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Make Your Voice Heard

Make Your Voice Heard
We continue our focus on how to best make your voice heard in our nation's capital or any statehouse across the country. 

This year’s legislative sessions will not be cancelled, yet in many ways, constituents ability to interact with lawmakers will be severely limited. This does not mean that lawmakers will slow down, it just means if you don't come up with creative ways to reach them, the voice of your organization and membership will be left behind. 

You need a new plan to reach lawmakers and make sure the voice of YOUR PEOPLE is heard.  Read more...

They're Back

They're Back

Across the country, state legislatures are reconvening, and new Congress is already at work in Washington, DC.

Unlike 2020, this year’s legislative sessions will not be cancelled. In fact, newly elected leaders are making up for lost time. We expect record activity as politicians either try to make their campaign promises into law or break those promises with the hope that constituents do not notice.
 
In many states and at the federal level, lawmakers are looking under every proverbial “couch cushion” to find a few extra bucks to fill massive budget gaps.
 
If you do not want your members unfairly targeted for tax hikes or burdensome regulations, you need a strategy to make your voice heard.
 
In pre-pandemic times, you may have planned a trip to the Capitol or attended your lawmaker’s local townhall meetings. With the vaccine still months away for most Americans, personal access to lawmakers will be difficult, if not impossible.
 
You need a new plan to reach lawmakers and make sure the voice of YOUR PEOPLE is heard. 

 

We can help you craft a creative, WINNING strategy!

The best way to get a politician's attention is to mobilize constituents to voice their support or opposition to pending legislation.

One important distinction - not all contacts are created equal. Anyone on The Hill will tell you, calls matter. In a deeper dive on the issue, The NY Times noted

"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."

 

 

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Come on 2021

Come on 2021

In typical New Years fashion, we are highlighting a few resolutions that make sense for your 2021. Now is NOT the time to take a breather. You've done the 2020 campaign analysis, you've made it through the holidays, now it's time to lay out your goals for the next cycle - that's where we are here to help. 

 

Here are a few ideas for you to think about:
 
- How are you keeping in touch with volunteers and maintaining a strong connection to them? 

-Peer to Peer texting isn’t just for turnout. How can you mobilize activists to support the key legislation your candidate campaigned on?
 
- Patch through calls can help you quickly make an impact.

- Even though the vaccine is here, the pandemic is far from over. It will be a long time until in-person events are back to “normal.” Telephone townhalls and microforums are the perfect way to stay in touch and engage in a two-way conversation with your supporters, activists, and voters. 

Not sure where to start? Give us a call and let’s brainstorm your winning strategy together!

Trust the CHQ experts to help get you there.

 

 

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A Very Merry Time of Year

A Very Merry Time of Year

The holiday season is upon us and while the country continues to grapple with the pandemic and everything that goes with it, the CHQ team is focused on the positive. We know we have many blessings to celebrate. 

We asked our team members to weigh in on what they thought were their biggest CHQ blessings this year and we've been featuring their responses on our Facebook page during the month of December. 

Make no mistake, our team feels truly blessed by their co-workers, our clients and projects, and the work we do. 

We sincerely thank you for your business this year. We are incredibly proud of the work we did and our talented team members. 

Our offices will be closed on Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, in order to allow our CHQ team to spend time with their families during this holiday season. But we will be open for business on Monday, Dec. 28. 

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Now is the Time to Hire

Now is the Time to Hire

One of the most important determinants of business success next cycle, when uncertainty about tactics could linger, is the people you choose to have on your team. As Jim Collins said in his award-winning book Good to Great, you need to get the right people on the bus, in the right seats, and get the wrong people off the bus. 

We’ve all experienced how demoralizing it can be to hire people, incur the expense and time of training them, only to find they are such a drain on morale and productivity that you get less done by hiring more people. 

To avoid that trap, smart firm owners will take the time to determine exactly what an “A Player” looks like for their firm and for each role. In other words, you need to decide what kind of person is allowed on the bus and what they need to earn the privilege of sitting in each seat. If you aren’t sure where to start, read Topgrading: How to Hire, Coach and Keep A Players by Brad and Geoff Smart. 

Now that you have a vision for the right people and the right seats, you have a hard decision to make. Should you begin hiring now or wait until you really need someone? Here are four reasons why you should hire now.  

Head over to Campaigns & Elections to read more...

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Caucus Webinar Series

Caucus Webinar Series

While the dust is still settling on Election Day 2020, we know there are a handful of important races across the country that are still waiting to be decided. However, for election strategists, political professionals and campaign consultants, it's a good time for a look back on this past cycle. 

Our friends at Campaigns & Elections  are facilitating a webinar series, beginning today, Thursday, Dec. 3rd, that will help us do just that.

