You’ve probably seen the meme of a cartoon dog sitting calmly in his living room saying, “This is fine” as flames engulf his home. Sound familiar? If you think you can run a digital agency without a project management system, you’re in as much denial as the Gunshow dog in that room full of fire.
However, choosing the right project management software for your agency can keep the flames at bay and make life significantly easier for you and your team!
Project management software has the power to increase productivity, free up more time for tasks that are essential to your agency’s growth and hold the right people accountable to ensure everything gets done on time, every time.
Investing in the perfect PM tool can also help to keep your clients satisfied, provide them with work of a consistently high quality, and lead to long term financial success for your business.
Here are our 5 favourite project management platforms to give your agency a well-deserved organisational boost.
ClickUp is an innovative project management software that brings your teams together to plan, track, and work on a wide range of projects on a single interface. Its features allow you to organise projects quickly and efficiently, enjoy remote team collaboration, and keep track of your progress and goals in real time.
ClickUp boasts customisable views that allow you to create your own workflows; collaborate on marketing projects by adding comments, chatting in real time, and sharing documents; and plan your days optimally using time tracking insights. The tool also boasts several price tiers, ranging from the free tier for personal use to Business Plus for multiple teams ($19 per user per month) and even a customisable Enterprise tier (price available on request).
#2: Microsoft Planner
Trust Microsoft to create a brilliant digital planner that you can use to manage projects at a professional level. Microsoft Planner promises to organise teamwork with “intuitive, collaborative, and visual task management”, Kanban boards, and a range of handy features including checklists, labels, files, and the ability to collaborate in the Microsoft cloud.
The price tiers on offer for Microsoft Planner include:
- Microsoft 365 Business Basic tier ($5 per user per month)
- Microsoft 365 Business Standard (£8.30 per user per month)
- Microsoft 365 Business Premium ($12.50 per user per month)
Depending on your chosen tier, you can take advantage of desktop, web and mobile Office apps, ample cloud storage for each user, business-class email, industry leading security, customer appointment management, and access and data control features.
Teamwork is a nifty project management tool packed with useful features for agencies of all sizes. Built specifically for client work, Teamwork allows you to view all your projects and plans in one place so that you can easily manage your clients, projects and project timelines, team members, and even freelancers.
The app also packs a punch with its time tracking, budgeting, project scheduling, and resource management modules, as well as optional CRM, Chat, Desk, and Spaces add-ons.
Teams of up to 5 users can use Teamwork completely free, while teams larger than this can opt for the Deliver tier at $9.99 per user per month (billed yearly). Then there’s the Grow tier priced at $17.99 per user per month, or the Scale tier (price on request).
#4: Zoho Projects
This awesome cloud-based project management software will make project planning, work tracking, and collaborating with your team a breeze, no matter where you’re working from. View the bigger picture with Gantt charts, navigate features with a user-friendly UI, and integrate Zoho Projects seamlessly with your favourite apps to turn every one of your projects into a success story.
Pricing starts at free for up to 3 users, a Premium tier at $5 per user per month for up to 50 users, and an Enterprise tier priced at $10 per user per month for as many users as you have on board.
#5: Liquid Planner
LiquidPlanner is one of the only project management solutions that actively adapts to change and manages uncertainties to help your team predict, plan, and produce like experts. Predictive scheduling creates realistic and accurate forecasts, workload tools give you a full picture of your entire team’s bandwidth across multiple projects and tasks, and ranged estimation captures uncertainty at individual task level to help you manage it with ease. The app also includes time management and intelligent insight modules to simplify every project you tackle.
Pricing starts with the Essentials plan at $15 per user per month, billed yearly, and includes a Professional plan ($25 per user per month) and an Ultimate plan ($35 per user per month).
Manage Projects Like a Pro
The way you manage your digital agency’s projects matters. If you want to give your agency the best chance at ongoing financial and organisational success, you need to invest in a project management tool that works as hard as you do.