• Political Direct Mail Is Going Green

    Jun 15, 2020 by Elena Veatch

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    Your Political Direct Mail Can Be Eco-Friendly 

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  • Union Printers Make Great Political Direct Mail Campaigns

    May 27, 2020 by Hope Rohrbach and Joe Fuld

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    Why We Use Union Printers and Union Printing

    Here at The Campaign Workshop (TCW), we work exclusively with union printers. Union printers are not only committed to providing a safe workplace and fair wages but also benefits to their employees. Without going into a massive labor history lesson, unions are really important both to the middle class in this country and the progressive movement; something we certainly can get behind at TCW! 

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  • Political Printing: The Dos and Don'ts

    May 06, 2020 by Martín Diego Garcia

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    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

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  • How Do I Print My Political Direct Mail?

    Aug 22, 2019 by Elena Veatch

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    Get Your Political Direct Mail out the Door and into Mailboxes

    Getting your political direct mail out the door and into voters’ mailboxes can be a confusing process if it’s new to you (and frankly, even if it’s not so new to you). There are a lot of factors to wrap your brain around, such as the printer and the mail house to work with, the type of permit you can use to mail pieces, and the approval timeline you’ll have to meet to ensure your mail is arriving when it needs to.

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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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  • Innovative Direct Mail and Marketing Campaigns

    Mar 23, 2015 by The Campaign Workshop

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    Time to Get Inspired By Innovative Direct Mail

    Here at The Campaign Workshop, we’re always on the lookout for innovative direct mail and marketing campaigns to inspire our creativity. We often look to the commercial world for ideas that could translate to the political or advocacy direct mail world. Here are three campaigns we love:

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  • Ultimate Guide to Political Direct Mail Printing, Part 4

    May 19, 2014 by The Campaign Workshop

    Ultimate Guide to Political Direct Mail Printing

    Everything You Were Afraid to Ask About Political Direct Mail Printing—The Final Installment

    In previous installments of this series we covered finding a printer, managing schedules, specifying paper and digital vs. offset printing. This week is the final installment of the series and we’re going to talk about photos, file preparation and proofing.

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  • Ultimate Guide to Political Direct Mail Printing—Part 3

    Mar 31, 2014 by The Campaign Workshop

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    Everything You Were Afraid to Ask About Political Direct Mail Printing—Part 3

    Political direct mail printing part 3: In previous installments of this series on political direct mail printing we covered finding a political direct mail printer, managing schedules and specifying paper. Today, we’re going to get technical and talk about presses. We couldn’t have political direct mail printing without presses to get the job done, so let’s examine the differences and uses for digital and offset printing.

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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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