Rather than manually copying and pasting an email from your inbox to Slack, use this Gmail Slack integration to automatically share emails that receive a specific label. For example, create a 'slack' label in Gmail and each time you label an email with 'slack', share its contents with your team in the #marketing channel. Use the Gmail to Slack Zap from the video:. Give Zapier a try for free: If I have one app open during most of my. Connect Gmail to a workspace From your desktop, open Gmail. Click the Slack icon on the right side panel. If you don't see the icon, open the side panel by clicking the left arrow. When prompted, open an email. Click Connect to Slack. Click Allow to grant the add-on access to your Gmail account. Product Reviews Gmail, Slack, iMessage or Just Use Spike - an in depth product review. Spike's whole 'Conversational Email' is really smart. They are flipping the Gmail and Slack paradigm as the product works both with and without a team.
Slack for Gmail
The Slack Add-On for Gmail helps you move conversations along by bringing context from an email into a Slack channel or direct message. You can add a message and include attachments along with the email as well.
The Slack Add-On for Gmail helps you move conversations along by bringing context from an email into a Slack channel or direct message. You can add a message and include attachments along with the email as well.When to send email into Slack: - Email chain getting too noisy? Send it into Slack where you can discuss quickly and move forward. - Have an idea you want to share with your team? Send it along to a relevant channel with a note about your insights. - Need to coordinate a response to a customer question? Flag your teammates in Slack and use the email content to set context.How the Add-On works: - Start by installing the Slack for Gmail Add-On. - Open any email and click on the Slack icon in the right-hand side of your inbox. - Choose the channel or person you’d like to forward the email to inside of Slack. - Add a message and include attachments if you’d like. - Voilà! The email is forwarded into Slack where anyone in the channel or direct message you shared it to can see the email content and open attachments.About Slack:Slack is a collaboration hub for work, no matter what work you do. It’s a place where conversations happen, decisions are made, and information is always at your fingertips. With Slack, your team is better connected.
As a workplace communication hub, Slack is frequently hailed by its founder and proponents as the solution to email’s limitations.
Compared to Slack, email generally makes it harder to share information and get a quick, easy response.
Compared to Email, Slack causes more interruptions with its frequent message notifications, that can often have a false sense of urgency.
Slack & Gmail: Rather than picking one platform or the other as the “winner,” both have their use cases:
- Email presents a non-interruptive hub that is key for external communications
- Slack is a more transparent and quick communication hub that is especially well-suited for internal communications
While there are advantages and disadvantages to both channels, we believe the biggest issues for teams are caused by having to switch between Gmail, the most widely used email client, and Slack for internal chat.
Flipping between Slack and Gmail creates a dispersion of information and attention. Furthermore: team collaboration is made more difficult by this dispersion.
To solve this problem: we’ve synced Slack & Gmail through our two-way integration. The existing Slack for Gmail integration simply sends emails to Slack, and Slack messages to email.
Gmelius does that and more to make email even more collaborative. How so? By creating a new layer that translates an email into a shared conversation, and then a shared instant message, and vice-versa.
We’re convinced that syncing data between Slack and Gmail in this way can provide the ultimate workplace communication hub. We’ve released this integration because we believe that it will create more efficiency, results, and happiness when communicating.
To show you why our version of syncing Slack and Gmail is the solution, let’s dissect those issues about the Slacklash a bit further.
Slack vs. Email: Pros and Cons of Both Platforms
The commonly-reported pain points about Slack tend to be:
- The false sense of urgency created by Slack’s chatroom interface (not every message requires an immediate response)
- Frequent chat notifications that interrupt the state of flow needed to create valuable “deep work”
- Too much irrelevant chatter (both work-related and social)
- Inefficient onboarding of the tool by companies that introduce it, resulting in endless chats and channels
- A web of integrations is needed to use Slack with other collaboration tools (like Trello, Helpscout, Basecamp, etc)
That said, we like using Slack and Gmail — a lot. Why is Slack great for business?
1. Slack gives instant access to team members. The speed of communication that happens with brief messages and quick answers is a big advantage.
2. Slack makes it easier to keep everyone on the same page. It’s easier to make a company/department/project-wide announcement to notify everyone of the relevant news (without everyone involved getting CC’d on an endless email thread).
3. Slack makes work more transparent by being able to track everything that is happening (even when someone is typing).
4. Slack gives a feeling of control. For managers, seeing the team’s green dots light up helps them feel like everyone is working (and hopefully they are).
