Enhance Fundraising, Create Opportunity for Richer Engagement. In addition to charitable and advocacy organizations, political candidates have learned that Broadnet calls can generate donations quickly and efficiently. In one 30 minute TeleForum™ call, presidential candidate Michele Bachmann raised more than $14,000. Follow-up emails to participants raised another $3,000.
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and business mogul Donald Trump hosted an interactive TeleForum™ event through Broadnet on October 17, 2011. Their list included a combination of donors, constituents, and social media registrants for a total of 180,000 outbound records. The Congresswoman and Mr. Trump spoke to participants about current legislation affecting the economy and their respective roles in promoting the reversal of these bills. Throughout the call, the hosts interacted with participants by encouraging them to ask questions and respond to the three different interactive polls. Congresswoman Bachmann also urged participants to donate to her Presidential campaign using Broadnet’s transfer fundraising feature.
Congresswoman Bachmann relied on Broadnet’s TeleForum™ technology to reach out to her list of 180,000 participants. Content included OPEC’s rising oil prices, the repeal of “Obamacare,” job generation and the Congresswoman’s candidacy for President. Mr. Trump was able to discuss his role in the Chinese-American trade relations and also speak to the recent press he has received on the issue. The Congresswoman and Mr. Trump spoke to 38,862 attendees on the call, with a record breaking 8,371 attendees concurrently on the TeleForum™ call. Over 1,666 participants indicated they would like to ask a question and 20 attendees were able to ask their question live on the call.
Halfway through the call, Congresswoman Bachmann spoke about her Presidential campaign and discussed her goals if elected. The Congresswoman utilized Broadnet’s transfer feature, and instructed any participants who would like to donate to her campaign to press Star Zero. Congresswoman Bachmann was able to accrue a staggering $14,034 in donations in only 30 minutes. Her campaign yielded an extra $3,000 by following up in an email campaign to participants who had registered for the TeleForum™ call online.
Congresswoman Bachmann additionally utilized Broadnet’s post call voicemail option, in which 115 messages were recorded. Testimonials were extremely positive. One caller stated, “Hello Michele, it was an honor listening to you and Donald. It seems like you have a wonderful plan…Thank you again, I enjoyed listening to you. I will go on your website tomorrow and make a donation.”
Congresswoman Bachmann and Mr. Trump’s TeleForum created a conversation between constituents, supporters and activists. From the live question and answer session, the three interactive polls, and the fundraising push, the event was a complete success in garnering support behind the Congresswoman’s campaign.
“This is the new wave of political work because when you look at what’s going on in the world and when you look at the new technology, it really is amazing. This is our townhall meeting. It’s done by telephones… it’s certainly very interesting.” – Donald Trump
Date: October 17, 2011
Outbound Dial: 180,000
Answered Live: 92,699
Entered Q&A: 1,666
Peak Attendees: 8,371 average
Average Duration: 20 minutes
288 participants transferred out to make a donation for a total of $14,034 during the call
115 post call voice messages were left at the end of the TeleForum