Feds Lay Down Social Media Rules

From time to time GovEvents will come across information we feel our members and audience would benefit from. Here’s something we wanted to share:

fedSMOriginally posted on Computerworld.com

The U.S. government is making it clear to federal employees what they can and cannot post or tweet about on their favorite social networks.

It’s an idea that enterprises should note and use to put their own guidelines in place, according to industry analysts.

The U.S. Office of Government Ethics released the guidelines, dubbed Standards of Conduct and Social Media, last week. The rules cover not using social media during work time and on government property, as well as not using their official title, using social media to look for another job and not disclosing “non-public information” to further private interests. Continue reading

Meet-Up Trends: The White House’s First Instameet

From time to time GovEvents will come across information we feel our members and audience would benefit from. Here’s something we wanted to share:

meetupOriginally posted on Eventmarketer.com

We’ve heard of Twitter tweet-ups and Meetups, but the White House a few weeks ago helped shine a spotlight on another meet-up trend: the InstaMeet for Instagram. On March 21, American’s most famous address opened its doors to a select group of Instagram users for the 11th annual Worldwide InstaMeet, selecting 20 Instagrammers from an applicant pool of 1,500 to tour areas of the White House with Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza.

What are InstaMeets? They are Instagram gatherings and networking opportunities, typically held with a specific location or purpose in mind. Instagram estimates more than 1,000 InstaMeets have occurred in 70 countries in the past year. To generate buzz and encourage participation—and use of the platform—Instagram promotes Worldwide InstaMeet weekends. Continue reading

Seeking Job Seekers?

jobThe hiring market for top technology talent is always competitive. Finding not only technical experts, but the right mix of personality and clearances is critical for business success. Many organizations turn to hiring events to broaden the pool of talent in their pipeline. But what type of event is right for your company? And how do you ensure your hiring event is a success?

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Finding Your Niche

NicheWe recently came across this article on how the Philadelphia Flower show grew (pun intended) its audience by creating smaller events within the large multi-day show. This got us thinking about how we can use that same niche marketing tactic in the federal event space.

As we’re all well aware, budgets and time for attending conferences, trade shows, and training are dwindling. We’ve written here about breaking your large events into smaller, more intimate meet-ups. When going small with your event is not an option, how do you capture the attention and resources of an increasingly diverse federal workforce? Continue reading

Does Face-to-Face Networking Mean Seeing Eye-to-Eye?

face2faceThere has been a lot of media coverage and general talk about the difficulty of attending face-to-face meetings in the government sector. From travel and budget restrictions to just general time crunch issues, getting people together face-to-face feels too hard for many people. But, it is an effort worth making.

Recent surveys have shown that 84% of people prefer in-person meetings.

When asked why, 85% responded that they build stronger, more meaningful business relationships. 49% said they prefer in-person business meetings because they allow for more complex strategic thinking. Maybe this is because it is easier to read body language and tone (as 77% noted). Or maybe it is the inherent bonding that happens in a social setting (75% noted this as a positive aspect of in-person). Continue reading