When I started writing for Bananatag, I must have read nearly every internal communications blog out there.

The good.

And the bad.

All so I could learn as much as possible about internal communications and translate that knowledge into content that would help communicators kick butt.

It’s been over three years since I started this list of my favorite internal communication blogs. And I am still absolutely blown away. 

The depth of thought. The effort. The heart. The insight. 

It’s incredible. And it only keeps getting better.

So this is my love letter to all my internal comms blogging comrades out there. Thank you for keeping me on my toes and raising the bar.  

You make me better. You make communicators everywhere better. And you make this community awesome.

So in the spirit of helping you kick some booty, and to dish out some serious credit where it is due, let’s jump into my list of the best internal communications blogs of 2021. 

Note: The blogs are not ranked, just numbered. There’s no way I could ever say any of these incredible labors of love are objectively better than the others. They’re all awesome or they wouldn’t be on the list. 😉

 


 

#1. All Things IC

Who are they?

The All Things IC blog is the magnificent brainchild of Rachel Miller, internal communications consultant, educator, and mentor extraordinaire. 

Honestly, it feels weird even explaining who she is because if you are in internal comms and you don’t know who she is, I have concerns. 

For those who don’t know, she’s a total rockstar in the IC community, her knowledge is incredibly valuable, and she’s got a drool-worthy client list to prove it.

Here are just some of the companies she’s worked with and advised: BBC, Coca-Cola, the Guardian, Lego, Harrods, Johnson & Johnson, Royal Mail, The Jamie Oliver Group, Land Rover, Jaguar, NHS England, Aon, Vodafone, Nestle, Telefonica, the British Red Cross, and more.

Why should you read their blog?

As of February 2021, Rachel has written over 1500 blog posts. That’s 11 books worth of content and over a million words on all things IC related. 

And she’s not slowing down anytime soon. 

With every post being chock-full of precious insight and great guest posts from some of the sharpest minds in the industry, there isn’t a better place to start your journey into the internal comms world than with this blog.

Where to start:

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#2. Alive with Ideas

Who are they?

Alive with Ideas is an independent ideas agency that helps create effective, engaging communications.

Why should you read their blog?

If you’re more of a visual learner, you’re in luck. Alive with Ideas knows exactly how to communicate using vivid imagery and beautiful illustrations.

Their blog is a nice change of pace that uses powerful visuals to explain content, rather than copious amounts of copy.

What’s better is that they are always teaming up with our favorite practitioners and consultants to create incredible work that educates and resonates.

In the last year or so, their blog has been taking on more well-being and self help topics, to try and spread positivity. And after all that we’ve gone through in the last year, we’re super grateful for this kind of content.

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#3. Brilliant Ink

Who are they?

Brilliant Ink is a hybrid consulting firm and creative agency dedicated to designing meaningful employee experiences that translate into business results and improved engagement.

Why should you read their blog?

We’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with the folks at Brilliant Ink and let me tell you, they really are brilliant—and their blog is no exception.

As a blog connoisseur, I very much appreciate their approach to writing. They write on all sorts of topics, the soft and the hard, but they always keep it relevant and engaging. This, paired with their approachable tone and sense of humor, gives their blog wide appeal that extends far beyond just communications. 

Better yet, you won’t find any navel gazing here. They’re 100% focused on providing value and contributing to the knowledge and elevation of the community. 

You love to see it. 👏

Where to start:

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#4. Redefining Communications

Who are they?

Founded by internal comms expert and former President for the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Jenni Field, Redefining Communications is an internal comms consultancy that helps organizations understand, diagnose, and fix what’s not working in organizations, and manage change effectively. 

Jenni is also backed by an impressive team with well over a century of experience between them. They specialize in everything from digital transformation and organizational culture, to design and event management, and even coaching and mental resilience training. 

Why should you read their blog?

My favorite thing about The Redefining Communications blog is that instead of strictly focusing on organizations or employees like most blogs about internal comms, they also focus on the individual communicator, their professional development, and their experiences—with a healthy dose of honesty. 

Though most posts are relatively short and to the point, Jenni and her team don’t shy away from hard topics like ethics, fear, and mental resilience.

