LCB Political Consulting
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leading political consulting firm...
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METHODS OF WORK

  We have a variety of methods of work, each of them used according to the consultant’s time allotted. In the most intensive, and the most expensive method, the consultant works full time, on site, from the beginning of the campaign up to the day of election. There is, however, a set of subsidiary or complementary methods. It should be remembered that a wide range of campaign contents can be covered via Internet. The opening survey can be designed and the campaign bases can be received by computer. These bases can be statistically processed and analyzed using the SPSS program, conclusions can be come to, other data added, campaign strategy defined and designed, working guidelines can be drawn up, and texts, speeches, messages and spots can be written.  We can send and receive jingles and radio spots in mp3 or wav format, photographs and graphic designs in .jpg or other formats, and images and television spots in mp4 or avi, etc. One interesting option, too, involves being physically present part of the time while undertaking distance work the rest of the time. The whole range of combinations are, in principle, possible.  To be able to carry on examining the possibility of creating a professional link between us we are especially interested in you being able to define your needs, your movement’s political identity, and its political, organizational and economic resources. In this way we can draw nearer to defining the ideal format and method  of consultation for your needs and objectives. 

Our firm offers a general consulting service for elections

We work on a large number of campaigns for different parties in countries throughout Latin America, Africa and Europe. Each campaign is unique, each strategy is tailor-made, and each country’s social and cultural context has its own particular characteristics. Within this diversity, however, we stick to a model and a method of work that are largely the same for every country. This page aims to give you an insight into our methodology. We are also flexible enough to be able to recognize and deal with special cases that need their own, specific solutions.  Point 1.  Agreement on and drawing up of the rules of the game between the client and the consultant.  A verbal agreement, the drawing up in fine details of the rules of the game between the client and the consultant, with all agreements, objectives, tasks, assignment of time, logistics, work plan and economic conditions being defined in an explicit way. The signing of a contract or written agreement where the conditions of the client- consultant relations are set out. It is essential that we get down to work only after having come to a clear, precise agreement, in which each party’s expectations of the other are spelt out, and where, in plain terms, we state the method of work, objectives, means of assessing the scope of those objectives, use of the consultant’s time, general plan of activities and all the practical details of the consultation. 

Point 2. Initial stage of the campaign consultation work.

The first task that the consultant carries out is a Socio-

Political Diagnostic (SPD) of the context in which they are

going to work. This diagnostic is performed with the aid

of qualitative and quantitative opinion polls, in addition

to a statistical analysis of all data available, the results of

previous elections and so on.

We do not carry out public opinion polls, although we do

look directly at the development of qualitative opinion

studies, focus groups and others. The way in which we

work is to rely on the best local consulting firms, those

which are most reliable. With the help of those

companies (which both client and consultant should feel

confident with) we create a large-scale study of grass-

roots opinion, covering a large number of cases, with

which we can reach valid conclusions, cross-check

variables and make in-depth statistical analysis.

From the qualitative studies, from the quantitative

(grass-roots) survey, from the statistical analysis of the

available data, and from a campaign-view analysis of this

data we draw up an initial, general diagnostic (SPD). And

on the basis of this diagnostic we will later build up the

general campaign strategy.    

Point 3.  The campaign’s core: strategy.  

After producing a socio-political diagnostic of voters we

design a campaign strategy. This strategy is going to

provide us with a set of definitions and will form the

guidelines for our actions in four areas. We are going to

define the Message  (in its dimensions of argument and

image), we are going to define which are the Target

Groups we will aim at in each stage of the campaign, we

also define which Media we will use and, finally, we

assign the use of Time, in which moments of the

campaign we will use each of the contents.

This strategy is written down. We use it to direct and

construct the election campaign. It is our road map, our

flight plan, our compass.  

Point 4.  Putting our strategy into practice.

Strategy is brought down to working terms on various

levels, and these should be backed up by a good

Organization plan.

Firstly there is a Production area. Here is where we

produce campaign materials. The printed material,

posters, candidate’s campaign picture, logos and graphic

identity, the slogan, jingle, radio and television spots.

This is the area which was traditionally occupied by an

advertising agency.

We do not work with advertising agencies but with

production companies. Or at least with agencies that

understand that they should not create an implicit

parallel strategy based solely on advertising criteria. At

our firm the consultant defines the concepts of

communication based on strategy, directs the photos of

the candidate, supervises and coordinates graphic

creation, and together with the creative artists thinks up

the text and images to be used in the radio and

television spots.

The consultant builds up the production of the message

based on image and argument. They give the candidate

media coaching, advise him or her on their media

presentations and bring up talking points for their radio

or television performances. They put together the

concepts lying behind the candidate’s speeches and

frequently write them.

There is a Press section. The consultant puts together a

press team and hands out roles and functions. They

create a “war room” of tactical evaluation meetings for

monitoring the campaign, in order to take swift

decisions and to communicate with and operate in the

press in a highly efficient manner. Information relevant

to the campaign is gathered here, both the information

regarding our side and that which refers to our

opponents. 

Point 5.  The organization.

The organization should supposedly be a resource to be

developed independently from the consultant’s work.

There is, however, a store-house of practical knowledge

held by the consultant that can enhance the efficiency of

a party’s organization.

Our firm organizes training conferences on campaign

tactics that can be useful for increasing the efficiency of

a political organization’s members during an election

campaign. We also offer guidelines on how to organize

rallies, stands, miscellaneous technical support, the

structure of teams for the candidate’s tours and so on.  

