What Does A Political Candidate Do?

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Explore the role of the political candidate

By the title, this could be the shortest post in the history of our blog. The typical answer to this question, and the way I teach candidates about political campaigns, is that a  political candidate has two jobs: to raise money and meet voters. But these tasks are easier said than done.

A political candidate’s perspective is that message, fundraising, and strategy come from her or him, so not involving the political candidate in those decisions could be disastrous. Anyone who has been involved in a political campaign knows there are many levels of involvement. So let's dig into it. I’ll chat about the candidates role in each element of a campaign and some of the pressure points in between.

Assessment of viability/ deciding to run: 

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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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What Some Campaign Consultants Get Wrong About Digital

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When Campaign Consultants Don’t Believe in Digital

It’s not uncommon in politics for a campaign to want a consultant who has been in the business for a long time. But sometimes, campaign consultants without real digital experience don’t believe digital can provide your campaign with results the way traditional media can. While digital advertising is newer than other strategies, it can still provide your campaign with a valuable way to reach voters. Below are some common misconceptions some campaign consultants have with digital advertising.

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Political Email Surrogates

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Does Your Sender Matter in Your Political Emails?

Much has been said about political email, especially as it grows in popularity. Email is certainly not going anywhere and political email has proven to be an effective tool in both recruiting supporters and raising money for your campaign. It’s important to pay attention to all aspects of your email, but how much attention should be paid to the sender?

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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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Digital Political Advertising for 2016 and Beyond

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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.

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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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