Applecart helps political organizations win their most challenging races by providing them with a unique technological advantage.
Sasha Issenberg, author of The Victory Lab, and John Heilemann discuss how Applecart’s Social Graph technology was used to change the game in the 2016 presidential primaries.
Traditional approaches to targeting sort voters based on basic demographic or geographic variables. This helps campaigns when individual political differences align well with demographic splits in the broader population. Sometimes, variables like race, income, and marital status tell you everything you need to know about who a voter will support and what message will resonate.
But demographics only explain so much.
What happens when two people who look alike respond to different messages or support different candidates? Even if a demographic group splits 80/20 for one party or candidate, unless you have a way to find the 20%, you're just leaving persuadable votes on the table.
Demographics and consumer data alone cannot tell similar people apart. Applecart processes billions of data points that reveal real-world relationships between voters. We exploit hard-to-get data sources like newspaper articles, websites, and yearbooks and use them to build our proprietary Social Graph. The Social Graph is a map of relationships between voters.
People spend time with people who share and inform their views. As a result, when we situate voters in the networks of people that they know, we can better predict their attitudes. We can also leverage these networks to influence and reinforce their views and habits. This gives our clients a full view of who is influencing whom - and how a campaign can exploit those relationships in real-time.
We have helped dozens of the most sophisticated campaigns - from the State House to the White House to:
Target voters with unparalleled accuracy
Motivate voters to turnout at unprecedented rates
Discover untapped donor communities
Identify influential voters in key target communities
Help volunteers tap their networks
Find new voters to register
Influence the press and key endorsers
"Applecart has pioneered social graph technology-effectively using people in your social network to increase voter turnout, persuade voters, and target. I used them on GOTV operations in Kansas, Maine, and Arkansas to great effect. Their voter mobilization program is the first real innovation in GOTV that I've seen in two decades-and I've seen firsthand that it works."Phil Cox Executive Director, Republican Governors Association
"I have spent thirty years working at the highest levels of American politics. I’ve seen a lot of campaigns and a lot of consultants. And I believe Applecart offers the smartest and most effective approach to winning challenging political campaigns on either side of the aisle. Applecart has continuously earned my trust as a client, as uniquely honest and direct advocates for our best interests, even when it is not the easiest path. Without fail, they deliver clever and effective solutions to challenging problems. I could not recommend Applecart more highly."Nancy Jacobson Founder and CEO, No Labels
"Applecart’s Social Graph technology is a major innovation in political data and analytics that allows campaigns to target, persuade, and turn out voters in ways that outstrip even the most savvy opponents. In a competitive race, you need every advantage you can get and Applecart is often the difference maker."Gerrit Lansing Chief Digital Officer, Republican National Committee
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