The use of Slack as a chat service is spreading worldwide. Slack’s ecosystem is also growing with integrated applications.
Some of the applications send only notifications to Slack from external applications such as Intercom and Salesforce. But there are many bots that you can interact with.
There are many websites for engineers that describe how to make the most of Slack Bots. Is Slack only for developers? The answer is no.
There Are Many Slack Bots for Non-Engineers too!
Applications developed and used by engineers such as hubot and ruboty might come to mind as Slack Bots. But there is a variety of Slack Bots you can simply install and use right away. I’m going to introduce you some Slack Bots I love.
You can start searching for Slack applications in the App Directory. Please note that even though Slack’s official website lists these applications, it doesn’t mean these applications are trustworthy.
“Slack conducts a brief review of apps in our App Directory and does not endorse or certify these apps.”
Astrobot | Manage All Your Emails on Slack
Astrobot pushes your email to Slack and lets you mark as read and archive on Slack. You don’t need to use your emailing platform most of the time.
It looks like this. It is pretty nice and free.
Geekbot | Handle Daily Standup on Slack
The app’s description says it all. It is much easier than emailing your daily report. Also, it sends a reminder, so you rarely forget to report. The monthly fee is 3 US dollars per user.
The admin can check daily reports of team members online so it is easy to go back to the past reports.
Lunch Train | Let’s Go To Lunch!
Lunch Train invites your team for lunch, and reminds where to go and when to meet.
I haven’t used this yet, but I think it is funny.
Presense | Automatic Slack Status Update
Slack has status update features such as displaying online or offline and updating status with emojis.
Presense updates these emoji status for you. It syncs with your calendar, so the application automatically updates your status when it finds events on your calendar. That’s all it does.
The status is updated from its iOS app. It looks like the picture below.
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Zapier | The Magical Application That Can Automate Everything
Zapier is very convenient even when it is not integrated with Slack. But when it is, it is even more useful.
For those who are not familiar with Zapier, it is like a business version of IFTTT. It is triggered by something and executes something. What is something? It can be anything.
This is one of many examples of how I use Zapier. (Just to remind you, this is just one example.) I set up Zapier to automatically add the content of a document that is newly created in a certain Google Docs directory to Trello’s to-do list. I review it on Trello and move it to the done list. Zapier sends a notification on Slack. Then, my team members properly move forward the reviewed document. You can integrate Google Docs and Trello by clicking USE THIS ZAP button. So convenient. In addition, Zapier sends Slack notifications instantly.
More examples of what you can do by integrating Zapier and Slack
- Send notifications on Slack whenever survey forms are submitted
- Send notifications on Slack when events on Google Calendar are coming soon
- Send notifications on Slack when receiving email that is custom-filtered
- Post on Slack when posting on Instagram
You can do so many things with Zapier. You can set up most of them by just clicking the USE THIS ZAP button. A big plus is that Zapier offers a free plan. Since I’m raving about Zapier so much, I wish I could put an affiliate link but Zapier doesn’t provide an affiliate program yet. That aside, I highly recommend Zapier.
There are so many Slack applications I want to talk about. But this article is getting quite long. I leave them for the next one.
It seems there is a certain notion that Slack is for engineers. But now you see there are many Slack Bots for business use. Slack has become a convenient tool for everyone, not just developers.
Whether or not you are an engineer, use not only Slack but also Slack Bots to increase your productivity.
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