Like a political campaign itself, the training is presented in two phases: preparation and execution. As Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” The first phase helps you ensure that you’ve asked and answered all of the important questions and put together a winning plan for your campaign. The execution phase covers all of the specific tactics you’ll use to get yourself elected and/or re-elected.
“Every battle is won before it is fought.”
The first training module is an orientation that provides context for the course and explains how the training is structured. The most important point is to understand that the entire training course should be completed before your campaign begins, if possible!
Module 1: Considering a Run?
This is a pre-flight checklist, if you will, to make sure all systems are “go” before you begin.
- About the office
- About your core network
- Time commitment
Module 2: Campaign Structure & Organization
Before delving into the nitty-gritty, we need to explain some key concepts and terminology for political campaigns.
- Campaign organization
- Building a database
Module 3: Exploratory Phase
This is the final checklist before you start building out your campaign strategy or team.
- Issue profile
- Political environment
- Local campaign finance laws
- Knowing your strengths
Module 4: Pre-announcement
Now is where the fun begins! You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so this module aims to prepare you for success.
- Branding and messaging
- Vote targets
- Payment processing
- Systems and processes
- Using a database
- Elevator pitch
- Refine your stump speech
- Announcement strategy
“Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory.”
Module 5: Announcement Day
You’ve done all of your homework, so now it’s time to commit and launch your campaign.
- Review checklists
- Prepare for success
- Letters to the editor
- Email blast
- Press releases
- Picture and video
- Preparing for negativity
Module 6: Campaign Components
This module presents the real meat of a campaign and provides priceless advice that will save you money and improve your outcomes.
- Yard signs
- Marketing collateral
- Campaign Roles
- Volunteer guidelines
- Lists (voters, leaders, influencers, press, coalitions)
- The Digital Campaign
- Paid advertising
- Social media
- Campaign Finance
- Branding and messaging
- Paid Media
- Earned media
- Phone-call time
- Campaign Calendar
Module 7: Growing Support
Now your campaign is in the home stretch and it’s a matter of continuing to expand the reach of your campaign.
- Grass Tops
- Grass Roots
- Door to door
Social Media for Political Campaigns
This comprehensive, six-part course will show you how to extend your reach using professional-grade social media strategies. It’s designed for:
- Political candidates looking to level-up their social media game
- Campaign managers responsible for creating successful digital strategies
- Communication directors operating on the digital front lines every day
- Grassroots organizers scrambling to recruit and retain activists
Module #1: Digital Strategies
You’ll learn how to think like a digital marketing pro. We’ll show you the Constituent Journey, how to build an asset base, attract the right audience, and generate action.
Module #2: Mastering Facebook
This hour covers Facebook basics: profiles, pages, groups, events, ad accounts, and messenger. We’ll also talk about the different post types and cover some best practices.
Module #3: Advertising on Facebook
Super-charge your Facebook presence with smart paid campaigns. Learn the anatomy of an ad campaign (objectives, audiences, creative, and campaign hierarchy). We’ll walk you through the process, step-by-step.
Module #4: Mastering Twitter
Hashtags, replies, retweets, mentions: What does all this stuff mean? We’ll explain the mechanics behind Twitter as well as organic and paid strategies to grow your audience.
Module #5: Content Essentials
No amount of strategy, tactics, or money will fix lousy content. You’ll learn ten rules to avoid failing at social media. We’ll also talk about visual design, storytelling, and persuasion techniques.
Module #6: Digital Toolbox
The right tool for the job can save you a whole lot of time. We’ll share some of our favorite free and low-cost tools and applications that help make you efficient and professional.