If I was searching for confirmation that Australia is digitally prehistoric I certainly found it when I dropped by the CampaignTech East conference last week in Washington, DC.
CampaignTech East brings together some of the movers and shakers in the political digital space in the US – and it was a great opportunity to connect.
Last year I attended “Art of Political Campaigning” conference – held by the same organisation – but with a broader focus that encompassed mail, digital, advertising, fundraising, finance, field and candidate management etc. It was a great introduction into the world of US campaigns and really highlighted the difference in our political cultures.
Campaign Tech East was really different – I found it to be like a frenzy of political consultants, congregating at the Washington Marriott to discuss the politics of politics.
That said there were some really great and engaging panellists that I personally gained a lot of value from particularly:
- Anthony Bellotti from Campaign Solutions
- Vincent Harris from Harris Media, LLC
- Brian Donahue from CRAFT
The presentations have definitely prompted me to refocus on a few key areas and I’ve been doing some work on while I continue on my travels.
I’ll also be following up with some of the speakers as I continue my way through the mid-west en route to LA. I’ll keep you posted!