It's a windy rush hour on a Thursday afternoon in San Francisco. Walking past a noisy Giants Stadium, fans cheer as the Giants step up to the plate. I'm looking for HATCH space, a 4,000 square foot incubator across from the stadium in San Francisco's Design District, where I'm meeting Candice Dayoan, a designer with 50+1 Strategies. After wandering through the halls of the incubator, looking for signs of Candice, I find her bunkered down in the Star Wars themed "Hoth" conference room.
Candice comes from a unique career background. She studied computer animation in college and then became an online organizer with Organizing for America during the 2008 election. Now she's at 50+1 Strategies, along with other Obama Alumni, as the head creative director.
Inside the Downtown offices of NationBuilder, there’s little evidence that the company plays a crucial role in hundreds of high-profile elections across the country. The Pershing Square-adjacent headquarters for the company, which sells cloud-based organizing software... Read more over at LA Downtown News.
Your NationBuilder database holds all kinds of useful information about the people who are part of your nation, including social media accounts from NationBuilder Match and anyone who has followed you on Twitter. In this video, VP of Community Adriel Hampton shows how you can find your Twitter followers and people who have Facebook information in their profile. He also walks through how to automatically add tags to anyone who RSVPs to an event on Facebook for easy followup later on.
Every candidate in the DC Council special election used NationBuilder - but there could be only one winner. Congrats to Councilmember Anita Bonds, who won handily tonight following an interim appointment to the council last year. See the Washington Post's live blog of the night's returns here, and a snapshot of her website after the flip.
Over the past year and a half, we’ve worked with a number of clients to run increasingly sophisticated A/B tests on their bulk email programs, testing calls-to-action, different messages for different users, and geographically- and demographically-differentiated... Read more on the cStreet blog.
With the new scheduling feature in NationBuilder, your communication strategy can now be fully integrated into your nation. Do you have a plan for the week that involves posting to your blog, promoting the content on Twitter and Facebook, and encouraging your supporters to take action via text and email? Now you can schedule all of those elements to go public at specific times right from your nation.
We unveiled this feature on yesterday's NationBuilder Live. This clip will show you how to schedule anything - web pages, text and email blasts, posts to Facebook and Twitter - in your nation.
For more details, check out our FAQs on scheduling each type of communication in NationBuilder:
Text messaging offers a powerful way to get a message out to volunteers, event attendees or other supporters via a channel that they're likely to see immediately. Text keywords allow people to take action right then - in the moment you ask them to. Once you set up a virtual phone number, you can send text blasts and create text keywords that make it easy for people to RSVP to events, sign petitions and join your nation.
In the videos below, C.J. from the Community team shows you how to send a text blast to your supporters and set up text key words to use at events and in your marketing materials.
Senior Organizer Joe Conte and Data Organizer Ari Trujillo-Robnett teamed up with Urban TxT last weekend for hack-a-thon. URBAN Teens eXploring Technology (URBAN TxT) is an organization that encourages inner city teens to become catalysts of change. They have hosted several hack days in the past and have an annual summer program to turn teens into tech pioneers.
On April 13th, URBAN TxT hosted the South LA Hack-A-Thon, geared towards teaching youth about programming, coding, web design, web development, social media and data management. Ari and Joe spent the day working with the teenage participants.
Ari Trujillo-Robnett was excited to help the students understand how data collection works and why it's important for building community. She explained, "someone put me in front of a spreadsheet when I was 17 and that's how I got here. I want to help you have the same opportunity."
It’s no secret that the cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s presidential election victories was his campaign’s adept use of social media and technology. The campaign team leveraged the power of mainstream social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and reinforced them with extensive testing... Read more at the Syracuse Information Space.
On a recent segment of HuffPost Live, NationBuilder VP of Community Adriel Hampton participated in a virtual roundtable discussion on Rep. Steve Pearce's (R-N.M.) proposed legislation to create a "virtual Congress." Rep. Pearce believes that allowing members of Congress to spend the majority of their time in their home districts will enable them to be more connected to the needs of the people they are representing.
During the discussion, Adriel suggested that the concept of virtual participation would be better if it were flipped on its head. He argued that technology should be used to expand citizen access to representatives by having citizens schedule virtual meetings from their home districts instead of the other way around. He also pointed out that the high cost of elections require politicians to spend an extraordinary amount of time fundraising and that fixing this area of U.S. politics would have a more meaningful impact on how representative Congress is. You can watch the full discussion here:
In Monday's news segment on NationBuilder Live, Adriel Hampton discussed a great blog post from Vocus.com on how to boost your SEO with nine overlooked tweaks. Watch the video to learn how to apply the article's tips to your nation. Adriel walks you through how to optimize the images on your website, write search-friendly page titles and descriptions, and maximize your social media efforts through social sharing.
On a recent Friday morning, Jim Gilliam stepped into a glass conference room overlooking Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles and set his things down on the reclaimed-wood table. Dressed in a faded t-shirt and green hoodie, Gilliam doesn’t look like the head of a... Read more at Campaigns & Elections.
Virtual currency is a way to encourage and understand your supporters' engagement with your nation. This video shows you how to customize the name of your currency and update the amount earned for completing unique actions within your nation. For more information visit this FAQ.
For nonprofits and political campaigns, the donation page is one of the most important pages on your site. In these clips from NationBuilder Live, Adriel Hampton shares tips on choosing the right donation processor for your organization and strategy on how to increase donations using your progress bar.
The progress bar on your donation page is a great way to drive fundraising. Adriel explains a bit of the psychology behind donations and how to adjust your fundraising goals to help donors visualize their impact at each stage.
Yesterday was the first day of the annual Non-Profit Technology Conference, known as NTEN, which is being held at the Hilton in Minneapolis this year. Minneapolis greeted and semi-defeated me with a twelve-inch snow storm, but I made my entrance in my weather inappropriate jean jacket into the world of NTEN ready to chat with new nonprofit folks and learn about their tech needs.
Julie Niemi with Danielle, Jordan and Ramsey of DonorSnap
Each year, NTEN hosts fifteen hundred people, mingling around in a series of large banquet rooms. Seventy-five percent of the attendees look like confused new comers - myself included - and the other twenty-five percent are clearly veterans. These diverse groups of NTEN vets and NTEN newbies band together throughout the day.
The rooms are filled with the sound of loud questions along the lines of "what do you do?" or "who do you know?" but people rarely small talk about technology. These conversations are left for later, discussed throughout the day at the breakout sessions and most importantly, at the bar over a liter of one of Minneapolis' fine micro-brews.