Renowned community organizer Marshall Ganz recently wrote in The Nation that while “organizing is rooted in our everyday capacity for relating to each other,” it is ultimately about “bringing individuals together to form constituencies exercising their voices.” With about a month left until the 2018 midterm elections, there has never been a more crucial time for campaign organizers to not only manage and engage, but to retain, volunteers in their communities.
Using Team to Amplify Your Campaign’s Message
Rising enthusiasm among the Democratic voting base, popularly dubbed the “blue wave”, has been a topic of interest since the 2016 presidential election. Harry Enten, a CNN Politics senior writer and analyst, recently went as far as to describe the sprint to the November midterms as a “blue blizzard.”
This month, Reuters reported that voter engagement in the 2018 U.S. midterm races has been “feverish,” with primaries in notable swing states showing sharp increases in participation. Local outlets have even reported record-setting surges in voter registration, with races in Tennessee, Michigan, and Connecticut outperforming previous years in turnout.
A recent poll from the Pew Research Center found that 62 percent of millennials are “looking forward” to the 2018 midterm elections, with registered voters expressing an even stronger support for Democratic congressional candidates than in the past. At its core, Team was created to meet these volunteers and voters where they are: online. Continue reading “Putting Yourself in Your Volunteer’s Shoes”
Team allows campaigns to build out their digital volunteering function simply and easily, but to most effectively use these volunteers, campaign staff need to be familiar with the Team Dashboard.
Think of the Dashboard as mission control for your digital campaigning outfit. There are two key ways for digital volunteers to help spread your message: by sharing campaign content on their Facebook pages and through direct, friend-to-friend outreach. You can facilitate both from the Campaign Management tab.
You’re on Team! Congratulations! Now, you’re ready to take control over your own data and network, by volunteering on social media. In this post, we’ll outline how to make your voice heard in the most impactful ways. Specifically, we’ll cover sharing content and sending personal messages to individual friends. Both of these methods have proven to increase support for candidates and causes you care about.
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.
The 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”
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.
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: