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Tag: Social Media

Facebook Tips You Might Have Missed

As you have probably noticed, social media sites are constantly updating with new features and layouts. This can be great, but it can also lead to users missing out on certain features, due to not even knowing they were added. Great Plains Communications wants to highlight a couple Facebook tips to look out for next time you are browsing through your newsfeed.


Following a Post

Have you ever come across a post in your newsfeed or swap group, that you want to keep track of? There is no need to comment, “following” or really comment anything at all. All you need to do is go to the small arrow in the top right corner of the post and choose the option “Turn on notifications for this post”. From there, you will get a notification each time somebody comments on the post, or if the original creator changes something. To later turn off notifications for the post, you will follow the same steps, however it will read “Turn off notifications for this post.”


Checking Your Apps

We have all taken the quiz to find out what flavor ice cream we are or clicked the article heading that Facebook clearly targeted to our interests. If not that, you have probably logged-in to something and when asked if you wanted to log-in using your Facebook, you were grateful for the convenience. While these types of things are just that, convenient, they can also be risky. By not reading the pop-ups as you click through these posts, you can miss things like allowing them to “access your contacts and information.” This can lead to giving a company or even scammers access to your Facebook page or personal information. To check who you have given access to, you can check your App Settings. To do this, follow the directions below:


Go to Settings from the drop-down arrow in the top right.


Go to Apps in the column on the left.


You will find all the Apps you have given access to. Delete any that are unnecessary or are not familiar.

Tech the Halls Social Giveaway

As part of our Tech the Halls promotion, Great Plains Communications is excited to give away an extra gift this holiday season. For a chance to qualify to win a 32 GB Apple iPad Mini 2 with Wi-Fi, all you have to do is like our Facebook page, like the giveaway post, and comment what your favorite Christmas movie is. Whether it is a classic like White Christmas, something animated such as The Polar Express, or even a TV movie such as Runaway Sleigh on the Hallmark Channel, we want to hear from you.


If you are looking for even more good deals this holiday, find the gift that’s right for you:

  • Sign up now for any new Internet, cable, or phone service and receive FREE installation.
  • Sign up for 15, 30, or 50 mbps and receive a FREE month of Internet service.
  • Existing customers who upgrade to our higher speeds will receive their first month of Internet upgrade charge FREE.

Call our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483, today to sign up for these amazing offers and Tech the Halls with Great Plains Communications.


Speeds and availability vary by location. Certain restrictions and limitations apply. Free installation for any new service. Free month of Internet service available to new customers only who sign up for 15, 30, or 50 mbps. Existing customers must upgrade to 15, 30, or 50 mbps to receive a free month upgrade charge. Offer ends January 6, 2017. Offer codes CPC1609, CPC1610, CPC1611, CPC1612.

Stream & Chill Giveaway Winner!

Giveaway winners Paige and Rick Schweitzer of Arnold, NE with their son Uriah

Great Plains Communications would like to congratulate our winner of the Stream & Chill Giveaway, Paige Schweitzer of Arnold, NE!

She has won a Roku® 3 streaming device, Cuisinart Popcorn Maker (kernels included), and 2 family meals (4-person) delivered to her home by Blue Apron. Not having any kind of streaming device, Paige is excited to share the Roku® 3 with her husband Rick, son Uriah, and their growing family as they are expecting their second child on December 1st of this year.

“We have never used Blue Apron and are looking forward to the convenience of having meals delivered to our door,” Paige stated. “It will be so nice to be able to not have to think about what I’m going to make for supper. Sometimes that’s the hard part.”

The social giveaway was in accompaniment to the current Back-to-School promotion, Full Stream Ahead, going on until October 15, 2016. If you sign up for either 15, 30 or 50 mbps Internet speeds, you will receive a FREE Roku® streaming device, FREE Installation and a FREE month of Internet Service!

If you currently have Internet service with Great Plains Communications, you can still take advantage of this amazing offer. Upgrade your internet to 15, 30, or 50 mbps and receive a FREE Roku® streaming device as well as the first month’s upgrade cost FREE. To find out more information on what these higher speeds can do for your family, as well as some FAQ’s about Roku®, go to our website at

Again, we want to congratulate our Stream & Chill Giveaway winner, Paige Schweitzer and her family! We hope they enjoy dinner and a movie in on us.

What to do When your Favorite Website is Down

Did you experience problems when accessing Facebook this morning and/or last night? If so, you weren’t alone. Facebook was experiencing a temporary outage. Websites across the worldwide web periodically go down for a number of reasons, such as software updates or general system issues. However, due to the nearly 1.5 billion Facebook users, their issues are recognized at a very fast rate. Great Plains Communications wants to share a few steps to take next time you notice one of your favorite sites isn’t working correctly.

  • Don’t Panic
    • Like we said, websites go down all the time. This is no reason to stress. While downtimes do vary, they are often resolved as quickly as possible. Facebook for example had their longest downtime of 2.5 hours in September, 2010 after there was “an unfortunate handling of an error condition”.
  • Check If it is the Website or Your Connection
  • Call if it is a Connection Problem
    • Great Plains Communications will never restrict you from accessing a specific website, so if you check and nobody else seems to be having problems loading a website, give us a call. You can reach our Customer Response Center at 1-855-853-1483 and a technician would be happy to assist you.

