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14 Mailchimp Alternatives for Creating an Epic Internal Newsletter in 2020

Are you looking for Mailchimp alternatives for your newsletter? In this blog, we examine the best Mailchimp alternatives for creating an internal employee newsletter. We’ve highlighted some of the main features of each email newsletter tool so you can gauge which Mailchimp alternative is best suited for your internal communication needs.  We’ve also included some up-and-coming tech outside of our 14 favourite alternatives to Mailchimp. Creating an internal newsletter for [...]

By |November 4th, 2019|Internal Communication|

How to Send Your Employee Newsletter in Outlook

Since you joined your company, you've been using Microsoft Outlook. As an internal communications guru, you've worked on the company newsletter in Outlook for hours on end. Maybe it used to be on paper, but you've since moved to email. So when it comes time for you to lay it out in Outlook, you do your best every single time, but it never looks quite the way you want it [...]

By |October 22nd, 2019|Internal Communication|

How to Create and Use Distribution Lists for Employee Engagement in Outlook

Ever wondered how to create an Outlook distribution list and track every email that you send to each person from the list?  Or how to segment your contact lists so you can reach only the right people? This blog tells you exactly how to create an Outlook distribution list and how to send personalized emails to all your employee distribution lists. Having the ability to track opens and link clicks will [...]

By |October 16th, 2019|Internal Communication|

The 15 Best Internal Communication Tools

With the rise of information technology, knowledge workers now have the power to work from anywhere. This makes it essential for internal communicators to introduce innovative internal communication tools, and tactics that boost employee engagement. If you’re trying to get a message in front of employees, you don’t need a survey tool, you need a newsletter tool.  We favour newsletters, but acknowledge that everyone has different skill sets, and needs [...]

By |September 25th, 2019|Internal Communication|

15 Fantastic Ideas for a Better Employee Newsletter

Looking to get the most out of your employee newsletter? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up some fun employee newsletter ideas, examples, and best practices to help you take your company newsletter to the next level. Your newsletter can be a powerful communication tool, when properly designed. Employee newsletters are crucial to building a consistent and trusted voice within your organization. Such newsletters can even be [...]

By |September 24th, 2019|Internal Communication|

Toronto Events 2019: Come Play Corporate Snakes & Career Ladders

Are you an internal communications professional or a corporate communicator in Toronto searching for awesome Toronto events or workshops to help you become a better communicator? Have you been looking for a games workshop in Toronto or frantically resorting to Google to search for “toronto events” or “toronto upcoming events?” Well, we have good news for you, folks! We’re bringing you a FREE event in Toronto and it’s one of [...]

By |August 26th, 2019|Internal Communication|

Webinar Recap: Creating a Stellar Digital Workplace Using Internal Communication Tools

Ever wondered how AI, digital workplace technologies and the latest internal communication tools can help you boost employee engagement? Then this blog is for you! The modern workplace is evolving.  With the rise of information technology, employees can now work from any location, making it integral for internal communicators to introduce innovative internal communication tools that strive to bolster employee engagement. But investing in the latest employee app or fancy [...]

By |April 15th, 2019|Internal Communication|

Office 365 Internal Comms Add-in for Mac: A Great Internal Comms Tool

With our new Office 365 internal comms add-in, life just got a whole lot easier for internal communicators around the world. ContactMonkey’s popular internal comms plugin is now available as a web add-in for Microsoft Outlook for Mac for Office 365, as well as Windows and Outlook Web App (OWA). Creating, sending, tracking and measuring emails in Outlook just got a whole lot easier.   We have partnered with Microsoft [...]

By |April 1st, 2019|product|

The Value of Creating a Strong Employer Brand: Monkey Business with Ashley Mayhew

In our Monkey Business series, we sit down with creative internal communications pros, employer brand experts, HR top-performers and email gurus to get the best tips and tricks to engage employees, fix your culture, and help you improve business performance. In recent years, with the rise of digital media, the importance of creating, maintaining and sustaining a stellar employer brand has increased significantly. It is now vital for companies to [...]

By |March 27th, 2019|Internal Communication|

Free Webinar: Digitizing the Workplace Using the Best Internal Communication Tools

The modern workplace is evolving. With the rise of information technology, employees can now work remotely, making it integral for internal communicators to introduce some of the best internal communication tools out there designed to streamline workflow and efficiency.    There are tons of great digital workplace tools that strive to bolster employee engagement. But which internal communication tools should you choose? Which digital workplace tools will actually increase your [...]

By |March 20th, 2019|Internal Communication|

Free Webinar: How to Create Awesome Internal Company Newsletters to Re-energize Your Workforce

Ever wished you could write and design flawless company newsletters that actually get read? Wondering how to make your employees swoon over your internal emails and employee newsletters?  Looking to facilitate two-way conversation with your employees via your newsletter? If you want your company newsletters to be effective and relatable enough to generate email opens (let alone engagement) you need to see your communications as pieces of content that need [...]

By |March 14th, 2019|Internal Communication|

How Internal Comms Can Play a Role in Employer Branding

In today’s digital age, maintaining a stellar employer brand is now more important than ever. But how can you work towards developing employer branding for your company? In this article, we talk about what employer branding is, why it’s important and how internal comms can develop a company’s employer branding. This blog is a guest post by Mike Lepis, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Vignette, The Employee Experience Agency®. [...]

By |March 13th, 2019|Internal Communication|

IABC Recap: How to Improve Internal Communication in an Organization Using the Power of Data

If you’re wondering how to improve internal communication in an organization, how to demonstrate the value of internal comms or how to get the CEO to really value your internal communications efforts, this blog is for you. Ever wondered how to improve internal communication in an organization using the power of data? Or perhaps you’re wondering how to demonstrate the value of internal comms in your organization. How do you [...]

By |March 7th, 2019|Internal Communication|

Webinar Recap: Improve Internal Communications Using Visual Storytelling

We recently held a webinar with Venngage, covering 8 hacks to improve internal communications through the power of visual storytelling. Here's a recap of the entire webinar.  Have you ever wondered if you could improve employee engagement at your company through the power of great visual design? Ever wish you could create aesthetically pleasing reports, presentations and employee newsletters without having to rely on a designer? Luckily for you, we’ve [...]

By |February 28th, 2019|Internal Communication|

Employee Feedback: Emoji Reactions, Pulse Surveys & Employee Comments

We’ve made it our mission to make gathering employee feedback easier and more efficient. Our drag-and-drop template builder lets you add emoji reactions, pulse surveys, and employee comment fields directly into emails, turning your employee newsletters into two-way communication channels. Your internal communications can do so much more than convey information. Increased employee engagement is proven to increase productivity and drive growth, and your employee newsletters can be a powerful [...]

By |February 7th, 2019|Internal Communication|

Free Webinar: Simplify Your Internal Communications Using Visual Storytelling

As an internal comms pro, have you ever wondered if you could master the art of visual storytelling without having to rely on a designer? We live in a world of constant digital distractions where no one has time to read reams of content. It’s all about the power of visuals! You have 10 seconds to grab your audience’s attention and going visual is the way forward. Want to learn [...]

By |February 5th, 2019|Internal Communication|

Send HTML Email in Gmail: A Powerful Update for Communicators Using Gmail

Ever wondered “how do I send an HTML email in Gmail?” or “how do I create an HTML newsletter in Gmail?” Look no further, there’s no better way to add HTML code to a Gmail email than via ContactMonkey. If you’ve tried to put HTML in Gmail, you’ll know it’s not that easy. You can’t just flip a button and turn on a what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editor. And you can’t just [...]

By |January 31st, 2019|product|

PRESS RELEASE: WELCH, FRASER TAKE TOP HONOURS IN 2018-2019 GORILLA GAMES

We recently held The Gorilla Games competition, in partnership with Changing The Terms to kick-start the flow of internal communication thought leadership and encourage creativity within the internal comms industry. Our esteemed judges, also known as The Gorilla Troop, have read the submissions and reached a verdict. We're pleased to announce we received some stellar entries and are proud to name the creative winners who dared to dream big and [...]

By |January 31st, 2019|Internal Communication|

Reflecting on the Changing Role of Internal Communication: Monkey Business with Rachel Miller

In our Monkey Business series, we sit down with creative internal communications pros, HR top-performers and email gurus to get the best tips and tricks to engage employees, fix your culture, discuss the role of internal communication and help you improve business performance. The role of internal communication is changing rapidly. With the introduction of new technological tools and the growing importance of measuring an organization’s internal communications, IC pros [...]

By |January 30th, 2019|Internal Communication|

Free Webinar: How to Leverage the Power of Stellar Content to Boost Employee Engagement

Has "content" become a bit of a buzzword? Unfortunately yes. Is it, however, super important in your internal comms strategy? You bet! If you want your internal comms to be effective, entertaining, and relatable enough to generate email opens (let alone engagement) you need to see your communications as pieces of content that need to be informational, easy to consume, and entertaining. Join our upcoming webinar to learn how [...]

By |January 9th, 2019|Internal Communication|

New Year Resolutions for IC Pros: Internal Communication Best Practices for 2020

Happy New Year, internal comms pros! As part of your professional new year resolutions, have you had a chance to think about adopting some internal communication best practices for 2020? The new year brings with it a renewed sense of vigour and determination. We make personal goals, such as hitting the gym 5 days a week or practicing yoga every day. And we make professional goals. If you’re an internal [...]

By |January 3rd, 2019|best practice, industry trends, Internal Communication|

4 Groundbreaking Internal Communications Lessons from 2018

2018 left us many important internal communications lessons -- let's see what lessons we can build on top of these before we leave the past behind.  Happy new year! With 2018 behind us, there's no better time to embrace the old adage of "out with the old and in with the new!" A new year represents a new way to change old habits and embrace news ones: finally embracing cardio [...]

By |January 2nd, 2019|email tips, industry trends, Internal Communication|

Boost Employee Engagement During the Holiday Season: 5 Tips for Comms Pros

Ever wondered how to boost employee engagement during the busiest time of the year? As an internal communicator, you’ll know that coming up with New Year and Holiday messages that resonate with employees during the holiday season requires tons of planning and work. But you can choose to look at it differently. After all, everyone’s already in the holiday spirit, and if you can somehow learn to leverage this spirit [...]

By |December 18th, 2018|best practice, industry trends, Internal Communication|

How to Deploy Internal Comms Storytelling Within Your Employee Newsletters

Have you ever thought about utilizing internal comms storytelling effectively to make your employee newsletters compelling? Don’t you love reading email newsletters that draw you in? Whether it’s the clever use of witty language within each email or outstanding employee newsletter design design, the key to a good email newsletter lies in being able to effectively master the art of internal comms storytelling. When it comes to crafting a stellar [...]

By |December 12th, 2018|best practice, email tips, Internal Communication|

How to Use Virtual Reality in Corporate Communications

For the past couple of years, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have excitingly risen in prominence. From the use of virtual reality in corporate communications, to the groundbreaking success of games like Pokemon Go, there are clear signs that we're all ready for these technologies. What this means for internal comms professionals trying to close the gap between the official message and their employees is that virtual reality [...]

By |December 10th, 2018|industry trends, Internal Communication, tech tools|