According to Campaigns & Elections, "these virtual conversations will feature political professionals from core sectors of the campaign industry. Each caucus will be led by industry professionals with individual conversations for Republican campaigners. These events will explore what worked in 2020, what didn’t, and where we go from here."

CampaignHQ is excited to be sponsoring this series and look forward to participating and taking away new insights as we look to future cycles.

Additionally, I am one of the panelists on today's series. Stay tuned for a recap of today's panel!

I hope you'll join us and invite your friends. 

 

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You're Running Out of Time

You're Running Out of Time
You don't want to wake up tomorrow and wish you could go back in time to do just one more thing that would have put you over the top in your race. 

We're here to help you WIN your election. It's almost too late for calls and texts.  Read more...

Don't Leave Anyone Home Alone

Don't Leave Anyone Home Alone
Don't leave anyone home alone. Bring in the professionals to help with your turnout. 

Our trained callers will help voters find the polls and make sure they show up to vote for YOU


We're here to help you WIN your election. It's not too late for auto calls and text messages.  Read more...

It's Not Too Late For Auto Calls

It's Not Too Late For Auto Calls
One more day. 

Let's phone homes. 

We're here to help you WIN your election. It's not too late for Automated Calls. Read more...

We'll Never Let Go

We'll Never Let Go
The infamous 72 hour push. We know you and your team have been working so hard and the end is in sight. Don't let your campaign sink...well, like the Titanic.

We'll never let you go - we're staying here all weekend to help you with your final push. 

We're here to help you WIN your election. It's not too late, we can help. Read more...

It's Not Too Late For Peer to Peer Messages

It's Not Too Late For Peer to Peer Messages
Is your opponent hitting you hard? The media coverage has been less than favorable? Want to share a story that really shows voters what your candidate is really all about? 

Don't feel attacked, let's get to work. 

We're here to help you WIN your election. It's not too late for conTEXT messages. Read more...

It's Not Too Late For Live Calls

It's Not Too Late For Live Calls
Pandemic? Presidential race? Natural disasters? Civil unrest? 

Election Day turnout is a monster, even when it hasn't been a crazy year.

Don't panic. We'll find a way. 

We're here to help you WIN your election. It's not too late for Live Calls. Read more...

It's Not Too Late for Advocacy Calls

It's Not Too Late for Advocacy Calls
Are you feeling stressed? 

We'll give you a "factory guarantee" that we can help. It's time to make some sales calls. 

We're here to help you WIN your election. It's not too late for Advocacy Calls. Read more...

Show Me The Messages

Show Me The Messages
Here we are. One week to go. 

Volunteers getting tired of making calls? Want to reach voters who may not answer their mobile phone otherwise? We're here to SHOW YOU THE MESSAGES!

We're here to help you WIN your election. It's not too late for GOTV conTEXT messages.  Read more...

Facebook is Shutting Down Ads

Facebook is Shutting Down Ads

Facebook recently announced it will not accept any new political ads in the last 7 days before Election Day. So, what happens if your opponent attacks you on the night of the 8th day and the "Facebook thought police" won’t let you respond?

You need a way to reach voters – and you can do that with conTEXT, live calls, and telephone townhalls.

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You Need A Laugh

You Need A Laugh
Well here we are, almost at the finish line. Less than 2 weeks to Election Day and we know you could use a good laugh. 

Take 3 minutes and 41 seconds, have a chuckle and then give us a call and let us know if we can help with your last minute GOTV calls or texts. Read more...

Workin' Like A Dog - Auto Calls

Workin' Like A Dog - Auto Calls

It's no secret, the CampaginHQ team is a big fan of dogs - who isn't? Welcome to our new series - Workin' Like a Dog. We’re taking a fresh look at how CampaignHQ can deliver your message and help you win.

Today we're workin' like....

Uh. Cats. 

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Workin' Like A Dog - conTEXT

Workin' Like A Dog - conTEXT
It's no secret, the CampaginHQ team is a big fan of dogs - who isn't? Welcome to our new series - Workin' Like a Dog. We’re taking a fresh look at how CampaignHQ can deliver your message and help you win.

Today we're workin' like pugs!  Read more...

Workin' Like A Dog - Advocacy

Workin' Like A Dog - Advocacy
It's no secret, the CampaginHQ team is a big fan of dogs - who isn't? Welcome to our new series - Workin' Like a Dog. We’re taking a fresh look at how CampaignHQ can deliver your message and help you win.

Today we're workin' like corgis!  Read more...

Workin' Like A Dog - Voter ID

Workin' Like A Dog - Voter ID
It's no secret, the CampaginHQ team is a big fan of dogs - who isn't? Welcome to our new series - Workin' Like a Dog. We’re taking a fresh look at how CampaignHQ can deliver your message and help you win.

Today we're workin' like basset hounds!  Read more...

