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Are You Ready for the 2020 State Legislative Sessions?

By Sean Gannon | October 7, 2019

Next year’s state legislative sessions are going to be intense.  Just look at the numbers. Legislatures will hold sessions in 44 states. By one estimate, roughly 100,000 bills will be introduced. Hundreds—maybe thousands—will be approved. And most of the action will transpire in the short period between January and May. Add to that the election…

Is It Time for Professional Advocacy Software?

Is It Time for Professional Advocacy Software?

By Sean Gannon | September 26, 2019

Most professionals have questioned their advocacy software at one time or another.  Perhaps it was when you were transferring data manually between systems, or as you crunched numbers in a spreadsheet to get the right metrics. Or maybe it was when you tried to explain to the boss why it is so tough to acquire…

The P.O.W.E.R. Plan: A Blueprint for Election-Year Advocacy

The P.O.W.E.R. Plan: A Blueprint for Election-Year Advocacy

By Sean Gannon | September 9, 2019

Across Washington and the state capitals, advocacy organizations are preparing for the 2020 election. Communications. Advertising. Personnel. Planning. The effort can be intimidating, even for the largest organizations and the most experienced pros. So the experts here at Phone2Action, who have decades of experience with elections, created a cheat sheet. Our goal was to provide…

Time to Create an Election-Year Communications Plan

Time to Create an Election-Year Communications Plan

By Sean Gannon | September 3, 2019

Much will be decided as America goes to the polls to elect several thousand state lawmakers, 435 representatives, 34 senators, 11 governors and a president next year.  Strategic direction will be set on gun control, immigration, healthcare, education, environmental policy and many other issues. For associations, nonprofits and companies, it’s an important time to speak…

Getting Your Organization Ready for the 2020 Election

Getting Your Organization Ready for the 2020 Election

By Sean Gannon | August 26, 2019

At the heart of every advocacy organization is one very important skill: the ability to get your messaging to the right audience at the right time and in the right format—and to have confidence that they will respond.  It’s easy to describe and difficult to perform. Most organizations do it every week, if not more…

How to Set Election-Year Goals

How to Set Election-Year Goals

By Sean Gannon | August 21, 2019

What does your organization need to get out of the 2020 election?  It’s a simple question, with many complicated answers. Do you need to provide a counterpoint to candidates on important issues, like an agricultural group may do with President Trump over trade? Do you need to get voters to the polls, as environmental organizations…

Sharpen Your Election-Year Advocacy

Sharpen Your Election-Year Advocacy

By Sean Gannon | August 12, 2019

Advocacy is a challenge every year, as the noise in Washington and state capitals grows louder and more organizations compete for attention. But it’s never more so than in an election year—and 2020 will be particularly tough. Voters are polarized. There are more than 20 candidates seeking the presidency. And it’s hard to imagine an…

Three Technologies You Need for Advanced Grassroots Advocacy

Three Technologies You Need for Advanced Grassroots Advocacy

By Sean Gannon | July 1, 2019

Advocacy veterans know what moves their audience. Clear messaging. Narrative stories. Powerful calls to action. Yet, even if your organization does everything right, punching that message through to advocates is challenging in an increasingly busy world where people are assaulted by information all day. How do companies, nonprofits and associations cut through the noise? The…

5 Tips for Targeting Lawmakers to Get Your Bill Passed

By Sean Gannon | June 25, 2019

In the world of public affairs, the idea of targeting is two-fold. There’s the efforts of the outreach team in charge of building an engaged audience ready to take action on your cause, and then there’s the act of targeting lawmakers to make sure your bill gets passed.  While many organizations excel in the former,…

How Incoming State Trifectas Will Impact Policy in 2019

By Sean Gannon | November 14, 2018

November 6th brought an influx of diversity to the U.S. House and Senate and a drove of newly passed ballot measures. Passing legislation at the Federal level, however, has proven more convoluted than ever, and with a divided government post-midterms, we only expect that issue to be further exacerbated come 2019. Meanwhile, incoming State Trifectas…