What is Slack?
Slack is a digital workspace that allows teams and groups to communicate and collaborate on topics and projects. A team is a group of people that you work with every day who use Slack to communicate. A Slack Team is the digital space where you share information.
The employees at a small or medium-sized company will be part of one Slack Team. People in a large company, especially distributed companies will have sub-groups within a team.
Your Slack workspace contains channels which are organized around a specific topic, project or location. The channels can be public or private. Within each channel, you have conversations with members of the team.
For a company, Slack’s greatest advantage is the integration with other systems. For example, tracking bugs and software development with GitHub or following customer service tickets from a customer service platform. This allows employees to go to one place and interface with all the corporate systems.
In the crowded world of messaging apps, Slack has created a tool that easily connects groups of people. One of the benefits of Slack is its integration with many other services. Another benefit is the opportunity for users to be active in an open community.
What is a Slack Community?
A Slack community is a group of users who congregate around a distinct topic, such as developers, sales, marketing, entrepreneurs, or around a specific location, such as Denver Colorado. The community can be even more specific such as Denver Marketers.
The community operates as a group chat where each discussion is organized into a specific channel. Let’s say you are part of the Denver Marketers Slack group. Within this group, there will be channels such as inbound, outbound, social media, advertising, direct marketing, etc. The user can chat with any member in the channel where everyone can view the conversation, or the user can send a direct message to a specific member in the group.
The benefit of joining a Slack community is that you get real-time responses when you ask a question, make a recommendation, share your experience or request feedback. A Slack community is a great place to find like-minded people who have the same issues and can share their solutions.
Slack communities are by invitation only so there is control over who can join. Unlike other groups on Facebook or LinkedIn, Slack groups reduce noise and spam because they only offer relevant content and interaction between members.
The next question is not “Should I join a Slack community,” but rather, “Which Slack community should I join?” There are groups for everything from business professionals to software developers to musicians. We compiled a list of some of the most popular groups. Happy Slacking!
Marketing and Business Slack Communities
CRO Growth Hacks – crohacks.slack.com – A community sharing on conversion rate optimization growth hacks from CRO, SEO, SEM, email, business models and more. (Note this is the author’s Slack community) Request to Join
Online Geniuses – onlinegeniuses.slack.com – One of the largest online marketing communities that also has offline meetups. Request to Join
Inbound.org – inboundorg.slack.com – A group of inbound marketing enthusiasts. Request to Join
Startup – startup.slack.com – Share your thoughts with other startup founders and investors. Request to Join
Launch – launch.slack.com – A community of like-minded entrepreneurs, designers, developers and makers. Request to Join
CreativeTribes – creativetribes.slack.com – Find and connect with marketing people in various niches. Request to Join
Designer Hangout – designerhangout.slack.com – Collaborate with other UX designers and researchers to discuss user experience. Request to Join
People – people.slack.com – A community chat for HR professionals. Request to Join
Buffer – buffercommunity.slack.com – Social media professionals. Request to Join
Freelance – freelance.slack.com – A community of freelance professionals. Request to Join
Convertists – convertists.slack.com – A community for sales development professionals. Request to join
Developers and Technical
Testing – testing.slack.com – A Slack chat for software testing, Quality Assurance, QA and testers. Request to Join
iOS Developers – ios-developers.slack.com – A community for iOS developers. Request to Join
Code Newbie – codenewbie.slack.com – A community of software developers and programmers. Request to Join
Slash Rocket – slashrocket.slack.com – A developer community of all skill levels. Request to Join
DevOps Chat – devopschat.slack.com – Chat and learn about DevOps. Request to Join
Tech Masters – techmasters.slack.com – A community of technologists from around the world. Request to Join
Code Community – codecommunity.slack.com – A community for those interested in coding, automation, documentation and testing. Request to Join
Developers – hashtagdevelopers.slack.com – A global developers community. Request to Join
HackerX – A chat community of hackers and makers from around the world. Request to Join
Internet of Things – anythings.slack.com – A wide variety of internet topics. Request to Join
Side Project – sideproject.slack.com – Find collaborators and other side projecteers. Request to Join
Music – music.slack.com – A community of artists and musicians. Request to Join
Coffee Talk – talkcoffee.slack.com – Chat about all things coffee. Request to Join
Episodes – episodes.slack.com – A community for TV watchers. Request to Join
Slack Dads – slackdads.slack.com – Dads discussing dad life. Request to Join
Travel Talk – traveltalk.slack.com – A chat community for travelers. Request to Join
Star Wars – starwarschat.slack.com – A community of Star Wars fans talking about Star Wars. Request to Join
Street Workout – street-workout.slack.com – A street workout community chat group. Request to Join
Work From – workfrom.slack.com – A community for remote and work-from-home professionals. Request to Join
Sports Geek HQ – sportsbiz.slack.com – A chat group for people in the sports business. Request to Join
If you have a Slack group and you want to be added to this list, please contact us.
Greg Ahern Founder and President of Ometrics® is a fanatic about conversion rate optimization and lead generation. Greg has been a successful Internet entrepreneur since 1994. He speaks at conferences and webinars and has built a number of internet businesses, including web marketing, web development and internet lead generation, which have been successfully acquired. Greg is the Denver Chapter Leader for the Digital Analytics Association. You can follow Greg on Twitter @gregahern and join his CRO Hacks Groups on Facebook and Slack.
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