A blog about digital government, communications, citizen satisfaction & engagement, GovDelivery, and other e-government issues
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In the era of social media, where people are accustomed to sharing everything all the time, news spreads like wildfire. One mistake by an organization and a communications crisis is born. While certainly no communications team wants to deal with a crisis, it’s a part of the job and an important one at that. Response …
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Despite a deluge of freezing rain and snow in Washington DC this week, GovDelivery’s annual Federal Digital Communications conference marched on. With more than 450 people tuning in via webcast and in-person, 6 speakers, 250+ tweets with an estimated impression of 1.2M people, and a lot of networking accompanied by a few bad weather horror …
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If a new acquaintance comes up to you at a party and asks you what you do in your job, how would you answer? Think about your response. Does it include or tie to your organization’s mission? It can be easy in the daily hustle and bustle to forget how your work is tied to …
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By John Simpson, Engagement Consultant The use of social media by government organizations as a means to better reach the public is more often becoming standard practice. Guidance from resources like HowTo.gov and lessons from events like the Boston Marathon Bombing have taken the use of social media from “should” to “must.” However, the rush …
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When GovDelivery first entered the Federal market in 2003, we were a small company serving mostly local governments and a few state agencies.  With our team based in Minnesota we were told to “avoid Federal government like the plague” because we would never be able to serve such a confusing bureaucracy as a small company …
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With more than 150 attendees, 9 speakers, 520+ tweets with an estimated reach of 90k people, and 1 hour of drinking and networking, the annual UK digital communications event adds up to a great success! Over the next few weeks we’ll take a deeper dive into each of the presentations given by local UK government …
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GovDelivery client King County, Washington recently kicked off a new mobile communications initiative to spread the word about their healthcare offerings and services. Here is a guest post from King County on how text messaging is helping the organization reach more people.  An innovative new texting program is making it a little easier to find …
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Congratulations to Carl Haggerty for winning the Leadership Excellence award from the Guardian’s Public Leaders Network! Haggerty is the Digital Communications Manager at GovDelivery client, Devon County Council. He champions and develops the digital agenda within the council and oversees the council’s corporate web presence and intranet. We were lucky to have him as one …
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There are a lot of things in life we can’t control: traffic, the weather, our father-in-law’s Thanksgiving toast. All this lack of control can sometimes leave a person feeling a little, well, helpless. As much as Hollywood likes to romanticize a free-spirited approach to life (see the “manic  pixie dream girl” trope), in reality, being …
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Living in a metropolitan area, I ride the bus and other major transportation a lot. It’s convenient, cheap and a great way to escape the cold Minnesota winters for a few blocks. And it also happens to be a good model for optimizing a successful digital communications strategy in government. Think about a bus route …
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