ControlShift Blog

Using Supporter Led Petitions for Distributed Message Testing

I enjoyed today’s XKCD comic which made the point that “experts in everything wildly overestimate the average person’s familiarity with their field” and the same is as true for supporter-led petition platforms as it is for geochemistry.
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Changelog • September, 2021
improvement
Users with the Configure Settings permission can now publish a preset filter to make it available for all of the organization's users.
fix
We've fixed issue where moving an event into a calendar after creation could cause future attendee syncs to ActionKit to fail.
improvement
We've improved the usability of the interface for managing Webhook API Integrations
improvement
We now allow entering relative URLs for home page redirects.
fix
We've fixed a bug that skipped 2FA after resetting a password.

Sync ControlShift Events to Action Network

We’ve added support to our Action Network sync to allow customers to integrate ControlShift Events and Calendars with Action Network Events and Event Campaigns via an API data sync.
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Strategies to drive petition creation

During one of our recent office hours we had the chance to show off our new petition creation flow. We also spent some time talking about the various strategies organizations can use to drive successful petition creation. For many of our organizations, petitions are the primary way that members become leaders, and we know that organizations are often interested in new ways to solicit new petitions.
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Petition Creation, Reloaded

We recently announced our redesign of the petition creation flow, and we are excited to report back on how the tests we’ve been running have performed. We’re continuously working to make the platform experience faster and better for our organizations’ supporters using A/B tests to optimize every page your supporters encounter.
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After Action Improvements

Millions of people take action via ControlShift every month and we’re committed to ensuring that every supporter’s voice is made as powerful as possible.
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⚡ Lightning Fast Pages

Front-end page performance might seem like an obscure technical aspect of a product, but it can be one of the most critical metrics that drives the success of any site. It’s particularly important for mobile users whose constrained bandwidth and limited device capacity can make websites that otherwise perform well feel frustratingly slow to load. In one often-cited study, the BBC found that they lost an additional 10% of users for each additional second it took for a page to load. We’ve become quite passionate about finding ways to improve the actual and perceived performance of the sites that we host for customers because while it might seem like an obscure concern at first, we think it can be critical to our customers’ success.
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Finding the Best Events

Whether your movement is fighting for racial justice, a Green New Deal, or a fair workplace, there can be an overwhelming number of ways for volunteers to get involved and get to work locally. These opportunities may also be spread across allied organizations or siloed in different event tools.
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Shifts for Events

As electoral organizing ramps up before election day in the United States, we’re excited to roll out support for event shifts as part of ContolShift’s member-led events feature.
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Search everything, all in one place

We’ve released a new search interface that makes it easier for admins to find what they’re looking for within their ControlShift platform. With the new search bar at the top of the admin tools pages, admins can enter a search term and see results from across the platform, including members, events, petitions, partnerships, and emails.
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ActionNetwork + ControlShift

We now support a deep integration with ActionNetwork so our mutual customers can use our distributed organizing and member led campaigning tools alongside the ActionNetwork CRM and mailer.
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