Marketers Toolbox: Trello

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Project management doesn't have to be boring. In fact, most marketers might see it as less of a chore if it were more like their favorite social networks.

Trello's visually stimulating platform has everyone talking about this Pinterest-meets-to-do-list tool, because what could be more fun than creating new project boards... for work?

Trello updates in real-time with notifications that make it easy to never miss critical moments. With more than 10 million users, and now available in more than 20 languages, Trello is truly a universal project management solution for even the smallest of operations.

Start by creating a list within each Trello board, each containing a few tasks "cards" that will help you move the project along to completion. Card items can be dragged between lists, reordered, and even color-coded. The best feature for visual thinkers is the ability to add text, images, checklists, file attachments, deadline dates, and notes that provide context for each action item.

All cards are searchable by keyword, and can be created or commented on via email. This tool easily syncs across all of your devices so that projects can be managed anywhere, anytime.

Much like Pinterest boards, Trello encourages collaboration and allows you to invite people to view and contribute to each board. Keeping everyone on the same page is as simple as dragging and dropping another user into specific card items.

Users can add comments to each card, tag other users in comments, and get regular progress updates via the Trello app, email, desktop, or mobile push notifications.

Among its many integrations, Trello meshes seamlessly with iCal to feed project due dates into individual calendars. Users can also choose to keep things simple with few features, or turn on power-up features to make the most of their boards.

In recognizing that efficiency is key to finishing projects in a timely manner, Trello allows admins to limit the number of cards that will fit on each board at the same time, making it easier for their respective teams to focus on only the most important tasks.

For basic use, Trello is completely free! Trello's Business Class goes for $9.99 per user/month, when paid annually. This plan expands your integration options and has more security than the basic subscription.

Trello's Enterprise Plan for larger businesses with multiple teams costs $20.83 per user/month, paid annually, and for those who want the free tool, but are willing to upgrade for some fun, decorative features like backgrounds, stickers, and emojis, there's Trello Gold for $5/month or $45/year. For every person you refer to Trello, you'll get a free month of Trello Gold (up to 12 months).

Click here to get inspired by the many ways people are using Trello to accomplish their goals.

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