PartyLaunch Circa 2004

 


 

PartyLaunch offered organizations everything needed to tap the Power of Grassroots Parties! You could create a party web site instantly by simply picking from a variety of templates, choosing the theme colors, and customizing everything with with logos and pictures.
This was the Party Web site.
Content is from the site's 2004- 2007 archived pages.

 

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See how easy it is is to set up your site! Simply set up your party site, try it out, show it to your colleagues, and explore all the features for free! Your free trial lasts seven days, so you'll have plenty of time to customize your site, set up test parties, and more.

To start your free trial, you will NOT need a credit card. We will keep your site online for 7 days to give you time to try it out. After that, we will keep it for 30 days, during which time you can come back and purchase it and you will be up and running without having to re-enter any content!

Grassroots parties deliver your message to all the right people

The 2004 presidential election pioneered exciting new ways to use the Internet to communicate with supporters. House parties grew out of the Howard Dean campaign and were quickly adopted by everyone from John Kerry to George Bush to national organizations and businesses. Why? Because parties cut out the middleman. You speak directly to the people you want to reach... right in their living room. And, you can ask the people who already know about you to reach out and invite other people they think will be interested. It's the best possible form of person-to-person outreach.

Here's how a typical party works:

You set up your web site and send an email to your list inviting people to host a party. Ideally, you set one date for a national or regional event and ask everyone to host parties on the same day, at the same time. You then use a conference call, a tv show, a DVD, or other activity to unite all the parties. Every host gets their own party web site they can use to send invitations, track RSVPs, and manage their parties.

Parties produce results for businesses AND non-profits:

Charities Engage volunteers and raise funds with national party days. Line up a celebrity to headline a conference call... or showcase breaking news. When you set up your party as a fundraiser, you specify the URL for contributions. Every time a guest RSVPs, they are asked to contribute to your page.

Businesses Launch a new product with parties or connect with current customers to build loyalty! You can send each host a party kit with product samples... or provide a DVD or streaming video online showcasing your product. Ask customers to host parties for you or have parties in your store or local offices. Have a celebrity spokesperson? Feature them on a conference call.

Associations Link your members together with a national event! You could feature a keynote speaker from your conference for a national event or plan a series of Q&A; sessions with industry leaders for chapter meetings. It's an effective way to strengthen the bond between your association and local members. (Why not ask an associate member or exhibitor to sponsor the party to help offset your costs?)

Authors and Publishers Now authors can connect with book clubs and fans across the country! Plan a virtual book tour by asking fans or book clubs to plan parties on the same date. Feature a conference call with a short reading and a Q&A; session.

Alumni Groups Plan a national fundraiser around the homecoming game or another high profile event! Use a half-time conference call to connect parties with an alumni player who has turned pro or a high-profile graduate. Raise funds at the parties and strengthen your relationship with alumni.

Movies & TV Shows Now you can premier your tv show, movie, or documentary all over the country! Schedule parties around the premier of your show or the release of your DVD. (You can supply a free DVD to the host or ask them to buy a party kit.) Connect the parties with a conference call with the stars or director.

Advocacy Groups Have a party... launch a movement! Your parties can help you raise funds and increase awareness. Ask each party host to recruit two hosts for the next party... it's the ideal way to keep spreading the word.

PartyLaunch is NOT for Political Candidates & Organizations PartyLaunch is designed for businesses and non-partisan non-profit groups. If you are a Democratic candidate or organization, visit www.party2win.com today.

 



 

Testimonials

"David Salie resigned his US Department of State attorney position to join my presidential campaign because he wanted to change the direction of the country, and because he shared my vision of taking our country back by empowering Americans.  David helped me implement an ambitious and innovative grassroots fundraising and outreach strategy of 'House Parties' that changed American politics forever.  And he helped me prove to our party -- and to the country -- that politics really is local.

