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Finding The Why of Social Media Through a Social Media Audit

Author Simon Sinek popularized the idea of finding your why. Many organizations, including our own, have created “why statements,” allowing us to succinctly state the purpose behind our work. Before getting to work, Sinek proposes that organizations “start with why.” But when social media exploded, many organizations jumped in feet first. It was something they…

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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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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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Six Best Practices for Using Snapchat

Six Best Practices for Snapchat success.

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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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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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Data, Twitter and Real News: CNN’s Mark Preston weighs in on the new world of journalism and political coverage

Contentious press conferences. Tweet storms. Daily protests. Late night comedy. In this unusual political climate, it’s hard to keep up with everything that’s happening. SVP Hilary Allard recently reached out to fellow UMass journalism grad Mark Preston, executive editor at CNN Politics, (@PrestonCNN) who was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule…

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How Clowns Go Viral on Social Media

As PR and social media professionals, we know how quickly news and trends can spread. In most situations social media is the best method to share things quickly and efficiently. But social media’s viral nature can also be problematic, causing hysteria and false reporting. Cue Creepy Clown Epidemic 2016.

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Castle Spirit Week

To commemorate Castle’s 20th anniversary on August 1, 2016, the Castle Culture Team created Spirit Week: a program blending fun, learning and bonding to recognize and reward the people who make our agency great every day—our team. Spirit Week focused on our agency’s latest corporate initiatives around wellness, team spirit, community service and celebration! Thinking…

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Snapchatting the Millennial Generation: Tips & Tricks

The wildly popular photo messaging app, Snapchat, has become a staple to the millennial virtual communication sphere. Over the years, Snapchat developed from a simple photo messaging service to a multifaceted platform for text, video, photo, news sharing and now, advertising. Snapchat does what other social networking outlets cannot accomplish: offering a snapshot of “instant expression” of what is happening in the present, in real-time. Users can send personal messages or share a “story” with their followers.

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