Posts on Jan 1970

A New Mobile App for the Federation for American Immigration Reform

Several months ago, we were approached by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (or FAIR) to design and develop a new iPhone and Android app. Having worked with the FAIR team before on several innovative social media and advertising projects, we were very excited to work with them again on a mobile app.

The goal was simple: knowing the national debate over immigration reform was likely to begin during the first half of 2013, FAIR wanted their latest news, information, and detailed reporting on immigration policy to be literally in the hands of supporters, media, and undecided voters. With that in mind, our team started sketching ideas and putting thoughts down on paper.

After initial sketches and wireframes, the final app featured push notifications of recent updates, top action alerts and news stories, and a simple way for new supporters to sign up to help FAIR and receive daily immigration email alerts. Straightforward functionality and a streamlined design helped to check all the boxes of what the FAIR team wanted out of their first mobile app.

We’re proud of the work done on the FAIR iPhone and Android apps and are incredibly happy the great team at FAIR is using the app to push their work and message to supporters in such an innovative way.

You can download the Federation for Immigration Reform’s mobiles apps for iOS and Android.

Pollie Award Honors and a “Rookie of The Year”

James Barnes, a Republican strategist who directs social media innovation for Campaign Solutions/Connell Donatelli, has been honored as the “Rookie of the Year” by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC). Barnes’ honor is an AAPC Campaign Excellence Award presented for his groundbreaking social media persuasion work on behalf of Ending Spending, Inc. and other high-profile political campaigns and organizations. Other Campaign Excellence Award winners include “Strategist of the Year” Jim Messina and the Obama 2012 fundraising team as “Fundraiser of the Year.”

The Campaign Solutions/Connell Donatelli team, celebrating its 15th year in digital political consulting, received 12 Pollies awards from the AAPC for excellence in online fundraising, advertising, social media, viral marketing, and web development on behalf of clients during the 2012 cycle. The Pollie Awards are considered “The Oscars” of political consulting.

Although just on the outset of a promising political career, Campaign Solutions team member James Barnes has already made a significant impact on politics and public affairs. Many of his innovations have now become political technology standards, such as the first use of Facebook to personalize a political video ad (“The Ad About You“), the first use of a Facebook registration plugin for an online petition, the first Geo-Local-Social Game, and many more.

“James Barnes is one of the most gifted political talents I’ve ever worked with,” noted digital political pioneer Rebecca Donatelli, the firm’s President and Founder. “We couldn’t be more proud of this honor and we look forward to implementing James’ innovations to win more campaigns for our clients.”

Since 2009, the Campaign Solutions/Connell Donatelli team received 89 Pollie Awards from the American Association of Political Consultants including a record number of honors for online advertising and fundraising. The company also received 4 Golden Dot Awards from the Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet, and 4 Reed Awards from Campaigns & Elections Magazine. That same publication has bestowed its prestigious “Rising Star” award on 2 current and 5 former members of the Campaign Solutions/Connell Donatelli team.