Author Archives: Carissa McCabe, APR

Need Some Social Media Advice? Here Are Some “How To’s”

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If you’re nursing a Halloween candy hangover but can’t take a break because you’re in mid-term election overdrive, we’ve got some good news! This edition of Weekly Reads is chock-full of “how to” articles that practically do the work for you. And – if you’re gearing up to tackle a 2019 social media plan soon – we have a few articles that outline the best platform for finding your target audience.

Inc.: Social Media Mistakes All Small Business Owners Should Avoid

Many small businesses rely on social media to reach their customers. But, as quickly as a good idea can take off on social, a bad idea can flare up within minutes. This article focuses on six common mistakes small businesses make on social media and offers tips on how to avoid them. Read more after the jump…

Instagram + New York = All The Feels

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This week, let’s cut straight to the chase and share two terrific stories that have us swooning. As you may know, we’re remodeling our office so we’ve got our eyes peeled for hip design trends. So, you can imagine our delight at this article (with pics, of course) about How Instagram Made Its New York Office Highly Instagrammable. Amazing! Swept up in a New York state of mind? Let us give you another reason to love the Big Apple by introducing you to the New York Public Library’s new Instagram stories campaign that puts the story back in stories by turning classic novels into – well – stories. Genius! We simply cannot wait to see this campaign unfold. Meanwhile in other news… 

U.S. News & World Report: Social Media Makes People Change Their Views

New research indicates that 14 percent of Americans have changed their views on a social or political topic within the last year because of something they saw on social media. With elections coming up, this is a pretty incredible statistic. Learn more about the research in this comprehensive recap. Read more after the jump…

How Humility Contributes to a Successful Team

I’ve recently become a big fan of podcasts and among my favorites is WorkLife by Adam Grant. Adam is an organizational psychologist who studies how to “make work not suck” by sharing stories from companies and organizations he’s discovered to have unique approaches.

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less. - CS Lewis

Image by Ron Mader via Flickr.

If you’re a friend of GroundFloor Media (GFM) | CenterTable you know that we’re fortunate to be consistently named a best place to work, and you might think part of the formula for this honor is to fill our bench with all stars. That’s certainly what I thought, until I listened to Adam’s podcast about “The Problem With All Stars.”

Yikes! Did this blog post just take an unexpected turn? Absolutely not – and here’s why… Read more after the jump…

Timing is Everything – Especially on Social Media

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Every social media strategy should have a keen eye toward timing. Not only should you be thinking about the best days of the week and times of day to connect with your audience, but on a broader scale, finding the right time to post or even to engage requires skill. Additionally, understanding the conversations happening in and around your community is a must. The State Department learned this lesson the hard way when it launched a Facebook Live regarding how to travel with children in the midst of the controversy surrounding the separation of families at the border. While there were some straightforward questions, users largely engaged with the livestream to pose sarcastic questions regarding the separation issue. Let the State Department’s lesson be your learning opportunity.

In addition to considering your timing strategy, here are some exciting updates and a few tips and tricks you can use to ensure your social media game is on point this summer.

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Variety: Instagram Launches Long-Form Video Service Called IGTV

Creators rejoice – you can now load videos up to one hour in length to Instagram using IGTV, a new long-form video service. IGTV will exist both within the Instagram app as well as a dedicated app and – at least to start – will not feature ads. Read more after the jump…

Animation Brings Tricky Topic to Life

Since 2015, GroundFloor Media and CenterTable have been proud to work on the Be A Smart Ash campaign. From naming to website development, campaign launch to ongoing education and awareness, the agency and client teams continue to thrive with this highly integrated campaign. With our next step, we will be bringing animation into the fold.

In fact, Be A Smart Ash recently earned the Ragan’s PR Daily 2017 award for Best Location-Based Campaign, adding to national industry kudos earned from the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) late last year.

How to keep up momentum

Three years into the campaign with emerald ash borer (EAB) still not identified in Denver, the team realized that focusing on awareness for the third year in a row could cause consumer fatigue. And with growing awareness about EAB came an increase in questions about just how to combat the pesky pest. So, the team decided 2018 was the perfect time to pivot to an action-oriented message focused on treatment options, just in time for prime treatment season.

