ControlShift Blog

Authenticate Securely

We’ve improved the ways that customers can set up user account authentication within the ControlShift platform to support the requirements of the most sophisticated advocacy organizations.
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Changelog • December, 2021
feature
It's now possible to customize which social share buttons are shown in social share prompts, and the order in which they are shown.
fix
We've fixed display of the title/header of post-action social share modals for languages where these texts contain special characters like '.
fix
We've fixed an issue where the decreased contrast between the background color and text color made certain emails difficult to read in Outlook.com when viewed in non-Dark Mode Chrome browser on Windows.
improvement
When a petition creator accesses an old draft petition, we now skip the old Launching step and launch the petition right away.
improvement
We've changed the compression algorithm for incremental and nightly data exports from gzip to bzip to allow parallelizing their ingestion by AWS Glue.

Improved Blast Email Experience

We’ve been iteratively improving the interface that partners, petition creators, and event hosts use when they message their supporters over the last few weeks. We wanted to highlight all of the improvements as we wrap up the project.
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🎨 Custom branding for partners, microsites, days of action, and more!

We’re excited to announce a series of updates to ControlShift’s themes feature!
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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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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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