» posted on Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 at 3:03 pm by Brighid Brown
How to Make a Campaign Button
It is still just April, some 6+ months away from Election Day, but do not be lulled into a false sense of security.
If you are a candidate running for office, you do not have “plenty of time” to sit idly by without getting your name out there. Similarly, if you are planning to promote the cause of a candidate, the right time to start is now…not later.
That’s why we are here posting this in April. While all candidates and campaigns are different and unique in their own way, there is one constant throughout every campaign: the need for campaign buttons!
As you might have guessed, we know a little something about this topic. So let’s discuss how to make a campaign button.
Obviously creating customized graphics in an important component of successful campaign button making. YOU are the one running office, so you can’t use someone else’s buttons, buy them ready-made from a store, or simply use generic graphics. The goal of the campaign button is to have one more vehicle for getting YOUR name (or your candidate’s name) out there.
Luckily for you, we make this extremely easy to do.
Our Series One campaign button design CD provides multitudes of templates that can be opened using virtually any graphics program and are ready for your photo, your name, the office you’re running for, and even a slogan. This CD is the perfect tool for creating professional, memorable, effective campaign buttons.
In fact, Series One has 180 different templates for you to use for a variety of different button sizes. If you like options, you can also get Series Two and Series Three, both of which contain 180 more campaign button templates each. In total, that is 540 campaign button templates to choose from, which means there is literally something for everyone.
After you have your template chosen and customized, this tutorial video will help you to print efficiently by showing you how to copy the graphic across the entire page.
Once you have your graphics all ready to go and printed out, you need a button machine and button making supplies to turn the graphics into campaign buttons that are ready for the trail! We’ve got you covered.
At our main website, we offer a variety of campaign button making systems for you to choose from. You can choose the 2.25″ campaign button making system, the 3″ campaign button making system, or the 3.5″ campaign button making system, and each one comes with all of the following:
- Professional Button Maker Machine
- 500 Complete Pin Back Button Sets
- A Punch Cutter
- Button Essentials Design CD
- Political Button Designs Series One CD*
- Each system also includes complete instructions on how to make buttons and our lifetime warranty against defects!
* – As you can see, the Series One campaign button design CD comes included in our campaign button maker kits.
In fact, with both the 3″ and 3.5″ machines, you are getting the only machine available of its size that makes buttons using regular computer paper or thicker “photographic” material. Thus, while you may be investing in the campaign button making system specifically for this year’s campaign, it will be an asset with the functional versatility to make a lot of great, varied buttons in the future.
We also have plenty of free resources, like this video about how to make pinback buttons, to help you out with the actual logistics of making the buttons. And you are always free to ask us any questions at the button making discussion forum or via Twitter.
So there you have it, a quick and easy guide to making campaign buttons. To summarize:
- Make the decision to start campaigning and promoting now!.
- Prepare your campaign button graphics with our easy-to-use design CDs.
- Determine which campaign button making system is right for you.
- Make campaign buttons!
Brighid Brown – Director of Blogging and All Things Cool at ABM
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