sweden. The Swedish company offers many project management tools along with a Gantt chart template. Many companies swear by this software because of the seven main features.   You are allowed to refine your task from the backlog feature.   Long term, as well as short term planning, can be viewed and modified.   Supports Kanban, Waterfall method, hybrids, and Scrum   Efficiency boosting feature like the acceleration of plan up to 20%    Real-time dashboard to stay informed to real-world data and workflow management   Hansoft has all the basic features like issue tracker, to-do lists, reports, resource allocation, integration, backlogs, and on-premise installation. So, you might want to change your mind if you are working on a big project.   Merlin project 4 (Professional Project Management for Mac)     Pricing: $149 per year per user and $1,415 per year for 10 users    Supported Platform: Mac and iPad   It is the latest project management software from the project wizard. It runs specifically on Mac so before you go for this software make sure your team can work on mac.   It has all the basic features one Gantt chart software has and also it is user-friendly offering many possibilities. You can customize it as per your need. It can also be used offline. You can edit or modify your planning offline, and it will keep the updates on the chart when you are back on.   Kanban View and Waterfall feature   Find critical paths and distribute tasks with few gestures   Link attachment to tasks in the project   Stay up-to-date with cloud storage   Compact on the iPhone   Export and Import through MS project.   However, it allows only 30 days for working free without any restriction, but after that, you must purchase it. Or you can upgrade Merlin project 3 which is totally free.    Conclusion There are many options outlined in this article. You can narrow the best choice by understanding what each software offers and comparing it with your company’s needs. If you are still confused about which one to pick, consider the following five capabilities of an ideal Gantt Chart software:   It should support a maximum number of users and collaborators It should allow unlimited edits of the chart It should offer flexibility to work on multiple projects It should be easy-to-use with drag-and-drop features and one-click sync It should be compatible with the devices you and your team members use Once you keep these five features in your mind and also consider your team’s requirement, the selection of the final pick will be a piece of cake!
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x series vs slack
13 Jan 2020
Microsoft Teams Vs Slack : Extended With Quick Infographic
Is Microsoft Teams Killing Slack?  But … it is difficult to know how seriously to take this without knowing true   The collaboration app battle between Slack and Microsoft Teams comparison is endless.   In this article, we're gonna be Comparing Slack vs Microsoft Teams war to know which is better for business   In the year 2016, Bill Gates was against the decision of purchasing its competitor Slack, instead, he wants the organization to improvise Skype for Business. The initial release of Microsoft Teams to the public happened in the year 2017, and very recently the stable release 1.2.00.4664 of the product happened this year in the month of February. As we understand most of the corporate work routines run on Office 365 suite, the Microsoft Teams is one of the essential parts of it.   On the other hand, Slack made its public appearance in the year 2013 by Stewart Butterfield. Recently Slack has launched a new logo in the month of January of this year, and there was much difference in opinions among netizens on the new logo as many of them liked the old logo when compared to the new one. Slack allows the users to check all the latest updates from @slackapi.   Initially, in the year, 2014 Slack has $43 million funding for its operations, to round it up to additional funding of $200 million in April 2016.   Though there are so many chat applications out there, now team conversations are more seamless and organized with Troop Messenger. We had performed a various in-depth analysis of our competitor’s tools to give you better insights into their pros and cons with our previous comparison blogs of Slack Alternatives, Flock vs slack, Ryver vs slack.   However, this time we made our best efforts to make you know the highs and lows of two rivals: the most popular. Let us look into the quick comparison at both the tools    Microsoft Teams Vs Slack   1.Sign-Up Flow 2.Inviting and Adding User 3.Guest Access Capabilities 4.Design (UI and UX) 5.Collaboration 6.Integration 7.Pricing 8.File Storage 9.Search 10.Help Center   Microsoft Teams Vs Slack: A Quick Infographic        ( Microsoft Teams vs Slack): The sign-up flow - Which Application Offers Smoother Setup?  Though Microsoft Teams comes with Office 365 suite, the workplace collaboration application is open to all public with a free sign-up trial of one month. You can sign-up with any of your public domain mail ids such as Google, Yahoo, etc., or you can directly access your Microsoft Teams with your Microsoft domain id if you are a subscriber of Office 365.   Once you are done with entering your mail id and password, a verification code has been sent to your registered mail id. Now you can start using Microsoft Teams by downloading the desktop app or a Web app.       The Sign-up Process of Slack starts with creating a workspace. Slack’s unlimited free trial allows the users to log-in to it with their respective workspace URL with a limited set of features. Any user can create a workspace from scratch with any of their Gmail, Yahoo, etc., public domains. To finish the sign-up process you are asked to give your name and password.   