Putting the Spotlight On Our Employees

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times – CampaignHQ has THE BEST employees.

There is no question.

Our CampaignHQ team are dedicated to the causes they work for, their passion shines through on each and every call. They are the hardest working people and they never shy away from a touch call or task.

We’ve been having some fun over on our CampaignHQ Facebook page, pulling back the curtain on some of our great employees.

Here are some of my favorite “Employee Spotlight” posts.

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Your Election is Not Cancelled

These past few months have been full of uncertainty. You may be wondering… How will you get your name on the ballot if you can’t door knock for petitions? How can you express your views on the economy to your voters? Will the election be held on the same day or postponed?

Voters are just as full of questions… Where do I vote? How do I vote? Who is even on the ballot?

One thing is for certain, if your primary is scheduled for June 2 or later, your election is not cancelled!

With door-knocking and events out of the question, now is the time to re-open and jump start your campaign, starting those crucial conversations with voters in new ways.

How can CampaignHQ help?

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Telephone Townhalls



Use the month of May to learn what your voters think! Since in-person campaigning has been impossible for the last 60 days, you may have pushed back your voter ID. CampaignHQ can help you get back on track and identify your supporters and undecided voters.

We can set up an automated call quickly, and they are extremely affordable! We can help draft a script, record the audio, scrub the list of mobile phones, set up, and launchUsing an automated call to survey voters can help you get the results you have been anticipating quickly!

CampaignHQ can also assist you with a live blind ID call. Simply send us a list of voters you would like us to contact and we can do the rest!


Telephone Townhalls

CampaignHQ can help you rally your supporters and show undecided voters that you are ready, able, and willing to talk with them and answer their questions!

Setting up a telephone townhall is easy when working with CampaignHQ. Simply send us a date and time you would like to talk with your voters (or constituents on the official side!) and a list. We will help you record your sound files for a pre-call, live answer, voicemail, and even post call! We can also help you invite voters via text message and advise you on how to promote the event through your email and social channels.



As the country re-opens and election day grows near, phone calls can significantly impact your turnout. We are in an unprecedented time. Some people have never voted by mail and if they don’t request an absentee ballot, they may not be able to vote for you on Election Day! Others may be confused how and where to vote, now that protocols have changed due to social distancing.

CampaignHQ can send out a conTEXT message letting your voters know where their voting location is on Election Day! We can even text voters how they would apply for an absentee ballot! As you know, nothing is worse than voters not showing up to cast their ballot!

Give us a call,

Nicole Schlinger, President of Campaign Headquarters

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Telephone Townhalls Replacing Candidate Forums

The past 60 days have certainly changed the way lawmakers are interacting with constituents, how first-time candidates are reaching voters and how advocacy groups are able to fortify their issue messaging.

CampaignHQ recently had the privilege of working with an advocacy group, Iowans for Tax Relief (ITR), to replace their traditional “in person” candidate forums with a telephone townhall Iowa’s HD60, a competitive open seat race in the June 2nd primary.

This telephone townhall gave two first-time candidates the opportunity to express their views and for Iowans for Tax Relief to make sure voters know where these candidates stand on state taxpayer issues.

For this event, the organization dialed out to landline phones and reached those with cellphones who opt-ed in. They also promoted the event through email and their social media, offering voters a toll-free number to dial in and listen. The most active and involved participants in any Telephone Townhall are those who proactively dial in to your event getting the word to people who will be interested is well worth your time and effort. Here are a few ideas that you might find helpful:

  • Send peer-to-peer text messages, including your toll-free phone number that participants can click to join. Consider an MMS, using an image or GIF to draw focus and attention.
  • Email your list 48 hours in advance, and again the morning of your event.
  • Post on social media several times in advance and 10 minutes before the event begins. Ask your followers to post and share.
  • Send an automated call to the people who will be receiving your outbound dial to join your event. Let them know all they need to do is simply wait by the phone and answer when you call.

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ITR’s event was successful because they approached their telephone townhall with the same level of preparation as they would any in-person event. They planned the flow and structure of questions, laid out the rules for the discussion and notified the participants ahead of time. CampaignHQ can help you hold your audience with a conversation WORTH having. We’ll work with your team to develop tools such as:

  • A line-by-line, including notes for your opening remarks, will help guide the conversation and cover important topics.  It helps to have a moderator open the call, who can instruct people on how to participate, and call on members of the audience for you.
  • Keep the conversation fast and lively. Have responses ready for questions you think are likely to come up. Your responses to each question or comment should be no longer than 2-3 minutes.
  • Give your audience several ways to participate. You can ask your audience their opinion with a poll question and gather email addresses.

