This past weekend I participated in a global movement called the Global Startup Battle. Worldwide and in cities across the nation, entrepreneurs, coders, designers, and business people spent the weekend in various locations brainstorming ideas and forming teams around the best ideas. These teams then worked for 54 hours to create a business based on that idea.
The weekend reminded me much of a 72 hour program for a campaign’s last three days going into election day. Further, it got me thinking about similarities between a campaign and a startup company. In this post I’ll share with you what I learned about startup companies and how they are similar to campaigns and how campaigns can learn from the startup culture.
Startup Weekend Lexington
Hey there! I thought I might announce that I am attending the Startup Weekend Event at Awesome, Inc. in Lexington. Not necessarily political but it is technology!
In our series of posts on various social media mistakes seen round the interwebs and how to avoid them, we first looked at the mistake of having multiple accounts for each embassy (more about embassies later). An Embassy is like Twitter, Facebook.
In this post we are going to look at the next social media fail for campaigns. Social Media Mistake #2 is Choosing the Wrong Facebook Page Name. We’ll scour the Interwebs for incorrectly named Facebook Pages and tell you reasons why it’s a wrong move. Finally, I’ll share with you the best practice for naming your Facebook Page.
Many campaigns are already “ramping up” for next year in 2014. There are state representative, state senate, and local races that are preparing to win primaries and go on toward the general. Ramping up includes the development of social media platforms. But, in the rush of getting everything set up to ward off possible challengers or get an early stake in the game mistakes can be made that are costly.
In this post I’ll discuss a basic social media mistake that I’ve seen recently as well as tell you why what I see is a mistake. Finally, I’ll offer up the correct way of handling the social media platform.
I’ve got to admit something to you. I am not as in shape as I want to be. Hours of working at a desk in front of a keyboard amidst multiple displays is wreaking havoc on my body. Sporadically I’ve been going to the gym to help combat poor posture, fatigue, and stress. Inspired by the likes of Ericka Anderson over at Heritage, and Justin LoFranco with Cong. Darrel Issa, I’ve started the on boarding process for CrossFit. CrossFit is a new paradigm in working out and physical fitness. My gym has recently been granted CrossFit status and I am going through the process of getting “CrossFit”. While I’m no exercise devotee and wasn’t really active in high school, collegiate, or intramural sports I knew that I needed to make a change to feel better about myself, look better in the mirror, and other benefits.
In starting a workout regimen I’ve quickly seen similarities between going to the gym and the politico’s use of his or her online platform. The two seemingly disconnected activities are really quite similar. As a candidate or politician, you may want to see gains in your online presence just like you want to see your waistline shrink. In this post, I’ll give you my perspective on how social media is like going to the Gym.