Slack is one of those apps that doesn’t sound like all that much when you’re explaining it – it’s basically a glorified chat room for teams that features persistent channels and notifications so that everyone can stay up to date on projects without having to start an email chain that may or may not be findable later.
We’ve used Slack at Newsshooter to keep across the site redesign, and found it to be a useful way to keep conversations focused and findable. It also integrates with a variety of other services to try and ensure that if you’re looking for, say a Vimeo link, you don’t have to open a new browser or work out where you saw it. It’s right there, in Slack, alongside the conversation you’re having about it.
Video review tool Wipster is the latest addition to the Slack stack, and the integration lets you upload your edits, share with clients and colleagues, and have frame-accurate conversations directly on the video. Also included are version tracking, automated to-do lists, team-only commenting, and final delivery.
There are free trials available for both Slack and Wipster. The free version of Slack is unlimited and works well for small teams – there are limits on the functionality but you’re able to link up to and pull in data from 10 other apps. If you want to move up to the paid tiers there’s a monthly fee per user. Wipster is free for 14 days, and then pricing starts at $15 US/month per user. Whether that’s good value for you will probably depend on how many projects you have out for client review and how large your business is – but you’ll still be able to kick the tires and see how it works using the free period.