Producteev: Social Task Management for Small Groups

first_imgFriendFeed for Productivity AppsProducteev also offers what it calls a “FriendFeed for your productivity apps.” The service can aggregate the activity from team members on Zoho, Google Reader, Docstoc, GitHub, SlideShare, and others. The company will continue to add support for other services, including Google Docs, in the near future. If a team member uploads a new document to Zoho, for example, a notification will appear in the other team members’ Producteev real-time live feed, which is available on the site and in the mobile and desktop apps. This feed was clearly modeled after the Facebook news feed – down to the notifications icon in the bottom right corner of the window. Just like in FriendFeed and Facebook, users can ‘like’ status updates and comment on them. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market In addition, of course, Producteev also offers all the standard task management features one would expect from a modern task management applicaiton, including the ability to delegate tasks to other team members. Users can also upload files and Producteev offers a basic revision system for these files as well. Another nice feature is that users can add new tasks by sending a DM to Producteev’s Twitter account or by sending an email to Producteev. These social features also set Producteev apart from some if its competitors, including Basecamp. It is also important to note that Producteev offers apps for a wide range of mobile phones, including the iPhone (iTunes link), Android, Windows Mobile, and Nokia S60 phones. In addition, there is also a cross-platform Adobe Air app and a Blackberry client will be released within the next couple of days.PricingProducteev offers 7 different account types, ranging from free trial accounts with three users and 10MB of storage ($5/month after the free trial) all the way up to the Gold business account ($99/month) for up to 100 users and 1GB of storage. There are three different tiers of business accounts (Bronze, Silver, Gold), all of which feature customizable dashboards, sync with Outlook and iCal, as well as priority support by email. There is also a free account for students, with support for up to 40 users. According to Ilan Abehassera, Producteev’s founder and CEO, the educational market is clearly on the company’s radar and Producteev is working on a number of deals that would provide a white-label version of its service to universities and colleges.Get a Free Gold Account Producteev gave us 10 Gold accounts ($99/month) to give away to our readers. These will be valid for one year. If you want one, leave us a comment below within the next 24 hours and explain how you would use this application for personal or business use. We will pick the 10 most interesting comments and Producteev will set you up with a Gold account. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Producteev is a very well-designed online task management and collaboration service for individuals and small groups. Producteev started out as a task management system, but today, the company is adding a number of interesting collaboration features as well. If Producteev only offered yet anther task management service, this wouldn’t be a very exciting product (how many online task managers do we really need, after all?). What makes Producteev stand out is that it is nicely integrated with Twitter, Facebook, and a large number of online productivity apps. The company also offers mobile apps for virtually every popular platform. We are giving away 10 pro accounts for Producteev. Read on to find out how you can get yours. Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts Crowdsourcing Tasks on Twitter and FacebookAs the company’s founder and CEO Ilan Abehassera told us earlier today, Producteev wants to be a “multichannel group productivity application” that goes far beyond simple task management for groups. The most interesting new feature Producteev launched today is the ability to “crowdsource tasks.” This features allows users to make some of their tasks public and publish them to their Twitter or Facebook feeds. These messages will then include a shortened link back to Producteev, where your friends, colleagues, and random followers can provide you with answers or ideas (after identifying themselves through Facebook Connect or Twitter Connect). Basically, this feature allows you to manage all the answers you would usually get as @replies on Twitter, for example.last_img read more

SMS May Be Fading, But Businesses Are Still Texting Customers

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#SMS#texting#Twilio Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img Text messaging is two decades old, and many consumers are ditching texting for messaging applications like Snapchat and WhatsApp. But even as consumer interest wanes, businesses are embracing SMS to communicate with customers.Enterprising 160 CharactersThe signs are pretty plain: last year, text message usagedeclined for the first time, from 696 to 678 messages per user-month. But even in decline, text messaging is often a more effective marketing tool than other social media platforms because it ensures consumers are seeing businesses’ updates immediately, without getting lost in a news feed teeming with posts. Facebook recently updated its algorithms in an attempt to deliver higher-quality page updates, but small businesses with low “like” counts will only see marginal benefit.That’s why services like Twilio, a platform that lets developers add voice and text services to their mobile and web applications, appeal to businesses as a way of staying connected to their fans. Applications that Twilio developers have built have reached 350 million people, about 20 percent of global households.Some argue that SMS is an aging technology, but the success of companies like Twilio are an indication that users still rely on text messaging to stay connected. At a conference on Wednesday, Twilio announced that every 45 seconds, the company sends enough characters to fill an edition of the New York Times.But text messaging isn’t just for marketing and customer acquisition.Silicon Valley is known as a hotbed for cutting-edge companies, but many of the startups that come out of the ecosystem rely on the ancient (by tech standards) SMS technology.Businesses like Uber, the car service that acts as your personal taxi via your mobile device, uses text-message alerts to communicate car arrivals, peak hours and availability. Other companies like Airbnb and Intuit also rely on Twilio’s SMS service to stay in touch with consumers.To further its enterprise services, Twilio launched picture messaging, allowing customers to send images via MMS.“Seeing is believing—pictures can build trust and drive decisions,” said Twilio cofounder and CEO Jeff Lawson. “Picture messaging opens the door to a whole range of new communications opportunities.”Home Depot demonstrated how the new MMS service impacts its customers by showing how its Twilio-powered application connects home improvement seekers with contractors. Contractors can simply update their online Home Depot profiles by sending an image via MMS directly from their phones.   At Wednesday’s conference, Lawson stressed his company’s philosophy, “We can’t wait to see what our community builds next.” Businesses continue to transform the ways they are using SMS, maintaining the relevancy of the decades-old technology.Peer-to-peer SMS might have been usurped by mobile applications with different features and design, but at its heart SMS is about connecting people to things they care about, and businesses continue to use text messaging to maintain the personal connection to their consumers. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. selena larson A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more