Apps to Raise Money for Political or Social Campaigns

Campaign 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.
  • 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.

The ability to go mobile in a campaign fundraiser is vital to reaching potential supporters who are constantly on-the-go. Americans use mobile devices for approximately 3 hours per day; adding smartphone and iPad apps to your campaigning techniques to increase your funding and following just makes sense. Although traditional fundraising methods can help you meet your money-raising goals, the addition of apps can help you spread word about your campaign, allow you to gain a new type of supporter and add money to your fundraising account. As technology becomes a staple in many areas, it’s wise to include it in your fundraising efforts. In addition, iFliptips is a cool app for use in political campaigns, see below post below.

Party Planner – Being the Best

If you’ve been tasked with planning a party, you have no small challenge ahead of you. Whether you’re planning an informal baby shower for a good friend, or organizing the office summer party for 300 people, the same good party planning practices apply.

Don’t get stressed

This is easier said than done, especially when there’s a party to plan. Minimizing your stress levels, however, will help you keep a calm head if things go wrong, and aid your ability to solve any problems that might arise during the planning process and the party itself. To a certain extent, you can’t control your stress levels, but you can take steps to alleviate the amount of anxiety you feel. Some of these are below, and involve planning as much of the party in advance as possible, having back-up plans, and enlisting the help of other people.

Plan well in advance

The more you can plan the different elements of a party in advance, the more likely you’ll be able to create a successful event with minimum stress. Once you have the necessary information like the budget and guest numbers, plan other aspects of the party, such as the venue, entertainment, and food, as far in advance as possible – even if you think these aspects will be easy to organize.

Create a party checklist

Make lists of everything you need to do, from creating and sending out invites, to organizing the music, venue and deciding on guest list. Next to each list item, specify a deadline for each task. This should be at least two weeks before you really need to complete the task, as then if preparations are delayed; you still have time to complete the planning.

Create back-up plans

You might assume that if you prepare for the party properly, you won’t need a back-up plan, but part of preparing for a party properly is to have a back-up plan. No matter how well you organize the different elements involved in a party, things outside of your control can go wrong. Having a back-up plan for food, drinks, entertainment and a venue means that, although it might not be ideal, the party can still go on, even if disaster strikes.

Ask for help

Depending on the size and complexity of the party, planning the event on your own is a huge responsibility. Part of successful planning is knowing when to delegate tasks to other people, so don’t be afraid to ask for help if you don’t feel you can manage, or if you have tasks on your to-do list that you’d rather others completed.

Focus on the guests

Even when you’re throwing a party for a birthday, wedding, baby shower, or other major life event, the focus of the party should be on the guests. It’s easy to get caught up in making the party perfect for the person who is supposed to be at the centre of the festivities. While this is still important, if you neglect to focus on what the party guests might want from the event too, you will end up with a room full of dissatisfied partygoers. Make sure your guest’s needs are provided for, and the party will flow.

Use Party Planning Apps

Just as it’s important to ask for help from other people, you might also find it useful to utilize a party planning or personal organizer tool, such as the iPartyGram app. Not only will this help you manage the guest list, but it will help you plan exactly what you need to do by the day of the party, and make sure you remember all those little details that can make the difference between a good party and a great party.

iPartyGramsPro 3.1 Released – called the “Coolest Party Invitation Pic App” for iPhone and iPad Now Available on iTunes

BOULDER – Techtionary just announced a new release of its iPartyGramsPro party invitation and picture sharing app for Apple iPhone and iPad available now on iTunes. “iPartyGramPro is an exciting way for party-wedding planners, event organizers and partygoers to plan, invite and provide a private party picture sharing experience,” noted Tom Cross creator. According to TheAppWhisperer, the #1 Mobile App Reviewer, “iPartyGrams is the coolest party planning app for iPhone/iPad designed to help you organize and plan your next party. It allows you to select invitees from your contacts list and send them an invitation within the app. You can also send additional details about the party to your contacts and receive their replies too. This app is particularly useful if you are inviting a lot of people to one event and want to manage all the replies.” Click on the icon to the left for the complete review and video.

