September 9, 2022
We wanted to eliminate the time it takes anyone to find the right link or webpage. That’s why we built OSlash shortcuts, enabling the fastest way to navigate work.
But simplifying access to information was just the first step. With each team spending hours repetitively typing out the same content, over and over, we knew we could elevate what you could do with information at your fingertips.
You have your sales teams, furiously typing with their fingers crossed, sending the same templated pitches to thousands of folks; your support team, perennially tired of being bogged down by repetitive queries; your recruitment team, hoping to find reasons enough to hold on to their jobs while sending “Why you should join their company” to every candidate in the market; marketers who have to write the same pitch that deep-dives into what their company does everywhere; developers who many a time copy-paste an exact piece of code monotonously. Regardless of which function you might work in, repetition is something that cannot be escaped.
But it definitely can be automated to improve output, reduce efforts, and save hours of time.
To that end, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new feature - A text expander by OSlash.
The OSlash text expander is a tool that convert the stuff you repetitively type out into reusable snippets. You can use snippets to automatically fill out a text block whether in emails, pitches, customer responses, blogs, or code.
With a text expander snippet, you would be able to summon up content in a matter of seconds. Such snippets can include words, paragraphs, images, rich text, or anything you need.
For example, typing out o/intro can expand to
The power to go “Accio content” whenever you want saves you time and effort whilst bringing enormous amounts of happiness. Such snippets, used across the workplace, also bring in consistency and reduce the margin of error significantly.
Snippets can be a lot more than simple text. Snippets can include images, your favorite emojis, formatted text, dynamic variables, and more.
Snippets can be used no matter where you work.
You can insert textbook replies on Slack for commonly asked questions.
o/ty can be “Thanks a ton for all the help. Really appreciate it.”
These days most of the information exchange happens via links because that has become the default place of work. Everything important is a URL, and fortunately, snippets can expand texts to include the destination links of the webpages you want.
o/my-calendar can expand to “If you’d like to drop in your suggestions, feedback, complaints, or just would like to catch up, feel free to book a slot with me on my calendar.” This you’d surely find useful to include in all your email correspondence.
Snippets can include links to your calendar, to the product deck, or to a marketing video, so you can repurpose the content without making any tweaks at your end.
Snippets bring with them endless customization options so you can format the text as well as include a wide range of images where you need to.
Images and screenshots are especially helpful when responding to customer queries. They work well as you guide a user through a series of how-tos while answering FAQs.
Snippets sound awesome, we know, but your concern that they might sound robotic is completely valid.
No one likes to chat with a bot. Bearing that in mind, we have included variables to allow endless customization and personalization in all your interactions.
You can simply insert variables wherever they are required while creating a snippet with OSlash text expander. While using the snippet, just replace the variables with actual names of the people or their companies and you’ll be good to go.
Here’s a quick walkthrough of how you can start using snippets with the OSlash text expander.
Once you have our browser extension downloaded, you can pin it for instant access.
Type the shortcut and the snippet text will be substituted for it wherever you are in your browser.
Snippets in OSlash come with two access levels. They can be shared with your entire workspace or be available just to you.
Workspace snippets can include responses to frequently asked questions or a company pitch that introduces your workplace to the world. They are a great way to ensure consistency of message, voice, and tone across functions.
When you create a workspace snippet, the shortcut would work for everyone in your workspace instantly. They would be able to create templated responses simply by typing out the shortcut wherever they may require.
The world’s most productive people endeavor to automate as many things as possible.
And we wanted to bring this power of automation to the hands of all our users.
With snippets, you’d be able to save time spent doing mindless repetitive tasks and gain a competitive edge.
Here are the advantages of using snippets where you work.
Ready to skyrocket your productivity? Here are tips for getting started with OSlash’s text expansion software.
Next, start with creating snippets for your product’s most frequently asked questions. You can include screenshots explaining the steps to make them more helpful. Make sure these snippets are available to the support team on priority to reduce redressal times.
You can then proceed to create a snippet (in collaboration with the executive team in the company) deep-diving into what your product does. You will be surprised to hear multiple versions of how your company is pitched to others online. Having a handy blurb will keep the message consistent everywhere.
Make a habit of turning content you repeatedly type into snippets. For example, you can set a rule that, whenever you type something in your email or elsewhere twice, you’ll turn it into a snippet.
OSlash’s text expander can help you automate canned responses, boost productivity, improve customer interactions, and populate your messages in one click.
Above all, OSlash Snippets helps you get back the 30+ hours you waste each month with repetitive typing.
Ready to discover a world where you can always say the right thing in seconds? Sign up now.
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