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Digital Politics Radio is a lively web radio show that draws on experts across the political spectrum to discuss local, state, and national use of the Internet in political and cause related campaigns.
Digital Politics Radio update time and my guests have been varied and provocative. We began editing segments together where guests are with me for 2 or more segments.
On March 12 I talked with Rena Shapiro, Political Director, Pandora about their method of targeting political ads by musical taste, the rise in demand for mobile ads, and changing listening habits.
On March 6 my first guest was Ondine Fortune, president, Fortune Media talking about cross media, targeting on cable, mobile and web ads.
I also spoke with David Kanter, CEO, Beyond Voter Lists about targeting using direct mail and the groups of passionate voters that are most appealing to campaigns and consultants.
On February 27 the subject was pollsters and polling. I first talked with John Nienstedt, President, Competitive Edge Research & Communication about voter turnout for the San Diego mayoral run-off election and how Republicans are reaching out to Latino voters.
I also spoke with Ben Tulchin, President, Tulchin Research who provided more details about the No Party Preference voters and the value of targeting on such sites as Pandora.
On February 20 we heard from Aaron Strauss, Political Engineer talking about correlating online and offline data with voting behavior and other thoughts on big data with reflections on the Obama strategy.
On the Republican side, we heard from Holly Turner, COO, Stampede Consulting on tips on building a political and advocacy consulting business.
On February 13 the topic was voter engagement. My first guest was Steven Nemerovski, lobbyist and host of None of the Above on Grassrootstv.org in Aspen, CO talking about citizen lobbyists and independent voters.
My second guest was Nick Bowden, CEO, Mind Mixer on his solution to include more voices in matters that impact local communities.
On February 6 the focus was on targeting voters. My first guest was Jason Cabel Roe, Partner, Revolvis discussing targeting Millennials and bi-lingual and Spanish speaking voters.
My other guest that day was Ed Clancy, The Bike Guy SD talking about the demographics of the cycling community and the impact of Livable Streets coalitions.
On January 30 my first guest was Joe Kuklis, author, The Robin Hood of DC providing an insiders view of lobbying and how small and medium sized business can gain influence at the national, state, and local levels.
I also spoke with Colin Delany, Founder, ePolitics about his new book How to Use the Internet to Win in 2014 and the impact of social media on political parties.
On January 23 Michael Berg, Law Office of Michael Berg, talked about the upcoming FCC spectrum auction and the Aereo case going before the Supreme Court.
The ground game was the topic with Ned Ryun, CEO, Voter Gravity who talked about mobile canvassing and planning a smart ground game using data mining and a GIS interface.
On January 16 my guest was Tracy Russo, Founder, Russo Strategies, and the topic was Chris Christie and implications of political scandals on national perceptions of candidates and elected officials.
My other guest was Ary Sharifian, CEO, PowerPoll talking about his San Diego based start-up creating online polls for improving voter engagement.
On January 9 the topic was mobile engagement with my guest Scott Tilton, CEO, Hookit who shared his insights about about using social media to provide a robust environment for athletes, brands, and fans and lessons about building passionate communities of interest and what it might mean for political campaigns.
My other guest was Ken Denman, CEO and President, Emotient who explained how they are understanding emotional responses by scanning facial expressions.
On December 19 the first guest was Ben Tulchin, President, Tulchin Research, talking about polling voters in special elections, impact of ballot initiatives on turnout and 2014 CA races.
On December 12 I spoke with Steven Alembik, Founder, SMA Communications about opt-in lists and targeting voters with the right message at the right time.
My other guest that day was William Brindley, CEO, NetHope who talked with me about rapid response to emergencies and the legacy of Nelson Mandela.
On December 5 my first guest was Peter Martini, Co-Founder and Chief of Strategy, iboss Network Security talking about preventing network security breaches especially in the age of bring your own device to work.
My second guest was Dr. Stanton Sloane, President and CEO, Decision Sciences International Corp. talking about scanning for and detection of nuclear, radiological and contraband threats using muon technology.
My third guest was Bill Sullivan, Director for Strategy and Business Development for the Broadband Systems Group, ViaSat addressing the increasing demand for broadband access from fixed to mobile as well as portable solutions for rapid response.
