It has almost become a truism that the average corporate employee spends around 25-30 percent of the workday on email related tasks. For example, McKinsey found that workers spend 28% of their workweek on reading e-mails. By comparison we spend 14 percent of our time, or just 6.4 hours per week, on "communicating and collaborating internally."
The last few years have seen learning take on an unquestionably more social air to it. Whether it’s MOOCs bringing higher education to the masses or a raft of new social games, there are a whole host of new ways for people to learn online, and to do so in a more social way.
Last week we attended the sold out SIFMA Social Media Seminar in New York City, a one-day event in the heart of Wall Street that brings together experts from a variety of business roles including marketing, business, compliance, and legal, as well as financial advisors, to discuss the expanding use of social media for financial services.
Freemium has become a popular model throughout software, from mobile apps and games which are free to download and then charge you to hasten progress or receive exclusive prizes, through to enterprise software which gives free access for a set period of time, for example you can trial Interact for 30 days for free and then decide if you wish to purchase it on a subscription basis.
I wrote recently about some new research that explored the sharing of good news. The study wanted to explore the hypothesis that those around us would love to hear the exciting and wonderful things we have to share.
Google is someone that I have associated with rapid innovation and positive digital disruption in the past, and on the surface I was quite excited to read about their 'reinvention' of their inbox and email.
The largest intranet conference in Europe kicked off with what is fast becoming a tradition of the conference – a video of Interact’s CEO Nigel Danson’s children. Their Oscar worthy performance showcases time wasting in organisations with repetition being one of the biggest culprits, begging the question “is it time for a social intranet?”.
Innovation is hard. I don’t think anyone really disputes that. It often makes the innovator rather unpopular amongst their peers, and there tends to be a well established army willing to fight tooth and nail to preserve what already is rather than plump for the uncertainty of what might be.
Good news on innovative approaches should be retold. So here it is.
Did you make it to Dreamforce? As a first timer myself, all I can say is WOW, it was everything that people had warned me of and more. A mega-event that is managed with uncommon precision and professionalism.
As regular readers of this blog will know, I’m a big fan of crowdsourcing as a method of attracting a wide and diverse range of talent towards a project. As the saying goes, “whoever you work for, the smartest people work for someone else”.
A few days ago I saw a blog post where someone was expressing their dissatisfaction with the business networking site LinkedIn.
Today we’re proud to announce that Hearsay Social has collaborated with Zurich Insurance Group, a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets, to empower their agents across Europe on social media.
Several years ago, when I ran The Environment Site, we had a feature on our discussion forum called eCoBoT. It was a relatively simple AI member of the forum that would reply to any posts made to it by other members.
Everyone whether they have a disability or not needs to have the same experience when using any intranet information or applications. Employees with a disability may use devices to help them. Your intranet needs to be compatible with these to avoid risking breaking the guidelines and any law that applies in the country where the person works.
I’ve been thinking about the ways in which media industries (and others) have been disrupted by the world of digital, and am playing around with the idea of four key stages
Crowdfunding has undoubtedly opened up an extensive array of potential sources of finance for entrepreneurs and creative people of various stripes. Despite the huge splurge of funding that has found its way to entrepreneurs from backers around the world, the more formal funding streams remain important.
In 1997 when Apple wrote it, they were the underdog, the company that was appealing to the edge, to the people who were prepared to shake things up.; the ‘wild ducks’.
I’ve written previously about the importance of passion in a social business. The pace of change is so fast in the modern world that it is essential that you love what you do, as that will support the investment required to stay on top of the changes impacting your particular field.
I hate my bank. Wait, that’s only partially true. I hate my bank that offers a location wherever I happen to be, has tellers and allows me to deposit and withdraw small or large sums of cash.
There are undoubtedly many social, technological and financial
factors impacting upon the way our workplaces are evolving. Recently,
workplace consultancy Unwork and DTZ set out about exploring just what
some of those core factors are in the...
Social software is a category of communication tools that support and encourage social and collaborative behaviors. The term “social technology” is wrongly often taken as a synonym for social software.A technology is not just about the tools.
It's been a while since I last shared a presentation on Slideshare. Mostly it's because I have accepted fewer speaking engagements and focused my time and energy on working on customer assignments.
There have been some big shifts in the way education has been delivered over the years. We’ve seen the likes of Khan Academy do wonderful things in maths and science related topics, and they even teamed up with NASA recently to produce a joint effort over some space related topics.
Employee engagement is big business. Entire consulting industries are
devoted to measuring and tracking the levels of engagement that are
displayed by a company’s staff, and implementing programmes of work to
try to nudge the scores upwards. An...