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July 20, 2011 | By

Social Congress and the 21st century legislator (GovFresh) Congressional staffers say that social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are vital to both communicating the views of Congressmen and understanding what constituents want. 10 Tips for Building Fans via Facebook Advertising (ClickZ) Turn real-world fans into Facebook fans with these easy suggestions. Don’t forget to sign up for K Street […]

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July 15, 2011 | By

Lawmakers tune in to social media (Federal Times) Congressmen are increasingly using social media to explain their votes, highlight news stories, and ultimately connect with constituents and supporters in new ways.  5 Online Tools For Activists, By Activists (Mashable) With socializing as the primary draw, it’s become easier for organizers to attract more and more […]

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June 17, 2011 | By

6 Ways To Turn Facebook “Likes” Into Loyal Fans (HubSpot) Increasing the “likes” that your Facebook page receives is an important first step in your social media strategy, but keeping your fans engaged on your page is crucial. Lawmakers say House must move more quickly on new technology (The Hill) Although the sighting of an iPad is […]

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June 8, 2011 | By

There’s a Congressional App for That (Library of Congress) Check out a list of apps for getting in touch or keeping up with Congress. 6 Easy Ways To Reward Your Twitter Followers (Mashable) Turn your twitter followers into brand ambassadors by offering simple and easy rewards. Don’t forget to sign up for K Street Café’s mailing-list to […]

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June 7, 2011 | By

Popvox Connects Advocacy Groups, Public to Congress (The Washington Post) This online system creates a direct and transparent line of communication for constituents and advocacy groups to reach their representatives. The Social Media/First Amendment Face Off (Law Technology News) Social media sites are becoming a significant source of evidence for federal and state criminal investigators. […]

Budget Rockets to Top of March CCI, Amid Federal Shutdown Scare

April 12, 2011 | By

Budget overtook health care as the top issue on the Congressional Conversation Index (CCI) in the month of March, most likely due to fear of a federal government shutdown that was only just resolved at the beginning of April. With 565 total contacts, budget was clearly the topic constituents were most concerned with amidst the […]

The First CRM of Congress

March 15, 2011 | By

Cross-posted from The Partnership for a More Perfect Union I recently made an historic discovery regarding what is probably the first system to track relationships between Members of Congress and organizations that seek to influence them. Any grassroots or government relations professional knows that it is essential to have an understanding of Congress, and one […]

It’s Not How You Send It, It’s What’s Inside

March 7, 2011 | By

When communicating with congressional offices, the most pressing question used to be: are email or postal messages more effective? While each has its advantages, congressional staff view them equally. The more important question is: are the messages personalized? In our recent survey of staff we asked, “If your Member/Senator has not already arrived at a […]

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March 3, 2011 | By

Congressmen, Facebook Go Back and Forth Over Personal Data Sharing (Ars Technica) Facebook recently reiterated its plan to make users’ addresses and phone numbers available to third-party developers in a letter to US Reps Ed Markey (D-MA) and Joe Barton (R-TX). Two Years Later: Recovery.gov Still Sucks At Public Engagement (Tech President) A look into […]

Senator Bingaman Reinvents the Constituent Telephone Call—Hear How They Did It

March 2, 2011 | By

Cross-posted from The Partnership for a More Perfect Union Managing high volumes of constituent calls is a challenge for many congressional offices, but the office of Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) is taking matters into its own hands to help New Mexicans get their answer when they first call the office. Most of us take the […]