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Slack 2021 Review

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Slack offers communication and tools, all in one place, so that remote teams will stay productive no matter where they’re coming from. Teamwork in Slack happens in channels (a single place for messaging, tools and files) helping everyone save time and collaborate together. Voted #3 in video conferencing software and #6 in project management tools.

Features:

  • Work channels to streamline project management and team collaboration.
  • Voice and video calls.
  • File storage.

Pricing:

  • Slack offers a free starting plan.
  • Paid plans start from US$6.67 per active user per month.

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Slack Reviews

Find out what each expert had to say about Slack.

Shannon DeJong

Founder/CEO - House Of Who

✓ Asana
We have found that while Asana has its limitations, it gets the job done and integrates well with Slack. #1 important need for a project management tool is that people will actually use it – otherwise it’s pointless. This means it must be intuitive (not overly complicated, each to assign and check things off, etc).

✓ Slack
Can create multiple channels to support day-to-day communications for projects that may happen asynchronously. Working remotely means more text communications, so having separate channels allows us to easily refer back to conversations and information on specific projects.

Brianne O’Neill

Project Coordinator - Push Focus

✓ Monday.com
Monday.com is a great way to keep all of your projects organized down to the finite details. You can break it down into the individual steps of the project and assign them to different team members, as well as set deadlines and alerts. Another great feature is dependencies – where you can make it so one task relies on another task to be completed in order for the project to move forward. Dependencies help when a timeline changes – since the tasks are connected, you only have to change one due date and the others fall in line. Monday.com is also set up with integrations for G Suite and Slack, among many other platforms, which is very helpful.

✓ Slack
Slack is great for internal communication. Being able to organize your conversations into specific topic channels does wonders for keeping team members, and projects, organized. I like to think of Slack as a replacement for verbal conversations – with the added benefit that you can use the search tool to go back and find particular parts of a conversation instead of having to remember it verbatim (which we all know is not reliable!).

✓ G Suite
G Suite has quite a few features that help get projects off the ground. Google Docs are a great place to get started – note taking, drafts, etc. Team members have the option of shared ownership so edits can all happen in the Doc, or notes can be placed on specific sections, which show up to the side of the Doc, so collaboration is simple. Google Sheets are great when there is a lot of data to display in spreadsheet format. Google Slides make bigger presentations easy to create and easy to share. Google Calendar is best for scheduling meetings and/or deadlines, and with Google Hangouts – you can easily add a video chat option. The Google Drive is a great place to keep all your Doc, Sheets, Slides, Photos, Videos and other assets stored and organized. Overall, G Suite has tons of functionality to keep your projects flowing.

Jack Choros

CMO - Little Dragon Media

✓ Slack
Slack is great for carrying out conversations with multiple people. You can exchange documents right inside of the chat environment without having to go to Google Drive. Chat with different people working on the same project, split those chats into different groups and compartmentalize everything. Easy!

✓ Trello
Trello is great for planning out your milestones and making sure you hit your objectives. The visual appeal is great and everything is laid out simply. Add and subtract details, change due dates and assign tasks to different people.

✓ Zoom
Zoom is great for videoconferencing. It’s slightly better than using Skype because it’s easier to record conversations and screenshot videos in case your web conferencing involves walk-throughs or explanations that you want to show other employees later.

Charlie Tatum

Content Strategist - Online Optimism

With our company and so many of our clients switching to remote work, it’s more important than ever to have a reliable video conference software for all-staff meetings, client presentations, and informal touchbases. Here’s what my company’s been using to stay in touch:

✓ Slack
At Online Optimism, we use Slack every day to share deliverables, discuss client accounts, and chat informally. Fortunately, Slack supports video and audio calls, and we’ve found it to be the least buggy of the video conference software options we’ve tried. Slack is our go-to for quick calls, department meetings, and internal discussions.

✓ UberConference
Before moving to entirely remote work, we used UberConference regularly to power all of our client-facing phone calls. We’ve found that UberConference is best suited for situations where some parties are joining by telephone, or where there are a lot of call participants. We use UberConference for all-staff morning touchbases because it’s been the clearest when hosting conversations with more than ten people.. An added benefit is that our staff can use their work computers to call clients, instead of their personal phones.

Syed Usman Hashmi

Digital Marketing Strategist - PureVPN

✓ Slack
I choose Slack over other File Sharing Softwares:

As per the Global Pandemic Situation, many have turned to start working from home, so communication has become an integral and most important part of businesses nowadays, so does the selection of the right tool to converse and share files without any hassles.

We as a team use Slack for our communications, Tools usage, and most importantly file sharing. It enhanced the productivity of the team no matter where everyone is working because of its sleek layout to keep everything organized.

By sharing files and documents I can add comprehensive and critical details, which is not possible while browsing folders.

