Session Details

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Welcome & Keynote

Monday August 17th at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Join a discussion with Brad Caldana and Caitlin Mitchell. Caitlin is currently serving as a Senior Advisor for Digital on the Biden / Harris campaign. Previously she was the Chief Mobilization Officer for Warren for President and the Democratic National Committee. 

You’ll also get a deeper rundown on what to expect over the next two weeks of DIgital Campaign Camp!

 

Caitlin Mitchell

Caitlin Mitchell

Digital Senior Advisor at Biden for President

Top Recommendations for Improving your Digital Security

Monday August 17th at 6pm ET / 3pm PT

Whether you’re a candidate, a campaign staffer, a volunteer, a leader in your community or an activist, the basic steps you should take to level up your digital security are the same. The steps we will go over are relatively simple, and the tools are low-cost or free, but they can have a significant impact on you and your organization’s security. Everyone on your team should follow them.

Resource link/s:

Ragtag Digital Security Trainings: https://ragtag.org/security-trainings

Ragtag Helpdesk: https://helpdesk.ragtag.org/hc/en-us

Ian Hyzy

Ian Hyzy

Ragtag Volunteer

Ian is a G Suite sysadmin with a passion for using his tech expertise to help progressive causes make a positive impact on the world.

Digital Planning Templates & Resources

Monday August 17th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

The origin of The Digital Plan was equipping campaigns with their own strategy and planning templates. Brad will cover easy and impactful templates for strategic planning, content calendars, and more that you’ll get instant access.

Put these templates into practice and get your strategy

Brad (Schenck) Caldana

Brad (Schenck) Caldana

Author of The Digital Plan and Senior Digital Strategy Trainer

Email going to spam? Improving your deliverability one send at a time

Tuesday August 18th at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

You spend so much time writing emails to your supporters, you need your important messages to end up in the inbox! But Gmail, Yahoo, and other email providers are constantly changing how they sort your emails. Join Amy Chin-Lai, the Engineering Partnerships Manager at Action Network, to learn how to ensure your emails get to your activists every time. We’ll cover how email providers determine what’s spam and what isn’t and how you can test your email program to ensure deliverability. You’ll also have a chance to learn new strategies, practice techniques like testing down the list, and ask questions to an expert in the email deliverability field.

Resource link/s: Deliverability guide

Amy Chin-Lai

Amy Chin-Lai

Engineering Partnerships Manager for Action Network

Making it Count: Doing more with your time and budget on Facebook

Tuesday August 18th at 6pm ET / 3pm PT

You know that a strong Facebook presence is important to your campaign, but time and resources prevent many of us from taking advantage of the exposure and reach Facebook offers. In this session learn how content curation will not only save you time, but also help you reach new supporters and build a stronger organic following. Then, we’ll demystify the monster in every Facebook novice’s closet – Facebook ads – as we discuss tips, tricks, and tools to help you save time and money promoting posts that produce results.

Candice Leary Humphrey

Candice Leary Humphrey

Director of Communications and Outreach for ActionSprout

Compelling Copywriting for Email and More

Tuesday August 18th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

Get concrete tips on how you can write more compelling copy for email and other digital communications. We’ll look at best practices and how research from social science improve your results.

Resource links:

M+R Benchmarks 2020
https://www.mrbenchmarks.com/

Care2: The Power of Images
http://www.care2services.com/hubfs/The_Power_of_Images.pdf

Christopher Burley

Independent Consultant

Text like a human

Wednesday August 19th at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Write texts like a real person! Make your peer to peer texts sound like they’re really coming from peers, and invite real conversation to boost the effectiveness of your SMS programs.

Lloyd Cotler

Lloyd Cotler

Co-Founder at Banter Messaging

Prompt.io – the scalable P2P texting solution customizable to your needs

Wednesday August 19th at 5pm ET / 2pm PT

Text messaging is the best way to reach your contacts. While text seems simple, millions of messages go undelivered every day. Prompt.io offers fast, dependable delivery for your text campaigns combined with the power to take action through one seamless mobile experience.

