Digital Campaigns and the Googlization of American Politics

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Digital Campaigns and the Googlization of American Politics

Searching for answers on the web has become a fixture in our lives. Want to go to a movie? Search the time and showings. Buying a house? Search for listings. Interested in a candidate or a local issue? Ask Google.

But when it comes to political and advocacy digital campaigns, why do many folks ignore tactics that drive search results for digital campaigns?  Why is the web relegated to an intern or volunteer instead of seen as a strategic tool?

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Canvassing Campaigns Still Matter

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Don't knock door-to-door canvassing

Canvassing is special to me. I love knocking on doors. I think it is still a vastly underrated form of communication. Why do I think canvassing is so special? Because of the connection direct contact makes with targeted voters in a personal and systematic way. With any paid medium you need repetition over a condensed period of time.

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Using Google Tools For Advocacy and Political Research

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Using Google Tools for Advocacy and Political Research

As the dominant search company in the world, Google has the potential to change traditional, advocacy and political 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 advocacy and political research- but Google’s digital toolset is impressive and it does allow you some interesting options.

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Content Marketing For Politics

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Content Marketing in the World of Politics

In my 20 years working in politics, I have seen a lot of things change. Technology in particular has done a lot to change the way that we communicate with voters. Yet somehow, we in politics have access to more information about our audience than ever before, but our audience engagement is at an all time low. 

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Four Tips for Nonprofit Facebook Ads

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Four Tips for Nonprofit Facebook Ads

Choose the Right Image for Your Ad

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.  

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Digital Strategy: Using List-Matched Targeting

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Putting a List-Matched Digital Strategy to Work for You

Over the last few years, digital strategy has become increasingly fine-tuned. We’re now able to target on a very granular scale. In particular, targeting individuals using a list and matching it to people’s footprint online has become a fairly standard, and very effective way to reach people in the digital arena.

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5 Tips to Win your Down-Ticket Race

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Winning Your Down-Ticket Race

Getting involved in your local or state government is a noble task, and there is a lot of opportunity to do so in down-ticket races.  Although there can be many to choose from and it’s a great opportunity to get involved, you’ll want to keep some things in mind before jumping into your down-ticket race.

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How Democrats Can Jumpstart Their Campaigns for 2016

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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.

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