How to Volunteer for a Political Campaign Online.
Thanks to the Internet, everyone has become politicians these days. You can hardly open any social media website without being bombarded with the political views of every person with access to a smartphone. There are many people!
The question is, how much real change will it bring? If you are strong about your political brand, whatever it is, how can you influence the results of elections and campaigns? After all, if you don’t bring your candidate to the position, the policy you want will never come true. Here are some tips on how you can volunteer for an online political campaign to get real results.
Check your skills
If you want to participate in a political campaign on the Internet or in other conditions, you need to offer something. Since this is online volunteering that you need, it means that you will acquire some kind of skill that can be used digitally.
Campaigns always need more than a few obvious skills:
- Graphic Designers
- Video Editors
- Photography Editors
- social media managers and operators
This is just the tip of the iceberg. Are you skilled in research? Maybe you can help with survey data or customization of surveys. Are you a professional marketer? Obviously, people of this profession are needed to participate in a political campaign.
You also don’t need to be a highly trained professional or technician. Maybe you’re just good at Instagram or good at spreading the word. The point is, before you can get a job as a volunteer, you need to know what exactly you are selling. Because even if volunteers are not paid, inappropriate volunteers can end up costing a candidate or party a fortune.
Clean up your picture on social media
Before you think about applying for a political campaign, you should make an effort to get through your social media presence and remove anything that might make the campaign hesitate to be associated with you.
We all repost memes or have at least one or two fuzzy comments in the past on social media. Try to look at your online presence in terms of the campaign itself and decide if anything might make you less attractive as a virtual volunteer. If so, consider temporarily closing some of your accounts or clearing out those you will need during your time as a virtual volunteer.
Run an independent campaign
While a lot of enthusiasm and the necessary skills will make you an attractive candidate to volunteer for an online political campaign, this may not be enough. So why wait to get elected? Stand out from the crowd by contributing to the campaigns yourself.
Are you a graphic designer? Why not start making great graphics promoting your candidate or getting people to vote for your party. Inform campaigners that they can use this content if they like it.
You can also use your existing platform and online circle of friends to campaign for your candidate. You can do as much for your cause as being officially involved in the campaign.
It can also make it easier to participate in the campaign in an official capacity. Taking the initiative will either make your application more attractive or increase the chances of being noticed and made an offer. However, it is important that you do not step on the heels of the official campaign and stay in the loop without creating the impression of an official association with you.
Join the official online campaign group
The first and most obvious place to go if you want to volunteer for a political campaign is the official campaign website, social media page, or Facebook group for the politician or party you want to support. They usually post advertisements for volunteers, and many of these positions are for virtual volunteers in particular.
Don’t worry if their main campaign site with large tents seems to be missing something, or if the competition is too high. Large political campaigns usually have hundreds of small chapters and regional projects that you can participate in.
As a virtual volunteer, you also don’t need to focus on the chapters of the campaign that are close to you. Any section of the campaign that might benefit from your help is a potential target. So look for those who need help the most and start offering your services there.
Volunteer across borders
Politics is a global issue more than ever, so why limit volunteering to your own country? Whoever answers, it affects not only the citizens of this country. So, if you have a preferred candidate or party that you would like to see at the head of another country, why not volunteer to help? The Internet is transforming the whole world into a global village, so even if you don’t have a voice, you can still make your voice heard!
Find online “virtual volunteer” sites
“Virtual Volunteers” are people who do exactly what this article is about, except they do it for different reasons. This means that you are likely to find political campaigning opportunities alongside hungry orphans campaigns.
VolunteerMatch is the site where we found over a hundred political volunteer projects, including voter outreach projects. You can also find opportunities on freelance sites like UpWork or Fiverr, but be extra careful with them. This brings us to our next tip.
Beware of deception!
Unfortunately, whenever a new type of online activity emerges, there will always be a new scam. We’ve already seen this with fake charity fundraisers, and this applies to people seeking campaign donations as well.
When it comes to becoming an online volunteer for a political campaign, be sure to do some homework to make sure that the people you give your time and skills to are truly officially affiliated with the campaign you want to support. More importantly, you never need to donate money to a campaign to become a volunteer. It’s okay to donate financially as well, but if it is necessary for volunteering, it is definitely suspicious!
Always get third-party confirmation that the person you are being offered a volunteer position with is honest. It usually doesn’t take a lot of effort to make sure you’re not being taken for a walk!
The digital political game
The use of virtual volunteers is still fairly new, as is the importance of crowdsourcing and social media management. This means that not only are you new to the very idea of becoming a virtual volunteer, but the campaign managers themselves set the rules as they progress.
Add to that the unique situation of the global pandemic, new voting methods and some unique campaign challenges, and it’s both fun and challenging work. But if you have a passion for it and are willing to do whatever it takes to be politically active, then only your talent and imagination will limit what you can do to change the world.