Our favorite apps and tools to stay connected
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Having clients on three continents requires one of two things: constantly traveling or learning to collaborate digitally. Since travel often involves staying confined in a tin tube with people coughing and sneezing, our teams have invested time and effort in finding the best digital tools for working with clients.

Here are the best tools we use to stay connected and collaborate with and among customers:


Dropbox

Dropbox (for file sharing)

Confession: We LOVE Dropbox. Like, really love. Our teams use it for all of their storage and file sharing. It’s great because our teams can have all of their files in one cloud and access them from anywhere. No need to look for assets. Since Dropbox added Google Drive integration, the ability to directly save Google documents, spreadsheets, and presentations has made collaboration even easier. Data security is also better.

USEFUL FOR COLLABORATING BECAUSE …

  • Makes file sharing as easy as copying and pasting a link
  • Keeps all creative assets and final files in one place for designated users to access
  • Integrates with Google Drive



UberConference

Uberconference (for conference calls)

Zoom. FreeConferenceCall.com. Google Meets. Skype. You name it, we tried it. When it comes to conference calling services, nothing seemed to combine quality and stability with ease of use, like not requiring users to download apps to join a meeting until we met UberConference. For over 3 years we have been satisfied users and recommend the service over all the others we have tried. With two offices (Charolette and Chicago), having the opportunity to get everyone on the same call and discuss solutions together has been wonderful for our collaboration.

USEFUL FOR COLLABORATING BECAUSE …

  • It’s easy for all offices to participate in the same conversation
  • Ideal for screen sharing and viewing client presentations
  • Video conferencing for a personal touch, even digital
  • Automatic creation of meeting transcripts to ensure notes are correct and those who were unable to attend can still hear what happened



inVision

InVision (for website development)

Before discovering InVision, designing websites with clients was more difficult. It was difficult to present them with website mockups – viewing static PDF files was often less than interesting. InVision changed all that. We are able to make website mockups to look more like websites when customers review them. They can click a button and see where it will take them. The navigation bar is working. It is easier to understand and imagine the end result. We have found that this can save us weeks of comments and edits as customers can more easily view the final product.

USEFUL FOR COLLABORATING BECAUSE …

  • Allows customers to view the final website better than simple PDFs
  • Customers can interact with the mockups and see where the links go
  • Collaboration is made easier thanks to the function of commenting on specific sections requiring updating



Adobe xd

Adobe XD (for mobile application development)

Before developing an app, our team spends a lot of time designing it and how people are going to interact with it. Using Photoshop has been, for years, our go-to solution for quick mockups to chat and work on. But then Adobe released XD and everything changed. We prototype and share interactive designs with our team and clients for feedback and research. It makes our designs stronger and more efficient because we can get more people to collaborate on the app.

USEFUL FOR COLLABORATING BECAUSE …

  • Enables rapid design and prototyping of applications before development begins, saving time and money
  • Customers can interact with the design and see what the app will look like and behave to resolve issues before development
  • Facilitates discussion of app design, as you can easily share prototypes for review



Google drive

Google Docs and Sheets (for writing and managing)

Creating posts and content is a primary focus, so we spend a lot of time writing and managing posts and analyzes. The best tool for collaborating on writing is Google Docs. There is no need to worry about working on the wrong file version; everyone on the team can work on it at the same time, and no one is saving anyone else’s changes. You can, of course, access the files from anywhere.

USEFUL FOR COLLABORATING BECAUSE …

  • Anyone can edit the document at the same time
  • No worries about working on the right version / final version
  • Easy to share with customers for feedback and feedback

YMMV:

What has worked best for you? Don’t hesitate to disagree with our choices – after all, this is an area where new apps are introduced every week.

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