What Google Tells Us About Florida

Anyone who wonders if their message is being heard needs to look further than Google as an effective metric. After nearly ten straight days of the Romney campaign working to change the narrative in Florida, here’s the top searches in Florida related to Gingrich:

Taking a Look at Romney’s Social Strategy

Some of the Romney campaign’s social strategy is revealed in this profile of Zac Moffatt in The Atlantic. It’s clear that the 2008 Obama campaign completely reset the rules for campaigning, both in the primary season and the general election. There’s no doubt that 2008 Obama looked at the apparatus that Karl Rove had built for Bush in 2004 and decided to take it to the next level.

While it’s not clear if Romney can do the same in 2012, there are a lot of great lessons to be learned from examining what they are trying to do.

It’s particularly interesting to note that Romney — like Obama in 2008 — operates a digital campaign in multiple dimensions.

Romney’s strategy requires homing in on people we’re they live online — and often, in 2012, they can only be reached online. “We call them off-the-gridders,” says Moffatt. “We buy advertising for people who don’t watch live television any more. We have to find ways to get them to watch our video online. We have an active engagement with Hulu, with YouTube. We’re seeing that again and again in our polling and focus tests: people haven’t been seeing our TV spots, but they know what they are, because they’ve seen them on Hulu. It’s a testament to a new model of consumption. Governor Romney gets it. He’s on the road all the time. He doesn’t get to sit in front of the TV. He has his iPad, and when he gets home, he probably has a DVR that lets him skip ads. How else would we get to him?”

Gone are the days when campaigns can simply slap up a website with some photos, white papers, and a form to sign-up for an e-mail newsletter subscription. In swing states, the battle for votes at such a micro-level is almost mind-boggling.

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The Changing Face of the Internet

Learning curve must be much steeper than your action curve. You have to be paying attention, learning and watching.

Jeffrey Cole (via Dave Martin)

Kravens on Ratings

We really don’t sell on the ratings here. We position the station as a male-dominated format that drives results for advertisers. I don’t believe [the ratings] when they’re up, and I don’t believe them when they’re down. We have been and continue to be in a solid position, and there’s no reason to believe any of that will change.

John Cravens,
president and general manager of ESPN 1000, WMVP-AM

The Reports of Radio’s Death are Greatly Exaggerated

From USA Today this week:

An average of 241.6 million people 12 and older listened to conventional radio stations each week last year, an increase of 2.1 million over 2009 — and up 4.9% vs. 2005, according to an annual study that media and marketing research company Arbitron released Monday.