Social Media Toolkit

Use social media to get your message directly to the people who have the power to affect the lives of people living with kidney disease.

One of the best ways to get the attention of lawmakers is to follow them on every social media platform where they have a presence. Tweet to them, post on their Facebook pages, tag them on Instagram and tag them in your own social media posts. These post will also gain exposure to other people with same interests and concerns when you use the proper hashtags. 

We’ve compiled a few tips and tools to make keeping tabs on and communicating to representatives via social media a quick and easy process. Check back often to stay informed of any changes or if important legislation has been introduced.

Commonly Used Hashtags

Hashtags can help your posts be more searchable and easy to find by other people talking about the same thing or looking for information about something. Here are the most popular hashtags being used to engage in the online discussion about kidney disease, kidney transplants, kidney donation, dialysis and living with chronic kidney disease:

#Kidneys

#KidneyDisease

#Dialysis

#CKD

#KidneyHealth

#kidneyDonor

#KidneyTransplant

#RSNhope (RSN invites you to also use the hashtag #RSNhope to help us connect with you and follow your engagement with the renal community and to lawmakers.)

Hastag Use Guidelines
There are limits to the number of hashtags to use in one post depending on the platform. In general three is most you should use on a single post on any social media platform.

Twitter has a character limit of 140. So depending on the length of your post, use the strongest, most applicable hashtag on Twitter to get the most visibility. If you are sharing an image with text or a link to a web page, you can get away with no text in your post, which will leave room for hastags and tagging. If you have no text, be sure to place hashtags before tagging to be sure your own followers see the post.

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Tag Your State Senators
Tag your Representatives and Senators in your posts to bring their attention to and more exposure to your posts. To tag your senators copy and paste the handles into your post or type them manually using the @ symbol and their handle letters.

To make this step quick and easy for you, we compiled a list of social media handles for each state senator.

Follow the format below for the best visibility on each social media platform. Feel free to copy and paste or write your own message. Use any of the social graphics below the sample posts to strengthen your message.

General Tweets to Share

Support the current legislation that affects people with kidney disease bit.ly/2rhnBxK #kidneydisease @RSNhope

American Healthcare Related Tweets

Protect access to health insurance for people with pre-existing conditions #AHA #KidneyDisease @RSNhope

People with #kidneydisease deserve affordability and comprehensive coverage #AHA @RSNhope

General Facebook Post

American Healthcare Related Posts

Social Graphics

Posts with images always get more attention, likes and shares. We prepared these images help you get your point across. You can share with a text post or just the image by itself with tags to your state senators and @RSNhope.

Chronic-Kidney-Disease-Improvement-Research-Treatment-Act-H.R. 2644- kidney disease dialysis kidney transplant advocacy
H.R.1628 - American Health Care Act of 2017
Advocacy American Healthcare Act
Kidney Transplant Patients Act