Garden Media Gives Thanks to YOU... and Infographics

Posted by Katie Dubow on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

For today's Thanksgiving post, we want to take the time to express our gratitude. At Garden Media, our greatest strength is our hardworking, creative team. I am thankful for them. This year, we celebrated our 27th Thanksgiving as a company. And that makes me thankful for Suzi, her dedication to this company, our clients and the industry amazes me everyday. And finally, we’re thankful for you, our readers and friends, who find our content valuable, interesting and newsworthy. We couldn’t have done it without you.

In addition to homoring our team and YOU... we're combining two of the best things on the internet: food and infographics.

Remember, when crafting content for your blog, you have to think about topics that will not only educate and inspire your audience, but also encourage social sharing - all while maintaining your own, unique voice.

So while yes, Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, spending time with family and remembering our roots, it's also about food. So, let's pay homage to what we're all truly excited for... 

The New York Times published 'The United States of Thanksgiving,' a list of recipes that represent the 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico! The dishes range from traditional cranberry sauce to creative twists on favorites such as Pennsylvania's glazed bacon. 

Keep reading to check out the map for your state and dish:

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Tags: Garden Media Group

Create Great Content for Pinterest

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 @ 2:16 PM

With more than 100 million monthly users globally, you must know that Pinterest is an important piece of your brand’s quest for social media domination.

And with two-thirds of the content being Pinned from businesses, brands that pin daily, have original content and large followings are more likely to get their name out to the masses.

Users are browsing the site for everything from inspiration to how-to's. And the site recently introduced a buy it now button for those who want to make a purchase on the spot.

Make the most of this platform to increase your brand's presence.

Read on for 5 tips for creating great content for Pinterest.

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Tags: Pinterest, creating content, Digital Branding, social media

Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 @ 1:19 PM

Think about the way you think. Yes, it's a strange question, but are you capable of changing the way you think?

Most people are set in their ways, which can be dangerous working in a creative environment.

Original ideas are essential to repeatedly impressing clients and customers. New ideas often stem from different ways of thinking.

Divergent thinking and inspired brainstorming sessions can be extremely beneficial in the workplace, especially when it comes to developing innovative solutions.

Read more to learn about divergent thinking.

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Tags: PR Campaign, lawn and garden public relations, creating content, Garden Media Group, Brainstorming, leadership, decision-making

6 Steps to Rock Pinterest in 2016

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 12:12 PM

2016 is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to refresh your garden brand’s Pinterest strategy. 

Over the past five years, Pinterest has become the second most high-powered search engine (behind Google) that delivers your content directly to target audiences that want to see it.

The best thing about Pinterest: content survives long-term on the platform. 

The second best thing, Pins continue to drive traffic back to your website long after you initially pin it.

A study by Piquora found that 40 percent of pin clicks happen within the first day, 70 percent happen within the first two days, and the remaining 30 percent of clicks happen 30 days and beyond.

This is truly social marketing gold. A tweet lives for about 2.8 hours (if you’re lucky) and a Facebook post lasts 3.2 hours. Pins practically live forever on the site and 80 percent of the images on Pinterest are repins, 

Get started creating your 2016 Pinterest strategy with these six tips.

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Tags: Pinterest, audience, branding, Digital Branding, social media

What to Do When Things Go Wrong

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 @ 11:19 AM

Volkswagen is facing a storm of bad publicity surrounding the recent emissions test scandal.

Chipotle has temporarily closed a number of its western stores due to E. coli outbreaks.

Crises like these happen all too often these days and it is crucial to know how to react in these situations.

A publicity crisis has the potential to destroy a brand. If dealt with in a positive manner, companies can, and often do, rebuild themselves by responding quickly and honestly.

Read more to learn about the best ways brands can respond to a publicity crisis.

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Tags: Public relations, audience, branding, marketing communications, Garden Media, crisis

Garden Media Dishes on Workspace Décor

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Nov 5, 2015 @ 7:35 AM

We now know there are a variety of benefits that come with decorating the workspace. Not only does it spark creativity and boost productivity, it also allows employees to show off their personalities.

My personal workspace reflects who and what I admire most. My desk – accompanied by a giant, colorful corkboard – showcases everything from inspirational Beyoncé posters to pictures of my family to houseplants.

A little desk décor makes all the difference in the world - and the Garden Media office agrees.  

Continue reading to see what type of décor inspires the rest of the Garden Media team.

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Tags: Public relations, trends, image building, Garden Media, leadership

Build Your Brand by Telling Stories

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Nov 4, 2015 @ 12:28 PM

At the start of the World Series, PR Week asked the question: What World Series team has the better story to tell?

New York Mets fans cheered for the underdog team to win their first World Series title since 1986.

Kansas City Royals fans were excited about the chance of redemption after their loss in 2014. 

Most people have blind loyalty to a team, largely due to city pride. But it doesn’t hurt when the team has a great story to tell.

The start of each season brings about a hopeful new chapter, with the players as the characters and the anticipation of ending the story with the ultimate victory, a World Series title.

However, sports teams aren’t the only ones with a story. Brands can – and should – tell stories, too.

Read more to learn about how your brand can tell a story.

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Tags: branding, PR Strategy, Digital Branding, image building, Garden Media Group, Garden Media

6 Tips to Pitch the Perfect Guest Post

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, Oct 29, 2015 @ 3:56 AM

Do you dream of seeing your byline on a popular gardening site?

Make that dream a reality by sharing your expertise and becoming a guest blogger. You will reach new audiences and break into new markets with just one simple post.

Once you've made the decision to become a guest blogger, you might have to send a lot of cold emails before you find someone who’s interested in sharing their web space with you. You need to have a well-developed pitch that demonstrates that you’re the expert and the blog’s readers are going to love what you have to say.

Find out how to pitch the perfect guest post below.

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Tags: audience, branding, SEO


Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Oct 28, 2015 @ 10:42 AM

#MyResumeDoesntMention was trending on Twitter last week. More than 12,000 tweets were sent out about the subject and they ranged from funny to obscure, but most talked about skills valuable in the workplace.

Building a resume can be hard. Compiling education, work experience and essential strengths into a single page is crucial to appearing qualified and accomplished. A lot of outside skills and experiences often don’t make the cut, but can still be utilized in a professional environment.

Read on to learn how to transfer real-life experiences into professional attributes.

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Tags: Public relations, Twitter, Garden Media Group, social media, Garden Media

Three Reasons Why Your Workspace Needs a Facelift

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Oct 22, 2015 @ 10:36 AM

It is true, inspiration can come from anything, at any time. But successful people know their office space makes a big difference. I mean, heck, the average person spends more than 2,000 hours a year at their desk. Why not make it a comfortable space to send emails, make calls, hold meetings and surf the internet?

While it’s impossible to feel inspired 24/7 there’s one thing anyone can do to immediately to spark creativity: decorate the workspace. 

Continue reading for three reasons about the benefits of decorating your workspace.

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Tags: branding, trends, image building, Brainstorming, Internship