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#1 Dropbox alternative for client portals

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If your business needs more than just basic file sharing, consider Huddle 

You probably signed-up for Dropbox with a free account to get some free storage and to make your own files more portable. But now you're looking for an enterprise solution, and something to help you manage file sharing and collaboration across your business, and beyond. 

Dropbox is a great tool for basic file sharing and cloud storage. But if your business is looking for something more, Huddle offers a proven Dropbox alternative. 

Today's businesses need the tools and services to work securely with their clients and partners. That means securely sharing content, managing document versions, and controlling the approval process.

Client portals are a great way to achieve this - offering you the ability to build beautifully branded spaces in the cloud, where your teams can come together with their clients to collaborate and manage content. 

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Sharing and collaborating with clients

Trying to use Dropbox to collaborate with external clients and partners can be challenging, especially if you want to deploy a client portal solution for file sharing and collaboration.

If you're looking for a Dropbox alternative, Huddle offers a unique, easy-to-use cloud service to help you manage file sharing, content management, and collaboration with your partners and clients. 

Tools like Dropbox, Microsoft Onedrive, Google Drive, and Sharefile are built around files and folder structures – essentially becoming your C: Drive in the cloud. If you are looking for basic cloud storage and  file sharing, these tools could be a sensible choice. But, when it comes to secure external collaboration, it can be difficult to configure these file sharing tools to deliver the professional client experience that you need.

What do you need from a client portal

We've worked with hundreds of businesses to help them build engaging client portals. So, if you're looking to build a client portal yourself, here are some of the things we've learned: 

  • It has to be easy for your clients to sign-up and use: If you use Microsoft Office and are trying to share content through OneDrive, your clients will need to register with their own Microsoft account? It's the same with Google Drive; if your clients doesn't have a Google account, they'll need to register for one. With Huddle, there's a no-fuss sign-up process. Your clients can use their own workplace email address and access your portal in minutes. 
  • It has to be secure: When you're file sharing sensitive client information, security must be top of the list of requirements. Huddle makes secure file sharing simple and easy, with the ability to track all document activity - and even check when your clients have read a document. 
  • What type of files do you need to share and collaborate on? File size is an important consideration. Some file sharing tools have limitations, must like your email account! If you need to share large files, including video, Huddle has you covered! 
  • Be mobile: It's important that both your internal teams, and your clients can access the content they need, when they need it, even if that's through a mobile device when they're on the road. Huddle can be accessed on your PC through any web-browser, through a dedicated desktop app, and through our mobile apps for iOS and Android. 
  • You need to be able to partition teams and projects: Tools like Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive are built around files and folders. This makes it hard to partition teams and projects, which can create folder sprawl.
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Your clients deserve more than just basic file sharing 

Unlike tools such as Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive, Huddle is more than just a file sharing and cloud storage service. Huddle's unique Workspace approach to document collaboration makes it simple to create secure spaces in the cloud where you can engage and work with your clients. 

Workspaces act like mini-project portals with their own collection of files, calendars, and discussions. You could build a workspace around a team, a client, or a project – it’s up to you! 

When you invite users into your Workspace you can assign them individual and team access rights. For example, you might only allow clients to have read-only access across a small number of approved files. It’s a level of administration and document management that file sharing tools like Google Drive or Dropbox or just can’t match.

Build a client portal in 10 minutes!

Unlike Dropbox, which may require hefty custom configuration and third-party development if you want to create your own cloud-based client portals, with Huddle you could be up and running in just 10 minutes.

Here’s how simple it is:

  • Create and name a new Huddle Workspace (Two Minutes)
  • Add a client logo and custom image to brand your Workspace (Five minutes)
  • Create a client team profile and set team permissions (One minute)
  • Invite your clients to join Huddle (Two minutes)

 

Get started with Huddle

  • If you're using an existing tool like Box, Dropbox, Sharefile or Onedrive, it's easy to migrate your content to Huddle.
  • Our mobile apps for Android and iOS make it easy to stay connected, track the latest updates, and even set / action approvals when you're on the road. 
  • Automatic file syncing means everyone always has access to the most current version of a file. Sync clients to the latest changes, so there's no more miscommunication or effort wasted on an old file version!
  • Huddle works with your existing productivity tools. Open your Google Docs or Microsoft files directly from Huddle - make your edits and sync back. You team and clients will then automatically be alerted to your latest comments and document versions. 
  • Huddle is FedRamp approved for use in U.S Government and is rated as one of the most secure cloud collaboration solutions on the market.

If you're looking for the best Dropbox alternative possible, and need something more than just a storage service for you client content, you can get a free trial of Huddle by simply requesting a demo - we'd love to talk to you about secure file sharing and collaboration needs!

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