Leveraging $4000 into 2250 names and 1758 volunteers
If you're a relatively safe member of Congress, and you're looking to build your supporter database, how do you go about that? You could just buy a bunch of names, but that's a bad idea -- after all, what you really want is to establish relationships with people; create more supporters, not just a bigger list.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer was planning to give away $1000 each to four legislative candidates in Oregon. Sure, he could write the checks in five minutes, get a nice thank you, and be done with it.
But here at Mandate Media, we thought we'd try another approach. We decided to leverage that money to help Earl build his list, influence and motivate the grassroots, create some buzz, and deliver hundreds of volunteers to legislative candidates.
In the first round, folks were asked to pick five challengers and five incumbents out of all 56 candidates. In the second round, we had ten finalists - and folks picked their top four.
But we didn't just ask 'em their opinion, we also asked 'em to sign up to volunteer for the candidates they supported. How did it go? The metrics speak for themselves.
So, for just a few thousand bucks (that he would have donated anyway), we helped Congressman Blumenauer add a couple thousand new names to his list, make friends with all 56 Oregon House candidates, and reach out to the grassroots.
As the Willamette Week newspaper put it:
What do you do for fun when you're a Democratic congressman from Portland with no serious challenger and your name often gets mentioned in talk of future statewide runs for governor or senator? If you're Earl Blumenauer, you use your campaign website to ask Net surfers for help selecting four Democratic candidates for the Oregon House who should get $1,000 donations from the congressman.
Not bad, eh?
A brief self-promotional moment: If you want Mandate Media to do something like this for you, drop us a line. With the technology built, we can make it happen very fast.
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