A global pandemic has ultimately changed our work dynamics as we know it today. Companies have been working hard during the last few months to make remote work more efficient and easily-accessible to each of their employees. Now more than ever is the time to carefully select tools that will help you work remotely without missing anything from the office.
Slack has been in the spotlight for all the effort and investment that has been made to improve user experience. A smart move, as Slack has been one of the top listed products that have contributed to improving the communication between colleagues out of the office!
One of the major updates that we have seen from Slack is the expansion of the application limit in the free plan. Right now, if you are a free user of Slack, you can install up to 10 applications in your workspace. This is more than enough to boost your productivity through Slack. To make your life a bit easier, we have collected a few Slack integrations that will help you boost your productivity upon their installation. Here they are:
My favorite Slack apps for improving productivity
This is a great application for those who prefer to have everything in one place and not get lost between channels and messaging apps. Once you install Clerk, you are able to receive messages and reply to your SMS. It’s the perfect solution for those who are using text messaging for their work such as real estate, law firms, insurance agencies, support teams and more. Having a conversation with your customers on Slack can bring you the benefit of easily accessible message history. There are various other features with a purpose to make communication even more agile. You can forward incoming calls to the number of your choice and even set up automatic responses for your clients. A great solution to save you from jumping between messaging platforms.
An extremely useful tool for those managing Google Ads campaigns. By installing Clever Ads you can integrate your Google Ads account with Slack. Once you do so, you will be able to schedule custom reports to be sent directly to the channel of your choice. Instead of going to the slow interface of Google Ads for screenshots of metrics and graphs, you can now ask your bot to share it directly in your chat. This way you can discuss the performance of your campaigns with your teammates and suggest next steps. Apart from that feature, you can also ask your bot for tips on optimizing your account. The bot will be able to quickly examine your account and suggest changes in order to improve your ads performance. It’s an ads manager directly inside Slack that will extract your metrics, graphs and monthly comparisons.
So simple, yet so useful. By integrating Google Calendar with Slack, you are saving yourself time while having one less tab open on your browser. What I found especially useful with this application is that the bot will notify you about any upcoming meetings and also offer the link for your hangouts call. Whereas before, I always had to run to my Google Calendar and look for the upcoming meeting to get the link for the call. Easy, efficient, and helps you elude any extra stress throughout your day.
Doodle Bot is your personal scheduling assistant inside Slack. How many times have you had to reschedule your meetings because the time or day wasn’t convenient for a team member? This bot lets you avoid that fuss, and it’s as simple as writing a command in your chat. You can suggest a new meeting and receive answers and feedback from the team. Also if you have colleagues outside of Slack, you can easily invite them with Doodle’s shareable link.
Workstreams’ integration will help you and your team stay connected and organized with your tasks. You can create new tasks directly from Slack without having to leave your chat. Your tasks will then be visible in your task board so you won’t miss a thing. You can categorize your tasks by adding labels and also by grouping certain tasks under a specific goal. Another cool feature is that you can attach any relevant documents and files to the task at hand. Keeping everything you need in one precise location. It’s a great tool for those who love to stay organized and want to ensure they don’t miss any important assignments.
To wrap things up
I think I’ve made it very clear how much I love these tools, with emphasis towards being able to close a browser. I’ve always been the kind of person whose browser is fully saturated by open tabs. But these Slack integrations can actually permit you to advance your work. After all, this is what all so called productivity apps should do. With the infinite amount of tools to choose from, it’s hard to decipher what can and can’t help you. I hope this post has been a source of insight into what can actually help you.