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    Introducing Navigational Keyboard Shortcuts

    July 17, 2018

    Get around faster with Keyboard Shortcuts, an easy way to navigate our most used pages.

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    New in NGP 8: ActBlue Contribution Integration

    March 6, 2018

    In the fast-paced environment of a political campaign, it is important that directors and strategists have always have access to up-to-date information and data. Because some campaigns use multiple databases to process and house that information, exporting and uploading records between systems consumes staff time and can leave decision makers waiting or using out-of-date information.

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    • Organizing

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    Visualize Your Campaign's Data in a Whole New Way

    October 19, 2017

    Campaigns are fast moving and deal with a ton of data - whether its coming from their field, digital, or fundraising teams. Organizers and staff need a quick way to analyze their data and see if their campaign is on track. 

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    How We Incorporate User Feedback into Our Products

    October 5, 2017

    We care about what you think and are constantly working to improve our products. We’ve put together a suite of tools and frameworks to help us better incorporate user feedback into our everyday product decisions so that we can create a better product experience for you. 

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    We're Refreshing Our Look

    September 28, 2017

    We’re excited to announce the first in a series of updates that refresh the look and feel of our products. We’ve been hard at work improving our internal product development processes and building out a new version of ProgressUI, our internal user experience framework. We're rolling out a refresh that focuses on fonts, colors, and other minor changes that we believe will make our products easier to use. Here's what changed:

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    We're Improving Our Process to Improve Our Products

    September 21, 2017

    A few years ago, we recognized that we could do better when it came to the user experience of our products. We formed a design team, hiring user researchers, product designers, and front-end engineers. We got to work improving processes and building a suite of tools to help us work efficiently and effectively. We established product design principles, design guidelines, and built an all-new design system we call ProgressUI. Working with product leadership, we changed the product development process to incorporate design and user feedback early and often. These changes have helped us push the design and experience of our product forward and we’ve learned a lot.

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  • Powerful, Targeted Facebook Ad Integration Now Available to Campaigns

    June 15, 2017

    Political campaigns are increasingly finding new ways to engage supporters on Facebook, and one key way is through the use of targeted advertising through Facebook Ads Manager. Especially for down-ballot candidates, Facebook Ads are a precise, cost-effective way to raise more money, sign up more supporters, and communicate a message to a specific audience.

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    • Digital

    Rank Your Supporters & Measure Their Involvement with Engagement Points

    May 23, 2017

    When it comes to a campaign's supporter engagement and fundraising, not all supporters are created equal. Campaigns often have numerous different types of people who support their candidate: passive social media followers, small-dollar donors, part-time volunteers, super-volunteers, and mega-donors, just to name a few.

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    • Digital

    New Facebook Events Integration Pulls Attendee Data Directly Into Your Database

    May 11, 2017

    NOTE: This feature is currently unavailable due to changes made by Facebook in early 2018. Stay tuned for updates! Facebook is one of the most important digital organizing tools of our time. Every day, nonprofits and other organizations use Facebook's events platform to build crowds and recruit attendees to actions, protests, fundraisers, parties, and other types of events. 

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  • Leverage Your Supporters' Influence and Follow Engagement with Social Share Tracking

    May 11, 2017

    Organizations have enormous untapped potential in the form of their supporters’ social networks and influence. To tap into this, you need know who shares your content, but more importantly, you want to know who is succeeding at referring new people – and donations - to your organization

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    Expanded Social Matching Allows Campaigns to Learn Even More About Their Supporters

    May 11, 2017

    Understanding your supporters and meeting them where they are is an increasingly important part of any outreach campaign. From a grassroots effort to mobilize broad audiences like the Women’s March to high-touch, high dollar fundraising, having more information about the social media habits of your supporters will help you be more effective in your outreach.

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    • VAN

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    Organizing More Easily & Efficiently with New Turf Manager Updates

    May 8, 2017

    Our team is always listening to organizers and volunteers to discover how VAN can help field programs maximize their efforts. That’s why we’re excited to release improvements to Turf Manager which make navigating the page, printing region summaries, and cutting, sending and monitoring Turf with MiniVAN even easier and more efficient. Here's some changes we made that will help organizers navigate more easily through Turf Manager:

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    • VAN

    New on VAN: Better, More Inclusive Data with Non-Binary Gender Options

    April 24, 2017

    NGP VAN is a progressive, mission-driven company that works every day to help Democrats and progressives change the world - whether they’re running for office or advocating for a cause. Taking our company’s values to heart, we believe the tools we build should reflect the values that matter to us and our clients -  of diversity, inclusion, and social justice, to name a few.

