By: Johan Lieu Back to Guides
HOW TO USE WUFOO FOR YOUR POLITICAL CAMPAIGN:
- Recruit and manage volunteers.
- Build your mailing list.
- Host events and fundraisers.
- Fundraise for your campaign online.
- Poll throughout the campaign.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re liberal, conservative, or something in-between--organizing a political campaign takes a lot of work! If you’re running for office, be it for a local election, school board election, or a higher level of office, such as state or national, Wufoo has tools that will drive your election’s success, on every step of the campaign trail.
We’ve designed forms and surveys to help you organize political events, fundraise, poll, and survey your future constituents. Our programs can be easily integrated into your campaign website, or you can email out the forms to those on your list. And, even better, you don’t have to be a programming whiz to use Wufoo’s forms: We handle all of the backend operations for you. All you need is an internet connection and browser to get started. Of course, if you are of the programming type, you can customize Wufoo to your heart’s content.
Before You Run For Office, Get Organized! Here’s How Wufoo Can Help...
If you’ve ever run for office, you know that the bulk of the work needs to happen before your name ever hits the ballot. You need to organize volunteers, hold fundraisers, poll your voters, coordinate community meetings, and have an easy way to accept online donations. Wufoo has forms designed in mind just for you--so you won’t need to spend resources and time creating all of your tools from scratch.
Recruit volunteers: Running for office is a team effort, and volunteers are the heart and soul of any political campaign. Customize our online form with questions that will match people to appropriate volunteer positions. What types of interests do volunteers have? What is their background? Do they have a specific skillset that will help your campaign--perhaps project management or technical skills? Email out our form to potential volunteers, or embed it into your website when you’re ready to recruit. Once you’ve found your volunteers, register them with our online form so that you can keep the team organized and put people to work on the days they’re available.
Build your mailing list: As your campaign starts to take shape, you’ll want an easy way to gather contact information from your supporters. Use our online contact forms to build mailing lists, so that you can keep in touch with people who are potential donors and supporters of your campaign. Embed the form into your website and capture information, or manually enter in information if you’re collecting contact information face-to-face. Our snappy database will keep the information handy and organized for you, so that when you’re ready to send out communications, the contact details will be entered in. Additionally, we have a long list of industry partners, such as MailChimp, so that you can easily integrate your Wufoo forms into existing programs that you use.
Talk to your community: When you build your campaign platform, it helps to first know what issues are most pressing to the people you’ll be serving. Is unemployment their main concern? Crime? Or maybe it’s a school board position you’re running for, and you want to learn what topics concern parents the most. Send out our community surveys to the voting demographic, and use the community’s input to help shape the issues that you campaign for. Customize the survey so that it’s tailored to your region’s concerns. We even have demographic surveys so that you can understand the political landscape better.
Now The Campaign’s Rolling--and Wufoo Is Behind You Every Step Of The Way
Phew! You’ve tackled some of the big steps to get your campaign going, so now comes the fun part: holding campaign events and fundraising. Make sure you take advantage of Wufoo’s pre-designed templates, which are designed to help aspiring politicians like yourself.
Organize events: One of the perks of running for office is organizing community events--such as meet-and-greets, party speeches, debates, and fundraisers. When you’re ready to host and gather the community together, use our invites and RSVP forms to let people know where the event is, and to help you keep track of who’s coming. Following the event, send out an Event Feedback Form to help you improve future events that your team organizes.
Fundraise online: Unless you’re independently wealthy, you’re probably going to be fundraising. And that’s okay--because our tools make it simple! Accept payments online by easily integrating our online donation form into your website. We’ve partnered with some of the most popular payment processing vendors to make setup a snap. You can also email the fundraising form to people on your mailing list.
Our payment processing partners: Process credit cards from your constituents with our online payment integration features. You won’t have to write a single line of code to add our payment feature to your form and website. Our forms are integrated with some of the most popular online payment providers – making setup a snap when you have an account with a payment processor.
Poll throughout the campaign: Throughout the course of the campaign, you’ll want to keep close tabs on constituent opinions. What party affiliation do people claim? Which way are they leaning on certain issues? How do they see themselves voting when it’s election day? Customize our form to match the issues you are rallying behind. You can even include likert scales if you want to see how strongly people feel about specific election topics.
The Big Day Is Here!
When election day arrives--the day you and your volunteers have worked so hard to reach--Wufoo will still be with you to help out. Make sure you use our Exit Poll Survey to see how people voted so that you can tabulate preliminary results.
Still Curious How Wufoo Works?
Wufoo is an easy-to-use online tool that allows anyone to create and build online forms--no coding or programming required. And Wufoo hosts and stores everything, so you don't have to worry about where your forms or data will live.
You can completely customize the look and feel of your forms using our Theme Designer by choosing colors to fit your brand or theme, as well as adding your company's logo or your wedding colors to your forms. You can even use one of almost 300 form templates in our Form Gallery to jump start creating your forms, or look at our Examples to see how you can use Wufoo in your company.
Wufoo partners and works with loads of other applications, allowing you to accept data and information through your forms and send it other applications that your company uses. We have integrations with applications like MailChimp, Dropbox, Zapier, Salesforce, WordPress, and more.