When Snow Hits, How Can We Help Those Most Vulnerable?

For the elderly and people with disabilities, snowstorms can mean being trapped at home unable to get to work, to the food store, to the pharmacy, or have the mail delivered. It can mean that for days, you’re stuck alone in your home fearful of what might happen and that the stability of your health… Read more »


The Communications Milkshake

If three is company, then three hundred is one heck of a party. At last year’s Federal Digital Communications event, “The Transformative Power of Communications,” over three hundred attendees listened to presentations and panel discussions by some of the industry’s leading experts. Featuring a keynote address by Peter Sims, best-selling author of Little Bets, the… Read more »


10 Ingredients Missing in Federal Government Innovation

By Steve Ressler, Founder of GovLoop Innovation is the hot buzzword.  From local government innovation officers to a deputy CTO in charge of innovation, governments are more and more focused on innovation. But how do you really make innovation happen in government? What are the missing ingredients? I thought I’d take a stab at an answer so… Read more »


Measuring mission impact: one size does not fit all

The “One Size Fits All” method might work for Little League t-shirts, but when it comes to government communications, “One Size Fits All” is a real strikeout. It seems like a no-brainer to say that every organization should determine its own unique set of communications goals, delivery, and metrics, right? Surprisingly, however, this is one… Read more »


Tips for empowering customer service employees

Customer service is a core function of government, yet 60 percent of government executives describe citizens’ attitudes toward government as “frustrated,” according to a recent Government Business Council survey. One way to improve the reputation of your organization is to empower frontline employees so they can provide better customer service. Excellent customer service is a… Read more »


Who Knew? Round Tables Increase Collaboration & Sense of Belonging

Who knew? All we need to be more productive and to help foster creative collaboration amongst our fellow colleagues is…(insert drum roll here, please)…a round table. According to a recent study, “The Geometry of Persuasion: How Do Seating Layouts Influence Consumers,” conducted by UBC’s Sauder School of Business, participants were asked to sit at either… Read more »


The Collaborative Economy: An Altimeter Group Research Report

A couple of weeks ago I attended a conference where the keynote speaker, Jeremiah Owyang from the Altimeter Group, presented his latest research report, “The Collaborative Economy.” The premise of the report is that social technologies have changed everything from communications to marketing to customer care, which has brought us to an era of consumers… Read more »


Jazz Up Text With Graphics to Capture Reader Attention

One small change can make the difference between your digital communications getting read or ignored. And it’s an easy change to make. Simply add graphics to your text and you’ll get more traffic, increased readership, and better search engine optimization (SEO). The increases can be quite dramatic. High quality visuals are 30 times more likely… Read more »


Silos Don’t Work in Emergency Communications

As a government professional, chances are you know a thing or two about emergency notifications. It’s a critical tool that is an absolute necessity as a means to communicate effectively with the public in times of emergencies. However, what you may not realize is that using a single platform system to manage your emergency communications… Read more »


What Government Can Learn from Pharrell Williams About Collaboration

As we move through 2013, collaboration continues to be a trending topic in government and one I seem to keep running across, both in my personal and professional life. Having just returned from a study abroad program accompanied by 30 of my fellow classmates, I found myself a little burned-out in the collaboration department.  After… Read more »