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Boost SharePoint news from organization news sites

Boost important SharePoint news posts to prioritize their visibility and increase readership in Viva Connections experiences. You can order your boosted news to determine which shows first, and you can set an expiration date for the boosting of individual posts.

Notes: 

  • News that has been boosted will display in the Viva Connections Dashboard Top news card and the Feed.

  • Boosted news settings allow a new post to display prominently for up to 4 days.

  • You can boost news posts from organization news sites only.

  • A maximum 10 news posts can be boosted for each organization news site.

  • You must have edit permissions on the organization news site to boost news posts.

  • Coming soon: Boosted news posts will be shown in auto news digests and in the News web part.

How boosted news works

Boosted news posts display with a lightning bolt icon, except in the Viva Connections Feed web part and in the Viva Connections Feed mobile experience, which will display the word boosted at the top of the post instead.

Screenshot of news posts in the Feed web part for Viva Connections.

When you boost a SharePoint news post, the news post will prominently display in the Viva Connections Feed, the Feed web part for Viva Connections, in the Top news card on the Viva Connections Dashboard, and in the SharePoint app bar.

Boosted news will be in a prominent position in the experiences listed above for up to 4 days. News boost is the most effective when applied to organizational news posts close to the time of publishing. In the Feed for Viva Connections web part, news posts from organizational news sites up to 7 days from the post date will take precedence over older boosted News that has not yet reached the expiration. This can prevent boosted news from displaying prominently to end-users.

How to boost a SharePoint news post

  1. From your organizational news site, open the published news post you want to boost. News posts can be found by navigating to Settings > Site contents > Site pages.

  2. From the command bar at the top, select Boost.

    Boost command

  3. In the panel on the right, make sure the toggle for Boost is set to On.

    News boost property pane

  4. Under Boost until, select a date by which you want the news post to stop being boosted.

  5. If you have boosted multiple news posts, you can indicate the order in which they should appear under Boost in this order.Just drag or use the up and down arrows to move the news posts in the boost order you want.

Display boosted news in the Top news card on the Viva Connections Dashboard

Image of the top news card

Add the Top news card to the Viva Connections Dashboard to surface boosted news. News posts that have been boosted will display in the Top news card for the duration of the boost period.

Notes: 

  • You must have site member permissions or higher to your organization's home site in order to edit the Viva Connections Dashboard.

  • Image recommendations for cards in the Dashboard: medium cards should be 300x150 to 400x200 with 2:1 aspect ratio and large cards 300x300 to 400x400 with 1:1 aspect ratio in order to prevent stretching in the mobile app.

  1. From the home site, select the Settings gear at the top-right of the page.

  2. Select Set up Viva Connections.

  3. Select the + Create Dashboard button or Edit Dashboard button.

  4. Select + Add a card.

  5. Select the Top news card.

  6. Edit the card to add an image, description, and icon.

  7. Add audiences targeting for groups that need the Top news card.

  8. Preview the experience before saving and republishing to share with others. 

Learn more

Create and share SharePoint news

Create an organizational news site in SharePoint

Create or edit a Viva Connections Dashboard

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