National Discussions to Curb Social Media Use.

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 

Sustainable journalism against all odds

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. 

Surviving the restaurant epidemic

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. 

The End of an Influencer Era?

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. 

Less Likes, More Content

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. 

What You Should Know About Social Media Influencers

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. 

The Garrity Group is 2019 winner of Family Friendly New Mexico award

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. 

The Garrity Group Named a Top Family Friendly Business

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.”

Burrito Express Wins The Garrity Group’s Breakfast Burrito Madness Contest

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Burrito Express won the 2019 Breakfast Burrito Madness contest hosted by The Garrity Group Public Relations firm. This breakfast burrito competition was created to have a fun twist on the seasonal national collegiate basketball phenomenon by celebrating New Mexico culture and local small businesses. 

How to score big with social media offense

Whether it’s football or hockey, basketball or baseball, sporting events tend to bring out the passion from their fans. From painting their face and buying season tickets, to staying home and yelling at the TV, sports fanatics showcase both love and criticism for the teams they adore. And with social media, fans can more easily voice opinions in a public manner. 

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