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Gaining Social Media Buy-In for Government

Use the social traffic gained from a major weather event to gather data on engagement and reach of your social posts — and report this information back to management.

There are many reasons governments want social media buy-in from management, and one strategy you can use to obtain it is to utilize the social traffic you'll gain from a major weather event.

Georgia's Johns Creek Police Department received a social media impact award for its efforts in communicating with the public on social media during a #Snowpacalypse event in 2014. The award was presented during the SUGA2015 event in Atlanta this April.

A significant weather event is likely going to happen in your area, whether it be a major snowstorm, wildfires, drought, etc. — and odds are that you will get a lot of traffic to your social media profiles.

Use this traffic as an opportunity to gather data on engagement and reach of your social posts, and report this data back to management. Administrators love to make data-based decisions, and hopefully this means support for your social media program — perhaps earning additional resources.

This article was originally published by Government Technology.


Kristy Dalton is known as "GovGirl" in the government technology industry. She has been called on as an industry influencer and has a passion for social media, technology and digital strategy. Kristy is the founder & CEO of Government Social Media.
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