August 26, 2005

  In this Issue:

  1. Report Card
  2. Hot Tip: Passwords
  3. Using the Net in your Small Budget Campaign
  4. Focus On: Getting More out of CompleteCampaigns

    Report Card

    Dear Friend, is built on a solid committment to customer service. While we can't always solve every problem a client has, we always try our best, and nothing makes us feel more proud than hearing comments like these:

    • "You rock. You spoil me with this quick turn around time - wow."
    • "Thank you very much for your helpfulness and your quick responsiveness. If only our legislature worked as well! :-)"
    • "We really are pleased with the complete campaigns package - and with the customer service. Going through this audit - I can NOT imagine going through this with our previous system. Thanks."

    Just like anyone, we love the praise that we get for our hard work. But truthfully, we're happy to get all kinds of feedback - requests, comments, your unadulterated opinions.

    Always feel free to let us know what's on your mind:

    - Ben Katz

    Hot Tip Ė Password Security

    You might have password security problems if:

    A. Your password is on a yellow sticky note on your monitor.
    B. Your password is your childís name, your dogís name, your OWN name.
    C. Your password is known by anyone on your staff who wants to log in.

    Most of the time, we pick a password that we can remember. Honestly, thatís the biggest problem -- you canít remember your password, so you write it down. But writing down your password is like writing your PIN number on your ATM card Ė pretty useless for security purposes.

    I canít tell you what the uncrackable password is Ė if I could the CIA might want to talk to me. However, I can give you some guidelines to help you through some of the more common mistakes we make when choosing passwords.

    • Donít write them down. Donít keep a list of passwords for your staff. If you lose your password, you can just call us and weíll reset it for you. By keeping a written log of passwords, you take the chance that the list will fall into the wrong hands.
    • Donít let people share log-ins. Each person who logs into your database should have their own log-in and password. Anytime a password is shared, even with someone you trust, you run the risk of accidentally sharing it with someone you donít trust.
    • Pick a unique password with a combination of numbers and letters and easy for you to remember. 1111, 1234, and WXYZ are not unique passwords.
    • Go for 6-8 characters in length. Shorter passwords are easier to crack.

    Okay, so youíve read the list and now, you want to change your password.My Account.

    1. Go to the System Menu

    2. Select My Account.

    3. Review your account information. Change the Password.

    4. Type your password again.

    5. Click the Save Changes button.

    Now, shhhhh! It's a secret!

    Using the Net in your Small Budget Campaign by Jim Fleming

    I canít e-mail my love. I canít fax you my heart. I canít see your face in cyberspace. I donít know where to start.
    -Jimmy Buffet

    In the first edition of Winning Big in Small Budget Campaigns, which was first published in 1997, we dedicated just a few pages to an increasingly important campaign medium. In fact, we didnít even include it under the media chapter, but relegated it to the leadoff item under the next, catchall chapter Ė ďFragmentary Bombs.Ē

    But like my hero, Bob Dylan, once intoned (or moaned), ďThe times, they are Ďa changiní.Ē Like fax machines and cellular phones, which were considered novelties not long ago, the Internet has rapidly become the required World Wide Weapon in political arsenals, especially for small budget, down-the-ballot campaigns.

    Read more in's CampaignGuide.

    Focus On: Pledge Tracking

    Focus On is our new series of email tutorials. We will show you a few overlooked features in our system. We encourage you to print this document and keep it next to your computer, to follow along easily through the lesson.

    In this edition, we show you the ins and outs of Pledge Tracking - you'll become your campaign's own resident fundraising wizard!

    Click here to download the PDF document.


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