Webinar: Civic Minded Social Media Content for Public Information Officers

Get ready to refresh your social media calendar with new ideas to engage with the community, build civic engagement, increase public safety, spread helpful information and more!

Get ready to refresh your social media calendar with new ideas to engage with the community, build civic engagement, increase public safety, spread helpful information and more!

This webinar is specifically for government social media pros and will cover:
– Top posting ideas and topics from our government agency customers
– Using social listening to surface citizen concerns fast
– Examples of planning calendars for government social media strategy
– Helpful tips for handling social media trolling and misinformation
– Answers to your questions

This event is hosted by Sarah Loyd, Senior Manager, Customer & Product Success at Social News Desk. Never run out of ideas to keep your citizens engaged on social again! Join Social News Desk and learn how to keep creating compelling content ideas in 2024 that connect with the community.

Want to learn more about SND and how it can help your city or county? Get in touch: info@socialnewsdesk.com.

Civic-Minded Content
Webinar Summary

Social media is front and center when it comes to promoting civic engagement and community participation. Our recent webinar at Social News Desk explored how social media can link government agencies, news outlets, schools, and businesses with their audiences. 

We covered the strategies and tools needed to use social media effectively for improving public conversations, increasing transparency, and engaging with communities. This post covers the main points and actionable advice from the webinar. 

Our goal is to help your organization use social media to support civic-focused projects and discussions.

Know Your Social Media Trends

Keeping up with social media trends is a must for organizations that want to stay relevant and effectively engage their audience. We can’t stress enough the need to watch these trends closely to find those that match your organization’s mission and values. By carefully choosing which trends to follow, organizations can increase their visibility and connect with their community. 

However, it’s also important to understand that not all trends are worth following. Deciding wisely on which trends to engage with can help keep your message clear and your social media efforts targeted and effective.

Listen to the Community

Understanding the pulse of the community is essential for any agency looking to have a real impact. Our webinar highlighted how important social listening tools are for spotting the concerns, questions, and topics of conversation within your community. 

By paying attention to these discussions, organizations can identify not just the immediate needs and questions of their audience but also catch emerging trends and issues. This knowledge offers a chance to proactively address community concerns, provide useful information, and connect in a meaningful way with people.

Show the “Behind the Scenes” and Scan Local Media

Explaining how your department works is one key to improving civic engagement. It’s important to use listening tools to keep up with local news and stay informed about what’s happening in your community. 

Sharing insights into your city’s or agency’s operations can clarify how government works and build trust with your audience. Also, answering residents’ questions with your team’s expertise can greatly increase public trust and create a stronger sense of community.

Observe and Celebrate Relevant Holidays

Creating a social media calendar for holidays is a smart approach for city departments focused on aligning their online activities with their mission. Our webinar stressed choosing holidays that match your agency’s objectives and resonate with the community. By scheduling content for these special dates, you make your social media more relevant, engaging, and aligned with your civic goals. 

It’s important to celebrate holidays that truly reflect your organization’s values, strengthening your community ties. At the same time, it’s vital to skip holidays that don’t fit your agency’s mission or meet your community’s interests, keeping your social media genuine and focused.

Mine the Archives for Engagement

Using historical archives can really boost community engagement on social media. We highlighted how sharing old photos and documents from your city or agency can create content that connects with your audience. 

These historical snapshots can build pride, nostalgia, and a sense of belonging among community members. This method adds interesting and relevant content to your social media, sparking conversations and interactions. Whether it’s marking important milestones, celebrating anniversaries, or posting throwback photos, these actions can boost your engagement efforts, linking the past to the present in a way that engages and informs your followers.

Get the Team Collaborating in Content Creation

Introducing an approval process significantly improves teamwork when creating social media content. This system lets all team members offer ideas, leading to a varied and engaging content strategy. 

With straightforward workflows for approval, rejection, or modification of content, organizations can make their content creation more streamlined and inclusive. This method also ensures the final social media posts are diverse, interesting, and a true reflection of the team’s combined skills and creativity.

Analyze Social Media Metrics Closely

Analyzing social media metrics is key to developing effective content strategies. Our webinar stressed the need to focus on key performance indicators (KPIs) like reach, engagement, clicks, and video views to see what your audience likes. 

Using social reporting tools helps organizations identify their most successful posts, offering insights into what their audience prefers. With this information, you can adjust your content strategy to mirror the success of these top posts, making sure your social media activities are impactful and match your audience’s interests.

Improve Your Social Media Strategy for Civic Engagement

Our webinar, ‘Civic-Minded Social Media Content in 2024,’ provided a detailed overview of how public information officers and organizations can enhance their social media effectiveness. The strength of social media lies in its ability to bring people together, share stories, and spark meaningful conversations. Ensure you’re part of these conversations by creating content that really resonates with the help of our user-friendly social media management software

We encourage you to use these strategies in your social media work. This way, you can increase both engagement and your connection with the community. Get in touch to serve and inform your community better.

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