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From Journalist to PR Professional: Five Questions with Peter Francis

At Castle, we believe that our greatest asset is our amazing team of public relations and event professionals. From planning exclusive corporate incentive events and multi-day sales kickoff meetings to crisis communication plans and thought leadership in higher education and healthcare, our team does it all. Each member of the Castle team has a different…

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An Event Planner’s Three Tips to Make the Most of Outdoor Events (Go Sox!)

An event planner’s top three tips for attending an outdoor event.

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Tips for Planning Exceptional Optional Activities at your Corporate Meetings or Events

Corporate meetings and incentives often include optional activities designed to give attendees the opportunity to relax, network and experience the flavor of the host city. These activities come in many shapes and sizes; they can be hosted by the sponsoring organization, paid for by attendees, and be for individuals or for groups. So how do…

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Planning Ahead: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Corporate Events

At The Castle Group, we pride ourselves on keeping ahead of the latest corporate event trends. We’re reading industry publications, browsing new event themes on Pinterest and attending events across the country–on the lookout for what’s new and innovative that we can incorporate into our client’s events. Recently, virtual and augmented reality have become integrated…

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Five PR Tips From a Former Journalist

As traditional media outlets see more newsroom cutbacks, reporters are working harder and longer in the face of tightening budgets and increasing public skepticism. With fewer reporters bearing heavier workloads, you have to be savvy when trying to place your news and reports. When I was a reporter a short time ago, nine out of…

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Internship Insights | Three Key Ingredients for Great Event Companies

My mom always told me that she thought I should be an event planner. Maybe that’s because  my father’s side of the family has owned and operated an event rental business called Camelot Special Events & Tents for the last forty years. Or maybe it’s because I’m organized, creative and meticulously detail-oriented – the perfect…

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How to Take Audience Engagement to the Next Level

In society today, distractions are constant. Employees can physically step away from the office, but the ability to disconnect technologically is an increasingly difficult task. We live in a world where your mobile device is your epicenter—emails find you anywhere, cell phone numbers are public knowledge, and social media incessantly derails your attention span. As…

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Media Training 101: A Conversation with Sandy Lish

I had the opportunity to sit down with The Castle Group’s Co-founder and Principal, Sandy Lish, to learn more about what media training is and why it’s an important part of the public relations industry. Amanda Albert: What is media training? Sandy Lish: It truly depends on who the client is and the situation at…

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An Event Planner Perspective: The Value of Company Retreats

At The Castle Group, not only do we plan meetings, incentives and retreats for our clients, we also practice what we preach and participate  in our own company retreat. A company retreat provides a unique opportunity to take your employees out of their everyday work setting and give them intentional time to get to know…

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Client Relationships: Keeping it Fresh

Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver, the other is gold. This adage from my Girl Scout years has proven to be valuable advice in both my personal life and career as a corporate event producer.  Here at Castle, we are lucky to have customers that we’ve developed long standing relationships with…

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