At CampaignHQ, we specialize in turning communication into action through training, scripting, and real-time feedback. Once the event is over, we’ll help you make the best use of your valuable data. For example, CampaignHQ provided ITR with valuable data about their Telephone Townahll, including breakdowns on who was reached and how long they stayed on the call.

We are used to helping campaigns and organizations take it to the next level after a Telephone Townhall. Now is the time to take the most valuable segments of your interactive conversation and share them with an even larger audience.  Here’s how:

  • Use the recording of your event and a static image to create 60 second MP4 videos that you can post to your YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter pages. Encourage your followers to post, share, and ReTweet.
  • Send peer-to-peer text messages of your video, along with a link to listen to the entire event. Ask people to reply to your text to let you know what they think.
  • Email your supporters a synopsis along with a link to listen to the entire event or pertinent clips.


Telephone Townhalls are a powerful, effective way to communicate your message to an audience of thousands, over the phone and online. They allow for a meaningful connection regardless of who you are: a candidate, an incumbent, an advocacy group – or what goal you have in mind: reaching voters, raising money, hosting a forum.

Let us help you put your goals in motion with a Telephone Townhall.

Nicole Schlinger, President of Campaign Headquarters

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We’re Hiring

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Hey political friends –

Due to what’s happening across the country and here in Iowa, there are people looking for work or a career change due to a very uncertain job market. The good news is, CampaignHQ is hiring. This may be the best time in your life to join our band of scrappy fighters in Brooklyn, Iowa.

Now that I’ve got you interested … let me tell you about the positions we have open:

Campaign Director
As a Campaign Director, you will be the main point of contact for a group of our clients. You will help them craft their plans and manage the execution of their telephone voter contact, telephone townhall, and conTEXT message campaigns. You will play a critical role in business development, building and maintaining relationships with candidates, campaign managers, and consultants across the country. Strong preference will be given to those who have an existing network of contacts in the political and public affairs arena.

Deputy Campaign Director
As a Deputy Campaign Director, you will be a vital part of the team delivering millions of text messages, live and automated calls on behalf of candidates and issue advocacy organizations across the country. You’ll help with price quotes, project setup and execution, script writing, data handling, and many other important tasks. At the end of the day, your mission is to support our Campaign Directors and exceed our client’s expectations.
If you are looking for an entry-level position with a nationally known firm, this could be your dream job! If you’ve worked on a campaign for one or two cycles, that’s fantastic, but not required.

Data Management Specialist
As a Data Management Specialist, you will be involved in the daily preparation of campaign reports and other data needs. This includes maintaining existing reports and databases, creating new reports and databases, accuracy and functionality of CRM data, collaborating with sales and operations to identify problems and solve them. You must be proficient in Microsoft Excel, including pivot tables and advanced formulas. Proficient in Microsoft Access table and query creation. Familiar with Visual Basic for Applications. Familiar with SQL and Python preferred. Recent graduates or those finishing remote study are welcome to apply.

These are all PERMANENT full time positions. If you love campaigns and hate unemployment, I encourage you to learn more and apply.

Interested? Email Marlys@chq.us, Senior Campaign Director, and we’ll send you a full job description and instructions to apply for the position in which you are interested.

So Now What?

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As Americans enter week two of COVID-19 lockdown, what seemed like a new adventure last week has turned into impatience and unrest. Posts of happy parents working alongside their kids have been replaced with angry rants about lack of toilet paper.

At this moment, your audience is thinking about what kind of world they expect and demand when this is over.

Do you want them to form these opinions while reading dubious posts on social media, or while hearing straight from you?

With door-knocking and in-person events off the table, here are four ways you can make a difference right now …

Telephone Petition Drives
Want to enter the post-COVID-19 era with an army of brand new supporters, ready to get out of the house and take action? Then a telephone petition drive is for you! We invite people to add their name to your petition in support or opposed to a particular policy.  This works best with issues that provoke a strong response, like an increase to the gas tax. People who agree to lend their name are asked for their email address and to volunteer for your organization in the future.

Patch Through Calls
Any time a government body is meeting, you can influence them with patch through calls from the voting public. Senators, governors, state lawmakers, and even mayors, county, and city officials have changed their vote based on grassroots pressure. Even in times of crisis, it’s important to remember that politicians work for the people and not the other way around. Since your army of supporters cannot meet with lawmakers in person, you can make sure they are heard.

