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What’s the best technology to sign-up new participants? Updated sign-up forms

Written by Steven Clift

Update – See our directory of print materials including new sign-up forms and note the links at the bottom of this page for related outreach resources.

After over a decade of experience, we are going to let you in on a little secret. Shhhh.

A common assumption when launching a new local forum or promoting a recruitment drive is that most participants will find the website through various promotions and sign-up. Bullarky.

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We’ve found that the best way to reach the 100 registered members required to open a new forum or to increase a forum by 20 or more members in one swoop is through paper. Yes, paper and a clip board. Paper is the appropriate technology for hyper-local outreach. The key of course is to use this magical technology at the right locations.

In Minnesota our major political parties have precinct caucuses on February 5th. While most people will have choosing the next president on their mind, these are great events for our participants to print a sign-up form, pass it around, and then send us the results.

Here are some updated templates that we’ve just uploaded today (updated Jan. 5, 2009):

One extremely important lessons is to make sure your encourage people to write their e-mail addresses clearly. For those making their own sign-up forms for other purposes, the boxes we use for letters work well. We’ve found that straight lines can lead to up to 25 percent of sign-up being illegible.

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5 Comments on What’s the best technology to sign-up new participants? Updated sign-up forms

[…] What’s the best technology to sign-up new participants? Updated sign-up forms This entry was written by andrew, posted on February 1, 2008 at 12:01 pm, filed under Links. […]

Kramer auto Pingback[…] Would you like to help raise the voice of more people across Minneapolis? We’ve put together a simple sign-up form you can print out and take with you to your precinct caucus. Just drop us a note to let us know what caucus you’ll be covering – <email obscured> Then, download and print this form (make multiple copies if you like): http://e-democracy.org/if/issuesforumsignupform.pdf Also, does anyone know where there is a detailed list online of caucus locations around the city? We plan to do some special outreach where we have new neighborhood forums in the works, so if you don’t plan to attend caucuses of any party and would like to help us stop in multiple caucuses in Cedar Riverside, Standish Ericsson, and Seward more intensely, let us know: <email obscured> Cheers, Steven Clift E-Democracy.Org P.S. A blog post on paper sign-ups (the best way to boost forum numbers we’ve seen): http://blog.e-democracy.org/posts/138 […]

Quite right. It is very easy for hyper e-enabled folk who work in the field to forget the basics of pen and paper. We’ve debated in the past of not printing access code cards for I’m a Councillor, (www.bigvote.org.uk) but a little piece of card with a code on really helps make it special.

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