Since they were first published in the 1990’s, blogs have evolved from online journals to information hubs. They’re an essential building block for social engagement and one of the best ways to engage with your community. Blogs let you share your own stories, gather feedback before implementing a new policy and promote local community events. Almost every part of your organization can leverage the power of blogging, including elected officials, library, and public works.
Getting started with and maintaining a local government blog can be an impactful digital communication strategy. To give you some ideas, here are some great examples of municipalities who are leveraging blogs to engage their communities.
For the third year in a row, Vision commissioned a survey to gauge the current state of digital communications in local government and project future trends. The survey — What’s Next in Digital Communications for Local Government — went out to over 3,600 local government agencies and provides a glimpse into the trends and challenges facing government staff seeking to keep pace with ever changing technology.
Blogging hasn’t been an obvious communication channel for many local government agencies, but it should be considered an untapped opportunity to connect and engage with residents. Your blog acts as a complementary channel to your social media outlets and website pages, allowing your residents to access relevant information in one central place.
In our recent What’s Next in Digital Communications for Local Government survey, 100% of respondents said engagement would have a significant impact on local government operations by 2020, yet only 5% considered themselves to be “outstanding” at engaging their residents. If you find yourself among those looking to improve their ability to engage the public, you may want to consider blogging.
If you work in local government, odds are you have been directed to “improve engagement” at some point by a well-meaning elected official or administrator. It’s not surprising: in our recent What’s Next in Digital Communications survey, 100% of respondents said engagement would have a significant impact on local government operations by 2020, yet only 5% considered to be “outstanding” at engaging their residents.
When you’ve worked with local government IT and communications leaders every day for more than 20 years, it doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict the major trends that will impact local government in 2017.