If you had a way to improve communication among your team, eliminate extra emails and have a little fun while doing it, would you? Our guess is, yes. The answer to your communication woes may lie in a new tool you’ve probably already heard a lot about. Slack is a messaging app that’s slowly making its way into business conversations across industries. But what exactly is this Slack thing anyway and do you even want people to be able to Slack you?
What Is Slack?
Slack is a messaging application for large or small teams. It’s basically Yahoo Messenger, AIM, and email combined. And on steroids.
Designed for teams and workplaces, it can be used across devices and platforms to not only chat but to collaborate. Slack offers the option to create channels, almost like chat rooms, and organize those channels by projects or topics. For example, Manobyte has an entire team channel where everyone chats about general topics and then various channels for our design team, marketing consultants and more. (We even have a few where we can share funny stuff we see throughout the day). It also offers the option to chat one-on-one through direct messages.
So far, Slack may seem like a glorified chat app... until you look closer. Within those channels we mentioned, and direct chats, Slack gives you the ability to share all those files you would normally email. Just drag and drop them into the app. And when you have changes to those files? Just comment right on the file itself.
You can upload files from just about any platform including Google Drive, Microsoft Office, PDFs, and more. Then, when you need to find those files again, simply search for them within Slack. Its search feature uses names of files, but also looks at the content within that file.
Slack isn’t just a great way to communicate with your team; it’s a great way to stay in touch with clients and track project progress. Create a channel for a specific client and invite them to join Slack and that channel. They will only see messages posted in that channel and you’ll have the ability to chat with them one-on-one, share files, or even makes calls directly from the app.
With Slack’s call feature you can either video or audio chat with anyone else on the app and share your screen with them. Make a call from a direct chat or from a channel to chat with the whole team and make sure you’re all on the same page.
Stay on Track With Integrations
When you join Slack, you don’t just get Slack. You can choose from hundreds of app integrations meant to keep you productive, save time, track hours, make payments, create to-do lists, and more. Slack integrates with teamwork platforms like Asana and Trello so you can add projects or check off tasks without ever leaving the app. It also integrates with apps you’re already using like Google Drive, Twitter, Dropbox, Mailchimp, and (so many) more! Communicate with those integrations by simply typing a backslash and then the name of the app.
Oh, and did we mention it’s pretty fun? Add gif, emoji and Bitmoji integrations to make your team laugh or respond to messages with just the right reaction.
Honestly, this is only scratching the surface of what Slack can do when it comes to opening the lines of communication and making your team its most productive. So, now that you know what this Slack thing is, maybe you should give it a try! Be sure to let us know what you think and what your favorite features are.