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    • Innovation Platform

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    Innovation Platform Spotlight: DemocraticAds.com

    September 26, 2016

    Continuing to build upon our commitment to transforming campaign technology through our Innovation Platform, NGP VAN is excited to launch a new partnership with DSPolitical to bring its award-winning, self-serve voter targeted digital advertising platform DemocraticAds.com to the VAN.

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    Innovation Platform Spotlight: SpeakEasy Political

    August 5, 2016

    Digital innovation has touched almost every sector of the political world. Donating is easier online, organizers can go door to door with their iPhones, and social media outreach has changed the game. But older workhorse tools - like direct mail - have been slow to evolve. That changes this cycle.

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    • Innovation Platform

    Innovation Platform Spotlight: Empower Engine

    August 3, 2016

    NGP VAN’s Innovation Platform is making it easier for campaigns of all sizes to run fully-integrated, sophisticated multi-channel voter contact campaigns. This week, we’re highlighting one of our many progressive technology partners from the Innovation Platform Marketplace - Empower Engine. A web mapping application for Democrats and Progressives, Empower Engine was co-founded in 2013 by NGP VAN alumni Julie Goldberg and Noah Glusenkamp.

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    Introducing Dashboard

    July 13, 2016

    VAN is the technology backbone of nearly every Democratic campaign and progressive organization in the country. Every day from now until November, thousands of organizers and volunteers will use VAN to manage key aspects of their work - but we know that it hasn’t always been easy for people to jump right into the work they need to do. That’s why we built Dashboard.

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    Mobile Canvassing Gets Major Upgrade with Script Branching on MiniVAN

    June 30, 2016

    More than ever before, campaign volunteers are ditching clipboards and paper lists for canvassing apps like MiniVAN. Mobile canvassing is already completely transforming field programs, helping canvassers get out the vote more easily and efficiently. Now, we’re ready to take field organizing to the next level – by introducing Script Branching on MiniVAN.

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    Cutting-Edge Digital Tools Aren’t Just for Fundraising - Introducing Field Automation on VAN

    June 27, 2016

    Traditionally, innovations in the digital political world have been focused primarily around online fundraising. Innovations like one-click donations, mobile responsive forms, welcome series emails, pre-filling form fields, and A/B testing have long been focused on improving conversion rates for contribution forms. That’s been great for digital fundraisers, but what about organizers? Today we’re excited to announce the launch of an entirely new suite of digital tools just for organizers: introducing Field Automation, Targeted Email, and Online Actions on VAN.

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    New NGP + LinkedIn Integration: A Vital Tool for Fundraising & Donor Research

    June 16, 2016

    One key feature that we provide on NGP is automatic matching to individuals’ Facebook and Twitter profiles based on their email address. This week, we’re excited to announce that we’ve added another key social network to our social matching feature: LinkedIn.

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    • Organizing

    • Design

    Introducing Sidebar Navigation in VAN

    May 3, 2016

    We’re constantly working to improve our products and make them easier for our customers to use. One thing we’ve continued to hear is that you want a better way to move around VAN. Everyone from volunteers to administrators want to complete their work faster and more easily. There’s so much you can do in VAN - from cutting turf, to phone banking, to managing contacts - and our users asked for a streamlined way to complete tasks, one that doesn’t rely on main menu. So, we’ve designed something that allows you to do just that: Sidebar navigation in VAN. 

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    Case Study: Using NGP VAN's Phone Tools to "Awaken Democracy"

    April 7, 2016

    This spring, more than 250 organizations representing a diverse array of movements and thousands of people are coming together in Washington, DC for Democracy Awakening - to mobilize to protect voting rights, get big money out of politics, and demand fair consideration of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. Groups like People for the American Way, MoveOn.org, NAACP, LCV Education Fund, Equality Federation, and many others have joined forces for this massive weekend of events. Mobilizing progressive activists on such a huge scale takes a lot of work and requires sophisticated organizing tools - so when event organizers began planning their outreach, they knew NGP VAN could help.

