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Apply Social Influence to Get Hooked On Your Intranet

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

7 Tips to Drive Intranet Adoption

“If you build it, (t)he(y) will come.” This is the lesson learned from the 1989 cult-classic Field of Dreams, starring a down-to-earth, dreamboat farmer, played by Kevin Costner. The tagline for this movie furthers the dream saying: “If you believe in the impossible, the incredible can come true.” The key takeaway here – Dream It + Build It = SUCCEED. This is exactly what happened when you dreamt and built your intranet, right? Okay, it may have taken a little more planning, a bit more strategy and a ton more ongoing execution than the dream, build and succeed process, but

Show Employee Appreciation to Boost Engagement

Intranet software is typically used as a business tool, streamlining everyday work tasks. However, it is also a great tool for improving employee engagement and employee retention. With the addition of enterprise social networking tools, intranet software has progressed toward stronger employee communication and collaboration the last few years. The integration of more social, fun features has elevated employee appreciation and employee engagement in the workplace. At Intranet Connections, we have included a number of these features in our out-of-the-box solutions to help improve business processes and help organizations better appreciate, recognize and celebrate employees to boost engagement. Such intranet features include:

If You Want the Best Intranet, Stop Doing These 5 Things

Sometimes seeking out the best intranet and getting genuine intranet buy-in feels like a pretty elusive goal. Like trying to pat your head and rub your tummy at the same time; you can do it for a few minutes but somewhere along the way you miss a step and lose your rhythm. For many of us intranet admins, it feels like we work double time to provide more than enough valuable and relevant information and resources on the intranet, so then why are employees STILL not jumping for joy over the intranet, despite our efforts? Perhaps it is because we are doing

Triggering Emotions on the Intranet

Emotion. Merriam-Webster defines it as such: "a conscious mental reaction (as anger or fear) subjectively experienced as strong feeling usually directed toward a specific object and typically accompanied by physiological and behavioral changes in the body" - maybe not the first thing that comes to mind when you think about your intranet experience. Triggering emotions on the intranet is not only possible, I submit that it is something we should strive towards. So sit back while I take you on an emotional ride. "From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere." - Dr. Seuss As the

Can a Hospital Intranet Benefit Your Small Hospital?

The question of whether a hospital intranet will benefit your small hospital is an inquiry many hospitals are making today with your hospital becoming busier and your staff continuing to grow. Keeping everyone at the hospital up-to-date with the latest policies, procedures, intake forms and hospital news is a juggling act that Hospital Administrators and IT Staff try to manage without letting one ball drop. Communicating through staff wide emails no longer seems to be effective. You need communication and collaboration tools that can be accessed on-the-go and are more interactive to keep your hospital staff engaged. A Hospital Intranet

2015: The Year of the Impactful Intranet Software

No, this is not another predictions blog. Not that I don't enjoy the flurry of new predictions that surface this time of year, but to me, many feel too contrived. I am not going to predict the future of intranet software, but rather paint the reality of where intranets are today, or rather, how organizations are already utilizing their intranet in innovative ways they had not dreamed of in the past. This post will also touch on how intranets are continually shaping our workplace and impacting our customers. While this is not a predictions blog, it does follow a shotgun

How to Launch a Successful Portal Naming Contest

Launching a new intranet can be an exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. Especially when you've put a lot of time and effort into the intranet and don't receive the user adoption rates you anticipated. A great way to engage users and promote intranet adoption is by including employees in the intranet portal naming process. Many of our customers do this by hosting an Portal Naming Contest on their intranet, which not only gets users excited about the new intranet, but also gets them on the intranet to participate. Why You Need a Portal Name Having an intranet

Improve The Employee Onboarding Process with the Intranet

Every organization must establish a proper employee onboarding process.  It can be a struggle to do this efficiently, especially lacking the proper processes and systems in place to perform the onboarding precisely and completely for each new employee.  Most companies create an onboarding checklists, detailed documentation and of course, plenty of forms to onboard a new employee.  But paper-based checklists, documents, and forms get lost, become outdated and often end in rouge processes being executed by different departments. Stop the madness! Streamline and organize your Employee Onboarding on your intranet to ensure each new employee is given the same onboarding

How HR Can Make The Intranet Better For Employees

A few years ago I wrote about the HR Intranet. When you look at departments within an organization and how they relate to content on the intranet, HR and IT are two dominant teams that should have a strong presence. HR on the intranet is typically a heavily content-based and functional site, a place to view policies, handbooks, guidelines, benefits and payroll information. It is the go-to point for people-related processes. Can HR Intranets move more into engagement and mentorship, training and leadership? You bet they can, and the intranet is the best place to accomplish this. Putting a personality