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Internal Communication Mobile Apps: Everything You Need to Know - theEMPLOYEEapp

Last updated on December 16, 2022 at 02:55 pm

Internal Communication Mobile Apps: Everything You Need to Know

Internal communication mobile apps are becoming a more common way to communicate. With 97% of US adults owning a smartphone, companies are able to leverage BYOD policies to create better ways of reaching & supporting their teams. And end-users are more willing to use smartphones for work because of their prevalence in our day-to-day lives.

person using an internal communications mobile app

What Are Internal Communication Mobile Apps?

Internal comms apps are an internal comms channel. Employees are able to download a secure mobile application to their smartphones and log in to view company issued information, resources, and updates in real-time.

Mobile apps are ideal for segments of the workforce who do not typically have access to a computer during their workday: the frontline and deskless workforce. Deskless employees often do not have company email addresses or employee intranet access. Apps for employees, however, are accessible any time, anywhere without sacrificing on security.

Unlike apps like 7Shifts, which are mainly scheduling tools with some chat functionality, internal communication mobile apps are robust internal comms solutions. They can include:

  • Dynamic news feeds that update in real time
  • Document repository with simple search
  • Employee engagement functionality (likes, comments, @ mentions, etc.)
  • Company directories
  • Urgent alerts
  • Event calendars
  • And more…

Who Are The Best Internal Comms Mobile App Providers?

The best internal communication mobile app provider really depends on your company’s needs. The right internal communication solution can depend on:

  • Company size
  • The type of employees you employ (e.g. office workers, remote employees, deskless employees)
  • Industry
  • Comms and business goals
  • Your existing tech stack
  • Budget

There are some solutions that seek to replace your existing email and intranet provider and are less mobile-first, which are typically more expensive and often better for companies with many deskbound workers.

And there are solutions, like theEMPLOYEEapp, that are more affordable and highly suited to serving a deskless workforce as well as an intranet for deskbound workers.

Third-party analyst ClearBox regularly conducts research on the Employee Communication Application (ECA) marketplace and goes through some of these core features. If you are interested in seeing a copy of this report, please get in touch.

What Does an Internal Communication App Cost?

The cost of a mobile communication app can vary depending on your app provider as well as your company’s needs. Some providers offer services a la carte, which can become quite expensive. 

But with theEMPLOYEEapp, we have a simple pricing structure. Our standard functionality is extensive with the only features adding an additional cost being:

  • Certain HRIS integrations
  • Additional app profiles
  • API access
  • Single-Sign-On (SSO)

Otherwise, the cost of our employee app scales based on how many employees you have. This makes our solution more affordable and scalable than many internal comms channels and app vendors. View our pricing details to learn more.

How Does theEMPLOYEEapp Compare to Other Apps?

When selecting an employee app for internal communication, it’s important to consider the needs of your workforce. There are many communication apps to choose from. So, we’ll break down what makes theEMPLOYEEapp unique.

Comparison

When looking at theEMPLOYEEapp compared to our competitors, there are a few key things that set us apart:

  1. We are mobile-first. The primary problem we solve is communication with dispersed and deskless teams. But we also have a web application for deskbound teammates and for platform administrators. 
  2. theEMPLOYEEapp is cost-effective. Unlike platforms such as Staffbase and FirstUp who offer features more a la carte, theEMPLOYEEapp’s standard functionality comes with all tiers of our app. This makes us one of the most cost-effective employee apps on the market without making companies sacrifice on features. 
  3. We are communication experts. Most employee app companies lead with technology. But we lead with the needs of the communicator. theEMPLOYEEapp was founded by and continues to be led by comms professionals.

Features & Functionality of theEMPLOYEEapp

Our app comes standard with the following features:

  • Mobile, web, and tablet support
  • Cross-platform alerts
  • Mobile push notifications and alerts
  • News Feed
  • Document repository
  • Employee directory
  • Mobile and web search
  • Employee intranet solution
  • Groups and user management
  • Full multimedia file support
  • Ability to enable social engagements on every post
  • Calendar 
  • Access to mobile content offline
  • HRIS integrations
  • Translation support
  • Multiple app profiles (add-on additional at incremental cost)
  • Pin and biometric login
  • Analytics dashboard

We also have a fantastic customer support team who help with success planning, administrator training, and mobile internal comms strategy.