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 »


Seeing it in action: SBA Case Study

By this point you’ve read our posts about digital communication management, Beyond Email Lists and Delivering the Right Message in the Right Way, so you know some of the benefits and features of DCM. But you want to see what it all amounts to. What you’re saying, in other words, is “Show me the money!”… Read more »


Washington State Residents Now Get Real-Time Traffic Alerts

By Richard Fong, Technology Project Manager Moderate impact. Low impact. Collision. Cleared. If you travel on highways anywhere, wouldn’t it be nice to have these types of messages delivered to your email or phone so you could anticipate a change in your route and save time? With some cool technology, the Washington State Department of… Read more »


Irrelevance

Guest post by Jim Garrow, Operations and Logistics Manager, Philadelphia Department of Public Health When I imagined the future of government communications, I would envision morning meetings, where the comms team (ha!) gets together, each over their own personal blend of Starbucks or locally-sourced coffee (double ha!), discusses what news is breaking, reviews where the… Read more »


The One-Two Punch in Emergency Communications

Emergency communications is a critical process to get right. It literally is the difference in saving more lives when a disaster strikes. So, what exactly is the one-two punch needed to be truly effective when communicating with the public during emergencies? Maximum outreach plus multichannel distribution. This combination is an absolute necessity for today’s emergency… Read more »


Delivering the Right Message in the Right Way With Digital Communication Management

Anyone who’s ever returned from vacation to an overflowing inbox knows that email, while infinitely better than the Pony Express, can still be a lot of, well, work. Add on curating weekly e-newsletters and managing multiple LISTSERVS and suddenly that old pony isn’t looking so bad anymore. Earlier, we learned about the solution to this… Read more »


Beyond Email Lists: Transforming Email Subscriptions

Almost as soon as email was created, people started creating email lists so they could reach others with related interests. Email list software like LISTSERV became a vital way for communities of people to interact with each other. In 2013, email is still incredibly valuable as a communication channel, playing an important role in government… Read more »


Emergency Communications 101: How Do You Keep Contact Info Up-to-date?

Co-written by Anne Doucot and Mary Yang In my last post, I talked about how reaching the maximum amount of people that you can during an emergency can be the difference in saving more lives. And if you’ve been following along in the last couple of posts and podcasts from this series so far, you’ve… Read more »


Congratulations to the 2013 Digital Counties Survey Award Winners

On Thursday, July 18th, the 2013 Digital Counties Survey awards were announced by the Center for Digital Government in conjunction with the National Association of Counties. The winners were chosen for efficiently and effectively using technology to better the lives of local citizens and improve operations for the counties. Tough budgetary times can lead to… Read more »