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 compared to Slack alternatives 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
10X Factory – Is a paid group that focuses on providing entrepreneurs with the network, education, and mastermind they need at an affordable price. The fee keeps out the riff-raff! There are a wide variety of topics to get help and post your comments on. Many users are asking for help and most had 2-5 responses. So the community of over 800 is very engaged.
- The network. We have a lot of people who only connect in channels, but over 70% of our messages are direct messages and we have several members who chat over the phone or meetup. You can see this, especially in the #shoutouts channel.
- The education. Our community is a wealth of knowledge, but we also have training videos hosted on a wiki called tettra.
- The hotsteats. Every other week, we have a live video chat session where one person hops on video chat with 5-20 other entrepreneurs to discuss their top business challenges, and our team of entrepreneurs help solve that for them.
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