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Castle Public Relations and Social Media Trends

Fake news. Podcasts. Instagram stories and IGTV. As we look ahead in 2019, we’re recapping our favorite media stories and trends from the past year and sharing our predictions for what’s next.  What do you think was the most inspiring media story of 2018? The action taken by the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High…

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Five Essential Elements for Marketing SMBs

We once worked with a client, the CEO of a small business (with a relatively visible brand) who was overflowing with ideas: experiential marketing, shoot-for-the-moon event concepts, complex CSR programs that addressed intractable societal issues. Creativity is the lifeblood of marketing. It’s how we engage customers and build brands. All of these things were potentially…

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Full-Time PR Pro and Part-Time Entrepreneur: Five Questions with Amanda Albert

At Castle, we believe that our greatest asset is our amazing team of public relations and event professionals. From corporate meeting planning and conference and event production to media relations strategy and relationship marketing, our team does it all. Each member of the Castle team has a different back story and unique insights and information on public relations,…

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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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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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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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Nine Things to Think About Before Summer Kicks Off

Despite the crazy, decidedly non-Spring-like weather that until very recently occurred along most of the East Coast, we can finally feel it: summer IS coming. Summer–when people are away on vacation, July 4th shortens the week, there are fewer events and networking opportunities, some businesses have “slower” seasons (think: academia), and some are in high…

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Media Relations 101 – Creating Coverage in the Absence of Breaking News

How to find alternative ways to get our clients in the media, talking about their organization and sharing their expertise.

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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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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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