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๐Ÿ“š Planning From Your Userโ€™s Journey

Sam Chavez
Sam Chavez

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Welcome Back! ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ

2023 pulled us in all kinds of directions! Finding the perfect social media platforms for your message as user experience deteriorates, understanding the new email requirements, and more. Last year social media felt very uncertain, this year it seems to be email. This week, we're looking at how we can look at the bigger-picture strategy to better prepare for the end of the platform era. Read on for more...

On Tap This Week
๐ŸŒฑ The Less Stress Strategy Process
๐ŸŒฑ Plan From Your Userโ€™s Journey
๐ŸŒฑ Own Your Content & Data
๐ŸŒฑ Navigating Tech & Comms News

๐ŸŽช Building Accessibility into Practice

The Less Stress Strategy Process

The last three years have been a tumultuous time for most industries. Non-profit communications, especially digital outreach, have not been spared from the cloud of uncertainty after rapid changes brought on by greedy corporate interests on the heels of an unprecedented pandemic.

Modern-day communications require organizations and activists to be experts in the rails at which we communicate. Itโ€™s no longer possible to reach a wide audience easily and organizations have to be smart about the social media, email, websites, media, and places where they put their messages so they can be heard by the right people.

The pandemic era has made this much harder. Social mediaโ€™s rapid dominance could not have been predicted. The crumbling of traditional television has left a vacuum. And most of us are at the whims of algorithms impacting what content is deemed โ€œprofessionalโ€ by the conservative, mostly male CEOs in tech and media.

Algorithms are changing and influencing what social and political issues get amplified and which ones get buried. All while the full scope of AI looms in the distance.

Itโ€™s hard to know which channels organizations need to be on. Is it still appropriate for more progressive organizations to be on Twitter? Will I miss my fundraising or conversion goal because I donโ€™t join Threads? Why did my reach suddenly drop? Should I be on many platforms or only focus on a few?

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Building Accessibility into Practice

Looking to brush up on your accessibility skills? Join Britt Holmes and I on Valentine's Day ๐Ÿ’• for Set Yourself Up's February lunch & learn where we are talking about building accessibility into practice in your communications.

This free, 30-minute monthly Zoom session is meant to help democratize digital communications knowledge for organizations, campaigns, entrepreneurs, and activists who are working toward social change. Learn more about the free series here. We hope to see you there!

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And that's a wrap on this weekโ€™s newsletter! We hope you found this helpful in your work. If you have any topics you want covered or have any questions, please respond to let us know.

In Solidarity,
Sam Chavez
Roots of Change Founder

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Sam Chavez

Sam is a writer, strategist, and curious human. She founded the roots of change agency in 2020. Sam is a queer, white, LatinX activist whoโ€™s passionate about a livable planet & equitable societies.


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