Product Managers’ Communication Pet Peeves to Avoid

Product managers often find themselves serving as a lynchpin within an organization. Responsible for product road mapping, decision-making, development and testing, product managers frequently act as the middleman between executive leadership, developers, design teams, engineers and test groups. They shoulder a great deal of responsibility, and effective communication is key to the success of the product – as well as the organization overall.

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Incentive Identified as a Promising Startup by Microsoft Ventures

So far, 2015 has been a great year for Incentive. We launched our latest version with even more features to help you collaborate and communicate better; we integrated with SharePoint; and now we are getting some props for our growth and innovation!

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How to Work with Feeds In Incentive

Sometimes, collaboration is really easy. Take feeds, for example.

A feed is a simple data format designed to bring you updates as they happen. In short, a feed brings you the news without you having to seek it out on web pages or in search engines. One common format is the RSS feed, which is standard on most websites.

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Are Face-to-Face Meetings A Waste of Time?

Ensuring everyone is on the same page regarding clients and new marketing strategies is an important aspect of unifying a team. But constant face-to-face meetings in the workplace can actually interfere with the ability of employees to perform their jobs efficiently.

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5 Communication Fails Sales & Marketing Teams Should Avoid

All of those group projects we did in school did have a point – when we work collaboratively, we accomplish more. Sales and marketing teams working in concert contribute to the overall company goals of increased sales and better profits. Unfortunately, many organizations miss the mark in this regard by failing to make this goal a priority.

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Choosing between a Private Chat and Open Discussion in Incentive

Deciding when to discuss a topic in the open where everyone on a team or in a department can chime in or via a private chat can sometimes be a tough choice when using social collaboration tools like Incentive. One of Incentive's main goals is help users concentrate only on what's important -- and filter out what's not -- to enable them to get more stuff done on a daily basis.

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How The Instant Messaging vs Email Battle is Shaping Workplaces

The modern business culture is becoming a more open and collaborative experience. The upcoming generation of workers is not only among one of the most educated, it is also one that favors transparent work duties, expressiveness, and above all, a collaborative work environment. This inclination towards teamwork has influenced subtle changes in communication preferences.

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Saving Time (and Headaches) with Standardized Workflows

As a marketing manager juggling several different tasks, it’s all too easy to overlook something important or fall behind on contacting vendors. Unfortunately, these challenges can result in wasted time at best and lost business opportunities at worst. Coordinating with other agencies, clients and freelancers on a regular basis and keeping projects and events running smoothly requires efficient workflow management. 

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Working with Apps in Incentive

Incentive provides a number of tools that enable teams across organizations to Get Stuff Done Together (you might have seen that a time or two on our website). These tools are organized within Spaces, which are areas where people gather around a common subject such as a department, task, project, or another topic.

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Innovative Communication Platforms: Fostering Productivity with a Social Intranet


How many times in your company has a great idea been lost or buried in the avalanche of communications between employees?

That might not even be a fair question because it's probably impossible to know that number without browsing through endless blogs, emails, meeting notes, and audio/video files of project group gatherings. Yet this is often what team members find themselves doing in order to retrieve that glimmer-of-light idea recalled from a previous meeting or correspondence. 

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Overcoming the communication bottleneck

How many times have you walked away from a team meeting thinking everyone was agreement on action items, but as it came time to execute, it seems some things got lost in the shuffle.

 These dropped balls can stem from having meeting notes in different platforms and a lack of access to them. In some cases, no one takes notes at all.

It can be difficult to communicate effectively with your team even when you don’t have to worry about staying aligned across a variety of platforms.

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New Incentive Apps Make It Easier to Get Stuff Done

While we've moved to a quarterly product release schedule at Incentive, that doesn't mean that product updates get put on hold between our major updates. 

Incentive Winter Edition 2015 introduced product enhancements and new apps like private chat and one-click cloud installation. And Incentive Spring Edition 2015 - which is right around the corner - promises to deliver additional functionality to let you to get more stuff done, together.

As we continue to work away on new, innovative aspects for Incentive Spring Edition 2015, we're rolling out a number of Incentive apps and functionalities to help whet your appetite for the great things to come.

