Volunteer Phone Banks
Personal calls made by volunteers, who believe in the cause, are the second most effective “Precinct Organizing” methodology behind door-to-door canvassing. Nothing beats face-to-face discussions and relationship building! Volunteers are effective because they can convey an authentic sense of enthusiasm and commitment. It’s best for these volunteers to use a brief opening script and then evolve into a relaxed conversation, pausing for questions and inviting respondents to obtain more information by visiting the organization’s website. Key findings are as follows:
In contrast to volunteers calling, professional phone bank live calls produce weak effects. Some findings are as follows:
Ralph Kraus, leader of the Patriot Unite organization in northwest Ohio, shared the following success example with me and gave me permission to share it on the website. Using the Voter Record information, on a Sunday afternoon he called registered Republicans within his precinct. He made thirty-six calls (4.4 minutes average per call), was able to connect with fifteen voters (42% completion rate), and of these fifteen, eleven (73% success rate) were interested in joining his organization. Many indicated that they would bring others to the meeting.
He used a similar script to the one listed below. Once he got through the script, he ended up in a productive conversation. Most were aware of the Tea Party movement, but had not taken the initiative to get involved.
Ralph used the Voter Records to focus his calls to assure they would be most productive. He sorted the Excel based Voter Records by registered Republicans who voted in the last three primary elections. He then sorted these results by age group, focusing primarily on the 40 – 60 year age group, since he was primarily focusing on building his volunteer base for door-to-door “Precinct Organizing” for the fall election.
Hello, is this
My name is _____________.
I am a neighbor of yours on ____________ street and I am a leader / member of the Tea Party / Patriot group called __________. Have you hear of Tea Parties / Our Group?
I am a conservative concerned for our country and I got involved because I had to do something to try and stop the destruction of our way of life by career politicians. They are bankrupting our country, taking over private sector businesses, and increasing the government’s control over every aspect of our lives! Like many of us, I am worried for my children and grandchildren.
We meet every other __(Day of week)____ at _____(Location)____ starting at _____(Time)___ p.m. Our objective is to get citizens, like you, to join us and educate them on what they can do.
I want to invite you, your spouse, neighbors, relatives, and friends to come and hear what we are doing locally next __(Day and Date)___ . It is very satisfying to be united with other patriots and share in this movement to take back our country. Can I count on you to come to this meeting?
If you would be so kind to give me your e-mail address, I’ll put you on our list to keep you informed.
Thank you and have a good day/ evening / weekend.