Go straight from text notification to completing surveys, renewing memberships, sending donations, scheduling appointments, and an unlimited number of other actions.

Farz Sokhansanj

VP of Business Development

Eric Wong

VP of Marketing

Mobilizing in Facebook Groups

Wednesday August 19th at 6pm ET / 3pm PT

Where COVID-19 has rendered traditional canvassing models as unsafe, Facebook Groups provide campaigns at every level with political and apolitical portals for accessing people where they are online — for free!

Learn best practices for growth and mobilization from the DNC staffer who led their Facebook groups and created the party’s current groups engagement model, Technicolor Political Chief Mobilization Officer Sean Kornegay.

Sean Kornegay

Sean Kornegay

Chief Mobilization Officer, Technicolor Political

You’re Writing Your Emails Wrong

Thursday August 20th at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

Email can serve as the bedrock of a campaign or an organization’s grassroots fundraising, organizing and communications. But so many orgs struggle to write emails that “work.” Throughout this session, we’ll cover email best practices, common mistakes to avoid and a whole lot more.

Josh Klemons

Josh Klemons

Digital Storyteller/Strategist

joshklemons.com

Texting & Sonar

Thursday August 20th at 6pm ET / 3pm PT

Texting & Sonar: We’re stuck in a pandemic and campaigns as we know them in 2020 have shifted to distributed plans. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) texting has increased in popularity over the last few cycles, and this form of communication will be widely used again this cycle. Learn how to cut through the noise and have higher engagement rates using the DNC’s Sonar Scores for creating your text universes. Presentation will include analysis from the texting program.

PLUS general best practices in using models and scores for digital programs

Josh Howerton

Data Director, Kentucky Democratic Party

joshklemons.com

Facebook & Instagram Stories Strategy

Friday August 21st at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

If your organization is experiencing any kind of decrease in social content engagement it could be that part of your problem is that you aren’t using Stories as a part of your content strategy. Stories are the fastest growing content distribution channel on both Facebook and Instagram, with new features being rolled out on a regular basis. In this session we will explore what stories are, some basic strategies to get you started and some examples of successful storytelling thru Stories.

Beth Becker

Beth Becker

Founder of Becker Digital Strategies

Leveling up your online presence

Friday August 21st at 5pm ET / 2pm PT

For many voters, your website is the first and only impression they’ll get of you, and it can make every difference in the success of your campaign. This session is for any member of a campaign who has influence on the campaign’s online strategy. We’ll walk you through the steps you can take to level up your online presence with guidance on inexpensive and easy website building tools, basic content and layout strategy, and pointers for optimizing your website to reach your voters and get donations. If your campaign doesn’t have a website yet, or if what you have could use some polish, we’ll help you build a strategy to level up.

Resource link: https://ragtag.org/web-squads

Elizabeth Mandala

Ragtag Volunteer

Digital Analytics

Friday August 21st at 6pm ET / 3pm PT

Analytics is just as much a buzzword as it is a real thing, but if you aren’t actively looking at your data to understand your community and what they want from you in terms of content then you might as well not do anything online at all. This session will explore some of the metrics available to us for social, email and ads and how to use that data to inform your strategic decisions for future.

Beth Becker

Beth Becker

Founder of Becker Digital Strategies

Putting the Pieces Together: Integrating Your Digital Campaign

Monday August 24th at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

In this session, we’ll look at how the different parts of a digital campaign fit together and how they connect with everything else a political or advocacy campaign does. How should you structure your activities so that each part reinforces the others? How can email and social media boost each other? How can digital advertising connect with field organizing? How does data leave its silos and become, you know, useful? How can a campaign ensure that it gets the most out of every hour and every dollar spent on digital outreach?

Resource links:

Ebook: How to Use the Internet to Change the World – and Win Elections

A Sample 2020 Digital Campaign Plan [Coronavirus Update]

Big Trends in Digital Politics & Advocacy (Parts One & Two)

What Will a Post-Pandemic Political Campaign Look Like?

