Conference Update: Announcing 3 New Industry Speakers


What if you could discover innovative new uses for intranet technology, measure their impact, and learn how to communicate with your employees more effectively? Learn how to be an intranet rockstar from industry experts at ThoughtSummit 2015.

Meet our Industry Experts


We’ve added three more speakers to our agenda. Meet industry experts who will help you make your intranet more innovative, engaging, and measurable, featuring:

  • Ephraim Freed, The Future of Intranets: What Business Leaders can do to Innovate in the Next Five Years.
  • Sebastian de Castell, Storytelling for Intranets: The Story of You
  • Cindy Crescenzo, DIY Intranet Audit: Using research and measurement to understand your business, your audience, and what’s working and what’s not.

Justify Your Trip


Keen on attending ThoughtSummit but still trying to get approval to go to the conference? We’ve put together this handy Justify Your Trip Template you can use to convince your stakeholders.

Early Bird Pricing Extended to March 7

Did you miss the deadline for our early bird tickets? Maybe you had the flu. Maybe you had twenty other deadlines. Maybe it snowed! Not to fear, we’ve extended the $200 discount until March 7 (this Saturday). Get your tickets.

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Conference Update: Announcing our First Keynote, our Best Intranet Competition and more!

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Communications, technology, employee satisfaction, company culture, productivity — these all come together in the intranet space. Join us at ThoughtSummit May 4-5 to grow your expertise in each of these mission-critical areas.


An expert in employee communications, Steve Crescenzo has been voted the number one seminar leader for the IABC Global Conference for three consecutive years. Steve also speaks at many IABC chapter and regional events throughout North America and Europe, and consultants on numerous employee communications projects, including those of ThoughtFarmer clients. View our first 3 speakers.


best_intranet_Awards_smallWant to be intranet famous? Every year we recognize the best looking, most innovative, and most collaborative solutions in our Best Intranet Awards! This year, we’ll be celebrating the awards in person at the ThoughtFarmer Best Intranet Awards lunch, during Day 1 of the conference. Enter Now.


Sign up before Mar 1 to receive our early bird rate of $595 ($200 off the regular price). Plus, bring two or more team members to enjoy group ticket savings.

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Webinar Recording: Secure Cloud Intranet User Management with SAML

Simple and Secure Cloud User Management

Is managing security access, on-boarding and off-boarding, and password resets a total headache?

Join us on Feb 25 to learn how ThoughtFarmer’s new Employee Directory Connector (with SAML) can help your organization overcome cloud user management challenges.

This webinar is now complete. Watch the recording:


Desigdarren_281x341ned for IT Teams, our president Darren Gibbons, will give you an overview of cloud user management best practices and explain how the Employee Directory can help you manage your intranet efficiently.

This webinar covers:

  • Understanding user management best practices, including security considerations and SAML technology.
  • Explaining the major benefits of ThoughtFarmer’s new Employee Directory Connector, such as automated user provisioning, full Active Directory Sync, Single-Sign-On (SSO), multiple Active Directory Sync, and third-party integration options.
  • Determining if the Employee Directory Connector is right for your intranet.
Date: February 25, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM Pacific / 12:30 PM Eastern / 4:30 PM UK / 17:30 Europe
Format: Approximately 30 minutes with a 30 minute Q&A period.


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Intranet Tip: Use Your Intranet to Streamline Procedural Tasks

Use your intranet to streamline procedural tasks

In brief: KDV Law saves time by using their intranet to order business cards.

Kaufman Dolowich Voluck (KDV) is a law firm with 150+ staff, spread across 8 US offices. Their attorneys’ time is valuable so they use their intranet to streamline procedural tasks, like ordering business cards. KDV created their own “business card order form” using ThoughtFarmer’s built-in Wufoo integration. When employees join the company or change positions, they can complete the form and order a set of cards in a few clicks, saving billable hours and improving consistency across the firm.

