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Choosing the right online collaboration tool

As remote work becomes more common in this “new normal,” you’re likely bouncing between quite a few old reliable apps that help you stay organised. It's no secret that online collaboration methods get increasingly popular each quarter and there's no sign of the trend slowing down.

MarketsandMarkets reports that online collaboration’s market size will grow from USD 47.2 billion in 2021 to 85.8 billion in 2026. That’s a 12.7% jump—internationally. Those are high-level projections over the next five years, so it’s safe to assume online collaboration software is here to stay.

Given those numbers, you could wonder: “Isn’t everyone a bit too enthusiastic about this online collaboration boom? What happens when we get back to our offices?” If this is you, this article is ready for your weekly read.

Come away knowing how these tools can benefit your team wherever you are, which types of online collaboration software exist, and how our software stacks up to essential team collaboration features.

How can an online collaboration tool make your life easier?

Before you dive in, we wanted to explain why considering a new online collaboration tool might change the game for your team. Online collaboration software helps:

  • Save time. That's how you save money.
  • Organise better. Keep workflows, tasks, and responsibilities together.
  • Boost management skills. Coordinate your team and enhance communication.
  • Build relationships. Bring everyone together around the same goals.

Keep reading to find out more about the types of collaboration software you can use.

What types of online collaboration tools exist?

Successful software likely incorporates multiple collaboration features, so depending on what your team needs, keep that in mind. While some may help build communication through online meetings, others give you a central management hub for the most intricate details of the project.

Creative Thinking

Run group ideation sessions & organise new concepts in creative thinking tools. Online whiteboards, like Mural or Miro, focus on creative thinking techniques like mind-mapping and co-drawing.

Surveying & Polling

Surveys and polls instantly let you collect opinions and other data from your team. Apps, like Slido, can help you gather quantitative data (“on a scale of 1 to 10”) or qualitative short answer responses.

Virtual Meeting

Modern-day online meetings keep your team aligned, no matter where you are. Tools like Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype support virtual meetings. Many of them offer live chats, whiteboards, polls, and real-time recording.

Project Management

Collaborative platforms, like Asana and Trello, offer a bird’s eye view of your project goals, plans, timelines, and any data reports you’ve collected. Use these tools to set goals, assign responsibilities, and dictate project details to your team in real-time.

You can get overwhelmed with all the shiny new software out there, so do your best to find tools that work for you, even if they're new to your team.

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Is Axis right for you?

Looking for a solution that combines all your co-working needs into one? Axis checks every box. We’ve bundled our must-have online collaboration features into an all-in-one platform that you can use to keep your team afloat. Axis helps when:

  • Teammates seem hesitant to speak up and share their opinions.
  • Everyone struggles to stay awake during your regular meetings.
  • Sticking to big decisions after important meetings becomes difficult.
  • You need to run accessible & engaging hybrid events for any audience.
  • There’s no time to download & learn new software. You need a solution now.

Thankfully, Axis makes it easy to build a meaningful live session, truly collaborate with others, and impact your team for the better.

Try Axis for free today and see why it's your new favorite all-in-one collaboration tool.

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