M5 Networks, a leading provider of cloud-based phone and business services, wants you to be their voice. In June, 2012, M5, ShoreTel's Cloud Division, introduced their “Street Team.” Now you might be asking youself the same thing I was – “What the heck is a Street Team?” It's unlikely that there will be any flyers being passed out after rock concerts in this street team. Members get points for mentioning M5 in their social network status updates, referring new customers to M5, or just interacting with other street team members.

These points can be redeemed later for gifts, discounts, and donations to a member's favorite charity. M5's street team initiative is a great way to get the word out. M5's street team is a good reminder that, even as we get our services and products from hundreds of miles away, these providers are powered by, and give services to, real people