We are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 Golden Post Awards!
The award committee reviewed over 125 entries to select finalists in six categories. The winners in each category will be revealed at the 2017 Government Social Media Conference & Expo (GSMCON) in Dallas, Texas on April 12, 2017 during a ceremony at 1:15p.m.
The 2017 “Golden Post Awards” is the third annual award program exclusively designed to honor outstanding use of social media by local and state government agencies in the U.S.
The finalists are listed in random order.
Outstanding Social Media Results Finalists
City of West Hollywood, California
“Social Media Takeover During LA Pride”
Utah Department of Transportation
“Don’t Crowd the Plow”
City of Gilbert, Arizona
“Can’t Stop The Feeling Social Video”
Sarasota Police Department, Florida
“Sarasota Police Honor Fallen Officer & Son They Never Knew”
Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services, California “Social Media for the Whole Community”
Best Use of Humor on Social Media Finalists
Provo City, Utah
“The Garbage Can-Can”
Lawrence Kansas Police Department
“Drunk Driving and Tortilla Chips”
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
“Nature Is Funny”
Texas Department of Transportation “#WeShouldntHavetoTellYouThis: Don’t PokemonGO and Drive”
Fort Worth Police Department, Texas
“Stormtrooper Recruitment Video”
Social Media Strategy in Solving Crime Finalists
North Port Police Department, Florida
“North Port Police Department Social Media Strategy”
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation-Game Wardens
“Oklahoma Game Wardens Use Facebook to Solve Wildlife Crime”
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
“AMBER Alert: Social Media’s Role In Rescuing Carlie Trent”
We are seeking entries for the 2017 “Golden Post Awards” – the third annual award program exclusively designed to honor outstanding use of social media by local and state government agencies in the U.S.
Eligible agencies include any government or quasi government entity or program from a city, town, township, village, borough, county, state, regional or tribal government or territory of the United States. This awards program is NOT open to federal agencies, educational institutions, military, or any agency outside of the United States or its territories.
2017 Golden Post Awards Timeline
Contest Opens: Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 at 9am PT
Entry Deadline: March 8, 2017 AT 11:59pm PT
Finalists Announced: March 15, 2017
Winners Named: GSMCON2017 Awards Ceremony (1:15-2:30pm) on April 12, 2017
Go to the Golden Post Awards page to read the full eligibility requirements and to submit your entry!
We are pleased to welcome Carolyn Reams from the Central Intelligence Agency as a new keynote speaker for the Government Social Media Conference & Expo (GSMCON2017) in April 2017 in Dallas, Texas.
From the CIA’s epic first tweet to their ongoing engagement strategy, GSMCON attendees will learn from the agency’s social media lead.
Franky Saegerman of NATO will be traveling all the way from Brussels in western Europe to speak to GSMCON attendees. He is the Head of Digital Insights and also served as the head of the social media team from 2012 to 2015. We are honored to welcome Franky to our event.
Register for GSMCON2017 Today
Our new speakers are joining representatives from Facebook and LinkedIn for the GSMCON2017 keynote lineup! Make sure to get registered today.
We are honored to welcome keynote speakers representing social networks Facebook and LinkedIn at the Government Social Media Conference & Expo in Dallas, Texas in April 2017.
We welcome the return of Facebook’s global government outreach director, Katie Harbath at our 2017 event. LinkedIn will also send a representative from their team to deliver keynote remarks.
Look for more exciting announcements about GSMCON2017 keynote speakers over the next couple of weeks. We have also recently made breakout session selections and will be announcing our event lineup shortly. The event received an overwhelming 117 speaker submissions this year! GSMCON2017 is the third annual social media conference for government social media managers.
With 117 speaker submissions received and only approximately 25 slots to fill, our Speaker Committee has a tough job ahead of them. We are honored to receive so much interest in GSMCON2017! The entries came in from both government and private industry, and some international speakers as well.
We will begin contacting candidates and making speaker announcements on December 2, 2016.
We are seeking speakers to host breakout sessions at GSMCON2017! Speakers will receive a complimentary registration and Virtual Pass add-on. We are particularly looking for how-to’s and demonstrations this year. There are many suggested topics on the speaker proposal page.
We look forward to receiving your speaker proposal! GSMCON is the only major social media conference for local and state government social media managers. GSMCON2017 will be held in Dallas, Texas on April 11-13, 2017.
Here is preliminary information on the 2017 Government Social Media Conference & Expo! It will be the 3rd annual social media conference for U.S. city, county and state government.
