Tweetlection- Chirpolitics in Action

Election season is upon us here in the United States. It’s one of the most confusing but  important aspects of our society. Somewhere between the attack ads, Super PACs and Interest groups, there lives democracy, choice and expression.

Chirpify, albeit a small team, is pretty diverse politically- From Ron Paul enthusiasts to volunteers for Barack Obama. This diversity and belief in choice is why we were excited to announce Direct Donations a couple weeks back. We wanted you to have the ability to donate to any Political or Non-Profit organization your impassioned heart desired.

But, we’ll admit, We didn’t feel it was quite enough. So today, we’re proud to announce Tweetlection.

Tweetlection is a website we built to bring democracy to Twitter. It’s pretty simple really. You can donate to the candidate of your choice by tweeting directly to them with the following script.

“Donate $amount to @CandidateTwitter for Election 2012″

The donations will go straight to the candidates and each donation will count as a (virtual) vote! You’ll also be able to see an aggregate of donations for each candidate.

You only need a few things to participate in Tweetlection:

  1. Chirpify Account (Twitter+Paypal)- If you don’t have one, sign up here!
  2. A Penchant or political leaning towards one of the presidential hopefuls (learn more about the candidates here)
  3. Qualify for FEC Guidelines, including the following statements: This contribution is made from my personal funds and is not drawn on an account maintained by a corporation, labor union, or national bank; and I am a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident and this contribution will not be reimbursed by another person.

So do your research and participate in the most important (and first) Tweetlection in American history. Let the race begin.

A Few Places #Tweetlection is Showing Up on the Interwebs

Here is the Official Press release:

Chirpify Launches Twitter Fundraising for Politicians; Enables Contributions With A Tweet

Portland, Ore. – June 19, 2012 – Chirpify, the Twitter Commerce Platform, today announced the launch of its new Twitter Fundraising for Politicians platform, and a commitment for at least 25 U.S. Senate and House candidates to use Chirpify for their 2012 political campaigns. Chirpify’s Twitter Fundraising for Politicians enables politicians to raise money for and donors to contribute to campaigns via Twitter with a simple tweet.

Also today, Chirpify launched a special “Tweet a Presidential Candidate” website that allows donors to give and track donations to the Obama and Romney presidential campaigns with a tweet at www.tweetlection.com. People can donate to either campaign by tweeting, “Donate $amount to @BarackObama for Election 2012” or “Donate $amount to @MittRomney for Election 2012” after signing up for a Chirpify account.

“There are hundreds of millions of dollars being raised for U.S. political campaigns every year, and an estimated 140 million Twitter users, “said Chirpify CEO and Founder Chris Teso. “Yet until now there was no way to directly exchange currency on Twitter. It is a no brainer to introduce Twitter Fundraising for Politicians.”

The commitment for at least 25 U.S. Senate and House candidates to raise campaign contributions via Chirpify comes from a partnership with Digital Acumen, a Twitter politics digital agency.

“Engagement is not the problem for politicians on Twitter, what is an issue is turning that interaction into donations,” said Digital Acumen CEO and Founder Andrew Hemingway. “Either potential donors get sidetracked when following a donation link from Twitter or politicians need a computer science degree to set up an online donation platform. Chirpify provides a simple solution by processing donations without ever having to leave Twitter.”

How Twitter Fundraising for Politicians Works
Using Chirpify to fundraise for a political campaign is easy. Politicians or their staff simply tweet a request for a donation from their Chirpify dashboard. For example @favoritepolitician tweets, “Are you in? Reply with ‘donate’ to give $25 via @chirpify.” Donors give by simply replying with the word donate. Example, “@favoritepolitician donate.” Chirpify makes a transaction happen and sends donors and politicians email and direct message receipts. Furthermore, donor data can be downloaded via CSV or stored in a database.

