What Justice and Winning Looks Like: 4 Tips for Effective Messaging

What Justice and Winning Looks Like: 4 Tips for Effective Messaging

by B. Shawn Bryant • Conferences & Events •

What does justice and winning look like for progressive organizations leading up to 2020? As a digital storyteller, I’ll be the first to tell you that much of our success depends on how closely we listen to the hopes, dreams, and ambitions of our audience. When people see, feel, and hear themselves reflected in your mission and work, they will champion your cause to victory.

At RootsCamp this month, I helped convene and lead SEIU’s Town Hall on effective messaging and outreach. Like other causes we care about, labor unions face an uphill battle reaching new and nontraditional audiences to engage, support, and champion their goals.

It’s time to stop clutching our pearls and start reaching for our keyboards. Let’s go:

To better engage the Rising American Electorate, we have four recommendations! Here we go:

1. Invest in digital experts.

Hire a Digital Director or Community Engagement manager. If you’re in the process hiring and need a hand in managing your digital communications until the right candidate comes along, talk with us.

If you want strong online presence, you’ll need a digital team with a keen understanding of social media networks, how people interact with them, and how to use them to make your organization heard in a sea of millions. This isn’t a post-and-go gig for an intern.

2. Commit to being fact checkers who fight misinformation with truth.

The truth is, there are a lot of lies spreading on the internet from every angle. Partisan politics and mudslinging have been worn out and confused. Be the voice of truth and reason — again, and again, again. Use the internet echochamber for truth and justice.

3. Reflect the people you want to reach.

LISTEN UP! This one is important. People will only respond to things they feel and see themselves reflected in. Organizational speak won’t work—it hasn’t for the last 10 years. If you want to reach millennials, show their faces in your ads and speak their language. #WeBuiltThis, a campaign I’ve helped lead, engages millennials of color in electoral politics through pop culture and art. Using fun and shareable memes is one of specialties and our audience loves it!

4. Influence with Influencers.

More than ever, people are looking to their peers and people they trust to share honest information. Build alliances with digital influencers—those with sizeable online audiences and credibility—who reach your audience and give them resources they can share. Micro-influencers (i.e. those with about 1k to 10k followers) can be more accessible and trusted within their communities.

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Each one of us are called to champions the truth and help move our country forward. It’s up to you to do that every single day—even from your laptop.

Shawn Bryant @Shawn__B is Director of Strategic Projects & Digital Storytelling at Do Big Things.