Askforit is a new platform combining consumer demand with advocacy to accomplish change. Users can now share what they want, then find other people to rally around the idea and create enough visible demand to make a difference.
Visitors simply sign in with a Facebook login and can share their Asks with their network of Facebook friends, email contacts and Twitter followers. Once an Ask receives traction, Ask For It acts as a representative on behalf of its users and works to bring that request to the attention of the corporation, organization or individual who can create change. Users can see trending Asks in real time, view Asks segmented by categories, and receive status updates on their own Asks on the site.
The platform offers more than 20 categories of Asks for its users. Some examples of activities to rally around and support are:
• Changes to products or services, events or activities not yet planned or available in an area
• Policies, laws, or the people who can change them
• New ideas for offerings not yet available or even created.
Drexden Davis, co-founder of Ask For It, says the site works on behalf of its users, “It provides visitors with a powerful voice to speak to an organization and it provides a place for organizations and individuals to receive feedback and insight directly from their consumers or members to improve offerings.”
I visited the site and found the most popular “Ask for it” was 223 people want cable stations to offer a la carte channels. I could even support that one. But, we need more than 223 people to rally around that one to get a rise from cable stations.
Perhaps, you can think of some activities to Ask and rally around in order to get enough visibility online to make a change.