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17 October, 2023

Grassroots organizing on TikTok

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Grassroots organizing on Tik Tok

Think outside the box to find the next generation of voters on Tik Tok.

Distill Social is a Michigan grassroots group that organizes on social media. Its innovative approaches cut through the noise to . Gina Keller, the Co-Founder has suggestions on how to organizer smarter for less on TikTok, Facebook and other social media platforms. Listen to Gina's podcast interview.

"All media frames the narrative to benefit corporate shareholders and ownership. They want the most clicks and the highest advertising premiums. We kind of have a snarky, gossipy tone for a reason… We are just telling things like they are… no corporate shareholders or advertisers to bow to here and some of this stuff is unbelievable!” - Gina on West Ottawan.

Build online communities

Don’t consider yourself a political type?  You don’t have to be!  Distill Social empowers everyday people to find their voices, tap into their networks and join the fight!

“We want Distill Social to be the place where you can come online to find stories you relate to and that make you want to take action! Are there books being banned in your town? Is your water safe to drink? Has gun violence affected you? Far too many of us are experiencing these things and we believe we can build an online community where people can learn about what can be done and which elected officials share our values.”  Get started with their free "Learn How To Organize and Communicate Your Message" guide:

Distill Social Guide to Good Trouble. Tips on progressive organizing on social media.

Tik Tok vs Facebook

Distill Social uses both paid social media advertising and organic distribution. (Organic distribution is where the platform shares your content for free). Gina explained how Tik Tok's algorithm identifies content is trending and shares it with more people. Facebook mostly shares your messages with some percentage of your current network, while Tik Tok helps your message reach people beyond your existing network.

"In order to capture attention on TikTok, content needs to be able to tell a story and be compelling. Short-form videos are an excellent medium for storytelling and allow brands to showcase their products or services in an engaging and creative way, making it more likely that users will stop and watch the video... The Tik Tok algorithm is designed to favor content that is likely to be popular and engaging to the user, thus making it more likely that they will spend more time on the app and consume more content. The algorithm is constantly evolving, and it’s continuously learning the user’s behavior and preference to better cater the content to them." - No Good

Distill Social AntiFLa sticker

Be creative

Distill Social's AntiFLa campaign is a showcase in creativity. It combines the harsh MAGA policies from Florida (anti-Florida), AntiFascist (Antifa) with the colors of LGTBQ into a beautiful sticker. The sticker was promoted on TikTok and encouraged people to get it by providing their address. Distill got thousands of requests and used the list to identify and get more people to register to vote. All for a fraction of the cost of traditional voter registration campaigns.

Distill provides a growing library of content that can be freely shared and encourages volunteers to contact them with issues that deserve attention, and also create more their own Tik Toks.

TakeAway: Think outside the box to find the next generation of voters on Tik Tok. Support Distill Social.

Deepak
DemLabs

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