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#SOTU2019: Plan Your Response Now

Here's what you need to know about the State of the Union.

January 30, 2019

Although everything is now set and ready to go, the details surrounding President Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address on February 5th have been a bit murky to say the least. While blogs and press releases are fine ways to share your Member’s thoughts on the State of the Union, here are a few easy, affordable ways to express a more personal, engaging response. If you start planning now, your office’s response plan can be crystal clear.

Thanks to input from our valued users on Capitol Hill and federal, state, and local government agencies all around the country, IQ is now faster, more robust, and more powerful than ever before.  But we're not done yet.  Our team constantly evaluates performance and monitors industry trends to make sure the #1 CRM on Capitol Hill keeps getting better.  Keep reading to learn about some of the major enhancements we've already made this year plus updates and new features to look forward to in the coming weeks and beyond!

Q2 2018: IQ Gets Faster

We optimized IQ for the House Cloud resulting in increased performance capacity and increases in speed of up to 30%.  Updates for even faster performance are on the way!  Watch this short video to see how House offices use IQ to be more efficient and effective in their work with the public.

Q4 2018: Collaborate with Colleagues 

Just like Google Docs and other online collaboration tools, IQ now allows multiple users to collaborate and co-edit form letters in real time, directly within IQ.  Save time, improve accuracy and get approval faster by using this new IQ function.

Q4 2018: eNewsletter Overhaul

The overhauled eNewsletter tool in IQ makes it easier to produce and send high impact, high quality email content to your constituents.  Compelling visuals and professional quality layouts in your outgoing email efforts are just a few clicks away.  No design experience required.

Q1 2019: Email Automation

New email automation functionality in IQ will allow you to build "smart" email campaigns that automatically optimize your outreach based on performance metrics and constituent engagement.  This game-changing new feature will dramatically change the way you can communicate to the public using IQ.

Q1 2019: New Mapping Interface

IQ users will have the ability to overlay critical issue and message data with a new mapping interface that displays boundaries for states, Congressional districts and counties.  This new feature gives frontline staff and executive management new insights on the public from a detailed geographic standpoint for data driven decision making.

2019: Machine Learning

Our developers are hard at work building an innovative machine learning platform for IQ that will make recommendations for categorizing and responding to incoming messages.  Planned for release some time in 2019, machine learning in IQ will save staffers even more time and free them up for other priorities and goals.

 

To learn more about how IQ has evolved and what's to come, contact us at iq.info@leidos.com

 

 

 

Election Day is Here!

November 6, 2018

One of the most highly-anticipated and bitterly contested midterm elections is today.  Here are a few observations as we wait for results:

Early voting

With over 40 million Americans having cast early ballots in 2018, early turnout and mail ballot counts have smashed previous years' figures.  In fact, early voting is up almost 45% over the 2014 midterm election.  In Texas and Nevada, early voting has eclipsed total voter turnout in 2014.  So what does it all mean?  Some pollsters suggest that the dramatic jump in early votes could signal a larger than expected "blue wave".  Others data scientists warn against making such predictions and don't use early voting figures at all in their projections.

The year of the woman

A record 53 women ran for Senate in 2018 and 476 women ran for office in the House.  Twenty two of the 53 running for Senate won party nominations and 235 women won their House primaries.  That makes a total of 257 women on ballots today for service in the 116th Congress.  And let's not forget about the power female voters hold this year.  Women aged 18-44 are expected to be a critical demographic in dozens of races around the country.  Four in ten women in that age bracket saying they are "more enthusiastic" about voting this year than any previous election.  Polling shows that twice as many women aged 18-44 identify as Democrats versus Republicans so the GOP has its work cut out to capture this key voter group today.

Big names on the stump

If you weren't aware of the massive implications of today's midterms, just take a look at who's been on the campaign trail.  National figures including President Trump, former President Obama and former VP Joe Biden have inserted themselves into races across the country with intensity that has not historically been seen in midterm elections.  President Trump alone has hit the campaign trail hard, recently undertaking several grueling multi-stop travel days for campaign rallies.  For the Democrats, Joe Biden has been spotted knocking on doors and helping with canvassing efforts.

Turnout, turnout, turnout

Every political novice knows that turnout is always critical to victory but seasoned observers have noticed a trend that may be encouraging to Democrats in 2018.  In every special election in both 2017 and 2018, Democrats have increased their turnout compared to relative turnout increase for Republicans. Sign of a blue wave?  Some pollsters say yes.  But not so fast.  Donald Trump has mostly managed to dominate the headlines, even without his name on the ballot today.  Most political observers see turnout driven by enthusiasm for—and against the President. Will President Trump's star power and economic successes help the GOP hold their majorities?  We'll know soon enough!

 

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