Slack. Basecamp. Twist. With so many names in the business group chat market, it is easy to get overwhelmed. Here are a few of the most popular options (and some fresh faces!) to help you decide how your company can effectively communicate outside of the office.
Chances are if you’ve ever had to manage or collaborate on a work project, you’ve heard of Slack. Especially popular in the tech sector, Slack bills itself as a streamlined project management software. It has file uploads, voice and video calls, and real-time updates. It is much cheaper than some of the options on this list, coming in at a starting price of only around eight dollars per month.
Basecamp: A Writer’s Dream
Although Basecamp is like Slack, it also differs when it comes to some key features. Unlike Slack, Basecamp offers Google Calendar integration, assignment management features, and automatic reminders for said assignments. Basecamp is a bit pricier than Slack, with a starting price of approximately $99 a month. However, the group calendars, seamless ability to participate in multiple projects at once, and permission management functions indeed set it apart from its competition.
Asana: The Underdog
Ideal for smaller teams, Asana offers free project management for groups of up to 15 people. After that, it will only set you back around ten bucks a month per user, making it ideal for smaller teams. With features like third-party integration and a single sign-on, Asana is ahead of its competition in some regards. However, many reviewers criticize the clunky roll-out process, lackadaisical security, and basic dashboards.
Airtable: The New Contender
Airtable is a relatively new face in the project management industry. With only approximately ten percent of the following, Airtable was able to rack up an impressive four-and-a-half-star average rating, placing it even with every other piece of software on this list. Its use by companies like Target and Tesla solidifies its place on the list alongside giants like Slack and Basecamp. Airtable also comes with a free option for smaller communities, making it ideal for freelancers and cash-strapped startups. However, because the project is still in its infancy, it lacks some of the features, like mentions and deadline tracking, that all the other applications include.