Looking to select a new community software platform? This guide outlines the key factors to consider when choosing the right platform for your organization's specific needs. Whether you need an internal community for your employees, or an external one for your customers, let us save you from a potentially costly mistake.
Organizations need practical tools to streamline communication, collaboration, and information sharing in today's fast-paced business world. Here we explore the key differences between traditional and social intranets to help you make an informed decision about which is best for your organization.
SharePoint, Microsoft's leading collaboration platform, has always enabled organizations to manage their content, streamline processes, and collaborate effectively. The platform's capabilities have significantly enhanced with the introduction of new features in the latest versions of SharePoint. Let’s explore three critical aspects of the latest versions – Security and Sharing, Lists vs. Microsoft Lists, and Dataverse.
In an era where building a strong online presence is critical to success, many organizations are exploring the possibility of using one platform for their employees and customers. Combining internal and external communities can have significant advantages as well as potential drawbacks. Here we explore the pros and cons of a unified platform and discuss key factors you should consider when making your decision.
Facing executive fears when implementing an employee community? You're not alone! Employee communities boost collaboration, engagement, and innovation. But executives often have valid concerns that need to be addressed for successful adoption. Here we tackle the top fears, from security risks to productivity, and offer insights on how to successfully overcome these challenges.
We’re very excited to announce four new products for Microsoft SharePoint! Earlier this year, we launched our first product for Microsoft SharePoint, our dynamic Mosaic Web Part. Today, we’re pleased to share that we have added four new Web Parts to our growing list of products for Microsoft SharePoint: Accordion, Content Quadrant, Image Gallery, and Slider.
Internal communities are essential to modern businesses. A user-friendly platform that provides valuable content and focuses on employee engagement can make your internal community a vibrant and dynamic part of your organization. Here are our top 3 tips to creating a culture of innovation and productivity within your organization's internal community.
Executives can play a crucial role in their intranet's success by promoting its importance, providing resources for content creation, leading by example, and allocating resources to maintain and improve the intranet. Here are ten ways executives can support their company intranet and ensure that it is an effective tool for achieving organizational goals.
Following a decade of growth and innovation, Zapier sought a platform to scale its internal communication operations. Zapier relied on Social Edge, a LumApps partner, to implement and customize their internal online community. Check out the case study to learn more about their challenges, key use cases, and successful results.
As the world becomes increasingly digital, businesses are realizing the value of online communities for both internal and external purposes. But if you're not familiar with the concept, you might be wondering: what exactly is an online community? Simply put, it's a digital platform where customers, clients, or employees can interact, share knowledge, and collaborate, making it a vital tool for organizations of all sizes.
A lot of our customers wonder why they haven’t heard of the Verint Community Platform when we take them through a platform evaluation. When we hear this, we seek to quickly fill in the gaps, because Verint is a fantastic option for many companies.
Microsoft SharePoint is one of the most widely used enterprise content management systems. SharePoint was used mainly for collaboration and knowledge management when it first came out. It gave users a centralized place to store documents, share them with colleagues, and keep track of versions. But over time, Microsoft added more features, making SharePoint even more powerful. Here are ten of the key enhancements over time.
During her first week as an Enterprise Community Manager, Dori introduced herself with a blog post called "My Work Uniform." In this blog, Dori talks about the impact a single post can make in an internal community, how it got the attention of the C-Suite, proving the power a community platform can have on employee engagement and company culture.
So, you’ve made the decision to bring social collaboration to your enterprise. It’s a great choice that will net many gains for your team in global team engagement, communication, and managing content. As a leader you have objectives and targets in mind with your rollout. You will find lots of experts on social collaboration, both internal and external, in your endeavor.
External communities are a curious thing. Why does a user repeatedly return to a community that they aren't being paid to or required to participate in? If it's not an obligation, why do they choose to invest their own personal time in the community? What motivates them to be there?
Consultant and community manager Meghan Connor has been working as an interim community manager at a Fortune 50 healthcare company for the last nine months. In her role, Meghan works directly with the organization's enterprise communications team to provide daily support on all community initiatives while driving employee engagement and new member adoption.
