What is Samepage?
Samepage is an exciting and effective online collaboration solution that was created in 2013. This web-based software helps your team work faster because all communication happens in real time. Files, information, conversations, and tasks can be easily shared, organized, and made available on the same page. There is no need to jump from one application to the next because you can find all the tools that you need on a single screen.
Samepage will push teams to work harder because it promotes a work environment that is virtually stress-free. The interface is bright and cheery. In fact, it is very young and hip. However, there is no compromise for power and the necessary work tools. Samepage is great for companies of all structures and sizes. It’s equally useful for any group of people which are organizing an event or completing a project but cannot be physically together at all time. The software is popular with non-profit groups and event organizers. This can also work for students, especially those collaborating to complete online courses.
In 2015, right after they announced their partnership with Startup Grind, Aragon Research chose Samepage as one of three hot vendors in content and collaboration. Samepage is also now ranked 260th in US startups by Startupranking.com.
User-friendly. Right from the moment you join Samepage, you notice the great value that they place on your convenience. Signing up for a new account is very simple. The software requires minimum information and absolutely no credit card details. This is why it’s easy to invite colleagues to join and collaborate with you. After you sign up for Samepage, you will be invited to watch online videos and other interactive teaching videos that will show you the basics of the software. However, Samepage is very straightforward and easy to understand that you won’t really need tutorials.
Real-time. One of the changes in society that was driven by smartphones and the internet is the need for everything to be in real time. Work collaboration is no different. And Samepage just made this demand easier to address. Sometimes, ideas will come to you during the day about a project that you’re completing but aren’t sitting down for just this very minute. So you take out your phone and send a message to your boss or to one of the people you’re collaborating with on that project. And it’s a good idea so both of you hope that one of you will remember. Samepage will allow you to immediately send that idea to the whole team. This way the whole team can react to the idea in real time. They can expound on it, ask questions, and, yes, even shoot it down. And if it’s an important idea that you strongly believe will benefit the project, you can send it as a print, audio, or video file presentation to give it the extra dimension.
Easy to Access. Doctors will disagree that this is a benefit but Samepage offers a seamless mobile experience, allowing you to access the software and all your project content wherever you are. Whether you are on Android or iOS, the Samepage mobile application will keep you connected with your team. In this way, you get real-time updates and you can instantly share ideas, suggestions, and modify instructions and deadlines.
Even your files will be easy to access because they will also be in the in the same page as your conversation page is. You don’t have to search your email or your personal cloud storage for it. And anyone on the team can access and edit this file. And if you anticipate that you will be offline at any time, you can sync files locally to your own computer. This will also ensure that you always have access to the latest version of files that are important to a particular project.
Complete. Samepage has all the collaboration tools that you can possibly want as you are completing any project. In a single page, you can create and organize a project: list down its components and the materials needed, assign different parts to different team members with their individual tasks enumerated, schedule the completion of different points of the project, and regularly check updates. You can use a template for this or design your own page. One of the best features of this software is its full customizable options. You can add or embed whatever elements you want. You can insert a document, an image, a PDF, a diagram, a spreadsheet, a table, a map, a calendar, HTML emails, a video or even code snippets of syntax-highlighted code in a wide variety of languages.
Then other team members can come in and give remarks or edit these elements until all of you are satisfied. And if you’ve changed your mind about how a file was edited, there’s no need to worry. Samepage keeps the whole history of a particular page, including old versions of the files embedded and attached. Samepage also has a Presenter Mode which can easily transform your page into a slideshow presentation, which makes PowerPoint redundant.
Fun. Fun is not really a word that usually appears in the workplace. Well, it really should. Happy workers are healthy workers because they dodge the negative effects of stress and anxiety. They are also more productive because they seldom take sick days. Samepage is not just fun because of its upbeat interface. It is also very simple and easy to work with. It’s highly customizable and very flexible. That’s why working on Samepage is not stressful and you sign in every day excited to work.
Inexpensive. Each month of working with Samepage costs just as much as a meal. And its benefits are priceless! This very user-friendly collaboration tool allows you to be more productive and have fun while you work.
Collaborative and Flexible. After establishing how Samepage is the ultimate real-time collaboration software, it should also be noted that it allows the sharing of selected files with people who are only needed temporarily and only for certain items in your project. These include colleagues from other departments, as well as outside partners, experts, and clients. Just set permissions for each person, allowing them to see only the parts where their input is needed. It’s also possible to create very public pages that can be freely shared via social networks.
