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 »


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 »


Follow These Tips to Create Impact with Graphics

There are many ways to tell a story. In my last post, Jazz Up Text with Graphics to Capture Reader Attention, I discussed why infographics are so important to communicators – and to the story you’re trying to tell. From comic-like images to instructional diagrams to traditional charts and graphs, visuals can increase readership and… Read more »


How Effective Is Your Emergency Communications System?

In my last post, I discussed how a siloed communications system doesn’t work in emergency communications. The term, silo, refers to departments within an organization working separately with little to no communication with each other. For example, in the public sector, emergency notifications are typically handled separately from the communications team. Taking full advantage of… Read more »


Timing Is Everything

Guest post by Jim Garrow, Operations and Logistics Manager, Philadelphia Department of Public Health When I follow emergencies unfolding online, I follow them using Twitter. It’s where news breaks these days. The problem is that it keeps breaking. Over and over and over again until the entire situation is a mish-mash of unhelpful posts. Let… 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 »


Translation for Understanding

Guest post by Jim Garrow, Operations and Logistics Manager, Philadelphia Department of Public Health I work in public health which, as you’ve heard me complain, can be a bit dry. We talk about very complicated subjects and the people who do most of our talking have numerous advanced degrees and understand those subjects at a… Read more »