January 17, 2017The Westin Georgetown


After the Earthquake: The Great Data Meltdown of Campaign ‘16

Campaign 2016 surely upended all common understanding of who we are as a nation. But at the same time did it also cast serious doubt on the methods of modern analytics and marketing? Polling was often scandalously off. Data-driven ground games and massive TV buys delivered questionable returns. And our database understanding of who and how many would vote proved murky at best. Was this a failure of data or its practitioners? In either case, should this election make all data driven marketers in and out of politics re-think the accuracy and value of the “laser-like targeting?”

The fourth annual MediaPost Marketing Politics event will be marketer’s first draft of Campaign ’16 history. This was supposed to be the election cycle where digital channels and data-driven models that now dominate all consumer marketing showed their mettle in politics? Was this a failure of those technologies and approaches or just a reminder of their limitations? Are there larger lessons here, perhaps even early warning signs, for all consumer marketing tech? 


We will ask:  

  • Was Campaign -16 a meltdown of data-driven consumer profiling?
  • Did TV and online video, especially hyper-targeted and programmatic inventory – really matter this cycle? 
  • How did parties, PACs and campaigns leverage those infamous data war chests they had been stuffing in recent years? 
  • What drove the digital fundraising juggernaut on national and local levels?
  • All social platforms offered election year products, but did any perform for campaign?
  • What role and funding did digital teams enjoy this cycle? How were they organized, optimized, assessed? 

Featured Speakers

Marketing: Politics 2017 Participants Include:


In the 2016 edition of Mediapost’s Marketing: Politics we focused on the key decision points political marketers would encounter in the coming election about how best to deploy the big data and nano-focused targeting technology that would power what may be the first digitally-powered election of our time.

We explored:

  • How did and will digital investments prove their ROI for campaigns compared to other channels?
  • How will 2016 campaign budgets accommodate data and digital ad projects?
  • Making the data matter. Best uses for the voter profiles and prioritizing data-driven projects.
  • Bridging the messaging gap: customizing content as precisely as the data and targeting parse the voter base
  • Leveraging digital to achieve the ultimate KPI – impacting turnout
  • Thinking beyond 2016 and the challenge of activating digital native Millennials


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Conference Content Programmer

Steve SmithSenior Editor, MediaPost

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