Slack Platform – Overview
Slack was released in August of 2013 and now has over 85,000 organizations paying for their services.
Additionally, 10 million people use the free services and versions that Slack offers every day.
Slack is constantly coming up with advanced functionality revolving around improved team communication.
It’s one of the best applications helping businesses of all sizes streamline their processes, improve organization, and internal communication.
Slack is constantly evolving and now multiple apps can integrate into the platform to make your short and longterm projects go smoothly.
Our favorite Top 6 Slack Tools for work projects and teams:
Trello is an organizational tool for teams and visual people. This app is incredible for successfully managing tasks between groups and employees.
It allows you to create cards showing your tasks, which can then be dragged around with your mouse.
Furthermore, it allows you to assign people to certain tasks and gives team reminders when a task is completed. Trello allows everyone to stay on the same page with what’s going on in the company.
Polly is the best way to collect and measure feedback at scale on workflow in Slack.
Trusted by thousands of teams, Polly surveys teammates with zero friction while boosting participation rates over 30% compared to email or web-based surveys.
You can create your own surveys in minutes or grab a survey template from the Polly’s library to get quick organizational insights directly in Slack.
- Company-wide engagement surveys
- Onboarding feedback from new hires
- Meeting prep
- All-hands meeting feedback,
- Post-event attendee feedback
3. Google Drive
A lot of people use Google Drive to store files securely online and collaborate on projects with others. If you’re one of these people, the Google Drive app is a great way to make sharing files among teammates a lot easier.
First and foremost, the app lets you share Drive files right in Slack. All you have to do is paste the shareable link in a Slack conversation, and it’ll import the files in Slack.
If you haven’t already connected your Google Drive to Slack, then Slack will guide you through the quick process of letting it “read” the file.
Once you have everything set up, you’ll be able to share the document right in Slack. The message will look like this:
The best part about this app is how the files you import are easily searchable, sharedable, and safe. Note, though, that they won’t be actually stored in Slack – they’ll continue to be stored and modified within Google Drive.
Ever wanted to share an emotion or a reaction that would be better described with images rather than words? Enter Giphy.
In Giphy’s Slack app, all you have to do is type in the slash command /giphy and any phrase — from “awesome” to “heating up” to “WHAT IS HAPPENING”.
There’s a GIFs for pretty much everything.
Then, the app will use that phrase to call in a random GIF from their gigantic library of GIFs, and it’ll post it along with the command.
Add some flare to your office lingo and spice up a conversation. Giphs elevate moral and are a great way to portray difficult phrases.
5. Google Calendar
This shared calendar is a useful feature allowing you to keep company events and tasks organized.
You’ll receive notifications prior to an event and daily or weekly summaries of all your calendar entries to a channel of your choice based on the rules you’ve set.
Furthermore, You’ll also be notified if an event is canceled altogether or whenever a change occurs to an event so you don’t miss its exact start date or location.
If every single tweet came through your channel it would be insanely cluttered.
Slack allows you to organize what tweets show up on what channel for who. Twitter integration, allows you to receive specify alerts you when your username is mentioned.
This helps stay on top of twitter conversations and reply to them in a timely fashion.
It also means you don’t have to visit the actual site as much, just to see if you have any mentions and replies.
The slack integration apifies twitters reach and makes it simple to keep up with important tweets.
Team building and organization doesn’t always have to be a tedious task.
Using the right tools, you can organize and get to know your team members better while improving workflow and success of your daily team projects and tasks.
This marks the end of our list.
If you have any suggestions or additional add-ons that you and/or your company use, please let us know and we will review and maybe add to our next updated list for Slack integrations.