Digital Politics Radio has moved to the Radioactive Broadcasting Network and most links to shows from this year are available there. Some of my favorite interviews in the last few months include the following. I have also started a new show Empowered Patient Radio on the same network. All about disruptive technology and a different blood sport.
On November 21 I talked with Toby Chaudhuri, Founder, SocialXDesign and former assistant to President Obama on racial diversity and global democracy. Topic is voter touch points and importance of kitchen table issues particularly in off-year elections.
Interview with Toby Chaudhuri
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I also talked with Ben Tulchin, President, Tulchin Research and Joe Weber, Reporter National Politics, FOXNews.com about the non-stop news cycle and how people consume news.
On November 13, my guest was Steven Nemerovski, Lobbyist and Author EParty talking about third party candidates and what influences voters to support ballot initiatives. Steve is interested in arming third party candidates with tools to level the playing field and run effective campaigns at the state and local levels.
On November 6 I talked with Brian Mitchell, CEO and Managing Partner, GM Ryan International and the topic was jobs of the 21st century and the kinds of senior level skills that are needed in C-level jobs.
Kate Kaye, Data and Analytics Reporter Advertising Age filled in some details about how governments are using big data and how cities are micro-targeting tourists as well as constituents to provide better services. We also talked about the changing shopping experience and consumer engagement and what it means about voter expectations.
On October 30 I talked with Sanjay Nichani, CEO, Squeak 16 about their new mobile platform for sharing photos that allows for annotation and deeper engagement.
Armando Telles, Community Organizer, Student Veteran Coalition talked about why vets might not vote and getting more vets involved in their communities.
On October 23, Dave Gold Gold Communications discussed insights about Hispanic voters in Texas and best practices for reaching base as well as swing voters.
Michael Beach, Co-Founder, Targeted Victory talked about targeting online ads to specific categories of voters and drawing on skills from the private sector to bring insights to engaging voters.
On October 16 the topic with my guest Shaun Dakin, Dakin Associates Consulting was the government shut-down and the Virginia governor’s race.
On October 2 I talked with Chris Torres, Campaign Programs Director, New Organizing Institute about cross generational support for immigration reform, raising awareness of Hispanic voters and attempts at both voter suppression and increasing minority voter turnout.
For more on Hispanic voters, I also talked with Andrew Myers, President, Myers Research about their recent study of Hispanic voters in Texas, increasing turnout, and effectiveness of public pressure to get people to vote.
On September 25, my guest was Colin Delany, Founder ePolitics talking about lessons learned in 2013 primaries, the nationalization of fundraising campaigns, the Ted Cruz narrative and mobilizing the base.
My other guest that day was Chris Massicotte, COO,DSPolitical discussing single issue organizations, data mining, building lists, integrating social advertising into the media plan and best practices for online fundraising.
On September 11 the subject was fundraising around the news cycle. My first guest was Matthew McMillan, President, BuzzMaker explaining his online fundraising calculator used to determine metrics that matter most in maximizing efforts.
I also talked with Ben Tulchin, President, Tulchin Research and contributing editor to the show about their recent research on California voters and the subject of school boards, testing and teachers. We also talk about cross partisan issues, polling the silent majority and low information voters.
On August 28, my guest was William Brindley, CEO, NetHope talking about transforming developing societies using open source strategies to encourage collaboration.
Continuing with the theme of encouraging sharing, I also talked with Anupam Gupta, President and CEO, Mixpo about executing multi-screen digital video ads and branded content to tell persuasive narratives and encourage engagement.
On August 21 the subject was smart geodesign and my guest was Shannon McElvaney, Global Industry Manager, Community Development, Esri who explained how GIS tools have changed the way we see the world and creating predictive visual models to inspire more innovative environments.
My other guest that day was Alan Rosenblatt, Partner, Turner Strategies with insights about getting attention on social media and the need to tell robust stories.
On August 14, I was pleased to have the chance to talk with Richard Saul Wurman, author and father of Information Architecture and the TED Talks as well as the Urban Observatory. We discussed the need to compare big data across multiple cities around the globe to better understand how to create and develop robust urban environments.
