Airtable is the ultimate low-code solution for building your own databases. It’s a hybrid platform that combines the simplicity of a spreadsheet with the functionality of databases, making it a perfect fit for businesses looking for an efficient way to manage and store their data.
Airtable has enough built-in features to keep you occupied for days, but connecting it to third-party services opens it up to a whole new level of possibilities.
A solid tech stack is the necessity of any business workflow. Slack, Zoom, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Google Forms — lots of different tools you probably use as a part of your everyday workflow. Being able to connect them to your primary database isn’t just a luxury; it’s a necessity.
From project management to internal communication to development tracking, and more — there’s a lot you can do with third-party integrations for Airtable. However, connected apps have access to all your databases and information, so it’s best to prioritize the ones you really need so that you can avoid clutter and reduce vulnerability.
There’s a whole marketplace full of integrations for improving your Airtable workflows, from Slack and Asana to Typeform and Salesforce. Then, of course, there’s Glide. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the most useful integrations you should install for Airtable. These are our favorites; what are yours?
Glide: The Best No-Code App Builder for Airtable
Glide is a no-code app builder that turns spreadsheets into software. With our new integration, you can pull business data directly from your Airtable database and convert it into a fully-interactive mobile or web app with CRUD (create, read, update, delete) features.
Why use Glide? Airtable is an excellent platform for storing business data and functions as a powerful source of truth for any business. But it offers limited accessibility on mobile devices and doesn’t let you control everything a user can see or edit when they receive shared access to your database.
With Glide, you can create beautiful apps for work and personal use without resorting to any coding knowledge. Just connect your Airtable account with Glide to import your databases and turn them into apps with one click. Then, use the advanced drag-and-drop editor to customize the app’s appearance and features just the way you want.
Sound interesting? Glide is free forever for personal use and offers paid pricing with additional features for as little as $25/month. You also gain access to a huge collection of templates and resources to help you get started. Sign up for a free account and get building today!
Slack: The Best Integration for Internal Communication
Communication is always a challenge for remote workplaces. Apart from attempting to keep everyone on the same page when they’re halfway across the world from each other, remote workplaces must also deal with issues of isolation and loneliness impacting the team’s morale.
Airtable is great at collaboration. You can edit business databases with your team members in real-time and post comments to keep everyone up to speed. What you cannot do, however, is have detailed conversations in real-time or asynchronously.
That’s where the Slack integration comes in. Not only can you have regular conversations with your teammates about work, but you can also add context to those conversations with regular updates from your database.
Get notifications inside Slack whenever there’s a new update to your Airtable database. You can even add a new Airtable record by entering a specific command into your Slack channels, very useful when you’re trying to make spontaneous changes to your database during a conversation with colleagues.
Trello: The Best Airtable Integration for Project Managers
Kanban is an excellent method for development teams to manage their workflow. Think of it as a more elaborate version of the to-do list magnets attached to your fridge in the living room. There are three lists — To Do, Doing, and Done. Each list is composed of a number of individual tasks that you want to accomplish or have accomplished. Whenever you’re done with a task, you just move it from one list to the next so that everyone gets an update.
The thing that makes kanban boards so great is that they’re very simple but efficient. Not everyone needs a tool like Asana or Monday.com to manage large-scale projects with multiple assignees per project. Those are the kind of people who’ll enjoy using Trello.
What can you do with a Trello integration for Airtable? Basically, you enable the two platforms to “talk” to each other. That means a new Trello board automatically generates a new record in Airtable. Similarly, Airtable records can be used to add new tasks to your Trello.
It’s true that kanban boards don’t work for everyone. Some organizations just want a good ol’ calendar view of their tasks while others have more complex requirements with multiple assignees. However, Trello has been quietly upping its game with new ways to visualize project data and collaborate with other members of the team.
Zapier: The Best Airtable App for Workflow Automation
Zapier’s a strange one. It’s an integration that you use to power other integrations. Well, it’s actually a workflow automation tool that helps different services and apps talk to each other using the power of APIs.
What’s an API? The acronym is short for Application Programming Interface. It refers to a technology that enables different apps to communicate with each other to get more accomplished together, kind of like a messaging app.
In the case of Airtable, aside from a few native integrations with limited functionality, the only way to integrate an app to Airtable is to use Zapier. Simply put, Zapier acts as an intermediary that allows two apps, such as Slack and Airtable or Trello and Airtable, to communicate.
Of course, an integration isn’t limited to just two apps. You can have a chain of actions set up to occur one after the other across a variety of different apps. This is where Zapier truly shines. Its highly capable editor lets you design entire automation workflows with Airtable. If you’re serious about using Airtable integrations to accomplish more, Zapier‘s going to be a must-have.
Other Airtable Integrations to Consider
Wondering what else you can do with Airtable integrations? Here are a few other Airtable apps that may be useful:
- Google Calendar: Do you want to set up a meeting event in Google Calendar every time there’s a new record added to Airtable? This integration is perfect for conducting applicant interviews, setting up lead calls, and more. You can also set up an Airtable database made entirely of Google Calendar events.
- Jira: Jira Cloud is an app by Atlassian that enables development issue tracking and agile project management. You can connect Airtable to Jira so that all your task coordination and project planning data constantly stays in sync between the two applications thanks to Zapier.
- MailChimp: Mailchimp is the ultimate email marketing tool powering an audience of more than 4 billion. With the Airtable integration, you can create databases of subscribed and unsubscribed users in your email list as well as archive your email marketing campaigns for later reference.
- HubSpot: HubSpot helps you use a variety of content, from emails to blogs, to drive traffic and leads to your business. It’s an all-in-one CRM suite for inbound marketers. Imagine being able to sync marketing campaigns and automate entire workflows between HubSpot and Airtable, with no added intervention or micromanagement needed.
There are plenty of other Airtable integrations available both natively and through Zapier. A few worth mentioning include Integromat, Miro, GitHub, Jotform, Gmail, and Pipedrive. Need help getting started with Airtable integrations? Check out the introductory resource.
Turn Your Airtable Databases Into Apps for Work
Glide is a no-code builder that lets you create beautiful apps out of boring spreadsheets. It works by pulling data straight from your spreadsheet management software and intelligently turning it into a mobile or web app with multiple screens and navigation.
But it doesn’t just stop there. You can use the built-in drag-and-drop editor to add custom components to further enrich your in-app experience. You can add colors and even your own branding.
And if you’d rather avoid all that and create a launch-ready application as fast as possible, you can use our massive collection of templates to get started.
Up until now, Glide has only worked with Google Sheets, Microsoft Excel, and our native Data Editor. With the new Airtable integration, however, you can pull entire databases directly from the platform and turn them into attractive apps for business.
The best part? All your other integrations still work just as they should. And your data stays in sync between your spreadsheets and apps at all times.
Want to use Glide to turn your Airtable base into an app?
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