 

Colin Delany

Colin Delany

Writer/Digital Strategy Consultant

ActionSprout: the only all-in-one Facebook management software that helps campaigns spend less time achieving greater results

Monday August 24th at 5pm ET / 2pm PT

ActionSprout is a campaign’s secret weapon to win and effect change, no matter a team’s size, capacity, or budget.

With ActionSprout, campaigns spend less time making a bigger impact. In our product demo, attendees will learn how ActionSprout can be used to:

  • Boost ROI with auto-optimizing Facebook ads that just WORK – including House and
  • Senate district-level targeting
  • Grow your email list and raise money like a boss
  • Empower supporters to take action and make their voices heard
  • Schedule high-performing posts and recreate past successes
  • …and more!

Shawn Kemp

Founder and CEO, ActionSprout

Candice Leary Humphrey

Director of Communications and Outreach

Mobile (SMS) 102: Text Me Maybe?

Monday August 24th at 6pm ET / 3pm PT

In marketing, we always say, “Meet people where they are,” and with 96% of Americans owning a mobile phone, organizations and campaigns without a mobile program are missing key opportunities to engage. We are going to cover why your organization should be investing in mobile and how they can use it effectively.

In this training you will learn:

  • Why your organization should be using mobile tools as part of it’s integrated digital strategy.
  • The differences between Peer-to-Peer vs. Broadcast mobile platforms
  • How to determine which mobile (SMS) type is best for your needs.
  • How Mobile (SMS) can be used effectively to help contribute to your campaign’s success.
  • Best Practices on Mobile for deliverability, compliance, and content for text messaging.

 

Sandi Fox

Sandi Fox

Sandi Fox is the founder of Smart As A Fox LLC, and Smart As A Fox Mobile Messaging and has over 13 years experience working in nonprofit and political digital strategy. She has developed and managed innovative and effective digital outreach, advocacy and fundraising programs that emphasized results, engagement, deliverability, and audience growth. 

Vote Tripling: A new relational tactic that targets irregular and low information voters through your existing programs

Monday August 24th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

Learn about vote tripling, a new relational outreach tactic grounded in behavioral science that can amplify the effectiveness of your GOTV messaging. “Vote tripling” is a relational tactic that targets irregular and low information voters through a trusted messenger: their friends. It’s not an app or new tech — it’s an easy, free add-on to your voter contact program that has been proven to boost turnout by 1pp (see Analyst Institute) by making each interaction with a supporter more impactful. Vote Tripling is easily added to your digital outreach or traditional field programs.

VoteTripling.org (password: remind3friends), is a nonprofit that supports Democratic campaigns for free in integrating vote tripling.

Kristina Bigdeli

National Political Director at VoteTripling.org

SpeechifAI: Amplify Your Digital Activism

Tuesday August 25th at 1pm ET / 10am PT

SpeechifAI is an AI-powered tool that helps activists create social media posts for digital campaigning. Since launch in the summer of 2019, SpeechifAI has helped users create around 100,000 unique posts for all major social networks and empowered digital campaigns to generate billions of impressions on social media.

Tudor Mihailescu

Cofounder and CEO of SpeechifAI

Uniting to confront the threat of disinfo; An intro to the Collaborative Disinformation Response System (CDRS)

Tuesday August 25th at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

This year at Democrats.com, decided to tackle the major threat of disinformation head-on. We partnered with Josh Berthume of Swash Labs to develop the Collaborative Disinformation Response System (CDRS) methodology.

CDRS is a plan, grounded in the Incident Command System (ICS) framework, that empowers organizations, campaigns, tables, consultancies, and others to confront disinformation threats in an effective and collaborative way. Its adoption will pave the way for a much higher degree of interoperability than we currently have.

In this session, Heidi Sieck and Aaron Straus Garcia will go over the fundamentals of setting up a CDRS process within an organization’s communications and digital team to monitor and rapidly respond to disinformation threats on social media.