And these are exactly the kinds of conversations that we need to be having in 2021. 

So if you’re hungry for an authentic internal comms perspective, definitely check out this blog.

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#5. Comms Rebel

Who are they?

Comms Rebel is an internal comms consultancy founded by Advita Patel, ChartPR FCIPR.

Advita Patel is awesome. She’s got over 15 years experience in communications, she’s a Board Director for CIPR UK, a Chartered PR Practitioner, qualified coach, co-founder of A Leader Like Me, accomplished speaker, a podcast host, and all around great person.

Why should you read their blog?

Personally, I read every word Advita writes. 

Advita is one of my favorite people in the internal comms industry, not only because of her wonderful sense of humor and great perspective, but also because of her candor. 

And that candor spills over into her writing in the best way. Her blog posts are emotionally honest and insightful—think internal communications for the soul—which is a breath of fresh air in the corporate blog world. 

Whether you’re struggling with imposter syndrome, difficult conversations at work, or just need practical advice on how to plan and improve your internal comms, Advita’s got knowledge to share.

Where to start:

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#6.
Comms Over a Coffee

Who are they?

Comms Over a Coffee is the brainchild of comms pro, and winner of the 2019 IoIC rising star award, Harriet Small

Harriet has over 12 years’ experience in communications, journalism, and public affairs at companies such as the UK Civil Aviation Authority, Transport for London, Sky, Merton Council, the European Union, and the NHS

She also runs workshops on the role of IC in building diverse and inclusive workplaces, and speaks internationally on topics like internal communications, employee engagement, employee experience, public relations and social media.  

Why should you read their blog?

Every post feels intimate, down-to-earth, while still being fresh, candid, and inspiring. 

Reading each post really feels like I’m sitting across from her in a trendy London cafe and she’s recounting her experiences and newest ideas. 

This narrative, conversational yet contextualized style of writing is really rare in the communication blogs that I’ve come across, and I love it. 

Aptly named ‘Musings’ on her website, Harriet’s blog dives into thought leadership, ethics, diversity and inclusion, and so much more. I highly recommend giving it a read.

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#7. Axero

Who are they?

They are the masterminds behind an easy-to-use intranet software that boosts productivity, unifies your people, and helps your company thrive.

Why should you read their blog?

I have a soft spot for organizations and leaders that actively give a damn about employees as people. Co-founder, president, and writer of the blog, Tim Eisenhauer has also written a book called, Who the Hell Wants to Work for You? Mastering Employee Engagement.

I love this perspective, not only because it’s markedly different, but also because it makes so much more sense to me than 90% of the leadership/engagement blogs out there.  

And of course, I’m a sucker for writers who aren’t afraid to be a bit of a potty mouth.

Regardless, you should check out their blog if you want original, thoughtful pieces about engagement, culture, and the nature of managing people.

Where to start:

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#8
. scarlettabbott 

Who are they?

scarlettabbott is an internal communications and workplace culture agency that focuses on strategic digital storytelling and campaigns. Their impressive team of experts dedicated to enhancing organizational performance through people. 

Why should you read their blog?

What makes scarlettabbott’s blog unique, in my opinion, is the different kinds of expertise that back up their content. 

Pulling insights from digital transformation experts, unflinching and experienced D&I leaders, executive coaches that work with the C-suite of major brands, behavioural scientists that understand how to change employee behavior, and even cultural anthropologists, really sets this content apart. 

Long story short, I’m here for it.

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#9.
Vision2Voice

Who are they?

Vision2Voice is an internal communications agency founded by comms and change management expert Andrea Greenhous. With over 25 years of experience, Andrea and her team work to build extraordinary workplaces through strategic communications, campaigns, and tactics that involve, inform, and inspire employees.

Why should you read their blog?

What I love about Vision2Voice’s content is that they always take a human-first approach. This way of thinking always pushes the traditional internal comms wisdom a little further, making it even more effective because it actually takes people and psychology into account.

All of their posts are thoughtful and intentional, while also being practical and offering tactics you can implement right away. 

10/10 would read again.