Read more after the jump…

Never Fear: Social Media is on the Rise

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We’re a quarter of the way through 2018 and it’s time for some trend spotting. Despite a rocky start to the year including some troubling news about privacy on social media, new research shows that social media use continues to be on the rise. Among which demographics and on which platforms might surprise you – so be sure to dig into the trend articles below to find out who’s using which platforms. Reading this around lunch time? You’ll want to see which fast food brands are best at tantalizing taste buds. And, if you’re daydreaming about summer vacation, learn more about how savvy brands might just enhance your downtime. Finally – a few tips about Instagram and Snapchat will leave you with some news you can use. 

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The Next Web: Social Media Use is Increasing Despite Privacy Fears

Chances are you know someone who has abandoned social media or certain platforms due to privacy fears. You might even have considered removing your brand’s presence – but before you make any decisions, read this recent research which shows that the number of social media users worldwide grew by more than 100 million in the first quarter of 2018. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg… Read more after the jump…

The Answer to Your Next Brainstorm is a Better Question

One of the most important points of message training is to avoid speculation if you don’t know the answer to a question. It’s better to say, “I don’t know” than to send reporters or audiences spiraling with potential misinformation. That said, this point can be much easier to teach than to practice.Question Mark on a Chalk Board

I, like many other senior-level professionals, take pride in having answers. After all, what is my 20 years of experience worth if I don’t know the solution to my client’s or team’s problems? But sometimes I find it particularly hard to say, “I don’t know,” or to ask additional questions rather than just jump in with an answer – no matter how preliminary or unknown that answer or solution might be. As it turns out, I’m not alone…

Why Questions Are Scary

My colleague Brooke Willard recently wrote a poignant blog post about overcoming imposter syndrome. In it, she describes that sinking feeling of being an imposter in your own field when asked a question to which you don’t know the answer.

Hal Gregersen underscored this issue in a Harvard Business Journal article about better brainstorming when he noted that people with the most senior positions and greatest technical expertise can be the most challenged when it comes to asking questions rather than offering answers when faced with a problem. Why? Because they’re often afraid of looking incompetent if they don’t have the answers. Sound familiar? It certainly does to me – so I was thrilled this article also offered some suggestions about how to handle this better. Read more after the jump…

How 3 Lesser-Known Winter Olympians Earned PR Wins in Pyeongchang

The Winter Olympics has drawn to a close leaving us with plenty of memorable moments. From Shaun White’s triumphant return to the podium to Lindsey Vonn’s final Olympics performance, North Korea’s enthusiastic cheerleaders to tension around Vice President Mike Pence’s attendance – there were plenty of headlines made over the last few weeks.Olympic Flag | How 3 Lesser-Known Winter Olympians Earned PR Wins in Pyeongchang

It would have been easy to predict many of these story lines – but what’s more notable are some of the “stories behind the stories” that grabbed some ink and airtime. Here are three examples worth a look: Read more after the jump…

Platforms Make Tweaks to Inspire More Sharing

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Whether it’s adding functionality or dropping old features, a few of our favorite social media platforms were out in full force this week making tweaks to entice users to share more content. If you’re having trouble keeping up with the latest changes, we’ve got you covered – including a step-by-step guide, an introduction to a new automated tool and a “must follow” list to get you warmed up for the Winter Olympics.

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Adweek: Here’s How to Add a GIF to a Story Post
Recently, Instagram added the capability for users to add GIFs to their Stories posts. Been wondering how to get in on that action? Here’s a step-by-step guide complete with illustrations. Read more after the jump…

Storytelling as a Presentation Tool

Storytelling plot example: The Quest | GroundFloor Media Public Relations Agency

Storytelling: The quest plot. Image via Quid Corner infographic.

At the core, those of us at GFM and CenterTable consider ourselves storytellers. Whether we’re developing social media content, drafting press releases or preparing talking points, we know that telling a great story is key to capturing our audience.

So, imagine our delight at finding this infographic that details seven basic storytelling structures:

  • Overcoming a monster
  • Rags to riches
  • Voyage and return
  • The quest (pictured at right, click through link above to see others)
  • Comedy
  • Tragedy
  • Rebirth

Read more after the jump…