Quick Tips for Communicating Effectively
February, 2015 

As we move into 2015 we continue exploring effective ways to communicate with your audience or constituencies. Consistency on visual aspects of organizational communications is key to ensure quick affiliation of the content with your brand. We suggest development of a style guide. Next, we transition to some lessons learned from the trenches working with Nextdoor and public agencies. These lesson are gleaned from interviews with city staff conducted during communication assessments of public agencies. Both articles are designed as three minute reads to give you some "snackable" insights on how to advance your communications.
What is a Style Guide? And Why Don't You Have One?  


As a part of a comprehensive marketing plan, every organization should have a defined style guide dictating how documents and other material produced by the organization should look. Style guides create standards for consistent use of fonts, colors, and logo variations, so that regardless of the author or creator, an organization's documents and marketing materials are consistent if the author adheres to the guide.

A basic style guide includes guidelines for logo usage, font selection, and a pre-selected color palate to be used in marketing and promotional documents. More in-depth style guides can include ground rules for grammar and punctuation and even lists of common spelling errors and misused words.


A style guide is the best way to ensure efforts surrounding branding and logo development are not forgotten. Click here to read more. 


Nextdoor - The Challenges of Hyper-Local Social Media


Nextdoor is a social media platform that was launched in 2010 as a "virtual neighborhood" program. The idea was touted as a new platform for community engagement, offering a hyper-local and highly accountable alternative to Facebook.

Nextdoor solicited many cities to help "launch" their platform. Cities have been successful at using Nextdoor to connect with residents, but there have been challenges, too. Click here to read more. 

If you have a question you want us to explore in our "Insights" articles, let me know at [email protected]

We want to help make your communications shine. If your organization is considering evaluating your communication strategy or taking it to a higher level, give us a call. 

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