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Expanding Team with Digital Marketing Expert

Clare Frey Joins GroundFloor Media & CenterTable teamWe are excited to announce that our GroundFloor Media (GFM) and CenterTable family continues to grow thanks to the recent addition of Clare Frey.

Frey joins the CenterTable team as director of digital strategy. Prior to joining CenterTable, Frey’s experience included working as a web content manager for the University of Colorado, communications manager for Techstars and marketing communications manager at Inspirato. Prior to that, she contracted with various publishing companies. She is an excellent writer and has a deep understanding of how thoughtful social media and digital content can connect people to brands, and have a positive impact for both.

Originally from Poncha Springs, CO, Frey earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Fort Lewis College in Durango. After getting to know a few GFM team members over the years and stumbling upon CenterTable’s website last year, she has been eager to join our team.Clare Frey Joins the CenterTable and GroundFloor Media team

In her spare time, Clare enjoys spending time with her husband and dachshund named Boris. She has a passion for animals and donates much of her time and money to animal welfare organizations and shelters. Colorado Horse Rescue is especially close to her heart. She is a self-proclaimed book-worm and is a huge fan of the mountains and getting outside. Clare’s favorite ice cream is pistachio and she can’t go a day without talking to her brother.

Her favorite quote is, “Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.” – Hafiz of Persia

We are incredibly excited to welcome Clare to the GFM and CenterTable family. Her experience
across a variety of industries will be a great asset to our clients as we continue to create meaningful, creative and integrated marketing communications campaigns.

5 Ways Starting a Business is Like Learning to Surf

IMG_9346 (1)I recently decided to take my first ever solo vacation to Sayulita, Mexico. Earlier this year I made a list of the 52 Things I Wanted to Do in 2017 That Scared Me or I Had Never Done Before. Traveling solo was #38. Learning to surf was #39. In comes Alejandro. “Alex” was introduced to me by a friend as a “forgiving” instructor. He is a father of two teenage boys and, as it turns out, has a knack for teaching a middle-aged, non-athlete how to get up on a board.

Alex and I spent two mornings together. As you might imagine, I spent a lot of time hanging out on my board waiting for the moment Alex would say, “Paddle, paddle, paddle, paddle. Paddle harder. Now, get up!” It was during these moments that it hit me. Learning to surf is a lot like starting a business. Read more after the jump…

Back to School Offers Good Habits For All of Us

Back to School Inspires Good Habits For All | GroundFloor Media PR Agency

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Whether you’re a recent grad or preparing for a milestone high school reunion – there’s something about the “Back to School” season and quick change of seasons from summer to fall that drums up nostalgia for many people. And while my own children have been back to school for a little bit now, the very recent prospect of new backpacks, fresh notebooks and un-sharpened pencils really brought me back to that annual feeling of the chance for a fresh start.

Early New Year’s Resolutions

I recently read an article in Real Simple that offered “5 Excellent Habits to Start When School Does.” As adults, we often look to New Year’s Resolutions to start something new, but this article got me thinking that Back to School is a good time, too!

Start Assignments Immediately

My favorite tip from this article is to adopt a “read and discuss” policy. How often have you put off a project to the last minute, only to find that it actually would take only a few minutes to finish? I know I’ve done it before, and I love this tip for diving in to understand the components immediately. If it’s easy, just get it done! If it’s going to take a little more time, the “read and discuss” approach allows for some time to ponder the best plan of attack. Read more after the jump…

Focusing on What’s Important: Lessons discovered on sabbatical

Working for the one of the Best Places to Work in Denver and the No. 1 place to work in America, according to OUTSIDE Magazine, has its perks, one of them being GroundFloor Media’s generous sabbatical program.  After 10 years of employment, employees are encouraged to take one month off to “undertake activities that promote individual rejuvenation and personal benefit.”

For the month of August, I decided to head out my first day to a girl’s weekend birthday celebration, in the wine country of the Palisades in Colorado. I also enjoyed a week of relaxing at home and attending, much missed yoga classes. I then headed out on a 10-day dream trip to Ireland with my husband. For my last week, I took the time to organize and prep for my first week back.

It was an incredible experience to be able to take time for reflection over the course of the month and I wanted to share some of my takeaways that might be helpful no matter where you find yourself in life.

Read more after the jump…

PlatteForum Advances Art and Learning Lab through Get Grounded Foundation Grant

PlatteForum's Soil City | GroundFloor Media's Get Grounded Foundation Grant RecipientWe are excited to partner with PlatteForum to help advance their art and learning lab through our Get Grounded Foundation. PlatteForum is a non-profit organization that supports contemporary artists and underserved youth in metro Denver through long-term art programs. Their programs allow youth to collaborate with artists in residence to plan, produce and exhibit a body of work in an environment where artistic excellence is highly valued.

Read more after the jump…

An Introvert in the Extroverted World of PR

IMG_2381 (1)I am unquestionably an introvert. I love people, and I love being around people… until it’s time to recharge. Then, I need to be alone. With a good book, hiking the trail near my home, or simply laying down and staring at the ceiling fan. I need to be quiet, turn my focus inward and regroup. Afterwards, I’m ready to be around people again.