In addition I talked with Michael Colosimo, CEO and Co-Founder, THRDPLACE about improving local communities through visual representation to engage in constituents and build solutions.
My last guest that day was Ben Katz, CEO and Co-Founder, Givalike and community activist talking about the Mayor Bob Filner story here in San Diego.
On August 7 Ben Tulchin, President, Tulchin Research and contributing editor to the show and I were joined by Katie Merrill, Founder and President, Merrill Strategy Group talking about how politicians and candidates should use social media and challenges for traditional media strategists negotiating the world of Facebook and Twitter.
On July 31 my first guests were Richard C. Hall, Director Global Strategic Alliances, Intel and William Brindley, CEO, NetHope talking about finding smart uses for technology to address critical problems in the developing world, trickle up innovation and the need to show the value of investing in technology.
On the second half of the show, I talked with Ingrid Stange, Founder, Partnership for Change about empowering a global audience to express concerns about human rights violations and the need for transparency to address social injustice.
On July 24, I talked with David Gadsden, Non-Profit Organization Program, Esri about overcoming limitations in remote areas using GIS tools to better understand how to allocate resources, improve transparency and encourage crowdsourcing.
Time for an update of the Digital Politics Radio show.
On July 17 I talked with Vishal Dubey, VP Technology, Dacadoo, a health tracking system that incorporates multiple data points into a single number to reflect all around health. This company has an international board of advisers and is using social media and gamification to motivate and extend the effectiveness of sensors.
I also spoke with Brian Franklin President Impact Politics about timing of online political campaigns and the value of first impressions.
On July 10, my guest was Rory Moore, CEO, CommNexus talking about the success story of ecoATM, creating a non-profit incubator in San Diego and characteristics of a real entrepreneur.
Continuing on the theme of start-ups I talked with Chris Holbert, CEO, SecuraTrac about how sensors are enabling the creation of predictive models and actionable information for securing spaces and people.
On July 3, I talked with industry expert Michael Turk, President, Opinion Mover Strategies about collaboration, organizing, persuasion, and voter turnout. Michael also points out the role of political events in small towns.
Ben Tulchin, President, Tulchin Research and I discussed the Wendy Davis filibuster in the Texas State Senate, the viral campaign that resulted and whether access to unfiltered government in action is of interest to citizens.
On June 19 I talked with Steve Kovsky, Senior Digital Content Manager, Websense about sensors, big data, real-time analysis, and user interfaces.
Continuing with the theme of sensors, I talked with David Inns, CEO, GreatCall about their JitterBug solutions, helping the aging population stay healthy and mobile, and creating mobile services for medication management, rapid response, and keeping people independent.
On June 12 my first guest was Shaun Dakin, Founder and CEO, Stop Political Calls talking about the Personal Democracy Forum in NY, transparency, and the balance between security and personal privacy.
My second guest that day was Ben Tulchin, President, Tulchin Research talking about voter behavior, the LA mayoral race and whether privacy and security will be a campaign issue.
On June 5 my first guest was Ted Dhanik, CEO and Co-Founder, Engage:BDR talking about the LA mayoral race, targeting voters, online ads, and leveraging traditional media to win campaigns.
Local news was the subject with Scott Lewis, CEO, Voice of San Diego, who talked about building online communities, expectations for mobile access to news, and the value of debates and moderated discussions for candidates and elected officials.
On May 29, the subject was deploying technology around the world. My first guest was William Brindley, CEO, NetHope, talking about building broadband and mobile highways to strengthen societies, giving web access to refugee camps, and dealing with conflict resolution using social media.
My second guest was Dele Atanda, CEO and Author of Digitterian Tsunami: Web 3.0 & Rise of the NEO Citizen talking about empowering citizens, implications of the Arab Spring, and who owns personal data.
On May 22 I talked with Michael Horn, VP Research, Resonate Insights about voter views on immigration, getting beyond partisanship and finding out what really matters to voters.
My second guest was Chris Jennewein, Senior Regional Editor, Southern California, Patch.com talking about hyperlocal online communities, blending social media and web sites, and the value of local events to enhance online relationships.
