Archive for September, 2008

OMG, Barack Just Text Me!

Barack Obama sent me a text message at 3am on a Saturday, announcing his Veep pick. I have since received 10-15 texts from the campaign. They have fully taken advantage of this medium. Unlike ever before in a campaign, political or other, text messaging is actually being used to inform people of real news. The only other one that came with using text messaging to create action would be American Idol. AI received millions of their votes every week, through text messaging. It is a proven way to connect with people.

Barack Obama’s campaign has the largest text messaging database in the country. The second is Rock the Vote. Anyone under the age of 30 remembers seeing RTV on their campus urging you to register to vote. RTV actually registered me when I first moved away from home, so I could vote on campus. Throughout the election race, they have been sending messages out to those that signed up on their website announcing debates, registration deadlines, rallies, etc.

There are tons of companies out there that pay thousands and thousands of dollars for names and phone numbers for marketing purposes. Barack Obama’s campaign may possibly have the most up-to-date, reliable phone list in the country. Mostly because, people are signing up themselves for a mailing/call list, rather than a company finding your information, which many times is wrong.

Barack Obama’s campaign has taken the Viral Marketing game to a new level.


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September 11th

Today is September 11th, unfortunately a day that will be remembered forever. I was a senior in high school on September 11, 2001. I was a shallow 17 year old at the time. But I feel the same pain in my heart today, as I did 7 years ago. Only today it is more subtle.  My thoughts and prayers go out to all of those who lost someone on that day in NYC, D.C., and Pennsylvania.

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Fancy Couch-Feline’s not included

Craigslist is a great tool and in a city like Washington, D.C., you use it for everything. I found my current roommate on Craigslist. In many areas around the country this could be a risky move, but D.C. is a city that takes full advantage of “The List.” (I don’t know anyone that calls it that, but I thought it was funny.)

Well, I recently went searching around on the Craigslist Blog and found that they basically post the craziest posts they get. This is a great place to witness how CRAZY people are. Would you purchase this couch? I mean, it is obviously comfortable, right?

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Favorite Things

Barton Springs in Austin

Barton Springs in Austin

I have not always accepted Austin as my home town. But now that I have been away for a while, I remember how great it was. Many people love Austin, I just never cared much for it because I spent so many years there (and not in the cool parts…in the ‘burbs). Austin is a great cultured city and I can now appreciate that.

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