Union Printers Make Great Political Direct Mail Campaigns

May 27, 2020

Why We Use Union Printers and Union Printing

Here at The Campaign Workshop (TCW), we work exclusively with union printers. Union printers are not only committed to providing a safe workplace and fair wages but also benefits to their employees. Without going into a massive labor history lesson, unions are really important both to the middle class in this country and the progressive movement; something we certainly can get behind at TCW! 

Don’t Let Proofing Errors Derail Your Direct Mail

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Using the Best Practices to Make Sure Your Political Direct Mail Is Accurate

Printing errors and typos can turn your direct mail message into a crisis overnight. Whether it is a mailing of a holiday card or official ballots in an election, it is imperative to implement the best protocols and practices to ensure that your direct mail job gets into mailboxes without a hitch. There are many high profile printing errors and typos every election that probably could have been prevented with better planning and proofing. 

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Campaign Shutdown Checklist

Campaign Shutdown List

Planning for the Campaign Shutdown: Your Complete Guide to Shutting down the Campaign

Is it time for the campaign shutdown?

So your campaign is finally over and you are feeling a bit of that post-campaign emptiness inside. We understand and have a lot of insight on what to do after a win or a loss.  Planning for the campaign shutdown  is something to think about from the beginning of the campaign.  By keeping track of assets and creating a campaign shutdown plan you will remove a lot of stress at the end of the campaign.   So before you head off and hit the appalachian trail or start looking for the next campaign, here are some things to take care of.  Below is a general list of items you’ll likely need to do to close up shop:

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Political Direct Mail Part 2: Size Matters

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When it comes to political direct mail...size matters

With regards to mailing for direct mail, we have discussed the weight of paper and the two general measures used, U.S. Basis Weight and GSM. So onto thickness and size. Both of these are characteristics of printing papers that can affect mailing costs and mail-ability.

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Production Youtility

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Production Youtility

I was reading a printing blog the other day in which the writer was emphasizing how printers should be selling themselves to designers, so that designers know the newest trends and are able to make cost effective decisions based on new technology. I was reminded of the book Youtility by Jay Baer. This was a book The Campaign Workshop read in a recent company retreat. This book focused on the future of marketing, customer support, and the importance of being useful to your clients. This got me thinking about our company and my position as a production manager. 

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USPS Streamlining

USPS Streamlining

How is the USPS Streamlining?

The USPS is starting to clean up their data and streamline mail entry so that it is not as manual and paper based. One part of this is that companies don’t need to open up permits at every facility location where their mail is verified, and can instead utilize a “Mail Anywhere” service. Entering mail is all being streamlined to a digital process where fewer eyes look at it and fewer hands touch or physically verify.

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Die-Cut Mail Pieces

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Die-Cuts Are a Great Way to Ensure Your Mail Stands out and Reinforces Its Message

Two things off the bat to consider are costs and timing. First, die-cuts add costs, so it's not something to suggest on every campaign. Second is the time factor, die-cuts do add time to the production of the piece, so this needs to be worked into the schedule.

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Load Leveling: What does it mean for political direct mail?

Load Leveling

Giving You the Information You Need to Plan Your Political Direct Mail

On April 10, 2014, the United States Postal Service (USPS) implemented a new policy called Load Leveling on standard (bulk) mail drop shipped to the DSCF level. This new policy changes the way mail enters the DSCF level and moves through the postal system. The new policy is meant to “allow a more balanced distribution of DSCF standard mail across delivery days.” This basically means that this mail, if accepted by the DSCF on a Friday or Saturday, will now take 4 days (the previous the standard was at 3 days) to move through the postal system and to local post offices for delivery. This is intended to decrease the volume of mail being delivered on Mondays and level that mail throughout the week.

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