#2 Spread the petition


After you click on “Start petition”, it is important that you continue to be active because the first day counts! You have created an online petition and so it makes sense to gain support online as well. openPetition provides you with various functions for this purpose. At the bottom of the petition page you will find the following options:

Emails and messengers: Email your petition to all your contacts. In recent years, many more people have signed a petition on openPetition via personal email than by any other means. Not to be neglected are also 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, X and Instagram are essential for reaching many people. You can use your own Facebook account to regularly share photos and news with your friends. Also ask them to share and forward your message. Press articles on the topic or your petition are an excellent starting point for an article. Newspapers often post links to individual articles that you can repost and add to with your own words. Holidays that are thematically related to your petition or draft laws are also suitable for a post. You can also ask organizations and clubs whether they will share your petition on their websites. Especially on Facebook, there are groups on almost every topic. Take advantage of this and publish your petition there. Always use the same #hashtag for your posts and tag or tag involved actors.

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

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

Widget and banner: You have the option of integrating a widget on your website or that of a friend. The widget allows supporters to sign directly on the website without having to go to www.openpetition.org first. This way you can collect signatures decentrally. Another option is to include a banner directly on your website that redirects signatories directly 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. This way you can reach more than just internet-savvy people. On the petition page you can download signature forms, print them out and upload them again later. If you have any questions, please feel free to read here .

Tear-off stub: You can also download these handouts 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 promote petitions, especially at the local level, and reach potential supporters by placing advertisements in the local press.

If the petition increases significantly in the first few days, you can generate a lot of attention and carry the momentum into the hot phase of the collection period.

Supported by openPetition: We are here to help you with all of these steps. It is important that you keep us updated. 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 signal, but what happens next? Help shape your roadmap to success Videos, images and offline actions .

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