Slack facilitates an unlimited number of workspaces in its Enterprise Grid pricing plan, where the users of can switch between one workspace to others within the user interface itself.     Our Verdict: The Sign-up process at Microsoft Teams is pretty simple and easy when compared to Slack.   The similar post you might like:   Discord vs Slack   Ryver Vs Slack   Yammer Or Slack   ( Microsoft Teams vs Slack):  Inviting and Adding User  This workplace collaboration application provides a feature where you can invite others (or) guests to your organization for enhanced to associate with them on your projects. Your guests could be your clients, vendors, and non-employees or any others.   The left panel of the user interface has the feature of “Invite others to the Org”. This will take you to the page of invite people, from where you can start inviting people by giving your guests email and their display name. Furthermore, you can choose the “Add more” option to invite more people.        In addition to inviting guests to your organization,   Microsoft Teams allows you to add more people to your team. The moment you log-in to the application, it welcomes you with the features of “Add more people, Create more channels, Open the FAQ,”.       The intuitive user interface of Slack lets you to Invite people from the left panel of your workspace.   Guests like vendors, clients, contractors, freelancers, and others are invited to Slack in both of it's free and paid plans. Invite few or many at once with their public/private domain mail ids. You are also allowed to share an invite link to your invitees.        Our Verdict: Slack allows sharing an invite link to its guests, whereas we don’t see this in Microsoft Teams.   ( Microsoft Teams vs Slack): Guest Access Capabilities    The concept of vendor-client collaboration with the workforce of your organization is quite crucial at times where they need to connect to the outside world to collaborate on various client projects.   Microsoft Teams send invites to others to communicate with the internal teams of the workplace. The other new player Troop Messenger also facilitates the in-house team with this guest collaboration feature, the Orange Member. Any user with their public/private mail ids can become an Orange Member to interact with the teammates of Troop Messenger.   The “Invite people” section of Slack allows inviting guests into the application.   Microsoft Teams vs Slack: Design (UI and UX): Which Application Gives Comfort Over Chaos? let find out here The UI and UX part of Microsoft Teams is quite engaging and engrossing to the user. You can simply understand the features and their functionalities just at the glance of the home page screen. All your teams are listed on the left panel dashboard along with the other features of “Activity”, “Chat”, “Calendar”, “Get the app”, “Store”, and “Help”. Few essential tools like One Note and Wiki are in-built in this application.   Start a new conversation with your teammates by sending the formatted text, with attachments, with smileys, GIFs, and with stickers to relish more personalized chat experience.   Also, check out for files that you had exchanged with other teams and team members, Microsoft Teams full tutorial with recent updates, along with a plus tab for more integrations. The people's pane of the user interface allows you to see all your team members in one place.       Despite Slack’s user interface looks simple and clean, sometimes the users often get confused with the navigational flow of the features and their functionalities. Your workspace name is displayed at the top of the left-pane with along with your name. This section further allows you to send direct messages to Slack bot and the other team members of your channel.   The other features that you could notice from the Slack user interface would be; @mentions, set a purpose, settings, starred channels, invite people and many more to include.         Our Verdict: Microsoft Teams user interface looks to be simple to understand and easy to use, whereas compared to Slack.   ( Microsoft Teams vs Slack): Messaging, Audio, Video - Which collaboration is ahead?   Messaging across Microsoft Teams is quite interesting, as it allows the one-to-one user to be more collaborative with the features of file sharing, places, attachments, formatted texts, smileys, GIFs, Stickers, @mentions, meet now, and also lets the users integrate and use many third-party apps.          for instance, you can integrate Trello for project management and YouTube for sharing your preferred videos.      It is really good to see on the user interface with the feature of Meet now(video conferencing) literally at no cost. Microsoft Teams is extending this feature-functionality to its users in its free trail itself. But the users could not find the audio calling option anywhere on the user interface of the free trial.   Send direct messages in Slack by choosing your team members. This collaboration experience can be further enhanced with the associative features of Add a file from your computer, @mentions, smiley layout, post, code or text snippet, etc.,   When we move onto the sections of audio and video calling, now Slack supports audio-video calling in its free plan for one-on-one user chat, whereas you would not be able to share your desktop screen during a video call in the free plan, you would certainly migrate to Slack’s paid plan to avail this feature. While the new chat application in the block, the Troop Messenger is allowing the users the facility to share their screen for free during a video call.        