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Zoho Connect

Enterprise social networking app

Published 03/03/2015 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Zoho Connect is an enterprise social networking tool that enables businesses with an online social workspace for collaboration and sharing. The app combines familiar social networking features such as activity streams, private messages and profile pages with collaboration tools such as document management, blogs, wikis and discussion forums.

Zoho Connect also integrates with Zoho Creator to enable you to build custom apps to automate actions and design workflows. A drag-n-drop builder lets you create your own apps without any coding or technical knowledge. A native iPhone and Android mobile app helps team members to keep updated and connect to team members wherever they are.

Through Zoho Connect employees can find and connect with co-workers regardless of their department or location. The app features a company directory, user profiles, and the ability to follow people. By setting up groups, private workspaces, and branded content-sharing pages specific teams can work on their private projects.

The whole team or company can share information in real-time through status posts and like activity feeds. Users can like, comment and set up polls for further interaction. You can use @mentions and private messages to chat with specific people. While your personal inbox and notifications let you keep track of the activity that means the most to you.

In addition to enabling team members and co-workers to connect and collaborate, Zoho Connect also helps you to build an external network for collaboration with partners, vendors, customers and external stakeholders.

The app lets you create an external network with its own custom URL and name and define access permissions to this space. From this platform you can share and work together on documents, images, videos and presentations. You can also set up discussion forums, blogs, and wiki pages.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Zoho Connect is just one of the broad range of products offered by Zoho Corporation. Uses of Zoho products benefit from an integrated family of apps that cover everything from sales, marketing and support, to finance, HR and business process management. Zoho apps are used by over 13 million people worldwide from a wide spectrum of industries.

What are the differences to other apps?

Zoho Connect provides all the expected features of an enterprise social collaboration software - activity streams, employee profiles, wikis, blogs, document management, discussion forums and chat rooms.

In addition, the app integrates with Zoho Creator to enable you to build your own apps for specific purposes such as a sales management app with its own automated, event-triggered actions and custom workflows.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Zoho Connect interface replicates the design and feel of the rest of the Zoho app family - clean, plain and comfortable. The predominantly white interface is interspersed with a splash of colour here and there highlighting buttons and icons.

There is a familiar, socially inspired feel to the app that takes inspiration from popular chat and social media networking platforms that users will find intuitive to use. You can also add your company logo and colors to the interface for a more personal experience.

How does the registration process work?

You can sign up for Zoho Connect by clicking on the red sign-up button on the top right hand corner of the home page. This will lead you to a short form which you need to fill with your company name, email and password. This gives you instant access to a free trial of the software.

What does it cost to use the application?

Zoho Connect is offered on two pricing plans - a free plan which covers unlimited groups, 5 custom apps, 5 GB storage and 1 chatroom/ group. The Enterprise plan costs $49 per month and includes unlimited custom apps, 100GB of storage, unlimited chatrooms/ groups, custom domain and an active directory sync.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Zoho Connect makes sense as a space for collaboration and sharing among specific teams, entire companies as well as with external customers/ partners. It’s pricing and feature set make it suitable for small to medium sized businesses in any sector.

It is ideal for existing Zoho users who want an enterprise social collaboration software that integrates with their existing systems. The custom apps builder and other customization tools will also be an important element for companies with growing and changing needs.

  • Real-time activity streams and profile pages
  • Private messages, chatrooms and @mentions
  • Discussion forums, blogs and wiki pages
  • Document management and external networks
  • Private workspaces, groups and pages
  • Drag-n-drop custom app builder
  • Native mobile app for iPhone and Android

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Zoho Connect pricing

Cheapest plan (per month) : FREE
Most expensive plan (per month) : $49.00