4 Ways to Prepare for Instagram’s Upcoming Algorithm

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By Kat Pallotta

Instagram currently boasts more than 400 million active users. As of now, users view posts in chronological order. However, in the next few months Instagram plans to integrate an algorithm that predicts which photos users will “like” based on relationships with other users, timing, and interactions, including likes and comments. These photos will appear higher in feeds instead of chronologically.

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2016 Super Bowl Ads – Part 1: Celebrities and Pop Culture References Prevail

This year’s Super Bowl game might not have been all that memorable, but the ads are definitely worth talking about. Many commercials made us laugh, some commercials stirred our emotions, and other commercials left us scratching our heads (puppymonkeybaby??). Among this diverse list of TV spots, a common ad strategy emerged: the use of celebrities and pop culture references. Several brands incorporated famous personalities or funny memes into their ad’s message, effectively capturing the viewer’s attention and leaving a lasting impression of the product. Continue reading to find out which RLF staff members identified their favorite ads in this category.

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Major (key emoji) for Brands: Staying Relevant

By Kat Pallotta

Over the past few weeks, you may have seen people use “Major (key emoji) to success” in an Instagram caption, Snapchat, Facebook post or tweet. This phrase refers to the popular Snapchat account of hip-hop producer DJ Khaled. More than 2 million people a day watch Khaled’s Snapchat stories that feature what he believes are major keys to success.

Leading brands such as MasterCard and Uber have participated in the DJ Khaled phenomenon by tweeting his trademark phrase in relation to their services. “Major (key emoji) Alert: If you need ID Theft alerts, we’ve got you covered (credit card emoji) #blessup,” tweeted MasterCard. The White House, which recently joined Snapchat, also used the phrase in its “My Story” the day before the State of the Union address, stating: “Major (key emoji): Get some rest before the big day.”

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Spring Intern Spotlight: Kelsey Payne

While communications writing is a large part of what we do at RLF, creative execution is also essential to our client work. RLF’s creative department continues to grow with the addition of Kelsey Payne, our very first graphic design intern. Kelsey will shadow our creative director, gaining insight into the creative process for various types of projects.

Read more about Kelsey in our final spring intern spotlight.

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Spring Intern Spotlight: Kat Pallotta

RLF’s internship program strives to offer students a holistic agency experience that exposes them to both the challenging and rewarding aspects of the communications industry. Throughout the course of a semester or longer, interns enhance their skill sets and acquire new knowledge to prepare for a career in public relations, marketing or advertising. This spring, we are happy to have on board Kat Pallotta as a communications intern and Kelsey Payne as a graphic design intern.

Our first spring intern spotlight is on Kat Pallotta.

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Insights from the 2015 PRSSA National Conference

By Heather Ebert and Raeven Henry

12193449_10153566382231747_7033045425867191354_nThanks to the support of RLF and others, we had the opportunity to attend the PRSSA National Conference in Atlanta this November. We joined other members of our chapter, Carolina PRSSA, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This was the first time that our chapter was represented at the national conference, and we hope to send more members in the years to come.

At the conference we engaged with PR professionals on a myriad of topics – from media training to experiential marketing. But what seemed to really hit home for us were the discussions about personal and professional development. As we sat in on several educational and professional sessions, we noticed two consistent themes: be open to opportunities and network with a purpose.

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