Engaging your community across channels and devices helps you lock into an ongoing
participation habit and drive better critical outcomes: greater trust, met or exceeded budgetary goals, reduced risk of public dissatisfaction and increased employee morale, to name a few.
Yet, the idea that 'more engagement equals more work' continues to plague the public sector. Without a high-level sponsor to help bridge department silos, it can sometimes feel like pushing water uphill.
Turn engagement from a box-ticking exercise into a core strategic pillar with these talking points and tactics.
Cultivate a community-centric culture
When a community member uses a service, participates in a consultation or simply interacts with your organisation, ask the question, "How did we do?" with an EngagementHQ poll or survey.
It's one step you can take towards developing an engagement ecosystem and provides a "pulse-check" that will help teams become deliberate in focusing finite resources. People are resistant to change for multiple reasons, but excess uncertainty and the perception of more work are two big ones.
The beauty of ongoing "pulse-check" engagement is that it enables greater insights (or 'knowns') which means less time and money spent in vain and more shared, measurable outcomes. See some "pulse-check" examples here.
If the community answers "How did we do?" and you find something lacking, ask for more
A single negative experience has four to five times greater relative impact than a positive one, organisations should focus on reducing poor experiences, especially in those areas in which community members come into contact with the organisation most often.
Embed feedback into the community journey
The more "pulse-check" data becomes a part of the team lexicon, the clearer gaps in the
community journey become. Suddenly, it's easier to ask:
Did we use enough formats and channels to help participants feel informed?
Helping community members understand what they can expect when interacting with you
means that reliability and simplicity become synonymous with your organisation.
Consistency is an important predictor of overall community experience and satisfaction, with 30% more likely to trust organisations that provided consistency.
By implementing engagement across touchpoints and departments, you lock into an ongoing and natural participation habit externally while building a framework internally to optimise and structure community interactions.
Benchmark recurring engagement
Once an ecosystem is established, recurring planning becomes straightforward. You now have the insights to benchmark community satisfaction and sentiment, identify gaps and make the most of opportunities. Couple this with site reviews and trends, and you have everything you need to plan for progress.
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