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What Are Marketing Goggles? (And what it means for marketers and consumers)

Imagine diving underwater without a good pair of goggles to see what lives below the surface – let alone prevent salt water in your eyes. Though it is safe to open your eyes in the ocean and many people become accustomed to salt water, having eye protection for visibility is a game changer! Now you’re…

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Desintations and Details: Five Questions with Paige Laliberte

Our talented team of public relations and event professionals build the foundation for success at Castle. From planning and executing special events and product launches to developing and implementing integrated crisis communications strategies and social media plans, we do it all. Each of our team members has a different back story and brings unique skills…

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Contracting 102: Modernizing Hotel Contract Terminology

Most event professionals will tell you they spend countless hours reading and negotiating hotel contracts. As a result, we have accumulated a library of “standard” clauses we lean on to protect our clients and events. These clauses are rock-solid, but are they changing with the times? Here are five important tweaks you can make to…

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Plan For The Worst So You Can Be At Your Best: Tips For Developing A Crisis Communications Plan That Works

There’s no excuse to be unprepared, especially when all it takes is one click, tweet, off-hand remark or poor decision to spark a crisis. Almost every organization has an emergency action plan that outlines how to handle situations that could result in loss of life or destruction of property (i.e., natural disaster, active shooter, fire,…

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Refresh your Event Planning Perspective: Why Every Event Planner Must Attend Events

This past weekend I attended a conference with my husband – it was a personal commitment, not work-related. However, as an event manager, it is easy to be distracted by the elements of the event and how the logistics were planned, and constantly assess what you would have done differently if you had planned it…

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Castle Empowers Nonprofit Communications Through Consult Café

The Castle Group recently created and produced the first-ever Consult Café, a pop-up communications forum for small nonprofits, in partnership with the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network and Babson College. This exclusive event at Babson’s downtown campus gave nonprofit leaders the opportunity to connect, engage, and discuss best practices for creating and building relationships with key stakeholders…

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A Visual High Five – 5 Types of Visual Content Your Marketing Campaign Needs

Need to see it to believe it? No worries, most humans do. Turns out that we are wired to process images faster and more effectively than plain old text. The days of getting away with text-only marketing and social media strategies are long gone. With 56 percent of marketers using visuals in their content almost…

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A Journey Abroad: How to Incorporate Cultural Tourism Into Your Vacation

What drives someone to choose where to travel next? Relaxing on the beach with a good book and a piña colada or gaining a new perspective on a city or country’s culture? Almost every destination can provide aspects of both leisure and education, but the places that possess an abundance of cultural heritage have become…

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How To Keep Your Event from Going Down in Flames – Revisiting the Fyre Festival Disaster from an Event Planning Perspective

Like so many who tuned in to the Netflix and Hulu documentaries about the ill-fated Fyre Festival, I was engrossed and amazed at how the story unfolded. This event, billed as a luxury music festival “on the boundaries of impossible,” never stood a chance. It would have been a comedy of errors, if not for…

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Company Anniversaries: Beyond the Mug

As someone who spends a lot of time helping companies celebrate their accomplishments, I was taken aback by a Wall Street Journal article on the controversy surrounding AIG’s centennial. Most company anniversaries aren’t a source of controversy—they’re a cause for celebration, to mark achievements, celebrate success, acknowledge relationships and infuse employees with pride. Much more…

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