Intranet Tips from the Intranet Connections Team

Intranet Connections Technical Mo Bros

With only one week left the Intranet Connections ‘ICGROMO’ Team, consisting of 8 Mo Bros, 1 Mo Dog and a Mo Sista, have come a long way in raising awareness and gathering donations for the funded programs of Movember.  If you missed the Movember intro blog, have a quick read to meet the team and discover what Movember is all about.

So far, the team has raised over $3,800 in the fight against prostate and testicular cancer, as well as men’s mental health challenges.  They have also garnered much attention from friends, family and complete strangers for their moustache attempts, sparking conversation about the importance of regular cancer screenings. Contribute to the team’s efforts and check out our Mo Bro’s Movember ‘staches on our ICGROMO Team Page.

By |November 26, 2013|Intranet Software|0 Comments

Intranets Battle Enterprise Social Networking

I recently read an article in CMSWire titled “Are Intranets Becoming Irrelevant?” (see article link below) that brought about some strong beliefs surrounding the use of social networking tools in the enterprise.

I have to first admit that I am not privy to the author, Tom Petrocelli’s research data and can only speak to the subject based on my own experience with our more than 1,600 customers, as a provider of intranet software for over 14 years which consists of both business tools and social utilities, as well as a dash of my own opinion, to which everyone is entitled.

The statement of debate is that enterprise social networking tools such as Yammer have taken the place of business intranets. The article states that “Ultimately, the goals and usefulness of an intranet can be achieved by the enterprise social network but not the other way around”.

I disagree. Intranets are far from obsolete and I’ll tell you why.

By |November 21, 2013|Intranet Software|6 Comments

4 Tips for Better Intranet Management

My fellow colleague Ayendra recently posted Removing the “IT Intranet” Perception, which outlined his previous experience working in a company where the IT department had become a bottleneck in the intranet communication process. After joining the Intranet Connections team and working with our customers, he saw examples of businesses using a different method of intranet management – smart delegation.  In these businesses distribution of content management meant the intranet was being utilized as a platform for collaboration, leading to a variety of benefits for the organization.

By |October 3, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|0 Comments

5 Tips for Company Intranet System Success

A successful company intranet system is one that keeps employees engaged and assists them in performing the daily tasks they need to complete their job more efficiently.  The problem is, too often intranets do not live up to their potential because employees don’t know how to use it, or don’t have a good reason to.  Here are five tips from our 101 Intranet Ideas e-book to help ensure intranet system success in your organization.

By |September 19, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|0 Comments

Intranet Manager: Social Tools Help or Hinder?

Recently, I came across an interesting article which provides a framework for how intranet managers should decide if social features (e.g. internal blogs, wall posts, follow, likes) should be utilized within your organization.
Key Learnings for Intranet Managers
Here’s a quick summary of my key takeaways from this article:

By |June 6, 2013|Intranet Software|0 Comments

Is Social Necessary For an Intranet?

Every company has different feelings about the time and place for utilizing social tools, but really to properly assess this question there are four items to consider:

What exactly is a social intranet?

Why would you want to utilize social tools?
What are some potential pitfalls of a social intranet?
What business value does social give my employees?

Exploring these factors, this blog details the conversations and explorations companies and individuals have concerning their use cases for and opposition to a social intranet.

By |May 2, 2013|Social Intranets|0 Comments

Employee Recognition on Your Intranet

Are you building an employee recognition rich culture?  You should be. According to a recent article in Forbes magazine, creating a ‘recognition-rich culture’ can increase employee retention by up to 31%. Now that is a number worth investing in. Employee recognition should not just be based on seniority or years-served. It should happen much more frequently.  Employee recognition should also reward performance and actions that support company goals and initiatives.  How is this currently being done in your business?

By |March 21, 2013|Best Practices, Intranet Software|2 Comments

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.

By |March 14, 2013|Customer Stories, Intranet Software|0 Comments

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 mean the difference between success and failure.

4 Ways to Increase Employee Adoption with Intranet Designs

First impressions. They influence our perception about everything we interact with. For better or worse we pass judgment daily. When I think about creating something new or rebuilding for improvement, the first thing I do is try to imagine the visual aspect – what my ideal result would be.
The Importance of Intranet Design

By |November 29, 2012|Best Practices, Intranet Software|1 Comment