More than 50 party ideas, tips and fun on iPartyGrams website – click here.

iPartyGramsPro has no annoying popup ads.

Details can be found on the iPartyGramsPro website at http://ipartygrams.com or immediately on iTunes at: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/techtionary.com/id379186267

Key Features Include:

1) Unlimited party app for iPhone/iPad

– Organize and invite guests via Contact Lists

– Post Party Pics to Facebook, Twitter and Email

– Use Invitation Designs included or create your own Invitation Design

– Secure Party VIPs can post pics

– Secure Party Guests can only view

– New Party Tips & Ideas on website

2) iPartygramPro Version has an integrated calendar with more than 180 unique icons to describe the event

3) Easy to use iPartyPads provide for reminders, notes, and quick ideas which can be shared with party goers, event, wedding and meeting planners. iPartyPads are unique multicolored post notes and more than 130 backgrounds included and users can take pics and use as backgrounds. The iPartyPad multimedia image editor can be used to create sharable art drawings, postit notes, dooglegrams or scribblegrams.

iPartyGramPro

iPartyPads can be shared/posted to Twitter, Linkedin Facebook or email.

 

The app is designed to help party hosts create invitations, send invitations and involve party VIPs and guests seeking easy-rapid ways to send invitations, receive guests and allow guests and VIPs to either view party pics and videos or VIPs to add pics to the party.

Here is an independent review of iPartygram. “With a variety of different background photos and images available through the app, you can choose an image that suits the theme or occasion of your party. You can add all the information you need to the party invitation and it’s the perfect opportunity to let guests know if the party has a certain dress code, theme, or whether they should bring their own drinks. You can also use the “Notes” and “Reminders” sections to give guests a date by which they should RSVP, saving you the hassle of having to chase people up later.

iPartyGramPro

When sending invitations to guests, you can select the box marked “VIP” if you want that guest to be able to upload their own photos to the party section within iPartyGram.

You can either send the invitation to each guest individually with your own customized message, or send the same PDF file to multiple people. To keep each individual’s email address private, enter your own email address in the “To:” field, then enter the other recipients’ addresses in the “BCC:” field. That way, when guests receive the invitations, they only see your email address, and other guests’ emails stay hidden. The graphic format means that guests can easily print out and take the invitation with them to the party, so they have all the details on hand.

When guests receive their invitations, it contains a unique ID number. To access the party details, all they have to do is download the iPartyGram app or log on to the website, and enter the ID number in the Guest Login section, then they can access the party details and, if they are VIP guests, upload their own photos.

iPartyGram is a versatile app that makes the party planning process simple, quick, and cost-effective. It allows you to spend less time on practical tasks, like sending invitations, leaving you with more time to focus on the big event.”

iPartygram also provides tutorials, webseminars, blog and newsletter to have more fun at parties and improve use of iPartygram and other ideas on parties, party planning, party management, social media practices and simply better parties.

iPartyGramPro

iPartygram is part of a suite of communications and collaboration tools designed to improved personal time management and customer communications including iFlipTips, ScribbleGrams, Pictagrams, iCompactMirror and iMakeupMirror and others.

Company

iFlipTips http://ifliptips.com, iPartyGrams http://ipartygrams.com along with CrossPinPoints and other cloud online solutions from TECHtionary (http://techtionary.com). Other iPhone/iPad apps include iPartyGrams, iMakeupMirror, iCompactMirror and Pictagrams all available on iTunes.

