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@Mssg is a communication platform that gives you the power to collect data from constituents, engage with them one-on-one, and quickly send out messages to them.
Action Network is a fantastic petition tool for your site with a growing suite of other campaign tools (think mass emails and surveys) built for progressive organizations and campaigns. It is great for collaborative, coalition-based efforts. Action Network is also embeddable, so you can keep your branding consistent.
ActionSprout is a great tool that helps you maximize engagement with your followers, raise money, find volunteers, run petitions, and build your community through your Facebook page. It also provides an informative set of metrics to measure your post performance and lets you invite people to like your page when they have liked one of your posts.
The title says it all: AddText allows you to quickly and easily add text to all of your photos.
Aristotle runs a Campaign Manager program helps you manage your fundraising efforts by tracking donations, creating profiles of donors to target, and verifying FEC compliance. It also works to help you maximize the efficiency of your volunteer team by providing data on potential voters to help you optimize both your canvassing and calling efforts.
Asana is an easy-to-use campaign tool for teams to track work, plan ahead, and have fun along the way with gamification.
Looking to hire a photographer in a new town or find some custom stock photography? ASMP is a great site to find a quality photographer, wherever and whenever you need one.
This handy Gmail plugin eliminates the endless back-and-forth when scheduling meetings.
BallotReady is a suite of tools that allows users to create both voter guides of endorsed candidates and how-to-vote plans for election day. BallotReady can get out the important information quickly and easily so voters aren’t scratching their heads at the ballot box.
CallFire is a rock-solid campaign tool that puts the power of a call center in the hands of your volunteers.
CallHub allows you to integrate CRMs like Salesforce and Nationbuilder with political and advocacy tools. It allows you to track and monitor every call and SMS you and your volunteers make during a campaign and provides detailed reports and insights.
CallTime streamlines the fundraising call process by doing the donor research for you. With CallTime, you can estimate a donor’s likelihood of giving, determine a reasonable ask based on past data, and keep track of call notes and reminders.
Looking to create video for your campaign or organization? Camtasia helps you create and edit professional videos.
Canva is a web-based platform that helps you create great custom graphics, even if you don’t have any design experience. Export the slides you create and use them in place of PowerPoint or as compelling images for social media updates.
The original petition site, Care2 offers free and sponsored petition options to help you influence decision-makers and grow your list.
Need to pull a data file for your targeted communications program? Through a paid subscription service, Catalist provides access to a wealth of data so that you can be sure your message is reaching the best possible audience.
Change.org is a great place to launch a petition and grow your base of support. Direct your petition at a politician, corporation, organization, or person, and share it on social media and other platforms to grow your list of supporters.
Want more earned media? Cision is a way to grow your press list by area or topic, so you can get your message out to more media outlets.
Civis Platform is an analytics tool that will help you to better organize and understand your organization’s data and harness its power.
Social media is an integral piece of any modern campaign. Promote, share, and track your content on Twitter to find out what works and what doesn’t on your social feed.
Need help keeping your staff organized? Confluence can help you create and discuss work with your team.
If you’re creating content, you need an editorial calendar to keep you and your team on track. CoSchedule has this calendar tool and also gives you space to plot and organize your social media strategy.
With Countable, constituents can easily contact, demand action from, and hold their lawmakers accountable. Countable allows you to put petitions onto the site, get people to sign your petition, create and share videos, and take action.
With CrowdTangle, you can track and analyze social media engagement for your own organization or campaign(s), as well as monitor what your competitors are up to.
Democracy Engine provides you with the tools to find, engage with, and donate to campaigns and organizations.
Running a campaign on a budget? By leading workshops on technology and progressive campaign case studies, Democracy Labs offers affordable business solutions for progressive groups and candidates across the country to teach them how to run a campaign with limited resources.
From NGP VAN and Everyaction, Digital 8 is a comprehensive suite of digital tools that allows campaigns and organizations to raise more money and drive more action. Digital 8 features a standalone suite of email, online, and social tools with one-click actions, forms optimized for mobile viewing, free social matching, and Facebook ads integration.
