To nudge or to shove? That is the question

“Be braver. Stand up. Lean in. Speak out.” Hearing these words made me sit up a bit straighter in my seat at a recent iPAA breakfast. While the phrase evoked influencers I admire such as Sheryl Sandberg, it was the charismatic Alex Aiken making an impact on the Canberra crowd that morning. A dynamic and captivating speaker, Alex is the Executive Director for Government Communications at the UK Prime Minister’s and Cabinet Office. He has spent the past five years changing the face of government communications in the Kingdom, influencing his peers on a global scale along the way.

InTransition 114: Simon Westaway, CEO of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council

Heading up an organisation that represents Australian livestock export businesses has its obvious challenges, says Simon Westaway. As CEO of ALEC, Simon says he’s been focusing on the framing and representation of the organisation, using skills he’s acquired over a long career focused on government relations and media management. Tune in to the podcast for the full discussion.

The undeniable power of the influencer

Using influencers to promote your brand is the modern-day equivalent of word-of-mouth recommendations. As audiences, we tend to trust them more than brands (often the same brands they’re working for) and feel more personally invested in a product or message when someone we like is delivering it. Writing a marketing plan without including an influencer strategy is like flying to Paris and not visiting the Eiffel Tower – it’s just not the done thing. contentgroup’s very own Sarah Ferlitsch, an Instagram influencer in her own right, tells us why.

InTransition 110 – Elliott Franks – On connecting with niche communities through social media

Queensland government social media manager Elliott Franks spills the beans on the inner workings of state government social media strategy. From the significant number of social media channels he and his small team run to how they use multiple platforms to appeal to small and passionate communities, the online expert offers up many interesting insights applicable across all levels of government and the public sector.

Why I don’t like Twitter (and why you don’t have to either)

Facebook and Twitter, or facebookandtwitter (said with one breath) are synonymous with social media; they’re the real MVP’s, the go-to guys. They’re complementary, different, yet equally influential powerhouses that have rightfully dominated the social media landscape since the dawn of time. But here’s the thing: I just don’t like Twitter. I don’t like it for myself, but I like it even less for clients who are seeking to use social media to achieve their business objectives. Here’s why…

You’re so vain: don’t fall victim to vanity metrics on social media

We’ve all been there. Our Facebook page has finally started gaining likes and we’re ready to tell the whole office we’ve finally made it. If our social media accounts are gaining likes and followers, surely this must mean we’re doing well, right? Not necessarily. Here’s why you should think twice before declaring yourself the office social media guru as soon as you gain some followers.

The importance of social media for government  

Social media is used by citizens all across the globe; however, not all government departments are using social media to its full potential. Social media is one of the few digital avenues offering two-way communication, giving the sender the ability to receive feedback and monitor sentiment. However, governments’ ability to fully utilise this two-way communication channel still has some way to go.

Live Audio is coming to Facebook

A new way of communicating with audiences will soon be available to anyone with a Facebook page and a smartphone. Just before Christmas Facebook announced the introduction of Live Audio, which lets mobile device users broadcast audio straight to their news feed. Find out how Live Audio will add another channel of public engagement for public sector entities.

#92 Gregory Andrews – fighting extinction with social media

Gregory Andrews is Australia’s Threatened Species Commissioner. In this podcast he explains how content communication using social media is supporting Australia’s fight against extinction.

Social media’s impact on the 2016 US Presidential Election

In an ever-changing media landscape, we continue to see social media sites wield more influence over traditional media platforms. According to Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook helped more than 2 million Americans register to vote on November 8. What made social media such an influential landscape during the lead up to the Presidential Election?

Putting the customer first: Communication lessons from the 2016 Census

For brands who are selling a product or service, putting customer service at the centre of their communications approach is a no-brainer – but what about the government? The 2016 Census contained important lessons for government communicators and their customer service approach.

The social media statistics we can’t ignore

How can government connect with citizens in the age of social media? Use our infographic of the most popular social media platform statistics to help consider your own approach.

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