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Airtable

212 Ratings

Slack

Top Rated
1748 Ratings

Airtable

212 Ratings
Score 9.1 out of 101

Slack

Top Rated
1748 Ratings
Score 8.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Airtable

Good for replacing administrative spreadsheets, creating resource assignment and calendars, planning activities, creating on the fly data stores, outputting simple mobile data entry forms. Dealing with mobile staff needing to enter simple data quickly or with managers and officers who need to see real-time snapshots of information. When dealing with smaller data sets and not requiring blocks, then for a non-profit it is useful to have the free workspaces where everyone can fully collaborate and update records.Less good for complex financial work you should stick with Excel or your finance system. If you have a very large number of records and need many people to be able to update records then you need to consider the costs (however most off the shelf products you will be looking at to do your specific tasks will probably cost more when you evaluate them).
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Slack

Slack is great for use on teams, where quick and casual communication is appropriate. It's easy and enjoyable to communicate with this venue. I could see it working amazingly for startups and smaller teams throughout all levels of the organization but I think for larger organizations with a more formal hierarchy, this tool might not get used across levels as much.
Jennifer Pardi-Cusick, MBA, PMP profile photo

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Airtable
7.8
Slack
7.1
Task Management
Airtable
8.0
Slack
7.3
Resource Management
Airtable
8.2
Slack
Gantt Charts
Airtable
7.5
Slack
6.0
Scheduling
Airtable
7.5
Slack
7.1
Workflow Automation
Airtable
7.7
Slack
6.2
Team Collaboration
Airtable
8.7
Slack
Support for Agile Methodology
Airtable
7.9
Slack
Support for Waterfall Methodology
Airtable
7.7
Slack
Document Management
Airtable
7.8
Slack
Email integration
Airtable
7.2
Slack
Mobile Access
Airtable
7.5
Slack
8.8
Timesheet Tracking
Airtable
7.9
Slack
Change request and Case Management
Airtable
8.0
Slack
Budget and Expense Management
Airtable
8.1
Slack
Search
Airtable
Slack
7.7
Visual planning tools
Airtable
Slack
6.9

Communication

Airtable
Slack
8.2
Chat
Airtable
Slack
9.5
Notifications
Airtable
Slack
8.6
Discussions
Airtable
Slack
9.0
Surveys
Airtable
Slack
7.5
Internal knowledgebase
Airtable
Slack
8.4
Integrates with GoToMeeting
Airtable
Slack
7.7
Integrates with Gmail and Google Hangouts
Airtable
Slack
7.6
Integrates with Outlook
Airtable
Slack
7.3

File Sharing & Management

Airtable
Slack
7.9
Versioning
Airtable
Slack
7.2
Video files
Airtable
Slack
7.7
Audio files
Airtable
Slack
7.8
Document collaboration
Airtable
Slack
7.3
Access control
Airtable
Slack
8.4
Advanced security features
Airtable
Slack
8.2
Integrates with Google Drive
Airtable
Slack
8.2
Device sync
Airtable
Slack
8.6

Pros

  • The ease of the relational database capabilities are key for keeping tracking of how our contacts, partners, donors, and event attendees are all related.
  • The map block feature is great for when we're on the road visiting partners.
  • The custom views are extremely helpful for viewing the most important information quickly.
  • As a nonprofit, the reduced prices are also greatly appreciated so we can put more funds towards the youth we serve rather than into infrastructure.
  • Of HUGE importance is the care and feeding I've received from customer support. I ask a question and get a response within 24 hours and the response is personalized and makes sense. The conversation with a single representative is such a relief and makes it so much easier for me to be productive.
  • I suspect that the technology integrations with other apps, using Zapier or otherwise, will become more and more important to us - we're working on getting PayPal payment completions to populate our event attendee lists right now!
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  • Integrations are a plus. We use Zapier on campus to interface with other SaaS systems, CRMs and ERPs. The integration capabilities make it an effective collaboration and communication tool.
  • Slack provides multiple modes of communication. You can setup channels for specific topics, send direct messages to an individual team member, or setup groups.
  • The desktop app is nice in that it provides effective notifications, and makes it easy to share documents with other team members.
  • Multiple teams allow you to segment your communication and collaboration initiatives.
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Cons

  • I can't actually think of any road blocks or insufficiencies yet!
Dana Luco profile photo
  • Sometimes we experience some connection issues
  • Notifications across devices are sometimes missing
  • The search function can be improved, especially when we are trying to recover an old conversation
Ana Fernández Silva profile photo

Likelihood to Renew

Airtable9.1
Based on 1 answer
compared to other products it is just fabulous.
Andrej Vrsansky profile photo
Slack9.5
Based on 6 answers
Great tool for collaborating on a project or communicating about a specific issue through a designated channel
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Usability

Airtable9.0
Based on 5 answers
It's not perfect but it is really easy to use and I think most slightly technical people will pick it up quite quickly.
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Slack9.5
Based on 7 answers
Slack's usability is simple and intuitive for the most part. Conversations are easy to start or join, chatting is simple but featured, and sharing files can be done fairly easy as well. Slack also integrates fairly easily with common industry tools like JIRA. The mobile app does not allow users to easily switch between organizations though.
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Support

Airtable7.3
Based on 1 answer
Sometimes, I have to wait a bit longer but I'm on a low priced option so I understand why. Generally, they're able to provide me solutions to my problems as long as I'm not in a rush.
Malcolm Colman-Shearer profile photo
Slack9.0
Based on 1 answer
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Alternatives Considered

I don't think there is a comparable product. Nothing I have seen is as intuitive to use and at the same time has such broad-reaching potential. I feel confident to onboard who have never seen Airtable only because it is so easy to use. At the same time, I feel we could spend the next year exploring the current functionality. It's probably the most exciting productivity tool I've seen in 18 months - I don't say that with hyperbole. It is going to change the game for our company and anyone else who uses it.
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The only tool I have used for the same purpose is email (Outlook). Slack is much better for management of users because it organizes the conversations in channels, helping to catch up with different tasks in small groups or even to organize meetings with a large number of people. It is an efficient tool to have parallel discussions.
Ana Fernández Silva profile photo

Return on Investment

  • If not for Airtable I would have had to pursue a CRM system and an asset management system, plus some sort of task management system for multiple employees, and manage my budget in Excel which is a pain when it gets complex. Airtable lets me put all this in one system, light weight, extremely powerful, and extremely efficient. Exactly what we needed. I am so happy this system exists.
  • Airtable is free and you can get quite a bit in there and use it for a while before deciding to go to the paid version. Therefore the proof of concept was quite easy to bring it into our organization. We've been using it for a few months and it's made everyone's lives easier, so moving now to the paid version is a no-brainer. I didn't have to ask everyone to take a big leap of faith in the beginning and there was no big up front resource investment either, at least relative to setting up any other software or even complex Excel workbooks.
  • Several people in our organization have commented that this system has made their lives far easier, because we can now keep track of our tasks and our events. Our key people are both saner and more efficient.
  • The paid version of Airtable is DIRT CHEAP in comparison to the systems it stands in for. I cannot emphasize this enough.
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  • Team productivity
  • There is no need to have physical meetings
  • You can define topics for the chats and everything is stored there
  • Due to productivity you save a lot of time which translates into money
Ronald Melendez profile photo

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Airtable

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Slack

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details