GenY to the Xpower

Intranet Article Index by Valerie
November 20, 2013, 10:05 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

The Worldwide Intranet Challenge now has a database of intranet articles. Looks pretty cool at a quick glance. It’s definitely a list, not super easy to sort (that I can tell so far). But it’s great to have a resource like this with articles, names and photos! Thank you, WIC, for providing this great resource.


Behinds the Scenes Look at 2013 Greatest Intranets by Valerie
November 19, 2013, 8:05 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

@tobyward from Prescient is hosting a free webinar tomorrow that will tour the greatest intranets from 2013. Looks like those named “greatest” received that title from the annual Intranet Global Forum conference in NYC. Any followers go to that? What did you learn?

Ironic: Most Useful Intranet Page for Employees by Valerie Hoven
November 11, 2011, 3:42 pm
Filed under: Intranet

Andrew Wright (@roojwright), you know I luv ya, but I got an email from the WIC regarding the intranet homepage design, and I couldn’t help but laugh.

The competition: homepage design, and the voting is simply, “Which intranet homepage do you think would be most helpful to its employees?” And the email even includes a link to a few samples submitted. I clicked the link and got something all too familiar.

2010: My intranet review by Valerie
June 2, 2011, 6:41 pm
Filed under: Intranet

So we all know that 2008-2010 were spent relaunching my hospital’s intranet. I actually had to do it twice because I broke it once, had to rebuild, then had to rebuild again to the original specs I had all along.

Here is a PDF with some before and after stats, benchmarking my intranet against our corporate intranet, and survey results. It might be of value to you, especially if you’re poor like me and can’t afford real benchmarking metrics.

Most interesting survey result: least common response for “what would you like to see on the intranet?” was blogs. They would rather have industry news and the weather. Weather?!

Don’t get too excited for the PDF. It’s not a cool infographic or anything. Just some slides and graphs showing what matters to employees, what they liked and what they didn’t like…

Update: June 2, RE: surveys
Information about the surveys.
Slides 2, 3, 4 and 13 were taken from a survey that was on the intranet, and it had a little more than 100 responses.
The rest of the slides were taken from a survey that our corporate healthcare system did, and more than 3,000 people from our hospital responded (there was an Ipod incentive I believe).
We have a little more than 9,000 employees total.
Our intranet receives about 1,000 unique visitors a day, 3,000 a month.

New Rule: No Coffee After 2 by Valerie Hoven
April 4, 2011, 7:21 pm
Filed under: Life

As a coffee addict, I drink coffee until at least 3pm before switching to soda. Well, that has to change. It’s no secret that I have too many ailments, especially for being in my 20s. And dehydration is one of them. So I’m switching to GATORADE! I love it! The orange flavor rocks. And that is my new afternoon drink. Water is just too boring. But hopefully this good habit lasts.

This is coming after losing our office Biggest Loser competition – again. And after suffering from low blood pressure and iron. I need some hydration, and I don’t like water, and coffee and soda don’t count. So I’m sort of excited for my Gatorade.

And as noted above, my illness is so secret. So really it’s the sick high school kid inside me who could never play sports who is excited to have an 8-pack of Gatorade in my apartment right now. Makes me seem cool, active and athletic. And I am 🙂 I’m healthy, a sailor and injured skier (bruised rotator cuff). Yeah, I sort of sound like a badass right now talking about my Gatorade and bruised rotator cuff!

Online Patient Communities by Valerie Hoven
March 28, 2011, 2:45 pm
Filed under: Healthcare, HIT | Tags: , ,

This article talks about how more patients are using social media to make healthcare decisions. We all knew this, but I’m curious as to what conditions/diseases are most talked about online? This article says a lot of decisions were made about gastric bypass surgery online as well as diabetes.

What are some other ones? I’m on in the transplant community. But what patients have strong communities, and which ones are strong for making healthcare decisions? I can see how transplant is strong, but we don’t need to make a lot of healthcare decisions. Diabetes patients however, do make a lot of decisions I bet, like what is the best glucose meter, etc.

So as a marketer, who are these communities? And which ones do you market towards? Both? The ones who need to make decisions? The ones with a strong relationship? Regardless, there’s so much opportunity out there. Very exciting and reassuring for us online marketers 🙂

Intranet Screenshots by Valerie Hoven
February 14, 2011, 4:23 pm
Filed under: Intranet | Tags: , ,

So many people post to Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. asking for intranet screen shots. While Andrew Wright (@roojwright) is quick to respond, I figured I’d collect a list of sites with intranet examples.

Warning to viewers: Know that design is only part of building an intranet. Don’t forget about function, navigation, etc. Don’t get caught up in the design and end up with a product your viewers hate just because you loved the Flash screen and green colors. (See cartoon below.)

Now you may proceed!

Slideshow of examples:

Case studies with screen shots:

@rachellai83 shares screen shots on her company’s website at Intranet Connections.

Intranet Benchmarking Forum (@ibf) shares screen shots:

And the @ibf Facebook group:!/group.php?gid=2723005032&v=photos

Intranet Innovation Winners from 2010 by @steptwodesign:

For more guidance on intranet maintenance, design and creation, visit THE LIST of Intranet Resources.