On May 15 I talked with Nina Brown, Program Director, Business4Better about their community engagement events, encouraging corporate social responsibility, and collaborations between non-profits and corporations.
My second guest was Megan Kashner, Founder and CEO, Benevolent, an exhibitor at the Business4Better event. We talked about complimenting resources of non-profits to provide support on a local level, overcoming the digital divide for low income people, and getting donors more involved.
On May 8, we talked about social responsibility and my first guest was Sam Stern, Chief Communication Technologist MagnifyGood. We discussed how corporations are getting involved in their communities, creating a narrative for non-profits, and the need to demonstrate ROI on funds from donors. In the second half of the interview, Sam talked about his work with Modallic and the application of wireless healthcare to developing economies.
My second guest was Maya Gina Pirela, Southern California Regional Manager, EarthShare California with specifics about how environmental and conservation non-profit organizations are working together, structuring volunteer opportunities and green team networking.
My third guest was Patti Boman, Co-Chair, PFLAG, talking about advocating for gay, lesbian, and transgender people to promote equality, use of social media to provide support and mentoring, and the value of celebrity endorsements.
On May 1 my first guest was Matthew Dybwad, Partner, CRAFT Media Digital on lessons learned from their work on the Mia Love for Congress campaign, using online tools for fundraising, and creating effective web video.
My second guest was Lisa Grogan, President and CEO, TKF The Tariq Khamisa Foundation, talking about using social media to draw attention to solutions to youth violence, impact of celebrity endorsements on social media, and getting attention for fundraising efforts.
Digital Politics Radio pulled back the layers on big data, voter engagement, and digital campaigns with a wide variety of guests this spring.
On the April 24 show my first guest was Waldo Tibbetts, Director of Political and Advocacy Sales, Rocket Fuel talking about programmatic ad buying, message testing and recognizing the power of one-to-one marketing particularly when using real time bidding to fine tune the media plan.
I also talked with Linda Miles, Treasurer, St. Paul’s Foundation For International Reconciliation about their work to support marginalized women, asylum victims, and LGBT individuals by using social media, skype, email and web video. We also talked about the value of endorsements from the Elton John AIDS Foundation and other celebrities to raise awareness and funds.
On April 17 my guest was Nick Bowden, CEO, MindMixer talking about the need for engagement to build communities around issues and the variety of ways to interact with more individuals.
The topic shifted to community organizing with my guest Jamie McGonnigal, Community Engagement Manager, New Organizing Institute. We talked about the need for consistency in messaging, telling the narrative of a cause, the LGBT community prepares for the upcoming Supreme Court rulings and predicting what will go viral.
April 10 show included Becky Mancuso, Senior Digital Strategist, Brabender/Cox talking about traditional and digital strategies, online ad units that work, and perception of negative and humorous ads.
In the second half of the show I discussed with Matthew McMillian, President, BuzzMaker, his POLLIE awards from the American Association of Political Consultants, the 2012 gubernatorial race in Puerto Rico, and the expanding role of digital political strategists.
On March 27, the subject was multi-screen viewing and my first guest was Peter Pasi, Vice President, Collective Political. We talked about voter persuasion, interaction with ads throughout the day, maximizing cross screen experiences and mobile ads.
My second guest was Gary Arlen, Founder and President, Arlen Communications talking about distribution of video across multiple devices, real world and virtual relationships, and Internet taxation.
On March 20, the subject was accelerating time to market by outsourcing HR services and recognizing the value of employee benefits to remain competitive in the marketplace. Rick Iverson, Regional Consultant, TriNet described the new world of cloud based human capital management.
My second guest was Ben Katz, founder and CEO, Givalike, who continued the discussion about good corporate citizenship and growing employee loyalty, using social channels to raise money and awareness for small non-profits, and making it easier for people to contribute small amounts to favorite causes.
The show on March 13 turned to spectrum management in an interview with Michael Berg, communications lawyer who provided some details about how the FCC is managing spectrum needs of wireless and non-wireless providers, developing universal standards for broadcast and cable in light of mobile needs.
My second guest was Jeremy Duimstra, Co-Founder, MJD Interactive Agency addressing new media habits, improving the engagement experience, rewarding loyalty, and mobile apps and native ads.
