You created your Facebook page and update it regularly. You are tweeting like crazy about your latest events and registration deadlines. But you just can’t find a way to increase followers. Here are some ways to create awareness about your organization’s Facebook and Twitter pages as well as other forms of social media:
Place buttons on your website:
Provide your customers with one click access to your pages. Each social media site has its own button you can put on your site. You can add a “like us on Facebook” button to your website here, and a “follow us on Twitter” button here. Also, you can add direct “like” and “follow” buttons so web visitors can subscribe without leaving your website.
Spread the word through email:
Send an email mentioning your pages every time you have a deadline or new season starting. That way, anyone not following your updates will have a reminder to “follow” or “like” you. You can also add links in your signature, to increase your social reach through email.
Mention it in your activity guide:
Provide links to your social networks in your activity guide. For example, you could put a Facebook and Twitter icon at the bottom of every page of your activity guide. They’re easy to see and even easier to click.
Include the links in your offline materials:
Mention your social media pages in your flyers, posters, and brochures that you distribute. People can look it up later, or you can reference it when answering questions. To get really creative, try posting a QR code so people can scan and instantly visit your social networks from their smartphones.
To inform people, you have to mention it more than once and in multiple places.
On June 7th, LOGIS hosted a meeting for the six Assessing Cities who are using the Property Data System (PDS). These meetings are a useful communications tool between LOGIS PDS support staff and the member cities.
Of the many items discussed, two items rose to the top of the priority list of system enhancements. Top priority with a due date of Labor Day 2012 is the integration of a new module called T-Calc. T-Calc is a complicated formula used by the Minnesota Department of Revenue (DOR) for calculating Sales Ratios.
The second priority is the development of the Commercial / Industrial / Multi Family Computer Aided Mass Appraisal (C/I/MF CAMA) for the valuation of nonresidential properties. Commercial / Industrial appraisers from each of the members will attend a meeting hosted at LOGIS on July 11th to start the design process and set expectations of what is needed.
The year-long project of outsourcing the cities’ bill print has reached completion. The cities started their search for mailing vendors last summer and reached the target for a 2nd quarter 2012 completion. Cities are now sending electronic bill print files to their vendors for printing and mailing and are no longer printing their bills at LOGIS. The following mailing vendors are currently being utilized:
Apex: 3 utilities
Impact Proven Solutions: 13 utilities
Drop ‘n Go: 1 utility
Curtis 1000: 1 utility
SourceCorp Statement Solutions (Iowa): 1 utility
Printing Onsite: 2 utilities
Congratulations to the Utility Billing staff and thank you for all your efforts during this transition.
Over the first half of 2012, our membership has embraced the Manage Services features of server hosting in the LOGIS data centers. Since the start of 2012, we have incorporated several member servers at LOGIS and integrated them into our SAN, VCenter, PCI, and backup environments. This has allowed our members to reduce their costs, simplify their IT management, and incorporate disaster recovery/fault tolerance into their business practices.
We have been proud to offer this service to our members and expect this service to be rapidly adopted throughout our membership over the next few years. For more information related to this service please feel free to contact Kevin Pikkaraine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Twice a year LOGIS public safety support staff attends an important conference hosted by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). The conference is the “BCA Vendor Conference” and includes a number of presentations by BCA IT staff. Topics include BCA organizational changes, projects, standards, data sharing, security and contracts. These topics are all very important to the LOGIS users of the Motorola Public Safety Systems – CAD, Mobiles and Records. Project presentations by BCA IT staff generally include: Integrated Search Service (ISS), Computerized Criminal History System (CCH), Criminal Justice Reporting System (CJRS), Statute Service and eCharging. The goal of these BCA projects or systems is to make best use of the data and technology side of the public safety arena and help facilitate the work of public safety professionals. LOGIS staff must be knowledgeable about each of the BCA’s projects in order to best interface with each one.
We are beginning the upgrade to the latest JDE release at this time. The servers have arrived, and as soon as the system software installation is completed the JDE software will be installed. After some initial testing by the LOGIS Support staff, we plan to give access to this release to the membership volunteers interested in getting an advanced preview of the changes in the software.
Some of the major changes are –
Your recent reports will show as icons on the bottom of the screen – the corner of the icon will be green if the report has completed, blue if it is processing, and red if it ended in error. The best thing? No more clicking ‘Find’ to see if it has completed – it will change from blue to green automatically!
You can freeze grid columns (like Excel) and Hide/Unhide columns in the grid with a couple mouse clicks.
Auto Suggest – this will allow you to begin typing an Employee, Vendor or Customer Name in an Address Book field (previously you could only type an Address Number in these fields) and a list of matches will appear, similar to ‘Google searching’.
Enhanced Queries – this functionality allows users to create and save criteria for typical queries that they may use frequently.