Self-expression is at the heart of CafePress – for every product made and sold, there’s a story to tell. (And that’s a lot of stories.)
Elections tend to bring out the best (and worst) of people. Either way, it brings them out to offer an opinion – and for some, that opinion is relegated to the privacy of a voting booth. But for many, election season is a time to give voice to your own State of the Union. Heck, those not motivated by politics have something to say, even if the statement is one of disinterest…
We believe that you can start conversations, change minds and make history with your merchandise choices. So four score and seven days ago, we decided to start something by encouraging you to Start Something… this time, with photo and video.
We know that you’re out there making a statement and changing the world, and we want to know how.
Make a video. Take some photos. Make a statement.
The finer details:
- This is not a contest. Everyone’s a winner. (You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and goshdarnit – people like you.)
- We will be showcasing our staff favorites on the blog.
- Video: upload to YouTube. Tag is cafepresident
- Photo: upload to flickr. Tag is cafepresident
- Submit by Friday, May 16
- Shameless self-promotion is welcome in this endeavor, as long as it’s in the spirit of starting conversations and changing the world and all that good stuff. A screen shot of your storefront simply isn’t compelling – but a photo of your family all decked out in garb from your shop is. Awww.
- Please, this exercise is one of sharing and community. Let’s all play nicely together and remember that tag spam is bad form and will engender negative commentary.
So that y’all could get an idea of what we’re looking for, we made our own videos.*
This video is the final product – “The Great Button Debate”:
And here, so you might get some ideas as to how to get these conversations started, it’s a longer video most appropriately entitled “The Making of ‘The Great Button Debate’…”
So there you have it. 300 buttons can start a lot of conversations, and you can too. Maybe you’re a military mom and the war is a personal issue. Maybe you’re a loudmouth peace activist who’s plastered your car in anti-war stickers. Or maybe you’re a dog nut who started a “Mutts 4 McCain” campaign at the local dog park.
Now get out there and Start Something.
*(Note: we absolutely tried to get some McCain supporters to talk with us, but despite hitting tourist areas were unfortunately unable to find a single McCain supporter in San Francisco that day. If you’re a McCain supporter and you get out there and get people talking, please share!)