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Corporate Incentive Events: Sports

A prospective client recently asked me, “What was your most favorite event to plan?” Hmmmmm? It’s easy for me to talk about the aspects of event planning that are most rewarding for me personally—or the types of events and services our agency excels at—but my most favorite event to plan? I was stumped. I began…

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Five Best Practices for Working with Bloggers and Social Media Influencers

As the traditional media landscape becomes increasing crowded and noisy, brands large and small have needed to modify their media and marketing strategies to create alternative opportunities to get in front of their desired audience. One growing alternative to traditional earned media is social media and blogger marketing, where brands work directly with blogger and…

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Crisis in the making: Campus carry creates angst, unrest for everyone but Georgia lawmakers

Our work with educational institutions of all sizes – from independent schools to colleges and universities – requires that we keep a pulse on issues that have the possibility of affecting our clients. We study those issues and their impact, knowing that it is highly likely that we’ll be called upon for our communications counsel….

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Media Relations 101 – The Persistent Publicist

Do I call again? Should I leave a message this time? Or maybe email is best? Courting an editor, reporter or producer can feel like you are asking someone out on a first date. It takes persistence and a little patience to begin a new relationship as well as to engage the media. In a…

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Maui nō ka ʻoi (Maui is the best)

It was more than fifteen years ago that I planned my first incentive program to Maui.  I had no expectations of falling in love with the island. I was headed there for work, not for vacation. However, I remember the first morning, waking up before sunrise and taking a walk along the Pacific Ocean.  It…

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A Candid Conversation with Castle: Social Media

At The Castle Group we view communications as a complete package – and no strategic communications plan is complete without social media. Competency in social media is more crucial than ever, particularly since the digital age has made it much easier for companies, brands and individuals to share news and stories with the audiences that…

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A Candid Conversation with ABC News Anchor David Muir

We read their words, hear their voices and see their faces. But how well do we know the people who connect us to the world?  As part of Castle’s biweekly Media Monday, Sheila Green, our vice president of media and community relations (otherwise known as our human rolodex), gets the scoop on the men and women…

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Bianchi PR President Jim Bianchi reflects on his career in automotive PR, secrets to social media and client retention, and his firm’s affiliation with PRGN

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with friend and Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) partner Jim Bianchi, the president of Detroit-based Bianchi PR. Jim shared with us his agency’s secrets to social media and client retention, as well as the interesting story about how he got his start in automotive PR. How and…

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Events: The Missing Link in the Paid/Earned/Social/Owned Marketing Model

The ever-evolving marketing industry has defined the PESO (Paid/Earned/Social/Owned) model as a way to categorize marketing activities in the context of our digital world. It makes sense and is an important lens through which to consider our work. One critical element, however, always seems to be missing from the PESO model: events. As our team…

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Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham Talks Teamwork, Culture & Community Service

Boston Celtics President Rich Gotham recently sat down with Sandy Lish to talk about his most defining moment with the organization, the importance of teamwork on and off the court and how great it is to be a part of “Celtic Pride.” He also shared a few things most fans may not know about the…

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