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Get Creative. Build on Culture. Empower Employees with Intranet Connections v11

Intranet Connections has its roots in business applications. We have added a lot of social and collaboration elements to our social intranet software over the recent years, but we have never forgotten about our roots in providing tools for employees to help improve your business.  We also see a great deal of employee engagement stemming from your company culture and our new v11 is all about leveraging your intranet to communicate that culture, and to expand on the tools you need to better inform and collaborate with your employees. I was going to blog about the specific features of our

Don’t Ignore the Customer Experience

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the Inbound Marketing Summit in San Francisco. It was a fabulous conference with enlightening speeches from influential marketing professionals. One of the speakers that hit home for me was Elyse Tager from Constant Contact. Elyse gave an insightful presentation about Engagement Marketing and spoke about customer engagement and the act of giving a great customer experience. I believe that Elyse said it best, “there is no marketing cure for sucking, the last thing you want to do is ignore the customer experience.” This motto echo’s our customer service goals at Intranet Connections

Does Your Intranet Need a Facelift?

Last July, we posted a blog called Intranet Design 101 which offered four useful tips on how to improve your intranets functionality, design and navigation.  Here are some of the ways that you can be creative with our turnkey, out of the box intranet software: Tip #1 – Make use of new features When you buy Intranet Connections software, you have a fleet of developers providing new features and functionality to your intranet on a regular basis so take advantage of this! Tip #2 – Use a clean, fresh design When you first go live with your intranet, sometimes it’s

How Utah Credit Union Saves Time with Intranet HR Tools

Sharlyn Lauby, a writer for Open Forum, recently wrote an article called “5 Challenges for Human Resources in a Digital World” which shares the automation challenges that HR departments face today. Sharlyn explains that an array of automation tools is available to HR professionals; however, the adoption of this technology is slow. A great way to overcome computerization issues is to implement an intranet to share and store human resources information digitally. Once an intranet is up and running, there are exceptional applications that can make HR documents and polices accessible to all business sectors securely. Love What You've Read?

Intranet Design: A Recipe for Success

Building your intranet is like using a recipe. You want to make the final product enjoyable, and to do so, you need to ensure that all of the ingredients are well balanced. I recently made a delicious dinner for some friends and was later asked how I did it. I slyly said “a little this and that”, but really, it is a tried and true recipe. Over the years I have perfected the dish to make it “my own”, but I still have to peak back at my food stained recipe book to ensure that I am on the right

Are You a Good Intranet KISS’er?

Simplicity and ease-of-use are the cornerstones of our intranet software. It’s not uncommon to hear the phrase “keep it simple” thrown around our office a couple of times a week. Naturally we believe that the K.I.S.S principle should be applied to all areas of your intranet implementation and have put together the following tips to help you be a good KISS'er: Keep your homepage simple When employees access your intranet, it's important that they're able to locate new, important information quickly and efficiently. If your homepage is cluttered and crowded it's much harder to filter relevant information. Use white space

Designing Intranets: Creating Sites That Work (a Must-Read)

We are lucky to have wonderful clients to work with, a number of whom are real champions of our product. They love their intranets, enjoy working with our Support Team and have openly shared their experiences using Intranet Connections with people considering using our software. This year, as a way of saying thank you to those clients who have taken time out of their busy lives to allow us to write case studies about their sites and provide feedback about our product, we sent them each a copy of James Robertson’s new book, Designing Intranets: Creating Sites That Work. So

Building the Intranet Experience

When you enter a new restaurant, do you pick up a vibe? I do. I can tell you within 5 seconds if I am going to enjoy my dining experience. Maybe that’s because I am a fairly visual person. The ambience of a restaurant dictates if I stay two hours and leave a big tip, or turn tail and go elsewhere. Obviously your intranet is a lot more comprehensive than this analogy. My goal here is to get you thinking about the experience your intranet users have when they use the site. Do they go “wow, this is great!” Or

Is the Intranet Your Baby? Read On! (Part 1 of 3)

As I mentioned in my previous post, last week I attended the 16th Intranets for Corporate Communications Course held in Vancouver, BC. If you are responsible for the intranet within your organization, I highly recommend this course put on by Federated Press to help you understand how to build a better intranet, maximize the impact of your site and get buy-in from senior management for your intranet project. There were a total of 10 presentations during the 2-day course and we saw many different examples of intranet sites. Although the topic of each presentation varied, I noticed a few recurring

Swimming in a Sea of Intranet Information

Last week I attended an Intranets for Corporate Communications course that was designed for VPs, directors, managers and intranet consultants who wanted to learn how to maximize the impact of their intranet. With highlights such as how to integrate your intranet into your communication plan, advice to help increase employee engagement on your site and ways to adapt your intranet to include social/collaborative tools, the course material definitely piqued my interest. This was the 16th intranet course that Federated Press had put on however this was the first event of its kind that I had attended. Walking into the conference