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SEO Basics Pt 4 – Making A Good First Impression on Google

When someone searches for your Neighborhood Council online, your meta description is the first thing they see. Meta descriptions are the short website summaries Google and other search engines display, so it’s important that yours clearly describes who your Council is and what you do. Here’s how to find yours, and how to write a [...]

Outreach Tip: SEO Basics Part 3 – Dos & Don’ts of Writing With Keywords

Courtesy and relevance are vital to creating content that search engines favor. This week’s SEO how-to focuses on using keywords effectively to ensure that your webpages, blogs, and social media posts are connecting with stakeholders looking for what your Neighborhood Council has to offer. If you haven’t read the first two articles in our series [...]

Learn to Leverage City Data for Your Neighborhood Nov 15th at GeoHub

As part of the annual Innovate LA event, EmpowerLA, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office, invites you to learn how to use LA's Geohub to explore, download and visualize data about your community to leverage it for your neighborhood needs. Attendance is free, but please RSVP HERE. What you will learn :  How to pull CSV files, shapefiles to create community base maps [...]

By | November 3rd, 2017|Blog, How-To, Tech Talk, Tool Box|Comments Off on Learn to Leverage City Data for Your Neighborhood Nov 15th at GeoHub

Give City Planning Feedback On 3 New Metro Purple Line Stations

We’re helping the Department of City Planning spread the word about their upcoming meeting to gather feedback on land use and zoning regulations for neighborhoods near 3 new Purple Line stations. The new station locations are: - Wilshire/La Brea - Wilshire/Fairfax - Wilshire/La Cienega Meeting details are as follows: Thursday November 16th 6:00 - 8:00 [...]

By | November 2nd, 2017|Blog, City Planning, Events|Comments Off on Give City Planning Feedback On 3 New Metro Purple Line Stations

Outreach Tip: SEO Basics for Neighborhood Councils Part 2

This is the second article in an ongoing Outreach Tip series on SEO and Neighborhood Councils. Successful search engine optimization is driven by keywords and phrases that are correctly chosen and applied. This week, we talk about how to choose the right keywords to help your stakeholders find you online. If you haven’t yet read [...]

By | October 25th, 2017|Blog, Emergency Preparedness, How-To, Outreach, Outreach Chairs, Outreach Tip Of The Week, Tech Talk, Tool Box|Comments Off on Outreach Tip: SEO Basics for Neighborhood Councils Part 2

Outreach Tip: SEO Basics for Neighborhood Councils (Part 1)

SEO, or search engine optimization, is the art of being findable online. While SEO is an entire industry and field of expertise, there are a few simple things you can do to make your Neighborhood Council easier to find by those who are looking online for your Council or for the kind of community services [...]

By | October 19th, 2017|Blog, How-To, Outreach, Outreach Tip Of The Week, Tech Talk, Tool Box|Comments Off on Outreach Tip: SEO Basics for Neighborhood Councils (Part 1)

Outreach Tip: Enhance Your Digital Outreach With City-Approved Web Services Vendors

Increase the effectiveness of your digital outreach by partnering with a web services provider from EmpowerLA’s list of approved vendors. Learn how to get expert help with your website, newsletters, and social media, and how to get the most out of working with a web services vendor.   How to get the most out of [...]

By | October 11th, 2017|Blog, Outreach, Outreach Tip Of The Week|Comments Off on Outreach Tip: Enhance Your Digital Outreach With City-Approved Web Services Vendors

Outreach Tip: The Etiquette of Newsjacking

Newsjacking, or reposting breaking news, can be a great way to provide valuable, timely information to stakeholders, when done correctly. Done incorrectly, though, newsjacking can look lazy or even be outright plagiarism. Learn how to newsjack effectively, and ethically. Newsjacking is different from a simple repost, such as hitting the Share button on Facebook, or [...]

By | October 4th, 2017|Blog, How-To, Outreach, Outreach Tip Of The Week|Comments Off on Outreach Tip: The Etiquette of Newsjacking

HOW NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS CAN AVOID INTERNET FRAUD

An email scam was recently attempted against several Neighborhood Councils, where scammers impersonated a Council’s President and instructed board members to make payments to fraudulent accounts. Learn how to protect your board from this type of internet fraud, which is called “CEO impersonation” or Business Email Compromise (BEC). Neighborhood Councils have a built-in safety mechanism [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|Blog, How-To|Comments Off on HOW NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS CAN AVOID INTERNET FRAUD

OUTREACH + PUBLIC SAFETY: MAKE A BRANDED EMERGENCY KIT

Outreach and Public Safety Committees can partner up to create disaster preparedness kits branded with your Neighborhood Council’s logo or name. Read on for tips and ideas on how to plan your kits, and what to put in them. Project Planning To kick off your project, it’s helpful to have at least one joint meeting [...]

By | September 27th, 2017|Blog, Emergency Preparedness, Outreach, Outreach Tip Of The Week|Comments Off on OUTREACH + PUBLIC SAFETY: MAKE A BRANDED EMERGENCY KIT