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Podio

The flexible way to manage projects with clients
21 reviews

Who is Podio For?

Podio is designed for teams, companies, and organizations that are looking for more flexibility in the way they organize and communicate online. The web-based solution is used by more than 500,000 organizations, including small businesses and individual teams within larger enterprises.

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Overview

Communicate, organize and get work done in one place with Podio.

A tool that your team will love to use, that's entirely customizable to suit how you run projects most efficiently.


Specifications

Intended Users
Freelancers, Mid Size Business, Non Profits, Public Administrations, Small Business
Devices Supported
Android, iPhone-iPad, Mac, Web-based
Supported Countries
Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom, United States
Supported Languages
Chinese (Simplified), Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Supported Platforms
Citrix, Google Apps, Open API
Support Options
FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials
Certifications
McAfee, Safe Harbor, TRUSTe

Pricing

Starting from: $9.00/month
Pricing model: Freemium, Subscription

Unlimited free use for five people.
Upgrade to premium to add more users for $9 per user, per month. Premium features include greater admin controls and unlimited free external collaborators, e.g. clients.


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Overview

A new level of project visibility

Podio makes deadlines, responsibilities and goals clear for everyone – and they’re always up to date. With transparent, organized projects, you’ll never need to slow your team down to get a status update. You’ll have the oversight you need to see if everything’s on track.

Incredible flexibility

You and your team define all the structure of your content, reports and overviews. So you can run projects your way, unhindered by workarounds imposed by rigid software. And your team will love how Podio reflects the way you already talk and think about your business.

Real time and your time

Whether you need an immediate answer from your team or just want to share some great resources and insights, Podio puts all your conversations in one place in the context of the work you’re doing. This enables you to tighten your communications without increasing everyone’s email load.

Podio grows with you

Want to do more than project management with Podio? Simply extend Podio to handle CRM, recruiting workflows or even your company intranet in minutes. Podio’s ability to connect teams and processes already helps thousands of companies run their entire operations in one place.

Key Features

  • Customizable project management for teams
  • Instant messaging and video chat
  • Content sharing and feedback workflows with clients
  • Webforms and email integration
  • Simple CRM and sales tracking
  • Calendaring with Google and MS Exchange integration
  • Automated progress reporting and calculations
  • 24 hour personal support from the Podio team
  • File-sharing integrated with DropBox, Google Drive and more
  • Open API for developers
  • Mobile apps for Android, iPhone and iPad

Benefits

The increased transparency and structure made possible by Podio will save your team hours on organization and status meetings, so you can focus on the task at hand. Interfacing with clients on Podio makes feedback loops simpler – helping everyone get better results and build stronger relationships.
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GetApp Analysis


Why should a project management platform dictate the way your team works? Podio is an online platform that lets its users stay in control over how they get work done. The web-based solution empowers groups to create their own collaboration and project management tools with no technical or IT skills necessary.

Used by teams, companies, and organizations from around the globe, Podio users are encouraged to select from more than 700 free apps available in the Podio App Market. These apps encompass everything from project management to CRM, IT support, recruiting, and HR, and they can be customized to better fit the needs of a specific user’s organization.

Podio Home Screen

What is Podio?


A cloud-based work platform that changes the way groups work in professional environments, Podio has developed a way to let its users manage their own workflows and processes using its customizable tools. These tools are known as apps, and they are designed to add structure to workflows or projects. In most cases, apps connect to social activity streams, which teams can use for sharing files and discussing relevant issues privately.

Apps make up a major part of the Podio solution. Apps can be built by users with no technical skill or IT knowledge. Or, for users who’d prefer not designing their own purpose-built work apps from scratch, pre-made apps can be selected from the Podio App Market.

Podio users are encouraged to structure their projects, teams, and workflows into workspaces, which are shared only with the most relevant colleagues. The platform also provides core features like activity streams, task management, document sharing, contact management, reporting, webforms, and calendars.

Projects

Main Features


Creating Apps

Businesses are encouraged to create their own apps within Podio. App templates are useful for constructing apps that meet the individual needs of unique users, from streamlining deliverables to structuring sales leads.

Use Podio’s drag-and-drop tools to build your own app that can be added to any workspace, and accessed across all your devices, or select an app that’s already been designed by a fellow user in the Podio community. More than 700 apps are already available in the App Market, managing everything from HR and employee recruitment, to project management and CRM.

App Builder

Managing Workspaces

Workspaces are virtual areas where groups of people or teams can work together to meet specific goals. For example, a sales team might create a workspace in order to manage an upcoming project. Anyone can be added to a workspace, regardless of whether that person is an employee of the specific organization.

Get your clients, contractors, and even vendors involved in the project management process by inviting them to participate in relevant workspaces. As a Podio user, you also have the option to create private workspaces that are only known to people in your organization who’ve been invited to take part. Or, you can create open workspaces that are listed for all employees of your organizations to view and join.

Workspaces

Organize Tasks

Podio’s task management features provide users with a way to break down large projects into smaller sets of individual tasks, which can then be assigned to employees or other responsible parties. Podio links tasks to the work that they’re a part of, which provides relevance and context for users.

