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Political Advertising: What Works for You?

This past month, The Publicus Community managed a few digital advertising campaigns for two Raleigh City Council members. Both campaigns reached their goals (impressions, CPC, CPM, etc) but campaigns like these always leave room for question. In a defined space like the one leading up to the election, when the days are numbered and the voters are searching the web for whatever they can find on candidates, what advertising works best for you?

 

Our initial strategy was simple: maximize impressions.  This being the case, we also wanted to manage impressions to gradually increase on days leading up to the election date. In theory, a voter is more likely to sway towards a candidate they are unsure about if they have recently seen that candidate’s name. Whether it be a digital banner, paid search ad, or yard sign, we wanted to make sure our client’s name was fresh on the mind of every voter in the booth.  In elections past, how swayed do you think your vote was based on familiarity when you were unsure of whom to choose? Although it may be difficult to admit, we believe it was likely swayed. With busy work schedules, school, and family time, we can only stay so informed.

 

Our second area of focus was content. Once the voter sees an ad, are they informed? Does the landing page provide an unbiased, informative opinion of the candidate? While some of these things are out of our control, we wanted to create an ad that drove the voter to the candidates landing page, eager to learn more.

 

So, what advertising content drives you? For some it’s a strong statement about a current event, or maybe even an opposing candidate. For others it’s a simple call to action or the candidate’s inspirational message.

 

We want to know what you think.