Glip – The Best Team Collaboration Software on the Market
We were looking for good team collaboration tool here for OKay Marketing. We are a smaller team, but still needed something to be able to get conversation going, upload files, video chat, and keep track of tasks. Glip is a new startup and in my opinion is the best solution for small teams right now on the market! Read the review below to see why we use Glip on a daily basis.
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Test Trials of Collaboration Software
My first task was researching and going through trials of every collaboration software I could fine… Here are a few that I tried:
- Basecamp + Campfire
- Redbooth (formerly Teambox)
None of these above had all the features we needed. Producteev probably came the closest and it is completely free, however it doesn’t have video chat, and conversations just don’t work very well. I have used SharePoint online and Jira before in the past as well and they are too clunky and require too many clicks. We wanted something simple, with a nice UI, and fast. I was getting frustrated after hours of searching and going through endless trials. I just couldn’t believe in 2014 there still wasn’t a good basic collaboration tool out there. And then I stumbled upon Glip, and I knew that I had found what we needed.
The first section is the “People” area. This is where you can add people from your company. All you do is enter in their name and it will send off an invite. You can also allow people with your @companydomain.com to simply join. One nice thing about Glip is that it includes “presence” so you can see if a person is online or not.
If you click on a person’s name on the left hand side you will enter into a private conversation with that person. You have the ability to:
- Send a chat message
- Start a Video Chat (sponsored and powered by Zoom. It works flawlessly and even allows you to invite others to your meeting and share your screen )
- Create a new event
- Create a new Task
- Upload a Link (another nice thing is it pulls the favicons and meta previews just like Facebook when you share links)
- Create a New Note (gives you a WYSIWYG editor)
- Upload a File (As of January 24, 2014 they now have integration with Dropbox and Google Drive)
Below is a what the right hand side looks like. It includes a picture of the member you are currently chatting with and then it builds up a repository of links, notes, and files you have shared between the two of you.
The team section works the same way as the people section. We use this to keep track of each client. It appears Glip is actually going to implement “Projects” as well. But for now this works great for us. We can have separate conversations, link, notes, comments, etc… all under the separate client groups.
You can also mark your own team (company) as a favorite so that it will appear at the top, as most likely you will be communicating with everyone in your team the most within this one group. If your team is bigger, you can also mark people as favorites too.
The group section is for chatting with three or more people. You can create ad-hoc conversations with a simple click.
The task section has a lot of filters build into it which is great for seeing exactly what you need to. And then in the main content window, there is an easy list of your tasks with another filter window.
The links section is similar to the task section in which there are a lot of great filters available. In the main content window is a simple list of all your links, with their favicons.
The notes section again, great filters and an easy to view main content window with your list of notes.
If you edit a note, this is what the WYSIWYG editor looks like.
The files section again works like the others with filters. The main content window shows a nice preview if it is an image as well as word document, PDF, etc..
They have made searching Glip a dream come true. The search is very fast and goes through every type of content, links, chats, tasks, notes, etc.
Right Click To Gain More Control
You gain more control in Glip by the ability to right click items and quickly select different actions and color code items.
Dropbox + Google Drive Integration
This was a great feature that Glip just recently added. You can now hookup your Dropbox and Google Drive accounts and share directly from within them. It doesn’t actually upload the file to Glip, but rather it simply allows you to browse your files and then it lets you share the link.
Google+ Hangout Integration (released 08.24.14)
Glip now supports integration with Google+ Hangouts. They already have a partnership with Zoom which works great, but my team still uses Google+. Now you can start Google+ hangouts right from within any conversation!
Once you start your hangout it displays a link for your team to join.
See Why Creative Teams Choose Glip
There are many other great features that Glip offers.
- Dashboard screen with calendar and short preview of every section all on one page.
- Ability to enable/disable email notifications
- Ability to change the notification sound when you get a new message
- iPhone and Android Mobile Apps
- Adobe Air desktop notifier
You can see other suggestions on their Zendesk page. I personally think this software is already great and am excited to see how it grows over the years.
If you are looking for a good collaboration tool then I highly recommend giving Glip a trial run! At $5 a month per user it pays for itself with all the time you save. Task management and collaboration should be easy so you can focus your time on the real work, and that is what Glip provides.
If you are looking for a new task management and productivity tool, then look no further than Glip! From video meetings, chatting with your team, creating and managing tasks, sharing images, and much more. This tool will definitely take your team to the next level.
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