Our Verdict: Microsoft Teams allows the feature of, “Meet Now” in its free plan to make video conferencing with your team. Though Slack offers one-on-one audio-video calling, it doesn’t provide the same for workspaces in its free plan.   (Microsoft Teams Vs Slack): Integration : Which Application is On Good Terms With All? Let's see here The Microsoft Teams office collaboration application does support a wide range of integrations to help the user. This application allows the user to directly integrate all the necessary apps right away from the applications user interface itself.   When you try to open the “Store”, a feature from the left panel of the applications home page, you are taken to the world of diverse apps to integrate them into your teams with the option of uploading custom apps too     Slack supports more than 1500 app integrations into it. You are totally allowed to integrate a whopping number of apps of a distinct type. Tools related to project management, productivity, finance, file management, security, and compliance, etc.,   The Apps column of your workspace facilitates a provision to the user to directly browse apps and integrate them into your workspace. You are navigated to, “Browse Apps” page, where you can find the “View App Directory”, and, “Manage Apps...”, When you go to view app directory, you are taken to a new window, where a wide range of Apps for integration are segregated as per their domain area.        Our Verdict: Slack supports more than 1500 wide range of app integrations according to the pricing plan the users choose.   (Microsoft Teams Vs Slack) : Pricing - Which Application Breaks the Bank? Microsoft Teams comes in three different pricing variants. Any users across the world can, “Sign-up for free”, with limited features of unlimited messages and search, guest access, 300 maximum users, 140+ integrated apps and services, one-to-one group online audio and video calls, channel meetings and few more to go.   Microsoft Teams is a part of Office 365 Business Essentials and Office 365 Business Premium, with the pricing of $5.00/user/month and $12.50/user/month respectively.       Slack offers a free trial to its users for an unlimited amount of time with limited features, and then there are Slack Standard Subscription plan, Standard Plus plan, and with one more pricing variant of Enterprise Grid plan.   When you switch, to Slack’s standard subscription plan for Rs.500/active user per month when billed annually, with this upgrade the users can really experience the features of the full archive, Google authentication, Unlimited apps for integration, custom retention policies, forward emails into slack, custom profiles, etc.,   For Enterprise Grid plan,the pricing page of Slack asks the user to contact sales for pricing structure. Here the Slack users can have unlimited workspaces, support for data loss prevention(DLP), shared channels between workspaces, built-in security, and compliance, 1 TB storage per member, etc.,         Our Verdict:  Microsoft Teams offers its free plan only for a month, whereas the basic-free plan of Slack is meant for an unlimited amount of time..    (Microsoft Teams Vs Slack): File Storage - Which gives more?  We know how important is the file storage for any team collaboration application. On a daily basis, the users of the organization exchange an unlimited number of files. In order to cater this, Microsoft Teams offers 2GB/per user and 10GB of shared storage in its free plan and it provides 1TB/user in both of its Office 365 Business Essentials and Office 365 Business Premium suites.       Slack offers 5GB total in its free plan, 10 GB storage per member in Standard plan, 20GB storage per member in Standard Plus plan and finally 1TB storage per member in its Enterprise grid plan.    Our Verdict:  Slack offers 1TB storage only in an enterprise grid plan, but whereas Microsoft Teams provides 1TB of storage per user in both of its paid versions   (Microsoft Teams Vs Slack): Search   - Which has more Power?  This instant team messaging application allows you to search for different things across the user interface. The search functionality is commonly available for Activity, Chat, Teams, conversations, files, wiki, etc., When I write about the search functionality of any applications, I understand that Troop Messenger has an extensive search capability to filter out different forms of data. The search by images, search by videos, search by location, global search filter, date-time filters, etc., are known to be few noted.         Slack allows you to search for messages, files, and channels. Furthermore, you can make a search for your files from all files. The “Browse Apps”, the page also offers the user to search by name or by category to choose a wide range of app integrations into your Slack business collaboration tool    Our Verdict: Slack has better search functionality.   (Microsoft Teams Vs Slack): Help Center - Which Application has a Better Helping Hands? It would be quite helpful for almost all the users if they can navigate to the application’s help page within the application’s user interface. Microsoft Teams and Slack both provide such facility to their teams.     The left pane of Microsoft Teams home page shows you the help icon, from where you can traverse to feature help topics, training, what’s new and about.   You can narrow down your search from the search bar of Search help. On top of that, the users can see, “Microsoft Teams with a full tutorial with recent updates” to understand the latest upgrades from your team's page.            