Update on Digital Politics Radio guests since the first of the year. We will be following the top races in 2013 and many of the guests shared insights about 2012 races and expectations for 2013 and 2014 campaigns.
On March 6, my first guest was Brian Franklin, President, Impact Politics, who talked about the race he ran for Patrick Murphy against Allen West for the Congressional seat in Florida, the use of web video and how to take advantage of a campaign with a national audience.
My second guest was Chris Ruff, President and CEO, UIEvolution, talking about the recent Mobile World Congress, the rise of connected devices, improving the value of content and services particularly in the hospitality business, the growth of digital signs and wearable and specialized devices.
On February 27, my first guest was Jimmy Orr, Managing Editor Digital, Los Angeles Times who reflected on his days in the George W. Bush White House as the web guy responsible for making the Barney the First Dog web videos. We also talked about the need for transparency in political campaigns and the role of newspapers in covering a race.
Talking with Evan Sutton, Communications Director, New Organizing Institute, expanded the range of the show with a look at the future of the use of digital tools for mobilizing and organizing. Evan also explains how to tell the differences between a grassroots and AstroTurf campaign.
On February 13 I talked with Michael Pranikoff, Global Director of Emerging Media, PR Newswire about increasing visibility and engagement, role of citizen journalists, and the use of media around the world.
The subject was web sites and media strategies in my interview with Kari Butcher, Sr. VP Public Affairs, id Media. We also talked about getting beyond the silos in campaign management to communicate with people on the screen of their choice.
On the February 6 show I talked with Colin Delany, founder, ePolitics about how social media is the domain of niche interests, amplification of messages on social media, and how the Obama campaign placed ads on the web on obscure cable channels.
I continued the conversation with Curt Mercadante, Principal, Merc Strategy Group about ways to take advantage of live events using social media, reaching Baby Boomers on Facebook, targeting online ads, effective use of email to engage voters and finding low information voters online.
My other guest that day was Aaron Cuker, CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Cuker Interactive, talking about how the growing number of touch points means creating brand eco-systems around a consumer, strategies for mobile second screen experiences and the benefit of curated content.
On the January 23 show I talked with Waldo Tibbetts, Director of Political and Advocacy Sales, Rocket Fuel about targeting online ads, the ability to buy custom audiences across multiple screens driven by Big Data, real time bidding, the changing role of media buyers, and actionable data from predictive models.
We also got a preview of the South Carolina Congressional race from Phil Noble, President, PoliticsOnline. This race includes former Governor Mark Stanford, Ted Turner’s son Teddy, and Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, sister of Stephen Colbert. We also talked about lessons learned from the Obama campaign and grassroots efforts for down ballot races.
On January 16 my first guest was Carolyn Carlson, Founder, Carlson Political Consulting, discussing building, appending and refreshing contact lists, value of email, text messaging, and best practices for outreach to all voters as well as niche groups.
With the CEA event just concluded in Las Vegas, I had a chance to talk with Jim Barry, Media Spokesperson, Consumer Electronics Association about changes in our connected world, development of wireless health and wellness devices, entertainment anywhere, and convergence in hand held devices and growth of connected things.
On January 9, I heard from Scott Crider, Owner, Watchdog Causes about lessons learned by the Dogs Against Romney campaign, the power of dog owners, and how emotional appeals drive social media success.
My other guest was Francine Busby, Democratic leader here in San Diego, who talked about the importance of door-to-door and phone contact from candidates and volunteers in addition to any digital activities, the impact of digital capture devices and postings on social media, and initiatives to get more women to run for office.
To start the year off on January 2, I talked with Mark Bryant, VP Business Development and Stephanie Davari-Page, Director of Business Development, Resonate Insights, about finding persuadable voters online, pre-roll video and mobile ads, influencing public opinion with online persuasion, and targeting by values, attitudes and beliefs.
My other guest was Chris Massicotte, Partner, DSPolitical talking about new opportunities for advocacy targeting, promoting progressive issues online, cookie technology and targeting multiple screens to get out the vote.
Digital Politics Radio ended the year on a good note with winners and losers sharing thoughts about what happened on the digital front in 2012 with a look ahead to 2013 and 2014.