Resources:
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1khHTYJ1XRbW81d8xzD8cFWQevx-cHvFIWfvGxL9hpsQ/edit?usp=sharing

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Vz2ODouSSJ21LKjBzcetuKPdsW-96NtD/view?usp=sharing

 

Heidi Sieck

Heidi Sieck

CEO/Co-Founder #VOTEPROCHOICE

Aaron Straus Garcia

Aaron Straus Garcia

Communications Strategist

OutreachCircle: Connect, inspire, and drive change

Tuesday August 25th at 5pm ET / 2pm PT

Campaigns, advocacy groups, and organizations spend huge amounts of time and money mobilizing supporters with often meager results: ill-informed voters, low awareness of the issue, and low voter turnout.

OutreachCircle makes it simple to recruit, engage, and activate supporters. Our mission is to inspire action and drive change by providing one place for you to connect with your supporters and volunteers.

Sangeeth Peruri

Founder and CEO of OutreachCircle

Sarah Black

VP Strategy and Growth of OutreachCircle

Breaking Through with Digital Ads

Tuesday August 25th at 6pm ET / 3pm PT

Intimidated by digital ads? Well, have no fear! This session will show how digital ads can play an important role in vote contact efforts for campaigns up and down the ballot. We’ll cover budgeting, targeting, platforms, and creative best practices for GOTV and persuasion ad campaigns. We’ll also discuss how to pivot your digital program in a vote by mail environment.

 

Eileen Pollet

Eileen Pollet

Founder, Ravenna Strategies

Facebook Trends and Best Practices in 2020

Tuesday August 25th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

Join Facebook’s staff to learn the latest trends, tips, and best practices on Facebook and Instagram in the lead up to the 2020 election.

 

Emilia Gutierrez

Emilia Gutierrez

Politics and Government Outreach Manager at Facebook

Lexi Fite

Lexi Fite

Government, Politics, and Advocacy Manager at Facebook

Digital Strategy Techniques for People-based Campaigns

Wednesday August 26th at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Digital organizing for electoral campaigns can be an incredibly powerful approach for winning elections. This training is presented by co-founders and partners of Tectonica Digital Campaign Solution, Ned Howey and Mariana Spada, bringing their experiences with the agency in over 400 projects with progressive parties, candidates and NGOS, from more than 35 countries across the world. The training will focus on managing campaigns that rely heavily on the support of activists, how to best engage supporters to convert their participation into needed campaign resources, and how to use people-power strategically in an election setting: factors that can determine whether a campaign wins or not. Alongside this, we will look at several key techniques that we’ve found to have a massive impact in campaigning, from mobilization to decentralised organizing. We will look at how to make your website a center for activist engagement and, finally, how creative, brand and design elements for candidates can help form an emotional bond with potential supporters and voters online.

 

Ned Howey

Ned Howey

CEO of Tectonica

Mariana Spada

Mariana Spada

CCO of Tectonica

I’m a campaign manager not a graphic designer Jim: Visual Communications for people who don’t have the time to be visual.

Wednesday August 26th at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

This workshop is a quick and dirty graphic design course for people who don’t have the time or many resources. We will go over tools that you can use for flyers and digital graphics, free resources, and some baseline rules to colors and fonts, with the goal to have your media looking more professional and still getting your point across. In addition, we will cover some baseline information to visual communications theory and how to use it for organizing.

Nourbese Flint

Nourbese Flint

Executive Director at Black Women for Wellness Action Project

Digital fundraising and your campaign: How to make a difference in your communities

Wednesday August 26th at 5pm ET / 2pm PT

Reaching your organizing goals is key to bringing about real, lasting change in your community. Whether you’re running a campaign or mobilizing to build political power, it’s important to make sure your digital organizing is reflective of the times in which we live. Communities all over the country are banding together to fight the impact of the pandemic, combat anti-Black institutionalized racism, and pooling resources to ensure we build healthcare and education systems that work for all of us. Small-dollar donors are an important part of this work, forming a powerful base of supporters who are ready to get involved and push your team over the finish line. During this webinar, digital fundraising experts from ActBlue, a nonprofit organization that builds online fundraising tools, will help show you how to build an online fundraising program that empowers your supporters to take action online.

