Note: The following uses modern pages in SharePoint Online.
When you want to combine functionality with design, get into SharePoint.
You want what you’re looking for now, not ten clicks from now. When I’m building a site or page, I want people to find it useful and efficient the moment they land on it.
But I also want people to enjoy their visit, however brief. For me, that means making the page appealing to the eye. Themes, colors, imagery can all be used to complement and support the contents, and provide a pleasing experience overall.
But what if it’s a…
Facebook is once again focusing on the wrong things.
Short version: Facebook has been kicking inactive users out of groups and placing them on an “invited” list instead. The invitation to the group will expire in 28 days if the user doesn’t like a post in the group or accept the invitation.
This is both ridiculous and, alas, mostly true, per Snopes. (They don’t quite call it “kicking out.” Source: Is Facebook Kicking People Out of Groups Who Don’t Participate?)
Yes, groups need people to participate, or you’re just facing a blank wall. Now if it’s a Hermits United group…
December isn’t over yet, but I can already read the 2018 story for my online customer network.
I can flip through the chapters and see the data*:
20% membership growth. 40% increase in engagement.
60% engagement for the year, period.
I can also see what went into that engagement, and why people were coming to join in. Big topics such as first-time training jitters, building a regional networking group, or strategizing on specific training units to make them relevant for specific staff.
The data shows it: 2018 has been a great year. But we’d have no numbers without people providing…
Each year at Microsoft Ignite, I declare I won’t turn into an S-shape staggering around from the weight of all the vendor swag stuffed into my backpack.
Each year I fail.
It all goes to good places: Other conference attendees helpfully liberate me of some items, I bring others back for colleagues and friends, and still others I keep for actual use or because I have great memories wrapped up with the getting of them.
But there’s something I received that is not in that picture, something seemingly simple yet with a powerful message. That’s this bracelet:
Towering trees, wide expanses of lawn, near-ancient, sun-warmed stone and brick contrasting, somehow magnificently, with newer buildings (some with electric blue accents) . . .
. . . and all I needed for that memory-trigger was an email from my alma mater, Lawrence University.
“As the new academic year approaches, there is a feeling of excitement here at Lawrence as we welcome students back to campus. Do you remember the many feelings you experienced when starting a new academic year at Lawrence? Maybe you asked yourself these same questions — How will I balance school and my social life? Will…
The list of unexpected questions appeared before my eyeballs: The whys and what-fors of being a Microsoft MVP.
Thanks to Betsy Weber, my awesome Microsoft program manager evangelist, for the challenge!
I was gobsmacked when I was nominated, and even more so when I was selected, back there in 2016; this program wasn’t really on my radar before then, as I had spent the previous two years launching and growing my company’s networks.
Even after I realized what the MVP program was, I didn’t think I personally was doing anything special. …
Starring our Yammer External Network for customers.
“I’m out here training,” the email began. “There’s some concern from our customer about their own staff buying into our program. I distinctly remember a Yammer post from a gentleman who said he didn’t buy in at first, and what changed his mind. I wanted to share that with my contact here. Do you have access to it or could you guide me in the right direction to find it?”
A toothy challenge!
I recalled that conversation, too. But the finer details escaped me, especially when it was posted and who was involved.
One of the most important things to remember about Yammer is that it’s full of people, and those people exist beyond their screens!
In our Yammer External Network for customers (instructors), one set of groups are called Chapter Groups.
These regional groups help our instructors find each other within and across states, build great working relationships regardless of industry and background, and aid in bringing people together — offline!
With support from members of our staff, it’s our customers who take the lead in organizing periodic meet-ups — user groups, if you will — that are typically held for a…
“Your first month is almost behind you! Nice!” -a comment to a new employee on our Yammer home network.
The quick answer is yes, Yammer does work for mid-size companies. Source: The mid-size company I work for.
But what does “yes, it works” really mean?
Well, here’s our perspective, and some of the following is paraphrased from my own comment left on this blog:
We’re a growing, global training company with still fewer than 300 people. When we launched Yammer in 2014, we definitely had fewer than that.
-Small projects among core teams.
-Large projects among multiple teams.
Flight time, 7 a.m. Touchdown, a few hours and a couple of time-zone-changes later. Ride secured, hotel checked into. It had begun.
I’ve just returned from my first Microsoft MVP Summit this week, though I can’t yet talk about most of it because at the time that I’m writing this, all that marvelous, unparalleled learning from my workshops and seminars is still under NDA.
I know. Bummer.
Still being under NDA is actually okay, because what I discovered, what I experienced, is something I can share anytime, and extends far beyond those very valuable if censored workshops and seminars.