7 Tips for Designing your Intranet Training Program

Launching a new intranet is more than just giving employees a new software tool — intranets enable organizations to change the way they work together. While ThoughtFarmer is very user-friendly and intuitive, employees need training on new processes and best practices specific to your company’s intranet. Plus, for your less tech-savvy employees, training gives them … Read more

The last social intranet strategy you will ever need

To align a social intranet with business processes, clear requirements must be identified. Value must be rooted in the purpose behind each technological element selected, rather than in the technology itself. Adoption will rely on how well the social intranet meets the needs of those using it. This is not a simple, linear process, but … Read more

25 Creative Intranet Launch Ideas

The secret to a great intranet launch is not just informing employees about the new intranet, but helping them build an early emotional connection where they are excited about the possibilities. We’ve compiled 25 real-world ideas that you can use to propel your intranet from a foreign piece of software into a mission-critical tool. We’ve … Read more

6 ways to present quick links on your intranet homepage

Just about every intranet homepage has some form of “quick links”. On many intranets the list is labelled exactly as that. On other homepages these links are referred to differently. But they always play the same role. These lists of links are important. They offer direct access to deeper sections of the intranet and to … Read more

How to craft a communications plan for your intranet project

Early intranet adoption hinges on your ability to communicate the launch of your intranet. This article explains the key considerations and sequenced steps involved in creating a comprehensive communications plan for your intranet project. So many problems in large projects come down to issues of communication — a lack of it, not doing it with … Read more

Announcing the winners of My Beautiful Intranet 2014 (with screenshots!)

More than virtually any other aspect of digital workplaces, intranets offer the opportunity for good design. Now that intranets integrate social features and collaborative tools, and are expected to be mobile accessible, they are more important than ever to productivity and company culture. This contest is here to highlight the role of good design and … Read more

How-to: Intranet Content Migration (with Migration worksheet)

“Alright intranet project team, who wants to lead the content migration… Nobody? But it’s so critical… We can’t have a new intranet without content… I’ll provide chocolate and scotch…” Content migration may not be the most exciting part of an intranet project, but it truly is important. Even in the world of rich social features … Read more

How to Create Findable Content — Intranet Content Strategy Part 3

Good intranet content is both useful and scannable, as we discussed in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. In this post, we’ll discuss one more attribute of good intranet content: it’s findable. There are three major ways to find intranet content: Click through site navigation Enter search queries Follow links on related pages … Read more

How to Create Scannable Content — Intranet Content Strategy Part 2

Useful content provides the right information needed to complete targeted tasks. Scannable content presents information in the right order and with the right formatting so that users barely need to read but still get the point. How is this done? The goal here is to make your content so simple that people don’t have to … Read more

How to Create Useful Content — Intranet Content Strategy Part 1

No one reads the intranet in the same way they curl up with a good book. Intranet content consumption is purpose-driven and goal-oriented. Your employees have mountains of information to move and they are pressed for time. So it’s critical that your intranet content is: Useful Scannable Findable This article focuses on creating useful content. … Read more