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Five Easy Tools for Long-Distance Collaboration

October 14, 2010  

New media's about discovering savvier ways of communicating—not just with your target, but with your team as well. After all, the closer you collaborate, the better equipped you are to produce winning strategic work. But how can team members dispersed across the nation—or the world—easily maintain communication? Here's some help.

Authority Labs lists five tools that improve collaboration near or far. We synopsize:

Skype is handy for conference calls, remote podcasting, filesharing. You can buy US-local numbers and use it for call forwarding when abroad. It even saves voice mail for playbacks!

Basecamp enables you to file documents in a secure place with varying degrees of access per team member. Great for brainstorming, client collaboration, note-taking or project management. (You can even use it to build a race car.)

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  • by Kirsti Scott Thu Oct 14, 2010 via web

    Skype also lets you share your screen or window for web conferencing, and with a business account you can have direct numbers, call forwarding, and all the traditional phone system services, without the phone system. We love it!

  • by Sandy G Thu Oct 14, 2010 via web

    Excellent Post! I think, Taroby is another great tool worth looking at. It's a Messaging and Collaboration Solution for teams.

  • by Sevada H Fri Oct 15, 2010 via web

    An expanded set of features and capabilities for all types of digital content. Check out
    True collaboration and neat mashups like Google Apps, Zoho, and more

  • by 3BirdsMarketing Mon Oct 25, 2010 via web

    Great article! We have team members all over the country and are always looking for new ways to make it easier to share information. Skype has been an invaluable way to hold video conferences from almost anywhere, and GoogleDocs has been a great outlet as well. Can't wait to try out Dropbox!

    Fabi, Interactive Media Intern @3BirdsMarketing

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