The Ohio Education Association launches iPhone and Android applications for advocacy and membership engagement

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The Ohio Education Association (OEA) today officially launched the mobile applications for its members and the public to stay up-to-date on the latest news, events and advocacy campaigns affecting educators and students in Ohio. Purple Forge, a leader in providing mobile applications for associations and advocacy organizations across North America, developed the application with the OEA.

Ohio Education Association Mobile App

Ohio Education Association Mobile App

These mobile apps will allow us to react swiftly to engage our members for the betterment of education in the state of Ohio - Becky Higgins

The Ohio Education Association (OEA) today announced the release of its iPhone and Android applications. The applications were developed to engage OEA members, the public and policy makers on the most popular mobile app platforms in today’s marketplace. The app includes a tool that will allow members to find meetings or offices anywhere in the state. It also contains an innovative advocacy module that allows members to contact and petition their elected representatives on critical issues.

An innovative postcard feature allows members to create postcards that can be shared via social media to spread a message in support of education across the state. The applications also include access to the association’s social media feeds, videos and other useful information for members.

The mobile apps were also equipped to allow the OEA to send push notifications to their members and the public with their latest news and updates. Push notifications are a useful way of getting up-to-date information on-the-fly. Public service announcements, calls to action and media updates are a few of the possible uses of the push notification feature.

“With this app, we are giving our members state-of-the art tools to help us advocate for our students and advance the goals of the OEA,” said Becky Higgins, OEA President. “These mobile apps will allow us to react swiftly to engage our members for the betterment of education in the state of Ohio.”

The OEA’s mobile applications are developed and maintained by Purple Forge. Purple Forge is the world’s leading provider of mobile applications to associations and advocacy organizations, and have deployed apps for other state affiliates of the NEA, including Missouri, New Mexico, and New Hampshire, and has also deployed the mobile application for the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation in Canada.

"The OEA has put advocacy and member empowerment at the forefront of its campaign for better education," shared John Craig, VP Sales and Marketing of Purple Forge. "Having the right mobile tools at their disposal will allow OEA members to quickly align their resources to meet that challenge.”

About Purple Forge

Purple Forge sells subscription based services to organizations looking to engage their stakeholders using the latest mobile application technology and leveraging community engagement and social networking best practices. Purple Forge is an award-winning firm led by seasoned mobile communications and Internet technology veterans. Our mobile applications allow organizations to broadcast, share, and receive feedback from their target audience real-time, allowing them to foster long-term, engaged relationships.

Contact: John Craig, john.craig(at)purpleforge(dot)com

About the Ohio Education Association

The Ohio Education Association represents more than 121,000 teachers, faculty members and support professionals in Ohio's public schools, colleges and universities.

Contact: Michele Prater
614-227-3071; cell 614-378-0469

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