Every marketing and public relations person, no matter how strong you are, should be watching the presidential race. Don’t get me wrong. There are many things I would rather do, like ride my bicycle or go sailing, than watch these folks duke it out. But it’s a feast of learning about what to do and not to do. These campaigns are run by some of the nation’s strongest campaign strategists, yet there are so many little mistakes and some downright major blunders. We also can spot some very smart positioning and maneuvering. Some of it so savvy and twisty it almost makes me cringe.
My point is that even if you “hate politics,” keeping an eye on this race will teach you some excellent lessons.