BSD Tools

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BSD Tools are designed to help you manage and grow inspiring, impactful digital programs. This political campaign software suite includes tools for fundraising, advocacy, communications and analytics.

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BSD Tools review by Agency in Public Relations and Communications
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"The Gold Standard For Email Marketing"

What do you like best?

I love the analytics that BSD provides. It allows us the opportunity to refine and improve the way we reach our audience via email marketing. I like that I can sort and segment our lists based on the analytics we are provided.

What do you dislike?

I wish you could better define active subscribers. We don't use BSD to fundraise and for us we had to manually count how many subscribers opened or clicked an email in the last six month because that's how we defined active. I would like to see more flexibility in the portion

Recommendations to others considering the product

Strengthen your user experience to make the platform more user-friendly

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use BSD for email marketing to reach segmented audiences on our list. We love the analytics that BSD offers but I think there is an opportunity to provide stronger insights on the individual emails themselves. I think it would be helpful to have richer data without having to go into the overall email analytics.

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BSD Tools review by <span>Matthew Z.</span>
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"Blue State Digital is Easy for Newbies, Limiting for Developers"

What do you like best?

Blue State Digital is an e-mail and online contribution platform that makes life much easier for political staff in the finance and communications departments. If users do not have extensive technical experience this platform quickly gives staff a way to have an e-mail list and platform. It includes some basic things like A/B testing. It also had a pretty good import and export function for contact lists.

What do you dislike?

The interface is not mobile responsive making editing emails on an iPhone on the go difficult. There is an API and some developer tools but the documentation is not amazing. Furthermore the page speed on the individual donation pages is quite slow. It also lacks many of the features available in commercial e-mail marketing platforms like MailChimp and CampaignMonitor. For example MailChimp and CampaignMonitor include the ability to tell where your e-mails were opened and have advanced responsive design editors and integration with Litmus to quickly see how your e-mail looks on multiple platforms. Also there were not many templates to start with so you had to hardcode much of the good stuff.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are able to look at similar commercial tools like MailChimp, CamapignMonitor, and Stripe.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a platform to send e-mails to our e-mail list and receive donations and it did in fact work for this.

What Political Campaign solution do you use?

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BSD Tools review by Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Great for an election, less great for a non-profit."

What do you like best?

BSD's reporting is solid and easy to manage/manipulate.

What do you dislike?

The latency issues - sometimes we don't find out that a donor made a contribution unless we run a report, despite having set up the contribution form to notify key staff. It's been a particular issue in 2016.

Additionally, there's not enough flexibility with forms - they're used strictly for a donor cohort, and the flexibility with respect to certain gateways/merchants doesn't allow for donor-friendly options, like recurring billing.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's great if your donors are highly segmented. Otherwise, it's not especially versatile.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

20% of our fundraising is electronic - we need an e-commerce platform to make giving easy and accessible to our donors.

BSD Tools review by Administrator
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"Good quality mailer"

What do you like best?

I have found BSD to be reliable, cost-effective, and quality program to manage mass mailings. It sends quickly and have lots of useful tools as well.

What do you dislike?

Communication can be sometimes lacking -- especially during the outage that occurred last year, we received no notification.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Managing a high volume of email to a large list efficiently -- good tools and data gathering.

BSD Tools review by Administrator in Non-Profit Organization Management
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"Free version user."

What do you like best?

There is little to like about the free version of BSD. It is not difficult to export donations.

What do you dislike?

I dislike that constituent records are based on e-mail address. It makes it difficult to segment and maintain lists. The reporting is also very limited. Most of the time you can't get the information you want without a lot of manual work outside of BSD. The customer support is also not great.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would choose another option or pay for additional features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our mass e-mail communications.

BSD Tools review by Consultant in Political Organization
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"Nice, but better"

What do you like best?

BSD has very good campaign finance software that allows you to track contributions easily. It's definitely the easiest to use in that sense.

What do you dislike?

It doesn't have a lot of integrated features that other companies have. It's not as user-friendly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Definitely do a comparison with other companies first. BSD is great in some places, but others are better.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Better campaign finance software and campaign management. This is decent for campaign finance.

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