The Way I Manage My Projects with brightpod
We are a traditional marketing firm that specializes in web development, events, and advertising.
The best thing about working at a marketing agency is that things are rarely regular. These days, most of my time is spent building websites and tweaking front-end code, but on some days, we’re all brainstorming ideas for conferences or building landing pages for a new product launch. It always keeps you on your toes!
I go through my emails and jot down everything I need to do today. I arrange them by level of severity (in an agency, everything needs to be due as soon as possible), and get to work. The entire day is a never-ending race between me and my to-do list.
1. Keep a to-do list so you don’t forget anything important. Every time I have a new task or client request, I write it down so I can check it off later.
2. Instead of tracking times at the end of the day and struggling to remember how long you spent on any given task, I always track my times throughout the day. A few seconds clicking a button on Harvest every half hour will save you a lot of time and grief later on.
3. Marketing automation has made my life so much easier. From Edgar to Infusionsoft, we’ve embraced automation and have used it to boost our productivity.
We have 9 or so members in Brightpod, with a few contractors. Right now we’re just starting Brightpod, so we’re testing it with a few of our new website builds and ongoing social media campaigns. Since I am the more tech savvy guy in the office, I technically oversee all the different projects, but I leave it to the project managers to take care of their own responsibilities.
We’ve played around with a lot of different project management systems in the past, but Brightpod’s ease of use won us over.
I recently began using it to begin budgeting and planning for 2018.
I spent a few hours going through all the FAQs, videos, and features until I was comfortable enough to explain it to others. I sat the entire team down in the board room and explained all the inner workings to everyone.
Personally, I love how completed tasks slowly fill up milestones. It’s very satisfying to watch!
Wouldn't it be nice if I could build a new project from scratch, and then export all the task names and milestones to Harvest instead of forcing us to use the ones in Harvest?