Last year, I wrote a blog post about the efficacy of relational organizing (supporters reaching out to friends, family and neighbors vs. traditional outreach where volunteers reach out to strangers). With another year under our belt, I thought I would provide an update on research we conducted with Professor Lindsey Cormack in 2016 and Catalist in 2017. In these studies, supporters..
Since 2015, we have worked with over 2,000 clients on their relational organizing efforts. Every year we learn something new. Previously I had written about our 11 relational organizing best practices. Below are our latest insights from the 2018 midterms. Relational Organizing Scales. The research has been clear that relational organizing is effective. To date, the limitation..
Relational organizing is quickly becoming a staple of modern day campaigning. Unlike traditional cold campaign outreach (paid staff or volunteers reach out to strangers), relational organizing involves supporters leveraging their pre-existing relationships to reach out to their friends, neighbors and colleagues. While academic research has shown relational organizing to be the most effective form of..
I spend almost every day working with campaigns around the country. Most campaigns seem to have the same playbook: start with fundraising, then move on to persuasion and end with GOTV. The logic is that money pays for advertising (to persuade voters) and staff (to recruit volunteers for GOTV). But what if your opponent has..
Now that I have had a couple days to unwind after the election, I thought I would spend a couple of minutes highlighting what we learned. Before I begin, I want to thank the DNC, Win Virginia and the DPVA. It was an honor working with all 3 organizations. Their efforts led to historic successes..
These notes were inspired by informal discussions initiated by “Positive Agenda” Group of Silicon Valley Courageous Resistance (SVCR). They should be of interest to all people and organizations sharing the common goal of building the better and stronger America – an America that will: Maintain a decent standard of living and basic human rights and..
Having spent the past year working with hundreds of campaigns, we’re often asked about the efficacy of relational organizing. Prior to VoterCircle, it was extremely time intensive and/or costly to conduct this type of research. As a result, the research on the subject is limited. I found two papers in the 3rd edition of..
When I ran for office, I quickly realized that getting elected is an immense amount of work. It’s not for the faint of heart and it is definitely not something you can do alone. Since most campaigns have limited budgets, volunteers are often the key to success. Here are a few tips on how to make..
In 2014, I ran for local office in Northern California on a budget of four grand. During the race, an outside PAC came in and spent more than $100,000 supporting my opponent. As we didn’t have the budget for direct mail or advertising, we decided to try something different. We implemented a friend-to-friend outreach strategy..
You are currently reading the Tools section in a five part series, click here for the intro and ToC Obviously, voter database and engagement tools like NGP/VAN, PDI, NationBuilder, etc… Don’t be afraid of Slack. Keep confidential info off Slack, but use it as a constant engagement tool for volunteers. Done right, Slack can serve as..