Official Start of Campaign Has Come and Gone

Official Start of Campaign Has Come and Gone
Now that Labor Day has come and gone, the race to Election Day turns into a sprint. Don't be caught flatfooted! We've created a helpful checklist to make sure you're reaching the right people, at the right time, to carry your team to victory in November. 
 
Call us - we can help!
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What's Better Than MMS

What's Better Than MMS

The only thing better than MMS is Double MMS. 

I wanted to give you a preview of this great new tool we’ve perfected, so you can add this to your arsenal.

As you know, regular SMS messages are limited to 160 characters. You can send a longer message, but you run the risk of having it broken up at all the wrong points when it’s delivered to the voter’s phone. (Or worse yet, having some parts delivered and others undelivered).

We are now doing a Double MMS. This sends the text as MMS in a single segment along with a picture, GIF or MP4 video.

Here’s a quick sample:

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A Convention to Remember

A Convention to Remember
I have been doing some reminiscing lately. Every four years at about this time, I think about the National Republican Conventions I have attended. I have attended as Republican Party of Iowa Staff, as Campaign Staff and finally as a National Delegate.

Every convention that I've attended over the past 24 years has been memorable. 

I remember four women packed into a downtown San Diego hotel in 1996. I won’t expound on the trip to Lucky’s Tattoo Parlor. This was my first convention. I was awestruck by the great speeches and the excitement in the room. Read more...

Summer is Cancelled

Summer is Cancelled

Parades, town festivals, backyard BBQs, local fairs - there is nothing more authentic than campaigning in the summertime. Large crowds of local voters and lots of hands to shake make for easy and fun campaign work.

But what happens during a global pandemic where crowds are forbidden and handshaking is frowned upon? 

How do you connect with voters when summer is cancelled?

 

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Spread Your Message, Not Your Germs

Spread Your Message, Not Your Germs

With the COVID19 pandemic showing no signs of letting up, candidates up and down the ballot are unable to communicate with 2020 General Election voters.


So, with the future of the country at stake, how can you spread your message, but not your germs with voters? CampaignHQ can help!


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Enhance Your P2P Message

Enhance Your P2P Message
Have you been maximizing your effect with conTEXT? With our full service P2P text messaging service, YOU can engage your target audience in a two-way conversation.

Solve Your Problems With conTEXT:
  • Share pictures, videos, and sound files
  • Encourage early or absentee voting
  • Invite participants to your telephone townhall
  • Survey your audience
  • Inform voters
  • Give Election Day updates
  • ...and more!
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Employee Spotlight: Sam

Employee Spotlight: Sam
I'm really proud of the hardworking team we've built here at CampiagnHQ; our employees truly are what set us above all the rest. We set forth high standards and it shows in our work.

Sam Stern recently joined the CampaignHQ family as a Data Management Specialist. He has already adapted to our fast-paced, flexible, and fun work environment. He’s even made us homemade pickles! Read more...

21 Years - We're Just Getting Started

21 Years - We're Just Getting Started

In 1999, what started in the extra bedroom of my place, moved into a shed-like building in a 1,400-person community in the middle of Iowa. While we sat on Pleasant Street, the first few years were anything but.
 
As luck would have it, just three short years after getting this thing off the ground, it turned out to be about the worst cycle in Iowa Republican political history – in other words, a terrible time to own a small business focused on GOP campaigns. Our candidates at the top of the ticket went down in flames, infighting was fierce, and a new firm started picking off my clients one-by-one. At one point, I answered a help wanted ad looking for “event organizers.” Turns out they wanted people to do supermarket demonstrations for Listerine Pocket Packs. It paid $100 a day and the lights on Pleasant Street didn’t just keep themselves on, so I did it.

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Telephone Townhall Strategy

Telephone Townhall Strategy

As the country continues opening up, news headlines tell the story of an ongoing spike in Covid cases. This continues to be a challenge for traditional campaign ground-games and has led many to rethink how door-to-door and in-person events will be received.

If you have a July or August primary – you need a telephone townhall strategy.

To truly maximize a telephone townhall event there are 4 easy steps:

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Hey, it's me, Waffles!

Hey, it's me, Waffles!

Hello everyone, "howl" ya doin'?

Everything over here at CampaignHQ remains "pawsative." I wanted to give you a few updates on what I have been up to the last 6 months - I think you'll see, I haven't just been "rolling" over!

I have been "sitting" (good girl) in on several meetings where we have discussed the advancement of our conTEXT messaging. My employees and I have worked our fingers to the "bone" - making sure we live up to our slogan as the "Best Conservative Call Center in America."

Just like the "pup-arazzi," I’ve been making my employees include images and videos in their peer-to-to-peer text messages. In fact, I asked them to make you a sample below to see how much more attention you can get with an image.

