Stearns County Shows the Power of Email

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… Read more »


Answering Your Questions on Citizen Engagement: Part 2

This post is a continuation from last month’s blog answering some of the questions we received during and following our Citizen Engagement webinar with insights from Ruthbea Clarke of IDC Government Insights and Mary Yang of GovDelivery. In the last post, we were able to compile the responses to questions answered during the webinar. Here… Read more »


Answering Your Questions on Citizen Engagement: Part 1

We had an incredible flood of questions during and following our Citizen Engagement webinar last month with insights from Ruthbea Clarke of IDC Government Insights and Mary Yang of GovDelivery. So, we decided to compile some of those questions and their responses (including the ones we weren’t able to address live during the webinar) into… Read more »


Turning Government into Good Reality TV

No matter how hard I try, I can’t help but be a fan of reality competition shows. Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, Big Brother…you name it, I’ll probably admit to watching it. The “secret sauce” in these shows that makes them so addicting for me is the component of audience participation. On Dancing with… Read more »


Five Ways to Get Citizens to Listen and Keep on Listening

Building a successful government communications plan has never been a simple task. In the digital age, it’s become increasingly difficult for citizens to receive your messages, considering the constant noise surrounding them. Content development is one of the many strategies in a government communicator’s digital toolbox that helps to capture more of these distracted citizens. But… Read more »


Learning from Lululemon: Communication Do’s and Don’ts

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… Read more »


2013 Digital Cities Winners: Congratulations to GovDelivery Clients!

Achieving cost savings, citizen engagement, and more effective services in their communities 2013 was a transformative year for the adoption of innovative technology in government. And some GovDelivery clients were at the forefront of these technology movements. Last week, Government Technology announced the winners of the 2013 Digital Cities awards. Coordinated by the Center for… Read more »


Gov Goes Gram: Why Government Should Be Using Instagram

I am an admitted social media addict–I’m constantly connecting, checking and updating my various personal accounts. Although it’s been around for awhile now, lately I have found myself borderline obsessed with Instagram. It’s wonderfully engaging and combines the best parts of Facebook and Twitter through a constantly updated stream of photos. Instagram describes itself as… Read more »


3 Time-Saving Tips for Streamlining Communication

By Amy Larsen, Client Success Consultant Time is something that communicators never have enough of when it comes to their work: building their audiences, managing their brand, staying current with content, meeting the demands of their stakeholders, etc. Many times the government communicators I work with are  balancing an ever-expanding task list between a few key team… Read more »