Blog: Our Work

Last September, we built an interactive website for Class Size Counts, a non-profit, statewide organization of parents, teachers, students and voters advocating for smaller class sizes in Washington’s public schools. As part of a grassroots effort to raise awareness about the size of Washington’s public school classes – Washington currently ranks 47th in the nation – volunteers, teachers, parents, and others counted students in their classrooms and submitted their findings, and personal stories, to the site. Over the course of just a few months, more than 5,000 classes were counted, making for an astounding visual on the state of Washington’s class sizes.

The site that the Winning Mark team developed for Class Size Counts created just the kind of buzz and interest we were hoping for as we launched a grass-roots project.  With very little paid promotion, the site attracted over 35,000 unique visitors, and 5,300 of those signed on as supporters our campaign.

Class Size Counts has just filed their initiative and is now collecting signatures to get I-1351 on the ballot. To learn more about the initiative (and if you’re in Washington, to submit a class size) visit classsizecountswa.com.

School District Database

Class Size Counts Website

Today I went looking for the date when a few Twitter accounts were created.  This is data you can get from the Twitter API, but you need an OAuth application.  You can create new applications on the Twitter Developer Site at https://dev.twitter.com/apps.

Or you can explore the Twitter API (and ask for things like “created_at” date for specific Twitter usernames) using this simple console on the Twitter developer site, created provided by @apigee.

The console creates Oauth credentials for you by connecting a Twitter account, then you use the tool to create queries and you get back results like this:

What date was this Twitter account created

This week we helped Oregon United for Marriage promote some historic news: All 3 major professional sports teams in Portland endorsed the campaign. The Portland Trail Blazers became the first NBA team to endorse the freedom to marry.

This was an exciting opportunity and one that provided an excellent example of how campaigns can effectively combine hashtags, @mentions, location and the “add people” function on Instagram.

We designed a series of creative elements for the campaign to use across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  While effective Facebook promotion requires several different sizes of each creative element, and cover images for web sliders, Facebook pages and Twitter profiles also require different sizes, when it comes to sharing images on Twitter and Instagram, your best bet is to design creative that is square.

Portland Trail Blazers Endorse Freedom to Marry

Campaigns share images like this on Instagram to get the creative seen, interacted with and shared. Instagram provides tools specifically designed for this: hashtags, @mentions, location and using the “add people” function to tag other Instagram profiles in the post. [click to continue…]

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have all recently released the ability to embed posts from their platforms onto other web pages. While working on a project this week that embedded posts from each of these three networks on one landing page, we discovered that while Facebook and Twitter provide embed code that is responsive, the iframe that Instagram provides is not responsive.

Responsive Instagram Embed [click to continue…]

 

This November, Portlanders voted to restore arts and music programs to public schools in the city, and to make the arts available to the entire Portland community. The arts measure passed with over 62% of the vote, and Winning Mark is proud to have worked on print and online media for the campaign.

Congratulations to Schools & Arts Together!