"The elite political class gives large checks and expects large rewards.Those who donate at the grassroots level give smaller contributions, but are more likely to back those contributions up with local activism.  I'm very proud of David's contribution to my campaign and of his efforts to change the face of political engagement in this country."
Governor Howard Dean

 

"I called David for some advice about our house party program and ended up hiring him as a consultant! It was a pleasure working with David and gaining insight from his experience. David is very enthusiastic about house parties, and their potential to raise money and build momentum. Not only did he help with the setup and the event itself, but he arranged for the local NYC carpet cleaning service to come help with the clean up! Parties make messes, especially on antique carpets, and so not having to worry about the aftermath is especially appreciated! "
Adrienne Bousian
Boxer for U.S. Senate

 




Party Planning Tools & Tips
PartyLaunch is more than a web site. Our planning tools help you plan your party, recruit and support hosts, and much more. We'll guide you (and party hosts) through the process step-by-step.

Party Planning Tools Help Make Your Event a Success

Recruit hosts with ready-to-use emails
Sample emails make it easy to invite supporters to host or attend a party.  Customize a template or draft your own.  Manage your email list online or send emails from your own system -- the choice is yours.

Use the Party Management Center to manage all aspects of your party
One screen links you to all your content and makes it easy to manage your parties.

Let the Party Planner section guide you through the process
Creating a new party program?  No problem!  Our extensive party planning section includes step-by-step guidelines, a sample party calendar, and tips.  We've distilled the best advice from party coordinators across the country to help make your job easy.

Monitor your parties
PartyLaunch includes a variety of features you can use to see how many hosts have signed up, how much parties have raised, and much more.

 




Custom Site for Every Party Host
Hosts fill out one simple screen to sign up. Their web site is created instantly! They can send invitations, monitor RSVPs, and track contributions online. Planning tips guide them through the process so you spend less time on the phone!

Host Party Pages

Every Host Gets a Unique Party Site

Hosts sign up and create custom, personal web sites by completing just one screen
They simply provide their party information, customize the message, and their site is online!

You can set up host templates and customize messages
PartyLaunch provides sample messages for the host home page and invitations.  You can customize one template or select a variety from which the hosts can choose.

Hosts can customize their sites with photos or by adding pages
Hosts can add photos or select pages such as "Party News," "Photos," or "Directions."   They can also add up to two custom pages on the topic of their choice.  For example, "Why I'm Supporting This Cause."

Hosts decide whether parties are private or public
Hosts can choose to make their party public (automatically listed on your site), private (not listed), or semi-public (listed, but guests request an invitation).

Ready-to-email invitations make it easy for hosts to spread the word
Hosts simply add email addresses and send!

Email center makes it easy to send updates
Hosts can send reminders, directions, and other messages to guests from their site.

Hosts can monitor RSVPs
Hosts can see who has RSVPed at a glance.

Guests are encouraged to contribute
When guests RSVP for fundraising parties, they are asked how much they plan to contribute and whether they will contribute online or at the party.  If they select online, they are directed to the contribution page you specified so the contribution goes right to you!

Fundraising thermometer shows how much the host has raised
When guests pledge to make a contribution, the amount is added to the host's total.  It's displayed in a thermometer on the host's party site.  It's a great way to encourage contributions -- People love to see the thermometer go up!

Party planning tips help hosts organize their event
PartyLaunch includes lots of help for your hosts.  From "Whom to Invite" to "The Day of the Party," we answer questions so you won't have to.

 



 

Power of Grassroots Parties

Grassroots parties deliver your message to all the right people

The 2004 presidential election pioneered exciting new ways to use the Internet to communicate with supporters. House parties grew out of the Howard Dean campaign and were quickly adopted by everyone from John Kerry to George Bush to national organizations and businesses. Why? Because parties cut out the middleman. You speak directly to the people you want to reach... right in their living room. And, you can ask the people who already know about you to reach out and invite other people they think will be interested. It's the best possible form of person-to-person outreach.

Here's how a typical party works:

You set up your web site and send an email to your list inviting people to host a party. Ideally, you set one date for a national or regional event and ask everyone to host parties on the same day, at the same time. You then use a conference call, a tv show, a DVD, or other activity to unite all the parties. Every host gets their own party web site they can use to send invitations, track RSVPs, and manage their parties.

Parties produce results for businesses AND non-profits:

Charities Engage volunteers and raise funds with national party days. Line up a celebrity to headline a conference call... or showcase breaking news. When you set up your party as a fundraiser, you specify the URL for contributions. Every time a guest RSVPs, they are asked to contribute to your page.