Yes, it’s possible to never say, “What day works for you?” again. Doodle makes schedule ping-pong a thing of the past, as each person who’s slated to attend a meeting can fill in what time works best.
Who covered their turf? Ecanvasser allows you to map territory, sync walk lists, and more.
Formerly MyRVP, Empower helps organizations recruit and train volunteers while also helping volunteers to effectively connect with and engage their networks.
Unlock the power of data through Esri. This GIS mapping software allows users to turn data into compelling story maps, allowing advocates to reach their audience in a new way.
EveryAction is a site that organizes many aspects of nonprofit management, including emails, web-based donations, and donor management.
When the end of the month rolls around, are you scrambling to find your receipts? This expense tool will help make reporting what you spent and where you spent it less of a hassle, so you have more time to focus on your goals.
Keep everything you love to read in one place. Feedly is a versatile RSS feed that lets you centralize all the publications in your life and keep them up-to-date.
Is it crunch time for your advocacy or political campaign? Use Flipgrid to ask your followers to submit real-time videos on what they think about a particular ballot initiative or issue area. Flipgrid is a great way to crowdsource video content.
Boom! Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds that you can use to add sounds to your website, video ad, short film, etc.
Function Point is a productivity software for creative agencies, internal marketing teams, and professional service firms. Stay connected at every stage of project management while gaining a deeper knowledge of your campaign or organization.
Formerly Relay, GetThru offers a “ThruText” service that allows you to distribute text recipients among senders and follow up through one-on-one communication. Their sister service, “ThruTalk,” allows you to create a script and filter out dead lines and voicemails to maximize efficiency. Both platforms include a data collection feature to keep track of conversations.
Want to know where your candidate is at all times? This handy app helps you track them.
Want to see how your website is performing? Use Google Analytics metrics to inform your strategic decisions for your web presence.
Whether your team is in multiple locations, or you have a vendor demo call, GoToMeeting is one system you can rely on for video conferencing.
Better than spell-check, Grammarly helps sniff out typos, corrects your grammar, and even suggests synonyms to make you sound smarter. It works in all text fields, so you can rest assured that your emails, blogs, and social media posts always get a solid once-over.
Keep track of your canvassers in the field and collect real-time contact information with Grassroots Unwired. This real-time campaign tool helps provide voter feedback, contribution information, canvasser accountability, and real results.
Groundbase is changing the canvassing game one canvasser at a time. Use Groundbase to organize canvassers with walking lists, satellite maps, and surveys. It even allows you to view voter information for the neighborhoods canvassers are walking. It’s an affordable, powerful mobile canvassing tool for campaigns of all sizes.
Help A Reporter Out (HARO)
Reporters need experts and sources, and you just might be the person they want to talk to. Sign up with HARO, and get some good, free press.
Papa Hemingway was known for his concise prose. This namesake program will highlight sentences that are too long or confusing. Try it out and watch your writing become clearer.
This campaign tool allows you to manage all of your social media accounts in one visual dashboard and eliminates the time spent toggling between tabs and re-logging into your accounts.
There’s nothing worse than hitting “send” and feeling like your email has disappeared into the ether. HubSpot Sales sets a time for delivery, tracks your email, and lets you know when the recipient(s) open it – all from one handy app platform.
It’s no secret that we’re fans of GOTV calls, but texting is becoming an essential part of campaigns as well. This peer-to-peer SMS tool allows you to quickly expand your reach.
Get your team on the same page with conference calling and screen sharing, all through one simple platform.
Kantar Media CMAG
Sadly, you can’t be everywhere at all times. Kantar Media CMAG will monitor media buys placed by independent expenditures and your opposition, so you can learn where they’re airing their messages and what they’re saying.
This self-proclaimed “digital vault” will keep all your passwords safe.
Kindful is a streamlined, user-friendly CRM for nonprofit fundraising. It is easy to use with good functionality that isn’t overwhelming.
Klaviyo can help your campaign harness the power of email marketing, fundraising, and automation.
LexisNexis is a research tool that can help you find contact information for potential donors as well as monitor news coverage and bills.
Expand your skill set infinitely with this hub of online classes. Master an app or develop a skill with thousands of different trainings and courses.
