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Insights From The Wiki-World: Interview with an Anonymous Wikipedia Editor

The world of Wikipedia editing can be an inscrutable one for the uninitiated. A massive, online, open-collaborative environment with more than 55 million articles and 94 million registered users, any of whom can edit almost anything they choose, sounds like the stuff of nightmares for PR professionals. After all, the critical words of just a…

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Hybrid on the Horizon

Although virtual events are now commonplace and can be highly effective in reaching your target audience, nothing beats the face-to-face connection of in-person events. Organizers of virtual events and attendees alike are digitally drained. We’re hearing from both sets of constituents that they can’t wait to get back to in-person events. It’s not a question…

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Inauguration: An Event Planning Perspective

Inauguration day. Regardless of your political views, from an event management standpoint, there was much perfection on display, and many lessons for anyone planning events today. Throughout the day and night, I heard from many colleagues and clients asking what I thought about the inauguration, from an event planning perspective. Here are ten takeaways, in…

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2020 – The Year of Crisis

What a year. 2020 might as well have been “the year of crisis.” Or maybe it was just one big 365-day crisis. It certainly felt like it, as The Castle Group’s crisis communications practice managed more than 100 crises for 57 clients in 19 states and two countries. As we reflect on 2020, we all spent the…

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Traveling During COVID – What You Need to Know Before, During & After Your Trip

For millions around the world work from home days are long, daylight is shorter, and tropical backgrounds are becoming more enticing by the minute. The tourism industry is continuing to offer promotions, incentive deals, and innovative options to work from scenic locations and revamp your workweek. As appealing as those offers are, coronavirus travel restrictions…

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5 Ways to Foster Campus Culture This Winter Break

Many college students were either on spring break or about to start spring break when the global pandemic hit the United States in March 2020. School administrators across the country sent “extended spring break” notices so they could consider what to do next. Weeks later, students were informed that the remainder of their school year…

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GivingTuesday: A Global Day of Generosity

Today, Tuesday, December 1, 2020, is GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement that harnesses the power of people and organizations to make a difference in their communities and the world. This year, due to the various challenges and hardships brought on by COVID-19, giving back is more important than ever. What is GivingTuesday? Initially created in…

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No, Mom, It’s Not Just Zoom!

I sat down in front of my laptop for what was my Thanksgiving lunch and my parents’ Thanksgiving dinner. They live overseas, with a six-hour time difference, so we’ve grown accustomed to the oddly timed family FaceTime. The stress of life under COVID-19 has increased the desire for closeness as a family, as is true…

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Virtual or Socially Distanced Corporate Gatherings: The Holiday Edition

We all look forward to our office holiday party. Whether it has been held in the office or at an outside venue, these gatherings give us the opportunity to spend time together outside of our usual workday and celebrate the season. This year, these gatherings will be more important for our employees than ever. As…

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Unfortunately…Fortunately: Castle Reflects on 2020

Have you ever read Fortunately, by Remy Charlip? It’s a story about a boy who overcomes obstacles—and a childhood favorite of our SVP Keri McIntosh. To this day, you’ll often hear her reference the story’s point of view—unfortunately…fortunately—when we’re about to face a challenge. It can be inspiring to look for the positives, especially this…

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