- Date: 24 April 2017
A great company can only be defined by its communication skills. Whether it’s between stakeholders, clients, employees, or customers, refining your message and ensuring no balls are dropped in the process are crucial factors to achieving success. But there are simply limitless tools to help you streamline your communications in an effective, scalable manner, leaving many confused as to how some systems work – let alone whether they all work together. While every solution will have its fans and its detractors, here are a few solutions we’d recommend if you’re looking to boost your company’s communications capabilities:
Slack is a major player in the team chat space, leading such giants as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon to develop their own API-friendly team messaging and communications applications. With its manta of “killing internal email,” Slack adopters see an average reduction of 48% in their inboxes. Not bad.
In addition, Slack works well with virtually every other service you use, so if a project changes status in Trello, an important email comes through on Inbox, or changes to a shared document are finalized in G Suite, you’ll be alerted in the same program you use to speak with your team.
Google’s next innovation in the email space after the uber-popular Gmail is Inbox, a godsend to those with eternally cluttered, well, inboxes. It’s intuitive and incredibly ease to use, allowing users to process incoming emails in a snap, sweeping them away in a “Done” section, pinning them for later review, or setting simple contextual reminders for action at a future time.
- G Suite
It’s a tried-and-true tool for many organizations, but G Suite (formerly Google Docs for Teams) continues to show dominance over Microsoft’s Office suite with advanced sharing, organization, and collaboration tools that aren’t bogged down by Microsoft-centric accounts and access restrictions. Plus, premium users get 30 GB of cloud storage and Google-hosted email accounts for signing up.
One of the fastest-growing team and project management services is also one of the best. Highly visual, easy to use, and adaptable to almost any management or operational methodology, Trello helps employees and project managers alike quickly analyze progress, identify shortcomings, and adjust to ensure a project crosses the finish line on time.
An advanced remote group meeting tool, GoToMeeting goes beyond the standard features you find in Skype. You can schedule video meetings with a variety of stakeholders, use screen and file sharing to keep things moving, and hand over control to other partners at any time. It’s incredibly useful for teams working remotely and operating across different time zones.
- Phone Cloud Hub
Every business needs a unified phone and voicemail system, but most VoIP providers don’t do what Phone Cloud Hub does. Unlimited voicemail storage is a big selling point, but as part of each package, businesses get super-accurate transcriptions of every voicemail, allowing employees to quickly read and even search through voicemail messages on any device at any time. Try it for free today!