Northwestern University's Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program trains business leaders in strategic change management. Much of the training takes place outside the classroom, in an online community called The Hive, powered by Jive-n. It's a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni connect for ongoing learning, career and student services, and professional networking. The Hive greatly enhances the value of the MSLOC program, allowing rapid on boarding, informal learning and ongoing engagement.
...title caught your attention? Introducing social collaboration to a business isn't always an easy undertaking. We are asking people within all levels of an organization, including executives and senior leaders, to change the way they work. As with any change management process we are bound to hear negative feedback from tentative users. As community managers engage employees in the change process it is important to address any hesitation and uncertainty.
With many organizations using their intranets as a lifeline for sharing knowledge, there is a push to ensure that it meets current and future needs. Many Jive customers are either upgrading their current community, or implementing Jive for the first time to further support their internal communication efforts. Recently I worked with a client on a project to pull off a full intranet replacement with Jive.
Advocacy for people has been the center of both my personal and professional life for over 15 years. I have worked for many companies in collaboration where I partnered with organizations in the midst of change to encourage leadership teams to communicate with the "boots on the ground,"and vice versa. I saw firsthand that we are facilitators in helping companies evolve their business, communications, relationships and access to information.
Some of the more challenging conversations you will have regarding your new social collaboration platform are with your front line business teams. These are the job functions that are at the heart of your organization. They have no time to waste and many will be skeptical of “hot trends” that might be long on promises and short on delivering. It is worth the time to spend with them as they have the most to gain from social tools.
Last week Facebook launched their much anticipated new enterprise social network offering, Workplace, formerly known as Facebook at Work. The service is designed to transform business communications by improving internal communication and collaboration. Workplace is a separate product from personal Facebook. Users have unique accounts within Workplace where they can create and join groups to collaborate virtually with their coworkers, although the option to link accounts is available in a user's settings.
Unlike your typical Jive collaboration scenarios, best practices for knowledge management dictate a tighter, observed process. This usually involves content templates, guidelines and an editorial process. Here are a few examples of how we handled this in internal and external communities.
When Starwood Hotels and Resorts embarked on a digital transformation initiative to change how they communicate and collaborate internally, they prioritized upgrading their intranet. Social Edge answered the call to partner with Starwood in vetting Jive. We first started with a pilot for their Information Technology Town Hall. From there, we moved on to plan a full scale migration of their existing static intranet over to a social Jive-n cloud community.
Senior consultant and community manager Kaitlin Connor was involved in the rollout of a Fortune 100 investment bank's enterprise collaboration platform powered by Jive. From 2013 to 2016, she worked as an embedded community manager onsite at their offices in New York City.
Before entering the world of Social Edge and Jive I worked as a Public Relations Assistant Account Executive at a communications agency. Despite their modern culture, I found some of their daily processes to be mundane and after a month of working at Social Edge I realize they were outdated.
Social Edge president Andrew Kratz shares a story about one of the first "aha" moments he had with his company's internal community. With a simple update he posted, he was able to form connections with employees he may not have had the opportunity to connect with otherwise. Learn more about the benefits of transparency in the workplace in his post.
Some business leaders have expressed the concern that social interactions in an employee community will result in a loss of productivity. In this blog post, Andrew Kratz shares a story on how an interaction he had in such a social group ended up benefitting his organization and led to improved company outcomes.
Andrew Kratz talks about top-down and bottom-up communication and the magic they create inside a community-based intranet.
On June 19th Social Edge hosted our first Customer Panel: Building Better Use Cases, featuring panelists Dina Vekaria and Dori Gray, Community Managers at Pearson and Medidata. They shared their use case best practices and presented live demos of their internal communities, Pearson Neo and Medidata Express. Check out the recap to learn more!
When you start your day, how many emails do you delete after just a quick skim or without even opening them? How many emails were you not cc'ed on but should have been? (A question you often don't know the answer to until it is too late). Learn more about how an internal collaboration platform can help ensure you get the communications you need.
Our team is often asked by new clients to help them apply social business to their organization. The client leadership team recognizes that social media and collaboration are more than just a trend. Learn more about where you should start if you're considering an internal community to meet your organization's digital transformation goals.