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We've added brand new templates to help you get started.

Last Spring we introduced a new way to try Igloo: we made our service free to use with up to ten people and gave everyone instant access to our app-based intranet template. The change was a resounding success: thousands of businesses started to communicate and collaborate inside their Igloos.

This year, we're making things even better. Today we're happy to introduce our new Igloo templates and an easier sign-up process.

New templates

 

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You can now choose between four templates when you…

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April 7, 2014 - Igloo Software today announced a strategic partnership and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Switzerland’s largest telecommunications provider, Swisscom, to private-label its social intranet solution.

Swisscom joins Igloo's growing list of OEM partners that are taking the cloud intranet provider into new verticals and geographies

Kitchener, Canada and Berne, Switzerland - April 7, 2014

Summary
Igloo Software, a cloud intranet provider, today announced a strategic partnership and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with Switzerland's largest telecommunications provider, Swisscom, to private-label its social intranet solution.

Under the terms of the agreement, Swisscom has the…

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Gamification isn't just playing games, and is increasingly becoming a useful corporate tool to increase employee productivity and intranet engagement.

Gamification is showing up in an increasing number of areas in business, from employee training, to social elements on the corporate website, to the intranet. According to Gartner, by 2015 up to 40% of Global 1000 organizations will be using gamification in business operations. Gamification doesn't necessarily refer to actually playing games, however. There are many different gamification elements, but not all are relevant to the intranet, so we'll focus on the ones that are.

What is intranet…

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Most companies see social business as social media: curating your Twitter account and conversations. But how do you create business value and meaningful change within your business based on your customers insights?

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Tuesday night, I had the opportunity to get together with members of the American Marketing Association in Austin. The casual 'happy hour' setting, hosted at a great restaurant called Coal Vines, was a great chance to network and catch up on the news for the month.

The AMA asked me to discuss a topic with their members. I presented a case study, The Key to Social Media Responsiveness: Social Business. It was about the evolution of social strategy within companies. More specifically, it was…

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Companies' file sharing is often still fragmented, third-party, and inefficient, which is a pain for employees and a nightmare for IT. Centralized and social file sharing is secure, organized, and collaborative, which becomes ever more important as companies grow.

Who needs good file management? Pretty much everyone, even companies of one person. The more people a company has, the more files they create and maintain, and the more robust the file management and sharing needs to be. Companies of any size greater than one person also need file sharing solutions that take collaboration and security seriously.

You may think that good file sharing mostly just consists of keeping things in one place, protecting against loss, and knowing which version you're…

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Wikis have come a long way in the last few years as a flexible and user-friendly knowledge management tool. With due diligence on the company's information needs, good information architecture design, and teams' collaborative attitude, wikis can make teams collectively smarter, more agile, and more productive.

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When wikis first gained popularity with organizations several years ago, they were often seen as a miracle cure for many corporate communications ailments. A no-fuss intranet, a way to get rid of email overload, the cure to a lack of document management, you name it.

These expectations, however, often were not accompanied by proper due diligence, good design or information architecture, and the tools weren't always the most user-friendly. This led to a lot of abandoned, half-empty wiki…

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By helping staff get answers to questions, keep informed, and build cohesive team culture, microblogging provides a big communications impact in a few characters.

Microblogs

Microblogging may provide the most intriguing evidence of the value of social tools in companies. If Twitter-like functionality is little more than "wasting time on social media," as skeptics might claim, one has to wonder why microblogging has already found a home enhancing communications and productivity in thousands of companies. Here at Igloo we're no exception. Microblogging is an invaluable tool for us for real-time communication and information sharing. And we always know when there…

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When their purpose is clear and managing them is organized, forums can be one of a company's most valuable tools to share information, solve problems, inspire ideas, and develop engagement among companies' internal and external communities.

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Forums can seem like the wild west of online communities. Potentially thousands of people passionately engaging - or feuding - over topics of shared interest, with moderators riding shotgun and trying to keep order. But forums can be harnessed for good and can be a fantastic way to connect and converse with co-workers, partners, and customers.

Forums offer amazing communications flexibility. They can enable conversations of just about any kind. People can ask and get answers to questions,…

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Calendars can do much more than ensure you're on time for meetings. They can be a central location for project and event materials and knowledge, inform best practices, even assist with corporate administration.

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There are a lot of parallels between a company's file sharing and calendar sharing needs. They're both critical for any company bigger than one person, especially as business grows. And there's a lot more to good file or calendar sharing tools than just keeping information synced in one place.

Calendars help you do it all

Good calendar sharing keeps projects, events, meetings, and social occasions organized, in one place, and up to date. It enables flexible access for everyone who needs it,…

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Blogging has a lot of untapped potential as a communications and discussions tool within organizations, though it does require some planning and focus to do well.

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For many companies, blogs have become part of the corporate communications toolkit. They're easy to set up, and often used like a newsletter. But blogs are typically used for outward-facing communications, and have a lot of unexplored potential and value for internal communications as well.

Every project has a story

Writing for an internal audience, blogs can be used for a near-endless variety of topics. Everything from administrative information, like vacation policy, to educational…

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