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Working on Your Intranet in a Sandbox Environment

Summary: The benefits of working on your intranet in a sandbox environment with tips to create your own. When working with customers in support, one of the common questions I am asked is “can I work on this within a sandbox environment?” The answer to this question is yes! Within the intranet, you can build out sub-sites and lock them down as necessary. The same principal applies to the idea of a sandbox environment.

How to Build a Great Intranet Design Theme

Summary: 4 tips for building engaging intranet design themes, from understanding color to reflecting your brand’s image. When we think of intranet design it’s usually about things like usability, interfaces, structure and content. Often overlooked is the importance of a visually-appealing intranet design theme. It doesn’t have to be eye candy, but if your staff don’t like it, your intranet won’t reach its full potential. Content will be glossed over, engagement will suffer, and worse, some employees may just not use it altogether. Whether you’re the do-it-yourself type, or have the luxury of a graphic designer at your disposal, utilizing

3 Internal Marketing Strategies To Engage Employees

Summary: We discuss 3 internal marketing strategies that help you build your brand and engage employees PLUS tips on how your intranet can help! In the age of technology and automation, one can get lost in a sea of generic auto-replies and designs. To ensure your employees are engaged, we rounded up 3 internal marketing strategies for you to try. Adding personal touches to your intranet engages employees and reminds everyone that there is still a real person behind the brand. Automated technology is everywhere, from replying with a text off a pre-populated list of replies instead of answering your phone,

Healthcare Intranet Case Study: Effective Policy Management, No IT Required

Summary: We discuss the 4 benefits Anderson Hospital experienced when making the switch from an aging and slow homegrown intranet to a full-functionality, easy-to-implement, intranet solution that met the demands of the healthcare industry’s heavy policy management and regulatory security. Our goal at Intranet Connections is to learn about our customers from all industries; Finance to Healthcare and beyond. When we speak to our clients, we unearth amazing stories on how they uniquely use our intranet software, and the problems they faced that caused them to search for an intranet. After being a valued client of Intranet Connections for over 10 years, we knew Anderson Hospital

Effective Information Sharing on Your Intranet

Summary: 3 tips for effective information sharing on your intranet, from posting information to the Company News application to creating static HTML pages. When starting out with a new intranet, many organizations want to know how they should set up their site in order to provide the most effective means of communicating information with their employees. For most organizations, the point of having an intranet to begin with is to make important information more accessible, as many employees have the need to “grab-it-and-go” when it comes to information. So how can you ensure your information sharing

10 Complaints About Your Intranet Portal (Part 1)

Summary: We address 5 common intranet complaints with ways in which you can solve them. Your intranet portal is a valuable tool which helps to connect your employees, collaborate on documents/projects and create content to improve overall business efficiency.  However, if you aren’t getting the engagement you are looking for from your users, you may not be harnessing all the advantages your intranet has to offer.

Does Your Intranet Have a Killer App?

Summary: What is a killer intranet app? Examples of Killer Apps. What is an Anti-Killer app? Previously we discussed intranet usability as it relates to your navigation, Jar Jar Binks and your content. Having banished Jar Jar from your intranet, you will be relieved that he also had no place in the latest Star Wars saga. The role of comic relief went largely to the plucky little ball robot, BB-8. He became the killer app, if you will, at the heart of the new series. Whether he was carrying the map to the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker, or making people ponder

Intranet Management Needs a CEO

Summary: How to manage an intranet including tips on assigning an intranet management CEO and leadership team. There is a famous saying that it takes a village to raise a child. It takes a community of people who coach, teach, mentor and care to create a successful company. This is very much the same in regards to the success of your intranet. It takes strategic intranet management and visionary direction for the future of your intranet. When I think about our company core values and vision, I see the need to impart to customers that we care about them and

6 Tips for Building Great Navigation Menus

Summary: 6 tips for building navigation menus from the correct way to label, structure and layout menus to security options. Every intranet needs navigation menus to help users find their way around. While the Enterprise Search is best for scoping out specific items with keywords, navigation menus create a call to action by advertising important options that users may not otherwise know exist. However, not all menus are created equal. Building great navigation menus comes with experience, so here are 6 tips to help give your menu-building skills a boost.

Fall Back in Love with Your Intranet Solution

Summary: 3 tips to help you fall back in love with your intranet solution, including content clean-up, design refresh and dividing intranet administration up among multiple people. You’ve spent a few good years with your intranet, then one morning you wake up wondering… is that all there is? It seems to have lost the level of engagement it once had, and that necessary spark has disappeared. At one point, your intranet was useful, efficient and helped to complete daily work tasks. I am here to remind you that all hope is not lost! Renew your intranet to its former glory