Resource links: 

ActBlue Blog

ActBlue Webinars

Schedule a Strategy Call with ActBlue!

Get Started with ActBlue

Erin Kingan

Erin Kingan

State and Local Outreach Associate at Act Blue

Erin is a State Outreach Associate with ActBlue, specializing in New Jersey and Pennsylvania politics. She works closely with the candidates in her region to train them on ActBlue’s digital fundraising platform and how to best reach small-dollar donors. Erin has a background in field organizing, digital marketing, and public relations. She graduated from Boston University and continues to reside in Massachusetts today.

I Approve This Message: Reaching Your Voters with Paid Media

Wednesday August 26th at 6pm ET / 3pm PT

You can have the biggest events, the most viral tweets — but that doesn’t necessarily mean your voters are hearing you. The most successful campaigns make smart use of paid media to get a message in front of the right people at the right time in the right place. But every campaign and district is different, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to advertising. We’ll talk through different paid media channels, how they can be bought and used, how advertising for persuasion and turnout differs from advertising for fundraising, and how to start thinking about budgeting and executing paid media campaigns.

Eric Reif

Eric Reif

Managing Director, eStreet Group

Basic Video Fundamentals

Wednesday August 26th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

This virtual training session will be teaching all of the Basic Video Fundamentals when it comes to creating content from home with a variety of different tools. Whether it’s your computer or your smartphone, this class will teach you how to optimize these tools in order to get the best quality visual content. In addition, this training will also provide some tips when it comes to basic editing and standard practices of content creation that captivates your targeted audience.

Braxton Z. Parr

Braxton Z. Parr

Video Director

Optimise your influence: Using social data to understand your social army, activate your influencers and engage with relevant people

Thursday August 27th at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Audiense can help in 3 vital areas of your Twitter marketing and brand awareness strategy. We can answer vital questions on who your current audience is and help uncover your target audience and ways to engage with them.

Rose McNamara

Product Specialist and Client Success for Audiense

LeftApps Demo

Thursday August 27th at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

LeftApps is a suite of simple free tools (available at leftapps.us) for staffers of all backgrounds on campaigns of any level, focused entirely on making their work easier and letting them do things they couldn’t do before. Over 130 candidates for Senate, House, Governor, Mayor, State Legislature, PACs and progressive non-profits are all already using LeftApps. We’ll walk through the toolkit–including the recently released tool for at-cost peer-to-peer texting, discuss best practices, and answer questions.

Eric Mayefsky

Eric Mayefsky

Stuff Builder at LeftApps

Building an E-mail List That’s Big Enough to Matter

Thursday August 27th at 5pm ET / 2pm PT

Democrats.com supports campaigns large and small in growing their e-mail list into one of their most powerful tools. You won’t learn how to turn water into wine or straw into gold. However, you will learn modern digital alchemy — how to turn e-mail addresses into money, money into votes and votes into a progressive governing coalition, none of which requires magic of any kind.

Dave Lytel

Dave Lytel

Co-Founder and Senior Business Development Executive

Spreading your message online

Thursday August 27th at 6pm ET / 3pm PT

Laura and Anastasia will show you how to organize your supporters, volunteers, and allies to tell your story and spread your message on social media. In this training, we’ll focus on how to (1) invite, curate, create, and amplify your campaign’s best content, as well as how to (2) engage and build meaningfully diverse and inclusive online communities and movements through outreach, relationships, staffing/hiring, and the content itself.

