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Once upon a time…Beezy brings storytelling into the digital workplace

Being read to as a child. A gossip with a neighbour. Swapping tales at dinner with friends. Telling stories makes us human and bridges age and interests.

Storytelling can transform internal communications

Today, Instagram and Facebook Stories have turned storytelling into a digital artform, allowing anyone to stitch together a beautiful, visually compelling narrative that compels others to press ‘like’ ‘share’ or ‘comment’. Imagine what that could do in the workplace for employee engagement. Imagine if there were a tool which enabled internal communications teams to create and publish company news in a compelling way. Oh wait – there is! It’s called Beezy Stories and we’re delighted to announce its availability to Office 365 users.

Introducing Beezy Stories

We know from customer feedback that making emails creative or intranet updates interactive is, well, an uphill battle. Consequently, internal comms becomes a laborious, flat and formal business which can be a chore for managers to produce and a bind for employees to read. Which they often don’t. So we thought we’d do something about it.

Beezy Stories is a news creation and publishing tool for internal comms which offers powerful visual, social and editing features to bring company news, updates and announcements to life. A combination of text, photos and videos can be used to present internal updates as magazine articles which encourages employees to respond and share. The scheduling, approval and pipeline of news is managed within a workflow system and articles can be published in multiple languages, company-wide or tailored to specific audiences, plus it’s mobile-first letting you catch up on company news while on the move.

Have a look at Beezy Stories in action in our short video.

Quick, simple and compelling

We’ve thought long and hard about the features that will make the lives of internal comms managers easier.

  • A Stories Admin Panel keeps a record of what has been authored and published, enabling a controlled approvals process
  • Channels allow managers to select the teams, departments or groups that they wish to publish to and employees can choose the ones they want to follow
  • You can easily make any formatting changes without leaving your draft and embed videos and images with ease
  • Tags organise content and make it easily discoverable
  • A News Carousel allows you to curate and rotate the featured articles and present other stories in mosaic view. That way employees always see fresh content in their news feed
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Turn internal communications into a digital artform

Thinking about presenting company news as you would tell a story leads to interesting things. An address from the CEO at once becomes more personal, one employee comment on an article gives others courage to contribute and attractive visuals make lower-key updates more noticeable and more readable. Suddenly what used to be a swath of check-box company announcements become potential conversations with engaged employees.

Attendees of Intra.NET Reloaded in Boston and Berlin last month had a sneak preview of Beezy Stories and we were greatly encouraged by the feedback and enthusiasm from the internal comms community worldwide. From today it’s ready for new and existing customers to start using.

You can read the official press release here.

Want to know more yourself? Beezy Stories is available for customers using SharePoint 2013, 2016, and SharePoint Online as part of Office 365. Drop us a line to find out how storytelling can transform internal communications!

Maximo Castagno

Chief Product Officer. I’m a sociologist designing for humans since 1998.