Happy 2013! It’s a new year and the possibilities for effective online organizing are endless. In the spirit of new beginnings, resolutions, and all of that, here are 5 things you should consider trying this year to boost your online organizing work.
If you were given the choice of two presents of the same size – one wrapped in sparkling silver paper with a fancy bow, and the other covered in Sunday comics and topped with a bow made from duct tape – which would you choose?
Personally, I’d gravitate toward comics and duct tape, but I don’t assume that everyone shares my preference. Similarly, at PAN, we don’t assume we know which email subject line will most appeal to our online supporters.
This is the point of A/B testing nonprofit email blasts. Subject line testing not only helps you learn more about your list, it can make a big difference in how many viewers actually take action.
Friday Linx is a recurring feature on our blog. We’re aiming to bring you a collection of links worth a read and cute cat video to ease you into the weekend. This week the big news was much of the Internet “going dark” to protest SOPA/PIPA, so our video this week is only fitting. You’ll also find items on activism, Google+, branding, Pinterest, testing and training opportunities below.
It may be hard to accept, but failure is one the keys to having success with new media.
For many organizers, the world of social media can be a scary place—full of good intentions turned sour, PR disasters, out-of-control messages, haters and trolls. However, with a little strategic planning and a willingness to put yourself out there, it can also be a land of passionate supporters turned advocates, touching stories turned media hits and petitions that spread like wildfire.