Better Walk Lists: Building Custom Report Formats

Categories: Campaign Advice • Published on December 3, 2013 at 1:27 AM

Wellik Block WalkIn the previous article, Building Better Walk Lists, we discussed the out-of-box formats that come with VAN (specifically TexasVAN.com) and some of the essential ingredients to that format.  In this article, we are going to follow-up on that theme and discuss how to create custom Report Formats.  These formats can be easier to read by walkers, and help eliminate some confusion that can occur in the field.  This article is part of an ongoing series designed to share knowledge on how to make field operations more efficient by using specific features in VAN.  Future articles will discuss adding campaign-specific data to walk sheets and replacing traditional paper walk sheets with tablets. Read More


Building Better Walk Lists

Categories: Campaign Advice • Published on November 14, 2013 at 11:29 PM

Obama2008CanvassingPreparationWalk Lists are key to any field campaign, but sometimes their design and formatting is the most easily overlooked item in the campaign.  A good report format can mean the difference between getting actionable information from field staff or causing confusion with those knocking doors for the campaign.  This article is the first in a series discussing the basic walk lists that come from VAN, and how to improve upon them to make them easier to understand by everyone on the campaign.  It should be noted that this and other articles focus on TexasVAN.com so there may be some slight variations if you are using VAN from another State Party or through a Political Action Committee (PAC). Read More


Robocalls: What’s legal? What’s not?

Categories: Campaign Advice • Published on August 30, 2012 at 8:11 PM

RobocallsLast week we discussed recent changes to robocalls in VAN.  While everyone may despise getting robocalls, they have become a part of modern-day political campaigns and need to be understood.  I have put together the following article as a primer to help answer some common questions about robocalls and the legalities that surround them.  I should stress that this article is based on Texas laws and regulations, so not all information below may not apply to performing robocalls in other states.  I should state for disclaimer purposes that while I work with political campaigns, I am not a lawyer and it is always a good idea to seek your own legal counsel. Read More