pawlenty-video

Likely GOP Candidate's New Video More Like Action Flick Trailer

  |  January 31, 2011   |  Comments

Tim Pawlenty is a likely 2012 GOP presidential candidate. Last year his PAC spent over $100,000 with firms like Facebook, Google, and Mixpo.

Is it a Hollywood theatrical trailer or a political web video? An ad for a book or the launch of a presidential candidacy? Whatever it is, likely 2012 GOP presidential primary candidate Tim Pawlenty's new video packs a punch.

The video, says Tim Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC, is intended to promote his new book, which like the video is titled, "Courage to Stand." But that may not be entirely clear to viewers of the minute-and-a-half-long compilation of iconic American imagery set to a score of symphonic bluster, explosive sounds, and stirring rhetoric from Pawlenty.

More akin to the theatrical trailers for flicks like "Black Hawk Down" and "Independence Day" than standard candidate talking head YouTube fare, the video features footage of U.S. sailors returning home from war, The Statue of Liberty, military fighter jets, The Capitol Building, and the New York City skyline, interspersed with closely-cropped shots of gritty American workers, glum-looking children, and Pawlenty himself.

"If prosperity were easy, everybody around the world would be prosperous. If freedom were easy, everybody around the world would be free," declares Pawlenty. An explosion is heard as a painting of George Washington and his revolutionary soldiers appears on the screen. "Valley Forge wasn't easy. Going to the moon wasn't easy. Settling the west wasn't easy," Pawlenty reminds us, as a symphony reaches a crescendo.

Pawlenty unveiled the video at a Merrimack County Republican campaign event in New Hampshire, the stomping ground of all serious presidential primary contenders. Since it launched on January 24, the video had been viewed on YouTube around 130,000 times as of midday January 30, and has also garnered coverage on television.

In another web video launched January 24, featuring a more-typical close-up of the candidate in his home discussing campaign platform ideas, former Senator for Virginia George Allen announced his own candidacy for the seat he lost in 2006. The video - which also included a shot of The Statue of Liberty - concluded with Allen's tagline, "Stay Strong for Freedom."

"The video sort of speaks for itself," said Alex Conant, Freedom First PAC's communications director, of the Pawlenty video. "It's intended to be fun and it's intended to promote the book." The voiceover in the video is taken from a speech Pawlenty gave at the National Press Club earlier in January.

When asked about details regarding the video's creation, Conant said he would not reveal "the mechanics" of the video. He was also careful not to categorize it as a campaign video, saying only that Pawlenty is "seriously considering running for president and will make a decision in the coming weeks."

"We've invested a lot of time and resources into having the best online presence we can," said Conant, who works closely with the PAC's new media team.

Pawlenty, former Minnesota Governor, created the Freedom First PAC to help Republican candidates running in the 2010 midterms. According to the PAC's Federal Election Commission filings, analyzed by ClickZ News, the organization spent more than $85,000 on online ads between August and late October 2010. In-banner video ad network Mixpo received $40,000, while display network Resonate Networks garnered $20,000. Google grabbed around $8,000, and Facebook received more than double Google's earnings - around $17,000. A portion of that may have gone towards a live streaming Townhall event Pawlenty held on Facebook in March, the first of its kind.

In addition to spending online to back GOP congressional contenders, Pawlenty even ran ads online for himself - despite the fact that he wasn't running for office in 2010. A display ad paid for by Freedom First PAC that ran in 2010 compared Pawlenty's fiscal record to that of Barack Obama:

timpawlenty

After establishing the PAC in 2009, the team began work with Republican digital consulting firm Engage, said Conant, adding that Engage has provided "strategic advice on how to use social media to build our online base of support." The PAC paid Engage around $25,000 for those services between July and the end of October 2010, according to FEC reports.

ClickZ Live Toronto Twitter Canada MD Kirstine Stewart to Keynote Toronto
ClickZ Live Toronto (May 14-16) is a new event addressing the rapidly changing landscape that digital marketers face. The agenda focuses on customer engagement and attaining maximum ROI through online marketing efforts across paid, owned & earned media. Register now and save!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kate Kaye

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.

COMMENTSCommenting policy

comments powered by Disqus

ClickZ Today is our #1 newsletter. Get a daily dose of digital marketing.

COMMENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS

Featured White Papers

ion Interactive Marketing Apps for Landing Pages White Paper

Marketing Apps for Landing Pages White Paper
Marketing apps can elevate a formulaic landing page into a highly interactive user experience. Learn how to turn your static content into exciting marketing apps.

eMarketer: Redefining Mobile-Only Users: Millions Selectively Avoid the Desktop

Redefining 'Mobile-Only' Users: Millions Selectively Avoid the Desktop
A new breed of selective mobile-only consumers has emerged. What are the demos of these users and how and where can marketers reach them?

Jobs

    • Contact Center Professional
      Contact Center Professional (TCC: The Contact Center) - Hunt ValleyLooking to join a workforce that prides themselves on being routine and keeping...
    • Recruitment and Team Building Ambassador
      Recruitment and Team Building Ambassador (Agora Inc.) - BaltimoreAgora, www.agora-inc.com, continues to expand! In order to meet the needs of our...
    • Design and Publishing Specialist
      Design and Publishing Specialist (Bonner and Partners) - BaltimoreIf you’re a hungry self-starter, creative, organized and have an extreme...