I wanted to provide you with another great post by a member of the CampaignHQ team. As we inch closer to Christmas time (how did that happen?), Marlys makes some great points about Christmas shopping in line with your values. Thanks for reading!
Here at Campaign Headquarters, we partner with some of the most amazing people and causes. Recently we assisted 2nd Vote with a Microforum for their supporters.
A Microforum is a full featured telephone townhall for less than 500 participants. People can dial in, or we can dial out to your supporters. We can either furnish a screener for questions, or we can train your team to screen.
If your organization is on a strict budget, a Microforum may be a perfect way to communicate with supporters and/or members.
2nd Vote is a conservative watchdog that exposes corporations and organizations which use their corporate influence in matters of culture and policy in an effort to promote ideals that are contrary to conservative principles. Visit 2nd Vote Here
Your first vote takes place on Election Day but your second vote takes place each time you make a purchase.
In 2nd Vote’s recent Microforum, they also discussed their new Christmas guide – a guide designed to suggest Christmas gifts produced by corporations that are not contrary to YOUR values. See Guide Here
Let your 2nd vote reflect your 1st! Happy Shopping!
Many thanks to the conservative voices who stepped up to put their name on the ballot this year. We thank you for doing what you can to preserve our freedom and values. We are so proud of the work we did to help our clients have successful outcomes on Election Day. Thank you for letting us be a part of your winning teams.
This is an older video, but I wanted to share it as I think it highlights the fun and family atmosphere that we have at CampaignHQ. Do we put in lots of hours for our clients? YES. Do we spend tons of time on the phone, dialing and asking for one more dollar? YES. Do we eat cake and Halloween snacks with our co-workers who become our friends and family? DEFINITELY.
We hope you had a safe and fun Halloween with your friends and family. I know we did.
No matter how safe the district, no matter how inconsequential the opponent, history is full of Davids knocking off political Goliaths. Check out this webinar we did that really illustrates that the best way to make politicians listen is to show strength in numbers – let’s talk about how we do that.
When it comes to campaign work, there are some things that are inevitable: late nights, long days, stressful situations, and a quick sprint to Election Day. The Campaign Headquarters team has worked on countless campaigns and we’ve seen it all. We know the best way to survive the run up to Election Day is with plenty of snacks, caffeine, a bottle of Tylenol and some effective GOTV calls.
That’s why, every year the CHQ team puts together Election Survival Kits for our clients. These kits are stuffed full of beef jerky, 5-Hour Energy, toothpaste, Tylenol and a blanket, for those nights when you just have to sleep under your desk.
Last fall, I wrote a guest blogger piece that was featured on CMDI’s website. I thought the information was still pertinent today. I hope you enjoy reading, please let me know if you have any questions.
Activists of all political stripes recommend calling legislators, not just emailing — and certainly not just venting on social media….A phone call from a constituent can, indeed, hold more weight than an email, and far outweighs a Facebook post or a tweet.
You can generate these all-important telephone contacts with a smartly run patch through campaign.
Patch through calls empower YOU to identify like-minded people, educate them about your issue, and transfer them directly to their lawmaker’s office to make their voice heard.
To run an effective patch through campaign, keep the following three things in mind:
1. Target the Fence Sitters
When choosing which lawmakers you want to target, focus on those who are on the fence or whose support could waver in the face of a tough vote. There’s no need to waste limited resources on someone who is solidly in your camp or firmly against you. However, it can be helpful to send a few positive patches into an office to give backup to someone taking a tough vote on your behalf.
2. Keep It Conversational
Keep your script simple and straight to the point. Remember, the constituents you are calling are not immersed in the unique language of your industry. They want to know what the issue is, how it affects them, and how they can make a difference. Avoid industry jargon. Read your script aloud.
3. Coordinate Your Efforts
Patch through calls are a powerful tool, but they are even better when coordinated with your ongoing advocacy efforts. If you have a meeting set with a particular lawmaker or his/her staff, imagine the impact you can have with 50 patch through calls the hour before you arrive! You can let that elected official know all they need to is sign on to your issue, and you can make the calls stop.
