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Tools for digital engagement: Don’t understand the new NHS? This King’s Fund animation and Prezi presentation might help

Happy Sunday! What are you guys doing on this fine sunny Sunday? I got up this morning and pottered about and browsed through my RSS feeds and found this rather interesting animation on the new NHS. When it comes to digital engagement or trying to relay a complicated subject or message, I really like it when people or organizations use ... Read More »

How design can improve your Twitter engagement and give it a human face

We often experience Twitter tips overload, but not a lot of design tips… Here’s one for the list! There are so many twitter tips out there on what to do and how to do it, sometimes you get lost on the tiny details which can make a whole lot of difference on the way we engage and how we operate ... Read More »

Content Ideas: Tools and tips to create great visual content [Infographic included]

As most of you might already know, visual content can really spruce up content and help it go viral. The infographic below gives the full facts and figures of the power of visual content.Research shows that 90% of info transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000 times faster in the brain than text. And according to social ... Read More »

Reshaping public services online by getting the basics right for local government websites

Frustration There is nothing more frustrating than being in government right now if you are looking for change or motivation in your work. With almost no funding available, fewer colleagues to carry the burden, feeling of loss and uncertainty, we are facing an all time low. Everyone knows that with fewer resources, it makes it harder for local authorities to ... Read More »

EpicStar SuperPost

Attempting to outlaw Facebook, Twitter and their lesser-known cousins may cruel your pitch with Gen Y staff EpicStar SuperPost is back! Now we bring another great blog post from “Bang the Table” in Australia.  Although that might seem quite far, trust me, local governments in Australia face the same difficulties, challenges and barriers that we do here in the UK, ... Read More »

Delivering an inclusive government: An invitation to experience UKGovCamp11 outside Twitterverse

It always makes me wonder, after my 3rd UKGovCamp, how are people reaching all the wonderful information we shared on the momentous day? Are we only engineering innovative ideas amongst ourselves or is UKGovCamp reaching our excluded colleagues who would think attending a government unconference on a Saturday is a crazy idea? Based on the recent UKGovCamp11, it would be ... Read More »

UKGovCamp11: Video production on the cheap for local government

Andrew Beeken – Lincoln City Council Andrew Beeken presented a very useful session at UKGovCamp11 this year discussing how we can produce corporate videos on the cheap. A lot of good tips were shared and thoughts were exchanged during Andrew’s session as well as the Q&A. If you are interested in producing a cost effective video using very cheap or ... Read More »

What are widgets? How can local government use widgets?

What are widgets? For some of us in local government, mentioning the word widget is not alien to us and has become somewhat part of our online activities.  However for those who have never come across a widget or heard of it, widget might seem like a funny word little kids might say amongst their young friends. So to make ... Read More »

Web 2.0, HR and Local Government

People often talk about getting on the property ladder for first time buyers and this would possibly be the talking point for many graduates who have manage to secure their first job and now considering their first real estate purchase. But nowadays, graduates are faced with a different conundrum. They are faced with the challenge of getting ON the job ladder. The job ... Read More »

Find out how the U.S Army uses social media

Thanks to HT to @hadleybeeman for sharing this on Twitter. 🙂 This document provides extensive social media guidance. It contains information for Army leaders, guidance for Army Families, operations security tips, branding information, checklists, regulations and frequently asked questions. The 2011 Social Media Handbook is your one-stop-shop for Army social media information. To download, click here. Army Social Media Handbook ... Read More »