More Than Just A Fundraising Tool
Chirpify has solved a huge problem: how to monetize social media. It gives individuals, companies, organizations—anyone—the ability to buy, sell, donate or pay someone for both physical and digital goods with a simple tweet. Because it works anywhere that Twitter does, any user on any mobile phone, tablet or computer can use Chirpify to conduct seamless and secure transactions. Chirpify is a complete commerce platform, enabling consumers and businesses to buy, sell, donate and transact in-stream on Twitter. For Chirpify plans and pricing, go to http://chirpify.com/twitter_commerce.

About Chirpify
Chirpify (www.chirpify.com) is a seamless payment system for Twitter commerce. With full integration to PayPal, Chirpify enables businesses, politicians and non-profits to buy, sell, donate and exchange funds on Twitter, turning tweets into immediate transactions. Based in Portland, Oregon, the Chirpify platform is the first social commerce system to offer direct monetization through Twitter. To learn more about Chirpify and begin sending or receiving payments today, visit www.chirpify.com.

About Digital Acumen
Digital Acumen is a digital consulting firm working exclusively with politics and the Twitter platform. Digital Acumen hosted the first all Twitter Presidential Debate in July 2011, and has developed proprietary applications used by hundreds of thousands of users daily. For more information visit http://digital-acumen.com or tweet us at @DigitalAcumen.

Chirpify closes $1.3m — Launches Twitter Commerce for Musicians

We’re beyond excited to announce that we’ve closed a series A round of financing from some very intelligent people that believe strongly in what we’re doing. We’re thrilled about the opportunity this affords us to move fast, hire great talent, expand our platform, and maintain a stocked fridge full of delicious Portland microbrews.

We’re also happy to release our digital content solution for musicians and labels, enabling them to control their own distribution, sell concert tickets, and drop their latest mp3 tracks — selling direct to their fans in-stream on Twitter.

Below is the official release. Above are some of the press covering the announcement.

It’s time to scale!

Twitter Payment and Commerce Platform Chirpify Lands Financing from Voyager Capital, CEOs of Hootsuite and Buddy TV, and Former Facebook Executive

Chirpify also launches Twitter Commerce for Digital Content to purchase music and concert tickets directly through Twitter

Portland, Ore. – April 24, 2012 – Chirpify, the Twitter Commerce Platform, today announced it has secured $1.3 million in series A financing. Voyager Capital, angel investor Geoff Entress, BuddyTV CEO Andy Liu, former Facebook executive Rudy Gadre, HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes, and TiE Oregon Angels all contributed to this first round of financing for the company.

“Twitter is a tremendous platform for brands, retailers, politicians, musicians and others to engage fans, yet with more than 140 million users there’s still no way to directly exchange goods and currency,” said Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes. “Chirpify provides a unique approach to fill this void by processing transactions without ever having to leave Twitter.”

In addition to securing funding, Chirpify is launching its new Twitter Commerce for Digital Content platform, a way for musicians to sell and consumers to buy digital content like songs and concert tickets via Twitter. Chirpify’s Twitter commerce platform provides a simple way to turn tweets into transactions, and the new digital content offering extends that same power to any content.

“Chirpify now makes it possible to sell digital content in-stream on Twitter, enabling musicians and artists to sell direct to their fans and control their own distribution,” said Chirpify CEO and Founder Chris Teso. “People already use Twitter to follow the brands, musicians and others they care about, so why can’t they get the latest product or hot new song right through Twitter? Now they can.”

According to Jake Schaefer with Minneapolis hip-hop label Rhymesayers Entertainment,

“Chirpify allows us to deliver digital music and goods to our fans in a way that’s most convenient to them by providing a truly mobile shopping experience.”

How Twitter Commerce for Digital Content Works
Selling and purchasing digital content with Chirpify is easy. Artists simply upload content to their Chirpify dashboard, and click to tweet. Consumers use Chirpify to securely connect their Twitter and PayPal accounts, and once linked reply to the tweet with something as simple as “@favoriteartist buy (insert digital content).” Chirpify then sends a secure download link via direct message and/or email to download that song or other digital content.

