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Are most employees "news junkies"?
The reason I ask is because if you look at the volume of home page space within many major intranets given over to news, you would be inclined to think that staff have an insatiable appetite for news about their company, marketplace, competitors etc.
Intranets have a disproportionate amount of real estate given over to news, without any clear and proven business value applied to this news emphasis.
Having looked at hundreds of large intranets in 2007, it is clear to me that news content dominates without tangible benefit.
Why is this so?
- In the early days, the intranet was a new and innovative communication channel.
- Many of those involved with the intranet have a communication role and or background and "understand" news.
- It is easier to fill the intranet home page with news – and much harder to drive new functionality and working process.
I predict for 2008 that communicators and those generating news will face increased pressure to demonstrate the business value of intranet news. I also predict that many people in these roles will be unable to demonstrate this value and that news and news generation roles in general will decline steadily throughout 2008 – 2009.
How can I be sure?
- Among the IBF Members running advanced intranets, there is evidence that the importance placed on news is declining and that this news is being replaced by value added online services.
- In tracking the financial value of intranets, a recent IBF study showed that meeting room booking alone in one global organisation was generating $20 million of financial value – how much value is news generating – can it even compete?
For too long now intranets have relied on news as easy content pickings. If you are one of the people involved in producing news related content you might want to think fast because this practice is coming under threat – and for good reason.
Think about it – you are a travelling salesman, you access the intranet remotel – what do want most…..news about the new guy in Poland or up to date account information for the meeting you are about to have with your client?