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Podio mention · October 22, 2018

The Best Free Project Management Software

Projects can take on a life of their own, spiraling out of budget and taking far more time than planned. Free project management software can help you rein it in without dipping into the company wallet. From kanban apps to Gantt chart software, here are the 11 best free project...read more
Podio mention · July 27, 2018

The 12 Best Team Chat Apps for Your Company

“To err is human,” wrote Alexander Pope, but he could have as easily written, “To communicate is human.” From pictograms carved into stone to the latest chat apps, humans always find better ways to communicate. It’s no surprise AIM and MSN Messenger were some of the internet's strongest...read more
Podio mention · March 29, 2018

Steal This Workflow: How to Save Hours Every Week with Webhooks

You’ve seen them hiding in your app’s settings, promising to send notifications, sync data, and connect to other software you use. Webhooks. They’re the mysterious extra in so many apps. But what are they, how do they work—and why do they have such long, confusing URLs...read more
Podio mention · December 11, 2017

How a Startup with a Strict Budget Automates their Nurture Emails

In the world of startups, everyone works a lot. The founder puts in 70+ hours a week, the head of marketing is the marketing team, and everyone handles sales. When you work in that environment, you have to be fast, efficient, and unflappable. It's a right of passage. Or...read more
Podio mention · September 13, 2017

The 12 Best Free Form Apps and Survey Builder Tools

Forms are one of the best ways to gather data. Ask whatever questions you want, share the form with your fans, and watch the answers come in. Surveys get even more focused results, with specific questions that are quick to fill out and quicker to summarize. Gathering data in a...read more
Podio update · June 1, 2017

New for Podio: Use Zaps to Find and Update Existing Items

With the latest update to the Podio-Zapier integration, you can use data from your other apps to search for existing items in Podio and update them. The new Find Item Search Action pinpoints an existing item and the new Update Item Action allows you to make changes to an item...read more
Podio mention · June 7, 2017

The 16 Best Free CRM Apps

Ever gotten on a call with someone, only to mispronounce their name or forget which company they work for? Perhaps you needed to email the finance team at a supplier, but can't remember who to contact? That's why you need a CRM or customer relationship manager. Like a...read more
Matthew Guay
Reviewed by Matthew Guay
Last updated April 5, 2018

Social networks changed the way we communicate with friends. Instead of asking what's going on in their lives, we go to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter and see a stream of whatever they've shared. But in work environments, it's easy for updates to go unnoticed, for colleagues to keep information in silos, and for people to wait around for the next all-hands meeting or quarterly report to feel like they are in tune with what's happening.

Podio solves this problem, and others, in the workplace. It's an online hub where people can communicate, collaborate, and get all kinds of work done. As a social network for teams, Podio has status updates, group messaging, individual chat, as well as audio and video calls. Teams can break out into different workspaces to facilitate collaboration among them. Podio can be the central social network where employees share information, but it can also be where you log expense reports, manage projects, track leads and clients, oversee hiring, and more.

In addition to having hundreds of apps from Podio's marketplace at your fingertips, you can also create your own apps if what you need doesn't exist. The tools are easy to use and come in a drag-and-drop interface. That option to design exactly what you need really make it an impressive service.

Once you add or create the apps you need, all the action that occurs in those apps can show up in a social network-like feed and is available from a global search interface. You'll never lose anything in your business again.

Many of the apps in Podio are less full-featured than their stand-alone competitors. But with standalone apps, you can't always customize the add-ons or add missing features you may need, the way you can in Podio. As long as Podio supports a feature, you can add it to your app. For example, you could add a new field to Podio's CRM app or change the way a budget app calculates trip expenses. And since everything shares the same UI, it's easy for your team to learn how to use new apps you roll out.

Podio can be whatever you want it to be, but perhaps its best use case is as the central place where everyone in an organization keeps up with what's happening. The extent to which you use it is just as flexible as the tool itself. You could use it for everything from team chat and expense tracking to CRM and project management, or you could just rely on it as the place that tracks what's going on everywhere, inside Podio and in all your other apps.

If Podio becomes your central source of information, you can use Zapier to push activity updates and other alerts from all the other apps your organization uses into Podio.

If you're looking for a way to pull all the stuff your team or company does into one place, give Podio a try. It's the intranet reborn for the cloud, with enough apps to let you do almost anything.

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