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#10.
Interact Intranet

Who are they?

Interact is an intranet software company that focuses on content management, analytics, and social components for employee engagement. 

Why should you read their blog?

As a fellow vendor in this space, I really appreciate the effort Interact Intranet puts into their blog, the quality of their writing, and the usefulness of their posts. 

Even though they are a vendor and selling a product, you never really feel that way when you’re reading their blog. They approach topics holistically, looking at the bigger picture of internal comms and what IC pros need, without constantly plugging their product. 

Besides the quantity and quality of their posts, I just really dig their vibe. Their tone is super relatable, which I know from experience can be difficult to get right. It makes their posts easy to read and enjoy. 

They are *blog goals*.

Where to start:

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#11.
Talk Social To Me

Who are they?

Talk Social to Me is a digital workplace and employee engagement consultancy that helps internal comms, IT, HR, and D&I leaders to take their digital workplace to the next level using internal social networks like Yammer, Teams, SocialChorus, and Workplace from Facebook. 

Why should you read their blog?

If you’re on Facebook Workplace, Yammer or using any kind of enterprise social network, you should be reading this blog.

Oddly, they seem to be one of the only internal communications blogs focused on using social media to engage employees. 

But luckily, they’re experts and spend a lot of time thinking and writing about ESN best practices, engagement, measurement, and the role of social in organizations.

Definitely one to bookmark in 2021.

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#12.
Staffbase

Who are they?

Staffbase is an enterprise-level internal communications platform that includes intranets, employee apps, and a whole lot more.

Why should you read their blog?

Staffbase is plugged in. 

They write extensively on internal comms trends, employee apps, intranets, strategy, and so much more. 

Visually, their blog is a treat to read. You can tell they’re professionals and serious about helping comms pros strategize and improve their intranets and employee apps. 

With their focus on trends in the industry, their blog is also a great place to go if you’re curious about what’s up and coming in internal comms.

Where to start:



#13.
Ragan

Who are they?

A communications powerhouse, Lawrence Ragan Communications Inc. has led training for professionals in corporate comms, public relations, social media and management for more than five decades.

Why should you read their blog?

The Ragan blog is like an internal communicators’ roundtable, with a range of different perspectives from around the world. 

The content reflects literally everything going on in the IC world—from listicle-style pieces on industry-wide trends like podcasting, to how to message to employees in times of political crisis.

Where to start:

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#14. ThoughtFarmer

Who are they?

ThoughtFarmer is an intranet software company that works to improve employee communication and collaboration with organizations from around the world. 

Why should you read their blog?

The thing I love about ThoughtFarmer’s blog is that they are so focused on bringing tangible value to their readers. 

I have yet to find a post on their blog that doesn’t help communicators strategize, problem solve, and improve their intranets, regardless of the angle. Whether you’re worried about employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, or processes and systems, they show you how to use your intranets to solve real business and communication problems. 

My personal content mantra is: make the hard stuff easy. And ThoughtFarmer is one of the few vendors in this space that actually does that. The breadth, quality, and usefulness of their content is a rare treat. 

In part, that credit goes to their head content writer, Kelly Batke. She’s a comms pro herself, so she really knows how to get to the heart of the issue and what communicators really need from this kind of content. 

So if you need to clean up your intranet, want tips on how to maintain it more sustainably while also encouraging engagement, or just want tips and tricks on how to navigate all things internal comms, you’re not gonna want to skip out on this one.

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#15. Buffer Open

Who are they?

Buffer Open is the culture blog of Buffer, a great social media management tool that I have personally used and love.

Why should you read their blog?

Buffer Open is revolutionary. Plain and simple.

Buffer is raising the bar for what it means to be a company that values its employees. If you give their blog a read, you’ll see how they are thinking way harder and deeper about what work means to us as humans than 99% of the brands out there.

Their aim is to be fully transparent.

That means they post about their annual budget and how they create and spend it; how they bought out their investors and why; their salaries and how they calculate them; their internal pay gaps between men and women; and how they pull off being an awesome company to work for with an entirely remote team.

Buffer Open is for anyone who is hopeful about the future of work and wants an honest look at how we need to build organizations for the future.