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God Bless America

God Bless America

Last year, Pres. Donald Trump gave the following remarks on July 5th during his "Salute to America" address:


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Super Charge Your Volunteers

Super Charge Your Volunteers

When your pipes burst and you need a good plumber, whose advice do you trust - anonymous Yelp reviews or a recommendation from friends?

90% of consumers surveyed noted that they trust recommendations from people they know, while 70% trusted consumer opinions posted online.

What the corporate advertisers of the world have figured out can easily be carried over to campaign world and with SwipeRed, we can help you do this today. 

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The Victory Checklist

The Victory Checklist

It's almost primary day. 
 
While it's too late to place new TV ads or drop another direct mail piece, there is still  plenty of time to reach your target voters with high quality, interactive phone calls and peer to peer text messages.  

Now is the time to make sure you're reaching out to your identified supporters and likely voters, leaving nothing to chance. If they're not hearing from you, your voters may stay home, or even worse, switch their vote to your opponent.  

Don’t wake up on the day after the primary, wishing you had done more! Give us a call and let’s plan your victory!

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24 Hours to Victory

24 Hours to Victory

This long campaign now boils down to the last 24 hours. How do you make it count?
 
It is now too late for any direct mail piece or television advertisement. But there's still time for CampaignHQ to help you affordably and quickly reach each your voters.

Automated Calls

Let us send automated calls to your supporters and undecided voters. Not everyone remembers it's Election Day like those of us in the political world.

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Patch Through Calls

Patch Through Calls
How do politicians get away with it?

If you have ever wondered why politicians can campaign one way on an issue, and then vote exactly the opposite, the answer is simple. Voters stopped paying attention.

Understandably, GOP voters are frustrated when the Republicans they supported vote for a tax increase, more regulation on private enterprise, or even a pro-abortion judge.

Here at CampaignHQ, we take great pride in helping to elect candidates and then holding them accountable once they are in office.

One of the best ways to apply significant pressure to politicians on both sides of the aisle is with patch through calls.
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I Meant to Vote for You...

I Meant to Vote for You...
Can you imagine waking up the morning after your Primary Election, only to discover you lost by a few dozen votes?
 
Your supporters MEANT to vote for you. They liked your campaign and your issues, but the ballot was confusing, the rules were unclear, and they had no idea when the ballot had to be in the mail.
 
If you want to avoid this sad state of affairs, then let’s talk!
 
June primaries are approaching quickly! Not only is this an unprecedented time in our daily lives, but we are in a whole new territory when it comes to absentee voting.

Many states are changing absentee ballot regulations and requirements! Some states have mailed an absentee ballot request to EVERY voter. Others have changed the rules on who may vote by mail and changed deadlines.
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Are Your Voters Scared?

Are Your Voters Scared?

Newsflash: phones are having a moment.
 
The #1 challenge campaigns are facing is how to have meaningful conversations with voters when they cannot campaign in person.

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Your Election is NOT Cancelled

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.

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Small Budget Huge Impact

Small Budget Huge Impact

Friends,

 This is Marlys Popma, Senior Campaign Director here at CampaignHQ. I often speak with Campaign Managers who believe robocalls are no longer a viable option to reach Senior Citizens, the voters most likely to cast a ballot in their election.

If you do not take the opportunity to reach Senior voters on their landline phones, particularly using AFFORDABLE and EFFECTIVE recorded messages, you are leaving votes on the table. In a close race, this can be the margin between victory and defeat.

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Webinar Recap

Webinar Recap

Thank you to those of us who joined us for our recent Webinar – How to Effectively Communicate During a Pandemic. We hope you found the information helpful.
 
We have posted the full Webinar on YouTube, in case you missed it or want to go back and reference a few points. But we also posted a few short clips below for you to check out. 
 
I wanted to provide you with a brief recap, starting with the Four Ways to Make the Most of the Opportunity.

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2020 Pollie Awards

2020 Pollie Awards

"Awards season" is coming to an end as we close out on the 2020 Pollie Awards, which some say is the biggest award honor that an organization in politics can achieve.

Here at CampaignHQ we agree, winning a Pollie Award does mean that you are the best of the best, but we believe the biggest award we can win is on election day when we see our candidates and campaigns WIN!

This year alone we have helped a write in candidate win at the state level in Virginia, changed the narrative on a state Senate candidate and helped him climb from second to a 10 point win in the runoff, and shared thousands of advocacy and GOTV messages!

Please join us in putting our clients in the spotlight with the amazing achievements we have accomplished as a TEAM!

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An Unexpected Guest

An Unexpected Guest

We are living through times you will speak about with your children and grandchildren.

People are starved for human interaction. Unable to go to church or school, they are searching for new ways to gather, connect, and communicate.

Candidates and organizations who never considered a Telephone Townhall are scrambling to set up events at a record pace.

But some of our friends have been using Telephone Townhalls and Microforums for years.

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So Now What?

So Now What?

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…

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