How does helloGOV work?
helloGOV is a platform that enables social media influencers to create call-to-Congress campaigns and easily share these campaigns across social channels as well as track the results. Followers who click on a campaign can enter their postal address to quickly find the correct representative to call. We also provided call scripts to help make calls easy and effective.
Who can use helloGOV?
Anyone who is passionate about effecting change in our democracy can use helloGOV to mobilize their online followers to call Congress.
What is a campaign? How do I create one?
Campaigns allow you to create, share, and track your impact. Log into helloGOV and select “Create Campaign.” Simply provide a name/title and a call script of your choice! You can also include a link to provide further info/background on the topic.
How do I write a call script?
A call script should be concise and explanatory. It should sound natural for someone to use your script when calling his/her representatives. A template and an example script is below.
“Hi, my name is [insert full name] from [insert city and state]. I’m calling today to urge you to vote for/against [insert issue]. This is important to me because [insert concise explanation]. Thank you.”
"Hi, my name is Jane Doe and I'm a constituent from The Woodlands, Texas, and I'm calling to urge you to support the newly introduced bipartisan Bridge Act to extend visas for immigrants currently on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. I think it's really important that these students, coworkers and neighbors have their rights protected to work and live in the country they have always called home. Thank you."
How do I share a campaign?
After you’ve created a campaign, you can share it directly to Facebook and Twitter. You can also copy and paste the custom link to share.
How do I edit a campaign?
In your dashboard, you’ll see a list of all of your active campaigns. From here, you can select “edit” to fix a typo, rename a campaign, or otherwise edit the call script. Don’t worry, any links you’ve already shared will still direct back to the same campaign.
When can I see analytics on my campaigns?
Campaign analytics begin to flow to the platform in real-time, as soon as your followers start making calls!
What analytics do you provide?
Right now helloGOV provides counts on page views and calls made. Pages viewed is the count of clicks on your campaign link and calls made is the count of clicks to dial a Congressperson. Stay tuned, as we’re going to continue to build out more analytics features in the future!
How is helloGOV different from other calling platforms?
Many calling platforms provide the functionality of connecting callers with their correct congressional representatives. helloGOV is uniquely built to empower individual influencers to mobilize followers on issues they care about and actually track their impact.
Who’s behind helloGOV?
helloGOV was founded at the first Debug Politics hackathon in San Francisco. Our volunteer team of engineers, designers, copywriters, marketers, photographers, project managers, and more, is now nationwide.