We (Loop Team) along with many of our customers use Zoom for external communications with partners and more. But for our internal communication, Zoom wasn’t enough.
In an office, when you have a question, you ask. While remote, this isn’t happening. Instead more meetings are getting scheduled contributing to massive Zoom fatigue. Loop Team is intended for the frequent and quick ad-hoc 5 minute collaborative jam sessions that you have throughout your day, and over time, we capture a lot of those internal meetings too.
Let’s look at some specific differences between Loop Team and Zoom and how they address top reported remote work pain points:
1.) Not having enough collaborative conversations with my team
• Zoom has friction even in the simplest of use cases and often results in team members opting to skip the conversation altogether.
In the worst case, scheduling a Zoom could involve multiple steps:
1.) Launch the Zoom application
2.) Set a meeting title (and an optional agenda and/or description)
3.) Select and schedule a start time and end time all-while coordinating calendars with your colleagues
4.) Enter colleagues email addresses to invite
5.) Send the calendar invites
And when it’s finally time for the meeting, everyone is then thrown into a waiting room and you have to admin them in. It all can be very cumbersome for a 5 minute catch-up.
• Loop Team is the fastest way to connect (like in a real office). It’s just 1-click (no scheduling, no URLs to share, no PINs, and no waiting rooms). Instant Drop-In via keyboard shortcuts makes it even faster.
Hover over teammate and click to audio or video call:
Or, hit (Command + Shift +D) to access the keyboard free Quick Drop-in:
Send a ‘Request to chat’ to connect when your teammate is available:
2.) The video calling experience is too formal and feels too structured
• The ‘Brady Bunch’ experience is fine for your formal meetings, but it’s not really optimized for quick collaboration. You want something that’s more out of the way so that you can collaborate, and also an experience that allows you to control where videos are placed and more.
• Loop Team's customizable conference views are designed and optimized specifically for informal sync ups and collaboration.
Loop Team’s slim ‘Mini-view’ takes up just a small portion of your screen:
• As an example, one of Loop Team’s popular conference views is 'Mini-view', which offers a lightweight window that frees your desktop workspace so you can virtually work side-by-side with your team.
• Floating heads (expandable only when needed) are more friendly and reduce anxiety vs. large full-screen conference views.
• Multi-party screen share let’s teams hyper-collaborate
3.) My team continues to feel lonely
• Seeing team activity, active discussions and more, brings liveliness into the work day. Real presence makes you feel that you are online and connected with your teammates across time zones. To support this, Loop Team has integrated over 200 business applications to bring a greater sense of presence and awareness to office happenings including what’s about to happen, what’s happening and what’s happened.
• Seeing real-time discussion summaries across your team also invite conversation — it’s the equivalent of real-world background conversations that many of us are sorely missing from the office.
• Post-discussion history presented into a feed provides context and encourages more collaboration especially for your team spread across time zones.
As it is Zoom is not a virtual office, it simply does not provide any sense of online presence, so it cannot reduce feelings of loneliness. It does not show who’s meeting and what is being discussed, so it cannot encourage nor invite timely conversation.