More Than Digital Content
Chirpify has solved a huge problem: how to monetize social media. It gives individuals, companies, organizations—anyone—the ability to buy, sell, donate or pay someone with a simple tweet. Because it works anywhere that Twitter does, any user on any mobile device, tablet or computer can use Chirpify to conduct seamless and secure transactions. While Chirpify is a complete commerce platform, it also offers deep integration with existing e-commerce storefronts, including Magento, for back-end fulfillment, listing and transaction management. To use Chirpify, merchants simply click the “list on Twitter” button when drafting an item listing for sale in their e-commerce or Chirpify dashboard. They can also use Chirpify to set the item price, quantity, shipping price and shipping timing. For Chirpify plans and pricing, go to http://chirpify.com/twitter_commerce.

About Chirpify
Chirpify (www.chirpify.com) is a seamless payment system for Twitter commerce. With full integration to PayPal, Chirpify enables businesses to buy, sell, donate and exchange funds on Twitter, turning tweets into immediate transactions. Based in Portland, Oregon, the Chirpify platform is the first social commerce system to offer direct monetization through Twitter. To learn more about Chirpify and begin sending or receiving payments today, visit www.chirpify.com.

download press release

Hello World, It’s Chirpify!

Welcome to Chirpify! We’re excited about our launch, and overwhelmed by the coverage we’re receiving.

There is a ton to talk about with Twitter Commerce, but we’ll let the press do that for us!

We’ll be updating this post throughout the day. Enjoy…

 

Sell Simp.ly Rebrands As Chirpify; Launches New Twitter Commerce Platform For Brands

“When Chirpify merchants want to sell something, they just click the “List on Twitter” button when drafting a listing in their new eCommerce dashboards. Then, inbound sales info appears as an email or “as part of the retailer’s back-end system, or via a direct message on Twitter.””

TechCrunch

 

 

Startup Lets You Buy and Sell Stuff on Twitter

“PowerBar fans, for instance, will see on the company’s Twitter feed this week that such transactions are possible, but if they want to buy something, they will have to register with Chirpify. Teso says that the appeal for brands will be obvious: “It’s a way to instantly monetize their followers.””

Mashable

 

 

Chirpify Facilitates Scarily Seamless Twitter Payments

“The company built an open API that allows third parties to develop apps. The idea is that e-commerce companies like eBay, Etsy and Kickstarter can integrate Chirply into their sites as a way to easily extend their commerce offerings onto Twitter. The first developer to use the API is an ad agency which built an app for South by Southwest. The app allows users to buy their friend a drink at specific bars during the festival in Austin.”

PandoDaily

 

 

Chirpify turns Twitter into a payment and commerce platform

“Brands are already tweeting about products but those are just broadcast ads trying to lure consumers from Twitter to a five-step checkout process,” said Chris Teso, founder of Chirpify. “We eliminate that and make commerce frictionless.”

GigaOm

 

 

Chirpify Does What Twitter Won’t Do: Allow You To Monetize Your Tweets

“Could this become the biggest competitor to Square and all the rest in the industry? Will Chirpify decide to disrupt the way payments are done and could they be the pioneer in finally breaking through in monetizing tweets on Twitter?”

– bub.blicio.us

 

 

Portland’s Chirpify turns Twitter into sales channel

“The big opportunity, Teso believes, comes in Chirpify’s ability to help brands sell products on Twitter.

Chirpify can be integrated into major e-commerce storefront software programs that allow merchants to simply click a button that says “list on Twitter.” Brands can host Twitter specific promotions.”

– The Portland Business Journal 

 

 

Buy, Sell, Donate And Transact On Twitter With Chirpify

“As for the businesses, Chirpify offers deep integration with existing e-commerce storefronts, including Magento, for back-end fulfillment, listing and transaction management. The image below (taken from the site) captures the details of a buyer who has replied to one of the sales tweet.”

