We know how precious your time is.
So any way that you can squeeze more time out of the working day means more time you can spend searching for clients and taking on more projects.
That’s why we’ve teamed up with CloudApp and got together some of the incredible productivity hacks you guys sent us that you use everyday that save you a tonne of time.
CloudApp is an awesome screen recorder that lets you record video, webcam, GIFs, capture your screen and share it instantly to the cloud.
If there’s any productivity hacks we’ve missed then please add a comment below and we’ll make sure we add them.
Use video to save hours on client updates
One of the top productivity hacks you guys told you use are video updates to clients.
“Why spend 15 minutes typing a long email or writing up notes when you can capture and share ideas from your screen in 15 seconds?”
It’s a great point. If a picture is worth a thousand words, just imagine how much information a GIF or video can communicate.
If you’re wondering “why would video be any more effective than good old email?” then just think about these points:
- Video displays nonverbal communication and tone of voice, which get lost when you just send an email.
- Memory retention is 30% better from a video than text. This is a huge increase when you or your client needs to remember lots of complex information about a project and keep it all in your head.
- Video incites action. You can cut to the chase and speak directly rather than worrying about how.
Make instant screenshots and annotate them on the fly
The next most popular productivity hack you guys pointed out is making screenshots and annotating them on the fly.
Documenting client meetings can be hard, especially if there’s a lot of information being discussed and you’re trying to remember it all after the meeting. One important detail missed could be catastrophic further down the line.
If you continually make screenshots and annotate revisions right there and then, there’s a low chance you’ll miss anything and you can make powerful insights quickly and flexibly.
Using CloudApp makes this a really quick and easy process. Simply take a screenshot, annotate the changes, and send the automatically created link to your colleague or client.
Use click statistics to run super quick tests
A really clever productivity hack you guys pointed out is running quick tests of different content options to see what audiences like, so that you can send over options to the client that have already been backed up by data.
For example, you can send out logo designs, UI elements, document layouts and get instant feedback.
You could send the links to colleagues, or within Facebook Groups and Reddit, and get validation on the design by seeing which got the most clicks, which will really help the client to make decisions, saving both you and them masses of time.
CloudApp allows you to see detailed insights of who’s viewed your content and from where. You also get real time notifications when your content is viewed, so you can respond immediately.
Make mood boards
This is a great productivity hack that was put forward by some of you awesome designers.
One of the biggest time wastes is establishing the style that a client is after. If they are not designers themselves then a lot can be lost in translation, so try making a mood board with a range of references and then the client can quickly point out elements they like.
With CloudApp you can capture and organise reference images to the cloud. Access your library of images from your desktop and drag them directly into CloudApp. You’ll soon have a repository of inspiration to quickly build decks and mood boards.
So there we have it guys!
We hope that you test out some of these productivity apps and see how much time and energy they can save you.
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