I’m often asked why patch through campaigns are so effective. The answer is simple. The one thing politicians fear most is losing re-election. Hearing from one constituent after another on a particular issue strikes at the very heart of this fear. Most elected officials are good people who want to do right by their constituents. When a loud and clear message is delivered, they will respond accordingly.
When you are ready to get your patch through telephone campaign running, please give us a call here at CampaignHQ. Our two-time Pollie Award winning team will make sure your message is heard.
Nicole Schlinger is president of CampaignHQ, which is available in the CrimsonMarket.
Any experienced campaigner will tell you that anything can happen between now and Election Day. As we’re approaching Election Day on Nov. 6th, I thought I would share more insights from our CHQ team on specific ways CHQ can help you ensure victory on the big day. Give us a call so we can get to work for you – 1-(888) 722-4704.
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When two-term Iowa State Senator Bill Anderson submitted his resignation in September of 2017, it set off a series of campaign challenges involving voter fatigue, election rules, and bitter cold.
In December, State House District 6 Rep. Jim Carlin pulled off a narrow victory to fill the recently vacated Senate seat – 3,707 to 3,083 votes – over Democrat Todd Wendt. What makes these results interesting isn’t the victory, vote count, or margin, but that Carlin actually lost his home county of Woodbury (HD6) by 122 votes.
This set the stage for another special election on January 16th between Republican Jacob Bossman and Democrat Rita DeJong. To win, Bossman and the Iowa GOP both knew they would need to mobilize more voters than turned up for the December special. From volunteers knocking doors, a comprehensive absentee ballot mail program, and making calls to nearly every voter in House District 6, Team Bossman planned to leave no stone unturned.
The real drama starts just days before the election, when a mix-up at the Auditor’s Office delays absentee ballot delivery until Thursday, Jan 11th when ballots need to be post-marked by the 13th.
The Republican Party of Iowa reached out to CampaignHQ for help keeping voters up-to-date. Our dedicated, conservative call staff informed absentee voters of the ballot mix-up, and reminded them to get ballots turned back in during the narrow window.
Absentees are an important part of every election, but what makes this especially important is Jack Frost was playing his hand in the election this year as well. Temperatures across the region had plummeted, with highs of -15 degree wind chills, lots of blowing snow, and the forecast getting colder and whiter.
By the time Election Day rolled around, winter still had not let up. On January 16th the polls open with a -20 degree wind chill and a white-out snow storm. More calls from CampaignHQ are requested, with a simple message for every voter who missed both absentee ballots and early voting: “If you can make it to the polls safely tonight, please do. Many cannot, so YOUR vote today is especially important.”
It worked! Republican turnout increased during the blizzard, with more voters reaching the polls than a month earlier during “balmy” 40 degree weather. Absentee ballots only saw a small dip on the Republican side compared to a huge drop for the Democrats, who weren’t able to execute a mail and phone program during the same compressed window CampaignHQ and the Republicans got their calls out.
Bossman won by 2,165 votes to 1,713.
Lauren Page from the Iowa GOP’s House Majority Fund had this to say after the counts were in: “Thanks [CampaignHQ]! Honestly, we couldn’t have done it without you and your team. Thanks so much for being easy to work with and for getting the job done under such short notice. There’s no way we could have gotten through all those calls, and the effect they had on turnout at the polls and absentee ballots is undeniable. ”
We have a great staff at Campaign Headquarters – a passionate group of hardworking, attentive individuals that do a tremendous job of serving our clients.
One of the members of our “executive team” is Martha Waffles, Chief Canine Officer.
Martha Waffles came from the Heartland Humane Society in Ottumwa, Iowa. But if you ask where she came from, she’ll tell you she came from the “Super Expensive Designer Dog Shop.”
As the Chief Canine Officer, Martha Waffles does a lot of lounging, eating her favorite treat, Greenies and attending various events. She actually sends an annual email to our clients and friends. She frequently reminds me that her newsletter is CHQ’s most opened email each year.