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New photos: The National Aquarium in Baltimore!

6 Sep

Small turtle at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, September 1, 2018. Photo by Shayna BlumenthalSea anemone at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, September 1, 2018. Photo by Shayna BlumenthalSea anemones and fish at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, September 1, 2018. Photo by Shayna BlumenthalClown fish at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, September 1, 2018. Photo by Shayna BlumenthalSingle jellyfish at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, September 1, 2018. Photo by Shayna BlumenthalGroup of jellyfish at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, September 1, 2018. Photo by Shayna BlumenthalTwo puffins on a rock at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, September 1, 2018. Photo by Shayna BlumenthalJellyfish at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, September 1, 2018. Photo by Shayna Blumenthal

I recently went to the National Aquarium in Baltimore for the first time, and it was amazing! I couldn’t stop squealing like a little kid, amazed by all the beauty and wonder around me. I was completely mesmerized by the puffins (I mean, who wouldn’t be?), and couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw dolphins in person! Unfortunately, the dolphins moved so fast, and I was so far away, that I couldn’t get a good picture of them.

I always had this idea that animals at zoos were in cages. But at the aquarium, I saw turtles missing limbs, dolphins being rehabilitated, and so many animals being cared for. Maybe it was because it was the sea versus land, but most of what I saw was educational.

It took us about three to go through the aquarium, and we didn’t even get to one of the exhibits! Afterwards we walked around a bit, but with an hour drive back to DC, we didn’t stick around too long. However, we’re definitely going back to Baltimore, next time to Fort McHenry!

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News Feature: Soldier for Life finds social media success when reaching out to service members

19 Mar

In my most recent role, I have been fortunate enough to be in a position where we are able to help people, and see the impact of our efforts. Coming from the world of journalism and social media, I never thought I’d one day be working with the Military, but now that I am, it’s the kind of job I’ve always dreamed of: one that has a mission, a purpose, and a passion. The past year and half has been a crash course in Army lingo and culture, but the journey was well worth it!

Check out the article Soldier for Life finds social media success when reaching out to service members, which highlights some of the successes I’ve achieved during my time as the Social Media Manager at Soldier for Life.

For more information on the Soldier for Life program, you can check out our website, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook!

Social Media and Real-Time Marketing at it’s Worst

4 Feb

This Sunday I decided to take a break from the Big Game and social media, and I’m really glad I did.  Not only was it a terrifically horrible game, but interactions on social media were probably just as bad.

Last year’s Super Bowl was rife with opportunities for real-time marketing, as we saw with Oreo’s “dunk in the dark” tweet, and the others that followed.  Oreo, and their advertising agency 360i, were well prepared for any opportunities that presented themselves.  However, this year, they decided to “go dark”, and not live tweet during the game, which was probably the best decision they could have made.

This year’s game did not have any such opportunities like last year.  However, brands still tried to force some, started interacting with each other, and forgot about the game, and the fans, completely.  As both a consumer and professional in social media, I’m slightly disappointed by what I saw.  It was the worst kind of advertising – in your face and forceful.

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The worst account of all was JC Penny.  First of all, we all know JC Penny has had trouble in the last couple of years with their advertising.  In the summer of 2012, JC Penny missed the mark when rebranding, which caused consumers to loose faith in the brand. After that, Penny apologized to consumers for the confusion they caused.  If you don’t remember, check out this article here and here.  Second, consumers are a little freaked out about the recent security breaches at Target and other big retailers.  So, when JC Penny pretends that their Twitter account is hacked during the Big Game, it doesn’t sit well with the public.

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Real-time marketing is a great tactic, and as brands and advertisers we should always be looking for opportunities to be relevant.  However, we cannot manufacture those moments, and should not try to, or consumers will loose faith in what we are trying to communicate to them.

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