2011 A Year in Review IACP - The Social Media Beat
As I look back on our department’s use of social media in 2011, I
believe we have come a long way. At the beginning of the year, almost
all of the information being posted online was being generated by one
person. As a result, timely information was not being posted as it
should be which somewhat limited follower interaction with the
department. We recognized this as a problem and have taken steps in 2011
to correct it.
Now, important information is consistently being posted. Our supervisors
in Uniform Patrol are posting real time information of interest to our
community. This has resulted in an exponential increase in community
engagement. Our Community Outreach unit keeps our social media channels
updated with our press releases and important crime prevention
information and tips. All of these changes have contributed to
significant growth in our use of social media, community interaction,
and number of followers.
In 2011, we tried a number of social media experiments that helped our
social media following grow and seemed to inspire community support as
well. We tweeted all of our calls for a 24 hour period. This was our
largest and most successful social media experiment. In addition, we
sponsored a photo contest during the summer which garnered great
community involvement. Lastly, we had a Tweet Along with an officer who
tweeted all of his calls for his shift. Collectively, these experiments
gave us great insight into what our followers are interested in and how
we can better meet their needs.
Our social media goals at the beginning of the year were to increase
those who follow us and increase the interaction between our department
and community on our social media channels. We have achieved those
goals. Along the way, we found that it is not always what you post that
is most important but how you post it. Posting information using humor,
recognizing the unusual situations to report on, and having the correct
tone of our postings for our community were lessons learned in 2011.
As we look forward to 2012, I believe it will be the year of video for
our department. We have received a grant from the Rotary Club of
Dunwoody so we can purchase a quality HD video camera and sound
equipment. Our goal in the coming year is to record PSA’s and other
quality video that we can post on our various social media channels to
make an even greater impact in our community.
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