Why would I want an iPetition instead of a paper petition?
First, because an iPetition gives you instant access to an estimated 250 million internet users around the world. You get your own URL; it's like instantly becoming a global activist. How are you going to do that with a paper petition? Have you ever stood on a street corner and tried to collect signatures? You probably got a few hundred signatures at most--and very achey legs.
Second, because an iPetition allows you to use the power of viral marketing to attract signatures. Every visitor to your petition can email a friend about the petition; that friend can email another friend who can email another friend who can email another friend... and so on. In no time, your petition will have been advertised to thousands of people--and all for free.
Third, because an iPetition allows you to perform a statistical analysis of your database and gives you instant information on who signed up, where they live, their gender, their profession, and so on. Such demographic information can be very convincing: try telling a corporation that 80% of people who signed a petition to boycott its products has an income of above $50,000 a year. That'll get them listening!
How effective is an online petition?
It all depends. A well-written, and well-publicized petition can be very effective in gathering national (and international) attention, and in the process effecting real change in the world. Some of our petitions have attracted attention from leading media organizations like CNN, Fox, BBC, and a number of local sources. While it is difficult to draw a direct connection between such attention and actual change, publicity (and of course a large number of signatures) clearly helps. Remember, though, that a successful petition depends largely on your input and energy: it's upto you to write it in an effective manner, and to publicize it fully. iPetitions can help with these tasks. For more information, contact us.
I've gathered all my signatures. Now how do I send my petition?
You have two options. If you want to format the petition and mail it yourself, you can download your database file from the "View Database" section of your control panel and either print the names or send them by email to the recipient of your petition. iPetitions also offers its own petition output service. For a fee, we'll send a formatted hardcopy of your petition and set up a special URL where your recipient can view the signatures. Contact us for more details.
Posted on Jan 27, 2009, 9:20 PM from IP address 220.127.116.11