Petitions to Get On the Ballot  
While some states have pushed back their primary election, not all have extended the deadline to return ballot access petitions. So how do you collect physical signatures in the time of social distancing? Ask likely petition signers by text and phone call to sign your petition to get on the ballot. When they agree, offer to send a volunteer to their door to (safely) deliver and collect the signatures, or share a link with instructions to download the petition, sign and return it by mail. Don’t let COVID-19 keep your name off the ballot!

Introduce yourself via MMS Video  
This may be your best chance to capture the attention of young voters, women voters, and swing voters.   You can introduce yourself or share your vision in a 20 second video we deliver via conTEXT (peer-to-peer texting) and ask each person to watch your video and share their opinions.  Remember, the value of peer to peer texting is that a real human being is making a connection with another. Make sure whoever is doing your texting promises to read and respond to every reply.

While it’s important to be respectful of the fears and uncertainty Americans are facing, what we’ve learned in the last week is that people desire connection, they want information, and they most certainly do NOT want to have their voices silenced.

You may never have an audience more available, more willing to listen, and more eager to share their opinions than right now.

Seize the moment!

We are here to help. Call (888) 722-4704, or email me at nicole@chq.us.

Nicole Schlinger


The Results Are In…

Another Reed Awards post!

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I can’t help it – I love talking about the award-winning team we have at CHQ and all their successes they’ve had. I know many of them would say, while taking home trophies is fun, the biggest win of all is getting to help great candidates, campaigns and clients effectively deliver their message.

Here were some of the successes we had on behalf of our clients at this year’s Reed Awards:

Innovation in Phone Engagement: Not Your Grandma’s Telephone Townhall

As voters and campaign donors drop their cell phones at an increasing rate, we took what is perceived as an “old fashioned” method of voter contact and made it relevant, exciting and engaging fora  new generation. Sen. Ted Cruz invited campaign supporters via text, email, phone and tweet to jin his telephone townhall. While on the call, supporters could listen, ask questions, and transfer to a live operator to make a donation. After the call, we created an MP4 video to share via peer to peer text message, allowing even more people to hear his message.

Best Automated Phone Call: You Know…That Love Letters in the Sand Guy

The 60+ Association is the country’s leading organization advocating on behalf of conservative seniors. Each election season, their well-known national spokesman, Pat Boone, lets seniors know which candidates will best represent their values. In this case, we sent automated calls featuring Boone’s unmistakable voice to support Nick Freitas, a Republican running as a write-in candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates. Freitas defied the odds and won by a 56-42 margin.

Best Use of P2P on a Campaign: Partnered with Campaign Solutions

Campaign Solutions and CampaignHQ have worked with a high-profile candidate on building out a texting program. Using Campaign Solutions’ dynamic MMS feature, GIFs or video directed to personalized landing pages has been successful in raising money for the candidate.

It was an honor to win these awards and a testament to our great team at CHQ. Our aspiration of excellence is the best award we can give to our clients. We are not just a call center, we are conservative communicators with a mission to better the future.


Thanks for reading,

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Join the Family

We are looking for the industries best and brightest to join our professional staff.

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If you are looking for less than 40 hours a week, are not motivated by making bonuses and earning paid vacation time please don’t apply. If you expect the bare minimums in life this is not for you, if you get stressed out easy, can’t clear a back ground check, buckle under pressure or want snow days in July please don’t apply. If you are still reading this and looking for a challenging and rewarding career working with hardworking, competitive people like you please contact us at CampaignHQ.

We will have a record-setting 2020 election cycle at CHQ and we’re hoping you or someone you know will want to be a part of our success.  We’re looking for someone who loves the extremely fast pace of our business, is well organized, and detail oriented.

It’s hard work, but a whole lot of fun. In addition to being the Best Conservative Call Center in America, we’re quickly becoming the leader in P2P texting with our signature product: conTEXT. There’s never a dull moment, and you’ll be at the heart of it all. What’s the right fit for our team and culture? Someone who is serious about their mission, but will still take part in our practical jokes.

Regardless of age or experience, someone loves to learn new things and meet new people. Someone who isn’t hung up on bureaucracy and job titles. You can check out the job description here: http://bit.ly/2OoIi8B Or feel free to call or email me.

What are you waiting for?

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