Dates: April 11-13, 2017
Location: Dallas, Texas
Venue: Dallas Sheraton, 400 N. Olive St., Dallas, TX 75201
Room Block Rate: $138/night (government per diem)
Early-Bird (GSMO members $545, non-members $645)
Open Nov. 15 – Dec. 30, 2016
Regular (GSMO members $645, non-members $745)
Open Dec. 31, 2016 – March 24, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017: Evening Welcome Reception
Tuesday, April 11, 2017: Full Day of General & Breakout Sessions
Wednesday, April 12, 2017: Full Day of General & Breakout Sessions
Thursday, April 13, 2017: Half Day of General & Breakout Sessions (ends @ noon)
Twitter is the latest platform to send a keynote speaker to the 2016 Government Social Media Conference & Expo. The social network will be represented by Sean Evins, senior partnerships manager for the government and elections team at Twitter.
Sean will deliver keynote remarks on Wednesday, April 6, at the second annual event for state and local government social media managers. He is part of a team driving creative use of the Twitter platform by government officials, agencies, and political campaigns.
GSMCON2016 is a one-of-a-kind training and networking event for those who manage social media in government. The conference now has representation by several of the largest social networks, including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
LinkedIn is the latest social network to send a keynote speaker to Reno, Nevada for the 2nd annual Government Social Media Conference for state and local government.
Linkedin veteran Ben Thibeault will deliver remarks to hundreds of public sector attendees at #GSMCON2016 on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Ben brings 20 years of talent acquisition experience along with 10 years of strategic work within the social media space. His keynote address will highlight best practices for government recruitment strategy and will explore the significance of the retiring government workforce.
LinkedIn joins Facebook as a Platform Sponsor for #GSMCON2016. This is an annual, one-of-a-kind event that features general sessions, concurrent breakout sessions and interactive PowerTalk discussions. Attendees collaborate with a network of state and local government social media managers and learn strategy and techniques to maximize social media programs and bring value to citizens. Register for #GSMCON2016 now!
Last year, well over 150 entries were received for the first Golden Post award program honoring U.S. state and local government and their social media efforts! The quality and breadth of last year’s entries illustrates just how much attention agencies are giving to engaging with the public on social media. The 2016 awards are now open and the entry page with program rules can be found at: http://gsmcon.com/golden-post-awards.
Friday, Feb. 12: Entries Open
Tues., March 1: Entry Deadline
Tues., Mar. 8: Finalists Announced & Voting for Fan Favorite Begins
Mon., March 14: Voting Ends
Thursday, April 7: Awards Presentation Dinner during GSMCON2016
Awards will be jointly presented by ArchiveSocial and Government Technology at the 2016 Government Social Media Conference & Expo (GSMCON) at the Atlantis Resort in Reno, Nevada, on April 7, 2016. Attendance at GSMCON is not required to be eligible for the awards, but we encourage honorees to attend the conference as winners will receive their awards during a special Golden Post Awards Dinner on Thursday evening.
Did you know that you can apply to be a volunteer at GSMCON2016? We’re looking for a few more volunteers to help out at the event. In return for 4 hours of your time, we’ll give you a $150 post-conference discount and free GSMCON t-shirt.
Volunteering at GSMCON is a great way to meet other attendees (especially if you’re attending by yourself) and to help contribute to a fantastic event! We particularly need volunteer assistance manning our registration desk and serving as session monitors.
Facebook’s government team is returning again to the second annual Government Social Media Conference for state and local government in April 2016.
Katie Harbath, Facebook’s Global Politics & Government Outreach Director, will deliver keynote remarks to hundreds of government social media managers during our general session kickoff. This year, the Facebook team will also have a presence in the exposition area providing resources and answering questions.
Katie is based in Facebook’s Washington, DC office and leads a team helping elected officials, politicians and governments around the world use Facebook to communicate with citizens. She has extensive experience in digital government, including having served as a Communications Director/Press Secretary in the U.S. House of Representatives.
We are honored to welcome back Facebook as a Platform Sponsor for our second annual conference in Reno, Nevada. Learn more about GSMCON2016 at http://gsmcon.com.
We are excited to announce the addition of session tracks for the upcoming Government Social Media Conference and Expo in April 2016. We are adding these tracks in response to higher projected attendance. Over 80 speakers applied to present at this year’s conference, and this year’s event will feature 4 concurrent sessions.
To help plan which sessions will be a great fit for you to attend, the following tracks will be offered at GSMCON2016. A detailed schedule will be announced this week!
Platforms & Tools Track
Key advice for maximizing platforms, tools and software. Hear directly from solution providers and power users.
Training & Governance Track
Best practices for managing social media training, policy, legal issues and security.
Content & Strategy Track
Effective techniques for coordinating your agency’s communications and messaging via your social media program.
Public Safety & Emergency Management Track
Open to all attendees, this track focuses on social media management involving disaster and emergency situations.
The GSMCON2016 conference is the only dedicated social media conference for state and local government agencies. We bring together talented social media coordinators from government along with private industry and social platforms including Facebook & Instagram. For more information about attending or sponsoring GSMCON2016, visit http://gsmcon.com.
