View a Q&A with Jonah Seiger, lead digital strategist for Bloomberg's 2009 campaign at Social Media Week, an event sponsored by ClickZ and held in conjunction with Personal Democracy Forum.
Mike Bloomberg's 2009 mayoral campaign had a luxury few election campaigns do: no need to fundraise. However, while money was less of a concern for the New York City Mayor's re-election team, lead digital strategist Jonah Seiger was dedicated to measuring success of online search and display advertising, and even social media interaction.
"Unlike the traditional political campaign, we were not soliciting contributions. In many ways, that made our job a lot harder," said Seiger during last week's Social Media Week event sponsored by ClickZ, and held in conjunction with Personal Democracy Forum. "I think it's easier to get people engaged in a campaign when they're making a personal investment out of their pocket."
Seiger and the campaign recognized the importance of Facebook and Twitter to build engagement and propel get-out-the-vote efforts. And, they used a variety of measurement methods to help gauge the connection between online engagement and real-world votes. The practice of measuring social media's impact on voting is still quite young, and will surely become more sophisticated even during the next big round of mid-term elections later this year. But Seiger's presentation, featured in the video below, offers a glimpse into how Bloomberg '09 handled it.
Following the presentation, I had the opportunity, along with Andrew Rasiej of Personal Democracy Forum, to speak with Seiger about the digital campaign. The discussion was one both social media and political junkies will appreciate - and hopefully learn from.
Follow Kate Kaye on Twitter at @LowbrowKate.
Subscribe to ClickZ's Politics & Advocacy News RSS feed.
Revolutionize your digital marketing campaigns at ClickZ Live San Francisco (August 10-12)!
Educating marketers for over 15 years, our action-packed, educationally-focused agenda offers 9 tracks to cover every aspect of digital marketing. Join over 500 digital marketers and expert speakers from leading brands. Register today!
Kate Kaye was Managing Editor at ClickZ News until October 2012. As a daily reporter and editor for the original news source, she covered beats including digital political campaigns and government regulation of the online ad industry. Kate is the author of Campaign '08: A Turning Point for Digital Media, the only book focused on the paid digital media efforts of the 2008 presidential campaigns. Kate created ClickZ's Politics & Advocacy section, and is the primary contributor to the one-of-a-kind section. She began reporting on the interactive ad industry in 1999 and has spoken at several events and in interviews for television, radio, print, and digital media outlets. You can follow Kate on Twitter at @LowbrowKate.
US Consumer Device Preference Report
Traditionally desktops have shown to convert better than mobile devices however, 2015 might be a tipping point for mobile conversions! Download this report to find why mobile users are more important then ever.
E-Commerce Customer Lifecycle
Have you ever wondered what factors influence online spending or why shoppers abandon their cart? This data-rich infogram offers actionable insight into creating a more seamless online shopping experience across the multiple devices consumers are using.