Bynder - The Best Tech Tools For Remote Working
Bynder, a DAM (digital asset management) vendor and integration partner of TYPO3, is closing all 7 of its global offices for Bynder Remote Week 2018. TYPO3 is joining us, and dozens of other forward-thinking organizations, for Global Work Remote Day on August 3rd.
Want to give remote working a spin? Sign up here, and make sure you share your experiences with us by using the hashtags #remoteday and #goremote and tagging us in (@bynderlove) on Instagram.
Search any stock imagery library by the keywords ‘remote working’ or ‘freelancing’ and you’ll be inundated with photos of beaming, beautiful people in equally beautiful places, almond milk lattes in hand and MacBook Airs precariously balanced on tanned thighs. If the #remotelife was this sweet, offices all over the world would have lay abandoned since the invention of wireless Internet!
While remote workers, or companies which promote a remote work culture, enjoy a host of perks; the most obvious con is pretty major: you can’t tap your favorite colleague on the shoulder when you just need them to check over an email real quick, or figure out how to recover that Excel sheet you accidentally deleted (we’ve all been there).
Apart from bucketloads of discipline and resourcefulness, remote working demands a surprising degree of forward-planning. You have to make things work like a well-oiled machine from a communications perspective, keeping availabilities, schedules, wi-fi signals, time-zones and much more in mind in order to hit optimal productivity.
If your tech stack doesn’t stack up, remote working won’t work for you. That’s why we decided to launch Bynder Remote Week in the first place—to test if we’ve got the digital tools to allow us to be productive, creative and engaged when we’re not all under the same roof. Only then can we consider ourselves a truly flexible and future-proof workplace.
The remote workforce is 3.7 million people strong and growing exponentially, which has led to the development of a slew of cloud-based tools to help far-flung teams collaborate. Whether you’re looking for reliable video calling, instant feedback on a draft blog or a real-time code editor… there’s an app for that.
Here’s our pick of the tech tools that make long-distance (working) relationships a success, some of which our team will be using during Bynder Remote Week:
As you may be aware, TYPO3 CMS is an open source Enterprise CMS providing the basis for websites, intranets and web and mobile applications worldwide. It’s got a large and dedicated global community, and integrates with Bynder. This means you can finally say goodbye to manual desktop uploads, and search for and import Bynder files directly within your TYPO3 environment. Simply fire up your Bynder asset library within TYPO3, filter for what you’re looking for, and import with a click of a button.
Every social media specialist knows the struggle of scheduling, posting, monitoring and reporting on content across several different channels (and time-zones). Hootsuite centralizes and simplifies social media management, and, better yet, integrates with Bynder.
A CMS with a twist, PrestaShop is targeted at e-Commerce start-ups wishing to found and scale their business quickly. Its online stores are beautiful, and integrate with several best-in-class CRO and payment solutions, such as Stripe and Shopify.
An all-in-one digital workplace that plays nice with Google Suite, Happeo promotes easy collaboration with an intranet and enterprise-grade social network platform.
We use Slack religiously at Bynder and give it five stars. Say goodbye to spending half your day clearing your email inbox and say hello to an intuitive UI, productive conversation and a cute slackbot reminding you to drink enough beer.
Zoom is a video-conferencing tool that’s a great alternative to Skype and Hangouts. It has a higher threshold for the number of people who can join a meeting at once, and, purely anecdotally speaking, never freezes.
Ideal for small to midsize teams, Drive needs no introduction. Store and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, slideshows and more, all with your Google account.
Drop the ‘drop’, and you’ve got Box. As long as your storage or media requirements aren’t through the roof, it’s a great tool for securely sharing files, and creating, editing and reviewing documents with your co-workers in real-time across any device.
Bynder is an enterprise-grade digital asset management solution that provides a happy home for your branded content—documents, videos, logos, presentations and more. It’s similar to Drive and Box, but with far more functionality; allowing any marketer to better create, organize and distribute company assets. Plus, handy add-ons such as Bynder Express provide quick and safe file transfers from wherever you are in the world.
Deadlines are a lot harder to miss with this enterprise work management tool, complete with issue tracking, time tracking, and document and portfolio management. Workfront also plays nice with others, integrating with the likes of Microsoft Outlook, JIRA and Bynder. Even the messiest hot mess will feel on top of things with this one.
Workflow provides creative project management software that allows design teams to streamline content creation and get campaigns to market in record time, cutting down on admin and painful back-and-forth approvals.
Cleanly designed and easy to use, Trello is perfect for project and task management, with a killer mobile app and a little-known bonus feature: remote product feature prioritization sessions.
This app by the well-known Evernote allows remote teams to annotate, markup and speedily sketch out ideas.
This is a nifty tool for building prototypes and sharing them with your team, with contextual comments making collecting feedback a snap.