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EXPAND YOUR REACH, RESOURCES, AND IMPACT
SPIRE by Hattaway Communications is a new tool designed specifically to power up the impact of social good communications.
It is an aspirational audience segmentation—an in-depth study of the U.S. population, focused on the way people think and act on causes they care about.
SPIRE draws on decades of research and a deep understanding of how people respond to purpose-driven communications from a range of fields, including cognitive, motivational, and social psychology. It focuses on the four key drivers of our Aspirational Communications Model that motivate people to take action on causes of all kinds.
We found six distinct, actionable segments of the American public who think and act differently when it comes to cause related issues. SPIRE’s data and insights can equip you to tailor and target communications to appeal to each of their unique motivations and mindsets.
Optimistic, Altruistic, Ready for Action
Well-Intentioned, Cautious, Questioning
Ambitious, Confident, Seek Recognition
Joyful, Interpersonal, Lifestyle-Driven
Altruistic, Loyal, Hesitant
Outspoken, Pessimistic, Deeply Skeptical
SPIRE data can help you communicate more effectively and with greater impact. Ways it may be useful for you.
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The Persuasive Power of Poetry
Science confirms what many writers long suspected: Poetry has the power to move hearts and minds.
Lessons From the Amazon
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How to Prioritize Racial Equity in the Workplace
Founder and president of the Center for Urban and Racial Equity, Dr. Judy Lubin, on how we can advance racial equity at work.
How to Defeat Dog Whistle Politics and Create Cross-Racial Coalitions
Ian Haney Lopez breaks down how political strategists and progressive leaders can counter racial appeals in American politics
Marriage Equality Won by Changing the Narrative
In our inaugural podcast, Doug Hattaway shares how the marriage equality movement won historic victories by changing the narrative.
The Importance of Talking To Voters Directly
In Episode 2, a pollster explores why facts alone aren’t enough to gain voters’ support.
What Democrats Can Learn From Trump’s Tweets
In Episode 3, a West Virginia professor shares why communicators can’t afford to ignore Donald Trump’s unorthodox use of technology.
Want to Advance Gender Equity? Don’t Be Afraid to Show Your Passion.
In Episode 4, Susan Markham discusses why communicators shouldn’t be afraid of showing their passion in the new political landscape.
Why Do Progressives Have So Much Trouble Talking About National Security?
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“Democrats Have to Listen to People”
In Episode 6 of Achieve Great Things, Anna Greenberg says Democrats have to take a step back and listen.
Messaging Lesson Number One From 2016: The Power of Simplicity
In Episode 7, Joel Payne discusses lessons from the Clinton campaign and how to capture grassroots enthusiasm.
How Nonprofits and Foundations Can Break Through in a Crowded Landscape
In Episode 8, Sean Gibbons talks about communications that find their way into people’s hearts and minds.
Challenges for Progressive Communicators in the Trump Era
In Episode 9, the directors of Hattaway Communications discuss why progressives should focus on what affects people — not just what offends them.
How an Outdated Focus on TV Hurts Good Candidates and Causes
In Episode 10, Brad Jenkins of Funny or Die discusses why strategists have to invest in quality digital content to reach crucial voters.
What Democrats Can Learn From Viral Comedy
In Episode 11, Brad Jenkins of Funny or Die shares a strategy for turning grassroots energy into electoral wins.
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