List Builder is a new query tool from TargetSmart that provides campaigns and organizations an all-in-one way to analyze campaign districts and purchase data.
Membership Drive helps to develop the internal functioning of your organization or campaign. Through recruitment, training, and accountability features, this tool will help you to increase efficiency.
This campaign tool allows you to map connections between Twitter users and visualize what they’re saying so you can keep track of your brand and make sure you’re monitoring your social media traffic.
MobilizeAmerica allows organizations and campaigns to easily connect with, communicate with, and organize volunteers to get their message out. Campaigns can set up event pages, automate volunteer communications, and partner with other groups to grow their volunteer base.
A platform to get voters to the polls, with a special focus on young voter engagement, Motivote uses behavioral nudges to help you reach your network through gamification and social accountability. Framing voting as fun, it allows you to compete with friends and earn points and prizes.
NationBuilder is an all-in-one platform for political campaigns — it helps with building websites, fundraising, email blasting, and more.
Netfirms is a reliable platform for researching and buying domain names, once you’re ready to commit.
This tool is the long-standing fundraising back-end for most Democratic campaigns, which allows you to do everything from raising money to organizing better.
Organizer is an easy-to-use canvassing app with a clean design. It provides real-time results for canvassing and cuts down on countless hours of data entry.
With Outvote, take advantage of the persuasive power of peer-to-peer connections and turn community members into digital activists for your campaign. Outvote is a peer-to-peer SMS tool that allows you to empower your campaign volunteers to contact their personal network.
Phonto lets you add text to images quickly and easily.
Polis aids canvassers by providing data, insight, and leads to optimized door-to-door campaigns.
Political Party Time
Need to find out where politicians are holding fundraisers? Try out this cool tracker to locate your next coffee chat or cocktail party.
Really Good Emails
Want to spice up your emails or newsletters with a sleek new design? Check out Really Good Emails for inspiration.
Revere is a suite of tools that will help you get the word out about your campaign, from patch-through calling and SMS to ad buying and site design.
Salsa is a cloud-based fundraising software for nonprofits and campaigns. There’s also a marketing tool, which will help you to target your supporters the right way.
SaneBox is an email streamlining service that analyzes your past behavior (which emails you open, which you respond to, how quickly, how often, etc.) and determines the importance of your incoming emails through their headers. It also includes a snooze function for non-urgent emails, a one-click unsubscribe button, reminders for when you don't receive a reply, and more.
SEMrush provides intelligence on your competition, including what type of ads they’re buying and the keywords they’re using.
If you’re looking for a campaign tool to boost your social media presence, check out Sendible. Its sleek dashboard makes it simple to see how your posts are performing and write new messages to followers.
Got a progressive cause and want to build your list? ShareProgress allows you to grow your base of supporters through data-driven technology and testing.
Slack is an incredible organizational tool that allows you to give colleagues tasks, keep up with what your team is doing, chat, and send documents.
Another favorite of The Campaign Workshop, SmartVAN is a core source for voter data. You can research voter universes, pull lists, and assemble walk packets for volunteers, among many other things.
Looking for storage for your campaign materials while you go on the road? Meet the Airbnb of storage and parking spaces. Just don’t forget that you left your bike in Iowa.
SparkInfluence is a Wordpress and mobile-friendly platform to help you get the most out of advocacy and grassroots efforts. Educate, engage, and empower your campaign, all while collecting useful data.
End hierarchical management with this tool that allows your entire team to pose problems and solutions. Bring democracy to your workplace and incorporate everyone in the decision-making process.
Are you being heard? Promote your content and reach your audience with this one-stop campaign tool for social media engagement and analytics.
Discover what your competitors are buying as far as keywords and what they organically rank for.
A Google Alert here. A screenshot of a tweet there. Streamline how you track your opponent with Squakr, a content and social media tracking tool that keeps you informed about what your opponent is doing and saying.
Winning campaigns are built with systems. Get your knowledge of repetitive tasks out of your head, and let your team take over some of the things you’ve been handling solo. SweetProcess is an organizational campaign tool that allows you to create systems for your team, assign tasks, and track their progress.
