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Many government agencies are taking advantage of online video platforms as another tool in a multichannel digital arsenal. The official USA.gov YouTube channel has been around since 2007, and now features links to other departments and agencies ranging from the Library of Congress to FEMA. Many organizations start by offering pre-existing video content online, but …
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Something like this has probably happened to you in the past: On a whim, you’ve voiced a vague desire to start a business or perhaps go back to school or maybe even learn to speak Spanish. And then what happens? Nothing. Nothing happens because you don’t follow through on these fleeting thoughts. They fall into …
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By John Simpson, Business Consultant, GovDelivery Federal Just after the new year, the Washington Post advertised a recent study showing that an increasing amount of world leaders are taking to Twitter to increase their reach to the public. While this new report from the Digital Policy Council does show a significant upward trend in the number of leaders that …
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By Lance Horne, General Manager, GovDelivery Federal More than 30 years ago, an ad agency came up with a tagline to soften AT&T’s image and position the company as an indispensable element of everyday American life: “Reach out and touch someone.”  After spending the last 15-plus years working within the public sector in a variety …
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As your organization fills the fresh slate of 2013 with a new communications strategy, consider the issues and topics that make you squirm. Many government agencies struggle year after year with the same topics that are either uncomfortable for the org or are avoided by the public. Citizens shy away from topics that make them …
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By Dave Worsell, Director, Government Solutions, GovDelivery UK For Government to achieve its aim of Digital by Default something very important needs to change in 2013. While many public services are available online, the truth is that not enough citizens use them and the considerable investment in the development of electronic public services hasn’t been …
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I know 2013 started just over a week ago, but it already feels like it’s been weeks since I celebrated the holidays and New Year’s with my family and friends. I think part of this is jumping back into the work day after some time off, but part of it is probably due to the …
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If you haven’t heard of Responsive Design yet, you will soon enough. Responsive Design is a new way of dealing with the multitude of devices people are using to view digital content. Responsive Design uses the functionality of CSS3, combined with Unobtrusive JavaScript, to provide an optimal viewing experience across multiple viewing platforms (desktop monitors, …
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About a decade ago, Malcolm Gladwell published his bestselling book The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference.  In the book, Gladwell says, “the success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts.” He categorizes these people …
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Community and collaboration tools like Facebook, Google Drive and Salesforce.com are quickly becoming the status quo in the private sector and consumers’ lives, and citizens and government employees are increasingly expecting the same from the public sector in the form of online tools, customized services, and cloud-based document and information sharing. But government agencies are …
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