5. Slack’s chatroom interface makes it usable for team building, and creating good vibes among coworkers. While not a top benefit, this chatroom interface can’t be discounted.
Email is and will remain king in terms of being the central hub of business communications..but it lacks these benefits to collaboration that make Slack so widely-used.
Email used on its own presents these problems as a communication hub:
- Sharing information to large teams requires CC’ing a big list
- Tracking projects and statuses requires effort, especially when multiple email threads and people are involved
- You don’t have the ability to discuss email threads privately (unless you start a new email chain or discussion in different apps)
- You can’t send automated sequences of emails and track their stats
In contrast to email, Slack makes sharing information, tracking projects and statuses, and having internal discussions quicker and easier.
Most Companies Use Both Platforms: Slack & Email — Which Causes Problems
Both tools have their benefits, and as a result most companies end up using both. This causes a problem where data is dispersed between the two platforms.
Using both communication hubs means there will frequently be messages and files on one platform — but not the other (“Where was that message: in my email or Slack?”).
Slack’s collaborative features make it highly useful for teams but most communication to clients, customers, vendors, and contractors still goes through email. As a result, teams end up discussing projects in two different platforms.
Slack-Gmail: A More Collaborative Integration
One goal for business communications should be to keep the bar for sending messages high enough to allow team members to stay focused.
At the same time, we need the ability to communicate with each other quickly enough to make business happen.
With that in mind, there are several criteria to use Slack and Email at the same time productively.
These are the problems solved by our two-way syncing integration with Slack and Gmail:
1. Above all, we’ll reduce the channel dispersion by integrating and syncing communication between Slack and Email. How would this work?
To do it: We’ve created a full sync between a shared label or shared inbox and a Slack channel.
For instance, a Gmail shared inbox named “Support” or a shared inbox like [email protected] is created with Gmelius:
Slack For Gmail
Through the Slack-Gmail integration that shared label or shared inbox will be synchronized with the #help channel on Slack:
To take it further: We’ve enabled teams to assign emails to each other, add email notes for context, add tags, change statuses, and more — without leaving Gmail:
How To Access Gmail
Integrating the two channels in this way solves a whole host of problems caused by the two being separate channels.
The bottom line is: this reduces the need for additional communication between team members because with our new integration, they can now see the existing context in Gmail and Slack at the same time.
2. Stop the need to search and switch between a lot of tools to collaborate as a team.
Imagine replacing the need for a to-do assigning app like Asana and project boards like Trello, a client notes app like Basecamp, or even a Helpdesk with ticket-management and automated follow ups by containing all of those features inside your inbox.
With our integration, once a conversation happens on Slack, it can be added along with any relevant email threads or notes to a Gmelius Kanban board within Gmail.
This board also has the option for:
- A due date and priority level
- An assignment to a team member
- A trigger for an automated follow-up email
- Another trigger for a sequence of further follow-up emails and internal tasks using “If/Then” logic (like in the below image):
Keeping all these features in sync between tools is the better way of working that we envision. The goal is to reduce noise from multiple channels, of which Slack is one.
Fewer transitions between tools, and fewer redundant message exchanges to keep up with between them, can clearly save a lot of time.
3. Thirdly, end the endless creation of new Slack conversations and channels by dedicating team chats to address specific internal emails.
It’s not uncommon for teams to create new Slack channels for each department, client, prospect, projects, etc.
Instead, you can create a new Slack channel to discuss a specific email internally. Then, you’ll see that conversation next to that email when you’re back in your inbox. When you’re done, just archive the email and channel.
Plus, less messages need to be exchanged thanks to the transparency of team actions within that discussion.
While in the inbox, Gmelius offers collision-detection which shows you when someone is: currently typing with a pulsing “..” underneath their avatar:
You can also see if they have read and/or replied to an email, and whether they are currently working or away right now.
This allows teams to avoid mistakes. For example: unknowingly sending two separate messages to the same client, or even worse — ignoring a client altogether. All thanks to having any discussion about that email in Slack synced to appear next to it.
As you can see, we have recently released our Slack integration to enable all of the solutions that I just described.
Now, the communication data that is important for collaboration can live on both platforms at the same time.
You can choose the platform you prefer (or simply use both as needed) as your primary communication hub to end the data/time lost from switching between them.
You no longer have to track team activity in multiple tools, or have separate conversations about the same topic on multiple channels. Just easy communication that is synced with the best features needed for collaboration — everything in real-time across all your team members and all their devices.