Last Updated: October 12, 2015 0

Boost Employee Engagement Using SocialCast

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Organizations have long been criticized for been too ‘tiered’ and prone to developing the ‘silo syndrome’ which compartmentalizes information and knowledge thus stifling innovation. This has remained the norm for large organizations for a long time and little changed even with the internet and the proliferation of the wireless office environment. So the question has persisted regarding the best way to foster robust communication within the office environment and unshackling innovation from the grip of rigid company tradition. Many organizations have tried to leverage the wireless office in order to reduce boundaries and various barriers to communications but there is little to show it has changed much. However, the emergence of the social networks has introduced a new dimension to the way internal communications is conducted within organizations. It is obvious that the more seamless the flow of information and knowledge, the higher the ability of the organization to innovate and keep employees well-engaged. Thus, companies have now started buying into the concept of Enterprise Social Networking (ESN). This is the newest channel through which enterprises hope to unlock the collective powers residing within their organizations. According to the June 2013, IDC Worldwide Enterprise Social Software 2013-2017 Forecast, 79% of companies are presently using ESNs.

SocialCast has emerged as one of the trailblazers in this space and has continued to contribute to shaping the way enterprise social networking is used with its groundbreaking platform and fantastic features. The SocialCast online platform is one that engenders two-way communications between between executives and employees thus enabling the organization to ensure that its corporate vision is in alignment company-wide. This is confirmed by McKinsey Global Institute which reports that 90% of executives see value in ESNs. Getting things done together is extremely important in fostering the feeling of being a part of the organization. Connecting people throughout the organization regardless of department, vocation and rank/job title is possible when organizations use SocialCast as it is designed to dissolve those artificially built walls. What does it take to innovate? Surprisingly, as many organizations have found out, innovation depends on the organization’s ability to tap into the imagination and ingenuity of its employees and this is made possible, easier and even faster by SocialCast. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, 25% of companies are enjoying productivity gains by using ESNs. SocialCast currently boasts of having over 40,000 organizations who currently use the platform and these include top tier organizations like SAS, Humana, 3M and Philips among many thousands.

SocialCast places the power in the hands of the organization to leverage social networking in order to grow faster, think bigger and act more nimbly. Apart from exponentially enhancing internal communications, research and development receives a huge boost when SocialCast is introduced into the organization. Statistics emerging from workplaces also indicate that about 70% of employees are either not engaged or they are actively disengaged. The survival of many organizations and their ability to remain competitive lies in the ability to leverage social collaboration and adapting its benefits to achieve their corporate goals and objectives. SocialCast makes it possible for that to happen.

Signing Up to Use SocialCast

SocialCast makes it a point to point you in the right direction at every single turn. The process of registration is more of a click than an actual process. All it takes is for you to land on the homepage and it is hard to miss your way at all. A look at the top left side of the page will reveal a conspicuous ‘Sign Up’ button which you only have to click in order to get a drop down field requesting your email address. If you miss that button however, jus beneath the graphic on the homepage, you will find yet another ‘Free Sign Up’ link which also takes you to a sign up form on the same page. Simply enter your company email address and that is it.

Costs of Using SocialCast

SocialCast offers users a free version as well as paid subscription plans which come with more features and enhanced functionalities. The free version accommodates a maximum of 50 users but places no limit on the extent of use. All that is required is for you to sign up using your company email address. The paid subscription plans are as follows:

  • Small Business: This costs $2.50/user/month and accommodates a maximum of 1,000 users. Deployment is Multi-Tenant SaaS. The features enabled include, among others, activity and custom streams, private messages, profiles, private groups, external contributors, polls, file sharing, projects, town halls, conversational intelligence, leaderboards, trending topics, reporting, organizational connections, SocialCast messenger, desktop and mobile app, email and mobile notifications, REST APIs, Microsoft Outlook and Sharepoint, custom themes, data export, user provisioning, password policy, profanity filter, audit search, IP range restrictions among many others.
  • Enterprise: This costs $2.50/user/month and designed to accommodate more than 1,000 users. Deployment is Multi-Tenant Saas. The features enabled include, among others, activity and custom streams, private messages, profiles, private groups, external contributors, polls, file sharing, projects, town halls, conversational intelligence, leaderboards, trending topics, reporting, organizational connections, SocialCast messenger, desktop and mobile app, email and mobile notifications, REST APIs, Microsoft Outlook and Sharepoint, custom themes, data export, user provisioning, password policy, profanity filter, audit search, IP range restrictions among many others.
  • On-Premise: This costs $3.75/user/month and designed to accommodate more than 500 users. Deployment is on-site. The features enabled include, among others, activity and custom streams, private messages, profiles, private groups, external contributors, polls, file sharing, projects, town halls, conversational intelligence, leaderboards, trending topics, reporting, organizational connections, SocialCast messenger, desktop and mobile app, email and mobile notifications, REST APIs, Microsoft Outlook and Sharepoint, custom themes, data export, user provisioning, password policy, profanity filter, audit search, IP range restrictions among many others.

Benefits of SocialCast

The following are just a few benefits that SocialCast offers its users:

  • Employees: It enables employees to share ideas in realtime and place emphasis on core issues without having to resort to emails.
  • Enterprises: It offers security that guarantees data is kept safe without leaking to external sources.