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We’re excited to celebrate Independence Day tomorrow! This week government organizations across the U.S. are sending updates to commemorate the holiday. Check out some of the messages public sector organizations have been sending (both this year and in the past) to engage their stakeholders in new ways. And don’t forget to sign up to receive …
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We’ve highlighted many local government organizations using digital communications to increase the effectiveness of their programs on our blog. Some are capitalizing on the use of storytelling to connect their mission to their messages and better engage stakeholders. Others, like Prince George’s County Public School District are using new mobile technology such as SMS/text messaging …
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In 2009, the White House launched its Open Government Initiative, with a goal of promoting transparency and increasing the efficiency of government, which included making public data available for use in new programs and applications. Since then, organizations from NASA to the City of Houston to the State of Colorado have been hosting hackathons to …
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By: Dan Slee Originally posted on The Dan Slee Blog It’s always good to see slow burning success… and even more so when it comes for people who have worked hard on it. John Fox spent a fair chunk of time at Sheffield City Council on a range of projects and working to get customer services …
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You can’t fit a square peg into a round hole, but as any toddler with an iron will and an overactive hammering arm will quickly demonstrate, you sure can try. For private sector companies, audiences can be broken down into neatly formulated shapes and sizes. If you want to market to the square pegs, utilize …
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Lowering local crime rates is the goal of every law enforcement agency, but it’s not an easy goal to achieve. Local police departments create crime tip phone lines; however, calling isn’t always the best option to report crimes. And in this more digital world, many citizens prefer to use channels they’re already using. For this …
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What are the top priorities for government communications in 2014 at the federal and local levels? This is the question we posed to 350 government communicators. Take a look at what they said about focusing on results, implementing multichannel strategy, and increasing outreach in this infographic, or grab a copy of the federal government report …
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See original post on GovLoop. Guest Post by: Derek Belt, Social Media Specialist – King County, WA Have you watched somewhat helplessly these past few months as your Facebook interactions dropped rapidly? Has the “reach” of your posts dipped as low as you’ve ever seen it, no matter how great your content is? It’s not your …
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Our digital communications tour is in full swing! Over the last month we’ve visited Oakland, CA and Austin, TX, sparking conversations on the value of technology, outreach, and communications in government, as well as strategies to increase that value. We’ve hosted many innovative, successful speakers, from private sector thought leaders with successful social media start-ups …
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As consumers, we expect smooth and simple experiences from online retailers. In many cases, the same expectations occur in government. Federal and local governments have an opportunity to meet and exceed these expectations by using digital communications technology to its fullest potential. The Presidential memorandum, “Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve …
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