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How PR is Matchmaking 101

Posted by Tracey Brown on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 1:30 PM

Today is National Matchmaker Day- yes there is a holiday for everything. This holiday marks a particularly important one for PR professionals, because it is a great day to learn how to make the best match for your customers.

Just being Mr. Reliable or Ms. Congeniality isn’t enough. When looking for the perfect match, you need to pull out all the stops and know every aspect of your potential partner.

Being a good matchmaker, or PR professional, is about the ability to listen and understand the habits, passions and hobbies of the pair.

Asking the right questions can be the difference between success and failure in setting up an interview, pitching a new client or even simply enjoying a meal with a prospect.

Read on to learn how matchmaking relates to PR and how you can become better matchmaker.

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Topics: Public relations, garden marketing, image building, leadership, decision-making

Keep Your Business Top-of-Mind this Labor Day

Posted by Katie Dubow on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 8:30 AM

The increase of back-to-school sale emails and the smell of pumpkin spice lattes in the air indicates summer is winding down and Labor Day is here!

While this long weekend is usually celebrated near water, with family, and friends, it doesn’t mean your marketing efforts should be put on hold.

Read on to learn how to create opportunities that keep your garden business on top.

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Topics: branding, PR Strategy, image building

Trending Thursday: Dogscaping Deep Dive

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 @ 8:21 AM

You know by now that Petscaping is about creating a safe place for pets to roll, run and roam outside.

Pet owners are thinking more and more about how to make their gardens safe for every member of the family. 

Protecting dogs and cats from harmful chemicals is as important as protecting precious plants from pets. Creating a chemical free environment from the ground up is key for a safe outdoor space.

Continue reading for deep dive into Dogscaping.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, Garden Trends, Garden Media, petscaping, catio

Infographic: Build Your Brand Online

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 @ 9:32 AM

You can create a social media account in no time. One thing you can’t build overnight? Your brand.

In this day-and- age anything from companies to apps to people can be considered brands, and it takes time and dedication to make your presence relevant on the web.  

This infographic from Lifehack offers a few simple steps for gaining traction online.

What does your brand say about you?

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Topics: branding, Digital Branding, social media, Social, Infographic

Trending Thursday: 4 Ways to Reach to Pet Parents

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, Aug 18, 2016 @ 8:07 AM

Petscaping, designing a landscape with four-legged friends in mind, is a new idea for many pet parents. And you know what? Pets love it! From 'catios' to puppy play areas, this pet-forward trend is sizzling this summer.

There's a lot of overlap between gardeners and pet owners. You're looking at a group of outdoor fanatics. Plus, people who care about their pets will do anything for them. Meaning, spend anything on them, too.

Companies can stand out online by appealing to "man's best friend."

You know petscaping is a trend, but how do you communicate that to your consumers?

Continue reading to learn how your garden brand can appeal to a new audience of pet lovers. 

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Topics: Trending Thursday, Garden Trends, social media, blogging, pitching

Tips For Building Your Personal Brand

Posted by Stacey Pierson on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 @ 9:05 AM

I never thought of myself as a brand until recently. I’ve been in public relations for more than twenty years and without even realizing it, I’ve become my own personal brand that builds relationships and shares advice on social channels. And I’ve even secured my own personal web profile. 

When most people think of a brand today, a company is usually the first thing that pops into their heads. In the age of digital marketing, everyone can be their own brand.

Continue reading to learn how to create and maintain your personal brand.

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Topics: Public relations, branding, Digital Branding

Trending Thursday Petscaping: 5 Tips to Create a Pet-safe yard

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 @ 8:42 AM

Pets are right by our side when we need them most. They tend to spend every minute looking out for us actually. Plus, they love digging in the dirt just as much as any gardener.

Responsible pet parents want to keep pets happy and safe. Protecting pets outside is just as important as inside and ensures yards and gardens are safe for beloved four-legged family members.

Petscaping is a trend that any gardening company can get on-board with. So, thank them incorporating dogscaping when you design your landscape and create a yard that’s dog-friendly to keep them happy, healthy and out of trouble.

Continue reading to learn how to create a pet friendly yard.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, trends, Garden Trends, petscaping, catio

Interested in a PR Internship? Here’s What You Should Know

Posted by Sara Skipp on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 @ 9:37 AM

An old cliché tells us “practice makes perfect.” Variations suggest “practice makes permanent.” But when it comes to a PR internship, one bit of wisdom rises above the rest: practice makes experience.

Although studying theory and researching media law may teach you a lot about the history and foundation of the PR industry, nothing is a real substitute for practical experience.

If you’re interested in working in a fast-paced field, an internship is your golden ticket to adjusting the pace of your own learning. The office is a whole new kind of classroom.

But what are some words of advice you should hear before you dive into the world of PR?

Continue reading to learn more about advice for future interns.

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Trending Thursday: Dogscaping creates safe paws

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Aug 4, 2016 @ 9:30 AM

For today's Trending Thursday post, highlighting the dogscaping trend from our 2016 Garden Trends Report. 

Pets run through the lawn, roll in it, dig in it and often eat it so it’s no wonder that pet owners are thinking more and more about how to make their gardens pet friendly and pet safe.

Dogscaping is creating a safe place for pets to roll, run and roam outside.

Learn more about Dogscaping from our latest YouTube video.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, gardening, Garden Trends, Youtube, marketing

3 Ways to Coach Yourself to Better Writing

Posted by Sara Skipp on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 @ 11:53 AM

Improving your writing is a gradual process. It’s all about learning to adapt your own writing style and creating a smooth, professional piece.

Sometimes, it can be frustrating.

With writing, every piece marks another opportunity to improve. And improvement isn’t limited to varying sentence structures, constructing a catchy opening and mastering grammar rules.

So what can help you improve your writing, regardless of skill level?

Read more to learn about improving your writing strategies.

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