OK. I admit I’ve not been exactly Johnny-on-the-spot with my updates. A lot has been going on here at Gamechangers, but that’s a subject for another article on another day…
Now I’m not normally one to flog or endorse things. It’s just not in my nature. Today I can’t help it – I have to give a little shout out to an absolutely stunning business system we’ve been using (and developing for clients) for the past three years – Podio.
Before I start waxing lyrical about Podio (and believe me, this article may never get published because I have serious trouble shutting up about how good it is) let me tell you a bit about the frustrations I’ve had with business systems over the years. It’s driven me mad. Here’s a short list of the problems I’ve encountered (both in Gamechangers and in our clients’ businesses) over the years as it relates to business systems (CRMs, Project Management Tools, Sales Pipelines, Intranets etc). Tell me if any of these problems sound familiar:
- Systems that don’t fit the way we work – This is a big one for me. I’ve searched far and wide for a system that would actually fit how we work (or how our clients work). I’ve yet encountered two businesses that work the same, and yet almost every business system forces you to work in certain ways. I’m sure those ways fit someone…but they don’t fit us, and they have never fit any of our clients. This is a HUGE problem for most businesses, as the more the business system deviates from how they actually work – the business processes – the less people want to use the system
- Systems that don’t promote collaboration – This is only something that has been on my radar for a couple of years, but systems don’t have to just be data containers. They aren’t just places to log, or look up, or add to. A good system actually should be an inclusive system that encourages your team (and possibly your clients and suppliers) to interact and work together.
- Systems that don’t let you develop new ideas – Or if they do, they require a degree or two in computer science. I’ve seen some seriously cumbersome systems that can do a lot of things, but are so complicated to set up and make work that the majority of people only use about 5-10% of the capability. This causes powerful CRM tools to be used as a glorified address-book (as opposed to a seriously powerful business tool) and extensive project management tools to be used as glorified task lists (instead of a way of increasing your efficiency).
- Having to use fifteen different systems – I get the concept. I really do. It’s about doing what you do best and not trying to be everything for every person. The problem is the more systems you have to use to accomplish your different tasks, the less likely you are to actually use them. We want people working in a system all the time, not flitting back and forth for every different task.
Yeah, I can see that. So tell me why Podio is better?
First of all, we have to understand a fundamental about Podio. It’s not a CRM. It’s not a Project Management System. It’s not a Marketing Automation System. It’s not a Sales Pipeline Management System. It’s not a Document Management System. It’s not an Event Management System. It’s not a Financial Management System. It’s not an eLearning System.
It’s none of these things.
It’s ALL of these things.
And that’s the real trick about Podio. It’s whatever you want it to be. There are no set processes it tries to force you to use. There is no inbuilt workflow to fight against. It’s not set up to be one thing over another. It’s not designed to be a good…well…anything.
The genius about Podio is it can be all of these things at once. It’s entirely up to you (or for most of our clients…to us) to decide. You can build Podio to help you manage almost any part of your business. And I mean ANY part. Over the past three years, we have built the following within Podio:
- Project Management System
- Document Management System
- Sales Management
- Marketing Automation
- Support Ticketing System
- Manufacturing MIS System
- Resource Scheduler
- Staff Holiday Management
- Staff Rewards System
- Qualification Management System
- Resource Management System
All of those different systems were designed by Gamechangers, built by Gamechangers and implemented into client businesses by Gamechangers. And every single one of them was built in Podio.
Now if you’re like most people (and we’re working hard to change this) you don’t know much about Podio. It was founded in 2009 and acquired by Citrix in 2012. It’s got a fantastic community of people working for it (and with it) and is constantly developing new features.
Why Podio will WOW you, your team and your business!
So why will Podio work for your business? I can tell you from experience that these are the key features that absolutely blow the socks off of our clients once they get up to speed on their new system.