Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’
When notorious 1930’s era bank robber Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he simply replied, “Because that’s where the money is.” That same line of thought can be used today by organizations that have starting using Facebook as part of their communications and advocacy efforts – it makes sense because that’s where the people are!
A lot people these days are spending time on Facebook. Is there any better place to see what your all of your friends are collectively up to – or to post photos of your kid’s birthday party? Studies show that the average active Facebook user spends over 20 minutes a day on the site! It’s no wonder Facebook is now one of the top sites in the world – with a total user base greater than the entire population of the United States! Its reach is so wide that Facebook has become an almost a second Internet on to itself.
That’s why we are so excited to leverage Facebook’s popularity for advocacy purposes and announce the launch of the You’re the Cure Facebook Action Center. You can find it by clicking the “Take Action” tab on our You’re the Cure Facebook page, which can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/yourethecure/
The You’re the Cure Facebook Action Center empowers people to send messages to their elected officials and to opt-in to receive more information from the Heart Association — all without ever leaving Facebook. The action center also gives activist the opportunity to share the actions with their existing group of Facebook friends, which helps spread our messages even further on the popular social media site.
We think this tool will really take our outreach efforts to the next level, but not without your help. Please become a “fan” on our page on Facebook and use the “Take Action” tab to send a message to a decision maker. It’s quick and easy, and when you’re done you’re only a few click away from millions of other things on Facebook!
American Heart Association advocates will be storming Capitol Hill on March 10, making the case to key lawmakers that we need to boost our investments in heart and stroke research. They’ll be talking to Congress face to face, but they can only do so much in one day. They need your help to reinforce the message!
Here are all the ways you can join our “lobby day” on March 10:
1) Send a message to your lawmakers – There’s no easier way to make your voice heard than by filling your legislators’ inboxes. Let them know that there are millions of Americans who care deeply about this crucial medical research.
2) Back that up by picking up the phone – and calling 202-224-3121 to tell your members of Congress how important this funding is. Drop us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’ve made a call.
3) Spread the word on Facebook.
4) Join the “Tweet Storm” – Tell your followers on Twitter you just stood up for heart and stroke research funding and ask them to do the same. And, stay tuned this month for a way to deliver our message by tweeting at your Member of Congress. Be sure to use the “#ResearchSavesLives” hashtag when you can.
5) Finally, if you want to take it one step further, spread the word to friends and family by passing along the link to this post – and ask them to join you.
Thanks so much for helping us build momentum on Capitol Hill. With your help, we’ll hit our aggressive goal of 25,000 messages to Congress this month – and we’ll secure this crucial research funding that saves lives.
Right now, President Obama is hosting an online town hall on healthcare reform. Also today, AHA CEO Nancy Brown and AHA President Clyde Yancy will host a call with You’re the Cure advocates to discuss AHA’s role in the healthcare reform debate, and how you can have a voice in the discussion.
Please sign our petition in support of healthcare reform that makes healthcare available, affordable and adequate for everyone. We also invite you to share your story. How has the broken healthcare system impacted you or your family? How can reform help you?
Join the discussion on Facebook!
Visit our You’re the Cure fanpage and become friends with Paper Doll Katie. Both pages will keep you up to date on AHA’s healthcare reform efforts and give you a place to engage in the dialogue.
And, you can leave your comments here as well. We want to know what you think!
President Obama is inviting you to share your questions on healthcare reform. Then, during an online town hall Wednesday at 1:15 pm Eastern, he’ll answer some of the most popular questions.
More information in available on the White House Blog: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/A-National-Discussion-on-Health-Care-Reform/
You can help ensure heart disease and stroke patients have a voice in the discussion!
Submit your question through YouTube, Twitter or Facebook:
- Record and post a 20-30 second video response to the President’s YouTube video
- Use the hashtag #WHHCQ to ask your question via Twitter
- Visit the White House page on Facebook and ask your question there
Then, participate live in the President’s online town hall Wednesday, July 1 at 1:15 pm Eastern. You can access the town hall at www.whitehouse.gov/live.
We’d love to know what questions you’re asking… leave a comment here and tell us what issues you hope the President will address during his town hall.