How to Run for Office: Keep Your Message Local

Focus on the people getting you into office: your voters.

We get it. It is so easy to get distracted on the campaign trail. When you’re talking about the same issues every single day, it’s tempting to go on a tirade about the current administration or your opinions on our relations with Russia. Resist the temptation! Focus on your campaign message. But if you do give in, here’s one piece of [...]

January 25th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Developing Good Digital Content

How do we define “good content”?

If you’ve taken the NDTC Digital course (online or live), you know we encourage candidates to focus when it comes to creating a social media presence for their campaigns. Do one, do it well. For most people, that means have a presence on Facebook. With all the changes Facebook has been making, it’s only natural that many people are nervous [...]

January 24th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Social Media Tips

5 Ways to Create an Engaging Social Media Presence for your Campaign

If you’re not on social media, you’re missing a HUGE opportunity to engage supporters, spread your message, and build your persona (btw — these are not the only reasons you should be on social media). Post content regularly. Staying active on social media is essential to sustain a great social media presence. You want to post as often as possible so your [...]

January 22nd, 2018

How to Run for Office: Website Basics

Before you ask, yes, you need a website.

Websites are crucial to political campaigns for a couple of reasons. They are a form of media that you control as the candidate. While you can control social media accounts, they’re usually a short form of content and not the best place to go into detail about who you are and your stance issues. Websites are a great place to [...]

January 21st, 2018

How to Run for Office: Writing Thank You Notes

Your mom made you write these for a reason

Ah, thank you notes. The “burden” of every fun event from childhood. I can’t be the only person who dreaded writing thank you notes as a kid . Why should I have to spend an hour (which seemed like an eternity at 7 years old) writing thank you notes to distant relatives the day after my birthday before I could play [...]

January 19th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Money Saving Tips

There’s strength in frugality

Campaigns cost money — a lot of money. However, it doesn’t mean you have to drain your bank account or go into debt for your campaign. NDTC is here with a few handpicked money saving tips to help you save money during your campaign. The main thing to remember is that your donors want you to spend money on winning the election, [...]

January 18th, 2018

How to Run for Office: Credit Card Processing

Credit Card Processing 101

In the modern world where fewer and fewer people carry cash and heavily rely on electronic payments to pay for goods, credit cards are more prevalent than ever. For some campaigns, having the ability to process electronic payments is crucial — for others, it’s less than necessary. Here are some facts to help you decide whether your campaign needs to be able [...]

January 17th, 2018