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Need to Start a Movement?

27 May 2014, Posted by William Newell in Technologies
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Have you ever had to start a campaign? You know, for a school or other worthy cause, or perhaps just a movement to make people aware of something?  If you ever have you already know this is really hard work and often a labor of love.

When you engage in these types of activities you have to face numerous challenges—how  to get the word out, how to make it easy for people to participate, how to collect donations or engage in other styles of fund raising etc. Then you also need to be able to manage your supporters, followers, and drivers.

We all know that the web is a natural place to start a movement, but we also know that having a website, or blog, and using social media tools is a start but not enough to really generate the response you require.   Unfortunately, while “if you build it, they will come,” worked for Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams, it’s not that easy in real life.

If you are looking to spread the word, support a political campaign, raise funds for your initiative, or generally to help others, and you want to do it quickly, this service is for you. 

 A tremendous amount of work goes into getting the word out and even if you succeed in doing that, you have to have a site that enables potential supporters and donors to get involved. To build a simple website or blog is pretty straight forward these days. You can buy a template, or you can use simple tools (even GoDaddy offers them), but if you need real functionality that is a different story.

The cost of building a community organization system is pretty high. Well, up until now.  Recently I was introduced to www.nationbuilder.com.  I think it is perhaps the first vibrant community organizing system. With it, you can manage people, multiple page types and profiles, donation pages with goal tracking, and social sharing.

If you are looking to spread the word, support a political campaign, raise funds for your initiative, or generally to help others, and you want to do it quickly, this service is for you. Nation Builder is moderately priced, it’s easy to implement (although their administrative console could use some help), and you can be up and running in a very short time.

Most experienced developers can easily work with this platform. Need something custom? High-end design? You can use a variety of agencies. I would recommend www.magicpluslogic.com this small studio has plenty of experience with this platform, additionally they are terrific designers, You can contact Rhonda Pitman (co-founder) or Christel Sayegh (co-founder) at their website or via math@magicpluslogic.com They are based in Los Angeles.

I hope you find this article interesting. Take a look at Nation Builder. It may just help you get started in record time.

I’ll be sharing information on other technologies and best practices for mobile and web development soon. If you like this kind of straightforward, practical information, please subscribe to my blog. And if you need a custom web app or mobile development, consider contacting my company www.northsouthstudios.com.

Until my next post, have a great and productive day.

Bill

 

 

 

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