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Brand Ready Email Newsletter Templates

Most email providers will supply you with a basic template you can make minor tweaks to. At MP Host.ca we build email templates specifically for Conservative Members of Parliament.

Each newsletter template was designed to match the 4 most popular website designs. All of our templates feature multiple layout options and have been test on every major email provider.

Click on any of the pictures to view the full email template.

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Blue VicTory E-Newsletter Template

The Blue VicTory Newsletter Template is our homage to the original CRG Website Theme. Blue VicTory employs the classic tory style blue buttons.

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Congratulatory E-Newsletter Template

Based on the mobile friendly CRG website, CongratulaTory features a brighter blue banner and richer hued blue buttons.

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The Albertan E-Newsletter Template

Based on the Edmonton based website provider, the Albertan features the offset profile pic forgoes the contrasting masthead for a decorative background.

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The British Columbian E-Newsletter Template

Modeled on the new website theme from the B.C. based website provider, this email template features framed borders for your featured images and captions. The BC also employees the only masthead with a gradient.

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Why a FindAConservative.ca

What is Find A Conservative?

Finding ConservativesBased on Google Analytics I know a few staffers have had an early opportunity to visit my special project, FindAConservative.ca.

You might be asking, why not just use Google if you are looking for a Conservative MP? And you’d be crazy not to!

The purpose of the site is to make it easy to find and follow all the Conservative MPs in one place. Of course, both Wikipedia and and parl.gc.ca do that, and provide either more biographical detail or provide more legislative details. Even the Party’s Website has all the Members.

But nobody links to the Conservative Associations, and then links them with there Conservative Members or targets their opposition members. Elections Canada’s website has a list, but good luck finding it.

And that is the real purpose of the project. Search Engine Optimization.

Over the last year, since starting to manage my first MP Website, I have been learning all that I can that is of use to political staffers in the digital age. One thing I did learn is you do not need to worry about SEO for your MP. You may want to tidy up your page descriptions, but the simple fact is your Member’s website is a bright shinning beacon on the internet.  How easy is your MP website to find on the internet? A good test is to misspell your MP’s name or just use the first name or just the last name and see how high it shows up.

If people who can’t spell your Members name can find your MP site, you don’t need to worry about SEO.

But what about your Member’s EDA website? Not surprisingly since nobody links to it, very few show up. You are barred from linking your MP website to your EDA website. So, I have set out to tell the internet that these two things are related.

And it is working. It is working better then I had even anticipated.

But it can be better.

It can do more. But, I need your help. I need help tracking down the rest of the data and adding more links. Actually, if you are reading this blog, you have access to update your MP’s Profile. I hope to add the ability to edit EDA and Campus Club information shortly, but the most important part is adding the links for MPs.

If your Member is on the CRG Web Program it was fairly easy to find your links, but if not, it took some searching, and even then, I could not ensure I found everything.

Check your Members Page or go to the edit page and add any links so see are missing. The more links the better. The big ones are obviously Facebook, Twitter, but don’t forgot about YouTube, Google+, or Flickr.

Currently there are a number of extra fields not being used, such as the RSS field, but once we have enough of those links we can begin stream more Conservative MP news to more people at the NewsDesk, currently under-construction.

Obviously adding more links and more content to the MP and EDA profiles has to be my priority, but the site needs a lot of work visually and useability. If you have ideas or suggestions, I would love to hear about them.

FindAConservative.ca is currently a “marketing site”, in that the dead-links for associations link back to EDA Help.ca’s Conservative EDA website page. While “cute”, it really is only temporary.

I also have the .org and my goal is to move the site into a open source community driven project and remove the marketing. If your interested or have any suggestions for the website, please, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or contact me directly.

Why a MP Host Network Part 1

We are big fans of the CRG Web Program. Right out of the box, the CRG Website Theme Blue Victory provides almost everything you need.

Almost.

