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Managing Paid Search for Political Campaigns

8:04 pm on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hello, all!

I'm giving a talk next week on managing event driven paid search campaigns. One aspect of this that I don't know very well is paid search for political campaigns. Does anyone who has managed such campaigns have specific lessons they would be willing to share with the forum?

Please don't mention the specific candidate so that we don't run afoul of forum rules!


8:11 pm on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)


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One basic piece of advice is to set an end date for such campaigns to make sure you don't have outdated ads running after the event.
8:41 pm on May 13, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Heh. That's a good one.

I like advice that is simple, but easy to not think about.

12:37 am on May 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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A couple things:

1) I ran an AdWords campaign on my own dime during the 2004 presidential elections and had a ton of fun geotargeting to the swing states. I must've pulled ~25,000 people to the site I'd built espousing my own viewpoints on election and am pretty sure I swung at least a few hundred voters to my way of thinking. Why individuals don't do this more is beyond me.

2) I've done the same for presidential elections *in other countries*. This too is one of the great things about PPC - you can easily run politic/social campaigns in other countries. Specifically, I've run campaigns a) appealing to moderates in Arab states; b) promoting a Syrian who's been exiled for her anti-Assad views; and c) showing the rest of the Arab world the true facts on Iranian censorship of its citizens.

SEM's ability to influence politics is almost entirely untapped at this point, but that will change.


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