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7 Crucial Elements for a Successful Virtual Fly-in

By Diego Rivera | January 14, 2022

Fly-ins have always been about real people meeting face-to-face with their representatives in Congress, and they are a powerful tool. Yet, as many government affairs professionals have learned in the last year, the virtual fly-in has serious advantages.  Virtual fly-ins minimize costs, lower the barrier to entry for participants and minimize risk. Connecting supporters to…

7 Top Issues for State Legislatures in 2022

By The Phone2Action Team | January 9, 2022

Legislatures in 46 states will soon begin work in earnest, launching a storm of legislation on scores of issues that will keep government affairs teams busy for the next six months. Only Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas will remain quiet, with no sessions scheduled this year. While major legislation in Congress often slows in…

What's Ahead for Your Team in 2022

What’s Ahead For Your Team in 2022

By The Phone2Action Team | December 10, 2021

If you thought that 2021 was a challenge for government affairs teams, next year might cause you to redefine that term. Days after we ring in the New Year, state legislative sessions will begin nationwide and fly-in season will start soon after. Add in a midterm election that will set the course of politics for…

The Surge in Corporate Advocacy

The Surge in Corporate Advocacy

By Jeb Ory | December 8, 2021

Looking back over the past year, one of the most striking changes I see is the increasing number of companies moving into advocacy work and doing so in very smart ways. A decade ago, many companies were (more than) willing to sit out major battles over social issues, afraid of alienating their customers. If there…

Government Affairs Lessons from 2021

Government Affairs Lessons From 2021

By The Phone2Action Team | December 3, 2021

This year began with some very unique challenges: a change in administration, a new Congress, an effort to overthrow a presidential election and an attack on the U.S. capitol building that resulted in criminal charges for more than 700 people. As USA Today reported, “six days into 2021, it was clear things weren’t going to…

The 2022 elections just started. Get ready now.

The 2022 Elections Just Started. Get Ready Now.

By The Phone2Action Team | November 3, 2021

With this year’s elections now in the books, many organizations have already turned their attention to races a year from now—and their timing is solid. The 2022 midterm elections will have a tectonic impact on how your government relations team does business in the next three years. It will affect policy and legislation, both in…

Having trouble getting meetings?

Having Trouble Getting Meetings? Here are 6 Ideas That Work.

By John Patton | October 29, 2021

Imagine that you are the head of government relations for a major organization, and you have a C-suite executive in town for meetings. Will you get that executive some time with a member of Congress? Many of the organizations we work with say that it is harder to get facetime—virtual or in person—with lawmakers in…

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State Legislative Sessions: Proven Tactics to Win

By Jon Rubongoya | October 24, 2021

Just days after we ring in the New Year, state legislative sessions will open in 46 states, initiating a flood of legislation—tens of thousands of bills—on topics ranging from voting rights and pandemic recovery to education and taxes. In an environment where state bills can go from introduction to final passage in a matter of…

How One Company GR Team Got Serious About Showing ROI

How One Company GR Team Got Serious About Showing ROI

By Jon Rubongoya | October 9, 2021

Every government relations team is called upon to show its value internally at some point. Yet an ROI discussion with top leadership can be tough. In some organizations, it can feel like you’re speaking another language. Government relations teams don’t always calibrate their worth in revenue, sales, membership and the other standard measures used by…

How Social Media Helps Drive Advocacy

How Social Media Helps Drive Advocacy

By The Phone2Action Team | September 17, 2021

When you consider the tools available to conduct effective advocacy campaigns, social media may not be at the top of the list. Many organizations consider email and text messaging to be more reliable channels. But industry statistics show that social media—both paid and organic—is one of the most powerful tools available when organizations know how…