Email is Dead for Internal Communication
No matter which type of business you are running, you need to be able to communicate with the rest of your team effectively. The problem is, the bigger the team, the bigger mess it becomes. If you are collaborating with them through e-mail, there’s a big chance that, at some point, you will overlook one or two messages, which might be problematic in the long run. You could miss an important notification or a deadline, not to mention the time you’ll spend replying to all your mail. This is where Slack comes in – it’s a fun and easy platform that will save you time and effort. With 500,000 daily users and around 13,000 teams, Slack has made team communication more effortless than ever. If you are not yet part of the Slack mania, it’s high time to join and enjoy everything that it has to offer.
1. Chats Can be Better organised then Emails
Slack offers three ways of communicating: Public Channels, Private Groups and Direct Messages. You will be able to create as many channels as you need, each one for a different area of your business. It works like a chatroom for a specific topic and your whole team will be able to join. If you need to keep the conversation more private, you can add the people you want to a Private Group or send them a direct message. The great thing about Slack is that it categories all your projects and conversations in a manageable way.
2. It has a great ‘Search’ feature
Imagine if you had to find a specific file or conversation that you had months ago. You can’t possibly scroll through thousands of messages until you find what you’re looking for. Slack has a great way of searching for things, you just have to type a specific word and it will show you all the correspondence where that word appears. It’s a time-saver, really.
3. Slack is 100% Mobile
One of the biggest problems that you can face with other productivity apps is that often they are not well-adjusted for mobile devices. The app is either not available for all devices, it can crash or send the same message multiple times. With Slack, these will be the things of the past. It works impeccably on Android and Apple devices, and looks pretty similar to the PC version.
4. It makes it easy to share files
You can upload anything you want, from photos to MS Office documents. Slack also connects with both Dropbox and Google Docs, which will make sharing a piece of cake. All of your files will remain on Slack, so whenever you or someone from your team need them in the future, you can simply type in the name of the file to the ‘search’ box and voila!
5. Smart push notifications
Take Skype, for example: when you’re connected both on your phone and PC, notifications arrive on both devices and it can get really annoying. Slack has the smartest push notifications out there, so the messages will never arrive twice. It only delivers them to the device you are currently using, which is pretty much a dream come true.
6. Slack connects well with other apps
Making the transition to Slack will be effortless for you and your team, since you will be able to connect it to other apps you were using already. Whether it’s Cloud, Trello or Intercom, all of your previous data will be available to you on Slack, too.
7. It’s fun
Slack is not only super helpful, it is fun to use, as well. You can basically customize everything to your liking, and Slackbot is also a fun addition to the app. You can set up auto replies when a certain word is typed, use emoji’s, set up a custom welcome message or just laugh at all the gifs Slackbot will send your way.
Slack has so many great features that you are guaranteed to start using it daily. It will make communication faster and easier, and your team will be available to you no matter where they are. It is definitely one of the best productivity apps on the market, and once you’ve tried it, you will understand why it has that many users and is so popular.