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    Text Messages are the Best Way to Drive Phone Calls to Legislators

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    Political activists know that phone calls to Congress are the best way to influence legislators. But what’s the best way to actually get your organization’s supporters to pick up the phone and make those calls? At Mobile Commons, we have run phone call campaigns for dozens of activist and political organizations, as well as commercial…

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    Phone Calls Are the Best Way to Influence Legislators. Here’s How to Set Up Your Own Call-In Campaign

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    In these divisive political times, activists across the spectrum are working  to have their voices heard on Capitol Hill. The best way to get legislators’ attention, according to the New York Times, is through call-in campaigns. “A phone call from a constituent can, indeed, hold more weight than an email, and far outweighs a Facebook post…

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    Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

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    1. The future of everything in travel (hint: don’t look to Silicon Valley) The future is conversational, according to this article. Lots about WeChat. 2. Would SMS Communication Help Your Business?: Top 5 Business Models That Would Benefit from Text Communication This article “dives dive into the top 5 business models that may benefit from the use…

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    Add Mobile Fields to Your Web Forms for Fast List Growth – With No Drop Off in Conversions

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    Whenever we discover new best practices for mobile campaigns, we’re always eager to share them with our customers  (and the world at large). And we’re particularly excited about this latest tactic, because so far it’s had great results. Adding a mobile field to your web forms can be a quick way to bring in new…

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    Everytown for Gun Safety Finds that Text Messages Are 3x More Effective than Emails for Driving Advocacy Phone Calls

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    Everytown for Gun Safety has been leading the fight for common sense gun legislation for three years. In the process, they have rallied millions of concerned citizens to their cause. When gun safety issues arise, Everytown launches massive call-in campaigns to give their supporters a voice. Last July, Everytown and Moms Demand Action drove almost…

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    Feeling Political? Here’s How You Can Take Action Via Text Message

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    We’re living in a politically charged time. Hundreds of thousands of people are taking action around the country, and millions more are looking for how they can make their voices count. Are you looking for a way to get involved? Dozens of advocacy and GOTV organizations make it easy via text messaging. Simply text their…

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    Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

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    1. Trump Team Embraces FCC Remake Blueprint The Donald Trump Administration has signed off on an approach to remake the FCC that squares with the deregulatory philosophies of FCC Republicans Michael O’Rielly and newly-appointed chairman Ajit Pai. 2. OpenMarket’s New Consumer Survey Reveals Massive Missed Customer Engagement Opportunity for Enterprises Not Leveraging SMS Chatbots The findings discovered…

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    Everytown for Gun Safety Adds Mobile Fields to Its Forms, Sees Consistent List Growth

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    Everytown for Gun Safety has seen big success from their mobile outreach. They’ve found that text messages help them quickly engage their community of supporters at both the national and the local levels. “Once people opt in to our mobile list, we can send them local volunteer opportunities, alert them to lobby days, and spread…

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    The New York Times Says Text Messages Can Help Underprivileged Students Enroll in College

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    A college education is increasingly important. According to Pew, college graduates earn more, are 3x less likely to be unemployed, and are dramatically less likely to live in poverty. Yet many lower-income students never make it to college – even after they’ve been accepted. The New York Times reports that every year, 200,000 students who are…

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    Top 5 Mobile Articles to Read This Week

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    1. Here’s how millennials are impacting the future of communication Business Insider explores the shifting trends in communication. As email declines, chat apps and text messaging are on the rise. 2. 4 Reasons for Large Scale SMS Text Surveys in Developing Countries Researchers developed a study to test the efficacy of SMS surveys in developing countries. The…

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