Most businesses know their employees are their biggest asset, but did you know they’re also your strongest marketers?
Employee advocacy empowers employees to share smart, quality content with their social networks. But, getting there takes more than a well-crafted email encouraging your team to share branded content on their social networks. Employee advocacy tools streamline the process of transforming your employees into brand ambassadors.
These tools don’t just make it convenient to organize posts—the best ones elevate your overall employee advocacy strategy so you produce and promote content that your workforce will be proud to share with their connections. And get results that fuel your brand awareness and social strategy.
In this list, we break down five best employee advocacy platforms (including our own, of course) and how they’re different from the standard tools you might come across.
1. Employee Advocacy by Sprout Social
Sprout Social offers an advocacy solution (previously called Bambu) that helps you amplify employees’ voices to drive real business results.
From enabling employees to quickly share posts to equipping them with industry-leading content, Sprout helps brands turn employees into thought leaders and expand the reach of your brand story.
With our social media management platform, your team executes seamlessly across tactics to maximize your reach and engagement. Plus, social media integration with Salesforce enables your sales team with the functionality to share content with prospects and build a profile that attracts key customers.
Together these solutions offer three distinct benefits that will help scale your strategy and expand your social presence:
Identify and distribute content that resonates most
Employee advocacy is more than just curation—you need to know what content is resonating with employees and how their connections are engaging with it.
Our analytics features help you uncover which content is driving the most engagement and, in turn, inform future content strategy. For example, Medallia, an enterprise customer experience platform, used Sprout to hone in on relevant metrics that informed them how to use content more effectively to better engage their customers in different industries. Plus our automated content distribution enabled their internal team to curate and deliver relevant content to employees across the globe to share within their networks. The result was a 48.6% year-over-year (YoY) increase in engagements with Sprout.
Increase employee participation with curated, personalized content
According to Sprout’s Employee Advocacy Report, 72% of engaged users post about their company if the content is written for them. Sprout’s pre-approved message ideas give your employees a starting point that helps them stay on-brand, while having the freedom to edit their voice and choose their preferred social network.
Employees can also customize their feeds by following topics relevant to their roles and suggest content for others to share. This encourages adoption by creating a tailored experience for employees.
West Monroe, a digital services firm, was able to use these features alongside executive support to scale their employee advocacy program to 400 active users and 10,863 shares in the first six months.
Increase social ROI
Per The Sprout Social Index™, more than 1000 marketers revealed employee advocacy helped them drive more qualified leads, establish thought leadership and create new networking opportunities.
Advertising success platform Simpli.fi used Sprout to leverage employee networks for these very reasons. “Our potential reach from the sales department alone is at almost a million unique users because everyone has such large networks online,” noted Spencer Traverm, Director of Content at Simplifi.
With Sprout’s employee advocacy program, the company was able to align its brand transformation with a new social media strategy and overcome resource limitations, earning them almost $90,000 in estimated earned media value.
Sprout is suitable for businesses of all sizes—enterprises and small to medium-sized businesses—that have built a social presence and are continuing to invest in social media marketing. It’s also great for all industries including regulated industries like healthcare.
If you’ve just started building your social presence, alternative all-in-one platforms include:
- ClearView Social
- Hootsuite Amplify
2. “My Company” Tab by LinkedIn
LinkedIn’s “My Company” Tab transforms how your employees connect, communicate and celebrate with each other, all within a single, well-established social network.
This built-in feature provides a dedicated, employee-only space and enables your team members to stay updated about company milestones, coworker achievements and more.
LinkedIn’s “My Company” Tab allows your marketing and talent branding teams to recommend organic posts and curated content for employees to reshare. This feature helps build an employee advocacy culture and increases your brand’s social footprint.
The tool is more than just a space for sharing company news—it’s also a platform for interaction. Employees can engage with trending LinkedIn posts from their coworkers, which drives a sense of community and inclusiveness. These interactions spark meaningful conversations that enhance your brand’s reach and credibility.
Also assign a “Curator” who manages the experience for your employees and curates content for them to share organically on Twitter and LinkedIn.
The “My Company” Tab is an excellent option for B2B businesses (like B2B SaaS platforms) who want to improve their LinkedIn employee advocacy and build a presence there. It helps your business access the right circles and directly reach key decision-makers through your employees.
Plus, Sprout also connects with LinkedIn. A combination of LinkedIn and Sprout’s powerful analytics and listening features enables you to take your strategy to the next level and drive more meaningful conversations with a wider audience.
EveryoneSocial solely focuses on employee advocacy. Its freemium model makes it one of the best employee advocacy platforms for businesses looking for a low-cost or even no-cost introduction to employee advocacy.
The freemium model also opens doors for small businesses or startups that want to test advocacy without making a substantial initial investment.
A central feature of EveryoneSocial is its content hub. This digital space aggregates all the content your company wishes to disseminate through its employees. From the latest blog post to an important company announcement, everything is organized and accessible in one place, so it’s easy for employees to find shareable content.
EveryoneSocial also has social selling features. The tool integrates with sales tools like Salesforce and HubSpot to empower sales teams to build their personal brands and track leads at the same time.
Haiilo is an employee communications platform that includes advocacy features but primarily focuses on creating an internal community.
The platform offers a centralized space for employees to share experiences and achievements and connect their social media channels, which simplifies content sharing.
What makes Haillo’s features different from other platforms is its comms and advocacy analytics. The tool analyzes comms across any employee segment and notifies you about critical developments.
These insights give you data to calculate your advocacy ROI.
Find your most influential employees with this analysis and push them toward the forefront. Plus, set up automated reports to ensure you’re up-to-date with the latest trends and insights in your internal community.
Haillo’s gamification features help employees see how well they’re driving engagement and traffic compared to their colleagues. Make employee advocacy fun with leaderboards and offer perks to encourage active participation.
Previously known as Dynamic Signal, Firstup, amplifies your brand’s voice through advocacy and offers internal collaboration and communication with a robust employee experience ecosystem.
Firstup specifically uses the platform to connect with job candidates. Employees can get in touch with candidates, promote relevant listings and maintain brand consistency at the same time.
What really makes Firstup different, though, is how it’s available in 30 different languages. This makes it a perfect fit for global teams that want to position their employees as ambassadors in different regions.
Firstup also lets site administrators draft multiple versions of a social post and randomly distribute them among employees for sharing. You can tailor these posts to globally distribute your brand’s message and make sure it’s locally relevant and sensitive to cultural nuances.
Firstup is a good choice for companies that want to encourage their global teams to promote their brand’s message. This is a great way to get everyone talking about your company’s mission and values, all while connecting with potential customers and candidates on a local level.
Amplify your social presence with employee advocacy
People trust other people more than they do companies. It’s a natural tendency for us to trust our peers, friends and people we admire more so than faceless corporate entities.
This makes employees your most valuable brand ambassadors. Employee advocacy platforms empower employees to share your brand’s message in their unique, authentic voice. They make it effortless for employees to share content and extend your brand’s reach far beyond what you could achieve alone.
Amplify your brand presence while staying connected to your overall social strategy with Employee Advocacy by Sprout Social. With its robust analytics, you’re never in the dark about your program’s performance and your team is always equipped with the insights they need to iterate and improve.
Ready to turn your employees into your biggest supporters? Learn more how Sprout’s advocacy features will help you.
What is employee advocacy and does it really work?Published on March 23, 2023 Reading time 8 minutes