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Ways to Make Digital Part of Your Political Marketing Strategy

Digital marketing for political campaigns

In today's interconnected world, where everyone's glued to their screens, political campaigns have a much more fluid campaign trail. Whether you're supporting the next mayoral candidate or running a grassroots movement for city council, the digital landscape holds the key to connecting with voters on a whole new level.

In this post, we discuss how digital political marketing helps connect candidates to their constituent voters and what tactics you can employ to do so.

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Digital marketing is varied, giving campaigns many options and opportunities for reaching the people they want to convince to vote. Here are some of the critical reasons why digital marketing is a necessity for political campaigns:

  • Reach a Wider Audience: The digital world knows no bounds – making it easy to scale state-wide and national campaigns. With just a few clicks, your campaign message can travel across cities, counties, and states faster than you can say, "Vote for us."
  • Reach a Smaller, Local Group: While this may seem contradictory, McClatchy’s Premium Audience Network gives campaigns the flexibility to reach granular, local groups with tailored messaging to their interests and lifestyles. You can reach both broad audiences and smaller groups simultaneously, so you can narrow your focus for small campaigns to the people in specific neighborhoods – let alone your town or city.
  • Connect with Interested Voters: Digital marketing allows you to target and retarget voters based on demographics, interests, and behaviors. Beyond local focus, you can find the people within your group who will most likely resonate with your candidate’s messaging.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Digital marketing allows for more flexible and cost-effective campaign strategies, where you can create singular ads easily and distribute them online to larger groups. Your campaign can connect with the people you need to reach at a lower cost than you would for a TV or radio ad.
  • Immediate Analytics Results: Digital platforms offer real-time feedback on what’s working and what’s not, so you can adjust quickly to make ads more relevant or switch to a different group. By optimizing swiftly, you can course correct or capitalize on success easily.
  • Accessibility: With smartphones practically glued to hands these days, digital marketing ensures your campaign can reach voters anytime, anywhere.

Digital Marketing Tactics to Use

We mentioned previously that digital marketing is highly varied – so once you’re onboard with the idea, it’s time to narrow down which strategies you’ll use.

Here are some political marketing tactics to connect your political campaign with digital marketing:


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Platforms like Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and Instagram help put your campaign in the middle of the conversation and create personal connections with voters. Share, engage, and go behind the scenes to make voters feel like part of your campaign’s family.

Email Marketing

Get personal with your voters by sending emails directly to their inboxes. Updates, donation drives, or a simple “Get out and vote” message can make a difference.

Content Marketing

From blog posts dissecting policy proposals to snappy infographics that break down complex issues, use content to educate and inspire your voter base. Especially for smaller elections, one of the biggest hurdles occurs when voters don’t know your platform. Make it easy for them to understand what you stand for!

Paid Digital Ads

Target with precision using paid ads that find your voters where they hang out online, from news sites in your community to nationwide platforms. As they learn your name, these ads become more effective. You can inform them of your platforms or make smaller ads that convey vital information.

Influencer Outreach

Local personalities can help amplify your message and lend credibility to your campaign. They can be instrumental voices in connecting the campaign and explaining candidate viewpoints to the people living in the area by letting someone from the area explain how it affects them.

Virtual Town Halls and Webinars

Another great way to connect to voters is by bringing the town hall to your voters’ living rooms. Conducting Q&As online or sharing your platform votes lets you engage in real-time, answer questions, and build a community around your campaign.

Interactive Quizzes and Surveys

Who said politics couldn’t be fun? Use quizzes to educate voters on your stance and surveys to understand what matters most to them – while also having an excellent opportunity to conduct lead generation to aid your other marketing efforts.

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Nothing connects like live interaction – and social media lets your candidates do so more efficiently. Stream speeches, debates, or just casual campaign updates to build trust and transparency in a free-form manner. Unlike a virtual town hall, this lets voters see the candidate in a more personal manner.

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Connect to Your Constituency with McClatchy

Whether your constituency consists of bustling streets or quiet homes, you have a digital opportunity at every corner. Digital marketing aids campaigns in creating connections that resonate and inspire action.

By working with McClatchy’s Premium Audience Network, you've got a partner ready to help you harness the power of digital and turn likes, shares, and views into votes. They have the reach, expertise, and audience understanding to help connect your campaign to voters across the towns – and across the country. No matter how big or small your election is, they can help.

Reach out today to learn more about how McClatchy can help!


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