The five keys to building a strong online community

Build it and they will come? Such a common mistake. We’ve met many organisations who started out installing a free community tool and waiting for the crowds to join them. When only a few people engage, the excuses pile up: there are too many networks already; our members don’t want/need a community. More often than […]

The Goldilocks Intranet | Ambix for Non-Profits

Are you struggling to find the right balance of online networking for your non-profit? As the world moves inexorably towards Digital by Default, there’s a good infrastructure of digital tools for most applications, but a dearth of options for business networks, membership organisations, alumni engagement, and non-profit communities. Introducing the Goldilocks Intranet: Getting the balance […]

Unlocking knowledge with your social intranet

Why should you even consider a social intranet in your organisation? Surely the world doesn’t change just because there’s a new way of communicating? This is an attitude that reflects the uneven digital skills in our society, and ignores the fact that a new medium can deliver new benefits. A social intranet isn’t just about […]

Karate Community Packs a Punch Online

In a paper published in July this year, “Structural differences between open and direct communication in an online community”, the authors present the results of seven years’ study into the differences in one-to-one (messaging) and many-to-many (forum) communication in a population of over 35,000 users. Their results match our experience of the development of online […]

Using Google+ as your personal intranet

I have to own up to an embarrassing fact. Despite working with social media for years, training and writing about SME online strategy, I’ve never quite managed to use Google+ myself to best effect. It’s slowly gained traction, but posting to G+ is often an afterthought. In my line of work, I’m far more comfortable […]

Online communities: greater than the sum of their parts

We hear a lot of reasons why people consider establishing online communities for their organisation’s members.  Communication is of course number one, collaboration is often mentioned, supply chains are important, and there is a worthy feeling across the market that it’s important to keep up with the latest developments in technology.

Enjoy the sunshine with #placetoplacenetworking

The JDrew Creations team are basking in the sunshine on the warmest day of the year, and reflecting on the British desire to make the most of the sun when it shines. We may have a reputation for going lobster-pink at the drop of a sunshade, but an unpredictable island weather system means we have […]