• To Parody or Not to Parody: Direct Mail IE Edition

    May 27, 2019

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    Tips for Using Parody in Your IE Direct Mail

    When it comes to making memorable direct mail for your independent expenditure campaign, the use of parody can be your best friend. Parodying (or even just dropping casual references to) a TV show, movie, book, or song to show that a candidate isn’t fit for office can make for a great IE contrast piece. The question is, how far can you go without putting your political campaign at risk of violating copyright laws?

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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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  • 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

    USPS Streamlining

    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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  • Die-Cut Mail Pieces

    Jun 01, 2015

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    Die-Cuts Are a Great Way to Ensure Your Mail Stands out and Reinforces Its Message

    Two things off the bat to consider are costs and timing. First, die-cuts add costs, so it's not something to suggest on every campaign. Second is the time factor, die-cuts do add time to the production of the piece, so this needs to be worked into the schedule.

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  • Load Leveling: What does it mean for political direct mail?

    Oct 27, 2014 by The Campaign Workshop

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    Giving You the Information You Need to Plan Your Political Direct Mail

    On April 10, 2014, the United States Postal Service (USPS) implemented a new policy called Load Leveling on standard (bulk) mail drop shipped to the DSCF level. This new policy changes the way mail enters the DSCF level and moves through the postal system. The new policy is meant to “allow a more balanced distribution of DSCF standard mail across delivery days.” This basically means that this mail, if accepted by the DSCF on a Friday or Saturday, will now take 4 days (the previous the standard was at 3 days) to move through the postal system and to local post offices for delivery. This is intended to decrease the volume of mail being delivered on Mondays and level that mail throughout the week.

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  • Political Direct Mail in the Digital Age

    Oct 06, 2014 by Joe Fuld

    Political Direct Mail in the Digital Age

    Hal Malchow Tells Us How Political Direct Mail in the Digital Age Is Still Relevant

    Last week we released our first ebook: Political Direct Mail In The Digital Age. The book explains why with all the technology we have, political direct mail in the digital age is still relevant. We explain how you should decide on direct mail and targeted communications strategies for political and advocacy campaigns. We also discuss the cost of direct mail, micro-targeting strategies and how to use direct mail for GOTV.

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  • Blue Mail, Red Tag

    Sep 15, 2014 by The Campaign Workshop

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    Be Sure to Get Your Red Tag on All of Your Political Mail

    Although media consensus paints causes and candidates, blue for liberal and red for conservative, the USPS is color blind and regards all mail politically directed, motivated or otherwise, the same.  However, when the USPS sees RED (tags) on mail, it acts quickly on ALL political mail!

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  • What Does a Democratic Direct Mail Firm Do?

    May 15, 2014 by Ben Holse

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    Democratic Direct Mail:  Your Campaign Mail Questions Answered

    Democratic direct mail: What does a mail firm do? Admit it, this is a question that a lot of people have wanted to ask but were too embarrassed: Well, never fear, After doing  award winning campaign mail for over ten years The Campaign Workshop is here with the answer. Below is a very general, and in no way exhaustive, overview of the duties of a good Democratic direct mail firm.

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  • 5 Ways to Help Your Democratic Direct Mail Stand Out

    Apr 10, 2014 by Sophie Thurber

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    Make All the Other Democratic Direct Mail Jealous!

    “Nasty, brutish and short,” doesn’t just sum up Thomas Hobbes’ feelings about the state of nature – it also applies to the often-lonely life of a piece of Democratic direct mail. It’s tough to get noticed and stand out from the other items stuffed in the mailbox, and even if it does get noticed, it’s usually quickly tossed out and forgotten. Sad stuff if you’re a piece of Democratic direct mail. But your Democratic direct mail doesn’t have to exist in a Hobbesian nightmare (extra points if you’ve slogged through Leviathan). Here are a few tips to help your direct mail stand out from the crowd and avoid immediate relegation to the dumpster.

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  • Ultimate Guide to Political Direct Mail Printing—Part 2

    Mar 27, 2014 by The Campaign Workshop

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    Everything You Were Afraid to Ask About Political Direct Mail Printing—Part 2

    In part one of this series we talked about the characteristics of a good printer for political direct mail printing and how to find them. This week we’re going to talk about schedules and paper.

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