Text banking is fast and effective because a lot of people communicate by text instead of answering their phones. You might text 1000 or more people in an hour with an open rate of 90%+ (who can ignore a text?) and a response rate of 10-24%! Phone banking and canvassing are great for face-to-face or voice-to-voice, but texting provides direct communication with a lot of voters very quickly. It's a better return on your time investment from the comfort of your own home, or while you're on the go.
- Open Progress Text Troop
- Real Justice
- NextGen America
- Resistance Labs
- MoveOn Text Team
- Text the Vote (aka Build the Wave)
- Outvote (iOS/Android)
You can also find campaigns that have in-house texting like Beto O'Rourke (Volunteer to Text for Beto) who is running to replace Ted Cruz as the U.S. Senator from Texas.
For some, getting started is the hardest part, but once you're setup it can become quite addicting. And for those that need a little hand-holding, check out Red2Blue. They have some of the best training and hands-on support of any organization out there. If you become a Texting Pro there, you will be able to drop into any campaign with any organization and text like a superstar. You can either sign up, or if you're familiar with Slack, you can join their channel directly HERE.