Prospective users often query if a database is necessary for making use of a platform like Ecanvasser. The quick answer is – No! While a readily available data file can save you time during set up; this can be just as easily managed with a little bit of extra preparatory work prior to each canvass.
For example, if I were going to hit the doors tonight, I could open up a blank spreadsheet, and create the following:
By selecting all the cells in Row 2, and then the bottom right hand corner of cell F2, we can drag down the length of the document and it will auto-populate data (including increasing the House Numbers by one for each row). In order to ensure your database is entirely accurate, there are a few steps you can take:
- If you encounter an exception on the campaign trail, for example, number 5A and 5B; you can always modify the first 5 to become 5A, and create a new House 5B right from within your app, in seconds
- When you finish a street, take note of how many houses there were, and delete the extra ones from the dashboard back at HQ
- Check in advance, using Google Maps to see what number the last house on the street is, and just create the exact amount
Using the straightforward steps above, you can use a spreadsheet and Ecanvasser to build your database, simply with an extra minute or two of preparation prior to your canvass.
Of course, if you have any questions on the process, feel free to reach out to us!