Open Data Day LA 2018 – Learn To Access & Use Data on City Projects, Budget & More

“Open data” is information that is available to everyone free of charge. On Friday, March 2nd, EmpowerLA teams up with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Data Team and the USC Price Center for Social Innovation to present Open Data Day LA - a hands-on training on how to access data made available by the City of LA, [...]

By | 2018-02-21T09:41:41+00:00 February 20th, 2018|Blog, How-To, Tool Box|Comments Off on Open Data Day LA 2018 – Learn To Access & Use Data on City Projects, Budget & More

SEO Basics Part 5 – Photo Naming + ADA Compliance

Good photo titles can greatly improve your Neighborhood Council’s online presence and at the same time, make your outreach more ADA accessible. Learn how to create effective, attention-getting image titles, and where to apply them. This is Part 5 in a series on how SEO (search engine optimization) can increase your Council’s online presence and [...]

By | 2017-12-15T13:17:27+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Blog, How-To, Outreach, Outreach Chairs, Outreach Tip Of The Week, SEO Basics, Tech Talk, Tool Box|Comments Off on SEO Basics Part 5 – Photo Naming + ADA Compliance

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 [...]

By | 2017-12-01T13:57:57+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Blog, How-To, Outreach, Outreach Tip Of The Week, SEO Basics, Tech Talk|Comments Off on Outreach Tip: SEO Basics Part 3 – Dos & Don’ts of Writing With Keywords

How to Create a Great Mural of Los Angeles

This month, we’re excited to share with our Neighborhood Councils, how to create a public mural through the City’s Citywide Mural Program. Visit the Department of Cultural Affairs website http://culturela.org/murals for the mural registration application and for a robust Frequently Asked Question section that can answer many of the questions for your Neighborhood Council. For [...]

By | 2017-11-09T14:53:42+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Blog, How-To, Los Angeles|Comments Off on How to Create a Great Mural of Los Angeles

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 | 2017-10-25T15:53:35+00:00 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 | 2017-10-19T13:09:28+00:00 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: 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 | 2017-10-06T14:28:59+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Blog, How-To, Outreach, Outreach Tip Of The Week|Comments Off on Outreach Tip: The Etiquette of Newsjacking

Neighborhood Beautification – Harbor City Alley Cleanup

Every little bit helps! Recently, the Harbor City Neighborhood Council, in partnership with the Narbonne High School Key Club, warmed up for their engagement with City of Los Angeles’ Clean Streets Challenge by cleaning up a neighborhood alley long overdue of some TLC. Board members, students, and parents showed up bright and early and worked [...]

By | 2017-09-29T11:33:52+00:00 September 29th, 2017|Blog, Civic Youth, Clean Streets, How-To, Public Works, Youth Engagement|Comments Off on Neighborhood Beautification – Harbor City Alley Cleanup

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 | 2017-09-29T10:47:05+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Blog, How-To|Comments Off on HOW NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCILS CAN AVOID INTERNET FRAUD

Do A Door-To-Door Halloween Outreach Campaign For Your NC

Halloween is coming  - what better time for a door-to-door outreach campaign for your Neighborhood Council than a night when people are home waiting for their doorbell to ring? You’ll have fun, and seeing your board in costume will make meeting you fun and memorable for your stakeholders, too. You can split into teams to [...]

By | 2017-09-20T16:35:08+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Blog, Emergency Preparedness, How-To, Outreach, Outreach Tip Of The Week, Tool Box|Comments Off on Do A Door-To-Door Halloween Outreach Campaign For Your NC