Two-Thirds of Obama's Online Fundraising Was Via Email

August 27th, 2009

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A quick correction to “Learning from Obama” — roughly two-thirds of Barack Obama’s online fundraising in 2007-2008 came in directly via an email solicitation, meaning that the money was donated by someone clicking on a link in an email. Let’s think about what that implies, which is that EVERYTHING else that the campaign did to raise money online basically just supplemented their email program.

In the original version of the e-book, I’d misremembered the stat and made the claim that the campaign had raised three-quarters of their donations via email, which is even more impressive but also unfortunately wrong. The bug’s now corrected, thanks to comments at our Netroots Nation panel, but if you have an original version of “Learning from Obama,” hold on to it — it’s sure to become a collector’s item…

And for political communicators looking at the landscape for 2010 and 2012, the lesson is clear — for all the explosion of online tools over the past decade, the combination of an email list and a fundraising website STILL blows every other channel out of the water as a dollar-raising tool, assuming at least that you’re running a competent email fundraising operation. You should go where your audience is, obviously, which may well put you out on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and every other venue imaginable, but you’ll ignore the basic tools at your own peril.


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  • 1.  |  August 28th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    [...] e.politics:: Two-Thirds of Obama’s Online Fundraising Was Via Email [...]

  • 2. How Candidates Can Use th&hellip  |  September 28th, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    [...] engaged — for example, roughly two-thirds of the $500 million that Barack Obama raised online came directly from someone clicking on a “donate now” button in an email message. Email reaches many people who still haven’t joined the social web, for one thing, but it’s [...]

  • 3. e.politics: online advoca&hellip  |  December 7th, 2009 at 12:30 am

    [...] Regardless of what a campaign is asking supporters to do, they’re likely asking it via email. As we’ve covered before (see Chapter Two), email remains the most effective way to stay in consistent online contact with many people at once, despite the growth of Facebook, Twitter and other social tools — and it’s the best online fundraising channel we currently have. [...]

  • 4. e.politics: online advoca&hellip  |  December 7th, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    [...] Two-Thirds of Obama’s Online Fundraising was Via Email [...]

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