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    • Design

    VAN 5.2 Update Features ProgressUI Overhaul

    December 3, 2015

    We take pride in designing experiences that help our users change the world, one action at a time.

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    Optimization Wins: New Online Forms Improve Conversions by 5.9 Percent

    October 22, 2015

    I wear a lot of hats at NGP VAN, but my highest priority is being obsessed with conversion rates. That’s why today, I'm excited to share a big development: according to our most recent analysis, NGP VAN customers are enjoying 5.9 percent higher conversion rates on their online forms.  I'm pretty excited about this. Actually, I'm downright giddy.  Here's a look at the new features that make our online forms lean, mean, converting machines.

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  • Introducing NGP Spring ’15 (product)

    May 19, 2015

    Springtime is in full bloom, and with it comes fresh updates and new features to the digital tools progressives love. Earlier this year, we introduced you to Progress Bars and Pulse, two ways for you to connect with supporters online. Today, we’re excited to share hundreds more time-saving, engagement-building improvements, like integration for Eventbrite events and better document management. Here are the highlights of some of the biggest updates you’ll see in NGP Spring ’15.

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    4 Announcements from #NGPVANNext You Need to Hear

    August 21, 2014

    Last night we heard some exciting things from Stu Trevelyan, Aharon Wasserman, and John Lee about the future of progressive campaigns. We hope that these new products will help you achieve even more success in your work and we can’t wait to share with you all of these exciting new changes.

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  • Announcing Bitcoin Contribution Integration

    August 20, 2014

    NGP VAN had a Hackathon earlier in the year for our development teams. My fellow developers and I had the latitude to work on anything we wanted, and my first inclination was to work on political contributions using Bitcoin. I wanted to work on Bitcoin because (a) it's something a lot of developers, organizations, and companies have been talking about but no one has done yet, and (b) I'm very interested in digital currencies. As my coworkers will attest, I've been excited about Bitcoin since before pretty much anyone else had even heard about it. I may have even driven a few coworkers crazy with my talk about the project for the whole month leading up to the hackathon.

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    Turf Cutter’s New Map Interface

    June 28, 2014

    Here at NGP VAN, we understand firsthand how important it is to equip Democratic and progressive campaigns with go-to-war tools for this coming November and beyond. No one’s resting on their laurels and we’re all-in to build upon some of the most effective technologies in the campaign space. That’s why I’m so excited to announce one of our newest developments!

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  • OpenVPB: an easier way to phone bank

    June 26, 2014

     It's very exciting and gratifying to see my NGP VAN hackathon project, the OpenVPB.com site, finally launched and in use! Having made my fair share of phone calls over the past decade or so, in elections up and down the ballot, I know the importance of phone banks at every stage of a field operation. Organizers ask their volunteers to make calls to identify supportive voters, recruit supporters to events, and of course, to get out the vote on election day. Phone banks are as much a part of our electoral process as Labor Day parades and yard signs.

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    Major Update to NationalField Product: Mobile-first

    April 21, 2014

      You may remember that back in November, NGP VAN announced its acquisition of NationalField. Our startup launched out of the 2008 Obama campaign and the product provides online organizing networks and powerful data dashboards to campaigns and organizations fighting for change.

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  • Introducing NGP VAN's New Turf Management Tool

    April 19, 2014

    A couple years ago, NGP VAN started collecting turf management user stories for our turf cutting tool. We’ve always been proud to have best in class tools for cutting and managing turf, but we are also always looking for ways to do better. Over time, we introduced live editing of turfs, reduced the number of clicks it took to draw turf and save turfs, made the overall look and feel cleaner and easier to work with, and released auto-cutting turf. All of those features were geared toward allowing organizers to create turf and edit their turfs faster and more accurately.

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  • VAN Relay: Data at Your Fingertips

    March 27, 2014

    Today, we’re proud to announce the release of a powerful new feature called VAN Relay - a feature that seamlessly enhances your member data and activist data with voter file information. Think of VAN Relay as a clearinghouse that scans the entire platform for better data enhancement.

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  • VAN's Improved User Interface

    September 25, 2013

    If you’re a frequent VAN user (you know the type – votebuilder.com still shows up among your most frequently visited pages, even months after a campaign), you’ve probably noticed the “preview our new look” button on the main screen. Have you taken a peek at what’s in store?

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