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Top 5 Communication Tools For Remote Teams 2019

A quick run-through of Top 5 Communication Tools You Should Consider Using For Your Remote Team

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5. Text Message (SMS)

Pros:

  • Easily accessibly
  • Can communicate in silence without disturbing others
  • Quick for one-off conversations
  • Read receipts

Cons:

  • Costs extra to text remote teams in different countries (Must resort to 3rd party apps such as Whatsapp)
  • Unable to archive specific messages
  • Group texts can prove to be very clunky and hard to manage
  • Too intimate and personal for work
  • Requires the shortest amount of response time out of all other mediums aside from a call


4. Telegram

Pros:

  • High security and privacy
  • Instant real-time support
  • No ads
  • Completely free

Cons:

  • Can't know the status of contacts
  • Has no voice or video features
  • Has no multiple selection feature for when you want to send multiple files


3. FB Messenger

Pros:

  • Makes it faster to chat
  • Many permissions are only needed when users want a specific feature
  • Group chats are easier to form
  • Group video chat easily regardless of devices
  • Polls
  • Free

Cons:

  • Tied to personal Facebook account
  • It's difficult to completely protect your privacy
  • Can quickly drain the battery of your device
  • Not as professional as Slack or Skype


2. Skype

Pros:

  • Free video Conferencing
  • Unlimited number of chats and video conferencing

Cons:

  • Audio quality deteriorates when using webcam
  • Sound quality not great
  • Bandwidth and CPU usage increase dramatically when installed
  • Group chats get cluttered
  • Not as many integrations as Slack

1. Slack

Slack is a collaboration hub for work, no matter what work you do. It’s a place where conversations happen, decisions are made, and information is always at your fingertips. With Slack, your team is better connected.

Pros:

  • A great hub to talk about projects
  • Share media, projects, images
  • Insane amount of integrations (Zapier makes almost anything possible with Slack)
  • Write on teammates screen when screen sharing
  • Layers of organization (channels, workspaces)
  • Single channel guests
  • Emoji reactions to messages
  • Free to join

Cons:

  • Lack of raw communication
  • Onboarding is so easy that most non-tech savvy people don't understand the process


Bonus: YAC

YAC is voice messaging for remote teams. Talk with your team, no meetings or scheduling needed. Just listen on your own time and stay in sync. It's time to speak without the burden of a meeting.

Pros:

  • Easily talk to your own teammates by leaving them a message about a project or quickly asking them for an update.
  • No more trying to sync up schedules or setting meetings.
  • Onboard your time with 1-Click and share voice messages directly to Slack.
  • Asynchronous voice messages mean you listen on your own time.

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