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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.
Do Digital Advocacy Metrics Matter?
With all the folks out there doing advocacy, defining what makes a digital advocacy or lobbying campaign successful is not one size fits all. That's why digital advocacy metrics are important.
Every campaign will have a different set of goals to define what success means for their advocacy campaign. Every campaign (traditional or digital) needs to start with a conversation about what success really means. In advocacy, there are lots of markers for success. I’ve listed some common benchmarks for your campaign to shoot for below.
Figure out when it makes sense to add campaign consultants to your team.
How and when should I use digital political advertising?
With digital becoming a word that is thrown about in everywhere from television to vacuum cleaners, what does digital political advertising mean for the campaign world? Is it necessary? How much should you focus your resources on digital political advertising?
Using Google Tools For Advocacy and Political Research
As the dominant search company in the world, Google has the potential to change traditional, political, and advocacy research. As phone surveys become more and more challenging, using digital polling and testing will become more commonplace. But are Google tools going to replace polling and focus groups in the short term? Not likely. The need for smaller polls and statewide samples, and the understanding and knowledge that comes with a good political pollster, still make traditional polling and focus groups attractive in political and advocacy campaign research. But Google’s digital tool set is impressive and it does allow you some interesting options.
Member Public Affairs Strategies to Remember
Member public affairs strategies can be an amazing way to move your issue forward. Membership organizations should have a head start when it comes to public affairs strategies, but that head start is often complicated. Membership organizations tend to have bureaucratic structures that make it difficult to work nimbly, especially when it comes to public affairs. Because of this, some member organizations have avoided using member-based public affairs strategies and they are missing out.
Here are some ways to use your membership to enhance public affairs strategies by turning them into member public affairs strategies.