Cyrus Habib was about to be a first-time candidate for the Washington State House of Representatives. As any accomplished person who is about to take on an endeavor like this, Cyrus had his own personal connections but nothing in the way of a campaign infrastructure or base of supporters. He knew he needed to run a good campaign and specifically he wanted to be aggressive about his online campaign. However, he did not and would not have a resource dedicated to running the online campaign. So the system he needed would have to be easy to use for him and for any novice campaign staff he would hire.
Starting with just his seed of core supporters, Cyrus began using the broadcast email service to get out his word, promote events, and ask for support. He grew his email list from virtually zero to almost 3000 and sent them regular updates on the campaign.
Cyrus ran a robust traditional campaign but also integrated the online in their literature, promotional materials, and everywhere possible. They posted their video ads online and integrated their social networks to their website. By election day, over 17,000 people had visited his website and they had served almost 50,000 web pages.
In just a short time, the campaign went from very few supporters from the candidates contact list to over 6500 records in their database and over 1400 Facebook Friends.
From day one, Cyrus wanted a professional reliable online donation system. He hoped for and expected wide-ranging support and he got it. By the end of the campaign, he had raised over 120K online.
On Election Day 2012, first-time candidate, Cyrus Habib, won a resounding victory, with over 61% of the vote.