Effective voter contact means speaking the audience’s language.
On Thursday April 20th, the American Association of Political Consultants awarded RumbleUp three Gold Pollies for our client's exceptional use of multilingual texting on their campaign: Best Phone Campaign, Best Use of SMS, and Best Innovation for Voter Targeting.
The campaign's use of peer-to-peer (P2P) texting to reach voters in five languages helped drive them to victory on election day. Here's how multilingual texting became a pivot tool for our client in 2022:
Campaigns often miss the opportunity to effectively communicate and engage with voters who do not speak English as their primary language, which means fewer opportunities to persuade and turn out supporters. The ability to connect with these voters is especially critical in key, swing districts where mere hundreds of votes may determine a race.
Our client made history as the first Korean American woman elected to Congress with her razor-thin victory in 2020, but that did not translate into smooth sailing for 2022. Instead, she faced one of the most divisive races in California in 2022, running in a new district that tilts slightly toward Democrats and with a unique diversity of languages spoken by voters.
To effectively reach her supporters, our client needed to contact voters in their preferred language. This was particularly challenging because many of the languages spoken in her district don't exist in the traditional English alphabet, which are more challenging to text at scale.
We built the functionality to send diverse Unicode characters via text, allowing our client to connect with voters in Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, and English.
Using our technology, the campaign segmented their universe based on demographics such as language preference, past actions taken and age range. Then, using a custom tagging feature, they labeled contacts automatically by setting preferred demographic parameters.
To boost the campaign’s ability to engage with voters, we equipped them with the ability to create custom preloaded replies in all the needed languages. Responses set up by the campaign matched the language of the original text sent and allowed volunteers to send a full written reply with a single tap quickly. This allowed them to reply rapidly while they still had the recipient's attention on the message, which was essential to engage a voter via text successfully.
We also equipped the team with the functionality to embed pictures, videos and graphics along with their language- optimized text messages, which our data has shown to increase response rates by up to 50%.
We are proud to have revolutionized the texting medium with the development of high quality video text messages, which are accessible to campaigns regardless of their size.
How RumbleUp Made the Difference
Using our platform to text in multiple languages allowed the campaign to connect with voters in a personal way that they would not have achieved otherwise. By sending messages in Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino and English, they could engage with a broader audience and ensure they captured every possible vote on election day.
Without our multilingual language functionality, thousands of people who lacked native English speaking skills would not have received vital voting information. Overcoming the language barrier helped more people exercise their right to vote.
In competitive districts, individualized outreach makes the difference between winning and losing an election. P2P texting allowed our client to reach voters in their preferred language and engage in two-way, personal communication. These interactions were incredibly powerful and turned potential voters into strong supporters that showed up to the polls.
Our platform allowed our client to engage with voters they otherwise would have been unable to connect with. Ultimately, our client won by 7.6%, or 14,472 votes, showing how much her dedication to genuine connection resonated with voters.
Ready to connect with your multilingual audiences? Sign up for Rumbleup to start sending award-winning texts today at rumbleup.com or contact our sales team to talk about how texting can best work for you: email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or text us at 833–530–4400!