Talkwalker Alerts is a social media analytics tool that helps you monitor what’s going on in the world by focusing on keywords or names.
Taskworld helps you focus on what’s important. Prioritize and manage your team’s tasks, set due dates, and monitor progress with Taskworld’s interactive visual task boards.
Welcome to your new calendar. Teamup Calendar is an awesome tool for synchronizing events and content across a team.
Voter outreach just got easier. TenMoreVotes doubles the efficiency of calling, texting, and canvassing voters by putting everything within the same app, generating 10 contacts on the screen for anyone with a smartphone to engage with.
Having trouble keeping up and staying organized as your campaign grows? Well, look no further than this cloud-based platform designed to localize all of your content into a single location, streamline workflow, and increase productivity tremendously.
The Tuesday Company - Team
With this tool, you can organize volunteers into teams to initiate friend-to-friend conversations online that help register, persuade, and turn out voters. With Team, you can urge your volunteers to share information through their social media channels and track what content volunteers are engaging with to see what resonates with your audience.
Your to-do list on steroids. Enough said.
A project management tool to keep your ideas, notes, and tasks organized at work and at home. Get your ideas out of your head and into the hands of your team.
Topplr allows you to match voter file data to social profiles for more targeted digital ads. In the interface, you can send ads to lists that you upload or to some of Topplr's pre-sliced lists. Topplr can also help you build your own targeting lists based on factors like geography and political leaning.
Trello is a productivity visualization tool that allows for better collaboration among teammates. You can add comments and attachments to each project board, and your info syncs to all devices and to all your favorite tools: Slack, Google Drive, Evernote, and others. Dive into the details and stay on track with Trello.
A fast campaign tool to quickly edit a clip from a YouTube video and create a short, watchable bite.
Tweepi helps you organize your Twitter followers and get a better sense of who follows you (and who doesn’t).
You likely use Twitter, but have you really dug into the back-end of its analytics dashboard? It is a great place to get true insight into who is connecting with you and what tweets are driving interaction.
Researching keywords has never been easier. Ubersugest is a great tool to find the best keyword for the web, images, YouTube, or even the news, for your next content marketing campaign. It also offers a Google Chrome or Firefox extension — KeywordEverywhere.
Stock photos don’t have to be pricy or boring. Unsplash is a spot to find beautiful, free high-definition photos.
Save money and time by automating your voter outreach process. Victory Guide is great for small campaigns that don’t have a lot of time to cut and plan turf because it provides you with tasks to help meet your daily campaign goals. This tool allows you to pinpoint supporters, highlight issues, and track the progress of your canvass in neighborhoods, quickly and easily.
Can’t find someone’s email address? VoilaNorbert is a service that finds an email address based on the URL of the company and the name of the person whose email you lost.
Keep track of your campaign progress with data services that fit your particular needs. VoterHub will build software and tools customized for your campaign.
Warchest is a budgeting solution that allows you to store all of your expenses and contributions together in one place. Warchest allows collaboration and also provides read-only accounts to allow you to share your budget with others without putting too many chefs in the kitchen.
Everyone loves a good video. Wistia is a video hosting service that lets you embed videos on your site and capture potential leads from the people who view your content.
You don’t need graphic design or Photoshop experience to add text to your photos. Word Swag allows you to create clean, high-impact images.
WorkFlowy makes list-making more interactive and accessible than ever. Use this paid tool to organize your schedule, keep track of your ideas, and prioritize your to-do’s in a digital notebook. You can even filter your lists by hashtags to quickly find specific items. Try a free demo to see how you can start better organizing your brain.
From small teams to large organizations, Wrike helps you organize your projects and increase productivity. Manage project portfolios, track documents, use performance metrics, and see instant progress.
We love Yoast! It’s an essential SEO plug-in for WordPress and Drupal that will help you to optimize your website so it shows up in web searches and climbs the ranking.
We’ve all been there: you need to convert a PDF to a Word file and aren’t sure which site is best or what program you should download. Zamzar converts video, mp3, ebook, PDFs, Excel, and Word files without requiring you to download new software.
Make your apps work harder for you. Zapier allows all of your apps to communicate and share information.