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#SomosSocial: Bilingual Twitter Chats—How to Do Them Effectively

Jan 8, 2016 |

There are 11.7 million + reasons to be on Twitter—the approximate number of Hispanics in the U.S. who are using the platform. And out of those 11.7 million, 43% tweet in English and in Spanish. Hispanics over index their counterparts when it comes to digital technologies and services, but how do you reach them and Read »

Twitter Town Hall Tips from the VA

Dec 18, 2015 |

I work for the Department of Veterans Affairs in a national benefits office that oversees Veterans life Insurance programs. Our office has held a couple of successful Twitter Town Halls. They get a little smoother each time because we make a point of adjusting our style based on our lessons learned. After answering a question Read »

Interested in Using the New Poll Feature on Twitter? Here’s What You Need to Know!

Nov 16, 2015 |

Twitter polls allow you to tweet out simple A or B style opinion polls. These polls can spark some great engagement, but you’ll want to keep a few things in mind before getting started: To stay within the social media Read »

USCIS Twitter Office Hours

Nov 6, 2015 |

On September 1, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) hosted our first Twitter Office Hours, a Twitter chat for USCIS customers. The purpose of this pilot event was to offer our customers a different way to engage with us. We aimed to leverage Twitter to answer questions on our agency’s programs and policies and to Read »

#SomosSocial: 5 Keys for Government to Reach Hispanics Through Social Media

Nov 5, 2015 | , , ,

Hispanics are one of fastest growing demographics in the U.S. But like any demographic, there are important nuances to consider when connecting with this audience. Insight into your audience’s motivations, behavior and preferences is key for anyone trying to engage with the public. We know every day that more and more Hispanics are on social Read »

The Content Corner: Twitter, Apple News and the Importance of Our Websites

Oct 26, 2015 |

First, McDonald’s started serving breakfast all day. Now, Twitter announced it is dropping its 140 character limit for tweets. Black is white, up is down. Or is it really that big a deal? Is Twitter just keeping itself relevant in the battle for your content? LinkedIn and Facebook were first with their strong push for organizations to Read »

The White House, Back To The Future Day, and the Road to Innovation

Oct 21, 2015 |

Well, it’s here: October 21, 2015. While Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) got to experience flying cars in 1989’s part two of the Back to the Future trilogy, we, on the other hand, are not quite there—yet! As the White House Read »

The Content Corner: Harness the Power of User-Generated Content

Sep 21, 2015 |

As of 2015, Millennials spent 30% of their time consuming user-generated content (UGC), and 54% of that group find UGC more trustworthy than content generated by a specific brand. This covers everything from user-generated reviews on Yelp! to short-form videos. Another benefit of UGC is that it helps crowdsource the burden of feeding the content Read »

Trends on Tuesday: Mobile Messaging and Social App Research Released

Sep 1, 2015 |

On DigitalGov, we frequently talk about some of the most popular app experiences, and research almost always shows that mobile messaging and social apps are the most frequently used. Pew Research released a new report specifically about Read »

Celebrating Parks, Creating Connections: NPS Prepares for 2016 Centennial

Jun 30, 2015 |

Planning your next national park adventure (from the comfort of your couch) is easier than ever with a new website, Find Your Park.com. Launched on April 2nd, the mobile-friendly FindYourPark.com was designed and launched by the National Park Foundation (NPF), the Read »

As the World Churns: Earthquake Detection via Twitter

Jun 26, 2015 |

When one thinks of social media, usually it is thought of as a tool to keep in touch with friends and family. Behind all the social networking lies vast amounts of data that can be used in a multitude of ways. This data is an opportunity for government agencies to improve the services they provide Read »

Real Internationalization Isn’t Just Geographic: It’s Linguistic

Jun 19, 2015 | , , ,

Twenty years ago, the chances of watching an NBA game with commentary in a language other than English were small. Today, the NBA transmits games in 47 languages to 215 countries across the world. This is a perfect example of how organizations have evolved over time to meet the demands of their audiences. Evidence like Read »

ICE Wields Smartphones in Fight Against Child Exploitation

May 28, 2015 |

Armed with a smartphone instead of a badge, ordinary Americans are helping law enforcement officers capture child predators. After exhausting all investigative leads, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents turn to the public for help to Read »

How a Twitter Chat about Healthy Aging Reached More than 4 Million People

May 15, 2015 |

There are multiple health-related Twitter chats every day of the week. There are chats focused on specific conditions, on the healthcare system, on treatments, on products and on practices. If your agency or organization is interested in leading a conversation in this Read »

Increasing Engagement and Website Visits with Twitter Cards

May 7, 2015 |

May is #WorldTradeMonth and each year the U.S. Trade and Development Agency celebrates the month by highlighting the partnerships it has with 39 state and local organizations that promote U.S. exports in their home states through an initiative called #MakingGlobalLocal. What that means is that those 39 organizations with social media accounts, especially Twitter, will Read »

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