Socialcast blogs bring you the latest trends and best practices for enterprise social networks, to help you harness them to boost productivity, employee satisfaction, and business performance across your organization. Drawing on our own and others’ experience and insights, we’ll provide you with a stream of fresh ideas, stimulating insights, and thought-provoking commentary. We invite you to participate in the dialogue.
Using an enterprise social network for internal communication allows all employees in a company to have an equal voice to share ideas and comments with the rest of the company. From time to time however, you may find it necessary for certain messages to be conveyed in a way that emphasizes the message’s importance.
Socialcast’s “Broadcast Message” feature allows community administrators to send an important announcement to every member of the community. By default, a Broadcast Message will appear in every community member’s home stream, even if they are not following the person who sent the broadcast. Broadcast Messages are styled to look different from regular posts, making them stand out in a user’s stream.… Read more »
Today we begin a series on the topic of Community Design, which is a critical discipline for companies implementing an enterprise social network. We’ve always asserted that companies should create a meaningful plan before rolling out a community to employees. However, the notion of Community Design is more evolved and robust, respecting the fact that a successful social network requires the input and work from myriad teams, departments and even systems at a company.
So, what is Community Design? Community Design is the practice of planning the cultural and technical components of an enterprise social network prior to launch and via ongoing optimization efforts as the community matures.… Read more »
What are hashtags and why should we use them?
The # symbol (called a hashtag) is commonly used with important keywords or topics in a message. The main purpose of applying a hashtag to a word in Socialcast is to categorize messages
So long as there are no spaces between words, you can hashtag a phrase. For example, I'm guilty of typing in #iLoveVMware when I hear wonderful news within the VMware community.
All hashtagged words stand out from other words in a message because they are a different color from the rest of the message's words.… Read more »
Socialcast is a powerful tool for communicating and working with fellow members of your company. However, there may be times when you need to work with people outside of your company on a specific project or event. By creating an external contributor group, you can use Socialcast to easily and securely communicate with consultants, clients, or contractors.
Only community administrators and external contributor administrators can create an external group and invite members to join it. People from outside the company can only participate in external groups they have been invited to, and do not have access to the rest of the community.… Read more »
Changing the default language for a Socialcast community is a snap for both users and admins. This will ensure that your international workforce is able to leverage the power of the social enterprise no matter their native tongue, in turn making it easier to get work done.
For Admins: The administrator can set the default language used in the Socialcast user interface (UI). To change the default community language go to Admin>… Read more »
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