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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:23 pm    Post subject: Wildrose Alliance Leadership Contestants' Campaign Sites Reply with quote

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Grading the Campaign Websites of the Wildrose Alliance Leadership Contestants

http://www.wildrosealliancelea.....gspot.com/

Although web sites are just one tool that modern political campaigns use, they are becoming increasingly important in this high tech world. I have decided to grade the web sites of the two leadership candidates for the Wildrose Alliance Party, Danielle Smith and Mark Dyrholm. Marks are similar to grade school with A being the highest mark, and F being the lowest.

Danielle Smith’s web site:
www.daniellesmith.ca

Mark Dyrholm’s web site:
www.markdyrholm.ca

Appearance:

Danielle Smith’s web site:

[Grade - B] Shows Danielle Smith wearing a bright red suit. Her picture capitalizes on her good looks, but the page could use more blue and green colour.

Mark Dyrholm’s web site:

[Grade - B] Shows Mark Dyrholm with his endearing wife and son. The use of colour works well, but an overuse of text makes the page look cluttered.

Slogan:

Danielle Smith’s web site:

[Grade - C] ‘Let’s Make It Happen’ is catchy enough, but frankly it could be the slogan for any political campaign. Kudos to Danielle for incorporating it in her stump speeches so it sticks.

Mark Dyrholm’s web site:

[Grade - A] ‘Reforming Alberta’ is a superb slogan because it gives the candidate instant credibility with the Reform Party roots shared by most Albertans. But its loses effect because Mark never seems to use it in speeches.

Information:

Danielle Smith’s web site:

[Grade - D] This is the truly astounding part of the web site. For someone running for leader of a major political party you need a biography consisting of far more than four or five short paragraphs.

Mark Dyrholm’s web site:

[Grade - B] Overall the web site gives a good feel for Mark’s political roots. The web site only gets a ‘B’ because in some parts there is too much information that could be more concisely summarized.

Navigability:

Danielle Smith’s web site:

[Grade - A] Displays a straightforward and user-friendly site. Campaign news update are on the main page and are instantly accessible.

Mark Dyrholm’s web site:

[Grade - B] Demonstrates a professional and clean look, but there are too many links. Duplicate information is a problem and news updates are not readily available.

Usability:

Danielle Smith’s web site:

[Grade - B] Instantly easy for visitors to use the web site to take out a membership, make a donation, or volunteer for the candidate. Disappointing that the web site does not make it easier to donate by taking credit card information online.

Mark Dyrholm’s web site:

[Grade - C] Although visitors can see the section where memberships, donations, and volunteering are encouraged, the page that appears makes it unclear if your are becoming a party member or donating. Credit cards can be processed on-line.

Overall:

Danielle Smith’s web site:

[Grade - C] The navigability and usability of this site is good, but the site is lacking on its appearance and slogan. The site is sorely lacking on information about its candidate. Visitors should be able to read much more about Danielle’s political background.

Mark Dyrholm’s web site:

[Grade - B] The appearance and slogan of this site is good, but the navigability and usability of this site could be simplified and cleaned up significantly. What stands out is that visitors can quickly identify Mark’s biography and policies.

Source:

http://wildroseallianceleaders.....drose.html
Craig
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have there been any polls? Who is the favorite?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Craig wrote:
Have there been any polls? Who is the favorite?

There's no polling out yet. The Dyrholm campaign is being run by Craig Chandler, and he certainly has the organization to do so; in fact, I've already been daemon-dialed by their campaign.

The cut-off for nominees isn't until September, so I doubt the media will take a whole lot of interest until then. As for favourites? I think it's pretty up in the air. They're both solid conservatives with good credentials.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 11:51 am    Post subject: Re: Wildrose Alliance Leadership Contestants' Campaign Sites Reply with quote

Once they finish with this then they can start a Federal Party for me to vote for. Is there any climate requirements for that flower because I can start planting some here in Ontario. How 'bout Hillier for Leader of the Ontario Wildrose Alliance Party?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 8:43 pm    Post subject: Re: Wildrose Alliance Leadership Contestants' Campaign Sites Reply with quote

DixieCanuck wrote:
Once they finish with this then they can start a Federal Party for me to vote for. Is there any climate requirements for that flower because I can start planting some here in Ontario. How 'bout Hillier for Leader of the Ontario Wildrose Alliance Party?

Ha ha! Actually the Wild Rose is Alberta's official flower/plant, and 'Wildrose Country' is still prominent on our license plates ... but I'm sure you knew that.

Judging from what I'm seeing with the PCPO leadership contest, Ontario conservatives are not quite in need of the same renewal as we are out here. Never mind that our political cultures are so different - Alberta's political history is one of long dynasties that are replaced suddenly when they become immune to internal change, while in Ontario governments change quickly and parties rebuild themselves on something like a 10 year cycle.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think this is a little bit early. I'm certain a couple other candidates will come forward in the future.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Libertas wrote:
I think this is a little bit early. I'm certain a couple other candidates will come forward in the future.


Yes, there likely will be. There are others at various stages of the process.
Today we made this announcement.

Quote:
Wildrose Alliance Officially Welcomes Candidates to Leadership Race.

The Wildrose Alliance announces today two Official Candidates for the Leadership of the Party: Mark Dyrholm and Danielle Smith. The Party is very pleased to have candidates of such high quality express their interest and looks forward to their contributions toward building the Party and bringing back the Alberta Advantage.

Information and contact for their campaigns can be found at the following:

Mark Dyrholm:
Internet: www.markdyrholm.ca
Phone: 403-203-3456
Fax: 403-273-2940
Email: membership@markdyrholm.ca

Danielle Smith: www.daniellesmith.ca
Internet:
Phone: 403-256-0444
Email: info@daniellesmith.ca

The Party continues to receive interest in the Leadership of the Party with other individuals investigating a potential candidacy. The deadline for fulfilling Leadership Candidacy requirements is September 1.

A series of Leadership Townhalls is being planned for September and early October across the Province following up on the 12 Townhalls the Party held this spring to engage Albertans and listen to their concerns.

The Leadership Convention will be held in Edmonton on October 17, 2009. In order to vote, a person must be a member two weeks prior to the vote. The vote will be a mail-in ballot but can also be cast at the Leadership Convention.

For further information, please contact:
John Hilton-O’Brien
Leadership Committee, Chair
john.hiltonobrien@wildrosealliance.ca
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