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A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government

A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government considers what holds back senior council managers and staff from using social media more extensively, and looks at how West Midlands councils have used them to connect with the public, and “open up traditional public sector silos”.

Take part in our annual winter comms survey

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It’s November and the weather is miserable. Icy roads, closed schools and uncollected bins tend to dominate local government over the coming months. Residents will rush to council websites seeking to report problems and find information. Increasingly, there is an …

Results of our winter communications survey

Councillors, officers and members of the public took part in an informal poll over the last 10 days in a bid to establish which digital communication channels are the most effective during special and specific situations e.g. school closures due …

Take part in our winter comms survey

  It’s now December and icy roads, closed schools and uncollected bins tend to dominate local government over the coming months. Residents rush to council websites seeking to report problems and find information. Increasingly, there is an expectation for this …

LGiU report: Going where the eyeballs are: how email can connect councils with their communities

New LGiU research that shows how local government can reduce costs whilst building a more effective and engaging communications strategy

Interview with DCLG comms boss George Eykyn

About 3 months ago I posted that I would be attempting to revive some of old journalism skills by conducting an interview with George Eykyn, DCLG’s Director of Communications. In the interview, I wanted to learn about the priorities of …

A local democracy app?

The App Blog profiles the 20 new apps ‘riding the wave’ of location innovation.    They report that the ease with which developers can create location-based services by tying into datasets and APIs from Google, Facebook, Foursquare and others is driving …

#localgov twitter lists

We’ve spent some time during the last week building up the LGIU’s following list and now that we are networked to over 1,300 profiles it’s quite clear that things need a bit of organisation. We are therefore going to experiment over …

So what is a community?

A couple of weeks ago we asked whether the local government twitter community could help CLG define what community is – now with the Localism Bill now just days away, I thought I’d better collate all the #ComDef suggestions (thank you very …

Councils and social media

I’ve been a bit slow on the blogging front in the last few weeks.  I should definitely have followed up on our social media conference last week #smc09.    One of our great speakers, Ingrid Koehler (No 1 in my Top …