– fastgush

 

 

Start-up Launches New Twitter Payment Platform

“Chirpify will let customers to buy from companies or organizations by tweeting at them; people can also use the platform to support a candidate or charity. As of now, PowerBar is the only brand that has started using the new platform, but Chris Teso, the founder and CEO of Chirpify, told Mashable he hopes other companies will follow in PowerBar’s footsteps.”

– inc.com

 

 

Chirpify Lets You Buy and Sell on Twitter

“So far, vendors have used Twitter as mostly a broadcast platform. Chirpify lets users add commerce into their Twitter streams, allowing anyone to purchase something off of a tweet, just by responding with “buy.””

– WebProNews

 

 

Twitter-friendly start-up Chirpify uses PayPal to compete with Facebook, shopping in 140 characters or less

“A lot of brands are selling on Facebook. Brands are tweeting left and right about their products. We can convert those tweets to sales. It’s a pretty easy sell,”

Toronto Star

 

 

Official Press Release – Launch

Chirpify Launches Twitter Commerce Brand Platform

Formerly known as Sell Simply, Chirpify Introduces Transactional Tweets for Brand Commerce, Direct Payments and Donations


PORTLAND, Oregon — February 15, 2012 — Chirpify, the easy way to exchange money via Twitter, today announced the launch of its Twitter Commerce platform, allowing brands and merchants to buy, sell, donate and transact on Twitter. Formerly known as Sell Simply, Chirpify enables direct, or person-to-person, payments and donations in addition to its retail sales platform.

For the first time ever, brands and retailers are able to use Twitter as a direct sales channel. By offering organizations a simple way to turn Tweets into transactions, Chirpify opens up a meaningful new channel that combines social marketing with commerce and offers an easy way for consumers to make purchases.

“Brands, retailers, politicians, celebrities and individuals have spent the past six years using Twitter to build communities and brand affinity, so why not allow them to sell on Twitter directly?” says Chris Teso, founder of Chirpify. “Customers don’t have to leave Twitter to make a purchase or donation. Chirpify removes the frictions of traditional e-commerce check-out processes.”

How it works:
Chirpify integrates directly with PayPal to offer secure transactions on Twitter. Purchases and donations are as simple as replying to a Tweet: “@favoritebrand Buy,“ or “@politician Donate,” for example.

Additionally, Chirpify offers deep integration with existing e-commerce storefronts, including Magento, for back-end fulfillment, listing and transaction management. To use Chirpify, merchants simply click the “list on Twitter” button when drafting an item listing for sale in their e-commerce dashboard. Inbound sales information appears as either an email or as part of the retailer’s back-end system, as well as via a DM on Twitter.

Because it works anywhere Twitter does, Chirpify is device agnostic, allowing any user on any mobile device, tablet or desktop computer to access Chirpify for seamless transactions.

“We identified Chirpify as solving a huge problem in the market: how to monetize social-media efforts,” says Greg Rau, founder and CEO at Upstart Labs. “Chris built an effective and elegant platform to deliver actual ROI based on revenue.  Chirpify offers individuals, companies, organizations—anyone—the ability to monetize their Tweets.”

Chirpify received seed funding from Portland-based incubator Upstart Labs, which invests in early-stage companies with a combination of capital and product-development support. Chirpify is one of the first ventures to receive seed funding from Upstart Labs, which launched its program last year.

About Chirpify
Chirpify (www.chirpify.com) is a seamless payment system for Twitter commerce. With full integration to PayPal, Chirpify enables businesses to buy, sell, donate and exchange funds on Twitter, turning Tweets into immediate transactions. Based in Portland, Oregon, the Chirpify platform is the first social commerce system to offer direct monetization through Twitter. To learn more about Chirpify and begin sending or receiving payments today, visit www.chirpify.com.

About Upstart Labs
Portland, OR-based startup accelerator Upstart Labs (www.upstartlabs.com) invests in early-stage technology companies with a combination of capital and product-development support. Upstart Labs focuses on developing new businesses, and providing emerging companies with support in design, development and go-to-market strategy.

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