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City’s Social Media channels help keep residents informed

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March 18, 2015 - More and more of the City’s full-time and seasonal residents, businesses and visitors to Kawartha Lakes are following the City on social media to get timely news and information important to them.

“We continue to see month over month increases in the number of Facebook and Twitter followers we have as well as the number of interactions with people using social media to engage with the City,” said John Chambers, Communications Officer with the City of Kawartha Lakes.

Updates to the City’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/cityofkawarthalakes, were seen more than 107,000 times in the first two months of 2015, resulting in more than 22,500 Likes, Comments and Shares of the information.

During the same two month period information posted to the City’s Twitter account, @_kawarthalakes_ was seen more than 159,000 times resulting in more than 2,000 retweets, favourites and link clicks.

“Facebook and Twitter have become increasingly important communication tools for Kawartha Lakes,” said Mr. Chambers. “Whether it is real-time events like road closures, service interruptions and weather updates or community information like recreation centre and landfill hours people want the information fast and they want it to be accurate.”

Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham said he has always seen the positive impacts of social media as a communication tool.

“Since taking office in December I have had a lot of positive feedback from constituents regarding City information being shared on our social media channels,” he said. “It helps to create more transparency between City Hall and our community and it provides timely and important information.

“I would certainly encourage anyone using Facebook or Twitter to follow the City accounts to be kept informed of what is happening at City Hall and in our community,” he added.

“Our social media channels have allowed us to be more timely and responsive to residents, both seasonal and full-time as well as our local business owners and possible visitors to the area,” Mr. Chambers continued. “When things happen in our City, people can quickly get that information through our Facebook and Twitter pages.”

To be sure you’re getting the latest information and updates please ‘Like’ the City on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofkawarthalakes and Follow us on Twitter @_kawarthalakes_.

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For more information please contact:

John Chambers
Communications Office
705-324-9411 Ext. 1355
jchambers@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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