Have you ever bought a new gadget that you couldn’t wait to try out? You’re so excited about it that you use it continuously and can’t believe how great it is. Then slowly after time, you start to use it less and less. The excitement isn’t there anymore, and perhaps the novelty has worn off. There are a number of reasons why this scenario could happen to your intranet.
In the last five years we have witnessed one of the most turbulent periods for our bank customers and their intranets. We’ve seen a lot of intranet redesigns take place, as mergers and acquisitions have driven change management. We’ve seen structural re-orgs geared toward defining new strategic direction, while leaning on the intranet to maintain employee communication and engagement.
The Buy and Sell Exchange, also referred to as the 'intranet classifieds', is a great feature to introduce when you first launch your intranet, or to boost engagement on your pre-existing intranet. It is an interactive feature that allows employees to post items they wish to sell, wanted items, referrals, and tips! You can make the Buy and Sell Exchange open to all employees to post items, but for added security, you can add an approval process to ensure employees are posting appropriate items. The Buy & Sell Exchange is a great way to open up communication between employees beyond the office walls. Some benefits of
To determine the most engaging features our intranet software has to offer we turned to our most collaborative employees, the Intranet Connections Office Dogs. From booking time off to enjoying some home cooking, these dogs know how to maintain a successful work/life balance. This post has gone to the dogs, so to speak, to prove how engaging your intranet can be and to get their ‘paw of approval’ on their Top 5 Engaging Intranet Features!
Many organizations I work with come looking for an out-of-the-box intranet solution to replace the one they have which was built in house. Why? Because their current one is old, outdated, boring and employees can’t find any of the intranet content they’re looking for. Heck, I wouldn’t use it either, that sounds awful! Problem is, these intranet admins now have a huge fear that they will put all their time and effort into finding a new intranet solution, only to end up with the same result. So, how do we ensure employee adoption of your new, out-of-the-box intranet? What Makes an
I have to admit I am at fault. I am one of many who write about intranets saving the day when it comes to employees who are disengaged and lack corporate connection. This may sound strange coming from me, the founder of an intranet software company, but using intranet software on it’s own to fix a broken culture or to engage employees with fancy tricks and beautiful designs simply doesn’t work. I am going to bust this myth and here’s why:
Almost all organizations that provide a product or service to its customers keep a blog on their public website. Having a blog is a great way to connect with customers and potential customers, informing them of what is going on in your organization, such as new product or service releases. In addition, a blog is a great tool to keep customers up-to-date on the latest industry trends that may effect them or your organization. In other words, a blog is an indispensable tool for communicating with your customers and potential customers, and most organizations would argue that you need a
What is An Intranet Design Theme? When it comes to your intranet, you aren't just stuck having to learn to love your intranet design. You can easily change your design theme. You can create many design themes. An intranet design theme is a uniform collection of design elements and color schemes that are applied to the intranet to give a consistent and appealing look and feel. Using a design theme is an easy way to add appeal to pages and give them a professional look. What are the Design Theme Elements? I am so glad I asked that question. A
Have you drank too much of your own Kool-aid? Have you become illusioned with how your employees are actually interfacing with your intranet? It is easy to do…getting caught up in the hype, neglecting the end user. Unfortunately, this is all too common with software and with those administering it.
Recently, I attended the inspirational Art of Marketing Conference, which I suppose is not the biggest surprise as the deemed Marketing Maven of Intranet Connections. But what was a surprise was how applicable these speakers, lessons and best practices resonated for intranets as well. After all your intranet is an internal website, which is rich with features, tools and functionality well beyond the means of a public website, for your employees. Given this, I'd like to share a few lessons I took from the conference that I'll be using not only for our marketing practices, but on our intranet as