Read more after the jump…

In The Mood: Creating The Perfect Climate for Creativity

Whether it’s dreaming up the perfect copy for a social media post, crafting a pitch for a key reporter, or strategizing how to report metrics to executives – the daily life of a communications professional requires a lot of widely-varied creative ideas and solutions!Rethinking the Creative Process | GroundFloor Media

Some days the creativity flows like a river and other days the creative process takes a little longer to get going, which is why I read two recent articles with great interest!

Creativity Isn’t About Talent, It’s a Mood

If you’re a fan of Monty Python, you’re a fan of co-founder John Cleese who – it turns out – is obsessed with creativity. This recent article describes some of Cleese’s best tips for setting the right mood for creativity which include:

  • Creating a space/time oasis where you can get away from daily distractions and disturbances
  • Sticking with problems just a little longer than when the “easy way out” appears… the alternative is almost always more creative
  • My personal favorite: making mistakes because “while you’re being creative, nothing is wrong”
  • Embracing humor, because it’s essential to spontaneity and playfulness, two key ingredients to creativity
  • Keeping a light hold of the problem you’re pondering, as you’re likely to be rewarded with a creative solution when you least expect it

Read more after the jump…

Biggest PR Disasters of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we take time to reflect on the year’s biggest PR disasters:

lochteRYAN LOCHTE … An Olympic swimmer perpetually overshadowed by Michael Phelps finally finds the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Ryan Lochte is an accomplished Olympian who in almost any era would be recognized as one of the greatest swimmers of all time. Unfortunately for Lochte, though, he swims in the Michael Phelps era. That frustration may have contributed to his decision to “over-exaggerate” – his term ­– the details of an alleged armed robbery at the Olympics in Brazil. After video emerged of Lochte and other U.S. swimmers appearing to vandalize a gas station bathroom, the armed robbery started looking more like a request for restitution. Lochte apologized, but the consequences were swift: sponsors Speedo and Polo Ralph Lauren dropped him immediately, and he solidified his spot as an Olympic punch line for generations to come.

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SAMSUNG … What do the global electronics giant’s mobile phones and washing machines have in common? They both explode.

It was a tough year for Samsung, who twice found itself at the top of the list of the year’s biggest safety recalls. First, it was the company’s flagship mobile phone, the Galaxy 7, some of which were spontaneously exploding. It got so bad that the Department of Transportation eventually banned the phones from all U.S. airline flights. And then Samsung was forced to recall 2.8 million washing machines because they could explode. That caused a viral sensation because no one could really wrap their heads around how a washing machine could explode. But YouTube videos gave us our answer, much to Samsung’s dismay.

Read more after the jump…

Sabbatical in the Rearview Mirror

It’s no surprise to those of us who work here that GFM is the No. 1 place to work in America, according to OUTSIDE Magazine. From unlimited “trusted time off” to an annual teambuilding offsite with Outward Bound, not to mention an onsite treadmill desk (my favorite!) and Beer Club every Thursday afternoon, we’re truly lucky to be part of the GFM culture!

Carissa McCabe takes a photo while waiting to cross the second ferry to whale watching in the Bay of Fundy while on sabbatical from GroundFloor Media.

Carissa McCabe takes a photo while waiting to cross the second ferry to whale watching in the Bay of Fundy.

That’s why several of our team members have been with 15-year-old GFM for at least 10 years – a milestone that earns employees a four-week, paid sabbatical to take some time off to reflect, rejuvenate and reconnect. In August, I became the fourth GFM team member to enjoy sabbatical and I divided my time between home and two weeks visiting family in Nova Scotia, Canada. Whether you’re lucky enough to have an employer who offers a sabbatical program or whether you’re simply able to slip away from the office for a short vacation, I compiled a few reflections that I hope provide some inspiration to take with you on your trip – or to simply plug into everyday life! Read more after the jump…

Don’t Waste the Spotlight

At its essence, crisis communications is about taking external negativity and finding a way to transform it into a positive. Are you a business that made a mistake? Find a way to impress your customers with how you responded. They’ll forgive you.

The Cincinnati Zoo ignored this principle when it shut down its Twitter account two months ago in the face of cyberbullying trolls who inundated it with memes and attacks over the death of its beloved gorilla, Harambe. As PRWeek reported:

“The zoo has been the target of keyboard critics since May, after a boy fell into the gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo, and zookeepers shot and killed Harambe, a 17-year-old silverback gorilla, to save the child’s life. Since then, Harambe has turned into a source of myriad internet memes.”

The Cincinnati Zoo had a spotlight on it, and instead of finding a way to withstand the pressure and use the opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to its mission, it chose to run and hide. Standing up in the heat of a crisis is never easy, but it speaks to what you are as an organization, to your core values.

The Cincinnati Zoo could have used the spotlight to engage the community. It could have developed a program to support a gorilla conservation initiative, or created elementary and middle school curriculum that could be used in schools to educate children about gorillas.

And more than anything, it could have earned goodwill from the community by responding to the ridiculous barbs in a dignified and respectable manner. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “It is amazing how reasonable you can look when your opponents are unhinged lunatics*.”

The Cincinnati Zoo finally restored its Twitter account last week, but the damage has already been done and the opportunities have already been missed.

*Lincoln may have never said that.