What qualifies as a successful collaboration tool? The short (and kind of obvious) answer is: one that gets people to use it. In other words, your large investment in a new platform may have proven useless unless that platform resonates with your workforce. This is why today’s leading platforms like Microsoft Teams, Slack, and Workplace by Facebook have put customization and convenience at the top of their to-do list. And it’s paying off immensely, with the industry expected to reach a value of $60 billion by 2023.
So what’s the secret sauce behind the success and massive adoption of these platforms? Read this article to gain spot-on insights into how modern collaboration software has evolved to earn its place in the hearts—and devices—of today’s millennial workforce.
Collaboration software is evolving. These days, just having chat-based capabilities is simply not enough, as anyone who’s ever received nefarious “check your email” messages can relate. That’s why leading enterprises are constantly striving for integration and convenience. After all, using multiple logins, juggling a dozen passwords, and getting bombarded with useless DMs is no one’s idea of an efficient workspace.
Today, our collaboration tools have become increasingly integrated with each other. Chat-based applications can now send files, serve as online storage for critical project management, and function as digital meeting rooms. This not only saves time, but also enables valuable reporting and management capabilities that are crucial for today’s global businesses.
In this infographic, you’ll get familiarized with the Microsoft Teams Developer Platform and how it can be leveraged to extend the effectiveness of your existing apps as well as create new ones that maximize your teams’ efforts.
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Good content strengthens relationships with your customers. “If you hit the right emotional buttons, your content allows people to engage, to trust you and to want to talk with you,” writes Cheryl Snapp Conner, CEO of SnappConner PR. Trust and engagement—isn’t that what we desire from prospects and current customers?
Some people hesitate to create content because they don’t understand the payoff for the investment. A great article will likely include research and several edits, but as Snapp Conner points out, “When it’s complete, you can break the 1,000 words into a series of tweets. You can do a short video on the topic. Even better, embed the video into the article. Talk about the theme on a podcast.” One piece of content can work hard for you, building trust and creating engagement in multiple arenas.
Read “How to Create Content that Generates Exposure, Loyalty and Sales” for more tips from Snapp Conner, as well as insights from Jeremy Knauff, CEO of Spartan Media. Together they offer fresh perspectives on why your business needs to provide content as part of its marketing campaign.
This article from Entrepreneur, highlights five ways remote workers can be more efficient at home. Tips to optimize time away from the office include establishing a routine, determining priorities, eliminating distractions, and more.
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Humans love stories. More marketers are utilizing storytelling to connect with consumers, yet they’re discovering it’s not as easy as it sounds.
Businesses make mistakes with storytelling, and in this article Matthew Luhn, a story-branding consultant and writer of storytelling in the business world, shares his insight with author Kimberly A. Whitler. Luhn says one example of a common error is when companies make a statement rather than tell a story. They write, “We have a great story,” but then fail to tell the story. “Having a story,” says Luhn, “isn’t the same as saying that you are telling a story.”
Read The ‘Superhero Fallacy’ and Other Storytelling Mistakes Marketers Make” to learn about other common faux pas marketers make when using stories to connect with customers.
The easy part is remembering what an elevator pitch is: a short, catchy way to describe your business when you don’t have time to elaborate details (as in an elevator ride). The difficult part is knowing how to deliver one. This article highlights a few aspects that can go wrong with your elevator pitch, along with solutions to make sure that in your short window of time, you’re communicating an intentional message.
For example, author Anna Johansson writes that too often the “bottom line” of a pitch isn’t apparent, and though it will vary depending on your audience, it should also be clear what it is: “For investors, it’s either profitability or longevity. For clients, it’s often a proposed solution to a real problem.” As Johansson states, you must know who you’re talking with—and adjust your pitch accordingly. Easy to understand, harder to do. She provides good tips on how to create, polish, and tweak a distinctive elevator pitch
Recruiting has evolved. Fueled by machine learning and AI, today’s top recruiters are implementing a host of digital tools to not only help them locate the best talent, but also statistically identify which candidate is the best for each role. And with the expanding reach and integration available within digital collaboration software like Microsoft Teams, the odds of choosing the wrong person for an important role are fading into obscurity.
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Few things are more challenging than having a co-worker or boss who isn’t prepared for their current position. To be fair, though, recruiters have a lot resting on their shoulders and they’re well aware of the importance of their role. Placing the wrong resource within a critical project can have long-lasting implications for the entire business, not to mention the investment that must be made in finding and training that person’s replacement.
Today, modern recruiting techniques and methods provide multiple filters to ensure a person’s the right fit for a role, but they aren’t always failproof. This is why leading recruiters such as Talentsoft have decided to go one step ahead and leverage digital transformation, machine learning, and cloud technology to help their clients always obtain the profile they’re looking for.
In this video, you’ll learn how Talentsoft uses all of these technologies integrated into Microsoft Teams to help fashion industry giant Dior reach and employ the best creative talent in the world.
Team messenger apps are a great addition to the workplace, especially in today’s environment where working from home and flexible work schedules are the norm. However, it’s easy to forget that just like unbulleted emails and leaving used Tupperware in the company fridge, there are some behaviors that are frowned upon when using office communication tools.
In this article, you’ll review 5 basic rules that professionals must be mindful of when using a team messenger application in the office or remotely. Always keep them in mind to avoid awkward situations and the office blacklist.