Petition In Review

Your Guide For The Ultimate Petition

Petition In Review

Your Petition is now successfully submited, and sent to Admin for approval. Once the Petition is approved, you will receive an email alert letting you know, and you will see it in your My Account view. You have the ability to edit the Petition you just submitted, up until the point an Admin has formally approved your Petition, by accessing your Petitions in your My Account view.

How to Get Your Petition Noticed (and Meet Your Signatures Goal)

So you’ve created a Petition with a clear goal and target. How do you get people to look at it?.

Promotion and awareness of your petition has three main components:

  • Share your Petition with your circle of influence.
  • Attract signers to your Petition.
  • Encourage the signers of your Petition to share it forward

Craft a Compelling Message!

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A successful petition has clear goals and a concisely-communicated message that resonates with people. You can do this by:

  • Writing an eye-grabbing (short!) headline.
  • Write a summary that tells people why they should care and take action on your issue.
  • Keep everything short and easy to read, using paragraph breaks and bullet points when appropriate.

The following questions can help hone your petition language:

  • What action needs to be halted?
  • What can we do instead?
  • What benefits can be achieved, in the long or short term, by changing course?

Be sure to urge your petition supporters to sign and share, but also suggest examples of concrete actions that can be taken to make a difference on the issue.

“A picture’s worth a thousand words.” Make it look pretty! Photos, videos, and other media go a long way and help bring your issue to life and helps establish an emotional connection. Here are some tips:

  • Images should tell a story consistent with your campaign.
  • In photos, use images of individuals rather than groups to create a more personal connection between the viewer and the cause.
  • The emotional response should match the overall positive or negative tone you’ve set for the petition.
  • The ideal image shouldn’t require additional explanation.
  • Graphics and diagrams can also be effective.

Promoting Your Petition

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Promotion of your petition doesn’t just happen once. It’s key to share your petition repeatedly on different social media platforms with family and friends so there are multiple opportunities to become aquainted with your issue.

It’s important to stay engaged. Keep your petition signers updated of any new developments on the issue, whether they are victories or setbacks.

Sharing Your Petition

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Social Media

  • Facebook- Make your Facebook posts ‘public,’ so that when your friends like the post or offer comments, it will automatically be posted for their friends to see.
  • Twitter- Twitter uses #hashtags, so create your own hashtag or find a related issue and use their hashtag to draw attention to your petition.
  • E-mail- Make sure to include a link in the e-mail to the petition itself, as well as easy links for people to share your petition via Facebook and Twitter.

You can also try to use local media by getting in touch with reporters in your town who often cover local activism. You can also consider hosting an event at a local business to gather supporters and build a movement.

"It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there will be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result."
- Mahatma Gandhi