Marching to the Ballot Box: Mobilizing the Progressive Base in 2018


March 24, 2018 was witness to an explosion of youth-led activism across the nation. Hundreds of thousands of protesters took their tweets to the streets to demand gun reform and set their sights on the ballot box. Protests erupted in 390 of 435 congressional districts in the U.S. “We’re going to take this to every election, to every state and every city,” David Hogg said in his speech at the March for Our Lives protest in Washington. “When people try to suppress your vote, and there are people who stand against you because you’re too young, we say, ‘No more!’”

1024px-March_for_Our_Lives_NYC_(40812).jpgA diverse coalition of young voters across the country are organizing ahead of the midterm elections, dedicated to “vote them out” and bring change up and down the ballot. With midterms just around the corner, progressive groups and campaign strategists need to engage an energized base ‒ and channel their energy to the polls.

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Digital Volunteers for a Digital Age

Inspiring volunteers is no easy task. Even the most passionate supporters sometimes balk at calls to action. Though door-knockers are important and phone-bankers are valuable, Democrats will need to engage new elements of their base who aren’t willing or able to get involved in those more traditional ways – or it will all be for naught.

Screen Shot 2018-03-15 at 4.41.39 PM.pngThe reality is that in today’s digital world, with today’s digital users, we should be focusing on creating digital volunteers who are ready and willing to fulfill easy and impactful tasks from their smartphones. Continue reading “Digital Volunteers for a Digital Age”

Tuesday Tips: How To Put The “Social” In Social Media

Facebook announced in January that it would prioritize “meaningful social interactions” and trusted friendships on users’ timelines. As the platform shifts its focus from public content to personal content, friend-to-friend sharing will dominate user attention. Tapping into networks of friends on Facebook — and what drives engagement in those networks — is more important than ever for campaigns that want to reach voters’ timelines.

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Here’s how campaigns can put the social back in social media and use Team to reach voters through the personal networks of the campaign’s volunteers:

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Tuesday Tips: How To Meet The New Facebook in 2018

Social media giants are rushing to overhaul their platforms after facing tough questions from lawmakers, former employees, and investors last fall. As campaigns begin building their digital programs, Facebook has proven to be the best way to engage the maximum number of voters online and push them to the polls: while only 29% of American adults use Twitter every day, 79% use Facebook.

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Here’s what campaigns need to know as Facebook rolls out their new policies — and how The Tuesday Company can help campaigns navigate the new digital landscape ahead of the 2018 midterms: 

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Tuesday Tips: How to Embrace Facebook as a Campaign Platform

Embracing social media platforms’ unique capabilities can help campaigns optimize their voter outreach. Campaigns should build robust profiles and post clear, persuasive content that delivers a candidate’s vision. Be strategic about how and when you post and collect actionable feedback on social engagement: every like and share can inform and enhance future outreach.

Here’s how campaigns embrace social media and reach more voters:

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Tuesday Tips: How to Make Compelling Videos on a Budget

Making videos to distribute online can be overwhelming, especially for campaigns working on a low budget. The good news is cheap videos with minimal production are often more persuasive online than expensive and over-produced videos.

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The most effective campaigns focus on producing many low-budget videos and strategically select which few messages merit professional production. Here’s how can campaigns can embrace cost-effective video production to drive social media engagement:

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Tuesday Tips: How to Drive Voter Engagement with Digital Content

Campaigns today are looking past traditional means of mobilizing voters to meet the digital age ‒ Facebook posts can also impact how people vote. This is especially important for progressive campaigns hoping to engage the rising American electorate: 88% of millennials and 74% of minority voters use Facebook on a daily basis. Campaigns must learn how to reach their target universe in the digital age of politics.

So what kind of content best drives engagement on social media? Videos, videos, and more videos!

Short, compelling videos ‒ not wordy posts ‒ have the biggest impact on social media. Facebook posts with videos attract 3x more likes than text-only ‒ and people gaze 5x longer at videos ​than ​static ​content. Campaigns can optimize voter outreach online with a high volume of low-cost videos. Remember that the best videos are those built for social media. As Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg put it, “the most effective video ads are really built for social.”

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