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How to Effectively Work with Spaces in Incentive

Everything in Incentive belongs to a Space. These are areas where people gather around a common subject, whether it's a business department, a task, a project, or something else with a common denominator.

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Incentive + SharePoint Equals a Match Made in (Cloud) Heaven

Have you heard the news? We recently announced an important integration to our platform – SharePoint. Considering one in five knowledge workers use SharePoint each day, making it natively and easily accessible through Incentive was a no-brainer.

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SharePoint Integration with Incentive: Seamless and Complete

We’re happy to announce the public beta program for Incentive’s seamless integration with Microsoft SharePoint - which means that from now on you can find everything you need inside your organization, on a single socially powered collaboration platform, Incentive.

With the beta program, users will have access to the full functionality of SharePoint within Incentive. Our integration brings original SharePoint content into Incentive rather than mirroring folders or importing and copying content.

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Introducing Incentive Winter Edition 2015

What better way to celebrate 2015 than with the release of a new update of Incentive? Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to introduce Incentive Winter Edition 2015.

Today’s launch of Incentive’s Winter Edition 2015 introduces a new release schedule here at Incentive. We plan to offer four major release a year, calling them Winter, Spring, Summer, and Autumn release.

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New update brings feeds and tasks to Incentive

It's time for another monthly Incentive update. Today we give you Incentive 3.3, an update that brings some brand new features that will make your life even easier.

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The bright future of Video Collaboration

Video Collaboration is not just a fancy thing; one might even claim that it's not fancy at all - video's been around the Internet for many years and so has collaboration. 

The thing, however, is that video conferencing and all other professional video services have so far been to difficult to both setup and use. Still - correctly used - video is a very powerful tool for internal communication that can uncover hidden talents and business opportunities we would not have been able to spot otherwise.

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Los Angeles is the most interesting tech startup region

Since we moved Incentive to the US we have constantly been asked - why Los Angeles? We gave a brief answer in this blog in May 2013 and another more lengthy one in December.

Today, we can look back upon our choice as a very wise one. Several industry experts have since praised the so called SoCal-area as being one of the most interesting tech startup region in the US, and even among the top in the world.

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Why video conversations are so important in social business software

With the latest release of Incentive 3.3 we introduce the amazing technology called WebRTC and a new feature called Video Conversations.

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Social Intranet Readiness Checklist #6 - Would you benefit from a Google of your own?

Earlier this spring, we published a Social Intranet Readiness Checklist that you can apply on your own organization to check whether you are likely to benefit greatly from a social intranet or not.

If you've answered 'yes' to at least one of the six questions, your organization is probably ready for a social intranet solution. If you collected more than just one 'yes', you should definitely look for a social intranet solution as soon as possible.

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A social intranet does wonders to your company culture

Many organizations understand the ineffectiveness of email overload. Some organizations also realize the power of storing all knowledge in a single repository and being able to retrieve it from one single search bar. And further, a few organizations have grasped that a social intranet is a remedy to all of the above.

But how many organizations have understood how powerful a social intranet is when it comes to strengthening your company culture? Have you?

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Searchable and direct conversations in Incentive 3.2? Check!

Incentive 3.2 is out!

And we bring you a brand new feature, called Conversations. What you get is a new way to sendprivate messages between 2 or more people in Incentive.

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Social Intranet Readiness Checklist #5 - Is it important that you own your data and keep it safe?

Earlier this spring, we published a Social Intranet Readiness Checklist that you can apply on your own organization to check whether you are likely to benefit greatly from a social intranet or not.

If you've answered 'yes' to at least one of the six questions, your organization is probably ready for a social intranet solution. If you collected more than one 'yes' from the questions below, you should definitely look for a social intranet solution as soon as possible.

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The Enterprise Social Network market is anything but quiet

Last week, an article on CMSwire explained that the Enterprise Social Network (ESN) market is dead - much thanks to giants like Microsoft and Facebook.

At Incentive, we don't agree with the premise that this market space, ESN, has been quiet - quite the contrary - and that what's being done by Microsoft and Facebook will kill any opportunity for other companies to play in this space.

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