Order business cards on your intranet

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M&A Employee Retention: When Merging Businesses, How to Keep Your Best People from Leaving

When Merging Businesses, How to Keep Your Employees from Leaving

This article is written by our co-founder, Chris McGrath, and was originally published in Fast Company on Feb 19, 2015. View the original article. 

Don’t let a changing company landscape disengage the good employees you already have.

Nothing kills employee engagement quite like a merger.

When a company is acquired, even if there is no significant impact on people’s jobs, the number of actively disengaged employees increases by 23%, according to a recent study by HR consulting firm Aon Hewitt. It takes three years to reach the pre-merger level of highly engaged employees.

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Conference Update: Announcing our Thrilling Client Appreciation Event


We’re excited to announce our client appreciation event, a special hotel offer and an early bird discount!


Included as a complimentary part of the conference, we’ll explore one of British Columbia’s most magnificent outdoor attractions — the Capilano Suspension Bridge.



ThoughtSummit guests receive a preferred rate at The Delta Vancouver Suites. Contact us for a special discount code.



Sign up between Feb 1 – Feb 28 to receive our early bird rate of $595 ($200 off the regular price). Plus, bring two or more team members to enjoy group tickets savings.

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Intranet Tip: Manage Your Marketing with an Editorial Calendar

In brief: ThoughtFarmer uses a shared Editorial Calendar to coordinate marketing activities across channels and departments.

Do your marketing teams struggle with alignment and lack visibility into projects, campaigns, and timelines? For customers, this can create a disjointed, lacklustre experience. At ThoughtFarmer, we introduced a shared Editorial Calendar on ourintranet to manage projects and campaigns. Now, all departments are on the same page and customers get a great multi-channel experience.

Managing Marketing with Editorial Calendar

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M&A Edition Featured in Forbes — 100-Day Merger Planning

Unrealized potential, disengaged employees, and poor shareholder value: That’s the mergers & acquisitions story you’ll hear 83% of the time*. Forbes contributor George Bradt recommends that companies can reduce risk of failure with a 100-day merger plan that focuses on environment, attitude, values, and engagement. In addition to great insight on overcoming common merger pitfalls, he features an interview with our co-founder, Chris McGrath, explaining the value of employee engagement during the M&A planning process.

Excerpt from the Forbes article “83% Of Mergers Fail — Leverage A 100-Day Value Acceleration Plan For Success Instead“.

ThoughtFarmer Co-founder Chris McGrath shared some startling insight into merger and acquisitions’ impact on employee engagement.

  • There is a 23% increase in “actively disengaged employees” after a change event – even if no one’s job is affected. He got this information from an AON/Hewett study and went on to explain that
  • It takes about three years to return to pre-merger engagement levels.

He told me what had happened to his online banking team at Mercantile Bank when they were acquired by Firstar (US Bank)….

Read the full story on Forbes>>

Are you in the process of planning a merger or acquisition? ThoughtFarmer M&A Edition solves communications problems and helps employees stay engaged during M&A activity. Learn more.

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3 Ways to Define your Intranet Brand

A brand is a lot more than a logo, a word mark, and a color palette. It’s a visual representation of what makes your company unique, differentiated, and valuable. Just like public branding, your intranet brand plays a role in how employees feel about your company, and how they behave with one another and your customers.

Today, we share three methods for articulating your intranet brand, so you can start designing an intranet that is meaningful to employees (and your bottom line).

Method 1: Affinity diagramming


There’s already a lot written on Affinity Diagramming (also called a K-J exercise), so here’s the short version.

Affinity diagramming is a quick, easy, and effective brainstorming exercise that’s useful in group decision making. It allows groups to come to a consensus quickly using qualitative data.

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Intranet Tip: Always Searching for Company Logos? Organize Brand Assets on Your Intranet

In brief: Ozinga Brothers’ keeps their company logos organized in a single “brand assets” section on their intranet.

Do you struggle to find corporate logos when putting together presentations and proposals? With multiple locations and divisions, Ozinga Brothers did, too. To solve this, their marketing team created a section on their intranet for brand assets. Ozinga’s branding stays consistent and employees save time when looking for resources.

Ozinga intranet organizing logos

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