Posted on September 29, 2016 by Joe Fuld
The Insider's Guide to Hiring a Local or DC Based Campaign Consultant
Picking top Democratic political consulting firms or any political consulting firm is not an easy decision. Having been through this process on both’ sides of the table it is clear that many folks who make this decision don’t really take the time to decide what they are looking for ahead of time.
In the end, some folks are hiring based on solving a campaign problem, and will do focused outreach but often it seems folks are looking for a drinking buddy, not a strategic consultant. Hiring the right consultants cannot guarantee you a win but the wrong ones can guarantee you a loss. Although many folks think political consultants are only focused on mass media (television, mail and digital), political consulting has a lot of specialties. Campaign consultants are located in Washington DC as well as across the country. Campaign consultants provide services for anything a campaign may need including fundraising, opposition research, public opinion polling, field, and compliance. With the wide variety of campaign strategists and campaign firms out there, our first piece of advice is to take your time.Posted on June 23, 2016 by Sophie Thurber
Figure out when it makes sense to add campaign consultants to your team.Posted on April 21, 2016 by Joe Fuld
Ask Your Campaign Consultants These Questions - But Make Sure You Want To Hear The Answer
Campaign consultants are paid to answer tough questions. Throughout the course of any political campaign, it is sometimes the unasked questions that are the most important. A good campaign consultant, candidate, and campaign manager should approach these tough questions head on. Let’s walk through the ten important questions to ask your campaign consultant to get your campaign off to a good start.Posted on September 21, 2015 by The Campaign Workshop
How Democrats Can Jumpstart Their Campaigns for the future
Races are heating up, but there are a number of exciting opportunities for Democrats up and down the ticket. Here are some tips to jumpstart your Democratic campaign:Posted on August 05, 2015 by Joe Fuld
How Do I Hire a Campaign Manager that Fits Me?
Finding and hiring the right campaign manager is a challenge for any campaign. However, this task is vital because it can mean the difference between winning and losing a race. To help with this crucial process, we have written extensively on what a campaign manager does, as well as questions you must ask yourself to determine who would be right for you.Posted on June 22, 2015 by Lizzie Kendrick
How Much of Your Digital Team Should be In-House vs. Consultants?
I recently sat on a panel at a conference about building your digital team. The conference was geared mostly towards political campaigns, but the topic got me thinking about what it means to build your digital campaign team overall—for political and advocacy campaigns, and also for organizations.
One topic we didn’t dive into much on the panel is how much of your digital campaign team should be in-house versus digital consultants. This will, of course, vary from campaign to campaign and organization to organization, but I think there are some general rules that can apply across the board.Posted on May 25, 2015 by The Campaign Workshop
Are You in Politics? Here Are Seven Non-Political Books That Every Executive Director and Campaign Manager Should Read
Do you read a lot of non-political books? When you get into politics you can have tunnel vision and only focus on politics. But be careful because binge watching House of Cards and The West Wing is not going to help you run a better campaign or organization.Posted on December 04, 2014 by Joe Fuld
Political Consulting Advice: Focus on People, Time, and Money
One of the roles I enjoy most is teaching folks how to run for office and run campaigns. Any campaign training we run usually starts with essential political consulting advice on the three key resources of a campaign. The three main resources you have in any campaign are people, time and money. Below are descriptions of each of these three critical campaign resources.