The moment you log-into the Slack, the Slack Bot welcomes the user to assist them. It allows us to directly chat with bots for all the basic queries, and in case if it doesn’t understand our question, it allows the user to navigate to Help Center from the user interface itself.      Our Verdict: Slack is a bit head of Microsoft Teams in extending help support with the help of Slack Bots.   Conclusion It is quite essential to choose the best office collaboration application to run uninterrupted corporate office routines. Be it be Microsoft teams, Slack, the one thing to take into consideration is having smooth chat experience with necessary communication features.   And Hey, if you are still not sure which application pick out of these two geniuses, give Troop Messenger a try! It’s cheapest, simple, performance effects, and designed with exclusive features to meet all your office communication and collaboration needs. With Troop Messenger not only do we guarantee a secured chat, but also features like unlimited message history, high-quality audio and video calls, text search, unlimited groups, splashboard, live location tracking, sharing, storage, and data record. Learn what benefits your business can get from Troop Messenger by scheduling a demo call with our team.   Disclaimer The aim of the article is to be informative. We intend users to take an informed decision for an effective and productive experience. The comparison shown between Microsoft Teams vs slack in the blog is only towards that end and has no intention of pitting one against the other team collaboration app brands. The images, logos, any concepts, etc., used in this blog, purely belong to their respective companies or applications (Microsoft Teams and Slack).  Readers are advised to consult and confirm from the respective service providers regarding details of features, latest updates, prices, and policies before utilizing any of their services. This further informs the reader that the views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in this blog solely belong to the author’s perception, and not necessarily to the author’s employer, organization, committee or other group or individual.  
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10 Jan 2020
White Label Apps for SaaS: The Smartest Way to Save Your Time, Money, & Skyrocket Your Revenue
How do you like the idea of creating an application that will be rebranded by others?   Your client gets to resell it as their own product, but not before they pay you all the charges for production/designing.   If this idea interests you, then this page is where you need to be.   Take a break from your work or anything that you’re doing right now. This blog post needs your undivided attention.   5 minutes will be enough.   Let’s start with the basics.   White Label Application: Why is it gaining momentum? A white label application or service is designed, created, and manufactured by one company, but it is rebranded and resold by others as their own.   I hope you’ve noticed how during the last couple of years,     there has been a tremendous surge in the number of mobile applications. For every event or service, we need to download a new application. In fact, 62% of the companies, large and small, either have a dedicated application or are in the process of launching one.     Do you think these applications are created from scratch?  No. Not at all. Here’s the truth behind the majority of mobile applications created today: Most of the apps nowadays are created via a template. These templates are called as ‘White Label Apps.’   Much like Websites powered by Wordpress, where you get to use the pre-built themes and templates, a white-label application is designed by one company so that it can be used by others, with a few changes, obviously.   Still, Confused?   Let me make this clearer with a White label apps example: A while label application manufacturer, named as Company A, creates a marketing app and sells it to Company B. Company B, having purchased the rights, rebrands this marketing application with their own name and logo. Company B can now sell the product to end customers.   Summary: White label apps enable the resellers to expand their offerings and services without having to produce the apps from scratch. This allows them to scale both their offerings and revenue. The main advantage of this purchase is a smart time-saving. The companies don’t have to create a new application from square one.   White Labeling: Why is it gaining the Hype? White labeling, without a doubt, is a faster solution to save money and time. It’s a great option for software developers. They can consider white labeling as a technique and a powerful strategy to increase their distribution.   White Labeling benefits for Software Developers: There are many benefits of selling white labeled products other than cost-saving:   1. Faster Implementation: Since the remodeling and rebranding of these applications require only a few resources from your clients, the product delivery and implementation is way faster.   2. Reduced Commercial Risk: When you are into white-labeling, you offer your clients the products/templates that have been tested and offer a proven solution. This way, there is no commercial risk as such.   3. Optimized Product Line: White Labeling Sellers add value to White label app development & product lines by mixing and matching various offerings of multiple vendors, and in that process, they optimize their offerings.   