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How to Supercharge Your Voter Contact: Part 2 – Drew Ryun and Kris Shafer

How to Supercharge Your Voter Contact: Part 2

This week we’re airing the second half of a two-part interview with Drew Ryun and Kris Shafer. They’re partners in Campaign Sidekick and have nearly 4 decades of political experience between them. Drew hired me to my first full-time political job and Kris is my younger brother. I’ve worked in the trenches with these guys for years and they’ve each got some fantastic advice to share.

In this, as the first half of our interview last week, you’re going to hear some exciting news about the evolution of Campaign Sidekick, learn proven strategies and tactics for voter contact you can deploy in the last few weeks of this election and find out how these guys got involved in politics. Their stories are unique but very similar in theme to many of the folks we’ve talked to on the podcast: they involve a lot of hard work.

This was a really fun interview for me to do with the guys and I think y’all will really enjoy it!

What You’ll Learn about Campaign Sidekick In This Episode:

[00:00] Podcast Introduction

[01:53] What Canvassing Management tips do you wish you’d known when you got started?

[11:55] How can campaigns keep their voter contact data clean?

[20:11] Where should campaigns get their voter data and does consumer data matter for targeting?

[27:12] How can campaigns avoid fear of failure and what does that mean?

[30:43] What matters MOST in a canvassing interaction with a voter?

[34:49] Final tips for campaigns and how to finish strong in the final weeks of the campaign

[37:53] Conclusion and outro

Links from the Podcast:

Connect with Campaign Sidekick on FacebookTwitter and Youtube. Check out their website at www.campaignsidekick.vote.

How to Supercharge Your Voter Contact: Part 1 – Drew Ryun and Kris Shafer

How to Supercharge Your Voter Contact: Part 1

This week we’re airing the first of a two-part interview with Drew Ryun and Kris Shafer. They’re partners in Campaign Sidekick and have nearly 4 decades of political experience between them. Drew hired me to my first full-time political job and Kris is my younger brother. I’ve worked in the trenches with these guys for years and they’ve each got some fantastic advice to share.

In this, and the second half of our interview next week, you’re going to hear some exciting news about the evolution of Campaign Sidekick, learn proven strategies and tactics for voter contact you can deploy in the last few weeks of this election and find out how these guys got involved in politics. Their stories are unique but very similar in theme to many of the folks we’ve talked to on the podcast: they involve a lot of hard work.

This was a really fun interview for me to do with the guys and I think y’all will really enjoy it!

Mastering Communication and Policy Like a Pro – Sean Davis

Mastering Communication and Policy Like a Pro - Sean Davis

Sean Davis is a co-founder of The Federalist. He previously worked as an economic policy adviser to Gov. Rick Perry, as CFO of Daily Caller, and as chief investigator for Sen. Tom Coburn. He was named by The Hill as one of the top congressional staffers under the age of 35 for his role in spearheading the enactment of the law that created USASpending.gov. Sean received a BBA in finance from Texas Tech University and an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management from the Wharton School.

This week we’re re-airing an interview with Sean Davis that I did just over a year ago. It’s been the most downloaded episode on the podcast to-date, but it’s far enough back in the chronology that most of y’all probably haven’t heard it!… Even if you have heard it, I recommend giving it another listen. I just got done doing so and I found it very informative.

Understanding policy and how to communicate it is obviously important to anybody working in politics…but if you want to get to the point where your opinion on the subject matters, you’ve usually got to win an election. At this point, you’re probably asking, “Well, Raz, What should I do if I want to make sure I win my election?!” Hands down, the best thing I can recommend is to head over to learn.mycampaigncoach.com and sign up for our free course to figure out whether you’re prepared to run. Even if you’re already in the race, those videos and guides will walk you through essential questions…and I guarantee that you haven’t answered all of them!

The Story Behind Dan Crenshaw’s Incredible Win – Brendan Steinhauser

The Story Behind Dan Crenshaw’s Incredible Win - Brendan Steinahuser

Dan Crenshaw was our guest a few weeks ago and since then he won his runoff campaign by the widest margin of ANY Republican Congressional contest in Texas. He smoked the competition and this week we’re talking with his consultant, Brendan Steinhauser.

Thank you to Campaign Sidekick for supporting this podcast. Visit campaignsidekick.vote to find out how their best-in-breed voter contact platform can revolutionize your campaign and help you win!

This week we’re bringing back on the podcast one of our first guests, Brendan Steinhauser. You can check out Episode 4 of this podcast to hear us talk about his background and how he runs Data-Driven Campaigns. Those skills were critical to winning the race we’re talking about today.

Just a few episodes ago, we talked with Dan Crenshaw. He’s a retired Lt. Commander from the Navy SEALS and was in a runoff election for the US Congress. He took second place in the original primary election by less than 200 votes, beating a woman who had self-funded millions of dollars into her race.

Dan and his team did an incredible job and Brendan helped quarterback much of that as the general consultant. Last week, they won the runoff and now they’re headed towards the general election in November.

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