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Top 10 mistakes of Campaign Databases

Benjamin A. Katz

In a modern political campaign, the campaign database is the single most important tool.  The right database system will allow your campaign to run more efficiently and effectively.   A good system will save time, increase the amount of funds raised, improve voter contact and may just make the difference between winning and losing. 

With these stakes, the decision regarding a campaign database needs to be made carefully and with a full analysis of the risks involved.
 
Consider these top 10 mistakes campaigns make in choosing their database system:

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Fine Tuning your Presentation

Randall P. Whatley


How to prepare introductions

Often the hardest part of making a presentation is getting started. Once you begin, adrenaline kicks in, you become excited talking about your topic, and you find that the experience is actually enjoyable. Following are five easy ways to begin a presentation.
* Tell a story
* Establish a common bond with the audience
* Directly address your subject
* Illustrate a point
* Use humor Beyond serving to jump-start your presentation, introductions hav

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Tilting the Playing Field: Voter ID & Turnout

Jim Ross

It is one of the great political clichés, the day before an election an analyst says about a race, “it all depends on turn-out.”  That statement is true, but voter turnout is much like Mark Twain said about the weather, everyone complains about turnout but no one does anything about it.  For Gavin Newsom’s mayoral campaign we did something about turnout. 

In December of 2003 while managing Gavin Newsom’s mayoral race we identified the need to effect turn-out in his favor in order to win the election.  San Francisco’s mayoral elections are traditionally close and ver

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Candidate Web Sites are as Effective as TV and Cable Ads

Karen A.B. Jagoda

Results of two national studies among political consultants and American voters revealed that candidate web sites are almost as effective for reaching loyal base voters as network and cable television ads. In the survey of political experts, 25% of respondents said the candidate’s own web site was effective for communicating with base voters while 26% rated television and cable ads useful. Nearly half of all consultants (46%), reported that the best ways to reach loyal base voters is email, followed by traditional means such as direct mail, events and telephone.

E-Voter Institute and H

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How To Hire A Consultant

Gary Gray



Hiring campaign consultants can be tough on a candidate or manager, and the wrong initial choices may start a campaign into a death spiral. 

Fortunately, there are some common-sense guidelines to help your campaign gain altitude. 

Do you really need someone?

This question often goes unasked.  In the excitement and tension of starting a campaign, jobs are created, people hired, and tasks assigned based on assumptions, not planning.

The old axiom, “If you want to be a candidate, find a manager.  If you want to be

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