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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.
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
When it comes to national talk radio, conservatives are king…
--Philadelphia Daily News, May 8, 2002*
Conservative political commentators are not just the majority on talk radio--they monopolize it. It's easy to rattle off a list of celebrity conservative radio commentators: Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, G. Gordon Liddy, Neal Boortz, Mike Gallagher, Matt Drudge, Bob Dornan, Michael Reagan, Oliver North, Michael Medved, Bob Grant, Ken Hamblin, Pat Buchanan, Sean Hannity, Michael Savage--and the list goes on.
However, it is virtually impossible to name progre
Many will say, having an ”elect able” candidate. Many will answer successful fundraising. Many will answer GOTV or get out the vote. The reasons for these choices may be obvious.
However, we believe that the most important aspect of the modern campaign is ”targeting.” You see, any candidate can be ”elect able,” if you are able to target those who will support that specific candidate. And, every fundraising effort will be more successful if you are able to
Whether you are participating in a debate, at a community forum or communicating with the media, your most important objective should be to make your point clear and memorable.
The following are three simple and effective techniques to make your point clear and create sound bites and quotable statements:
1) Speaking well is not necessarily the same as writing well. When speaking, use the verbal colon to draw attention to your main point and create a sound bite.
You would write,
The important point I want to make is that de
At its essence successful public relations is all about story telling -- and every campaign or non-profit, no matter who they may be, has a great story to tell. It may take a while to identify and massage your campaign’s story and it may also take some practice to refine delivering the messages and preparing for questions, but once you’ve settled on the dimensions of your story and who is best equipped to tell it, then it becomes very important to determine which audiences and supporters you need to influence who needs to hear and understand your story.
As campaign consultants we must offer our clients more than just the usual fare of voter targeting, issue research, polling, message crafting, and all the nuts and bolts of campaigning.
We must be aware of the election laws and the procedures used by local election officials to conduct the elections and enforce these laws. In close elections, the consultant must be ever vigilant for anomalies and obvious changes in voter patterns on a precinct-by-precinct basis.
A case in point is a recent elect