Internal Social Media: “Scary Monsters”?

Joined-up thinking ‘Collaboration’, ‘Cooperation’, and ‘Joined-up’ thinking – just a few of the terms used by organisations delivering public services. Authorities who have traditionally done their own thing are finding ways to reduce costs, improve productivity and streamline services. Joint procurements are commonplace, with essential pieces of infrastructure like IT, Accounts and HR increasingly shared across Read More …

Content creation and story telling

Two short films from The Coca Cola Company which lay out Coca Cola’s plans to move from ‘Creative Excellence’ to ‘Content Excellence’. A very different take on strategic planning.     See also a fascinating blog post from Matt Bond about how Cornwall Council is developing its social media and content plans.  

Unconferences: Good, Bad or Ugly?

This is the second part of a joint effort by Sasha Taylor and Mark Braggins. In this post we talk about two topics we’re finding difficult to keep entirely separate: #lgovsm (a weekly chat on Twitter for Local Gov social media folk) Unconferences (in particular, variations on Local / GovCamp) We’re struggling because #lgovsm was the Read More …

We love #lgovsm

This post is a joint-effort for #weeklyblogclub written by Sasha Taylor and Mark Braggins. In it we pay homage to two local government institutions, one recently retired, the other still going strong. We Love LocalGov The We Love Local Government blog was published every weekday from November 2009 to the end of June 2012.  It was written by local Read More …

Researchers of Tomorrow: the research behaviour of Generation Y doctoral students

Researchers of Tomorrow is the UK’s largest study to date on the research behaviour of Generation Y doctoral students (born between 1982 and 1994). JISC and the British Library jointly commissioned the three year study in 2009, which involved 17,000 doctoral students from 70 universities at various stages in the project. Contents include: Executive summary Acknowledgements Read More …

ONS Video: Latest on retail sales: June 2012

A short video from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) explaining the latest retail sales estimates covering the period June 2012. It looks at the annual and monthly change in the amount of retail bought and also the amount spent on retail. It then focuses on how much the different retail sectors have contributed to Read More …

Social Media in an Emergency: A Best Practice Guide

This best practice guide has been developed by the Wellington CDEM Group and is effective from the 1st July 2012. Contents include: Important considerations before engaging in social media Technology types Trends in social media use Further technological information Policy and strategy considerations Creating a strategy for the use of social media Staffing for social Read More …

LGIU Report: Care Now and for the Future

This report published by the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) is the final report of an inquiry carried out by the cross-party All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group. The inquiry looked at the future of adult social care and the report makes four key recommendations on what can be done between now and 2015 to reform Read More …

Facebook usage: a local perspective

Continued from last time…   In my previous post, I explained that I’m trying to gather data on the number of social media users within a geographic area.  I’m basically attempting to answer the question: “what is the actual take-up of social media in Hampshire?” (which is where I live and work). All change The Ofcom study Read More …

Blogpost: Facebook usage: a local perspective

This post has been re-blogged from Mark Braggins’ personal blog. Any views expressed are purely personal and do not represent that of any organisation. Continued from last time…   In my previous post, I explained that I’m trying to gather data on the number of social media users within a geographic area.  I’m basically attempting Read More …