Laura Packard

Laura Packard

Partner, PowerThru

Anastasia Golovashkina

Anastasia Golovashkina

Social Media Director, Warren for President

MaestroConference & VoiceVoice

Thursday August 27th at 8pm ET / 5pm PT

Our company’s mission is to light up the world with the power of purposeful, large scale conversations that drive positive change. Our customers are dedicated to making lives better across geographic regions, and we provide unique technology for organizations to engage people with a combination of depth and scale. We are the leading provider of technologies for engaging large numbers of people in parallel small groups across geographies and time. This advantage allows everyone to speak, connect and contribute, even in large numbers. Conversations on the VoiceVoice and MaestroConference platforms increase learning, deepen relationships, and drive meaningful real-world action.

Brian Burt

Founder/CEO

At Charles Schwab, Brian led many multi-million-dollar technology projects in the areas of telephone technology, marketing, and CRM systems. He has also led a very successful consulting firm specializing in large technology project leadership, and has co-hosted events with Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, Marianne Williamson, and many others. He is a skilled facilitator who also holds a Master’s degree in Mathematics / Mathematical Economics.

Julian Martinez

COO/Co-Founder

Julian has spent the past 7+ years building multi-channel marketing programs from scratch. Before joining MaestroConference, he served as first marketing hire for an ecommerce startup and co-founded a boutique marketing agency that provided marketing services to over 200 clients, including Living Spaces, a US Top 35 furniture brand, and Big Mama’s & Papa’s Pizzeria, the pizza chain that Ellen Generes had delivered live on-air to the 2014 Oscars. Julian holds a B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.

Building a Social Toolkit

Friday August 28th at 1pm ET / 10am PT

So you’ve got an online community that is engaged- great! And you’re launching a kick ass campaign- great! But if that campaign doesn’t help your engaged community to help you then you’re leaving support on the table. This session will talk about the necessary components of a social toolkit that you can send to your supporters including style guides for user generated content, pre-created content for easy sharing and we will introduce you to a tool or two that will help you to build a social toolkit that can help you to win.

 

Beth Becker

Beth Becker

Founder of Becker Digital Strategies

Reaching the Right Voters in 2020

Friday August 28th at 3pm ET / 12pm PT

This year, most Democratic state legislative campaigns have free access to Deck — a powerful targeting, planning, and forecasting tool. In this session, the founder of Deck will discuss best practices in using the platform to launch targeted digital ads, reach the right people for turnout and persuasion, and make sure all of your district’s mail-in ballots are accurately counted.

 

Max Wood

Max Wood

Founder of Deck

Advanced Email Program Management: Moving Beyond “Batch and Blast”

Friday August 28th at 5pm ET / 2pm PT

 Because it’s not under the control of any one corporate entity, email — when done right — remains the most powerful tool in the kit for just about any campaign or nonprofit organization. But this channel comes with specific challenges as well; it’s not direct mail where you can just buy lists, and operates quite differently from newer “social media” channels. Join us to discuss the strategic challenges of email program management including list-building, deliverability, cadence optimization, segmenting & targeting, reactivations, and testing.

 

Will Easton

Will Easton

Will Easton currently leads fundraising and email strategy for the Mozilla Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting an internet for people, not for profit. Previously, Will served as the Director of Email Engagement for the Bernie 2016 campaign and as a Senior Manager for CREDO Mobile and CREDO Action. Will holds a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco, lives in Columbus Ohio, and volunteers for local progressive candidates in his spare time.

Bernie Victory Captains: Building authentic leadership at scale

Friday August 28th at 6pm ET / 3pm PT

On the Bernie 2020 campaign, we had a key problem to solve: “Super Tuesday” was bigger than ever before, with states like California and Texas holding primaries on the same day. Over 120 million people lived in Super Tuesday states, which meant that no matter how many organizers we hired, we wouldn’t be able to hire enough to talk to enough voters. Out of necessity, we had to build skilled volunteer leadership at scale. We ultimately did that through a program called Bernie Victory Captains. In this session, I’ll break down what the program was, what worked, where it needed to be improved, and give you tips on how to start scaling volunteer leadership on the campaigns you’re working on or leading.

Bhavik Lathia

Bhavik Lathia

Online Fundraising Director, WisDems