Nowadays, teams of all shapes and sizes – from NASA to charity: water – use the Slack real-time messaging app to better collaborate with their colleagues and better communicate with their customers.
In recent years, Slack has become sturdy enough to work directly with the other platforms your company knows and loves – thanks to the many fun and useful integrations people have built on them.
From polling your teammates, to track bugs, answer potential customer questions, there's more to it than what you see in the game.
The Slack apps directory is the best place to find applications and integrations that you can connect to Slack. But with so many resources available, finding the best of the best may seem like a little crapshoot. That's why we have created the list below of 16 of the best apps and integrations on Slack today. Check them out and plan to implement the ones that make sense for your team.
Before entering the applications and integrations themselves, let's quickly make sure that we all know how to add a application or integration to our Slack teams.
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How to add an application or integration to Slack
You can add an application or an integration to Slack via Slack applications directory or by clicking on the "Add to play" button of an individual application. ] To add via the App directory: Click here or open Slack and click on the name of your team in the upper left corner, then choose "Applications and Integrations".
To add applications via an "Add to Play" button: Search these "Add to Slack" buttons on the web to add your apps favorite in one click. They look like this:
Best Slack Apps, integrations and robots
- Simple Survey
- Diggbot  Tetra
- Google Drive
- Google+ Hangouts
- Monkey Test It
- Lunch Train
1. e Poll
Easily survey people in Slack
Simple Poll is a very easy-to-use survey app. It's easy to create a poll, respond to your team members, and determine which answer received the most votes.
Once you have added the application, just select a slash. Type / poll "poll question?" "Option1" "Option2" "Option3" and a poll will be created for you and sent by a bot, without the name of a specific member of the team being linked to it.
For example, a poll written in Slack like this:
/ poll "Where should we lunch?" "chipotle" "coffee of the 2nd street" "this new place of hummus"
… will end up looking like this:
By default, the icons "1", "2" and "3" will be added at the bottom of the message so that people can answer easily by clicking on the emoji number that corresponds to their preference, instead of having to fish in the # 39; option "Reactions".
Ask questions about marketing, sales and growth.
Here's a Slack app from HubSpot's Founder and Technical Director, Dharmesh Shah. Slow users working in marketing, sales, and other growth-oriented organizations can ask Simple GrowthBot questions about different systems, analyzes, and trends.
- Send a private message by chatting @growthbot.
- Use Slack's slash command to chat with GrowthBot by typing / growthbot .
Here are some examples of questions GrowthBot can answer:
Manage your sales pipeline in team conversations.
Troops is a task manager specifically designed for sales people, allowing each member of a sales team to collaborate, manage and report on their sales pipeline. The most unique feature of the tool is its Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbot, which informs the commercial of the tasks approach or needs to be modified.
As the sales process evolves so quickly, it can be difficult to ensure that every seller uses is kept up to date with new prospects, calls, offers and closing dates. The integration of troops at Slack allows salespeople to manage their pipeline while collaborating with the rest of their team at the same time.
Receiving warnings of discussion of troops in Slack and creating tasks in Slack conversations, commercial
Send annotated screenshots directly to Slack.
If your desktop is similar to mine, it contains many screenshots, which is tedious to browse and move. But the process of recording screenshots, annotation and sharing with your team is not necessarily manual.
Enter Marker, an incredibly useful Chrome extension for people who regularly share screenshots with their teammates on Slack. (It also integrates with Trello, GitHub and other applications.) Once the extension and application are installed, you can capture the entire screen or selection, annotate it and send it to a person or to a channel on Slack.
In addition to allowing you to annotate screen capture with arrows, text and emojis, the app automatically attaches the URL of the page where the capture of The screen has been taken and sent with the image.
19659062] Although Marker mainly talks about bug tracking, you can use it for a lot more than that: report small typos, capture interesting parts of articles, share ideas to go lunch, etc. on
Gather your team's connections into a single network.
If you're looking for ways to make better use of your network and software connections, here is a way to do it using Slack. This application allows you to set up a private professional network for your Slack team. Mitali Pattnaik – the co-founder of the app – calls it "the professional network of the era of messaging / conversation"
When you install the application, your Slack will have a full member directory. He creates a private network for each Slack team by combining the social connections of the team members. Your team members will receive notification to create and edit their profile. According to Pattnaik, the app will allow people who are not members of Intro to collect data from various public sources such as LinkedIn and Twitter.
You can then use your new Slack team network to find potential candidates, find new prospects, and ask for presentations from your colleagues. So, if you want to know if any of your team knows anyone in the Google office in San Francisco or if any of your team went to business school in Europe, then you can at least start your search directly in Slack.
Image Credit: Intro
To search for people and companies on your team's network, you can use the slash command / intro with the user name Slack, the full name, e-mail address or a person using / intro (company name).
Add funny and random GIFs to your conversations.
Ever wanted to share a emotion or reaction better described with images than with words? Giphy.
In Giphy's Slack app, all you have to do is grab the command / giphy and any phrase – from "awesome" to "bagels for days" to "WHAT HAPPENING. "(Yes, they have GIF files for just about everything.) Next, the application will use this sentence to call a random GIF file from their gigantic library of GIF files. the command.
Image Credit: Giphy
Use it to express yourself, clear things up and set a note of maturity for your team.
What's fun, and sometimes strange, with the Giphy app, is that you never know you're going to have it. You can enter / giphy pizza required ten times and get ten different GIFs. So, if you're looking for precision, here's a tip: Use the / giphy command several times in direct messages to Slackbot, then save and share the GIF file you prefer.
Discover high quality web content hosted by Digg.