Techtionary is the developer of iPhone/iPad apps including iPartygrams, iFlipTips http://ifliptips.com – flip/flashcard study app with calendar and stickynotes, iPartygram http://ipartygram.com – party/event planning and pic post app with calendar and sticky notes, iMakeupMirror-iCompactMirror iPhone4 personal makeup mirror app and Pictagrams – picture post app. In addition, Techtionary developed CrossPinPoints, iSportsCal, iComcal and iREcal are all integrated MARCOM-marketing communications solutions designed for small to large business manage small to large marketing efforts. Twitter accounts include @beautyapps, @techtionary and others. Techtionary also businesses maximize their social media marketing and teaches professional development courses in social media which are approved by the Colorado Supreme Court for attorneys and Colorado DORA for real estate professionals via Social Business College http://socialbusinesscollege.com/. Additional sites include: http://imakeupmodel.com, http://crosspinpoints.com, http://techtionary.com and many others.

Thomas B. Cross is the creator of unique marketing communications and an avid social media expert focusing primarily on Twitter with @techtionary https://twitter.com/#!/techtionary and @beautyapps account https://twitter.com/#!/BeautyApps, CrossTalk blog, Linkedin and CrossPinPoints (online marketing communications solution). He posts daily to Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and CrossTalk blog. He assists businesses maximize their social media marketing and teaches professional development courses in social media which are approved by the Colorado Supreme Court for attorneys and Colorado DORA for real estate professionals via Social Business College http://socialbusinesscollege.com/.

Contact & Social Media

Contact: Tom Cross

Email: cross@gocross.com

Website: http://ipartygrams.com

Twitter: @techtionary & @beautyapps

Phone: 303-594-1694

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iPartyGram Independent Review – Pre Release First Look – By Hannah B

iPartyGram is a new party-planning app for the iPhone and iPad from TECHtionary. It enables you to upload party details and photos, share information with friends, and create customized invitations to send via email. You can use iPartyGram when planning variety of parties, from large-scale events like weddings, to smaller events like house-warming parties. You can also use the app in combination with other software, such as Microsoft Excel, to keep track of your guest list and RSVPs.

Party hosts can sign up to a special account on the app, which allows them to create new parties, add details, such as time, place, and other notes and instructions, and share these details with guests. As a party host, you can also upload photos that your guests will see when they log in using the details in their invitation. These could be photos of the party venue, costume ideas for a themed party, or photos of previous parties.

One of the app’s most useful features is the ability to create and send invitations to guests.  Using iPartyGram, you can create customized invitations and send them to others for free via email. Not only does this save you the time it takes to write out and mail physical invitations, but it also saves you money – particularly if you intend to send invitations to a lot of people.

To send an invitation, simply enter the correct details in the boxes provided, choose a background image, then enter your guests’ email addresses. The app transforms the invitation into a graphic file that guests can view in the body of the email. With a variety of different background photos and images available through the app, you can choose an image that suits the theme or occasion of your party. You can add all the information you need to the invitation, and it’s the perfect opportunity to let guests know if the party has a certain dress code, theme, or whether they should bring their own drinks. You can also use the “Notes” and “Reminders” sections to give guests a date by which they should RSVP, saving you the hassle of having to chase people up later.

When sending invitations to guests, you can select the box marked “VIP” if you want that guest to be able to upload their own photos to the party section within iPartyGram.  Guests can only view party pics/snaps

You can either send the invitation to each guest individually with your own customized message, or send the same graphic file to multiple people. To keep each individual’s email address private, enter your own email address in the “To:” field, then enter the other recipients’ addresses in the “BCC:” field. That way, when guests receive the invitations, they only see your email address, and other guests’ emails stay hidden. The graphic format means that guests can easily print out and take the invitation with them to the party, so they have all the details on hand.

When guests receive their invitations, it contains a unique ID number. To access the party details, all they have to do is download the iPartyGram app or log on to the website, and enter the ID number in the Guest Login section, then they can access the party details and, if they are VIP guests, upload their own photos.

iPartyGram is an extraordinary, simple and versatile app that makes the party planning process simple, quick, and cost-effective. It allows you to spend less time on practical tasks, like sending invitations, leaving you with more time to focus on the big event.

Speaking of planning, the iPartygram website has a growing list of cool ideas on all kinds of party planning ideas, tips, checklists and more.