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Last week, one of the greatest cheesy movies of all time debuted on the Syfy channel. Sharknado. In case you missed it, here’s the premise. There’re lots of really big sharks in the ocean and they’re all really angry. Due to some weird weather, the sea level begins to rise in Los Angeles and a …
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One small change can make the difference between your digital communications getting read or ignored. And it’s an easy change to make. Simply add graphics to your text and you’ll get more traffic, increased readership, and better search engine optimization (SEO). The increases can be quite dramatic. High quality visuals are 30 times more likely …
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By Kathy Kyle, Digital Communications Consultant at GovDelivery UK According to a Capgemini/ European Commission eGovernment Benchmark report, less than half of Europeans don’t use digital government services. Despite the increase in the uptake of digital services across virtually every sector, 80 per cent of those not using digital services for government business are simply …
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By John Simpson, Engagement Consultant at GovDelivery Preventing crime is one of the number one goals for public safety organizations. In 2013, we are seeing a shift in public safety groups, many of whom are leveraging the power of local citizens and stakeholders to report criminal activity. This type of interaction helps identify trends and …
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By Ben Ortega, Senior Software Engineer at GovDelivery On June 1st we celebrated the first annual National Day of Civic Hacking, a day dedicated to leveraging technology and open data to improve communities. Not satisfied with a typical single day event, our local civic-minded techies at Open Twin Cities organized Hack for MN, a weekend-long …
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Among the vast majority of choices that are available to us on a recurring daily basis, the idea of choosing “correctly” can seem exhausting and never-ending.       “Sushi or that amazing taco salad at that one place around the corner?” “Should I send the kids to public or private school?” “When is the best time to …
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The results of a national survey recently released by the Pew Research Center reveals that favorable approval ratings for state and local government continued this year while opinions of the federal government hit a new low. The survey conducted this March with 1,501 adults from all 50 states resulted in positive ratings across party lines …
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In today’s world, government agencies need to leverage digital platforms to provide better customer service to citizens, especially in times of emergency. Organizations with more responsive emergency communications reach the public quickly and effectively during natural disasters and other threats to citizens and property. GovDelivery recently interviewed Adelaide O’Brien, research director of Smart Government Strategies …
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Keeping up with the latest in digital communication tools and strategies can be a challenge in any organization. As a government communications professional, you probably face additional unique challenges as well. Being able to effectively reach particular groups of people in emergencies, for example, is one situation that can mean the difference between life and …
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Many government organizations and agency departments plan and promote special events or seasonal occasions that relate to the constituency they serve and support. Highlighting these events through communications and digital content provides a fun and timely way to interact with the public, and can even serve as a platform for gaining subscribers and engaging citizens …
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