Ragan's 2017 Intranet Awards

Connect. Create. Collaborate. Does your organization’s intranet allow you to do all of this and more?

Ragan’s 2017 Intranet Awards is searching for organizations that spare no expense on this essential employee communications tool. We can’t wait to see your best work in intranet innovation, collaboration and design.

Share how your intranet transformed your organization’s culture, started important discussions and made day-to-day tasks easier. We’re looking for intranets that are home to great content, useful features and impressive design. How does your intranet keep your employees informed and excited about your organization? How did your revamped intranet incite changes that kick-started productivity and creativity for your organization or client?

We have 12 categories covering every corner of your intranet: launch or relaunch, intranet usability, design, employee engagement and more. We’ve also added new categories that reflect current trends in the industry, such as mobile integration and personalized experience. Don’t forget about the grand prize category for the best overall intranet.

Check out the categories, eligibility requirements and pricing structure, and read how to enter below.

Want to know how your intranet might measure up to the very best? See last year’s winners here.

See a full list of categories and eligibility requirements, and read how to enter below.

Eligibility Requirements

These awards are open to in-house, agency and independent communication practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Enter your work, the work of your organization or submit entries on behalf of your client.

Companies from around the world are welcome to enter as long as the entry is submitted in English.

Contact Brendan Gannon to find the perfect category for your campaign or project. You can call 312-960-4407 or email brendang@ragan.com

This year’s program is open to any work executed between Jan. 1, 2017, and Jan. 1, 2018, inclusive.


Each category winner will receive:

  • A featured write-up in a Special Edition of Ragan.com
  • An elegant trophy
  • One complimentary registration to any Ragan event, webcast, or conference within 12 months of winning

The winners of the Grand Prize categories also will receive a one-year membership to Ragan Training —a premium online training library featuring hundreds of hours of the very best content from Ragan events. Find out more about the site here: https://ragantraining.com/




Corporate articles can be a bore, but yours kept people from scrolling past. The article you posted on your organization’s intranet was a great example of brand storytelling. You drove traffic to content with clickable headlines, attention-grabbing images and interesting stories. Did you write a compelling employee profile? Share important organizational or industry news? Reveal information about an exciting new product launch or partnership? We want to know more. Share your article, metrics and any discussions that it sparked.

Launch or Relaunch

Your team needed a digital destination to make its work easier and more productive. You wanted to provide an online space for collaboration and discussions. The origin story of your intranet matters to us. Why did you decide to launch your intranet? What pain points did you hope to address for your workforce? Maybe your current intranet wasn’t meeting the goals you originally set for it and a relaunch was in order. How did you train employees on the new intranet? What was the feedback? If this is a relaunch, please include documentation (including numerous screen shots) of the previous site, along with before-and-after images. If you have the figures, what effect did your new or relaunched intranet have on employee engagement?

*NEW!* Mobile Integration

For today’s on-the-go employee, mobile access is a must. How did you ensure that your intranet was accessible and usable for your dispersed workforce? We want to see how mobile integration increased engagement and intranet usage. Share how you made your intranet accessible for multiple devices. Put your modern intranet transformation on display.

Use for Human Resources

How does your intranet serve as the voice of your HR department? How do you easily and creatively share information about benefits enrollment, wellness programs, policies, procedures and employee celebrations (accolades, birthdays, promotions)? Do you use gamification to make benefits enrollment painless? How? What changes has the HR department seen as a result? What are the results?

Use of Video

How did you use intranet videos to enhance your employee communications? Was it an emotional ad, a 30-second clip, a media reel or a video testimonial? Tell us the story behind the video. Explain its conception, growth, message and success.



Does your CEO, a frontline employee, or a communications team member write a blog that’s original, insightful or inspiring? Share the focus of your blog and employee responses. Did you recently undergo a content strategy refresh? How did that affect traffic and engagement? Does your blog share employee experiences, organizational news or a balance of both? Show us your results and the popularity of the blog on your intranet.

Employee Engagement

Embracing a digital workspace turned your dispersed or uninterested workforce into an inspired and engaged crew. Your intranet booms with ideas, discussion and collaboration. Your internal landscape is littered with the rubble of destroyed silos. We want to see how your intranet made a difference in productivity, collaboration and employee satisfaction.

*NEW!* Employee Recognition

Your intranet is a hub for essential information, but the extras are what make it special. How did you use your intranet as a space to celebrate your employees’ accomplishments? Do managers make spontaneous announcements spotlighting a team member’s great work? Can employees be recognized by their peers? What rewards or accolades do they receive? How has this increased engagement on your organization’s intranet? Tell us all the details.

