According to the researchers at PEW, 77% of American voters are online every day. And in addition, 43% are online several times a day, while 26% reported being online nearly constantly. Building up organic followers through high-traffic sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram allows you to create an audience you can communicate with, for free, on your schedule.
The difference between spam and viral content comes down to a simple difference: do you care about it?
One powerful way to help make sure your audience cares is to make sure you are using the powerful tools online that help you target voters based on their interests.
Does a spam email make you want to buy a product? Are you just thrilled to get a pre-recorded robocall from someone you don’t know? What about an unsolicited text?
You get the point. If unsolicited and irrelevant content annoys you, it is going to annoy voters when you do it to them.
In the beginning stages, focus on the quality, not quantity, of your online supporters. Don’t worry—we will get to how you can spend money effectively on ads. But first, one more tip on how to make sure voters come to you rather than block you.
By now it seems a bit old-fashioned, but the most important thing you can do to build a strong online campaign is to build a basic political campaign website that is optimized for mobile, and update it regularly with relevant information.
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If a voter called to volunteer on your campaign, you would call them back right away and thank them and plug them into the campaign—right?
When a supporter makes a donation, you immediately thank them if you want to ever get another donation from that supporter—and keep a friend. When someone leaves you a voicemail, you work hard to return that call the very same day. When you talk to voters, you try to remember the names of spouses, where the kids go to school and what they mentioned when you knocked on their door last.
This is it – three weeks before Election Day and now things are getting serious. In most states, ballots are already being cast. Your campaign is in crunch time – and you are asking the question – “what do I need to do to win my political campaign?”
Here’s the very bad news – most political campaigns are buying their digital advertising in a way that means higher rates, limited reach and poor access to premium inventory. And in a close race, these mistakes could be the difference between winning and losing.
Here is the hard truth – the campaign that raises the most money almost always wins – as in 91% of the time in Congressional races, and even more often in down-ballot elections.
It isn’t just that more money means more ways to drive your message, although that certainly helps. Raising an army of donors means a campaign is generating an army of validators, volunteers and supporters willing to amplify your message.
37 states currently have online voter registration programs in place that allow voters to complete the voter registration process online.
Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill was fond of telling anyone who would listen, (particularly his many biographers) that
We recently received tons of positive feedback from SpeakEasy’s digital program webinar, What to Get Right & What Can Go Wrong in