How is your intranet performing?
This is a question I ask most of our customers at IC and the answers are virtually the same; “our intranet is not doing well” or, “people aren’t accessing it.” However, when I ask how they came to that conclusion, no one has ever presented data to back it up.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying they don’t know what they are talking about. Their statement is probably accurate, but it’s not enough when you are asking for a bigger budget or trying to justify to the leadership team why you are spending precious and expensive work hours updating the intranet.
The reality is this: you spend hours and hours to get your intranet up and running. You add relevant content, a top of world design, engaging posts, and polls. Now what? How do you know it’s worth it? The answer is simple, by using metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs).
According to Richard Hatheway, “KPIs are a quantifiable or measurable value that reflects a business goal or objective (strategic) and how successful the business is in accomplishing that goal or objective.” Metrics are, “nothing more than a measurement you record to track some aspect of your business activity and measure the success or failure of the performance of that activity “. In short, metrics support the KPIs.
For example, if your average utilization is 70%, is that good or bad? Your KPI will define that. If your goal is to have an average utilization of 80%, having a 70% is not that bad.
The same can be said about session length (how long the average session lasts). Having an average session length of 12 minutes can be positive or negative depending on your baseline and your business goals.
To effectively measure your intranet success here are three metrics to consider:
Definition: The percentage of active users who logged in during the defined period and accessed anything other than the homepage.
This is the basic metric to track if users are accessing the intranet. This number can be measured by department or across the board depending on the organization. If all employees work on personal computers, you can have a general utilization. However, if some employees don’t use computers all the time or share one, you will probably have different KPIs for different departments.
In the example below, you can see the utilization is consistent throughout the year, with peaks in March and October:
The idea is to understand how the organization works in its business cycle. A good idea is to learn who your power users are and leverage them to increase the metrics across the board.
Definition: A session is when the user does anything other than just view a page.
This metric is important to understand users’ behavior and the natural cycle of the business. For example, if the number of sessions usually goes up in March due to the end of the quarter, you will know something is wrong if it doesn’t happen on schedule.
In the example below you can see there is a fluctuation in the number of sessions throughout the year:
Definition: what users have been searching for, how often, and if they used the result (click-through rate)
The search terms are important because you can have a peek at what users are searching for so you can plan your content accordingly. If you see there is a high number of searches but a low click-through rate it could mean the item is not available on the intranet or it is hard to find. Therefore, it could also help you to move things around the intranet. In the example below, you can see that the employee handbook is easy to find but the logo isn’t, due to a low click-through-rate.
Sometimes having a low click-through-rate is not necessarily bad. It could also be because users can preview the result and don’t need to click through to it. A good example of this is when the user searches for specific names (using the employee directory, for example). Getting a preview is usually enough and there is no need to click-through to it.
As you can see below, Mary Pierson has a click-through of 8%, which is likely because of the preview. The same can be said about the calendar. The best way to find out if that’s the case is to do the search yourself and see what comes up.
|Searched Term||Click-through–rate||Times searched|
The most important factor to think about before diving into KPIs and metrics is your organization and your business goals; they must make sense to you. Consider what you want to achieve with your intranet and how you get there.
After creating your KPIs, consider the metrics. Our Source Stats section includes many options of metrics you can use to track the success of your intranet.
There is no right or wrong answer here and it depends on the efforts you put towards the intranet. Best of luck, and remember, you can always reach out to the service team to learn more.
Raquel Munuera is a customer success manager at IC Thrive. She has a background in psychology and human resources and is passionate about helping companies achieving their business goals. With her experience in the technology industry, she is always available to help our clients to go the extra mile to be successful with their intranet.
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