And standing by its name, Samepage goes so far as to allow third-party collaborations with your project using commonly (and not so commonly) used applications. Connect with more than a thousand apps including Facebook, Vimeo, YouTube, Microsoft Excel, Jira, Slack, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Egnyte and Google Maps. Those with a Pro account can also connect with Salesforce, SSO integration, and even Zapier. No coding skills necessary.
Samepage thought of everything. As collaborative as it is, the Team Owner with a Pro account can also lock a page. This means that team members and outside consultants can view the page but they cannot modify anything. Of course, they can still make comments and suggestions on the side panels.
Increased Productivity. The very simple idea of Samepage to have all the necessary tools and files be in one page has brought about a higher of productivity in the workplace. A lot of time and resources has been saved. No more wasting time and energy hopping from one application to the next. No more waiting for instructions, waiting for updates on revisions and suggestions, not even knowing if these items were received. With Samepage, all the necessary team members can edit project components and files together and at the same time. The physical distance between teams has become inconsequential.
Real-time. Samepage allows the team to see and send messages to each other in real time. A team member’s name serves as a cursor even as he or she is typing.
Collaborative. Samepage allows for complete collaboration with team members and also allows partial collaboration with outsiders. As is universal with social media applications and other collaboration apps, an @ symbol placed before a team member’s name will send a notification to that person.
There is also an option to privately message any member of your team. And get this, you can message them whether they are signed into the account or not. And if typing messages is not enough, there is an option for video conferencing. Just click the video camera icon. When you do this, all the team members of the page have the option to join in on the call. There is no need to poke at the pertinent individuals one by one. During the call, the page will remain open. The page will then serve as a type of visual aid in the discussion, including all the embedded elements.
Flexibility and Fully Customizable Page. Samepage features page templates. However, there is also a blank page so that you can customize it according to the needs of your team project.
Management and Monitoring. The secret of Samepage is that it starts with one master page and builds from there. Because this one page has all the tools necessary to help you drive your project forward. You start by inviting the right people and agreeing on the timeline of your deliverables plus the best way to achieve these. You then assign tasks to each member of your team or to sub-teams. Reminding each other is easy with tagging mechanisms that can be attached to your conversations. Tagging mechanisms can be used for people or files or you can also easily out a Review Later notification.
Samepage has also made monitoring task completion easy by allowing team members to embed a visual monitoring for percentage completion. And no need to worry about backreading, Samepage has a search function.
File Synchronization. Samepage lets you store up to 1TB of files in the same page so you don’t have to go looking for files every time it comes up in discussions. The software also allows you to track changes made to the file.
Samepage Pro costs $8 per person per month. That’s a mere $96 per year. However, if you sign up for a year right away, you get a $1 discount per month which adds up to $12 a year so you only pay $84 per person per year.
And if you’re a non-profit or an educational institution, simply present valid credentials so you pay only $6 per month with monthly billing or $60 dollars for an annual membership.
Or you can sign up for free. And not just for 30 days. Forever. The free account includes 10 Teams or Sub-teams, 10 Pages, 1GB of storage, 30-day chat history, direct and group messaging, voice and direct video calling, real-time collaboration, track changes, file synchronization and sharing, public page sharing, and a lot more.
This isn’t bad at all but the Pro account offers much more because it has Unlimited Teams and Sub-teams, Unlimited Pages, 1TB of storage, unlimited chat history, group video calls, private teams, multi-team guests, file version history, advanced administrator options, and more.
Samepage relies on an internet connection for it to work. It can be used for all mobile Android and iOS devices. It also has desktop applications for Windows and Mac users and can be used with any web browser. The application supports English and nine other languages.
- Simplified Chinese
As extensive as the main page is, Samepage support is also very thorough. Right from the start, video tutorials and interactive tutorial sessions were made available. Many pieces of training are also provided via webinars and live online.
The website itself features a ‘Definitive Guide,’ as well as a Help Center with tips and videos, help articles, updates, and contact support in order to submit a ticket. There is also an available 888 number and email support.
Meanwhile, software support includes In-App Live Chat for private conversations with the Samepage ‘award-winning support staff.’ And if you’ve availed of the premium membership for as low as $7 per month, you can also place a call for any issue big and small.