Avoid the 3 Deadly Sins That Are Limiting Your Website Traffic

I saw this article recently on MarketingProfs, “Three Deadly Reasons Most Websites Fail,” outlining why most websites struggle to get the results they want. While the original post is geared toward marketing professionals, the concepts can easily be applied to communicators in the public sector looking to improve online engagement with constituents. The article discussed… 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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


The top 5 things Sharknado teaches us about great communication

Last week, one of the greatest cheesy movies of all time debuted on the Syfy channel. Sharknado. In case you missed it, here’s the premise. There’re lots of really big sharks in the ocean and they’re all really angry. Due to some weird weather, the sea level begins to rise in Los Angeles and a… Read more »