Improved online team collaboration for creative, design, marketing, and PR firms
SAN MATEO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- PBworks, the leading provider of online team collaboration solutions for agencies, today announced Agency Hub 2.0 and New Business Hub 2.0, cloud-based software for improving the effectiveness of agency operations and new business development. The new products represent a major upgrade to PBworks' market-leading solutions for agencies.
Agency Hub 2.0 and New Business Hub 2.0 include the following major enhancements:
- Graphical collaboration: Visual gallery views for browsing, management and presentation of graphical assets
- Task/to-do management: Streamlined project management that reduces the number of operations required by 65%
- Visual project summaries: Automated project status and activity tracking to keep teams coordinated
- Filtering/searching: Fast searching and browsing through thousands of people, projects, case studies
- Reporting/integration: Data export for accounting, reporting and tracking systems
Agency Hub and New Business Hub are designed to enhance key agency business processes and workflows. Unlike generic file-sharing or project management tools, the PBworks Hubs include specific modules for managing client projects, maintaining a master repository of creative assets, prospecting for new business, responding to RFIs and RFPs, and coordinating pitches. The result is rapid adoption and higher business impact. Leading agencies like Publicis, DDB, and Landor have adopted these agency products to improve processes, break down departmental silos, win more business, and deliver better results.
"Agencies are inherently visual and creative," said Jim Groff, PBworks CEO. "Agency Hub 2.0 and New Business Hub 2.0 draw upon several years of experience working with the world's leading agencies to deliver a more graphical, useful and compelling product for agencies, their partners and their clients."
Leading transformation consultancy SYPartners works with clients like Coca-Cola, Nike, Starbucks and IBM helping define and promote their brands. SYPartners CIO Spencer Mains chose Agency Hub to help SYP teams collaborate more effectively and produce amazing work. "Teams that provide content that tells a story visually need a simple, easy-to-understand solution that supports their often deeply visual style of collaboration," said Mains. "Unlike generic collaboration tools, Agency Hub 2.0 works the way our teams need to work--helping them easily share content, ideas and files with each other and with our clients. It is an Intranet, extranet and productivity tool all wrapped into one at an affordable cost."
Publicis USA helps global brands like Citi and P&G reach an audience of millions. Meanwhile, New Business Hub helps USA Chief Marketing Officer Chris Shumaker reach a smaller, but equally important audience – prospective clients. "If not managed properly, the new business process can get frantic and rushed," said Shumaker. "New Business Hub is a great tool for managing the crush of information and insights needed for a winning effort, while saving time for everyone by having the necessary info at their fingertips, no matter where they are on the planet."
The two products can even work together at a single agency. TargetCast serves brands like Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, Expedia, and New York Life. "At the heart of our business are tight deadlines and quick turnarounds," said New Business and Marketing Coordinator Alexanda Mancall, "PBworks allows us to rapidly find whatever we need to deliver." Meanwhile, New Business Hub helps New Business Director Larry Orell win clients. "In new business, our work often takes us on the road," said Orell. "With New Business Hub, we can easily access any and all information we need quickly, and from any device."
As highly focused vertical solutions, Agency Hub and New Business Hub represent the cutting edge of collaboration. "The biggest challenge facing companies that want to get more collaborative is mapping technology solutions to key business processes," said Jacob Morgan, co-founder of the Chess Media Group, a leading social business consultancy, as well as author of the Amazon bestseller, The Collaborative Organization. "Agency Hub and New Business Hub meet that challenge by directly addressing the specific and concrete business processes that matter most to agencies: winning new business and delivering for clients."
Pricing and Availability
Agency Hub 2.0 and New Business Hub are available immediately. Both solutions are cloud-based, and offered through a subscription model based on the size of the agency and specific modules used.
PBworks is the world’s leading provider of hosted collaboration solutions for businesses and education. Leading companies and organizations like Interbrand, DePaul University, and the FDA choose PBworks to help teams work more effectively across geographic and organizational boundaries, including teams that span employees, customers, partners, and vendors.
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