Businesses Launch a new product with parties or connect with current customers to build loyalty! You can send each host a party kit with product samples... or provide a DVD or streaming video online showcasing your product. Ask customers to host parties for you or have parties in your store or local offices. Have a celebrity spokesperson? Feature them on a conference call.

Associations Link your members together with a national event! You could feature a keynote speaker from your conference for a national event or plan a series of Q&A; sessions with industry leaders for chapter meetings. It's an effective way to strengthen the bond between your association and local members. (Why not ask an associate member or exhibitor to sponsor the party to help offset your costs?)

Authors and Publishers Now authors can connect with book clubs and fans across the country! Plan a virtual book tour by asking fans or book clubs to plan parties on the same date. Feature a conference call with a short reading and a Q&A; session.

Alumni Groups Plan a national fundraiser around the homecoming game or another high profile event! Use a half-time conference call to connect parties with an alumni player who has turned pro or a high-profile graduate. Raise funds at the parties and strengthen your relationship with alumni.

Movies & TV Shows Now you can premier your tv show, movie, or documentary all over the country! Schedule parties around the premier of your show or the release of your DVD. (You can supply a free DVD to the host or ask them to buy a party kit.) Connect the parties with a conference call with the stars or director.

Advocacy Groups Have a party... launch a movement! Your parties can help you raise funds and increase awareness. Ask each party host to recruit two hosts for the next party... it's the ideal way to keep spreading the word.

PartyLaunch is NOT for Political Candidates & Organizations PartyLaunch is designed for businesses and non-partisan non-profit groups. If you are a Democratic candidate or organization, visit www.party2win.com today.

Try PartyLaunch FREE for 7 days! See for yourself how easy it is to start a party. Set up your free trial today.

 



Party Community

PartyLaunch Connects You with Party Planning Support

PartyLaunch provides the technology you need to launch your party program.  That's the first step.  Next, you need to use that technology to motivate and mobilize supporters to host, organize, and attend parties.  PartyLaunch gives you party planning tools and an innovative community for party coordinators only.

 



 

 

Do I need to know HTML or any other programming language?
No, absolutely not!  If you're familiar with Microsoft Word, and know what a keyboard and mouse are, you'll do fine!
Can anyone use PartyLaunch?
PartyLaunch is custom-designed for organizations and causes that want to use parties to raise awareness about, and funds for, their group or cause.
How are contributions processed?
When you set up your party, you'll supply your contribution URL and the mailing address checks should be sent to.  All contributions go directly to you.
What if we don't plan to raise funds at our parties?
No problem.  When you set your site up, simply indicate that these will not be fundraising parties.
What if I want to organize events instead of parties?
Many groups are using PartyLaunch to manage events. For now, you will still find references to "parties" in your site -- for example one button reads "Host a Party". In 2006 the program will be upgraded to allow you to control that language, so you can use PartyLaunch to manage events, vigils, phone banks, and other "non-party" activities. For now, most groups find that the power of the tool makes it worth working around the "party" language.
Can I use PartyLaunch to set up just one party?
Sure.  PartyLaunch is optimized for groups planning multiple grassroots parties, but it can also be used to manage one event.
If I do the trial, and pick a design, and then later, want to change it, is that possible?
Sure is!  You can change designs, add photos or logos, and edit content easily.
Do I need to submit a credit card to do the trial?
No.  However, the trial lasts only seven days, at which time your site will no longer be accessible.  However, we will keep it for 30 days, during which time you can return to the Order page and pay for the site.
Can I use my own domain name?
Sure!  Just contact us and let us know your domain name, or let us know what domain name you would like.  To setup a domain you already own, we charge a $25 one-time setup fee.  To purchase and set up a domain name you haven't registered for yet, we charge the $25 one-time setup fee, plus $20/year for the domain name.
Will PartyLaunch consultants manage my party for me?
Your PartyLaunch subscription provides you with the online tools you need to manage your program, plus access to extensive time-saving templates and tips. It's up to you to manage your party program. When staff resources are tight, some groups prefer to hire PartyLaunch to train their staff, recruit hosts, or manage the party from planning through the day of the event. To request a consulting estimate, please contact David Salie.
Do I have to stick with predetermined page names, like About Us,
Directions, etc, when I create my site?
No, sure don't!  If you want to have a page called "Aunt Susie's Dog," you can!  Your Free Trial lets you create a site and check out all the features for seven days.

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