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Download the 2020 Garden Trends Report, Seeing 20/20

Posted by Katie Dubow on Wed, Sep 11, 2019 @ 9:58 AM

For nearly 20 years we have peered into the crystal ball searching for future industry trends. This year is no different. The 2020 Garden Trends Report, Seeing 20/20, offers a peek into what will trend in horticulture in 2020 and beyond.

Why trends? Staying on top of trends allows garden-focused businesses to take advantage of new opportunities and stay on the cutting edge.

Read more to learn about the 2020 Garden Trends.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, Garden Trends

The Best Gardening Podcasts (2019)

Posted by Katie Dubow on Tue, Aug 27, 2019 @ 2:43 PM

Here at Garden Media we are huge fans of podcasts. From How I Built This, by Guy Raz, to the true crime genre, we are hooked.

In fact, we've written a post about our favorite blogs of 2018, why you should start podcasting, and we've created a list of our favorite PR and marketing podcasts.

But today, we are going to dive into our favorite gardening podcasts. And, we want to hear from you, too! What are your favorites podcasts? What are your favorite episodes? Let's hear it!

Read on for our eight favorite gardening podcasts of 2019.

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Topics: gardening, podcasts

Garden Media Group Previewed 2020 Trends at Cultivate’19

Posted by Katie Dubow on Mon, Jul 15, 2019 @ 3:36 PM

This month, garden industry insiders gathered at Cultivate’19, AmericanHort’s annual conference in Columbus. Garden Media Group’s Katie Dubow explored what the future holds.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, trends, Garden Trends

The Press Release is Dead... Or is it?

Posted by Katie Dubow on Wed, Jul 10, 2019 @ 12:28 PM

Press releases: You can often hear me saying, the press release is dead. But yet, we still write them, We still pitch them, and we still syndicate them.

And most importantly, they still get picked up and reprinted.

No, the press release is not dead. There’s a right way to do it, of course. 

A press release acts as a way for you to get a message out, especially when you have some great news to share. Or, if trouble comes up, it’s best to stay on top of the story and shape the narrative.

Read more to learn the right way and time to write a release up and send it out.

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Topics: press releases

July is National Blueberry Month

Posted by Katie Dubow on Tue, Jul 9, 2019 @ 11:49 AM

July is National Blueberry Month, a perfect time to celebrate the delicious and nutritious fruit.

We invite you to grow, eat, and cook with this powerhouse nature provides.

The health benefits of blueberries are widely known and continue to get attention as studies find even more super benefits from blueberries.

Among fruit, blueberries have the highest total antioxidant to help us fend off disease. They reduce belly fat, prevent hypertension, improve memory, and help to reduce the risk of colon cancer. 

And let's be honest, they are delicious!

Read more to learn the Four P's of growing blueberries and two recipes.

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Topics: garden marketing, Garden Trends

Why Your Garden Business Needs to Change its Facebook Strategy

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, May 23, 2019 @ 9:30 AM

For years, garden businesses measured their social media presence by how many “likes” they acquired. Particularly on the platform that first introduced “likes” — Facebook.

Facebook has undergone numerous changes over the past decade. Just a few years ago, you needed to have more page likes to have your content served to people — it wasn’t even an option for people to comment on a brand’s post unless they liked the page. As Facebook grew, a larger number of page likes meant that more people would see your content and possibly engage with it.

Social media marketing continues to evolve as newer platforms like Instagram and Snapchat bring new features. Metrics that were once relevant, have lost their luster in light of news feed changes and competition for finite amounts of news feed space.

Having social influence online and in-person is still necessary for brands to thrive. Users look to one another to validate brands and what they have to offer, however there are more relevant ways to measure your garden brand’s impact on social media than page likes and followers.

Read more to learn why...

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Topics: social media, facebook, video marketing

Starbucks: Coffee Choice of Dragon Queens

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, May 9, 2019 @ 9:00 AM

Those familiar with HBO know that there are no commercials during their shows.

It’s also less than likely a modern product will show up in an episode, especially in Game of Thrones. But this past Sunday, somebody left a coffee cup in a major scene. And it did NOT go unnoticed.

If this was a normal product placement deal, Starbucks would pay for the ad and then pay more to promote the ad.

But since HBO does not pay for product placement or ads during their show, this is now considered earned media. Lucky for them.

Read more to learn what the value of this accidental mention is to Starbucks in terms of PR.

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Topics: Public Relations Trends

Marketing to the Hispanic Consumer

Posted by Katie Dubow on Fri, Apr 26, 2019 @ 12:03 PM

Kelli Rodda's in-depth article in Garden Center magazine about marketing to under -served audiences, Hispanics and particularly Hispanic females, was much needed information for the garden industry.

While it's no secret that the face of the garden industry is largely white and male, the consumer and so often the workers look very different.

In fact, the United States looks different. Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority group in the US. According to Simmons Research, 17.4 percent of Americans 6+ identified as Hispanic or Latino. 

And with a buying power totaling $1.4 trillion, the Hispanic consumer carries significant economic clout.

Read more about how to make your garden marketing more multicultural.

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Topics: PR Campaign

Show the Value of PR Using Analytics

Posted by Katie Dubow on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 @ 11:01 AM

The world today is one of instant gratification. We want results, and we want them quickly.

The web gives us access to more information than our predecessors could have ever predicted, and because we can get results quickly, we make decisions quickly too. And that makes public relations measurement more important than ever.

The ROI of money invested in gardening public relations should be easy to see, but many question it. Analytics can be an important component of the work we do as PR professionals.

Read more to learn how to leverage analytics tools to serve our needs power of Google Analytics and how it can serve PR professionals.

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Topics: PR Measurement, PR Strategy, garden PR consultant, professional development

Marie Kondo Your PR Tactics

Posted by Katie Dubow on Wed, Apr 24, 2019 @ 10:27 AM

Our office has been hit by the KonMari Method, the tiding-up craze inspired by Marie Kondo.

Kondo is the successful author of the New York Times’ bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and star of her own Netflix series, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” She applies the act of mindfulness to possessions in your home, and teaches how to keep your space tidy with only things that ‘spark joy’.

Suzi attended a workshop on the KonMari method and was inspired not only to practice this in her home, but at the office as well. And the method doesn’t just apply to stuff, Marie says you can cleanse your life of bad relationships, as well.

What would Marie Kondo say if she looked under the hood of your business? What sparks joy for you? What is the clutter? What isn’t working that you keep doing over again? And what are the important things you’re just not getting to?

Today we are exploring how to KonMari your job, team, office, clients and media.

Read more to learn how to get rid of the things that aren’t serving you, and free up more time for the important things.

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Topics: marketing

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