• Political Printing: The Dos and Don'ts

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    Posted on May 06, 2020 by Martín Diego Garcia

    Check Out These Dos and Don’ts on Political Printing to Learn How to Avoid Common Mistakes. 

    Regardless of how you cut it, writing and producing quality political direct mail and doing political printing is no easy task. There are a lot of things that go into quality political printing, and it takes quite a bit of time and practice to be able to do it well. With that said, below is a quick list of dos and don’ts to producing quality political printing. DO'S Use Big Fonts That Jump Out It’s a simple fact—the average voter is older. By the nature…
  • The Complete Guide to Creating a Political Campaign Budget

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    Posted on May 04, 2020 by Ben Holse

    Getting Real with Your Political Campaign Budget

    If there’s one common thread that runs through the progressive movement and Democratic political campaigns, it’s that they are very often operating with a limited budget. This fact makes having a political campaign budget critically important, because you have to be strategic with how your resources are spent and get the most bang for your buck. A political campaign budget can go in an endless series of directions that all lead to a win. But many campaigns get into trouble when they don’t have a…
  • Why Should I Pay For a Presentation Tool?

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    Posted on May 01, 2020 by Alicia Barry, Hope Rohrbach

    Presentations Should Be Engaging: Sometimes a Presentation Tool Can Help!

    By using a presentation tool, you’ll never give a bad or boring presentation again. Well, we hope not! The reality is that presentations don’t always take priority when you’re busy trying to run a campaign, manage a business or non-profit, or build an advocacy network. However, we‘ve all had to sit through a bad presentation—the presenter rambled on, there…
  • How Do Digital Campaigns Work With Political Campaigns?

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    Posted on Apr 30, 2020 by Shelley Rees

    How Digital Campaigns Apply to Political Campaigns

    Digital campaigns for political causes have come a long way since we ran our first one in 2003 for the League of Conservation Voters in Colorado. We created a pretty rudimentary animated flash ad of gas spewing out of a car driven by Pete Coors. It got some good engagement and was pretty cheap to make, but digital advertising has changed a lot in the years between then and now. Every candidate or organization should be using digital campaigns to some extent, but which platforms and how much…
  • Partisan Differences in Political Direct Mail

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    Posted on Apr 29, 2020 by Heidi Job

    Republican and Democratic Political Direct Mail Have More in Common than You Think 

    As a Democratic consulting firm, we are frequently asked if there is a partisan difference in political direct mail. The short answer? Not really. Of course, there are vast differences when it comes to message, but regardless of party, both sides use similar strategies to reach voters. From a design, creative, and targeting standpoint, there is little disparity between Democratic and Republican direct mail.  In fact, if you notice major differences between any…
  • Early and Absentee Voting Strategies for Membership Organizations

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    Posted on Apr 27, 2020 by Joe Fuld

    Learn How Early and Absentee Voting Strategies Can Help Your Membership Organization

    In 2020, a majority of states in the country have no-excuse absentee voting or early voting. If you are trying to get more members in your membership organization to vote and engage in elections, early and absentee voting is an opportunity you can leverage. When it comes to early and absentee voting laws, many states have changed for the better over the last few years. With New Jersey and New York passing early vote and absentee voting laws, the majority of the…
  • Advocacy Strategies: Approach Change Holistically

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    Posted on Apr 23, 2020 by Sophie Thurber

    Building Advocacy Campaigns on Winning Advocacy Strategies

    Advocacy campaigns should be built on advocacy strategies. Simple, right? But creating a strong foundation for an advocacy campaign is sometimes easier said than done. If you’re planning an advocacy campaign, you’re probably pretty passionate about an issue. Make sure all that time and effort (not to mention the unavoidable frustration that comes with any campaign) are invested in a campaign that has a fighting chance to succeed. With some careful planning and resilience, you can make…
  • Alison Schwartz Guest Post: Remote Work for Non-Profits in the Time of COVID-19

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    Posted on Apr 22, 2020 by Alison Schwartz

