Political Consulting Firms
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.
10 Non-Political Books Every Politico Should Read
*Originally written by Joe Fuld and updated by Elena Veatch 4/3/18
When you get into politics, it’s hard to resist the all too common tunnel vision of focusing only on politics. But be careful – binge watching Veep or The West Wing is not going to help you run a better campaign or organization; nor will reading solely political books.
The fact is, you are running a business. And while we like to think of politics and business as totally separate realms, it’s tough to run any political operation without a Business 101 crash course. So, take a break from the latest Clinton campaign staffer or Obama aide memoir you are probably reading, and check out some of our non-political book recommendations. Below are ten non-political books that will be helpful to any politico running a campaign, a non-profit, or really any operation.
Political Campaign Photography Shoots Are Worth the Money
Good political campaign photography is a must.
Good political campaign photography is the cornerstone of a quality communications program. We’ve all seen bad political advertising. It’s a kind of bad that transcends the traditional meaning of the word. But it doesn’t have to be all European stock photos misused in Kentucky or stock photos of supposed endorsers (good grief, do NOT do this!). We can do better.
Online Advocacy Campaign Consultants: Is It Worth the Cost to Hire a Consultant to Manage Your Online Presence?
Online advocacy seems to be the term of the moment, but achieving real online advocacy results can be tough in both execution and budget. If you are at a nonprofit where money is tight, (when is it not?) spending money on hiring a online advocacy consultant to manage your online presence can seem like an easy line item to cut. But don’t be so quick to count campaign consultants out. Depending on your nonprofit’s size and goals, an online advocacy consultant could be extremely beneficial (and we’re not just saying that because of our line of work).
Political Consulting Firms: The Insider's Guide to Local & DC Campaign Consultants
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.
Figure out when it makes sense to add campaign consultants to your team.
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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.
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:
1. Do a thorough self-assessment. Are you ready to run? Does your family support you? Does your community support you? Have you done your politics? These are important questions to ask and know the answer to before you even file to run. If you can confidently answer, “yes” to these questions, you are ready to jumpstart your campaign.
2. Plan, plan, plan! The biggest mistake a candidate can make is failing to create a campaign plan. Your campaign plan should include a vote goal, budget, timeline, and message. Campaigns themselves are living, breathing animals once they heat up, but your campaign plan should pretty much stay the same.
3. Focus on the right stuff. It’s really easy to get caught up in the back and forth of a heated race and allow that to throw you off course. The best Democratic campaigns stay focused on directly communicating their message with targeted voters and turning them out. Period. Everything else is just noise.
4. Do the work. Running for office is hard. Doing what it takes to win is often even harder. Spending hours on the phone, asking for money every single day, is tough. Knocking on every targeted voters door is exhausting. But this is usually what it takes to win. The best way to jumpstart your campaign is to embrace the work and lean into it. You’re probably running because you want to represent your community—use this time to get to know them and ask them to join your campaign.