Growing your network of supporters grows the power of your campaign, so spreading your campaign among potential supporters is vital. If you're only just starting out, it can be hard to know where to begin, but soon enough your campaign can snowball from a handful of supporters to hundreds or even thousands of supporters!
Where to start
To get the ball rolling it can help to send a quick message to close friends family and colleagues via WhatsApp, text or email with the link to the campaign asking them to add their support. Take a moment to go through your contacts or Facebook friends and include everyone you can!
As well as messaging those closest to you, a quick and easy way to grow your support is to post your campaign in large WhatsApp groups or Facebook groups where it will be seen by lots of people. Have a quick search and see if there are any that would be worth joining to share the campaign - it could be a big Facebook group for employees at a big brand, for self-employed people or small businesses. Have a search and see!
However you share make sure you give people a good reason to join you - make it personal and explain why the issue is important to you or people you know.
Keeping your identity protected
If you're campaigning to change your own workplace, you may want to keep your identity private. Don't worry, there's still plenty of ways you can get your campaign off the ground without revealing your identity publicly. Here are some top tips:
- Start with people you trust. Getting the first 10 signatures can often be the hardest, so ask those closest to you first. If you're nervous about sharing with colleagues, ask friends and family to add their names so there's more than just your signature before sharing with anyone you work with.
- Share privately. Instead of posting publicly use Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, email or SMS to let people close to you know about the campaign.
- Ask people you trust at work to do these steps too ^^
If you've followed all these tips and are still struggling to get your campaign off the ground, reach out to the Organise team at email@example.com.
Asking supporters to spread the word
Asking supporters to share the campaign with people they know is the most powerful tool you have to grow your campaign. Every person who signs your petition or open letter has friends, family and colleagues that would also be interested in the issue.
A good aim is to contact your supporters once or even twice a week - especially at the start. By working with your supporters to grow, you can quickly go from a couple of dozen to more than a hundred signatures - and quickly it can snowball even more.
So, any time you see a jump in signatures, send out an email thanking everyone for signing and asking them to share the campaign. Every time the issue or anything that touches on your campaign is in the news, share the article with your supporters and ask them to share the campaign. Any time you hear back from your target, or there's a development in the campaign of any kind, let your supporters know and ask them to share the campaign. You get the idea!
To contact your supporters just log into your account at https://teamup.organise.network/users/sign_in and click on "Email network" or you can read our step by step guide here:
- Keep going! Once is never enough when it comes to sharing your campaign. Professional advertisers reckon it takes seeing something 7 times before someone will buy their product, and the same can be true for joining a campaign. So don't be worried about posting or sharing too regularly, keep going.
- Think creatively and take every opportunity. If you see a news story that relates to your campaign, share a link in the comments section. If you've got a colleague working at another site, give them a mission to grow signatures at their workplace. If there's a trade magazine for your sector think about writing into the letters section.
How many supporters are enough?
There's no such thing as a perfect number - depending on your campaign you can have an impact with dozens, hundreds or thousands of supporters! If you're working in a small organisation, having a dozen or so colleagues add their name can be enough to prove to your boss that a change is needed. The important thing isn't to get tied down on exact numbers, but to try and make sure as many people as possible who are impacted by the issues you raise in your campaign hear about it.