Advocacy Help Desk

Advocacy’s Digital (R)evolution

This week, we’re joined by Nick DeSarno from the Public Affairs Council. While his official title says digital & policy communications, those who know Nick know he has an insight into advocacy like very few others. This week we’re concentrating on Advocacy’s Digital Revolution. Over the past 4 months, groups have had to pivot away from their comfort zones. For many, that meant diving into virtual events, fly-ins, trainings, stakeholder management/CRM, podcasts, videos and more for the first time. So what’s been working? What’s fallen flat? And where should you get started? Listen in and get moving on advocacy’s digital revolution.

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Platform Updates

A quick rundown of updates we've made recently

pacFrontend display for contributors, goals, progress & more
reportsNew reports for PAC, Communications
pacImproved detail for caucuses, committees & custom groups
membershipOverhauled login mechanism, now even easier

Advocacy Help Desk

Personalizing Advocacy to Move the Dial

This episode we’re joined by David Lusk, Founder of Key Advocacy, as he walks us through how successful organizations are surveying, cultivating and empowering advocates to “Extend the Enterprise.” We know there’s no one-size-fits-all message for your advocates, so why are so many groups employing that same failed strategy when talking to legislators. Successful groups are evaluating the decision-maker & picking the right messengers with the right message to get the commitment (vote/sponsorship/etc) they need. If you’re not segmenting the offices you’re talking to and personalizing the message that resonates with that legislator, there’s so much more you could be doing. Listen in as we break things down and give you the tools you need to get started today.

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Accelerating Digital Transformation

Jordan Craig of the American Forest & Paper Association joins us on the Advocacy Help Desk this week as we talk about making the most of everyone’s time during quarantine. We focus on balance and building – from repurposing videos captured pre-quarantine, to being succinct with messaging and even texting Hill staff – Jordan walks us through how some of his tried & true digital advocacy tactics have evolved over the last few months. It’s a deep dive episode as we talk through how AF&PA has adjusted their overall messaging, embraced new quick-hit items and found success on both the state & federal level.

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Platform Updates

A quick rundown of updates we've made recently

congressional staffOverhauled staff module & search
pacNew merge fields for outbound messaging
organizationsAdded more options to search
membershipNew options for inbound registrations

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Best PAC-tices: Dispelling the Myths

Political Action Committees. Known better as PACs, there’s a lot of (mis)information floating around. Exactly what is a PAC? Who can they give to & how much? Why are they being disparaged day after day? Taped pre-quarantine, on this episode of AHD we’re joined by Kristin Brackemyre of the Public Affairs Council and Jennifer Brooks from Northrop Grumman. Listen in as these two experts in the PAC world help us dispel the myths of PACs while talking best practices & tips for both PAC & advocacy professionals this election season.

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Transforming Your Advocacy Approach

Audience driven. Multi-channel. Back-to-basics. This week, we’re joined by two experts in the field, Erica Farage, Vice President of Political Affairs & Grassroots Advocacy for the International Franchise Association and Caitlin Donahue, Senior Vice President & Director of Digital for Curley Company. We dive into how associations are changing their approach, keeping it simple & building on easy wins to grow their efforts, drive advocacy success and build value with their membership. Stop planning for next year, start thinking about how to transform your communications, strategy, execution, engagement, lobbying and more over the next 2 – 4 weeks. It may mean breaking out of “that’s the way we’ve always done it” type habits, but it’s sure to pay off in the long run.

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Platform Updates

A quick rundown of updates we've made recently

grasstopsNew reports & layout of Key Contacts homepage
organizationsNew merge functionality
emailAdd emoji to email subject line & contents
advocacyEven more merge fields available in messaging

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Special: Pivoting During Quarantine

As quarantine wears on, associations need to be wary of advocate fatigue. Specifically “going back to the well” without providing context is an easy way to lose even the most ardent advocates. This week, AHD is lucky enough to be joined by Reshma Mehta, Director of Grassroots Advocacy with AARP. We’ll dive in to how one of the nation’s largest organizations is pivoting during this unprecedented time and putting everything on the table. Old is new and nothing should be off the table as you look to engage your stakeholders in the coming days and weeks.

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Feature Spotlight

Advocacy in an Election Year: Get Out the Vote (GOTV)

Continually updated from a post from Election 2014.

Election 2020 is in full-swing. Yes, as of writing, we’re all still living under quarantine. Yes, the election is still months off and it’s still unclear how campaigning, no less voting, will take shape.

That said, the question your organization should be asking itself isn’t “should we engage?” but “how do we engage effectively to motivate our stakeholders to participate?”

What if you could provide a hub for your community to make it easy for them find out the information they need to make their voices heard on election day? A branded site that had details like how to register to vote or how to vote by mail, who’s running for office in each district and key dates for primaries and the general election.

It’s easy to get started with SparkGOTV.

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