• Gang Printing and Your Mail Program: Creating Economies of Scale to Save $$$

    Sep 10, 2020 by Sophie Thurber

    Ganging Considerations

    Get the Most Gang (Printing) for Your Buck!

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  • How Much Does Political Direct Mail Cost?

    Sep 26, 2019 by The Campaign Workshop

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    Political Direct Mail Cost: How Do I Know I'm Getting a Good Deal?

    How much does political direct mail cost? How can I do it for less? This is a question that is often asked but the answer is not always as clear as it should be. To answer the question, think about cost drivers: printing, mailing and postage costs are the major driving factors when it comes to campaign mail costs. But there is more: the cost of creative, strategy and design can impact the cost per piece of your political mail. 

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  • Political Direct Mail: An Edit Too Far?

    Jun 24, 2019 by Elena Veatch

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    Keep Your Direct Mail on Point and on Time

    Building a strong direct mail program for your political campaign doesn’t have to involve the amount of back-and-forth you may expect (or fear). Having a clear dialogue and a shared understanding of goals between the political consultant and the campaign team from the get-go can streamline the process and reduce the number of headaches for both parties along the way.

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  • Don’t Let Proofing Errors Derail Your Direct Mail

    Apr 09, 2018 by The Campaign Workshop

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    Using the Best Practices to Make Sure Your Political Direct Mail Is Accurate

    Printing errors and typos can turn your direct mail message into a crisis overnight. Whether it is a mailing of a holiday card or official ballots in an election, it is imperative to implement the best protocols and practices to ensure that your direct mail job gets into mailboxes without a hitch. There are many high profile printing errors and typos every election that probably could have been prevented with better planning and proofing. 

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  • Political Direct Mail Part 2: Size Matters

    Jun 30, 2016

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    When it comes to political direct mail...size matters

    With regards to mailing for direct mail, we have discussed the weight of paper and the two general measures used, U.S. Basis Weight and GSM. So onto thickness and size. Both of these are characteristics of printing papers that can affect mailing costs and mail-ability.

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  • What Some Campaign Consultants Get Wrong About Digital

    Mar 03, 2016 by Shelley Rees

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    When Campaign Consultants Don’t Believe in Digital

    It’s not uncommon in politics for a campaign to want a consultant who has been in the business for a long time. But sometimes, campaign consultants without real digital experience don’t believe digital can provide your campaign with results the way traditional media can. While digital advertising is newer than other strategies, it can still provide your campaign with a valuable way to reach voters. Below are some common misconceptions some campaign consultants have with digital advertising.

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  • The Top 5 Reasons to Include Political Mailers in Your Communications Program

    Feb 29, 2016 by Sophie Thurber

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    Do Political Mailers Work for You?

    As I wrote a couple of years ago, political mailers haven’t gone the way of the dinosaurs – they’re still a very effective method of communication for both persuasion and GOTV efforts. Political mailers may not be as sexy as the world of digital, but here are a few reasons to hang onto mail a while longer.

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  • More Innovative Political Direct Mail and Marketing Campaigns

    Dec 10, 2015 by The Campaign Workshop

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    More Innovative Political Direct Mail and Marketing Campaigns

    We had such a great response to our first blog post about innovative political direct mail campaigns that we are back for more. We have found three more creative political direct mail campaigns to inspire your next campaign and get your gears moving. Enjoy!

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  • Production Youtility

    Nov 26, 2015

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    Production Youtility

    I was reading a printing blog the other day in which the writer was emphasizing how printers should be selling themselves to designers, so that designers know the newest trends and are able to make cost effective decisions based on new technology. I was reminded of the book Youtility by Jay Baer. This was a book The Campaign Workshop read in a recent company retreat. This book focused on the future of marketing, customer support, and the importance of being useful to your clients. This got me thinking about our company and my position as a production manager. 

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  • USPS Streamlining

    Oct 26, 2015

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    How is the USPS Streamlining?

    The USPS is starting to clean up their data and streamline mail entry so that it is not as manual and paper based. One part of this is that companies don’t need to open up permits at every facility location where their mail is verified, and can instead utilize a “Mail Anywhere” service. Entering mail is all being streamlined to a digital process where fewer eyes look at it and fewer hands touch or physically verify.

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  • Political Direct Mail and Election Mail Contingency Plan

    Sep 03, 2015 by The Campaign Workshop

    Political Direct Mail and Election Mail Contingency Plan

    Make Sure You Have a Back-up Plan for Your Election Direct Mail

    On February 13, 2015 the United States Postal Service (USPS) experienced an outage in its Postal One service. To the uninitiated, this is the service that processes mailings and postage payments. All postal documents for mailings are done electronically through this system. Luckily, this didn’t happen back in October, during the height of election season. But realistically, it could happen, and we’re all wondering: what we would do if it did? How would your political direct mail or even election mail, like ballots or voter guides, get out on time if all systems were down?

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  • A Win, Win, Win with NCOA

    Aug 06, 2015

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    Learn how NCOA can help you save time and money

    National Change of Address, NCOA, is a required process for all bulk mailing lists to qualify for bulk rates according to the USPS.

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