Its App Directory is so vast that you can share all kinds of files, docs, photos, and media without even spending time on changing tabs.

Its Collaboration Feature helps to share big files across all departments and can see the final product together with in-line file and document sharing.

Channels (Organized Spaces) make it easier to share files and the context around them with the right people — and find those files later on.

Most Importantly its Security feature: Files in private channels or messages are only to be seen by the people added in the first place.

Yosef Silver

Owner - Fusion Inbound

✓ Google Meet
Integrated with my Google Calendar and GSuite apps. I don’t need to copy and paste to invite people in, and if you’re up to ten people, this is a great free solution.

✓ Slack
Slack’s video conferencing is my go-to for talking to my team. It’s right at my fingertips and let’s us connect immediately. It can be used for voice or video, and I like the options to annotate the screen if screensharing.

✓ WhatsApp
While so many people are trying to Zoom to check on on family, WhatsApp has free video calls and you can have multiple people chatting at once. I’ve been chatting to friends around the world on WhatsApp. For many people, it might be easier to use and relate to than installing another app or relying on the computer to connect.

Shagun Chauhan

Business consultant - iFour Technoloab

✓ Slack
– Slack is the famous file-sharing software used by a wide range of businesses. It creates team channels and sends messages. Adding to it, it lets you drag and drop files, bookmark messages, and pin documents. It’s quicker, more efficient, and more user-friendly.

– Features: Messaging, File Synchronization, Drag and Drop, User Management, Workflow management, etc.

✓ Samepage
– Samepage is the leading collaboration software that provides a collaborative environment for business employees. It allows to access and write the files which are on Samepage, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.The user is allowed to share the files without any limitations by using Samepage. Project-related files can be accessible under one page from anywhere in the world as it’s remote-friendly.

– Features: Document management, Audit Trail, Encryption, Version control, etc.

✓ Flock
– Flock is the leading team messenger and online collaboration platform which offers the best file sharing features to all the business users. The user can share the files with a simple drag-and-drop feature to the other team member and find the shared file easily. One can increase business productivity by good communication, file sharing feature, andsearch tool in Flock.

– Features: Chat / Messaging, Document Management, Drag and Drop, File synchronization, etc.

Katie Ashworth

Travel Public Relations Specialist - The Abbi Agency

✓ Zoom
As an agency we sought after the same tools. During this time we have fully relied on Zoom for our conference calls. Zoom has provided us a way to have interactive calls with our teammates face to face without missing a beat.

Working remote can be tough but with these three tools, we have been able to stay more than efficient through this time.

✓ Slack
Slack has provided us the chance to have instant messaging opportunities as well as calls and video calls.

✓ Google Meet
Google can be used easily without a subscription for clients that may only be familiar with google tools.

Sam Orchard

Managing Director - Edge of the Web

✓ Slack
We’ve used Slack for our internal communications for years, and now that the team is working remotely, we’re also using it for video conferencing. Slack was a great choice for us because it easily integrates with 3rd party tools, and it’s really easy to use.

We’ve also been very impressed by the call quality, which is absolutely essential – especially when we have several users on the call.It’s also pretty cost effective, with comparatively low rates per user, and even a free tier available that still has a lot of great features.

Laura Handrick

Owner - Choosing Therapy

I use multiple tools, both as a teleworker and as an independent consultant.

✓ GoToMeeting
GoToMeeting is my personal favorite. That’s because it provides controls that allow me to manage a remote session, such as a webinar myself, without the use of an administrator as many of the larger more costly tools require.

✓ Zoom
However, Zoom is the one I use the most. That’s because it’s free for one-on-one meetings and allows group calls with up to three people free for 40 minutes. Like GoToMeeting, Zoom allows me to screen share applications. I use it when conducting one-on-one meetings as seeing one another’s faces helps create connection and trust. I also use it when conducting live training sessions, as I can see the participant’s reactions as they view my presentation deck live on the screen.

✓ Slack
The sleeper in my opinion in #Slack. Many firms have adopted collaborative online tools like Slack and I’ve used Slack channels for project and team collaboration across a few firms. However, Slack has a phone/video conference option as well that for some reason I feel people aren’t aware of. (Perhaps Slack needs to increase user awareness of it’s free video conference tools). If you’re already using Slack in your firm (or if you want to set up a free account for your family), all you have to do is choose the icon that looks like a phone, and voila — free face-to-face one-on-one video conference with your co-worker!

Slack FAQ

What is Slack?

Slack offers communication and tools, all in one place, to improve team collaboration.

Is Slack any good?

Our experts voted for Slack as the #3 video conferencing tool and the #6 project management tool.

Is Slack free to use?

Yes. Slack offers a free plan with limitations.

What are the best features of Slack?

Work channels. Voice and video calls. File storage.