We happened upon Ecanvasser, a canvassing & voter management software, and it really caught our attention. Here’s our review of their service. I hope you like it and let us know if you’d like us to do more reviews!
Trying out Ecanvasser
We created a Campaign with Ecanvasser last week and uploaded a sample voter file to take it for a test run. We had the canvassing campaign up and running within a couple of hours and invited a bunch of people from around the city and state to the campaign. They were all able to sign up then by following the invite instructions. Part of this was them downloading the super easy to use app from the App Store or the Play Store.
So what did we have to do to get canvassing?
First of all we created a couple of canvassing teams from our invited users, one for the north of the city and one for the south. Then we created the turfs on the turf cutter on the map. These turfs were then assigned to the teams and they populated onto their phones. We did a bunch of other things like set up Talking Points for the canvassers to prompt them at the doorstep, we created surveys and a couple of custom fields like Lawnsigns, Supporter, etc to get really detailed info.
How did the canvassers find it?
Well, it took them a few minutes to figure out how to navigate around the turf, some of them used the map view on the app and others used the list view. Most of them didn’t get all of the functionality on their first try, like updating voter’s personal details, creating a new house and so on but I suppose they would get the hang of that after a couple of attempts or if we did a training with them in advance. Canvassers still needed to keep organized in their own turf as the app didn’t always update them as to which other houses had been canvassed by their colleagues. What was really great was being able to canvass even when offline though and the syncing of data taking place when coverage was restored.
How did we find it?
The campaign dashboard was much more loaded with functionality than we would have been used to seeing in a canvassing app. Although, you got the hang of it after an hour or so it was a lot to take in at first. In fact, as a standalone campaign tool it had a lot of the things you would need. We expected to see voter file import, map view and survey builder but the things that really impressed us were:
- custom fields which allowed you to tailor it to your campaign needs
- issue tracking was a full functioning CRM system!
- a complete email blast system for communicating back to voter segments
- the talking points functionality was neat and clear
- the NationBuilder integration was tight and made getting up and running easy
Overall, Ecanvasser seems to have it all for canvassing and constituency management, especially if you are a NationBuilder user. The pricing is very impressive also with no per-device or set up costs. It starts at $49 per month for mid sized campaigns so is far and away the most affordable product on the market at this level of features.
Hope you enjoyed the review, please feel free to give us your feedback on your experiences with Ecanvasser.