GROW! Marketing and Public Relations Tips

Coach your Client Through a TV Interview

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Wed, May 25, 2016 @ 9:25 AM

As a PR professional, there’s nothing better than watching your client shine. We love when our clients get an opportunity to tell their stories – especially on TV.

It is our job to make them stars, after all. 

What many people may not realize is that there is quite a bit of behind-the-scenes preparation, practice and time that goes into making clients TV ready.

We’ve offered a few tips on how to mold your client into the perfect brand ambassador.

Continue reading for tips on how to coach your client through a TV Interview.

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Topics: Public relations, branding, Media Relations, Garden Media, Interviews

Trending Thursday: Backyard Boldness Deep Dive

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, May 19, 2016 @ 1:00 PM

The Backyard Boldness trend celebrates all things unique and personal. From gardens to outdoor décor to experiences, people are striving for personalization.  

Bold colors and new ideas help people stand out.

Continue reading for a look into the essence of backyard boldness.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, Garden Trends, social media, Garden Media

How I Made the Most of My Public Relations Internship

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 10:32 AM

In public relations, it is crucial to gain real-world experience to learn about the industry. Studying communications and public relations in the classroom is beneficial, but nothing beats “learning by doing.”

For college students, the best way to gain hands-on experience is through internships.

Not only does interning provide you with beneficial work experience, it also helps you learn more about yourself, what you are good at and what career path you want to pursue in the future.

During my internship at Garden Media, I was given opportunities to work on long-term projects, complete tasks for clients and even develop relationships with the media. I gained first-hand perspective as to what it’s like to work in a small public relations agency. My internship provided me with experiences and professional relationships that will be extremely beneficial in my pursuit of a full-time career.

Continue reading to learn how you can make the most out of your PR internship.

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Topics: Public relations, hiring a public relations person, Marketing to Millennials, Garden Media, Internship

Trending Thursday: Personalization is the Essence of Your Brand

Posted by Courtney Kates on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 10:06 AM

With such a wide variety of products and services available, people face tough decisions when it comes to what they spend their money on.

Brands can make it easy for people to remain customers by offering personalized services and customized products.

Personalization is the essence of the backyard boldness trend. People are transforming their backyards into personalized entertainment spaces by adding creative décor. LED lights, bright colors and bold patters are adding life to these new backyard sanctuaries.

Continue reading to learn how personalization can help your brand.

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Topics: Public relations, Trending Thursday, trends, Garden Trends, marketing, Garden Media

Let’s Get Visual – It’s the Future of PR

Posted by Nicole Guarasci on Wed, May 11, 2016 @ 9:02 AM

We live in the age of images and videos.  

And on social, people don’t stop scrolling their feeds to read something. They stop for visuals.

This trend does wonders for the public relations industry. PR professionals want to inspire engagement and views on social media that only visuals can give. Whether it is a fast-paced, 6-second video or a beautiful image, these are the kind of posts getting attention- especially since words don't cutting it anymore.

Marketers, PR professionals and social media connoisseurs get this and have altered their strategies accordingly. Plus, social media sites are making this easier to be done with new, wildly popular features.

Continue reading to learn how to take advantage of visuals on social media.

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Topics: creating content, Digital Branding, Instagram, social media, Snapchat

Trending Thursday: Backyard Boldness Transforms the Outdoors

Posted by Nicole Guarasci on Thu, May 5, 2016 @ 9:19 AM

For this Trending Thursday, we explore the backyard boldness trend from our 2016 Garden Trends Report.

People are revamping their backyards into bolder and more whimsical sanctuaries. Many are going back to the outdoors for relaxing and entertaining, but with more creative and innovative décor.

Learn more about backyard boldness in our latest YouTube video.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, trends, Garden Trends, Youtube, Garden Media

The Most Interesting Campaign in the World

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, May 4, 2016 @ 11:33 AM

I don’t always enjoy nine years of the same marketing campaign, but when I do, it’s because Dos Equis does it right.

Jonathan Goldsmith, also known as the Most Interesting Man in the World, has been the iconic face of Dos Equis for almost a decade. After years of Goldsmith encouraging fellow beer drinkers to “Stay thirsty,” the beer company is saying goodbye to its famous spokesperson.

And of course, he has to go out with a bang. The company launched the final advertisement of Goldsmith’s campaign, which features him taking off on a one-way mission to Mars.

So, after nine years of a wildly successful campaign – the number of beer cases shipped by the brand increased 34.8 percent since 2007– why is Dos Equis sending off their legendary spokesman?

Continue reading to learn how your business can create interesting marketing campaigns.

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Topics: PR Campaign, creating content, audience, trends, social media, marketing, Garden Media

Trending Thursday: The Makers Lifestyle Deep Dive

Posted by Courtney Kates on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 @ 1:30 PM

Move over DIYers, there’s a new movement in town – the Makers.

People are shifting from “doing” to “making” as the Makers Lifestyle takes off. The movement is based on creating experiences that are unique to each individual’s taste. The Yuccies are a major player in this trend as they seek validation of their intellect and lifestyle, no matter the price.

PR pros need to be aware of these trends in order to more effectively reach their target audience through specific, unique campaigns.

Continue reading to learn about some of the most popular trends of the Makers Lifestyle.

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Topics: Public Relations Trends, Trending Thursday, trends, Garden Trends, Garden Media

Emojis are the New PR Language

Posted by Nicole Guarasci on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 @ 9:36 AM

It is hard to ignore emojis.  These illustrated emoticons have made their way across the internet, through cell phone screens and have even graced the cover of notable magazines.

Brands should take note of their widespread reach and embrace them.

Emojis have become a staple in PR in recent years, so much so that powerhouse brands like Chevy even released a press release in nothing but emojis

What makes emojis so great is that they are a common language. People all over the world can use them and know what they mean.

The PR world is utilizing the power and reach of emojis to make an impact for brands.

Continue reading to discover why all PR professionals should be using emojis.

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Topics: Twitter, PR Strategy, Digital Branding, internet media, social media

Trending Thursday: Yuccies are Not Yucky for PR

Posted by Nicole Guarasci on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:37 AM

blog3.jpgWatch out hipsters! There is a new demographic out there: yuccies.

Yuccies are young urban creatives that thrive on making, experiencing and fighting for a cause. They make their mark by being inventive and original.

At the forefront of the maker’s lifestyle trend, yuccies emphasize creating experiences and a world for themselves. Their existence has helped the DIY movement shift from “doing” to “making”. These young individuals personalize their environments – from their careers to their personal brand to their backyard spaces.

Continue reading to learn about how brands can target yuccies.

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Topics: audience, Trending Thursday, trends, Marketing to Millennials, Garden Trends

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