Let me know if this story sounds familiar. You have a team of digital marketers. Your copywriter is in charge of drafting the content for the project. Then a graphic designer creates the images to be included in the document. Then comes the coder, who may be working on embeds for the project. There may also be a video content creator editing a video which will need to be included in the piece as well.
You, the project manager work tirelessly to ensure all responsible departments are staying on task throughout the creative process. You must be able to synthesize each piece individually as well as get a grasp on how they piece together for the finished product.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was one place that all parties could collaborate on one single platform and present all their pieces collectively as you the project manager could assign tasks, offer notes and feedback, and view all the moving pieces cohesively?
Well, your dreams may have come true. Dropbox, yes I said Dropbox had launched a new product to help facilitate that type of collaboration.
Dropbox Paper is an online document creation and editing tool that allows you to grant editing access to multiple team members. It is designed to be interactive with Google Docs and Drive, Microsoft, and many others. It allows each piece, developed on multiple platforms to be dropped into one working document. From a management standpoint, this is an amazing innovation. You can build in task lists to your team, offer recommendations for edits, provide feedback all while each team member is working the document in real time.
How To Get Dropbox Paper
Anybody with a Dropbox account can sign up for a free account of Dropbox Paper. Go to their website www.dropbox.com/paper and it will ask you to sign in with your Dropbox account. Once inside it has a few sample documents for things like Meeting Notes, Brainstorms, To-Do Lists. It’s a nice way to visualize what type of document you want to create.
Keep in mind Dropbox is working hard to provide you with enough tools to facilitate your buy-in on their product. Again, there is a healthy amount of competition within this space so anything they can do to assist your integration they are attempting to provide.
Overall we are pretty excited about Dropbox Paper. Whether you have a virtual team or an in-office team Paper is bound to improve you and your team’s productivity. We plan on continuing our use of the platform; it is working great for allowing all of our team to access, edit and offer feedback on projects we are all working.
Regardless of how your business is set up, it will streamline your workflow. We appreciate the fact that it integrates well with Google, Microsoft and other regularly used platforms out there. Give it a try and let us know what you think. It’s still in Beta, so they continue to offer updates and revisions. We are sure that it will be a solid product in the end.
Until next time, have fun stormin’ the castle…