White Label Product Benefit for Clients:  With 85% of online buyers reporting that they prefer using smartphones over mobile websites, it’s safe to assume your clients would also want to have a dedicated application for their business. If you’re still now sure how a white label can bring a positive change for your business, read these points:   1. White label allows you to focus on your company’s core competency. It’s never a wise thing to stretch your human resources and budget to something that doesn’t fit your business’s core competency. Prepackaged solutions offered by white label app developers provide such businesses an opportunity to trust experts and channel the resources towards core competencies.   2. It keeps the customers from turning elsewhere for solutions. The additional months or years it takes for developing your own solutions will most probably have your prospective customers turn elsewhere for solutions. This can be avoided through a pre-packaged solution that meets their needs.   3. White Labeling makes branding extremely easy. With White labeling, you can brand your products with a couple of clicks and swipes. You don’t need technical help. These solutions are ready-made, fully-integrated, making branding easier.   You don’t have to spend time on research and development. Simply add your identity and branding, and do the business!   Can it get easier than this?   How Do White Label App Work for SaaS Companies? For this section, I’d suggest taking Troop Messenger as an example. Since we are now offering Troop Messenger as a white label app our clients get complete access to our office communication and collaboration tool, which allows everyone on the board to communicate with internal team members and outside vendors.   As you purchase our pre-packaged, ready-made, and optimized product that has been through hundreds of quality tests and bug fixing, you can expect the following:    Instant Application Creation: When you purchase Troop Messenger as a white-labeled app, you get a market-ready Android and iOS apps within a week, without having knowledge of technical aspects  Customizable Design: Make the application your own, with the app icon (logo), and your branding on the dashboard or screen. Easily Scalable: Board as many members on the team. It doesn’t matter whether your team size is of 50 or 5,000, you can scale the numbers as you wish. Low Cost: With our white label version, you get to save tons of money and avoid all the up-front fees that you’d normally spend if creating your own app. Secure Control: Troop Messenger White Label App cost is low, yet you don’t have to compromise with control. You can easily manage all the data & information without having to worry about data breaches or security. Powerful Integrations: Should you feel the need to expand in-app features, you can seamlessly integrate with external applications.    Few Examples of White Label Apps (SaaS) Since white-label mobile apps have expanded their usability, they are being used in multiple industries, including SaaS. Other than Troop Messenger, SendBird and Cometchat are also great white-label apps example.   SendBird: A White Label Chat Solution This White-Label chat solution offers a fully managed chat infrastructure combined with messaging SDKs. The app’s flexible and powerful chat API enables businesses to launch a messaging platform with maximum effect and minimum effort.   Highlights of SendBird White label app: Chat Messaging: All essential features including media sharing, push notification, read receipt, typing indicator, and thumbnail generation. Security and Compliance: Advanced security standards and encryption. Customer Support: Ticketing, agent interface, and live chat support. Moderation and Data: Tools to protect your brand’s integrity and to explore chat data.   CometChat: Ready-to-Use White Label Mobile Chat Application CometChat App is also a white label app reseller. If you are in need of a customized chat platform for your company, CometChat is worth giving a chance. The app is completely white-labeled. It doesn’t contain any CometChat icon, logo, or name.   Highlights of CometChat White label app: Customize the feel and look: With pre-built UI, CometChat saves you all the additional effort. With a couple of clicks, you can change the feel and look to suit your brand. Easy to Deploy: It’s surprisingly easy to install your own app and deploy it. Speedy-Support: Customer support has been made easy with live chat support. Seamless Integrations: One-On-One integrations with over 50+ software   Key TakeAways Do-It-Yourself sounds cool. And as an entrepreneur, your first instinct might be to try DIYs for your business’s applications & software, alongside other core competencies. After all, entrepreneurship is all about that only.   Sorry, break the bubble. But it’s not applicable in all areas. In most cases, creating a customized solution from square one, in an attempt to exceed the client’s expectations can actually be a setup for failure.   Building your own apps and solutions can lead you to these pitfalls:   Reinventing the wheels of mistake: creating mistakes the other developers before you have already made and mastered. Slowing down your time in the industry: reducing your learning curve while you wasted time outside your core competencies Spending too much money on developing solutions and tools that are already there, in great formats, and simultaneously miss out on resources where you need focused attention.   In short, the white label apps can help you avoid all these pitfalls and help you in utilizing your business’s branding to over a product or solution without investing in technology or infrastructure creation around the solution.  
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