Top Slack feedback & recognition apps compared

Hey, HR Teams 👋

We’ve all been down the same path.

The business is growing! New faces keep popping up in the office (or Zoom) and we’re left scratching our heads trying to remember everyone's names.

Thanks Zoom for having everyone's name when I hover over their video 🙏

Weirdly enough, as more people join, you notice a subtle cultural shift.

❎ Those water cooler conversations - aren’t happening anymore

❎ Those friendly Zoom Chats - are now …awkward

❎ Those Slack / MS Team channels - are quiet.

So you made it your mission to be the glue between employees,

and the bridge between execs and the team.

That’s what brings you here today. You found something you liked. But execs wouldn’t be execs if they didn’t request you find something with “more features and a lower cost”.

Fortunately, this article is designed for you to put your feet up. Sit back. Sip your coffee.

In <5 minutes you’ll know exactly which platform is right for you, and your company!

Assessment Criteria

We’re assessing what platform will support your culture. So we’ll evaluate which tools help you:

  1. Collect more feedback - Ability to encourage employees to speak up.
  2. Understand our team - Ability to turn feedback into easy-to-digest insights.
  3. Take action - Ability to respond to feedback and make the team feel heard.
  4. Nurture relationships - Ability to build stronger bonds between our team.

Feature
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Wrenly
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Matter
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OpenSay
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Simple Poll
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Polly
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Karma Bot
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Hey Taco
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Nectar
Collect
Encourage your team to speak up.
Suggestion Box
Onboarding Surveys
Engagement Surveys
Whistleblower Portal
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Understand
Turn feedback into easy-to-digest insights.
AI summaries & reports
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Culture Scores
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Act
Respond to feedback and make your team feel heard.
Action Plans
Anonymous Replies
AI Recognition summaries
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Nurture
Build stronger bonds across your team.
Games (Trivia / Hot Take)
Peer Recognitions
Leaderboard
Automated Rewards
Birthday/Anniversary Dates
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Performance
Help your team members grow with the company.
360 Feedback
Performance Reviews
Goal Setting
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Price/user/mo
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Summary
Wrenly is a great all rounder, leveraging AI to help you collect feedback, understand, take action and nurture relationships
Matter is great slack app only focusing on recognition + rewards.

If you're only looking for this, Matter could be a great fit.


Don't Forget! it's always great to think ahead and assess what other features you may want in the future
OpenSay is simple and effective for anonymous feedback.



It doesn't claim to do more. And they are good at what they do.



If this is all you're focusing on, and cost is a big concern, then consider this app!
SimplePoll is a simple app (isn't that obvious from the name?) for native Slack polls.


While SimplePoll is easy to use, that does mean they lack most other employee engagement functionalities.
Polly's simplicity in Slack & MS Teams makes it great.

It focuses heavily on quick Slack Surveys and suggestion boxes, but comes in light on giving you the right insights, and doesn't give you the ability to respond to anonymous suggestions or surveys
Karmabot - like Matter - shines through on recognitions + rewards.



However it misses out on a lot of other high value features.
Want to give your team some Tacos? 
And dive into some very light surveys, then Heytaco could be a great fit.

The downside:
Scaling companies usually want an all-in-one platform so their teams aren't using multiple different platforms.
If your focus is completely on recognitions and rewards the nectar covers that well. Especially if you want Amazon rewards.

However, $4/user/mo is quite steep when the only functionality is recognition and rewards. No feedback or survey capabilities will hinder your cultural improvements.

Now you’ve seen the good bad and the ugly.

You know what to base your decision on.

In the meantime, if you’re worried leadership may longer than expected to make a decision, please check out these free tools you can use to get started:

Real quotes from real customer conversations

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It’s those small appreciation moments that people remember. They help people when making a decision to stay with an organization or look at another opportunity

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We got an 85% response rate on our first NPS pulse survey. Reaching our team in Slack has been very efficient!

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What started as anonymous feedback became an open discussion that led to a significant change for our business.

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