Internal Social Network

Internal social networking and social media aren’t just for fun. You can harness these channels to communicate with your employees—both in-house and remote—to discuss internal projects and initiatives, connect workers and boost engagement. How have you used internal social networking or social media through your intranet? How has it created a happier, more involved and more productive workplace? What was your goal? How did you achieve it? We welcome links, screen shots and feedback.



Without functional and attractive design, your intranet will be a desolate digital wasteland. People want to see a beautifully designed, easy-to-navigate site. How was your design a hit with employees? What makes your layout so effective and popular? How do you use color and white space? How have you simplified your intranet design to get more click-thrus and longer average visit times? How does your design engage employees? How efficient is it?

Intranet Usability

What features make your intranet extra special? How did you create a truly efficient and useable intranet for employees? What tools, layout and design elements make it easy and enjoyable to use every day? Share your goals for intranet usability and show us how you executed them. We want to see screenshots and other evidence of how your intranet vastly improved employee efficiency.

*NEW!* Personalized Experience

Your employees are a diverse and unique bunch. You wanted your intranet to reflect that. Rather than expecting employees to log in to the same boring and identical intranet, you created a personalized intranet experience that’s right for each employee’s preferences and day-to-day tasks. Share your unique intranet features with us. Tell us how switching to a customizable model led to higher levels of engagement, intranet usage and productivity. Before-and-after shots of your intranet will help to seal the deal.


Best Overall Intranet

Creativity. Collaboration. Connection. What was your strategy when you pulled it all together? How does your intranet set the tone for your organization, empower and engage employees, reduce unnecessary email and influence your culture? Tell us how and why it makes your staff more productive, collaborative, confident and cheerful. Share screenshots, testimonials and results. Tell us how your intranet made your organization better—much better!

How To Enter

On the entry form, be sure to include a thorough synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your project. We ask that the synopsis be at least 1,000 words (max: 1,250 words) and include the following sub-headings (when applicable):

  • Goals
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Execution
  • Evaluation: success, results or ROI

Be sure to follow the guidelines laid out in the category descriptions, as the judges will look for those elements when they select the winners.

You will be able to upload up to five additional documents to your submission. We encourage you to include press releases, design concepts, videos, analytics, testimonials and anything else you feel will give us a better sense of your project. Proprietary or internal information can also be attached and will not be shared with the public.

Supporting documents that can’t be uploaded to the system should be mailed to:

Brendan Gannon
Ragan Communications
10 S. LaSalle St., Suite 310
Chicago, IL 60603

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should you apply?
Our award programs help you measure the success of your work and prove the value of your contributions to your organization. You can set yourself apart in the industry as an expert, which will open doors throughout your career. As a winner, you’ll earn publicity for your brand across our websites and social media audiences, discounted training at as many Ragan conferences as you’d like within 12 months of the winner announcement, free training at a Ragan conference of your choice, a custom write-up about your campaign and a trophy.
Who can enter?
Entries may be submitted by organizations worldwide. The only requirement is that entries be submitted in English. Most programs are open to in-house, agency and independent communication practitioners in the private, corporate, nonprofit and government sectors. Our Nonprofit PR Awards are reserved for nonprofit organizations.
What does it take to be a winner?
Although each award program is unique, we look for top-quality work that shows clear, bold and creative ideas that benefit your business or client. Please provide metrics or media coverage that back up your claims, and share creative collateral such as videos, visual design or websites that were a part of your project. Please look at our past award winners to see what gets recognized and rewarded. We encourage you to submit the same campaign to multiple categories, if you feel they are relevant. Doing so increases your chances of winning.
What are the entry requirements?
The entry form requires that you submit a synopsis explaining the purpose and scope of your project. The synopsis—typically 1,000 to 1,250 words—please—should include the following sub-headings (when applicable):
  • Goals
  • Strategy and tactics
  • Execution
  • Evaluation: success, results or ROI
Campaigns must have been executed within 18 months prior to the date we begin accepting submissions for a given program.
Why are some deadlines extended?
We extend deadlines based on applicant needs and upcoming promotional opportunities.
Who are the judges?
We currently work exclusively with an external judging partner. We are not looking for new judges for our programs at this time.
When will I find out results?
We try to announce a list of finalists six to eight weeks after the close of the program. The announcement of the winners comes about three to four weeks after the announcement of the finalists. Each announcement will be made with a headline on our website, in our daily email newsletter and on our social media platforms. Emails notify entrants in advance of these announcements. As deadlines are extended, so are expected announcement dates.

Additional Questions

If you have any questions about the program or problems submitting your entry, please call Brendan Gannon at 312-960-4407 or email brendang@ragan.com.

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in sponsoring one of Ragan Communications’ award programs, please contact Hannah Lavelle at 312-960-4628 or email hannahl@ragan.com.