The recent municipal elections were very interesting to me as they are a pure, focused marketing effort. I am also happy to note that of the three candidates I helped with their online presences, one of them did get elected. Congratulations Catherine King!
Of course, now that people have been elected, the election itself is starting to fade from the public's mind. That's well and good, but what about the candidates in the NEXT election? When should they be starting to think about getting elected the next time around?
The answer is, of course - NOW.
In much the same way that the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, getting elected in four years means starting now. Building the relationships and network that will enable you to make a successful run at elected office takes time and is not something you do in the course of a few months.
For those of you who are in business, you are potentially getting elected tomorrow, or the next day. Your election is "new business" and every day you need to be building relationships and growing your network of influence. When the time comes for your election - which could be any day now - you'll be in a better position than your less-prepared competition.
Oh wait - there's a good chance your competition's getting prepared as well. You'd better get out there and start shaking hands and kissing babies NOW.