UK Tory GOTV E-day effort online

We’re still watching the votes come in on this side of the pond and it’s turning into a late night/early morning for our cousins in the UK as votes are counted and a hung (minority) Parliament looks like the outcome of the election in that country.

I spoke to the web gurus over at the British Conservative Party on election day to find out what they did to drive get out the vote (GOTV) efforts online. They revealed a peak into their strategy for mobilizing Britons to the polls.

First, an unprecedented buy of the British Youtube homepage’s ad unit. Cameron’s web team has admitted to me that they received millions of impressions of their video advert on e-day. Advertising on broadcast media is prohibited in the UK on election day and thus the Youtube ad placement is shrewd and effective. Part of the motivation to buy Youtube for May 7th was to keep the same rare legal platform for advertising out of the hands of their political opponents.

The UK Tories also mobilized a simple Facebook application which allowed the user to donate their status update message to a GOTV message for the Tories on election day. We saw a similar tactic used during the previous US presidential election for both McCain and Obama.

An email was sent out from David Cameron to the UK Tory supporter list for election day:

and later in the day, a second GOTV email from London mayor (and Conservative) Boris Johnson:

Finally, but most importantly, the integral element of the Tory e-day e-GOTV strategy has been Google advertising. The Tories have purchased keywords relating to their leader and to their political opponents and have targeted the ads geographically in key ridings.

And now, we continue to watch the votes come in. The magic number to beat a Labour/LibDem coalition is 310 seats, whereas a majority would be won with 326.

  • John

    I am watching the results in HK on Sky News. Maybe dizzy Lizzie will now move to the UK has they have elected their first green candidate ever in Brighton Pavilion.

    Just announced Nick Clegg has been elected but it looks like his Lib Dem party are not doing as well as he hoped.

  • John

    Seems Harriot Harman and some other labour twits are going to refuse to leave Downing Street if it is a hung parliament.

  • http://www.oddsbet.co.uk/ Edward Odds

    Yes i agree with John, why is Gordon loser still in number 10. Its pathetic, he was never voted to be PM at any time and even now he has been dumped by the public he is still hanging around making he is still PM. Get the joker out.

  • http://www.oddsbet.co.uk/ Edward Odds

    Yes i agree with John, why is Gordon loser still in number 10. Its pathetic, he was never voted to be PM at any time and even now he has been dumped by the public he is still hanging around making he is still PM. Get the joker out.