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8 team communication tools that’ll keep your employees in sync

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How do you communicate with your team? And how does your team best communicate? If you’re using a team communication tool, you already know there are different approaches and best practices for each individual. That’s why it’s important to find a tool that works for everyone—and does everything your team needs.

Here at Flock, we know how important both communication and collaboration are, so we researched the best communication tools to keep your team and your business on track.

What is a communication tool?

A communication tool is a means by which two or more individuals interact via a virtual medium. Organizations and teams use these tools to streamline conversations and make working together easier. Communication tools can include features like mail, instant messaging, video and audio conferencing, screen sharing, file sharing, and more.

Collaborate better with your team — use our guide to the 10 best collaboration software tools for productive teams.

Best Communication Tools for Business

  1. Flock
  2. Zoho Cliq
  3. Monday.com
  4. Ryver
  5. Rocket Chat
  6. Chanty
  7. Fleep
  8. Hangouts

Flock

Flock chatFlock is a communication and collaboration tool to help teams work smarter and faster so that they can build a culture of efficiency and maximize productivity.

Features include:

  • Messaging: group channels, direct messaging, and personal space
  • To-do lists
  • Integrations
  • Video conferencing
  • Screen sharing
  • File sharing
  • Process automation

Pricing: $4.50 per licensed user, per month, billed annually

Zoho Cliq

zoho cliq's home screen

Zoho Cliq

Zoho Cliq aims to bring team and individual conversations and workflows to one place.

Features include:

  • Messaging: group channels, direct messaging
  • Integrations
  • Video conferencing
  • Screen sharing
  • File sharing
  • Process automation

Pricing: Free forever for unlimited users, max. participants per channel: 100 or $0.90 per user, per month, billed annually

Monday.com

monday In A GlanceMonday.com

Monday.com is best known for its task management but also functions as a centralized hub for productivity and communication.

Features include:

  • Task management
  • To-do list
  • Integrations
  • File sharing
  • Time tracking 
  • Process automation

Pricing: Free 7-day trial, then priced from $39 per month for 5 users, billed annually

Ryver

ryver's homepageRyver

Ryver focuses on group chat, task management, and workflow automation.

Features include:

  • Task management
  • Messaging: group channels, direct messaging
  • To-do lists
  • Integrations
  • Video conferencing
  • Screen sharing
  • File sharing
  • Process automation (enterprise users only)

Pricing: $49 per month, billed annually, for up to 12 users or $99 for unlimited users, billed annually

Rocket Chat

rocket chat home pageRocket Chat

Rocket Chat is an open-source communication tool, free for up to 1,000 users.

Features include:

Pricing: Free for up to 1,000 users, then $30 per user annually

Chanty

chanty home pageChanty

Chanty focuses on team communication, emphasizing de-cluttering messaging through its Teambook feature.

Features include:

  • Messaging: group channels, direct messaging
  • “Teambook” for conversation management
  • Voice messages
  • Task assignment
  • To-do lists
  • Integrations
  • Video conferencing
  • Screen sharing
  • File sharing

Pricing: Free for up to 10 users, then $3 per user, per month, billed annually

Fleep

Fleep screenshot for macFleep

Fleep’s focus is on team messaging, integrated into email and tasks.

Features include:

  •  Messaging: group channels, direct messaging
  • “Pinbook” for conversation management
  • Task assignment
  • To-do lists
  • Integrations
  • Video conferencing
  • Screen sharing
  • File sharing

Pricing: From $6.00 per user, per month, billed annually

Hangouts

hangouts mobileGoogle Hangouts

Hangouts (formerly Gchat) is one of Google’s most popular tools. It's focused on direct messaging, with the added benefit of group messaging and video conferencing.

Features include:

  • Messaging: group channels, direct messaging
  • Video conferencing
  • Screen sharing
  • File sharing

Pricing: Free with a Gsuite account, or starting at $6 per user, per month, billed annually

What communication tools does your team use? What features do you use most often? Comment below and let us know!

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