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Plan for Success with Intranet Design

How can you guarantee a successful intranet implementation? One of the keys to  adoption and success of an intranet are solid design principles. Spending the required time during the planning phase of your intranet deployment, prior to its release, will pay off if you have implemented well established design principles. This includes, taking into account future use cases as will as any potential changes that may be required down the road. Change is inevitable, so plan for it though the creation of a robust intranet design that will ensure functionality enhancements and architectural changes  can be handled easily moving forward.

Inspire Intranet Adoption Through Engaging Content

A common question we get from new intranet managers and prospective intranet purchasers is… “How can I drive adoption on my intranet?” While there are many different methods for engaging employees on your intranet, content is key.  If you aren’t publishing content that your employees and intranet users are interested in, they will not spend the time interacting with all the useful tools you have worked so hard to deploy on your intranet. Now you may be wondering, what does engaging content look like? How can I measure the level of engagement my intranet content is receiving? And, what is

Is it Time to Break Up with Your Intranet?

The bond you and your employees have with your intranet is an intimate relationship. As such, you have standards that your intranet must meet in order for that relationship to continue unrestrained. Is your intranet meeting your standards? As with any healthy relationship, it requires work. Here are a few things to help build a healthy intranet relationship:

A Recipe for a Wildly Successful Intranet

Greetings fellow intranet fanatics! Welcome to my fourth blog entry for Intranet Connections. It’s an absolute honor speaking to you good people and I’d like to thank you in advance for tuning in. For those that do not know me, I am Maz. I work exclusively with our client base to ensure their utmost satisfaction when it comes to the discussion, implementation and maintenance of their intranet solutions. I feel blessed to have been placed in such a position. I mean, I get to see the birth, life and death of so many intranets. It’s so dramatic and epic all

5 Common Information Architecture Pitfalls

As a marketing consultant, I have worked with dozens of companies on their public facing websites.  The are many factors that come to play to develop an aesthetically pleasing and user-friendly site, regardless of whether the site is a public website or intranet site.  A primary factor that requires detailed planning and consideration is the foundation of your site, the information architecture. Working with clients here these past six months at Intranet Connections, I’ve seen the same common information architecture problems with intranet sites as I have seen for years on public facing websites. Therefore, I wanted to provide some

The Art of Intranet Culture

This past week I attended The Art of Leadership at the Centre of Vancouver for Performing Arts a one-day event with inspirational speakers imparting wisdom on leadership and company culture, of which translates to intranet culture. I was struck by the session with John Mackey, who is co-CEO of Whole Foods Markets.  John spoke from a place of passion. It is evident that he loves his job and commitment to community and making a difference. For John, culture is the embodied values, principles and practices underlying the social fabric of a business, which permeate its actions and connects the stakeholders to

Build Workplace Culture Through the Intranet

Reed Coleman’s strategy for rolling out New Season Market’s first intranet was based on two principles: It must build upon workplace culture It must remain simple & easy-to-use As the new Internal Communications Manager at New Seasons Market, it was critical for Coleman to come in with a strong strategy and execution plan for deploying their first company intranet.

Your Intranet Name & Corporate Culture Go Hand in Hand

What can an intranet name do for your intranet and corporate culture? Your intranet name can be a strong driver for employee engagement on your intranet. If your intranet is named – The Mind Melt, that isn’t going to build confidence with your employees that this is a good forum for collaboration and communication.

4 Essentials for Your Marketing Intranet

Evaluating, selecting and implementing an intranet software solution can involve a number of key internal stakeholders.  One stakeholder that is often overlooked or out of the loop is marketing.  We see numerous intranet projects pushed onto the IT department, without the engagement of other internal stakeholders to guide the selection, design, architecture and implementation of their new intranet. One such stakeholder that can have a real impact on employee adoption and employee engagement of your intranet is the marketing department.  The difference between a truly engaged marketing intranet and those left disengaged by marketing and other key internal stakeholders can

Confessions of an Unorthodox Leadership Style

At Intranet Connections, we recently started “walk and talk” meetings to get outside in the fresh cool air, inspiring creativity. Plus being a dog loving office, it is good to get the pups out for a mid-day walk. Appreciating a Rich History & Client-Loyalty It was on one of these Strategy Walking Meetings that I started to think about how far we have come with our intranet software. We are heading into our 13th year and we are celebrating with many clients as they are entering a decade with Intranet Connections. A big thank you to all of the loyal