I have kind of become a Project Bubble groupie. I use it to invoice clients and to manage all critical tasks for my clients and our own business too. I like it because it’s ridiculously user friendly.You can:
- track your time
- bill your clients
- monitor project and team progression
- set tasks and group them together in projects
- track invoices and payments through to your year end
- give estimates to clients
- keep track of expenses and create reports right from the site
It’s not as robust as MS Project but it’s a lot more nimble and let’s you manage a number of important business functions all under one roof.
And let’s talk customer service. When I had an issue with the site, the founder, Stu Green, phoned to make sure it was resolved. He was really smart too, using the call to dig in a bit more into my customer experience and tell me what they could do to meet my needs.
There is a free plan, a standard plan and an enterprise plan which is fully brandable, lets you have unlimited projects and costs around $50 a month.
I love it.
You set up boards, invite people to them, and then you can co-create projects by adding to the boards.
On the front of any board is the item summary but on the back you can store a wealth of information, including pictures.
You can set dates, make notes, collaborate in real time and move projects into list categories like “to do,” “doing” and “done.” You can also add a checklist so you know everything that needs to be done is being done.
Trello is also free with an enterprise version ($50 a month) that let’s you do some additional things like integrate with Google apps and have more administrative functions.
It’s an amazing tool for collaboration and the fact that you can also pin visuals to your boards makes it indispensable.
You can find out much more about Trello here.
When we were in between websites, moving from our previous brand to our current one and smack dab in the middle of the build of our new website, I knew i didn’t want to send people to our old site.It said nothing about who we are.
But I didn’t have a new site to send them.
So instead I spent an afternoon and built a Prezi featuring everything I wanted people to know about our site at that moment in time. (You are welcome to check it out but I’m updating it and haven’t had a chance to finish so a bit wonky in places).
I have used Prezi since shortly after it came out and people were touting it as the replacement for Powerpoint. Powerpoint still exists, of course, but Prezi is an elegant alternative.
Prezi gives your presentations movement.
It is one giant canvas on which you tell your story. You tell it with words, and pictures, housed within frames and following a path that you set.
Besides text and pictures, you can also embed videos which will start immediately when the path takes you to that part in the presentation.
It is more intuitive than power point and can be a strong tool for storytelling, which, you know, around here is kind of a big deal.
I love the work of Openmedia.ca (full disclosure, I’m on the board). Here is a Prezi they put together on Public Engagement.
Thought I’d give you an example of Prezi while introducing you to the thinking behind Openmedia.ca if you’re not already familiar.