In business, efficiency is everything. The more efficient you are, the less time and money you spend on your day-to-day operations. That means more money goes to your bottom line and more time can be spent on the things that matter. Today’s digital tool market offers a vast selection of resources designed to help you become more efficient in your business, no matter what that means to you specifically.
Slack is one of the most useful tools for a lot of businesses that need a centralized communication solution. It provides a place where teams and entire organizations can communicate and collaborate internally. With over four million daily users, Slack is safe with its claim that “Slack is where work happens.”
Like many digital tools available today, Slack has several integrations to allow people to streamline and consolidate their work. These integrations also make it easy for people to get all the information they need in one place. There are currently more than 2,000 integrations for Slack, so covering just five might seem like a drop in the bucket. Nonetheless, even if you don’t find all the winners on this list, you’ll at least have the inspiration to start your own search.
Let’s look at five of the most popular Slack integrations that help improve business efficiency.
Many SMBs and even enterprise businesses are Google users, so we have to mention Google Calendar first and foremost. You can integrate your calendar with Slack, have team members add their calendars, and even use Slack to create events and then share them via Google Calendar. For those who don’t use Google, they’ll still be able to import the events to their chosen calendar. And if your team is a Microsoft group, there’s also an integration for Outlook Calendar.
While Slack is great for communication, Trello is a wonderful addition for task management. You can start boards in minutes, control who can add and change boards and content, and collaborate with everyone. Plus, you can even use it to help automate the tedious work in your project management, saving you more time and effort. This is the number one visual collaboration tool available today.
When you use Slack and Trello, you’ll enjoy things like being able to add cards to Trello from Slack, changing due dates and linking discussions, allowing team members to join boards with a single click, and so much more. It creates a collaborative, seamless way to harness productivity and success.
This is one of the best and most used to-do list apps available today. Todoist makes it easy to organize schedules and manage tasks, including those of all the different departments across the organization. When you integrate with Slack, you’ll also be able to create new tasks and events from Slack, add Slack messages as tasks in Todoist, update and change information, and check progress.
Plus, there’s a lot more that you can do both with Todoist on its own and as part of your Slack integrations, making it well worth the investment. It can even help you get some of your less organized team members more focused and task-oriented, which is a win for everyone.
Hugo is a great resource for meetings and appointments. It’s extra-safe with encryption to secure private business data and will allow you to set permission access so that no one can get into your private information without express consent. While using the real-time interaction of Slack, teams can refer to Hugo to go over previous meetings, insights, and other notes.
You can even share team meeting notes, customize channels on Slack to fit meeting templates, and more. It’s free to sign up and you’ll be able to connect to Slack instantly with your email address.
We love Zapier so much that we’ve got our own page of integrations that go with it, but this mention is again for Slack. Zapier for Slack allows you to automatically connect more than 1,500 different apps and tools so that you can automate work, streamline processes, and get the entire team on board with collaboration and integration. The ways that Zapier can help you work smarter are nearly endless, thanks to the wide selection of integrations available.
Plus, Zapier ensures that even if Slack doesn’t have a dedicated integration, you can integrate all of your tools to streamline operations across the board. It’s a great way to do more with your time and customize automation so that you can keep your people focused on efforts that demand their attention.
Because there are so many tools and integrations available for Slack, we felt it necessary to list a few extras that didn’t quite make the top five but are still well worth a look.
What’s important is to think about the things that you want to improve or the ways that you want to boost productivity, and then look for Slack apps that can help you with that goal. With so much to choose from, you should have no trouble making the most of your Slack integrations and improving your business productivity all around.
Most of the integrations are free, or at least offer a free trial, making it easy for you to explore all the great options and see what they can do to improve your business. If they don’t help, get rid of them and move on to the next one. It’s that simple.
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