A better way to work with people outside your company
Slack Connect transforms the way you work alongside your partners, vendors or customers by moving conversations out of siloed email threads and into the same place.
Get more done in Slack Connect
Whether you're working with vendors or sealing deals with a client, Slack Connect has you covered.
faster deal cycles for a sales team
decrease in backlog tickets for a customer support team
faster close in company acquisition for a business development team
Claims and figures based on specific teams using Slack Connect at their companies. Results may vary at your organization.
Connect faster with your partners
- Bring communication out of inboxes and into channels, where you can work quickly and collaboratively with outside organizations
- Strengthen client relationships in channels to provide top-tier enterprise support and drastically decrease response times
- Send messages and share files in real time to build collective insights along the way
Connect securely with outside organizations
- Keep your work secure with Slack’s enterprise-grade security features and compliance standards
- Gain secure access to communicate and collaborate confidently with partner organizations
- Reduce your team’s exposure to email phishing and spam attacks that come with email
Connect tools and automate workflows
- Easily book meetings, share documents, and simplify various other routine tasks with apps
- Streamline processes and speed up collaboration by building and connecting new workflows across organizations
How to get started
It only takes a few clicks to start working closely with vendors, customers, and more
1. Create the channel
Click the + button next to Channels in your sidebar. Name the channel, and click Create.
2. Send the invite
Invite your partner right from Slack. If you're on the Business+ or Enterprise Grid plan, you can also copy and share the link provided.
3. Wait for your partner
After they click the link, they’ll be taken back to Slack to accept and set up the channel on their end.
4. Get admin approval
Depending on your settings, the invitation will be sent to an admin on both teams for approval.
Built for roles of all types
Slack Connect allows you to build deeper relationships with all the people you work with, no matter the profession.
Join the 100,000+ organizations working in Slack Connect
“I can't imagine doing my job without Slack Connect. The beauty of working in Slack is that customers love it. They’re comfortable working within it, and communicating in a place where people are comfortable helps build stronger customer relationships.”Zack KassOpenAI’s Head of GTM
“Getting approvals is a lot faster with Slack. And in our industry, being faster means you’re going to bring a product that’s on-trend to market a lot quicker than normal.”Christopher NewsomeSenior Product Developer for Advanced Concepts
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Frequently asked questions
No. Slack Connect is included in all paid Slack plans. However, some of your partners might be using the free version of Slack, or not using Slack at all yet. If you are on the Enterprise Grid plan, teams on a free plan can join channels they’re invited to in your org without having to upgrade or start a free trial. If you are on a different paid plan, not a problem! Once you invite your partners to collaborate in Slack, if they’re eligible, they’ll get a 90-day free trial of Slack’s Pro plan.
You can invite someone outside of your company to share a channel in Slack. Or, skip the channels for now and send an invitation to start exchanging direct messages — just like you would in other DMs!
It really only takes a few clicks to start working closely with vendors, customers, and more. We welcome you to book a free 20 minute call with a Slack expert if you need help getting started!
Great question! Channels in Slack transform the way you work with your colleagues. Similarly, Slack Connect makes it possible to work in channels with people from outside of your company as well. With Slack Connect, you don’t need to give people access to your whole Slack workspace — just the channels that you need to collaborate in.
With Slack Connect, admins can maintain control over their organization’s data and monitor external access. And unlike collaborating via email—which leaves users open to the risk of spam and phishing—working in channels allows teams to receive messages and files only from verified members. Learn more about the enterprise-grade security built into Slack Connect here.
Slack Connect makes working with people from other companies as fast and simple as working with your teammates on Slack. That makes it ideal for collaborating with external partners, vendors and customers. The fast, efficient communication in Slack channels and direct messages can helps teams across companies:
• Build stronger customer relationships
• Decrease response times
• Speed up sales cycles
• Seize new opportunities
• Connect workflows across organizations
Plus, it’s all backed by Slack’s enterprise-grade security. Get more ideas from our article on “Communicating Better with External Parters”