#2 Spread the petition


At the same time as you click on "Start Petition", a few more things should happen, because: The first day counts! You have created an online petition, so it makes sense to get online supporters as well. openPetition provides you with various functions for this. At the bottom of the petition page you will find the following options:

Emails and Messenger: Email your petition to all your contacts. In recent years, many more people have signed a petition on openPetition through a personal email than any other way. Not to be neglected are messengers such as Whatsapp or Telegram, which many people use with their smartphones. Create a group with your contacts and their contacts and send the link to the petition. Student Dario's petition reached 45,000 people via Whatsapp - in just 48 hours!

Social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are essential to reach many people. You can regularly share photos and news with your friends via your own Facebook account. Also, ask them to share and forward your message in turn. Press articles on the subject or on your petition are an excellent starting point for a contribution. Newspapers often post links to individual articles that you can repost and add your own words to. Public holidays that are thematically related to your petition or draft laws are also suitable for a post. You can also ask organizations and associations here whether they will share your petition on their website. Especially on Facebook there are groups for almost every topic. Use this and publish your petition there. Always use the same #hashtag for your posts and tag or mark the actors involved.

Very important: The link to the petition should always be included with all posts! There is a short link on every petition page, use it!

Let us know what actions you are planning on social media and send us your photos and videos, then we can support you and give you feedback. You can always tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Write @openPetition in the post and select our profile: @openPetition on Facebook, @openpetition.de on Instagram und @openPetition on twitter. Then we will get everything and can share the post via our channel if necessary.

widgets and banners: You have the option of embedding a widget on your website or that of friends. The widget allows supporters to sign directly on the website without having to go to www.openpetition.org first. This allows you to collect signatures decentrally. Another option is to embed a banner directly on your website that directs signers to the petition page. Both widget and banner can be found at the bottom of the petition page " Tools for spreading the petition ".

Spread petition offline

Offline Signatures: This is a special feature of openPetition, because here you have the opportunity to collect signatures online and offline. In this way, you not only reach internet-savvy people. On the petition page you can download signature forms, print them out and upload them again later.

tear-off note: You can also download these leaflets with the petition link from the petition page, print them out and distribute them to friends or display them at events. This will make your petition even better known!

local press: You can raise the profile of petitions, especially at the local level, and reach potential supporters by placing advertisements in the local press.

If the petition rises sharply in the first few days, you can generate a lot of attention and take the momentum with you into the hot phase of the collection period.

Support through openPetition: We are at your side with all these steps. It is important that you keep us up to date. If we notice that you are strongly committed, then we will also be committed to you. For example, if we learn of a planned handover, we can advise you and, if necessary, draw your attention to it via our channels.

This is the starting shot, but how to proceed? Help shape your roadmap to success Videos, images and offline actions .

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