On December 19 my guests were Chris Ruff, President and CEO, UIEvolution who filled in some details about the world of connected cars and models for mobile discovery and ads.
I also talked with Amy Thoma, social media and public affairs expert with Stutzman Public Affairs about effective uses of social media in a national crisis, targeting supporters and voters online, and metrics of success for multiple screen usage.
On December 12, I was joined by Megan Cellucci, Senior Digital Strategist, CampaignGrid to talk about the newest wave of online ads related to the fiscal cliff, appropriate calls to action for causes and candidates, use of multiple screens, and big data.
Mobile business models was the topic with Adam Riggs-Zeigen, Chief Rocker, Rock My Run, and senior business development manager, Qualcomm. We talked about Adam’s start-up which packages digital music for specific activities, the importance of getting feedback from the target audience, and possibilities for monetizing mobile apps.
On December 5, my guest was Kate Kaye, Reporter-Data and Analytics, Advertising Age, who shared insights about the value of the Obama and Romney data bases of supporters, restrictions on tracking cookies for political purposes, and online targeting.
I also talked with Alex Cole, Vice President, Hattaway Communications, about word of mouth, creating value for an online audience, the importance of being first to break a story, and the impact of the explosion of mobile devices in the US and around the world.
On November 28, I discussed with Adam Halbridge, EVP, Parallel 6 the transition to mobile sites and apps from desktop browsers, capturing buyer behavior, geo-fencing, indoor navigation and push notifications.
My other guest was David Almacy, Senior Vice President, Edelman Washington DC. David reflected on web activities from Clinton to Bush to Obama, value of engaging voters on social nets, targeting messages across screens, and metrics of success.
On November 14, I checked in with Peter Pasi, Executive Vice President, emotive llc, about down ballot races in 2012, the importance of authentic messages from candidates, text to donate innovations, and the need for multiple touch points with voters.
My other guest was George Waller, Executive VP, Marketing, StrikeForce Technologies and expert on encryption and authentication. We talked about strategies for protecting enterprise resources in a bring your own device world, threats to Android and iOS devices from hackers, and identity theft.
On November 7 we celebrated the election with a chat with Shaun Dakin, Founder and CEO, Stop Political Calls with examples of the worst robo-calls in 2012 and regulations and enforcement of rules for political robo-calls to land lines and mobile devices.
My next guests were Cyrus Krohn, Co-Founder, Crowdverb and Charles Davis, CTO, Behavior Matrix talking about making sense of dynamic data from online activity, identifying trends in emotions that drive voters, and the changing relevance of traditional polls.
I also talked with Cyrus Krohn about how social media adds a new dimension to political strategies, the impact of multiple screens when trying to reach voters, and where all that money was spent by Republicans and SuperPACs in 2012.
Digital Politics Radio in October included industry experts from both the traditional and digital worlds. Themes this month were targeting online ads, value of social net activity, cross media campaigns, role of mobile devices and how voter behavior is changing.
On October 31, the guests were Steve Weddle, CEO and Billy Beltz, CMO, Volunteer Forever. We talked about their new solution for global and domestic volunteers that uses a crowdfunding approach enhanced with a strong social media dimension.
I talked with Catherine Calarco, CMO HeartMath about managing stress, their emWave Technology which allows you to monitor your heart rate and incorporates techniques for sustaining a positive frame of mind. Seemed like a good topic in light of Hurricane Sandy and the last weeks of the campaign.
On October 24 I talked with Rena Shapiro, Political Director, Pandora about selling digital audio ads, micro-targeting, buying traditional and digital media, cross media coordination and where money is being spent in 2012.
To hear from the traditional side of the media world I talked with Tom Erspamer, Director Political Advertising, LA Times who talked about the role of print and online newspapers in reaching voters, targeting minorities, and the influx of Super PAC money in 2012.
On October 17 I talked about last minute tactics with industry expert Ravi Singh, CEO, ElectionMall and he emphasized that it is never too late to reach voters. We talked about the current role of email and text messaging, the challenges for down ballot races to use digital tools, and protecting the reputation of candidates.
