Using Apps to Raise Money for Political or Social Campaigns

emoticonsCampaign dollars don’t come cheap, nor are they always easy to get. Whether funds need to be raised for a person who’s a grassroots politician or one who’s well-established, or for a social organization looking to further its cause, creativity and persistence are necessary to bring money in. Although traditional fundraising dinners, benefits and auctions are still effective, technology also plays a role in today’s fundraising efforts. The use of smartphone and iPad apps is a great way to reach an audience whose attention you might never get with traditional fundraising methods. These apps can help with the important task of raising money to support a politician’s campaign or help further the agenda of your favorite social organization.

  • Rootsquare. Local and state politicians are enjoying fundraising success with the use of Rootsquare. This app feeds information into Facebook, where everyone can see a person’s support of or interest in a particular campaign. According to the Washington Post, former Virginia governor Tim Kaine has used Rootsquare to promote fun money-raising tactics, such as a contest to win dinner and a harmonica lesson from the politician. Not only was the campaign advertised on Facebook, but the Rootsquare app furthers awareness by noting support and contribution with information such as, “Fred made a donation to Tim Kaine’s ‘Harmonica with Tim’ Campaign”.
  • PayPal Fundraising. PayPal has been making payments easy for years, and now they extend the convenience to fundraising. The addition of PayPal as an accepted donation payment method on your campaign website also allows donors to provide their support via mobile devices. According to the PayPal Online Fundraising page, 28 percent of voters used mobile apps to follow and support political activity during the 2010 mid-term elections. By making this app available to your supporters, they can keep up with the latest news, communicate it to others and offer financial support. In the process, you gain followers and donations in the moment people are ready to give, rather than losing them when the excitement of a rally dies down. It’s also possible to raise money using FundRazr, a social fundraising platform that has partnered with PayPal to make online donations safer and easier. https://personal.paypal.com/cgi-bin/marketingweb?cmd=_render-content&content_ID=marketing_us/fundraise and https://fundrazr.com/
  • Timeline Apps. If you spend any amount of time on Facebook, you can see when your Facebook friends are using apps such as Spotify, Pinterest or NetFlix. When activity begins with a new site or campaign, it’s noted on your Facebook page. Friends can see your activity with images and updates that state “Anne likes ‘Hats for Cancer’ and their new campaign”. Many social media apps and websites feed into Facebook and it’s no wonder why; with nearly 850 million users, the social networking site harnesses a great deal of exposure for any person or organization that’s campaigning.
  • Zuri’s GoMobile.  The Zuri Group, a media technology company, offers GoMobile—a campaign fundraising app that offers a variety of options to users on both ends. GoMobile allows you and your supporters to connect via Twitter, email, text, Facebook and iPhone’s FaceTime. Gather donor information and collect donations easily with this app. http://www.razoo.com/p/for-mobile

High-Tech Devices That Will Turn Your Meetings Into a Raging Success

Forget boring slide shows. Today’s technology makes it possible to turn any meeting into a show right out of a science fiction movie.

CloudFTP is the first adapter available that allows you to access USB hard drives or flash drives directly from an iPad. Before CloudFTP, any files or presentations you had stored in a USB mass storage device could only be accessed through a computer. That meant a lot of hassle and quite a few headaches making connections between your iPad and a computer. No computer available? Well, you were out of luck. The CloudFTP is an adapter that reads any USB storage device and then makes those files available to any WiFi-enabled device in the vicinity. That means your iPad will be able to read those files and use them as needed. This is currently the ONLY way available to access large files that you couldn’t otherwise access from your iPad.

v-OSKis a touch-screen presentation tool. It consists of a large-size iPad-like screen that connects to a projection screen or video wall. Whatever you do or touch on the small screen shows up on the large screen. Think of v-OSK as the high-tech alternative to an overhead transparency projector, except that you can also make screen changes, add last-minute text or choose only parts of the screen to show to the audience. The v-OSK can optimize web content, flow charts and even 3D graphics for more eye-catching presentations.

Holographic Projectors are a great way to catch the eye of prospective clients or exhibit attendees. Holograms work particularly well on trade show exhibits and on open trade show booths, where you depend on attention-grabbing gimmicks to attract attention. Musion Eyelineris a company that specializes in high-quality projectors that can produce life-size three-dimensional images. In the past, holograms could only be seen from the front or back but now they are truly three-dimensional –This means somebody can move around them and never lose sight of the display. This is especially useful for sports/fitness presentations, which require a dynamic approach.

Presentation Link is an iPad app that allows you to create and combine interactive presentations. With this app, you can import existing presentations and integrate them into a single presentation experience. The app can handle PDFs, photos and charts, videos and hyperlinks to help you create non-linear presentations. You can drag and drop files to organize the information any way you want. You can then connect your iPad to an external projector or wall screen during company presentations, conferences, lectures and trade shows. The app also has a feature that allows to connect directly with iTunes shared folder, so you can share or send the presentation to others in just seconds.

Hyperjuice Micro is the ultimate iPad accessory. This pocket-size external battery can provide up to five additional hours of power, no matter where you are. Create by the Sanho Corporation (which also sells the HyperShield and the 3-in-1 Smart Pen), Hyperjuice Micro allows for pass-through charging and has a built in overcharging/temperature protection. A great tool to have if your presentation is long and you want to make sure you have enough “juice” to power through it.

You can also use the SlideShow feature in iFliptips

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