I'm taking the early train to DC tomorrow morning for a series of meetings in Crystal City, VA so I have political advertising on my mind. Before I close down for the night (I need to wake up at 5:30 AM), a couple of random thoughts....
- Have I told you how awesome it is to have a meeting with Meg Whitman of eBay fame? We had another one today and every time she has something to say I always just smile. It is kind of like having a guardian online advertising angel overlooking what you do.
- I've seen a lot of chatter online lately regarding a few of our McCain online ads we've launched recently. The only report that seems worthwhile is this one over at Politico. People who think the ad in question is nasty need a history lesson in political advertising. As flash ads go, this one is brilliant.
- Google is a political advertiser's best friend and if you haven't tapped into them at any level you need to hand in your political marketing membership card.
- I get asked a lot what website I read for political news besides JohnMcCain.com. So, here's my short list of must reads everyday. If you have a good site you think I'm missing drop me a note...
- McCain Google news feed - you cant go a day without it
- The Next Right - a collection of right bloggers who just started this site. Mostly inside baseball stuff but sometimes very interesting
- The Hotline - political scoop
- The Politico's Jonathan Martin - Great mix of news, marketing, and inside baseball
- Kung Fu Quip - fired up commentary by Bush-Cheney's former eCampaign director
- Marc Ambinder - you want political scoop? Marc is your guy.
- Electoral Vote - I remembered this site from 2004. Internet cheese but always liked the electoral map and the way it integrates polls. Sure Real Clear Politics is probably your #1 source, but sometimes I like going old-school internet without the online ads.
- National Review - a main source for political news
- Townhall - a good aggregation of political and national news from a variety of sources and bloggers
- Redstate - if anything is happening in the conservative blogosphere it starts and ends with Redstate.
- You'll notice that I left off plenty of well known sites and bloggers, but this is my short list of must reads everyday. One in particular however, I never read on my own unless prompted by a friend. That's the NY Times. I stopped reading them a long time ago and after their hit jobs on Senator McCain I go out of ny way to avoid them (WSJ works much better for finance and national news). I don't go there for any type of news - sports, politics, dining out, book reviews. Nothing unless it is properly vetted by friends before it is sent on.
That's it for today. See you when I get back home (tomorrow night).