Are You Prepared?

By: John Simpson, Engagement Consultant, GovDelivery September is National Preparedness Month, an initiative developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in the wake of 9/11 to help citizens better prepare themselves and their communities for emergency situations. Thousands of individuals and organizations from across the country take part in awareness activities and training events… Read more »


Marketing: Cleaning Up a Dirty (Government) Word Part 2

By John Cook, Vice President of Marketing, GovDelivery Last week I introduced the first two trends that I believe make marketing imperative for any government agency that is concerned about citizen engagement. I’d like to continue with three more trends you need to consider…trends that turn marketing from a dirty word into a vital tool.… Read more »


Reaching New Heights and New Audiences with Social Media

Anyone who remembers Facebook in its early days—back when you needed a college email address to sign up and the term “Newsfeed” hadn’t yet become ubiquitous—might sigh fondly at the thought of simpler times. Organizations, businesses and government agencies aren’t likely to be among those nostalgic few. Facebook has changed a lot over the years,… Read more »


Beating the Odds: Using Web Properties to Expand Your Reach

If a Tweet is published in the Twittersphere and there are no Followers around to see it, does it have an impact? Unlike the classic tree falling in the forest scenario, this question has a resounding answer: No. It doesn’t take a famous philosopher to understand that even the most beautifully crafted Tweets, emails, or… Read more »


3 Tips for Getting Emergency Information to the Public

On this day, we, like many of you, are taking a moment to remember the tragedy of the 9/11 terror attacks. In the wake of the many emergencies we see every year, from terror attacks to natural disasters, emergency situations seem to be on the rise. And, as the number of emergencies increase, so does… Read more »


Changes at Gmail: What The Public Sector Needs to Know

In the public sector, email is an essential component of any best-in-breed communications strategy. With the steady increase in worldwide smartphone usage, email has become the fastest and most efficient way to reach people wherever they are. And because email offers a direct and personalized connection to your stakeholders, it’s imperative that you send email and that your… Read more »


Measuring email success with Engagement Rates

The days of getting gold stars and an extra juice box for our accomplishments might be over, but that doesn’t mean we care any less about knowing when we’ve done a good job. As a government agency, it can be difficult to figure out if you’re getting your message across. Many private sector companies rely… Read more »


Multichannel communications and a three-part approach to truth

Turns out Stephen Colbert may have been on to something when he coined the term “truthiness.” According to a recent study by U.K. market research group Ipsos Mori that compared British citizens’ perceptions of statistical facts to the actual numbers, most people have a pretty skewed idea of the truth. As this article by The… Read more »


Understanding your audience: The DOI’s communications cocktail

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Director of Digital Strategy, Tim Fullerton, knows a thing or two about making lemonade. When he took over the department’s digital communications in 2009, the DOI had no content management system for its website, no social media accounts, no video capabilities and no dedicated staff.  It was, in… Read more »


Connecting the Dots: Cross-Promotion for Government on Social Media

Government communicators work to gain the public’s attention, spark conversations and drive community engagement to promote and improve the mission of their organization. The first step in getting citizens to sit up and take note is to provide services that are better, faster and more effective at meeting the public’s needs. Once your agency launches… Read more »