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Caitlin Blocker

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CRM Myths

Myth 1: I can’t switch my constituent relationship management platform until the end of the year because I already signed an annual contract

You are not locked into your contract. House rules state that you can break your CRM contract at any time.

That’s right, anytime.

Here’s another tip: The best time to switch during an election year is October. Your volume of mail decreases, giving you time...

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Topics: CRM, Newsletter, Web

Q&A with the CEO, Josh Billigmeier

 

What inspired you to start Fireside?

I spent the first part of my career at several startups, but playing the startup lottery as an employee didn’t work out for me. One company after another went out of business — as 90 percent of startups do. I wanted to do programming, and I wanted to know that my work was making a positive impact on people's lives. The best part of my job now is knowing that...

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Topics: CRM, Small Business, Technology

A Day in the Life of a Capitol Hill Office

Staff are the heartbeat of every congressional office. In our previous post about the Ecosystem of Congress, we highlighted how everything that happens in your office and in your district are connected. But, we only touched on the other distractions and tasks the office will experience every day in session. To help better understand the day, we created a flowing data visualization to show you a...

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Topics: Phones, Newsletter, CRM, Web

Fireside: Refueling the Flame

Fireside Announces New Brand Identity

Washington, DC, September 12, 2018 -- Fireside, a software company catering to members of Congress, announces the implementation of a new brand designed to reflect its ongoing mission to simplify the complexity of the Hill. The company’s new look reflects its success in forging strong client relationships and fostering client-constituent connections.

While...

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The Ecosystem of Congress

 
We all know that November is right around the corner. Before you know it, everyone will be in Washington preparing for the 116th Congress.
 
One thing that was never clearly explained to me when I first came to Washington is how the Capitol Hill ecosystem really works. As complex as a congressional office may seem at first, things are even more tangled than you might think. What happens...

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Topics: CRM, Web, Phones, Newsletter

5 Ways to Prepare for Blackout

Summer is here. You know what that means: camping, cookouts, and communications. For all of these things, you need to prepare. For camping, you need a flashlight, a tent, and supplies. What is a cookout without cheeseburgers and hot dogs? Now that it’s summer and Congress is creeping out of blackout, how do you set yourself up for communications success to prepare for the next blackout?

That’s...

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