Top Advocacy Tools

April 7, 2017 - 6 minutes read

The ideal advocacy campaign runs in terms of data management, operation, and logistics. And with the current political scenario, issues spring up almost every hour and you must act as fast as possible for the most impact. Time and lack of information are the top constraints you face. Without a strong robust system to handle campaigns, it is very hard to cope.

Information should guide and drive your campaign. From simpler data such as the number of active supporters to more complex information such as the number of supporters who connected with their representative.

This is where technology lends a hand. Software spares you the trouble of collecting and maintaining this information and it does it 100 times faster. The effort saved is worth the funds spent on tools that make your life easier and your campaign more efficient.

We’ve taken the effort of listing the tools you need to have in your arsenal for a fabulous campaign that’ll make your mama proud.

top advocacy tools

Online Campaign management tools

You don’t have to worry about managing a campaign when you have the right tools or software. Build websites using tools like NationBuilder, Blue State Digital, or The Action Network. Use it to manage all your outreach communication with supporters.

You can create petitions for people to sign and set up forms for volunteers to register on. The tool also lets you track communication with your supporters and stakeholders. This helps you manage your campaigns when dealing with many supporters.

Different campaigning tools bring their own unique offerings to the table like accepting funds, tracking representatives on how they vote and integrations with other services that advance their own functionality. Some of these tools can help with list building, allow you to geo-target and micro-target messages. You can use voter file information to help build a list of contacts.

Outreach tools

Advocacy campaign management tools give you a few ways to stay in touch with your supporter. Email, social media, and direct mail are a few services offered. Unfortunately, for large campaigns like political phone banking or GOTV, these tools don’t offer advanced features to manage them.

That’s where we come in. CallHub is an advanced call center that’s optimized for political phone banking and robocalling. Using a predictive dialer, you can call twice as many people as you did otherwise. Integrations help data flow easily and volunteer management is ridiculously easy.

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A lot of advocacy campaigns are using click to call to better their supporter engagement as well; check it out!

Grassroots advocacy tools

Make use of technology to connect your supporters to their representatives. Add click to call to your website and let supporters enter their pin code and find out who their representatives are.

If your supporters aren’t active enough on your website, reach out to them. Using our patch through calls feature, call your supporter, take the time to talk to them about the cause and then when they are ready, connect them to their representative. You’ll have a much higher rate of conversion.

Related: Grassroots Advocacy Strategies and Tools

Canvassing tools

Campaigns around election time are a lot of talking, meeting and convincing people. Voters may support your cause but some need that extra persuasion to go out and vote.

Canvassing tools like Ecanvasser make this very easy. These tools let you visually map out your area, mark out locations where your supporters reside and built canvassing lists accordingly. A nifty phone app lets canvassers update surveys on the go and also get information on their next visit.

Communication tools

If an advocacy campaign tool is a bit too much for your needs right now, simple email and social media management tools can help you.

Use Buffer to plan your social media posts and MailChimp to send out mass emails. This may cut your monthly costs.

Thanks to Zapier, you can still bring together all the tools you use by triggering events to carry out an action in another tool. Through CallHub’s Zapier integration, you can add contacts to a phonebook, make a call, send an SMS and a voice broadcast.

Volunteer management tools

Grassroot advocacy campaigns require a lot of manpower and it has to be organized otherwise all you’ll have is a lot of voices without any direction. Find a tool that lets you recruit like-minded people, maintain a relationship with them and assign tasks.

A lot of campaign management tools come with these features, CiviCRM is one other great tool for managing volunteers.

Don’t forget, communication is key, whether it is through calls or text, or Social media and Slack, make sure you are reaching out to your audience and growing your team of supporters.

Recommended: CiviCRM

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