Idea Drop is a social technology software that supports organisations like yours securely collect ideas on strategic challenges, collaborate together, and manage the evaluation and implementation of the most promising ideas.
Interested in contributing to the future of your organisation with your ideas? Read our step-by-step guide below to discover how you can start doing this with Idea Drop.
Where to start?
Your home feed
To get back to the top of the feed click ‘Home Feed’ in the top left from anywhere in the platform.
There are three types of content in the feed: Challenges, ideas and bulletins.
Challenges are questions related to strategic problems posted by the admins at your organisation that you can submit ideas in response to.
Ideas are solutions or possibilities posted by yourself or other users.
Bulletins are informative updates posted by the admin team. These can include updates on challenge results, ideas that are being implemented and more.
You can filter the feed from the menu on the left to select what appears in your feed.
Posting an idea
To post an idea click ‘Drop an Idea’ at the top of the feed or hit ‘Drop an idea’ on a Challenge card to post an idea to a specific challenge.
Steps to writing and posting your idea:
Give your idea a short and clear title. It should grab attention and make people want to read further by succinctly highlighting your key points.
Write a description for your idea in 999 characters or less. Make sure to include as much detail as possible to ensure that it's clear how your idea solves a specific problem.
@mention specific users on the platform to involve them in the discussion and use #hashtags to let others easily find your idea later on.
Choose the groups you'd like to share the idea with. Groups are sections of the platform that relate to different areas of your organisation. You can choose whether to share your idea with everyone in your organisation or limit who sees it to a specific group or groups that you are a part of.
Categorise your idea. This allows users to understand at a glance what area of your organisation your idea is related to and helps the moderator team evaluate the idea easier. If you can’t decide between multiple categories, you can add more than one category.
Choose to add your idea to a current challenge on the platform in the challenge field. If you are posting an idea against a challenge remember to read the challenge carefully to see what ideas your organisation is asking for and what information successful ideas will include.
Add attachments with the paperclip icon. Images or gifs attached to the idea will load on your idea automatically and help it stand out more. Attachments are also useful to add more information to help others understand your idea better.
You can decide whether to hide your identity from other users with the cloaking function via the ghost icon.
Collaborating with others
Collaborate with others by "liking", "rating" and "commenting" on ideas.
These interactions are key as they create social signals that our innovation engine uses to score ideas. This makes it possible for your organisation to identify the ideas that are most popular and most likely to have the biggest impact on your business. So make sure to take advantage of these tools!
If there is an idea or challenge that you would like other users to see then @mention them in the comments to send a notification to them directly.
Your innovation score
The more you post ideas to challenges, and collaborate with others by "favouriting", "commenting" and "rating" their ideas, the higher your innovation score becomes. We reward these actions as they are essential to the success of your organisation's innovation programme.
If you want to be top of the monthly leaderboard then ideating and collaborating is the best way to do it. But don't worry if you miss out on the top spot the first time round, as everyone's innovation score resets at the start of each month.
Your profile page
To help other users get to know the person behind the idea, you can update your profile picture on your profile page. Click the picture in the top right corner and choose ‘view profile’. Once on your profile click on the image to update it.
Additional features on your profile page:
View the status of your ideas and see key statistics about your activity.
Follow users to receive updates about their activity.
See who you're following and also all your followers.
If you want to learn more about getting the most out of the Idea Drop platform then visit our help centre at help.ideadrop.co
Get started posting your ideas by:
Logging in via ideadrop.co
Downloading our native mobile app by searching 'Idea Drop' on the iOs or Android app stores