Where to start:

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#16. Mister Editorial

Who are they?

Mister Editorial is Shaun Randol, an internal comms pro with over 10+ years experience in corporate comms and publishing.

Why should you read their blog?

Mister Editorial is all about showcasing the value of an editorial strategy for internal comms teams. Shaun links storytelling to business goals—and features advice from the best minds in the biz. 

Miss reading actual, physical magazines? 

This blog is the closest thing to a regular magazine for IC. Shaun publishes twice a week and sends a weekly round-up newsletter with “ICYMI” content. 

He also features lots of great behind-the-scenes interviews with IC pros. 

If you want an inside look at what it’s like to be a communicator at big companies like IKEA, Coach, and Spotify, you’re going to want to read this one.

(PS. Mister Editorial has a free version and a paid version. Personally, I’ve only read the free version and so I can’t honestly endorse the paid version—yet.)

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#17. NOBL Academy

Who are they?

NOBL helps leaders foster cultures that are a competitive advantage. They train organizations to embrace new attitudes and adopt new behaviors, creating lasting organizational change.

Why should you read their blog?

I really love learning about how to make work awesome. I stumbled across NOBL when I was researching the importance of organizational design.

How information is distributed, collected, passed down, or through an organization is by design. As such, internal communications is an integral part of not just how we ensure organizations are designed effectively, but how our internal culture and structure is maintained and optimized.

The NOBL Academy blog provides real tools and innovative resources that inspire people to think about organizations differently and to design them (and our internal communications) more effectively.

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#18. Ocasta

Who are they?

Ocasta creates knowledge, training and education tech for employees.

Why should you read their blog?

I got hooked from subscribing to their newsletter. It’s adorable. (The emojis just get to me, man.)

Their blog is just as good. Aesthetically, it’s really a step above. It's easy to read, posts are relatively short, well-written, and they get straight to the good stuff.

And their GIF game is on point.

In terms of content, they are very employee experience focused, which I love. They have creative ideas about how to get employees to give a crap about boring stuff they need to know like policies and procedures.

Unlike a lot of other blogs in the space, they dedicate a significant amount of their content to the sensitive stuff in workplace culture. They get real about why your employees hate their jobs, how your workplace may be contributing to apathy, and basically how not to be a jerk employer.

Where to start:

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#19. Internal Comms Pro

Who are they?

Internal Comms Pro (IC Pro for short) is a collective of—you guessed it—internal comms pros with plenty of stellar blog posts, resources, and podcasts to keep your finger on the IC pulse.

Why should you read their blog?

Are you tired of having to prove the value of internal comms?

Internal Comms Pro hears ya. I love how this blog focuses on just that: how to show the value IC brings to your organization. 

They also dive into tips on how to save time (there’s some great stuff on how to do this as a one-person team), declutter your content, and maintaining personal well-being at work. 

Bonus points: when you sign up for their newsletter, you can actually customize (!) the content you receive based on the topics you’re most interested in and when you want to receive emails. 

Now that's good content strategy.

Where to start:

 

#20. leadercommunicator by Your Thought Partner

Who are they?

David Grossman, leadership and comms expert, and founder of The Grossman Group is the brain behind the leadercommunicator blog.

Why should you read their blog?

David is plugged in and passionate about leadership communication.

He publishes weekly, which is great for leaders craving regular reads to amp up their communications. 

David also features weekly round-ups of the best internal comms and leadership articles (*humble brag* we’ve been featured a few times) from the web. It’s a nice recap that will help stay on top of the latest chatter in the biz. 

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#21:  The Bananatag Blog

Who we are:

Oh what… how did this get here?

 

 

Why you should read our blog:

Well, obviously I was going to put us on this list.

Not only because it’s my damn list and I do what I want, but we are also really proud of our blog and content. 

We spend a lot of time thinking about what kind of resources communicators need to be empowered in their roles. Our whole modus operandi is that we want to educate and elevate the communications profession so communicators can kick ass and take names.

And hey, you’re already here, so you might as well poke around.

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And that’s it!

Happy reading, my friends.