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Your victory starts here... Welcome to the
leading political consulting firm...
© 2015 LCB - Political Consulting

Consulting

METHODS OF WORK

  We have a variety of methods of work, each of them used according to the consultant’s time allotted. In the most intensive, and the most expensive method, the consultant works full time, on site, from the beginning of the campaign up to the day of election. There is, however, a set of subsidiary or complementary methods. It should be remembered that a wide range of campaign contents can be covered via Internet. The opening survey can be designed and the campaign bases can be received by computer. These bases can be statistically processed and analyzed using the SPSS program, conclusions can be come to, other data added, campaign strategy defined and designed, working guidelines can be drawn up, and texts, speeches, messages and spots can be written.  We can send and receive jingles and radio spots in mp3 or wav format, photographs and graphic designs in .jpg or other formats, and images and television spots in mp4 or avi, etc. One interesting option, too, involves being physically present part of the time while undertaking distance work the rest of the time. The whole range of combinations are, in principle, possible.  To be able to carry on examining the possibility of creating a professional link between us we are especially interested in you being able to define your needs, your movement’s political identity, and its political, organizational and economic resources. In this way we can draw nearer to defining the ideal format and method  of consultation for your needs and objectives. 

Our firm offers a general

consulting service for elections

We work on a large number of campaigns for different parties in countries throughout Latin America, Africa and Europe. Each campaign is unique, each strategy is tailor-made, and each country’s social and cultural context has its own particular characteristics. Within this diversity, however, we stick to a model and a method of work that are largely the same for every country. This page aims to give you an insight into our methodology. We are also flexible enough to be able to recognize and deal with special cases that need their own, specific solutions.  Point 1.  Agreement on and drawing up of the rules of the game between the client and the consultant.  A verbal agreement, the drawing up in fine details of the rules of the game between the client and the consultant, with all agreements, objectives, tasks, assignment of time, logistics, work plan and economic conditions being defined in an explicit way. The signing of a contract or written agreement where the conditions of the client-consultant relations are set out. It is essential that we get down to work only after having come to a clear, precise agreement, in which each party’s expectations of the other are spelt out, and where, in plain terms, we state the method of work, objectives, means of assessing the scope of those objectives, use of the consultant’s time, general plan of activities and all the practical details of the consultation. 

Point 2. Initial stage of the

campaign consultation work.

The first task that the consultant carries out is a

Socio-Political Diagnostic (SPD) of the context in

which they are going to work. This diagnostic is

performed with the aid of qualitative and

quantitative opinion polls, in addition to a statistical

analysis of all data available, the results of previous

elections and so on.

We do not carry out public opinion polls, although

we do look directly at the development of

qualitative opinion studies, focus groups and

others. The way in which we work is to rely on the

best local consulting firms, those which are most

reliable. With the help of those companies (which

both client and consultant should feel confident

with) we create a large-scale study of grass-roots

opinion, covering a large number of cases, with

which we can reach valid conclusions, cross-check

variables and make in-depth statistical analysis.

From the qualitative studies, from the quantitative

(grass-roots) survey, from the statistical analysis of

the available data, and from a campaign-view

analysis of this data we draw up an initial, general

diagnostic (SPD). And on the basis of this diagnostic

we will later build up the general campaign

strategy.    

Point 3.  The campaign’s core:

strategy.  

After producing a socio-political diagnostic of voters

we design a campaign strategy. This strategy is

going to provide us with a set of definitions and will

form the guidelines for our actions in four areas.

We are going to define the Message  (in its

dimensions of argument and image), we are going

to define which are the Target Groups we will aim

at in each stage of the campaign, we also define

which Media we will use and, finally, we assign the

use of Time, in which moments of the campaign we

will use each of the contents.

This strategy is written down. We use it to direct

and construct the election campaign. It is our road

map, our flight plan, our compass.  

Point 4.  Putting our strategy into

practice.

Strategy is brought down to working terms on

various levels, and these should be backed up by a

good Organization plan.

Firstly there is a Production area. Here is where we

produce campaign materials. The printed material,

posters, candidate’s campaign picture, logos and

graphic identity, the slogan, jingle, radio and

television spots. This is the area which was

traditionally occupied by an advertising agency.

We do not work with advertising agencies but with

production companies. Or at least with agencies

that understand that they should not create an

implicit parallel strategy based solely on advertising

criteria. At our firm the consultant defines the

concepts of communication based on strategy,

directs the photos of the candidate, supervises and

coordinates graphic creation, and together with the

creative artists thinks up the text and images to be

used in the radio and television spots.

The consultant builds up the production of the

message based on image and argument. They give

the candidate media coaching, advise him or her on

their media presentations and bring up talking

points for their radio or television performances.

They put together the concepts lying behind the

candidate’s speeches and frequently write them.

There is a Press section. The consultant puts

together a press team and hands out roles and

functions. They create a “war room” of tactical

evaluation meetings for monitoring the campaign,

in order to take swift decisions and to

communicate with and operate in the press in a

highly efficient manner. Information relevant to the

campaign is gathered here, both the information

regarding our side and that which refers to our

opponents. 

Point 5.  The organization.

The organization should supposedly be a resource

to be developed independently from the

consultant’s work. There is, however, a store-house

of practical knowledge held by the consultant that

can enhance the efficiency of a party’s organization.

Our firm organizes training conferences on

campaign tactics that can be useful for increasing

the efficiency of a political organization’s members

during an election campaign. We also offer

guidelines on how to organize rallies, stands,

miscellaneous technical support, the structure of

teams for the candidate’s tours and so on.  

Contact us: lcb@costabonino.com