Be sure to tell your stories. Let people know what you do and why you do it. Sharing information about projects, upgrades, and even the little tasks you perform can help customers to truly appreciate all that you do. Plus, it can give you the public support you need when you take on new projects and initiatives.
On a regular basis, say monthly or quarterly, think about different stories that you could share with your customers. Sometimes, it will be “big news” like progress on a capital improvement project. Other times, it might be a personal story of how a utility employee went above and beyond to help a customer or community. Once you have come up with stories that you want to share, figure out the best way to reach your customers. You can share your stories in city newsletters, media releases to local newspapers and radio/TV stations, and on social media, where followers can then share what you’ve posted to their own pages and profiles to expand your message reach.
If you need help telling your story, contact Jen Cronin, IAMU’s contracted public relations specialist, who can help. Public relations support is a value-added benefit that IAMU makes available to its utility members. You can reach Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 616-610-2546.