Like many organizations, Bananatag has recently made the transition to a fully remote workforce in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, we’ve long embraced flexible work environments and work-from-home days, so the transition has been fairly smooth.
Many organizations are not so lucky.
Communicators are now faced with the difficulties of figuring out how to work effectively remotely and managing their organizations' ever-evolving crisis response and communications during this particularly challenging time.
Bananatag has been used for crisis communications (as well as not-so-crisis communications) since communicators first started using our tools. Our tools are particularly suited to crisis communications because they are built with collaboration in mind. They allow communicators to quickly coordinate across offices, countries, and even continents, to send out critical, relevant, and timely information to distributed workforces, and make sure employees are receiving the most important messages.
We’ve designed Bananatag to make it easy for large teams and organizations to work together, which is now more useful than ever as the global workforce goes remote.
Our collaboration features give communicators the ability to share Email Templates and Branding Presets organization wide, as well as control over team and user permissions. Bananatag also allows unlimited users on all plan types so that anyone at your organization can use Bananatag to collaborate on communications.
Now, we're excited to announce a new set of collaboration features that will make Bananatag the most collaborative internal Email Designer ever created.
New Email Designer Collaboration Features
See Who Else is Editing
Email Designer 3 now shows you when other users from your organization are editing the same email draft as you. We’ve made this feature available immediately for users of all Bananatag plans.
You’ll also receive a warning prompt when you open a draft that another user is already editing or when another user opens an email draft that you’re already editing. This will help users avoid duplicate or conflicting work, regardless of where their team members are accessing Bananatag.
Version History enables users on Bananatag’s Enterprise plan to view previous versions of email drafts and templates saved in Email Designer 3. Each version is labeled with the name of the user who created the save, making it easy to quickly see the changes and progress made by your entire team.
You’ll also be able to revert to any previous version of your draft or template without deleting your most recent work. You can save the most recent 100 versions of each email and template in your Bananatag account for up to one year.
If you’re an Enterprise user you can access the Version History feature by clicking the line of text beside the save icon that says "Saved at XX:XX XM by USER NAME."
Additional Collaboration Features Coming Soon
We’ve been busy building even more collaboration features that will be available to Bananatag Power and Enterprise users soon.
Real-Time Editing will show you exactly which elements other users are currently editing in the Email Designer, live as they work. It will also prevent two users from editing the same element at the same time. This will make it possible for teams of any size to build and collaborate on employee email communications quickly.
The ability to comment directly on elements in Bananatag’s Email Designer 3 will enable conversations around email content, edits, next steps, and more, to happen directly in Bananatag. This ensures that important notes and questions aren’t lost in other communication channels and everyone is on the same page before your email is sent.
Invite Users to Collaborate Directly from Email Designer 3
Later this year, we’re adding the ability to invite other members of your organization to collaborate with you, directly from the Email Designer.
For example, you’ll be able to invite someone from a different department, even if they don’t yet have a Bananatag account, to insert their content directly into an email you’re building. You’ll also be able to more easily share your work for review before hitting send. This feature will promote collaboration across teams, departments, and entire organizations.
And since Bananatag is designed to be shared, adding users within your organization will not increase the cost of your Bananatag subscription.
If you’re already a Bananatag customer and need help using our tools during this challenging time, our team is standing by to support you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out.
If you’re not using Bananatag yet and want to talk about how we can help your team collaborate remotely and communicate with your employees, click the link below.