Digital Political Advertising Plans Are a Must for 2016
As we move into the heart of the 2016 election cycle, more folks are spending time and resources on digital political advertising. We have been involved in digital political ads since 2003, and the focus on digital political advertising has been slow but growing.
Your Guide to Finding a Political Internship in Washington, D.C.
Are you a college student interested in pursuing a career in politics? Do you have absolutely no experience in the field and not a clue where to get it? Fear not! I’m going to walk you through how to begin your journey into politics. The first step is getting a political internship.
Your nonprofit facebook ad will need an image to display on users newsfeeds or right-hand rails. In a platform like Facebook, where viewers are accustomed to scrolling continuously, you’re going to need an image that is arresting enough to stop the scroll. Make sure the photo or illustration you use has a clear focal point that is either intriguing or easily recognizable and relevant to a viewer’s interests. If you sell shoes, pick your snazziest pair, put them on a clean background that shows them off. If you’re running for office, you could use an image of a local landmark or a picture of a well-known person who is endorsing you. Whatever image you choose, make sure it is arresting, and communicates something important about you, your cause, or your business.
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!
MailChimp vs. Constant Contact: Which Works Best for Campaigns?
For campaigns, email is an important and cost effective means of communication. While I am not an email expert and do not have in depth knowledge of open rates, conversions, etc., I have worked with both the MailChimp and Constant Contact. In truth, both MailChimp and Constant Contact are fairly similar services and can both work within the confines of small to mid -sized campaigns. With that said, below is our assessment of which would work better for small campaigns, MailChimp or Constant Contact.
So, you’re ready to run for office and launch your digital campaign!
You’ve thought of everything: staff, office space, volunteers, fundraising, and more. But have you given your digital campaign much thought? Here are some things to keep in mind when jump-starting your digital campaign.
If you are looking for a job in advocacy or politics, your search can seem daunting: lots of informational interviews, resumes to send out, and so much more. Staying organized in your search is key. My main tip is to focus on follow up after an interview. This is perhaps one of the most important parts of the job hunt, and something people frequently overlook!
The Key to an Advocacy Message: Simplify, Simplify, Simplify
Maintaining message discipline is critical to advocacy message campaigns. If your organization doesn’t have a advocacy message document, or even a mission statement, it’s time you create one. The statement should be specific to your work, but broad enough that all of your campaigns are able to fit comfortably under it, That way, you can continue to maintain overall organizational message discipline over the life of a specific advocacy campaign. It should also be brief—no more than a couple lines on a page, two sentences max.
Advocacy strategies have changed a lot over the last 20 years. When I was a chief of staff in the New York State Legislature, I don't remember there ever being a real advocacy campaign around public support of an issue that focused on legislators. The main way groups moved legislation was to hire a lobbyist and that was really it. There were occasional print ads and lobby days, but day-to-day mass contact from constituents that were driven by member groups were few and far between. Today, we spend a lot of time running advocacy campaigns on the state level. Issue advocacy tactics that were once only used on large, federal issues are now seen on smaller federal issues as well as state and municipal issues.
Open up Your Campaign Toolbox, What Will You Find?
We understand what it’s like to operate a campaign on a tight budget, so we’ve found some free tools to include in your campaign toolbox to help you along the way. We hope you will find them useful as you launch your campaign or look for ways to better organize it. to ve clear no campaign tool will solve all of your campaigns problems. Whether fundraising for a nonprofit, managing an independent expenditure campaign, or seeking office, a few of these tools will surely help you along your way.
Measuring Conversions Across Devices Using Facebook
Recently Facebook launched cross-device reporting for Facebook ads, which will help in measuring conversions of all of an individual's devices. We have grown beyond just using desktops. Now folks are using multiple devices and advertisers and publisher are adjusting to connect with consumers. Facebook's cross-device reporting enables advertisers to see how people are moving between devices before they convert into donors, supporters, volunteers, etc. Reaching supporters across multiple devices is incredibly important for digital advertising today and it’s not exactly groundbreaking that people are surfing the web on more than just their desktop computer. When you look specifically at Facebook, it’s even more apparent that people are checking their accounts on every device they have.
Why Your Nonprofit's Approach to Content Marketing Is Wrong
The way we write must change. It’s kind of sad actually, but due to the ways search engines operate, we need to consider how folks search for content into the way we craft our words. While repeating a phrase like “content marketing,” seems crazy, SEO has made keyword repetition throughout your content a necessity.
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