# 2 Petition spread


At the same time that you click on “Start petition”, a few more things should happen, because: The first day counts! You have created an online petition and so it makes sense to attract supporters online as well. OpenPetition provides you with various functions for this purpose. At the bottom of the petition page you will find the following options:

Emails and Messenger: Email your petition to all of your contacts. In the past few years, many more people have signed a petition on openPetition through personal e-mail than via any other means. Not to be neglected are messengers such as Whatsapp or Telegram, which many people use with their smartphones. Create a group with your contacts and their contacts and send the link to the petition. Student Dario's petition reached 45,000 people via Whatsapp - in just 48 hours!

Social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are essential to reach a lot of people. Using your own Facebook account, you can regularly share photos and news with your friends. Also ask them to share and forward your message in turn. Press articles on the topic or on your petition are ideal as a hook for an article. Newspapers often post links to individual articles that you can repost and add to your own words. Holidays that are thematically related to your petition or draft laws are also suitable for a post. You can also ask organizations and associations whether they share your petition on their website. There are groups on almost every topic, especially on Facebook. Take advantage of this and publish your petition there. Always use the same #hashtag for your posts and tag or mark the actors involved.

Very important: The link to the petition should always be included with all posts! There is a short link on every petition page, use it!

Let us know what actions you are planning on social media and send us your photos and videos, then we can support you and give you feedback. You can always tag us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. To do this, write @openPetition in the post and select our profile: @openPetition on Facebook, @openpetition.de on Instagram und @openPetition on twitter. Then we get everything and can share the post via our channel if necessary.

Widget and banner: You have the option of including a widget on your website or that of your friends. The widget enables supporters to sign directly on the website without having to go to openpetition.de first. In this way, you can collect signatures in a decentralized manner. Another option is to include a banner directly on your website that directs signers directly to the petition page. You can find both widget and banner on the petition page at the bottom of the page " Tools for disseminating the petition ".

Spread the petition offline

Offline signatures: This is a special feature of openPetition, because here you have the opportunity to collect signatures online and offline. In this way, you will not only reach people with an affinity for the Internet. On the petition page you can download signature sheets, print them out and upload them again later.

Tear-off slip: You can also download these leaflets with the petition link from the petition page, print them out and distribute them to friends or display them at events. This will make your petition even better known!

Local press: You can raise awareness of petitions, especially at the local level, and reach potential supporters by placing advertisements in the local press.

If the petition rises sharply in the first few days, you can generate a lot of attention and take the momentum with you into the hot phase of the collection period.

Support from openPetition: We are at your side in all of these steps. It is important that you keep us up to date. If we notice that you are very committed, then we are also committed to you. For example, if we learn of a planned handover, we can advise you and, if necessary, draw your attention to it through our channels.

This is the starting shot, but how do you proceed? Help shape your roadmap to success Videos, pictures and offline actions .

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