Posts By Mary Yang

CityCamp MN Hot Topic: It’s all about social media

A couple weeks ago, I attended the first Minnesota CityCamp, hosted by and the Public and Non-Profit Leadership Center at the Humphrey School (University of Minnesota). With more than 150 attendees, this unconference’s theme – “Community 2.0” – was clearly one that spoke to people. Though the unconference was held in Minneapolis, some participantsRead… Read more »

How social media has changed government-to-citizen interaction

This is part two in our David Kirkpatrick video series. Did you catch yesterday’s post? David Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect,” sat down with us after our social media conference to discuss how Facebook and social media has changed the way government interacts with citizens. He also delves into the question that many governmentRead… Read more »

The future of social media

In October, GovDelivery hosted a social media conference in Washington, D.C. with nearly 300 attendees, from local government workers to Federal employees and government contractors. At the heart of the event was a Facebook foundation: David Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect,” delivered an engaging keynote presentation, and Adam Conner, Associate Manager of Public PolicyRead… Read more »

StumbleUpon: More Compelling Statistics

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a blog entry about StumbleUpon – what it is (social bookmarking tool), what it does (drives website traffic), and why you should probably know about it (the tool doubled its user base to 20 million in less than two years). StumbleUpon recently worked with a data visualization/visual contentRead… Read more »

Webinar: Digital Communications Excellence with Kitsap County, WA

GovDelivery is hosting a webinar with Kitsap County on December 1, 2011 at 1 pm CST. Attend this webinar to learn how Kitsap County is achieving digital communications excellence with several initiatives, including KENS – short for Kitsap County Electronic Notification System. Hear Douglas Bear, Kitsap County’s Public Communications Manager, discuss their digital communications strategies,Read… Read more »

Innovation for the rest of us

Authored by Jeremy Greene. With the passing of Steve Jobs last month, the blogosphere has been chock-full of commentary around innovation and good product design. As a product guy, I find this fascinating. But as I’ve read through pages of articles highlighting Jobs’ search for “insanely great” product design I started to wonder if anyRead… Read more »

Just put a zombie in it

Like many communications professionals, social media specialists, online community managers, and every other title/position that’s trying to get the word out about your organization’s services and awesomeness, there are some days where my mind draws a blank for my next blog post. I’ve learned not to fear it as much as I used to whenRead… Read more »

Facebook’s Top 10 for Government

At GovDelivery’s October 19th event in Washington, DC, 300 attendees received some valuable tips on Facebook usage by government agencies from Adam Conner, Associate Manager of Public Policy at Facebook. His engaging, fast-paced and helpful presentation included his top 10 “musts” for governments using Facebook to get their message out. Here’s a summary of thoseRead… Read more »

Would you order your birth certificate online?

Last week, Government Technology featured an article about Ottawa County, Mich., which announced a service that is rarely seen in local, state or federal government. Citizens can now “order and instantly print out certified copies of vital records from the county clerk’s office” through their website. This means that citizens don’t need to visit theRead… Read more »

State of Indiana – Now reaching 1 million digital subscribers

Earlier this month, the State of Indiana crossed the 1 million subscriber milestone with their digital communications program. It’s sort of mind-boggling (and awesome) when you think about what that means: Indiana was able to get 1 million of their residents to raise their hands and say, “Yes, I want information directly from my governmentRead… Read more »