Enterprise Collaboration Cannot Subsist of Messaging Alone

In this digital age, instant messaging has essentially become a way of life. From the good ole days of AOL Messenger to modern means of texting, Slack, What’s App, Yammer, Jive and Skype, the options and opportunities for instant messaging are endless.


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Now's the Time to Consolidate Your Enterprise Social Networks onto a Single Platform

Do you have an enterprise social network (ESN) in your organization? You know, like an internal Facebook or Twitter of sorts, where you collaborate on work initiatives. If you do, you're one of the early adopters, driven by real-time, knowledge-centric communication.


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Don’t Lose Intellectual Property: Collaborate to preserve your collective brain trust

Intellectual Property (IP) retention has always been an important issue for organizations. And it’s becoming increasingly more important as Baby Boomers retire and Millennials take over the workforce. Adding to the issue is the younger demographic’s tendency to move from job to job quickly, with an average tenure of just around two years at any single workplace.


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Top 4 HR Collaboration Tools to Make Onboarding Easier

As 1.86 million new undergraduates flood the job market this May, human resources (HR) professionals find themselves in a hiring paradise… and a paperwork and process nightmare.


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Once People Ask "Why?" Rather than "How?" You've Won

At Incentive, we deliver an enterprise social collaboration platform with a feature set so rich that users have access to all of their knowledge, information and communication in a single location, giving the organization complete control. Users don't have to wander outside of Incentive for additional programs or rely on unapproved or unsafe services to "Get Stuff Done, Together."


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Top 5 Disruptive Technology Trends from Collision

I’ve been attending Collision’s sister conference, Web Summit, for years. When the organization that throws Europe’s biggest annual tech event decided to launch here in the States, I was excited to not only attend, but also to showcase Incentive’s technology. We applied, were selected to exhibit, and, “Bam!” We were off to Vegas!


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Onboarding Made Easy: The Secret to Quickly and Effectively Onboarding New Employees

Though it’s often seen as a time-consuming or costly process, onboarding new employees is extremely important – and can all too often be overlooked. A 2013 survey by CandE found that almost half of prospective employees evaluate a company’s initial materials to assess whether or not the employer is a good cultural and personal fit.


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We’re not the only ones excited about enterprise social collaboration…

…and we’ve got a fresh $1.7 million in funding to prove it!


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The Future Workforce and Enterprise Social Collaboration

By 2025, Millennials will make up the majority of the workforce – and they’re bringing along new expectations and habits to the workplace. Here’s what this workforce of the future looks like:

  • An average employee will move from job to job quickly, staying for about two years at each organization.
  • Millennial employees want workplace flexibility, meaning more remote and dispersed workforces across countries and time zones.
  • A younger, tech-savvy workforce craves the same social functionality at work that they’re accustomed to in their personal lives. A social UX is the way of the future.

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No More Wayward Files - New Dropbox and Incentive Integration

Have you heard the news?  Incentive now integrates with Dropbox, a common file sharing app for both businesses and individuals. Today, more than 300 million people around the world use Dropbox to store and share files among friends, family and even co-workers.


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Innovation and Communication: How a Social Work Environment Fosters Productivity

How many times has a great idea gotten lost or buried in the avalanche of communications between employees at your company? The truth is it's nearly impossible to know that number without browsing through endless blogs, emails, meeting notes and audio/video files of project and group gatherings. Yet this is often what team members find themselves doing in order to retrieve that next big idea from a previous meeting or correspondence. 


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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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