I talked with Michael Berg, communications lawyer, about rules for tv ad buys by Federal, state and local races as well as Super PACs and the responsibility that stations have to ensure that ads are accurate.
On October 10 my guest was Stacia O’Connor, co-founder, Fresh Digital Group who talked about a mobile app for a second screen experience they developed with ESPN and American Express for viewers who were watching the US Open tennis match on television.
Cami Zimmer, Campaign Touch, reviewed some of the action at the MobileCON event in San Diego with a focus on connected cars, telematics and the need for standards in the automotive industry to make sense of an interactive car environment.
I also talked with Steve Wildstrom, technology writer and analyst about the MobileCON show, the ways mobile devices are changing human behavior, promises on Windows 8 and implications of bring your own device (BYOD).
On October 3 I talked with John Bohan, Founder, Socialtyze, about the growth of social media, the significance of followers and fans, and understanding the purchase consideration period.
Keith Donner, EVP/Strategic Services at 50Blue talked about how direct mail compliments social media, strategies for reaching Spanish language voters, and changes in the campaign media mix.
I also talked that day with Tim Vickey, Founder, Level 671, about the growing interest in mobile by campaigns, attracting small donors with mobile strategies, use of online for fundraising, persuasion, GOTV, and the effectiveness of micro-targeting.
Time for an update on the most recent Digital Politics Radio shows from August and September. The political landscape has changed with the online coverage of the conventions, leaked videos that go viral, the rise of social media such as Facebook and Twitter and the explosion of smart mobile devices. My guests provide a wide range of insights on changes in voter behavior and targeting opportunities across all screens.
September 28 show included John Phillips, CEO Aristotle talking about their arrangement with Square to help campaigns get contributions on the go. We also talked about the new FCC rulings on political robo-calls to mobile phones.
The show also included Alex Treadway, COO/Senior VP Sales for The Daily Caller. We discussed the business of online advertising, metrics for evaluating online strategies, and how The Daily Caller is positioning itself as a news site for moderate conservatives and those that care what they think.
On September 19, I talked with Ryan Bettencourt, founder and CEO, Blurtopia, a San Diego based start-up with a solution that allows people to blurt out questions using their mobile devices to get quick responses from friends and strangers. This mobile app combines utility and entertainment and is an example of the next stage of peer-to-peer/crowd-sourcing solutions.
On the show that day I also talked with Colin Delany, founder ePolitics about the 47% video from Mitt Romney, how social media has changed the dialogue at conventions, and leveraging social media and email to connect with voters.
On September 12, I talked with Rich Masterson, Chairman, CampaignGrid about online political ads, targeting voters in state and local races, optimizing media budgets with integrated campaigns.
My other guest that day was Rishab Ghosh, Co-Founder and VP Research, Topsy Labs, who delves into the value of social data, the new dynamics of information sharing, meaning of online outrage, and metrics for making sense of social activity.
The month started with the September 5 show with Shervin Erfani, Founder and CEO, TexTango, another San Diego based start-up using the signature line of text and email to include promotions of brands, candidates, and causes.
Talking with Robert Sechrist, Director of New Media, Republican State Leadership Committee, provided insights into down ballot races, role of social media and online ads to leverage other media, and using Facebook and Twitter in state and local races to organize and rally supporters.
The August 29 show featured Eyal Goldwerger, CEO, TargetSpot talking about mobile use by Hispanics and African American audiences, listening patterns of web radio across all devices, and the trend of social engagement while listening to digital audio.
I also talked with Adriel Hampton, Chief Organizer, NationBuilder, about the Republican convention, merging traditional and digital solutions, and political organizing on social media.
On August 22 I was joined by Jordan Lieberman, Managing Director, CampaignGrid talking about rapid response, targeting online ads, and nationalization of campaigns.
Discussion switched to social media analytics and consequences of ignoring social buzz in the discussion with Jimmy Winter, Co-Founder, VoterTide.
On August 15 I talked with Chris Massicotte, Partner, DSPolitical about online ads, micro-targeting, the nationalization of campaigns and support of openly gay candidates.
I also talked that day with Eric Jaye, Founder and President, Storefront Political Media about positioning down ballot Democratic candidates, value of online and traditional ads to solidify the base and identify swing voters, and the need for an authentic voice from candidates.
