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Get rid of emails! Tools for more effective customer support

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What to expect
  1. Email as a communication channel is a huge waste of time
  2. Why ticket systems are no alternative
  3. Project management tools that make your life easier
  4. Our choice: Asana
  5. More effort less mails - our progress by using Asana

We're going to go out on a limb and throw this out there:

1. EMAIL AS A COMMUNICATION CHANNEL IS A HUGE WASTE OF TIME.

Too much spam, too much irrelevant stuff and often too many emails that complicate rather than simplify.

Traditional email now takes too much time and effort to relay a relatively simple piece of information. This slows down communication in most companies and in contact with customers. In addition, e-mails and their attachments are often not found later in the company network, disappear or are forgotten. You wait for days to hear back from the customer - whose email inbox is probably about to burst - which in the worst case drags out the current project.

The email complicates a lot of things and with the search for the right salutation, the formulation of the concise but still understandable request and the appropriate closing formula, a lot of time often goes down the drain. Whether you are in a small office with five employees or in a large company with hundreds of colleagues - you will be familiar with the fact that communication is often complicated by e-mails. Yet improving business and customer communications isn't that complicated. You just have to find the right appointment tool and adapt it to your individual needs. We at EXWE are here to help you with any questions you may have.

2. WHY TICKET SYSTEMS DO NOT OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE EITHER

Now there will be people who will suggest ticket systems for customer service as an alternative. However, these tools are similar to email communication, often focused on linear communication only. This is fine for a single to-do for which there is little context to consider within a project. Here, however, the project reference is missing and not everyone from the team or company sees all the information - this remains fully visible only to the ticket creator, which means that transparency falls by the wayside. Since the issued ticket is usually only visible to the people involved, it also becomes difficult to hand over a ticket to another team member in case of an incident. In a nutshell - there is a lack of visibility into the entire project.

3. PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOLS THAT MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER

Tools to make your project management life easier are now many. From Monday.com, ClickUp and Basecamp to Asana and Wrike - the range is diverse and thus confusing. You can find out which app is the right one for your company by comparing them directly. It's important that you match your requirements with the given features from the beginning. For example, Asana is the cheaper alternative (starting at 10.99 € per month or in the free version with limited features) to Monday.com (starting at 39.00 € per month for 5 users). Both tools have very similar features, with Asana shining with archiving, retention & automatic backup and Monday.com in contrast having request, attendance and content management. No matter which app you end up choosing, using it will make you and your teammates' day-to-day life and communication with your clients easier.

4. OUR CHOICE : ASANA

We chose ASANA and have been using the tool since 2016 - with success. The web and mobile application helps to support teams and groups in organizing and managing their work - direct feedback through comments, embedding documents, images and links included. Asana provides businesses with mechanisms to structure the workday, connect daily tasks to business goals, and simplify communication during a project.

Instead of sending an email to your client or chatting with your colleague, Asana creates a task. One or more people are assigned this task and it appears with the responsible parties under "My Tasks". The creator of the task is automatically added as a follower. Within this task, feedback can be given, work progress can be documented, due dates can be changed or marked as completed.

In Asana, you have the option to assign a priority to tasks. This allows you to indicate to your employees or the client which tasks need to be completed immediately and which are further down the priority list. In the best case scenario, after implementing Asana, your clients and team will rely less on email and plan and communicate through the tool - whether in the office or on the go with the mobile version. Projects can be planned more effectively and the current status can be easily overviewed.

5. MORE EFFORT LESS MAILS - OUR PROGRESS BY USING ASANA

By using Asana, we have been able to save a lot of time and work more effectively over the last few years. We can better organize, overview and prioritize our tasks and get direct and quick customer feedback, which in turn we can respond to quickly and effectively. In addition, all important information, photos and documents related to a project are stored in one place and visible to everyone involved. Thanks to the tool, we no longer have to send e-mails back and forth, forward content and put participants in CC.

Exactly this experience convinced us that email communication in today's world, where tools like Asana, Monday.com, Basecamp and others exist, is a waste of time and in many cases hinders rather than helps. We can only recommend to any business - no matter how big or small - get informed and switch to a project management tool. If you need help choosing the right project management tool or want us to help you implement it - feel free to contact us.

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Meike
Meike
from 16.09.20 um 12:58

Hello, my name is Meike. I take care of the EXWE back office and am responsible for our social media channels. All of our articles are meant to make your life easier and help you make decisions. Nevertheless, it can happen that something remains unclear, so: If you have questions about this article you can easily reach me at +49 231 93149827.

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