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Politics and Social Media Combine in the Indian Elections

April 3, 2014 by Alex Smith

Indian elections

The Indian general elections are almost upon the country and for the first time ever, the political parties are tackling social media to try to win over voters. Politicians are taking part in Google+ Hangouts, interviews organised by Facebook, and also using the Facebook owned messaging service WhatsApp as a way to connect with the masses.[read more]

Can Google Glass Bring Wearable Tech to Politics?

March 20, 2014 by Colin Delany

Wearable tech and politics.

Google Glass MIGHT take off behind the scenes, though: what if a data visualization overlay could help field organizers cut turf and monitor teams’ locations? But tablets and laptops are pretty efficient at tasks like this now, and cell phone apps are already putting powerful tools (like NGPVAN’s MiniVAN) in grassroots volunteers’ hands[read more]

How to Turn Data into Money and Votes

January 23, 2014 by Colin Delany

Turn data into money and votes.

Email marketers care *a lot* about data — the right subject line on an email appeal can double the donations it yields. As we discussed earlier, any mass email/CRM system worth a damn will let you track basic information about your messages, including the percentage of messages opened by recipients (“open rate”).[read more]

Colorado Anti-Fracking Campaigns Win on Smart Strategy, Honest Content

November 18, 2013 by Mitchell Beer

Social Media and Public Participation

Smart social media strategy and honest, genuine content trumped nearly $900,000 in oil industry ad buys when voters in three Colorado communities supported bans on natural gas fracturing ("fracking") in early November.[read more]

4 Lessons from the White House for Brands With Tweeting Employees

November 6, 2013 by Eric Melin

jay carney tweets

The Obama team's Twitter strategy is impressive, and a closer look reveals four important lessons for any brand that's looking to amplify its message using employees' social media accounts. The White House has used its personal Twitter accounts to engage in conversation and "correct" reporters' and Republican aides' storylines.[read more]

Politics in a Social World

October 15, 2013 by Adi Gaskell

political discussions on social media

A new paper has set out to explore the various ways people engage politically online, and how we believe our behaviors influence either the function and operation of government, or indeed the opinions of others. The researchers surveyed 1,000 American adults to understand their political behaviors both online and offline.[read more]

With Government Shut Down, Which Political Party Brand Takes Bigger Hit?

October 4, 2013 by Robert Passikoff

We use a highly validated emotional brand engagement assessment to measure B2B and B2C brands and we did the same thing for each of the major political parties. If you do the math, the Democratic party saw their brand engagement strength decrease by 7%, the Republicans brand by a bit more, -12%.[read more]

The Interaction of Social Media and Politics

July 10, 2013 by Amie Marse

During major moments in politics, where do you turn for news? Increasingly, the answer to that question is social media. Social media provides real-time updates that often outshine that of major news sources. In fact, even major news sources are using social media more and more to provide fast coverage that reaches millions of users.[read more]

Social Listening Fail: The Signing of Bill H.R. 933

April 5, 2013 by Candida McCollam

social listening fail

President Obama’s signing H.R. 933 into law last week is an example of “selective listening.” Blatant, even unprincipled, it is an example that invites public scrutiny. Transparent social listening cannot, should not, must not be compromised by any standard that contains a selective listening switch.[read more]

Quick Hits — December 24, 2012, Part Two (More on Campaign 2012)

December 24, 2012 by Colin Delany

An Epolitics.com Christmas present: lots of fantastic reading on the 2012 digital campaign. C.f. our earlier post-election Quick Hits, and also today’s Quick Hits Advocacy Edition.[read more]


Social Republicans vs. Social Democrats: Who’s the Social Media Sinner?

November 9, 2012 by Lindsey Weedston

How do we know if the use of social media helped Barack Obama win a second term? Well, that would require massive amounts of research that I have not done. In the meantime, we can assess the use of social media by each candidate and learn from their mistakes in a fun themed list. Hooray![read more]


Social Media Tips for Politicians

August 12, 2012 by Michael Klein

Social media is a major tool in the modern-day politician’s arsenal. It provides an opportunity to connect with voters on a one-to-one basis without the need to walk for hours around the neighborhood... Provided here are some tips for the social media newbie politicians. If your local politician does not ‘get it’ yet, please be sure to mail them a link to this article.[read more]


ViDEO: Social Media & Egypt: One Year After The Arab Spring

March 26, 2012 by Rohn Jay Miller

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It's one year since The Arab Spring resulted in the overthrow of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarkek. Tarek Nasr is Managing Director of Planet360, a digital and social media agency in Cairo, Egypt, He founded his agency two years prior to the uprising, was an active participant and organizer during it, and now lives with the ongoing struggle for freedom in Egypt. He also runs a social media business that is prospering, as people across the Arab world have awoken to the potential of social media. We spoke last week about social media before, during and in the future for Egypt.[read more]

Social Media and Leadership: The 2012 Presidential Race

March 6, 2012 by Cliff Figallo

Blair Gardener and the folks over at HowToMBA.com put together this infographic heading into Super Tuesday. That's today! They wanted "to look at both the general influence of social media and notable social media events during the Republican primary election."[read more]

Pinterest for Politics: Not Just a Shiny New Toy

February 23, 2012 by Colin Delany

Have multiple campaigns running? Set up a bulletin board for each individual campaign. (You can also have each campaign set up their own master board and then repin pictures to the master account to help drive traffic.)[read more]

Using FourSquare, Gowalla and Facebook Places in Political Campaigns

February 16, 2012 by Colin Delany

Image by Patrick Dinnen via Flickr

Guest article by Kayle Hatt, a Canadian political organizer who works with candidates on field organizing and communication and who earlier wrote about candidates and social media and about social media in that far distant land to the North. Kayle’s been awol from the site b/c of successive Canadian elections keeping him busy (he holds...[read more]

South Carolina Primary and New Media

January 23, 2012 by Rick Stilwell

Regardless of your own political persuasion, there’s something to be said for the availability of information and of conversation channels open to just about all of us. With that in mind, THERE’S NO REASON TO NOT KNOW WHO’S RUNNING AND WHAT THEY’RE RUNNING ON.[read more]

2012 Sarkozy Campaign Weakness: Digital Communication

January 4, 2012 by Laurent Francois

This morning, the French political party UMP (they run for President Sarkozy) tried to generate a buzz  as François Hollande (his main opponent for 2012 – at least we hope it’s not Marine Le Pen- a socialist)  was supposed to have declared that Sarkozy is a “dirty guy” (sale mec in French).UMP politicians tried to widen the...[read more]

Ron Paul: Live by the Internet, Die by the Internet

December 28, 2011 by Colin Delany

So Ron Paul made the bigtime today: a feature in the New York Times. What about? Those little newsletters that came out in his name a couple of decades back. You know, the ones that (among other things) predicted an upcoming race war and “contain[ed] bigotry against black, Jews, and gays and an obsession with conspiracies.” Perhaps the...[read more]

Politics and Social Media: Is Your Company Prepared for 2012?

October 20, 2011 by Augie Ray

Following the 2008 presidential campaign, many were quick to dub it the "first social media election." There is no question that social media played a part in the 2008 contest--the Pew Research Center found it was the first time more than half of the voting-age population used the Internet to connect to the political process and many...[read more]