We were surprised and humbled to receive so many responses to our Call for Speakers for the 2016 Government Social Media Conference & Expo, scheduled for April 6-8, 2016 in Reno, Nevada.
Our Speaker Committee reviewed entries from an overwhelming number of 83 applicants who submitted 65 sessions. With only 23 open slots to work with, committee members had an enormous task in front of them.
We are announcing several sessions, with more to be named later this week:
Penning the Perfect Policy [Heather Shirm] Palm Beach County Public Affairs
Legal Aspects of Government Social Media [Julie Tappendorf] Ancel Glink
Social Media Event Coverage [Kristin Kline, Colin Steiner] CalPERS
Canva: Creating Beautiful Graphics Without a Designer [Brittany Ritzi Foust] City of Cordona
Content Creation for Disasters [Mary Jo Flynn, Jeff Trujillo] Sacramento County OES
Creating a Social Media Program for Law Enforcement [Kristin Ranchero, Natalia Bowser] Montana Highway Patrol
User Experience & Social Media [Bethany McDaniel] Georgia Technology Authority
Video Platforms for Community Outreach [Erin Cochran, Maureen DeNieva] Marin County Health & Human Services
Managing Multiple Social Media Accounts [Will Hampton, Austin Ellington] City of Roundrock, TX
Managing Social Media Campaigns [Timothy Martin] City of Roanoke, VA
Social Strategy for Law Enforcement w/o Full-Time PIO [Royjindar Singh, Anthony Bejaran] Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department
Social Media Exercises for Managing Emergencies [Megan Vandenheuvel] National Weather Service Great Falls
Develop Brand Advocates in Your Community via Facebook [Jennifer Snyder] Town of Queen Creek, AZ
Listen, Engage & Make a Negative a Positive [Brooke Hooker, Alex Carr] Division of Transportation Lake County, IL
Managing Elected Officials’ Profiles [Karen Tapahe, Whitney Booth] Provo Municipal Council
Regular registration rates are in effect through Monday, March 14.
We are seeking government and industry experts to host breakout sessions at GSMCON2016! Speakers will receive complimentary registration this year. We are working on several enhancements based on attendee feedback.
Can you speak on any of these topics? Submit your proposal before the midnight deadline on November 25, 2015.
Platform specific sessions, including: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, etc.
Social Media Policy Best Practices
Managing Social Media Teams
Social Media in Law Enforcement
Social Media in Emergency Management
Social Media Campaigns
Video Platforms & Tips
Creating Social Media Training Programs
Social Media Advertising Tactics
Managing Elected Officials’ Profiles
We’ll be working with our speakers one-on-one to bring attendees top-notch sessions. As a part of this, there will be certain requirements on your end as a speaker. If selected, we’ll connect with you in a 20-minute kickoff call and a preliminary outline must be submitted by February, 8, 2016. PowerPoint slides are required, and a GSMCON PowerPoint template will be provided. Breakout session rooms will have conference laptops wired in, including internet and audio.
We look forward to receiving your speaker proposal!
The 2016 Government Social Media Conference & Expo (GSMCON) is the second annual social media conference for U.S. city, county and state government. The debut event in 2015 attracted 365 attendees, including speakers from Facebook, Google, Hootsuite and government social media managers from across America. Attendance at GSMCON 2016 is expected at 450-500.
GSMCON features general sessions, concurrent breakout sessions and interactive PowerTalk discussions. Attendees collaborate with a network of state and local government social media managers and learn strategy and techniques to maximize social media programs to bring value to citizens.
Join Congressional social media experts Abigail Alger & Yuri Beckleman in a fireside (fireplace not included) chat moderated by Chad Barth of Eventbrite at 8 a.m. on Friday, May 1, 2015. This “Ask the Experts” panel focuses on the best practices and implementation of social media and digital tools for government offices and elected officials.
Participate in the discussion in advance and during the GSMCON panel by asking questions to our experts on Twitter via #ASKtheGSMexperts.
Speakers: Abigail Alger, Digital Director for a U.S. House Committee client; Yuri Beckleman, Deputy Chief of Staff & Legislative Director for Congressman Mark Takano of California; Moderated by Chad Barth, Eventbrite
Are you responsible for managing social media for your government agency? Having trouble juggling social in addition to other responsibilities? Learn how to use social media solutions & strategies for quickly and smartly posting and monitoring content!
This webinar was originally hosted live on April 2, 2015 and featured Kristy Dalton (“GovGirl” & GSMCON Conference Director) and Ben Cathers (Senior Solutions Consultant for Hootsuite).
This free session was offered as a part of our new GSMCON webinar series. Leading up to the 2015 Government Social Media Conference & Expo in April, we featured some of our speakers on webinars exploring topics related to social media in government. Make plans to attend GSMCON 2015 in Reno, Nevada, and network with everyone in person!