2015 GPC Summer Selfie Contest

Great Plains Communications is proud to announce we have arrived on Instagram! To help kick off our new social site, we want to share our excitement with you through our 2015 #GPCSummerSelfie Contest. Do you selfie with your dog? A cup of coffee? Or do you selfie with friends out for girls’ night? The Internet has been submerged in the ways of the selfie, and we want you to take that selfie and turn it summer for a chance to win $250 and a selfie stick from Great Plains Communications. Show us how you summer, if that means through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, it doesn’t matter as long as you tag us with our social tags listed below and don’t forget to include #GPCSummerSelfie in your caption.

Facebook: Great Plains Communications                         Twitter: GPC_Updates

Instagram: GreatPlains_Comm

Another way we are sharing our excitement is at the Red Willow County Fair in McCook, starting tomorrow July 22 through Sunday, July 26. We will be there ready to share information about our lowest prices on our fastest speeds coming to the area in August, accompanied by classic games like Plinko. You can even have a chance to win an HD TV at our booth.

So, no matter if you decide to take a shot at our Plinko board or show us how you summer through a #GPCSummerSelfie, just don’t forget to take part in the fun we have going this summer and a chance to win some big prizes.

5 Social Media 101 Tips for Businesses

Networking is no longer just updating your business card and dispersing as needed. It has become more than just rubbing elbows with fellow business owners at the annual banquet and making calls to potential clients. Today’s definition of networking includes an array of virtual options that are becoming common-place in the communication mix, and we are left with social networking. Providing an abundance of options, opportunities and potential, social networking or social media, can become very overwhelming. Great Plains Communications would like to share just five basic tips to keep in mind when starting up your business’ social presence.

  1. Pick the right platform for your business.  Don’t feel like you have to utilize every social media outlet. First figure out your demographic, and plan accordingly. If you are targeting an older market, Twitter might not be the best use of your time. Instead of quantity, focus on the quality of content you are publishing.
  2. Keep it updated and consistent.  One of the biggest unspoken rules of social media is to keep your information up-to-date. This means information from your past experience on LinkedIn, to office hours and company values on Facebook. You must also keep it consistent. By keeping the ‘About Me’ of your company consistent on all social networks, you build branding and association for the customer.
  3. Start the conversation.  Plan out your content and make sure you are present on your sites. This doesn’t mean you need to spend hours on Twitter or constantly checking Facebook. Rule of thumb, a minimum of three Facebook posts a week and five tweets a week.  It is different for every business, but never posting can look worse than not having a site at all.
  4. Share the love.  Just as you ask friends to like your page or follow your account, reach out and do the same for other businesses. When you retweet, you get retweeted. This comes from the ‘I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine’ mentality. If you see a post that you think your customers would benefit from, share it.
  5. Track results and adjust.  All social networks have some form of analytics or tracking feature to let you see just how well your posts are doing. Don’t take it personally if you don’t get retweeted, or if nobody likes your post. Social media is about trying new things and figuring out what works for your business and your customers. Take the results, adjust and try something else. Don’t give up.


We Have a Brand New Pinterest Page!


Are you a fan of Pinterest?  Perhaps you have heard about this visually-stimulating social site but haven’t checked it out.  Maybe you have no idea what we’re talking about.  Whatever category you fall into, we invite you to check out our brand new Pinterest page.

Pinterest is sort of like a digital corkboard.  It allows you to “pin” or collect photos onto boards that the users names.  Topics such as arts & crafts, fashion, parenting, and home décor are the most popular.  Each picture is a link back to the website it was taken from, so it’s a great way to collect recipes or other ideas.

Our profile will serve to complement our Facebook, Twitter, Blog and YouTube presence by sharing information from our website and many of our partners.  Our Pinterest page will keep you up-to-date on the latest websites to benefit your life, the newest TV shows you’ll fall in love with, and pictures from around our communities.

If you are a school, organization, or business in one of our communities that has a Pinterest page of your own, follow us and we’ll make sure to follow you back and help spread the word about your work!

You can find out more by visiting our Pinterest page here.

Welcome to GPC-FLASH

Why is Great Plains Communications choosing to start a blog?

We got that question a lot when we brought up the idea.  Well, for starters, the blog doesn’t exist alone; it’s a key piece in a brand new way we’re reaching out to our customers.  You can now find us on Facebook, where we provide up-to-date information on contests, promotions and events around the state.  We’re also on twitter under the username:@GPC_Updates and on as GreatPlainsComm .  All of these sites together allow Great Plains Communications to engage with our customers on a direct level.

From topics including new developments in internet access to the Big 10 Network, you won’t find a better source than the GPC- Blog.  You will also find answers to some of your biggest technical questions including: “How do I program my remote?”, “How do I use E-Bill?” or “How do I protect my computer?”.

Since we also value our towns, expect to read about yourselves from time-to-time in our “Community Spotlights” section.  Here we’ll highlight businesses, organizations and individuals who are enhancing their communities.

We hope that you find this blog to be not just useful but entertaining and, most important, worth coming back to.  If you do feel that we’re missing a key issue or you want to nominate someone for a community spotlight, let us know at

Thanks and we hope you see us again soon!