Raven Brooks, Netroots Nation: Social Media Recipes for Change & Advocacy

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Social Media Recipes for Change & Advocacy
Raven Brooks, Executive Director, Netroots Nation

You've got the tools, skills, and following for success in advocacy, but how do you apply each of them to bring about change? In this session you'll gain some key practical tips that you can apply to your next campaign.

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Raven Brooks, Netroots Nation: Social Media Recipes for Change & Advocacy

  1. 1. Social Media Recipes for Change Raven Brooks, Netroots Nation @ravenb
  2. 2. Integrated Campaigns
  3. 3. Supplement Offline and Online Actions• Traditional PR -> re-package and create your own media• Organizing -> Target volunteers and supporters using social media• Events -> Use social channels for the peer pressure factor. Get messages beyond attendees.
  4. 4. Start with goals
  5. 5. Do this• Goals -> Strategies -> Tactics• Goal: We want to pass a law• Strategies: We’ll change public perception and target legislators• Tactics: Create compelling content to share online. Repackage it to take action. Leverage social channels for volunteers and outreach.
  6. 6. Not this• “We need to get to 10,000 facebook fans”• “We want to create a viral video”• “We’ve got to build up our Google Plus following”
  7. 7. Social media is aconversation, not a broadcast
  8. 8. 1. Coverage
  9. 9. Source: epolitics.com
  10. 10. Source: epolitics.com
  11. 11. How does it work?• Think bigger• Be your own media• Engage your supporters to help you• Engage directly with journalists• Utilize hashtags
  12. 12. 2. Listen to your supporters
  13. 13. Traditional methods• Polling• Focus groups• Staffing a support phone line or email address• All of these cost $$$ and are slow
  14. 14. New methods• Directly engage supporters• Figure out who is following you• Utilize tools to see who you should be following like Twazzup• Figure out what your supporters care about with tools like attentive.ly• Use twitter lists to monitor conversations
  15. 15. Keys to effective advocacy• Timely• Relevant• Strong theory of change
  16. 16. 3. Outreach
  17. 17. A changing ecosystem• Starting in 2002-2003 political blogging began to bloom and came into prominence.• State and local blogging was at its height in 2006.• Starting around 2009 a lot of the conversation began to move to microblogging platforms like twitter, facebook and tumblr
  18. 18. How do you adapt?• Create content designed for sharing with broad appeal.• Make sure supporters are asked to share actions they take on social networks.• Repackage content to make it easier to share.• Develop relationships with bloggers and influential twitter users.• Use and follow key hashtags
  19. 19. Questions?@ravenb

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