    How to Make the Most of Remote Work for Non-profits During COVID-19 

    With what feels like the entire country moving to remote work, I have been thinking a lot about what a successful culture looks like when it comes to remote work for non-profits. Having been a part of organizational leadership, I know the level of intentionality that must be applied when everything is normal to create a healthy and vibrant work culture – but what happens when everyone goes remote, especially during a crisis like COVID-19? When we can no longer stop by each…
  • Coronavirus Digital Trends and Media Consumption Insights

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    Posted on Apr 20, 2020 by Sophie Thurber

    Understanding Coronavirus Digital Trends and Adapting Your Program for the New Normal

    In the last few weeks, a lot has changed in our world, and we’ve gotten numerous requests for more information about coronavirus digital trends and changes in media consumption in general. Never one to stand between people and what they want, I’ve pulled together a list of some of the things we’re seeing in our work, and from partners and clients. Understanding the current digital landscape is an important piece of the puzzle as we try to navigate member…
  • When to Hire a Digital Campaign Firm

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    Posted on Apr 16, 2020 by Claire Regan

    Should I Run My Digital Campaign In-House or Hire a Firm?

    Whether you are working on a political or advocacy campaign, a digital campaign will likely be a major part of your communications budget. If executed well, digital—from organic social media posts to programmatic advertising—gives you the ability to communicate with voters that you never could otherwise reach, and to hyper-target ads to specific lists or segments of voters.…
  • 7 Questions on Political Polling in a Pandemic or Crisis with Alan Secrest

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    Posted on Apr 15, 2020 by Heidi Job

    Political Campaigns and Coronavirus: Now May Be a Good Time for Political Polling

    Alan Secrest has been polling for 35 years and reached out with some insights into political polling during a crisis:   1. Why is live-call political polling beneficial at this moment in time? Political polling is an invaluable part of any campaign strategy at any time. One of the benefits of having conducted live-call polls for over thirty years is the opportunity to…
  • Writing a Winning Campaign Plan

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    Posted on Apr 13, 2020 by Elena Veatch

    A Campaign Plan Is Your Roadmap to Success

    A written campaign plan is the key to winning your race. Every campaign comes with unknown variables, but the more you plan, the better prepared you’ll be to roll with the punches. Remember, Alex Honnold didn’t free solo Yosemite’s El Capitan by winging it—he planned his unroped climbing route meticulously and trained diligently to execute the most impressive athletic feat of our…
  • Questions to Ask Before Firing Your Political Consultant

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    Posted on Apr 09, 2020 by Ben Holse

    Is It the Right Time to Fire My Political Consultant? 

    Many experienced campaign managers or operatives can recall a bad experience with a political consultant. Perhaps the consultant didn’t deliver what they promised, they were unresponsive, or they didn’t hit deadlines. Depending on how far out you are from Election Day, this can lead to some tough decisions.  Maybe you’re the candidate and you’re 100 days out from your election. Your campaign is behind in the polls, not getting press attention, and you don’t have as much money in the bank as…
  • Campaign Fundraising Fundamentals Win Political Campaigns

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    Posted on Apr 06, 2020 by Joe Fuld

    Step Up Your Political Campaign Fundraising for the Win

    Here are some core steps to jump-start your campaign fundraising. But first, let’s be clear that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for campaign fundraising. Fundraising is hard, and even though it is the backbone of any political campaign, it is not easy to do (for a detailed breakdown of what to think about before you run, read our eBook here). Even the best campaigns make fundraising mistakes…
  • Issue Advocacy Campaign Guide

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    Posted on Apr 02, 2020 by Joe Fuld

    Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Issue Advocacy Campaign

    Issue advocacy campaigns start with the best intentions. We begin with a coalition that cares about our issue and wants to make a real difference. But without a bit of strategic planning and issue campaign know-how, you will fall off track.  What is issue advocacy?  For starters, issue advocacy is when a group or organization advocates for a specific issue or policy.  This is different than electoral advocacy which will have the magic words “vote for” and “vote against”.  Why is…