In order to make your site a true digital constituency office, it would require some additional plugins. Reviewing the options, I obviously gravitated to the most popular free plugins because they worked on thousands of sites and the price was right for a limited MOB. The problem with even free plugins was the best ones required additional support in terms of set-up.

Many of the commercial plugins also provided a superior user experience, but wouldn’t make financial sense to be purchased by a single Member’s Office.

Finally, when I spoke to technical advisers about what I wanted to do, they stressed the importance of moving to a dedicated server, but explained the higher costs involved.

So, to build a truly digital constituency office for my MP, I needed:[unordered_list style=”arrow”]

  • Technical support beyond what CRG could provide
  • Commercial Plugins and Custom Plugins
  • Better security

[/unordered_list]The solution my advisers provided was a WordPress Network running on a dedicated server.

The MP Host Network provides the economy of scale to allow Conservative MP Offices running a Word Press site the ability to access commercial plugins, extended support, and run on a secure server, for the cost of a regular hosting package.

We built the MP Host Network to provide more resources to your Office at a lower cost to your MOB.

But we are only just getting started. In Part 2, we will detail the just some of the extra features available when your site is hosted on our Network.

Top Ten Reason to Switch to the CRG Web Program

  1. Total Control Over Content
    After attending the first seminar, I immediately saw the benefits of the office having more control over how the MP website would represent her and her constituents. It could be set-up to have a custom page to highlight an issue, a PMB, a riding industry or community. Whether it’s a news release or an op-ed it is easy to control which updates show up where, or even to have the same update show up in several different places.
  2. A ReposiTORY for Your Content
    Along with custom pages, you can create custom categories allowing you to create category pages which only display certain types of updates. This is handy to display all your speeches in one place and news releases in another, but by creating your own categories you can have your own pages to store whatever type of content you may want to sort, categorize or display.
  3. Easy to Learn & Easy to Maintain
    There is an expression, “If you can use Microsoft Word then you can use WordPress”. It is true. A year ago I would never have imagined I could update a website, and now I own the domain name www.yourwebsitehere.ca. I would encourage every member of an office to be introduced to the website, because it can be of use to everyone on your team.
  4. Extensive Customization
    Once I began setting up my first MP site (without any previous web experience) it quickly became apparent that the website could do so much more than just display the latest news and updates. Obviously, a visitor to your site should be able to order a certificate, request a pin, or plan a trip to parliament, but every riding is different, so each site should be set-up differently based on the needs of the riding.
  5. Plugins to build a Digital Office
    Right out of the box the CRG Website has everything you need, except a good biography (you have that right?). But the greatest part of WordPress is the plugins. There are hundreds of thousands of plugins and they can transform your Website into a Digital Office. You can create endless forms for surveys, certificates, or process regular routine requests quickly.
  6. Automated Plugins to Run a Digital Office
    Even better, the plugins can be configured to make your staff’s lives a little easier by automating actions like adding (and removing) emails to mailing lists, preparing certificates, or even updating all your social sites at once.
  7. Supports the inventory
    Not only did CRG make an incredible website for MPs, they custom built a multimedia gallery for your constituency offices or events. If you have a CRG Website or switch to one, then you are already configured to run the invenTORY.
  8. Theme-able
    I am obviously a huge fan of CRG’s Web Program and their theme Blue Victory, but the beauty of WordPress is how easy it is to completely change the entire look of your site without changing any content. Different themes can not only change your style, they can add new features. There are thousands of free and commercially supported themes to choose from, but the most important thing is that your site reflect you.
  9. Save your M.O.B
    If you and your staff are updating your website, the only costs are your domain and your hosting.
  10. Network-able
    We all know that an MP site cannot link to the EDA Association site, but they can make each other “smarter” if they are on the same network. If you have a WordPress Website like the one CRG offers, it can run on a WordPress Network. I wanted my MP to have a smarter website to help make smarter decisions for the next campaign I manage, and I wanted my EDA to have a website. So I left my job to build an EDA WordPress Theme and a WordPress Network just for Conservatives.