The Garrity Group Public Relations has announced it will unveil the results of the 2020 Garrity Perception Survey (GPS) over the next week using a process familiar with sports fans. 

This month has felt like a week of Mondays! Right?  And now, it is Friday the 13th. It appears that St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will be mostly silent, water will be procured from a tap and we will be hopeful to have an appropriate number of squares for the necessities.

How did we get here? Where do we go from here? How long will this last? Why are people freaking out? Who do I trust for information? When will things return to the way it was? And, what can I do to reclaim the high ground on communication?

A bill being considered in the United States Senate has the potential to change how consumers use social media as we know it. The act, introduced by Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), acknowledges the addictive features of social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and proposes social media companies adjust and/or remove certain features from their platforms. 

The bill, titled Hawley’s Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology Act, is intended to 

New Mexico First is a public policy think tank. Their recent First Forum event, featured some of New Mexico’s top journalists to discuss sustainable journalism in the state of New Mexico. 

The journalism panel was led by New Mexico PBS’s Gene Grant.  He moderated a panel that included the Associated Press’ Russell Conteras, USA Today’s Jessica Onsurez and KOB-TV’s general manager Michelle Donaldson.  The overarching theme was Sustainable Journalism, preserving the Fourth Estate. 

An epidemic of restaurant closings is sweeping the nation. According to an article published in Albuquerque Business First, although about 60,000 new restaurants will open this year, nearly 50,000 restaurants will close.

The article presents interesting information about the public relations aspect of the food and beverage industry, then transitions to present relevant information about New Mexico restaurants. This includes legislation that could hurt the industry and a list of restaurants that have opened and closed in the past year. 

In an earlier blog post, we unveiled Instagram’s newest update where likes and views are private to each user. This new feature is a way to place focus on the content according to Instagram but poses a threat to social media influencers around the world. 

Social media influencers have created a profitable business model where they are able to monetize their large followings in exchange for brand promotion. Below we explore the possible effects of influencer marketing based on hiding likes and views on this platform. 

In April, screenshots of an Instagram post without the number of likes available to the public went viral – a tell tale of how popular a post is. 

This new private likes update, began as a rumor based on those screenshots, but has since been confirmed by Instagram and rolled out as a test in Canada. 

Social media influencers have taken the world by storm. Perhaps you have heard of them because of Kylie Jenner or Olivia Jade. Both are social media celebrities with more than a million followers on Instagram. 

But, what exactly is a social media influencer? A social media influencer is someone who has established industry credibility through one of these applications. They generally have access to a large audience because of their following on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat. 

As Public Relations professionals in different stages of our careers and life, each team member has distinct family commitments —from having and raising small children, to grooming and caring for everything ranging from cows to snakes. 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., March 18, 2019 – The Garrity Group Public Relations firm has been awarded a gold level distinction for its workplace policies by Family Friendly New Mexico, a statewide project developed to recognize companies that have adopted policies offering family friendly employee benefits. 

“Taking care of our employees is a priority,” said Tom Garrity, president of The Garrity Group. “Whether it’s working out maternity leave, providing quality access to health care or flexibility in schedules, our goal is to provide a space that values our employees hard work.”

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