On August 8 the topic was online fundraising with Peter Pasi, Executive VP, emotive. We talked about small donors, nationalization of campaigns, role of mobile and online ads, and the popularity of web video ads in campaign 2012.
I talked with Doug Robinson, CEO, Fresh Digital Group about how brands are engaging consumers on smart phones and tablets, integrating messages across multiple screens, and ways to engage voters of all ages on mobile devices.
On August 1 the topic was mobile and how consumers are interacting with smart phones and my guest was Derrik Dennis, Director of Sales and Business Development, Arbitron Mobile. We also discussed app usage, display and video ads in apps and on mobile sites and expected growth of smart devices around the world.
I also talked with Talbot Brooks, Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies about visualization of GIS data, how geo-spatial information promotes collaboration, and the importance of map reading skills.
Digital Politics Radio in July included a wide range of experts in targeting. On July 11 I talked with John Manoogian, Co-Founder 140 Proof and French Caldwell, VP and Gartner Fellow, Gartner Research. July 18th show included Russell Glass, CEO, Bizo and Stephen Alembik, Founder, SMA Communications and on the show on July 25 we heard from Sung Shin, VP Product Management, Resonate Insights.
On July 25 Sung Shin, Resonate Insights talked about targeting Independent and undecided voters by looking at the attitudes and values of voters in addition to consideration of traditional demographic groupings.
On July 18 Russell Glass, Bizo focused on targeting business professionals with a look at small business owners and the growing category of voters that embrace new technology in order to stay ahead of the competition.
I also heard from Steven Alembik, Founder, SMA Communications about data base matching, data mining, and complications of providing list of potential voters in light of redistricting shifts. Steve also talked about how the Super PACs are using voter files to target and persuade voters particularly in swing states.
On July 11 the topic shifted to the social media world and making sense of data on Facebook and Twitter to better target messages to voters. John Manoogian, 140 Proof talked about lessons learned from big brands using ads in the social stream, inclusion of video in social ads and multiplier impact of messages across all screens.
French Caldwell, Gartner, reviewed some research on the level of trust in politicians, government officials and corporations and delved into how social media is changing expectations for engagement and privacy in the age of transparency. French also pointed out the need to find influencers using social media to accelerate the spread of messages.
Digital Politics Radio ended June with a timely discussion about independent voters. Throughout the month I talked with experts on mobile, online ads and campaign strategy. On June 6 my guests were Ben Katz, JSX Inc, and Cami Zimmer, Campaign Touch. On June 13 I talked with Elise Simmons, BIA/Kelsey, on June 20 my guests were Bill Hillsman, North Woods Advertising and Chris Nolan, Spot-On, and on June 27 I was joined by Dan Schnur, Unruh Institute of Politics, USC and Shaun Dakin, Stop Political Calls.
In my conversation with Dan Schnur, Director, Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California we talked about Super PAC money, independent voters and candidates, how young voters perceive tv ads, and why it is so hard to change the way campaign are run.
Shaun Dakin, founder and CEO, Stop Political Calls talked with me about the perceived power of robocalls, benefit of phone banks, privacy concerns of voters, and the need to be able to limit intrusive political messages.
Bill Hillsman, President and Chief Creative Officer, North Woods Advertising and founder of Independent Voters of America talked about his efforts to give voice to independent voters, engaging voters online and the need for authenticity in political messaging. With his experience working with controversial candidates, Bill brings a wealth of experience to the discussion.
Chris Nolan, founder, Spot-On, talked about the value of online ads on local news sites, social media for field organizing and who is using mobile devices and how to reach them.
Elise Simmons, Research Analyst, BIA/Kelsey commented on her research about traditional and digital political ads, trends in mobile advertising, impact of negative ads, and the need to invest in better measurements of success.
Interview with Elise Simmons
Interview continues with Elise Simmons
Ben Katz, CEO, JSX Inc. talked about lessons learned in the San Diego primary election, confusion from redistricting and efforts for voter suppression.
Cami Zimmer, President, Campaign Touch, provided an update about the Wisconsin Recall Election and particularly how mobile ads were part of the mix to turnout the vote.