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Ever since 2013, contentgroup has had the express vision of becoming the world’s leading content communication agency for government and the public sector by 2020.
It’s a fitting time to explore the notion of innovation within government departments. During my days as a public servant, almost everyone I came across revered the word ‘innovation’. Being able to ‘innovate’ or ‘be innovative’ was the holy grail of public service achievements. But often these endeavors failed, because nobody could seem to agree on what innovation actually is, or what it means. I’ve picked through a number of recent reports to get a better idea of what it means to innovate – here’s what I found.
Arguably, there has never been a more important time for speeches – particularly from those with an authoritative, trusted and educated voice who can help inform the public and media discourse, correct its inherent misconceptions, and promote community confidence in government. As such, there also has never been a more important time for the speechwriter, particularly those in the public sector. While the speechwriting profession is well-established in the United States and the United Kingdom, it is comparatively less developed in Australia. contentgroup’s new resident speechwriter takes us through why.
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.
All too often I come across organisations that focus all their efforts on what they want to say and how they will say it. They frequently overlook the fundamental basis for all communication activities – the purpose, the rationale, the WHY. The why is your bullseye.
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…
contentgroup recently attended the Role of Video in Digital Government seminar in Canberra where presenters from various government departments explored current issues in online engagement and presented case studies of video production in the public sector. Events such as this enable the video industry to connect with their audiences, to help fill those gaps in resourcing and expertise and to enable governments to reach their stakeholders directly. Check out the top tips we scooped from the day.
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.
Change management. It’s something several government organisations are experiencing at the moment as they change the way they do their business, while continuing to deliver on their programs and policies in the most efficient and effective way. For many people, this level of change can be quite a stressful period, however, it’s not all doom and gloom. When managed effectively, change can lead to improved mental health, innovation and an increase in productivity.
2016 was a massive year for contentgroup as a company, and the communications industry (both public and private sector) more broadly and 2017 is set to be even bigger. As is contentgroup tradition, we’ve asked our people what 2017 holds for public sector communications. Here’s what they came up with.