Getting started on social media:
How to create a Facebook page
How to create an Instagram account
How to create a Twitter account
How to create a Youtube account
Campaign Playbook Tip: Even if you already have accounts on these platforms, it’s a great idea to create a specialized campaign account, such as “Isabella Jaye for School Board” to separate these from personal accounts. That way, your campaign accounts can focus solely on the election and why you’re running.
Once you’ve gotten your social media pages up and running, you can use them as a:
- Quick, no-cost way to share updates about your campaign, such as a recent endorsement, a “thank you” post to a volunteer for hosting a Zoom house party, or sharing a new video ad.
- Channel to ask supporters to RSVP to online or in-person events, making it easier for you to interact directly with voters and follow up with those who were interested, both before and after the event.
- Information sharing platform as voters make decisions. Increasingly, voters are gathering information online before they vote, and having a strong social media presence that clearly states your platform is key.
- Means of starting conversations with your voters. You can engage voters in conversation by replying to a comment, asking a question in one of your posts, or responding to direct messages you receive. Especially as many in-person events are on pause due to COVID-19 safety measures, these social media accounts are an effective way to recreate those in-person conversations about who you are and why you’re running for office.
- Way to share live updates during events. If you are hosting a Zoom fundraising event or a socially distant canvass in the local park, you can leverage these platforms to let your voters know – in real time – where you are, what you are hearing from voters, and how they can join in the fun.
Campaign Playbook Tip: While the candidate is almost always involved in approving social media photos, posts, and responding to comments, drafting copy and running the account day-to-day is a great task to delegate to an intern or social media volunteer on the campaign. This can help free up more of the candidate’s time!
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