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Tips for Getting The Most From Your Campaign Yard Signs

Aug 22, 2008
Campaign yard signs are typically the first form of advertisement voters see. Having a successful sign placement strategy is vital to make sure the money spent has a substantial impact on the voters. Name recognition is a high priority for candidates and political lawn signs are very effective if used properly.

Voting Area Maps

Acquire a map of the voting area. Useful maps are typically available from government planning and printing offices. Often, the maps can be downloaded off the internet from government websites. These maps are useful in determining important road intersections and busy traffic locations where campaign yard signs should be placed.

Most state and county transportation departments provide maps and data indicating the average daily traffic numbers in the area. Mapping software is also available which provides census statistics plotted on political districts. The software makes it easier to locate the important voter blocs.

Campaign Yard Signs Rules

Cities and counties have their own rules regarding signs, including the placement of them. Make sure everyone involved with the campaign yard signs is aware of the rules. For example, most areas require that election lawn signs be placed at least ten feet from the road. Also, some homeowner's associations have rules and limitations concerning political signs.

Finding Locations

High traffic areas are obvious locations for campaign yard signs. Also, have volunteers call supporters and ask for permission to place a sign on their property. An effective strategy is to contact your political party, retired politicians and candidates from the same political party who are campaigning in the district and ask them for names of supporters who allow political lawn signs on their property.

Reducing Voter Boredom

After a while, voters driving by the same signs at the same locations tend to not pay attention to the campaign lawn signs. Campaigns can shake things up by exchanging a large sign at a location for an existing small sign. Adding more signs to the location can also grab the attention of voters.

Another useful strategy is to place some of your bigger election signs next to your competitor's small signs. It has the affect of making the candidate with the big sign look more powerful and important.

Placing a vast number of election lawn signs in the candidate's voting area is an effective strategy for increasing name recognition, however if too many signs are crammed in a specific area, voters can become slightly annoyed by the bombardment of all the signs and it can have a negative affect on them.

Even in these days of high technology, campaign yard signs are an effective way of increasing name recognition and improving the chances of winning the election.
About the Author
Author is a freelance copywriter. For more information on campaign signs and custom yard signs, visit http://www.CampaignPros.com.
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