Reaping Big Results from Big Data

By Lance Horne, General Manager, GovDelivery Federal Team I’ve covered a variety of topics in the past few weeks, including better government-to-citizen communications and cloud computing. Today, I’m going to delve into an area that is quite intriguing to me: big data. As a government agency, effective outreach to citizens can deliver a vast set… Read more »


Top 10 Most Viewed Blog Posts on Reach the Public

I know 2013 started just over a week ago, but it already feels like it’s been weeks since I celebrated the holidays and New Year’s with my family and friends. I think part of this is jumping back into the work day after some time off, but part of it is probably due to the… Read more »


Segmentation, analytics & integration: what’s the point?

As discussed in a previous post, for anyone who thinks email is dead, you’re in for a surprise. The truth is, email is just being accessed differently these days, with more people using email on smartphones or other mobile devices rather than from a computer. If you haven’t explored options to make your email communications… Read more »


Should You Ignore Citizen Expectations?

By Steve Ressler, Founder of GovLoop I’m having my first child in 5 weeks (by “I,” I mean my wife is doing all the real work). So I’m in the process of looking for a pediatrician. As a technologist, one of my questions I keep on asking potential pediatricians is: Do you have an electronic… Read more »


How New Media and Government are combating HIV/AIDS

By John Simpson, Federal Consultant As some government agencies labor for ways to adopt the White House’s Digital Government Strategy, many have already been working towards the goal of delivering crucial government information to those who most need it and inventing more than just a mandatory response to another Executive Order. A powerful example of… Read more »


311 Call Centers versus Email and Mobile: Why You Can’t Afford Not to Make the Shift

311 call centers serve as a crucial link between the government and the public, but their costs really eat away at city budgets. That’s why more and more cities are shifting their services from call centers to less expensive channels, such as websites, email or text messages. Most service requests can be addressed digitally, helping… Read more »


9 Effective Engagement Tactics Utilized at the DC One City Summit

As an engagement strategist still recovering from chronic burnout as a result of my organizing efforts for the Boston Police Department and Neighbors for Neighbors (facilitating 250+ meetings a year for many years), I avoid spending entire Saturday afternoons at civic events like the plague. To my surprise, something extraordinary happened this past weekend. I ended… Read more »


Sift Through Big Data to Find Real Insight

There is a ton of talk today about “big” data.  The concept comes from our ever increasing ability to collect, store, and manage larger and larger datasets full of vast amounts of information – customer information, habits, purchasing patterns, social media visits, and so on.  Unfortunately, I think many private and public organizations have become… Read more »


Maximizing Possibilities – CityCamp MN Experience

From amazing metaphors involving adorable puppies to reflections about how data can transform generalities into actions, I was fortunate to attend the first CityCamp held in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 11/12/2011. This un-conference is designed to be more of an open exchange of ideas than the traditional professional conference that most of us are used to… Read more »


Analyst or Reporter – Implications for Data

By Dennis Still, Client Performance Analyst, GovDelivery I was watching the news the other day and started thinking about the differences between news analysts and news reporters.  Many channels now have folks with titles like senior news analyst, senior Washington correspondent, policy analyst, and so on.  When did reporting “news” become more than just actually… Read more »