Things I’m Into Lately…

Here’s a roundup of great things I’m digging these days.


Have you seen that Sen. Ted Cruz started a new podcast called “Verdict.” This is a good listen, always enjoy what he has to say.


SBA List endorsed Sen. Lindsey Graham. 

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And finally, a little dose of Daily Stoic

This was eerily fitting. You have to put yourself in the position that Epictetus said we must be in—the only position that lets you greet adversity with the expression, “You are precisely what I trained for.”

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First in the Nation

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Being an Iowan is awesome.

We have the great distinction of kicking of the presidential process with the historic Iowa Caucuses.

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photo courtesy of Catch Des Moines

I’ve had the honor to work on several caucus campaigns and look forward to this time of year.

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If you live in Iowa, I hope you’ll join me in attending the caucuses tonight as we kick off the nomination process and build our party for the future.

You can find your GOP caucus location here. 

Happy caucusing!


A Closer Look at Our Award Winning Campaign

If you remember, the team at CampaignHQ was recently awarded a few Pollie Awards. 

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I thought it might be fun to take a look at one of our award-winning campaigns.


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With Beto O’Rourke out-raising Ted Cruz nearly 3-to-1, Senator Cruz needed to find new ways to reach his current and prospective donors with an urgent appeal to fight back.

For most of the summer months and on through September, too many donors were complacent about the threat posed by Beto O’Rourke. Nearly 100,000 Presidential campaign donors still had not renewed support for the 2018 Senate run. After seeing positive results (300-400% ROI) on renewing lapsed donors using P2P text messaging, the campaign kicked into full gear using this new communication tool to raise money from the house file. From the first P2P text message / fundraising solicitation sent by the Cruz campaign in late August through Election Day, the campaign raised $876,000. Results increased when using MMS and GIF’s. This house file appeal – the first to include a picture – was sent to just over 80,000 current donors with cell phones.

The success of this message prompted the campaign to double the number of P2P text messages sent in the final 7 days.

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So, what can our award-winning team do for you today?

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Things I’m Into These Days

Hello once again, friends. I thought I’d drop in to share a few things that have caught my eye lately.

Namely this beauty.

Just a friendly reminder that my birthday is Oct. 8. 

This is one of my Top 5 business books – Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff. I like my business books with a strong dose of action and adventure, and this does not disappoint.  You can read my full book review too. 


photo courtesy of the Iowa Starting Line

Before all the pundits have said it, I’ve been saying it. It looks like Beto-mania has reached new levels.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


What are you into lately? Any books I should check out?

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Our State Fair

This summer, I took a trip to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Have you ever been? Of course, there are rides, lots of livestock, an occasional politician and weird things on a stick.

Photo courtesy of Iowa State Fair

One of my favorite encounters this year was this display on phones. We all know how far phones have come as technology has increased. Here are a few that gave me a good laugh:


Before predictive dialers…
Sen. Chuck Grassley was making major donor calls from the road.
Before there was conTEXT… there was teletype.
CampaignHQ call floor, 1920s style
Phones I’ve actually used

It’s fun to look back on where we’ve been and even more exciting to think about where we’re going in the future. Don’t worry – CampaignHQ will be leading the way, quickly changing and updating with technology. Let us know if we can help you get with the times.


Thanks for reading,


Nicole Schlinger always hard at work for CHQ clients