If you're looking for a way to discover new content such as news and videos directly in Slack, Diggbot is the best app.
brings together 10 million RSS feeds from virtually every publisher and collects 200 million tweets a day – 40 million of which include links. Their algorithms process all these links in real time (about 7.5 million per day), then human editors select the best articles and videos.
Diggbot is located above all this data and gives you the result of stories and videos directly in Slack. They did it in a natural and conversational way. You can use Diggbot to search for the latest news on any subject or from any publisher, get news alerts and get the Digg Edition twice a day directly on your Slack channel.
Image Credit: Gary Liu
Here are some of the most important orders from Digg CEO Gary Liu:  / digg: Gives you a fresh and cool connection. Simple.
/ digg (keyword): Allows you to search for content by keyword.
/ digg (domain): Lets you see the most common stories for a domain (for example, "/ digg nytimes.com").
/ digg trending:
/ digg fun: Gives you something fun.
Organize and share important knowledge in an internal wiki directly in Slack.
When you have a small team, it's easy to stay in touch with an anot her through in-person conversations, quick one-on-one conversations, and so on. But the bigger your team, the harder it is to keep everyone informed. It's there that having an internal wiki to document the updates – from new ideas to the experiences you've made – can be so important to inform everyone and develop your team's culture. .
is already on Slack, why not have your internal wiki directly in this application? Tetra is an internal wiki for teams using Slack. It's a simple team collaboration tool with great design that can help your team organize and share important knowledge in one place. You can even search the wiki directly from Slack if you wish.
For example, suppose you want to update your company's website. You can use a simple slash command to ask the question directly in Slack – and it will look for internal information about your question in Tettra. Here's what it looks like:
Image Credit: Humblebot
These little reminders will help you to be more humble on a more regular basis. Being humble shows that you have a clear perspective and that you are aware of yourself, which is a sign of emotional intelligence. And despite the simplicity of the application, it can make a big difference in your day and in that of your colleagues.
10. Google Drive
Easily share Google Drive files in Slack.
Many people use Google Drive to securely store files online, access them from anywhere, and collaborate with others. If you are one of those people, the Google Drive app is a great way to facilitate file sharing between teammates.
In the first place, the application allows you to share Drive files directly in Slack. All you have to do is paste the shareable link into a Slack conversation, and it will import the files into Slack. This is the message you will receive the first time you share a Google Drive file in Slack:
 The best part of this application is that the files you import are easily searchable.Note, however, that they will not actually be stored in Slack – they will continue to be stored in Google Drive. (Read this post from blog for more tips on Google Drive.)
11. Google+ Hangouts
Start a H Google+ thrill with team members in your Slack channels.
Here's another great slack integration for times when you want to converse face-to-face during a video conference call with a member of the team. who is not in your office. To do this, simply tap / hangout to start a Google+ Hangout in a new window:
This command will provide you with a link you can use to quickly jump on a video call.
Get analytical updates for specific measurements on demand.
If you use analytics such as Google Analytics, New Relic, or Mixpanel, Statsbot is an excellent application to add to Slack. Statsbot simply integrates with these tools and monitors your metrics. Then, whenever you want an analytical update, you just have to ask the number to Statsbot and you will get it instantly.
This saves you from opening a new browser window by logging into your analytics application. and search for this number manually. In addition, you can request an unlimited number of data requests, reports and alerts, and the application remains free.
In the example below, you will see that the user has opened a conversation (with his team or with Slackbot) and Statsbot mentioned in @. He typed: @Statsbot: new users this week. Check out the following conversation to discover some of the features of the bot.
Image Credit: Statsbot
Set Working Time and Break Times to Increase Productivity
Have you ever heard of the Pomodoro technique in a five-minute break, which is more effective only to force you to engage in long periods of uninterrupted work, which can often affect your productivity.
When you add the Tomatobot app to Slack, you'll be adding some useful tools to track your work using the Pomodoro technique For example, you can discuss the Slackbot and say it when you start working with the simple command slash / startwork, and you will receive a message when it's time to take a break Use the order / completed to indicate when you have completed a task.
You can also record all reminders that may distract you so you can forget them until your next break by tapping / distraction. (Learn more about slash commands for this application here.)
NOTE: Without adding the Tomatobot app, you can set up manual reminders for help from the native command / remember a bit like you. would be with Siri on your iPhone. For example, type / remind me to take a break in 20 min and you will get a message from Slack that says:
Twenty minutes later, a other message says:
14. Monkey Test It
Test your website for common bugs.
Normally you go to their website, connect the URL of your website and click on "Test Now". – but if you use Slack anyway, why not trigger a test using the free integration?
With the Monkey Test It app installed, anyone in your organization can test your website with the help of the simple slash command / monkeytest (http: //www.your-website .com). From there, the results will appear directly in your chat window, no code is required.
Image credit: Product Hunt ]
15. Lunch Train
Plan group lunches without spamming your channels.
Instead of asking a big chain to have lunch, then harass them with notifications when people receive it, users can start a group exit by typing / lunchtrain The bot will send an invitation to Lunch Train that other users can "ship" without the Slack channel receiving multiple notifications each time. another user joins the meal plan:
user notifications when they join a train and when the train leaves the "station" (get ready for tra word games):
Source: Lunch Train
Work on your team's list of collaborative tasks without changing the tabs.
If your team shares to-do lists with Trello, try this bot to easily share and add Trello cards and approve users. You can allow Trello for Slack by entering / trello help and in one click on your Trello account. Here are some examples of using the Trello bot for Slack:
Find a Slack application integration that would suit your business? Inform your marketing or customer service team. There is no better time to make your business more accessible to people trying to reach you.