The BSD Tools have steered hundreds of action-oriented online campaigns and brands to success. Our key lies in empowering you and your organization to build a real and lasting foundation of support. Trying to build an army of advocates? The BSD Tools will help you create valuable, new relationships— and strengthen existing ones. Want to mobilize your supporters to act? The Tools make it easy to keep audiences engaged and primed to further your advocacy or business goals. Need to raise money? Our fundraising tools let you quickly broadcast a mass appeal.
As the foundation for thousands of successful campaigns, the BSD Tools have raised $1.7 billion (and counting) in direct contributions from more than 28 million people and driven millions of actions that benefit our clients’ brands and bottom lines.
Our technology has helped hundreds of advocacy organizations, political candidates, cultural institutions, educational institutions, nonprofits, and corporations exceed their goals, including Partners in Health, Oxfam International, the Green Bay Packers, NAACP, United States Olympic Committee, SEIU, Breast Cancer UK, Mercy Ships, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Barack Obama’s first and second presidential campaigns. Learn more about our clients and view our case studies.
Our tiered pricing model starts at $550 USD per month. Unlike many of our competitors, we won’t charge you feature-by-feature or by the number of administartors using the product. All plans include the full suite of applications, unlimited logins, 24/7 monitoring, and support by our team of live, human, experts. And we won’t nickel and dime you with fees for “custom branding” or “custom domain names,” either. You get the fully customizable, fully featured platform without any games. See our pricing and compare the BSD Tools to our competitors.
If you want to stick with your current content management system (CMS), we’ll happily integrate the BSD Tools into your existing framework, customizing your wrappers and styling to fit your unique brand. Visitors can move seamlessly between your website and BSD Tools pages, with no interruption in their experience.
Or, if you’re looking to switch, you can choose to add ExpressionEngine to your BSD Tools platform. This versatile, easy-to-use CMS can be fully integrated with the rest of our technology — allowing your team to customize, grow, and maintain a robust web presence with minimal effort.
Absolutely not. The BSD Tools let you scale and maintain a rich, action-oriented website — even if your staff doesn’t know any HTML. You’ll have immediate access to pre-loaded page templates based on exhaustive analysis and testing to hone in on best practices. With a few clicks you’ll be able to create forms that fit seamlessly within your website. Email and social sharing tools are automatically integrated.
But if you’re planning to get ambitious, our content management framework can handle anything you might throw at them: video, animation, scripting, Flash, and more.
The rise of mobile devices places a new barrier between your supporters and the actions you want them to take. Your pages may appear tiny when viewed in a mobile browser. Form entry on smartphone keypad can be tedious. It’s no surprise that action rates on mobile devices are 50% lower than on desktops. The BSD Tools will help you tackle this new challenge.
Our revolutionary "Quick Donate" feature will allow your supporters to contribute with a single click – via mobile email, SMS or your website. Mobile wrappers and redirects let you serve optimized content to users depending on the device they use to visit your site. These features mean more engagement, more donations, and more revenue across devices.
The BSD Tools are hosted at an Internap collocation facility near Boston, MA. Internap is a top-rated colocation vendor with top-tier security, physical systems redundancy, and network connectivity.
We store your data using fault-tolerant systems, which are backed up off-site weekly and augmented with separately stored transactional logs, which are also backed up off-site nightly. We are capable of “point in time” recovery of any database in the event of a fault or malicious attack.
We are a PCI DSS-compliant Level 1 Service Provider and develop our software in accordance with the OWASP Top 10 guidelines for web application security. Our contribution transactions use SSL encryption and electronic interactions with payment gateways and other exchanges of sensitive constituent information are always encrypted. In accordance with our PCI-DSS compliance, we do not retain credit card numbers after transactions have been completed. Learn more about our security, reliability and privacy procedures.
Every BSD Tools installation comes with service by real human beings who know what they're talking about and are eager to help. We also offer regular, webcasted training, ranging from instruction appropriate for new or novice users to more in-depth webinars on advanced functionality. Our online Knowledge Base provides answers to commonly asked questions regarding the BSD Tools.
In addition, our system administrators, using a variety of automated systems, monitor Blue State Digital’s infrastructure around the clock. Our monitoring system is tuned to alert us to small problems before they turn into big ones. A system administrator and a software developer are on-call 24/7 to handle any issues that may arise.
Yes. Our API allows external access to data and functionality inside the BSD Tools system. The API follows many REST design principles and can be accessed from any common programming environment, including PHP, Ruby, Perl, Python, and .NET. All API calls use either an HTTP GET or POST request. For more information, read our API documentation.
NationBuilder aims to offer campaign tools to the very smallest organizational users. If you don't have a website or need a temporary stopgap, NationBuilder is an attractive option. But organizations looking to maintain a seamless, optimized experience that is consistent with an existing website may be disappointed. NationBuilder does not integrate with other content management systems. Their pages are often unbranded and you’ll have to pay extra money to use your organization’s own web address. Clunky donation pages can severely reduce the rate of completed transactions. When you need guidance, there's no phone number to call. NationBulder recently became the exclusive software provider for the Republican State Leadership Committee, the official GOP body charged with electing conservative officials at the state level. And like Salsa and Convio, NationBuilder starts clients with a low monthly fee, but sending email can ultimately cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars more per month.