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Building a 30,000-User Enterprise Social Network By Jeff Ross Building a 30,000-User Enterprise Social Network By Jeff Ross Presentation Transcript

  • Building a Successful Enterprise Social Network Lessons learned from 4 years with Humana’s Buzz Jeff Ross Community Manager Humana Inc. @JeffKRoss May 2014
  • 1. Launched in May 2010 2. Uses the Socialcast platform 3. 33,000+ accounts (currently 1000+ new/month) 4. 8,000 posts/week 5. 1,600+ special interest groups 6. 200+ integrations with other software/internal sites 7. Web app, mobile access 2 A bit about
  • My Top 12 Pieces of Advice 3
  • 1. The most important item I’ll share today 2. Too many hats to leave any aside 3. Someone needs to own it, live it, breath it. 4 1. Have a full-time community manager from the start. Do you want to go from A to B without a community manager A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z or from A to Z with one?
  • 1. It’s an expected form of communication – not new any more. 2. Don’t call it a pilot; that suggests it may be abandoned. 5 2. Commit to it. Are you piloting email and telephones, or are they expected business tools?
  • 1. The difference in the first two and last two years of Buzz 2. Reverse mentor. 3. Ease them in with specific, short-term tasks. 6 3. Get executive buy-in and participation. Use town halls, campaigns, and specific questions of interest.
  • 1. Update your social media policy for internal & external use. 2. Focus on what to do as opposed to what not to do. 3. Have simple guidelines visible and draw attention to them. 7 4. Have rules, but don’t overdo it. Ten Commandments 3 strikes and you’re out
  • 1. Pick the right one for your needs. Several are available. 2. You need commonly used features, not all possible features. 3. The focus is people, relationships, and better communication – not technology. 8 5. Pick a good platform, but don’t focus on the tech.
  • 1. Slow and steady wins. 2. Everyone doesn’t move into a city on the same day. 3. Utilize early adopters/enthusiasts and grow naturally. 9 6. Avoid “Big Launch Syndrome.”
  • 1. It’s OK to have fun at work. 2. People need breaks from work. 3. We work better with people we know more about. 10 7. Encourage business and non-business content. Sample Buzz Business Groups: Career Opportunities; Working on Well-being; SharePoint Users Sample Non-Business Groups: Music Lovers; In the News; Dog Lovers; Expecting Mommies
  • 1. Integrate in tools (content) and in processes. 2. Make good use of Intranet landing page. 3. Over 200 content integrations at Humana 11 8. Integrate your ESN where people do their work.
  • 1. Use single sign-on. 2. Give users mobile access. 3. See point #8 – integrate. 12 9. Make it easy to access.
  • 1. Welcome newcomers and give them a next step. 2. Train for various roles (groups admins, leaders, project managers, town hall leaders, ideation leaders, etc.). 3. Train for various levels of expertise (those new to social media, new to the company, new to the ESN, power users, etc.). 4. Use various methods (virtual webinars/recordings, hands-on instructor-led, quick videos, user guides, tip sheets, mentoring, reminders, broadcast communications, etc.). 5. Publish a calendar of live training & links to on-demand training/resources. 13 10. Train, train, train.
  • 1. Align with business objectives and values. 2. Include the easy, common metrics (e.g., active users, percent of employees using ESN, posts) 3. Include more difficult measures (e.g., sense of community). 4. Document and report successes. (Hint: tag them, e.g., #buzzsuccess) 14 11. Set goals and track progress. What about tracking ROI? Can you? Do you? Should you?
  • 1. In technology 2. In the user experience 3. Through deeper integration into platforms and processes 4. Personally in your role (community manager, admin, leader, communications professional, IT professional, etc.) 15 12. Never be satisfied – keep growing. “Never stop learning. Never stop growing. Never stop seeking the brightest star. Never stop moving from where you are. Never stop trying. Never stop reaching. Never stop doing what you can do. Never stop growing your whole life through.” - from the children’s musical “Education Rocks” My go-to ESN resources: @RichMillington @TheCR @SocialMediaOrg #ESNchat (Thur. 2-3pm EDT)
  • 1. Improve the mobile user experience. 2. Integrate better and more quickly with acquisitions. 3. Work for more frequent senior leader use. 4. Develop action plan to improve the sense of community. 5. More completely document business successes tied to Buzz, grouped by corporate values or major business objectives. 6. Keep fighting the good fight to win over skeptics. 16 What’s ahead for Humana and Buzz?
  • What questions, comments and ESN stories do you have? 17 Your turn!
  • 1. @JeffKRoss 2. Hosting weekly Twitter chat #ESNchat, 2-3pm EDT Thursdays, esnchat.com, @ESNchat 3. JeffRossBlog.com 4. jross@humana.com 5. linkedin.com/in/jeffkross 18 Where you’ll find me… Thank you for being a part of today’s session! Please stay in touch.