In a primary season with few conclusive results so far, the latest ground breaking news in the Republican gubernatorial primary settled a couple things: Laurel furniture salesman Ken Miller appears to be the Republican front-runner, while the dry-cleaning guy, the insurance executive, the terrorism consultant, and the childhood addict lag behind.
While other candidates showed potential early on, they have failed to keep the attention of Montanans like Ken Miller, who has recently released the big news that he will be employing campaign technology that is only a decade old. This is exciting stuff. Apparently it isn’t too hard to receive the text messages either, as it only takes a few paragraphs to explain how this is done.
Plus, as Miller explains in a press release, the technology is being brought to us by actual real life entrepreneurs. (Not sure why these guys are different than other campaign consultants, but Miller thought it worth mentioning so it must be so.)
High tech advancements have been a major factor in GOP races this cycle from the beginning. There was Jeff Essmann’s announcement by conference call–where 13-or-14 planted Essmann supporters were able to ask questions without even being hung up on. It is really a shame that no press were able to attend the call because it took place at like 9pm or something.
Then we had the slick 1990′s video effects that were featured in the Derek Skees campaign video, which for some reason has been removed from the internet. And who could forget Rick Hill’s innovative use of Wikipedia to generate earned media statewide. Livingstone’s campaign consultants are rumored to be trolling for bloggers to cover the primary from a Livingstone perspective, so we’ll surely see more excitement in the future. Ken Miller’s press release is pasted below the fold.
Dear Montanan, I'm pleased to announce our campaign is now working with a group of young, Montana entrepreneurs with a technology that will allow us to reach our supporters with text messaging. This will be a really powerful way to keep in touch with the Miller Team across Montana, and needless to say, we're excited about this new initiative. In order to utilize this service, you will need to sign up so we can reach you by text. You can either do this through your cell phone or through Facebook. To sign-up from your cell phone: 1. Simply Text "Add miller (county#)" to (406)551-6818 to join and stay involved with occasional updates from the M4G team! 2. You will need to know your county number (1-56) so we can let you know about information specific to your area of the state. This website is a good resource to help you identify your Montana County number: http://www.bprlicenseplates.com/Montana%20-%20county%20codes.htm. To sign up via Facebook: 1. Click on the Facebook button at the bottom of this page to take you to the Ken Miller for Governor Facebook page. If you haven't already clicked "Like", please do so. If you already "Like" the page, then... 2. Click on "Txt Messaging". 3. Click "Subscribe". This will show you how to add your phone. We hope you will sign-up for this service and we look forward to being able to contact you about our campaign by text message. Viewert is a Bozeman-based company founded by a team of MSU entrepreneurs in 2010. The company specializes in Facebook applications including ViaTxt, the least expensive and easiest-to-use text message notification tool on the market. For more information on Viewert, please visit: http://www.viewert.com/index.php. I'm glad to be working with this team of Montana business leaders, and wish them much success with their enterprise. We will continue to work on integrating cutting-edge technology into our campaign, especially when we can utilize the resources of Montana companies. As part of our growing grassroots campaign across Montana, we encourage you to keep in touch with us through a variety of mediums we are employing to update our supporters about the campaign. We have a very active Facebook page, and you can also follow us on Twitter, and sign up for our regular email updates through our website at www.miller4governor.com. Sincerely, Ken Miller Republican Candidate for Montana Governor