Until recently, FotoSkoda belonged to classic brick-and-mortar store, where you could choose almost anything from photographic material and amateur photo equipment to professional devices designed for the best photographers in the field. However, since its foundation in 1991 it has gone a long way and in last few years their activities are more focused on non-trading events. They are organizing exhibitions and workshops, running a café together with People in Need, organizing a major photo festival and much more. It is well known that FotoSkoda stands out above their competitors.
„The wide portfolio of events that we organize for our costumers and enthusiastic photographers from all over our country requires sophisticated tools. Freelo is clearly one of them,“ says prosaically Martin Vachata, project manager of FotoSkoda.
Forwarding informations, clear assignments, deadlines, setting responsibilities. All these things needs to be ensured within combined internal and external team. It wasn’t always easy in FotoSkoda. After the amount of emails, phone calls and endless meetings became unbearable, it was time to look for a suitable application.
„We started to use Freelo as a tool only to organize large FotoSkoda Fest which is twice a year. I have to say Freelo fits us perfectly,“ praises good selection Vachata. „Currently, our complete marketing team including copywriters, product managers, our IT colleagues and several other collaborators from other departments are working in the app,“ adds.
Organizing of FotoSkoda Fest, a festival which takes place traditionally twice a year in Langhans Palace and lasts ten days, takes 3 months. There are X internal and X external specialists working on this project. The festival is made up by dozens of workshops, presentations, exhibitions and discussions, so preparation demands a lot of time and it’s definitely not a bed of roses. Thanks to Freelo and more effective collaboration, we managed to reduce the time of preparations by 90 hours, that is 11 workdays!
However, we don’t have just one project and today FotoSkoda has based twelve projects in Freelo. Ten of those projects are very active. We allways insist on separation of short-term and long-term activities and have a clear set of rules in the application. This makes it easy to keep all teamwork clear. “Festival” types of projects belong to short-term and regular operations and production to long-term ones.
Clarity in the first place = Keep order in your tasks and try to follow „10 rules for effective-teamwork”. If you find out more points while using the app, simply add them and share with everyone in team. It will work much better for all of you.