If you’re in constant communication with colleagues and team members as part of your working day, chances are you’re familiar with Slack. It’s probably the most widely used web-based chat solution on the market, and businesses across the world are huge fans of it because of the tool’s simplicity and functionality. You can easily open a workspace, invite your colleagues, and get to chatting.
But what if it could do more? That’s where Slack integrations come in. To help get you started, we’ve picked some of the best integrations that will help you manage projects, stick to timelines, and amp up both internal and external communication.
Gmail is, perhaps, the most used workday tool to begin with. Everyone has a work email, and many of them operate out of Google’s email system. For this integration specifically, it will only work if you’ve got a Google Business Account, but once you’ve integrated the two, you can directly post emails into a Slack channel. This is especially useful if you’ve got an email alias that a group of people tend to — like a Help Desk email, for example.
If you’re not comfortable syncing an entire chain of emails to Slack, you can also set up an alert system so any time an email from an important source comes in, you’ll be sent a reminder message on Slack so you can check and respond right away.
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If you use Hive’s project management tools to run your projects and Slack for communication, there’s a simple way to integrate the two. Simply head to Hive apps, select Slack and enter your details. Once you’re integrated, Slack will work as your primary chat in Hive — showing up on the left hand chat panel where the Hive Chat would normally be located.
From there, you’ll be able to see all your Slack channels in Hive, and you’ll be able to create a new Slack channel with a few clicks inside the Hive interface. You’ll be able to drag and move Hive actions to share into Slack, and when you do the relevant channel will open in Slack so you can move directly to the discussion. And if you find you want to add anything to Hive when you’re in Slack, you can use chat commands to create new actions. It will even assign the action to the person you’re talking to!
If you’re a smaller team or individual, you might be using Trello’s simple Kanban interface to manage your projects. The Slack and Trello integration is great, and you can set it up so that any Slack messages you star will be added as cards directly in Trello. So if you’re having a great conversation about a team project, you can quickly create the cards from Slack and jump into Trello, where you will already have everything ready to go. And if you want to notify your team of any new Trello information automatically, you can set it up it so that whenever a new Trello card or board is created, a message is posted to your teams Slack so everyone is in the loop.
If you work in Jira, integrating with Slack isn’t too hard, but you’ll find that it has a more limited functionality. The integration sets it up so that whenever you add an issue to your current project in Jira, a message will be sent to your Slack channel, so your team can see it and get onto Jira as quickly as possible. And of course, any messages can be sent as private messages too if you don’t want to clutter the main channel. You can also configure it in the opposite way so that if you’re discussing the project in Slack and want to create a new issue, you can simply star the message and it will be added instantly.
If your project centers around social media, Slack has a ton of integrations that will help you keep your finger on the pulse. Integrating Slack and Twitter for instance allows you to share any mentions in a Slack channel, so your team can have instant feedback on any new posts. You can also have your own tweets backed up in Slack, which is perfect if your social media team want to talk over the latest posts after they go live. And of course, it’s not just for Twitter — you’ll be able to configure Facebook in a similar way so that any direct messages or page posts are directly copied into Slack ready for discussion.
Businesses that run their projects through Asana can enjoy a few different integrations to make life easier. As a project manager, the Slack integration can provide a breakdown of all completed tasks, so you can keep on top of what has and hasn’t been completed directly from Slack.
You can also create an Asana task in Slack from a starred message, allowing you to do a lot of your project administration directly from Slack. For the benefit of your team, you can also configure Asana to send a Slack message every time a new task is created, or when a new sub task is created, so they know immediately when they need to log on and see any new updates on the project.
When your project centers around sales, it can be really useful to have a direct feed to watch as sales come in, or to troubleshoot if anything goes wrong. By integrating Stripe and Slack, you’ll be able to create an automatic log of any sales that comes through on Stripe. You can also arrange a regular message or private message when a new customer comes in. If you have issues with failed charges, you can also organize an automatic alert so that when one comes in so you’re aware of it and can act accordingly so that your figures aren’t off. Basic automations like this are simple to set up but will allow you a huge degree of flexibility and clarity.
This isn’t the most productive integration, but it is the most fun. And doesn’t happiness boost productivity? We think we heard that somewhere. To get Giphy, aka gifs, on Slack, all you have to do is go to the Giphy App Page in the Slack directory and add the integration. Once you’ve done that, you can simply type /giphy in any Slack channel, and it will populate a gif that matches the text you’ve typed after. For example, “/giphy celebrate” could populate a champagne bottle popping or a birthday cake. You never know what you’re going to get, and that’s what makes it so fun.
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