• What Does A Political Candidate Do?

    May 12, 2016 by Joe Fuld (he/him)

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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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  • Running for Office? Revisit "Ready, Set, Go!"

    Mar 14, 2016 by Joe Fuld (he/him)

    Running for Office

    The Campaign E-Book Candidates Running for Office Needs To Read!

    Running for office or working on a campaign? Six months ago, we released our fifth e-book “Ready, Set, Go! Jumpstart Your Political Campaign.” As candidates all across the country are beginning their campaigns, we wanted to reintroduce you to some of the e-book highlights. 

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  • Political Email Surrogates

    Feb 22, 2016

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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

    Feb 08, 2016 by Joe Fuld (he/him)

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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. 

    That’s because politics relies on the same tools we always have: TV, radio, door-to-door, mail and now digital ads. Campaigns are missing an important piece of the puzzle: content marketing.  

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  • Digital Political Advertising for 2016 and Beyond

    Jan 19, 2016 by Joe Fuld (he/him)

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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

    Dec 14, 2015

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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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  • How Democrats Can Jumpstart Their Campaigns for 2016

    Sep 21, 2015 by The Campaign Workshop

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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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  • Political Advertising Mediums

    Jun 18, 2015 by Ben Holse (he/him)

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    The Pros and Cons of Political Advertising Mediums

    Political campaigns have a number of options when it comes to political advertising. Which political advertising medium a campaign chooses depends largely on their strategic objectives, targets, and, of course, budget. Below is a very general overview of the most common modern candidate campaign communication mediums and their pros and cons.

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  • Digital Advocacy Webinar Series

    Apr 17, 2015 by The Campaign Workshop

    Digital Advocacy Webinar

    The Campaign Workshop Launches Digital Advocacy Webinar Series Sponsored by EveryAction

    We are happy to announce that we are launching The Digital Advocacy Webinar Series sponsored by EveryAction.

    This four part webinar series will cover advocacy topics ranging from digital ad buying, developing a winning advocacy strategy, and goal setting for digital advertising campaigns. The first webinar in the series will be on content marketing for advocacy campaigns.

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  • Winning Advocacy Strategies for 2015 and Beyond

    Jan 05, 2015 by Joe Fuld (he/him)

    Advocacy Strategies for 2015 and beyond

    The Evolution of Advocacy Strategies

    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.

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  • Campaign Toolbox Tips

    Dec 11, 2014 by Joe Fuld (he/him)

    Working with a Campaign Toolbox

    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.

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  • Political Consulting Advice: Campaign Resources.

    Dec 04, 2014 by Joe Fuld (he/him)

    Political Consulting Advice

    Political Consulting Advice: Focus on People, Time, and Money

    One of the roles I enjoy most  is teaching folks how to run for office and run campaigns. Any campaign training we run usually starts with essential political consulting advice on the three key resources of a campaign. The three main resources you have in any campaign are people, time and money. Below are descriptions of each of these three critical campaign resources.

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