To take advantage of Podio’s task management tools, start by creating a list of all the tasks that must be completed before a specific project will be ready to go. Set deadlines for these tasks, write brief descriptions, and assign them to specific people. You can also set reminders to yourself to go back and see if a task has been completed on time, even if that task was not assigned to you.

Task Lists

Tracking Opportunities

A lightweight CRM solution enables Podio users to manage their relationships with customers and track sales opportunities throughout the pipeline. The CRM solution can be customized as a Podio app to make those processes easier to achieve.

To use Podio as a CRM tool, install the CRM app pack and customize the provided template based on how your team works. You can use filters and reports to get important sales information into your CRM app, and you can use the Excel importing feature to import historical CRM data, as well.

CRM

Mobile Accessibility

Podio offers free mobile applications for the iPhone, iPad, and Android. These mobile apps give users a complete work experience from their tablets and smartphone devices. Users can collaborate with their organizations and access workspaces, activity streams, tasks, files, calendars and contacts through the mobile apps. Many Podio users say they actually use the mobile apps just as often, if not more often, then they use Podio on their desktop computers.

Mobile App

Integrations


Podio is considered a completely open work platform because it offers so many integrations with other popular business applications. Podio offers more than 15 integrations with apps, including YouSendIt, ShareFile, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, SugarSync, Zendesk, Campaign Monitor, Google Apps Mail, GoToMeeting, Freshbooks, Evernote, and Google Docs.

Pricing


Pricing for Podio is based on the number of users within an organization, along with the specific features that an organization needs. The most inexpensive solution is Podio Lite, which is free for teams with up to five employees. Podio Teams is $9 per employee, per month. The Podio Business plan is available with custom pricing for larger teams.

Bottom Line


  • Designed to facilitate collaboration across multiple groups

  • Customizable project management and task organization features

  • More than 700 free apps available in the Podio App Market

  • Empowers groups to create their own work tools

  • Increases transparency and boosts knowledge sharing

User Reviews

Verified
Reviewer

Great - so long as you accept the quirks

A verified reviewer3rd of March 00:32

Our company has been using Podio for a couple of years. A brief summary: - the concept is brilliant in its flexibility and ease of customisation - Podio team has their own view of the way things should be done, and if you dare to challenge their (somewhat quirky) logic, they'll politely reply "this feature is not in our plans for the moment". Conclusion: if you're prepared to accept lack of archiving, inability to manage access rights to items, not being able to set task reminders after completion date etc., you'll love Podio; if your aim is to adapt Podio to your current business process rather than adopt THEIR vision - you may find yourself rather frustrated, so don't start.

Response from Podio


Hi Ilya,

Thanks a lot for sharing your feedback. I truly understand the challenges you've come up against, and really appreciate your frustration.

It's great that you have taken the time to share your inputs with the Podio team – this does indeed have a great impact and helps us to prioritise our future plans. We have a set vision for Podio, and with that we have to prioritise a certain baseline of features. While the requests you have made may very well be developed in the future, we cannot make any promises we cannot keep, but I can assure that we read and take into account all inputs, and are hard at work here to ensure that Podio gets better and more powerful. We will continue to work away at achieving this vision to provide you and other Podio users the best solution for your work.

Kind regards,
Julia / Team Podio

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Reviewer

It used to work...and now it doesn't

Alice Errett, Sunflower Businness Consulting, Inc24th of February 20:04

We were over the moon with Podio for almost 2 years. Raving fans: loved it and then things changed. We're a service business, and maybe that makes us ultra picky about good service. I love the customize-able concept. I don't love the service or the dismissive attitude they take toward their customers. And our parting was just plain awful. They were really awful to us. Very sad.

Response from Podio


Hello Alice,

Thanks for providing your feedback. We are glad to hear that you have been using Podio for over 2 years, and enjoyed the product.

If you would like to share any further details on your experience with us, we will be happy to listen and help. You can contact us at support@podio.com at any time. We are sorry to hear that you are very frustrated, and we hope to hear from you soon so that we can help you further.

Best regards,
Julia / Team Podio

Verified
Reviewer

Happy with Podio

Sicko van Dijk, Creative Consultant at Lateral Support12th of September, 2014 07:18

I used Podio to automate workflow processes for different project teams. A great way to set up ad hoc collaboration for disparate teams and organize work for people who work around the same desk. Ideal for managing CMS content flow or CRM funnels.

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Do it all system!

Lasse Lumiaho, Product manager at Etuma11th of September, 2014 08:42

Podio's flexiblity and ease of use is unparalleled. We are running bug tracking, CRM, management, marketing and one time projects on Podio. Customizing the apps is simple and fast. No coding skills required! The best part is that all discussions happen in the correct context in the app items. No need to find discussions from email anymore. Also, tasks can be assigned to app items which gives them the correct context.

Verified
Reviewer

Happy !

