The National Business Survey (The NBS)
Customizable templates for outreach and engagement!
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How many ways are there to say “please take our survey”? Turns out — a lot! We’ve created these templates to help you promote your city’s version of The National Business Survey (The NBS) open participation survey online. These suggested posts are optimized for platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Nextdoor. We recommend posting a different message each week your survey is open. Simply fill in the blanks to personalize the text for your community or organization, then copy and paste into your social media platform. To help increase your reach, encourage staff, council members, community partners and local news outlets to “like” and “share” your social media posts about the survey. Pro Tip: Social media posts that have colorful images get more clicks than posts that don’t. Feel free to choose an illustration provided by Polco here, or use your own. Pictures of your community (like skylines or popular downtown areas) are great! You can even tag partners in pictures to remind them t
CITY OF ABC Adopts New Public Engagement PlatformCity of ABC, [ST], [Date] – The City of ABC is excited to announce the launch of Polco (www.polco.us), an innovative online engagement platform that lets community members provide direct input to the local government decision-making process and help to create better policies and programs to support local businesses. City staff will post questions directly to businesses on Polco’s app and website, where participants answer and comment on the issues. Polco makes public participation easier for residents to get involved, so more voices are heard. The City wants the public’s insight on The National Business Survey, also called The NBS. [Quote from City official about how Polco is a good tool to use for the project.] Ex: “This survey will help [City/County/other] staff and Council identify priorities for businesses and economic growth in the City.” To get involved, business owners should go to polco.us/[shorturl]. Once they have answered t
CITY OF ABC ADOPTS NEW PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT PLATFORM City of ABC, [ST], [Date] – The City of ABC is excited to announce the launch of Polco (www.polco.us), an innovative online engagement platform that lets local businesses provide direct input to the local economic decision-making process. By using Polco, the City is making public participation easier for local businesses. Officials will post questions directly to business owners on Polco’s app and website, where they can answer and comment on the questions. [Quote from City official about how Polco is a good tool to use for the project.] The City will be asking for further input from businesses and residents on Polco in the coming weeks and months. To participate, business owners should go to polco.us/[shorturl]. Once they have answered the survey, owners will be asked to provide their ZIP code to confirm where they live. This allows the City to be sure they are hearing from each person only once and to see which general area of the cit
Dear Local Business [or use the actual Business’ name if you’d like], We think your input is critical to a healthy local economy and are excited to introduce a new and easy way for you to provide your opinions on specific topics. Your feedback will help us be sure that our policies and programs align with our residents’ and business owners’ values. We just posted The National Business Survey on Polco to gain information and advice on how the city is best assisting businesses, and where there is room for improvement. You can participate here: polco.us/[shorturl]. It will take only a few minutes. Polco will help us efficiently manage responses from you and your neighbors as we reach out via email, social media and other channels. Once you have answered the question, you will be asked to provide your ZIP code to confirm where you live. This allows us to be sure we are hearing from each person only once and to know which general area of the city they live in. Your response will remain ano
NBS Blog Template: Share a Survey on Your City or Organization's WebsiteYour city’s website is the home base for information, an outreach channel, and a resource for residents as well as staff and officials. The purpose of this Polco Connect article is to provide a template for an announcement explaining why your city chose Polco, what you want to achieve with it, and why the survey is important to your community/jurisdiction. It will answer questions such as: Why is it valuable? How will feedback be used? How is data protected? How do you access Polco? Along with the announcement template, within Polco you can create a FAQ — otherwise known as Frequently Asked Questions — page. It’s here on this page you can: Add informational areas to spell out smaller details Create a home for repeated questions asked by residents Allow for the page to become a point of reference for any questions residents may have With this FAQ Page, you’re able to: Create
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