• Book Recommendations to Round Out Your Year!

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    Posted on Dec 18, 2019 by Alicia Barry, Hope Rohrbach

    End Your Year with Book Recommendations from Our 7 Questions Participants!

    Throughout the year, we’ve been lucky enough to speak with so many people who are experts across many different fields as part of our 7 Questions series. These folks made some book recommendations that we want to highlight and share with you.  Below we’ve featured a book from each category that we think is particularly compelling, but each one presents unique and exciting ideas: Women’s Issues:…
  • Advocacy Campaign Testing for Nonprofits

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    Posted on Dec 16, 2019 by Claire Regan, Lizzie Kendrick

    Why and How to Always Do Advocacy Campaign Testing

    No matter the size of your nonprofit, advocacy campaign testing should be a key component of everything you do digitally. Testing allows you to find out which tactic, message, strategy, etc., is the most effective in accomplishing your goal. Instead of relying on a hunch of what the best thing to do is—which we are often wrong about—tests allow us to find what really works. The big advantage that nonprofits have over political campaigns is that they are ongoing operations and often have larger…
  • Which Came First, the Chicken or the Advocacy Budget?

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    Posted on Dec 12, 2019 by Sophie Thurber

    Advocacy Budget: Defining Your Bottom Line Will Save You Time and Money

    Get ready, I’m about to crack advocacy budgets wide open (pun intended, and it won’t be the last). I know you’re on the edge of your seats, but this is really no chicken and the egg conundrum I’m about to solve for you. When you’re looking to develop an advocacy program, your budget should always come first. This may seem counterintuitive when you begin talking to consultants (like you’re tipping your hand and about to get taken for a ride), but it’s really important for a…
  • Holiday Book Gift Guide

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    Posted on Dec 11, 2019 by Alicia Barry, Hope Rohrbach

    Cross a Name Off Your List with Our Holiday Book Gift Guide

    It can be hard figuring out what to gift everyone for the holidays, but we’ve got your back. If your friends and family aren’t readers, we even have cookbooks for those looking for a less traditional read. In fact, there are options for all interests and ages. Our staff had some great recommendations for what to pick up for the folks you care about. And, hey, maybe pick up one for yourself while you’re at it! Check out our holiday book gift guide:  Biography/Memoir: A good look at a…
  • Can I Afford an Effective Digital Advocacy Campaign?

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    Posted on Dec 09, 2019 by Elena Veatch

    Prioritize Your Goals to Build an Effective Advocacy Campaign Online

    A lot of groups and organizations come to us for advice on building an effective digital advocacy campaign on a limited budget. Our clients are tackling the issues that matter, from addressing our climate crisis to protecting women’s reproductive rights to advancing paid family leave polices. That said, dollars for digital advocacy don’t grow on trees. Our number one piece of advice for any organization that wants to make headway in engaging folks online is to prioritize your…
  • Holiday Season 2019: Entertainment Recommendations

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    Posted on Dec 06, 2019 by Alicia Barry, Hope Rohrbach

    Take a Step Away from Your Desk This Holiday Season. 

    Can you believe the holiday season is already upon us? Though we know you’re already gearing up for 2020, the 2019 election season has finally come to an end, and it’s time to take a deep breath before jumping back in. First, make sure you’ve taken the steps to end your campaign correctly. Then, kick back this holiday season with some tv shows and podcast recommendations from the participants in our 7…
  • Advocacy Plan: Where do I begin?

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    Posted on Dec 05, 2019 by Martín Diego Garcia

    Having an advocacy plan is critical to success, but where should you begin? Here are some topic areas you should be including in your plan.

    In the ever-busy world of nonprofits, taking the time to develop an advocacy plan is often either quickly jotted down without real intentionality or not done at all. Organizations who put energy into writing a clear and comprehensive plan will tell you they are critical to success and long-term organizational growth. Now whether you’re a pro at advocacy plans or are writing your first one, this guide will…
  • What TV Show Should I Watch to Forget the News (for a Little While Anyways)?

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    Posted on Nov 28, 2019 by Shelley Rees

    If You’re Stressed about Politics or the Holidays, Why Not Try A TV Show?

    Do you need to take a break from political content with a new TV show? Maybe you just finished working on a campaign or, like me, you work at a political consulting firm where politics is literally your job all the time. I am from Bethesda, where academic achievements and political discourse are our most hotly contested sports. After 29 years, I don’t have the emotional energy to get deeply involved in most political issues or candidates without carving out some time to…
  • Non-Political Podcast Suggestions for Post-Election Entertainment

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    Posted on Nov 25, 2019 by Lizzie Kendrick

    Take Your Mind Off Politics With These Podcast Recommendations

    If you’ve just come off of a political campaign, chances are you’ve spent the last few months consuming nothing but political content—from news to television to a podcast or two. After you’ve wrapped everything up, and shut down your campaign properly, maybe you need a break? With the holidays coming up, I’ve rounded up some of our favorite podcasts to keep you entertained during whatever…
  • How Campaigns Can Capitalize on Earned Media

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    Posted on Nov 21, 2019 by Ben Holse

    Make the Most of the Earned Media You Have

    With the changing local media landscape, it’s difficult for small and mid-sized campaigns to get covered by a local news outlet and generate earned media. The majority of the local media is busy covering national stories and continues to lose local political reporters. It’s an unfortunate fact in this day and age that many small or mid-sized campaigns just won’t get much earned media. This means that you really need to capitalize on the limited earned media you do get and work to get as much runway out…
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