Brian Oldenborg, Systemkonsulent11th of September, 2014 08:33

As a MS reseller we have access to all tools like Project, CRM, Sharepoint and so forth. Never the less none of the tools suited us very well with the way we work. We had to find a tool that could be built from scratch to our needs without programming skills. It should be easy to customize on the go and easy to access on mobile devices. Besides being extremely easy to setup, it also makes it easy to find customer related conversations instead of trawling through several mailboxes. The application API is relatively easy to build upon to make data even more visible from Podio. The time it takes to build an app when we need one is a matter of hours and not weeks or months. Extremely intuitive. Downsides are the mobile versions that arent as usable as the browser-version. The tasks system arent flexible enough when it comes to search filtering. Podio doesnt fit a small monitor.

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Disappointed :-(

Susanne Coates, Multimedia Specialist & Web Developer3rd of September, 2014 12:19

I originally set up my Podio account to try out the service and see if it would fit my needs (filmmaking and video production). The price is a bit higher that other solutions I evaluated, but it seemed to be much more customizable than something like Basecamp. To try it out I did a detailed setup of a tentative project, and populated my "Employee" network (you can have 5 employees in the free version) with some initial volunteers who were interested in the project and willing to help me test things (not knowing that they couldn't be removed later without upgrading to the premium version), now that the project is moving forward, I'm trying to remove those initial people to put in actual volunteers to take this test to the next level, but I can't do that without paying $$. This is a real aggravation as I have expended a fair amount of effort to setup a real project in Podio for an actual test, but it's still too early to commit to paying for the premium service. This frustration has me now looking at other options since (from what I've read in Podio's help site) Podio has no desire to create a fix for this issue in the free version of their service. It really makes me concerned how helpful they will be with fixing other problems even after paying for their service. This issue has not only impaired my ability to try out the service for my application, but has significantly tarnished my opinion of a service I was initially very excited about.

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Reviewer

Podio Love

Joanna Motylewska, Graphic Design : Print, Web, eLearning and Photography30th of July, 2014 23:01

This is a really good highly customizable project management app which includes a custom apps maker, team collaboration, calendar and tasks apps. Web based and smartphone versions with free and premium options.

Working as Consulting with varied group

Marcus Davidson23rd of February, 2013 17:47

Exactly what i was looking for when collaborating on projects with up to 5 different companies in different locations and time zones with varying degrees of responsibility. Use it to track approvals, discuss issues and track progress etc...

really good at some things

harrison6th of February, 2013 06:46

Sometimes I really dig Podio. It does the simple things well. But there are some obvious things that have been missing for 18 months now (comment editing, flexible user permissions within a workspace, emailing files into an app), and the Podio team refuses to ever tell you what's being worked on or give a timeline for anything. Support is good when the request is easy, but if it's something they cannot easily answer, no one gets back to you, and they close the support case before it's resolved. Plus there's no phone number or live chat or skype call possible even for premium accounts, so help requests move very slowly.

Genius!

WebTorontoDesign.ca6th of February, 2013 05:44

We've fully integrated this software with our company and created a really engaging experience with our clientele & creative production. We've seamlessly connected out clients through Podio on the web/mobile app, to our production team, while keeping our internal business information secure. We were considering making a similar customized CRM until we found Podio. The best part is the custom relationship database! There are still some growing pains. One option we've noticed is limited app control over sharing information. But all in all we're excited about this software and will be covering its application in depth in our Online Marketing Blog. Cheers!

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FAQs for Podio

Below are some frequently asked questions for Podio.

Q. What are the main features of Podio?

Podio offers the following features:

  • Customizable project management for teams
  • Instant messaging and video chat
  • Content sharing and feedback workflows with clients
  • Webforms and email integration
  • Simple CRM and sales tracking
  • Calendaring with Google and MS Exchange integration
  • Automated progress reporting and calculations
  • 24 hour personal support from the Podio team
  • File-sharing integrated with DropBox, Google Drive and more
  • Open API for developers
  • Mobile apps for Android, iPhone and iPad
Q. How much does Podio cost?

We have the following pricing information for Podio:

Starting from: $9.00/month
Pricing model: Freemium, Subscription

Unlimited free use for five people.
Upgrade to premium to add more users for $9 per user, per month. Premium features include greater admin controls and unlimited free external collaborators, e.g. clients.

Q. Who are the typical users of Podio?

Podio has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Mid Size Business, Non Profits, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Podio support?

Podio supports the following languages:

Chinese (Simplified), Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Q. What type of pricing plans does Podio offer?

Podio has the following pricing plans:

Freemium, Subscription

Q. Does Podio support mobile devices?

Podio supports the following devices:

Android, iPhone-iPad

Q. Does Podio offer an API?

Yes, Podio has an API available for use.

Q. What other apps does Podio integrate with?

Podio integrates with the following applications:

Freshbooks, GoToMeeting, Zendesk, Campaign Monitor, Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Resource Guru

Q. What level of support does Podio offer?

Podio offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials

Q. What are the main benefits of using Podio?

Podio offers the following benefits:

The increased transparency and structure made possible by Podio will save your team hours on organization and status meetings, so you can focus on the task at hand. Interfacing with clients on Podio makes feedback loops simpler – helping everyone get better results and build stronger relationships.

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