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Speaker Series: Lauren Grow Thrives in Leadership Roles

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 12:00 AM

We sat down with Lauren Grow for this week’s speaker seriesLauren is a junior at West Chester University. She majors in communication studies and political science.

Describing Lauren as busy is an understatement. In addition to her role as Garden Media's Intern, she’s served as the president of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) for the last two years and is an member of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communications Honor Society. She is also an executive board member of her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, and was elected to the governing body of Greek life on campus.

True to her name “Grow,” Lauren also gardens in her free time.  

Continue reading to learn more about Lauren and her experiences in the public relations and marketing industry. 

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Tags: garden marketing, Garden Media Group, social media, Garden Media, Speaker Series

How to Utilize Earth Day to Promote a Brand

Posted by Lauren Grow on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Earth day officially falls on April 22 every year. This creates an opportunity for people to celebrate the planet and all it provides for its inhabitants. 

It also creates an opportunity to show how your brand cares for and supports the planet.

According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of Americans identify a problem with the damages humans have caused to the earth and believe there is concrete evidence to support global warming. These percentages are set to continue to increase in the next several years.

For garden brands, every day is Earth Day. 

The holiday presents a great opportunity for garden brands to teach consumers about the importance of living a green and sustainable lifestyle.

Continue reading to learn more about how garden brands can use Earth Day to promote their brands and teach consumers about green living.

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Tags: lawn and garden public relations, garden marketing, audience, branding, Garden Media Group, social media, blogging, marketing

Trending Thursday: Get the Most out of Group Brainstorms

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 @ 6:00 AM

It’s raining ideas in the office! Or at least is should be.

Public relations professionals are responsible for generating innovative campaigns and hosting buzzworthy events for clients. But what happens when those ideas run out? How do great ideas go from thoughts to concrete proposals?

Unless your office has a slot machine full of ideas on hand, most campaigns are born, cultivated and nurtured as part of a brainstorming session.

Continue reading for more tips on how a team can brainstorm effectively.

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Tags: PR Campaign, creating content, Garden Media Group, Campaign, Brainstorming

Speaker Series: Sammie Arcieri's Learning Curve in the Industry

Posted by Lauren Grow on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

For our second Spring Speaker Series, we sat down with Garden Media Group’s newest employee, Sammie Arcieri.

New to the lawn and garden industry, Sammie has experienced a crash course in all things green living. She’s even grown a few things of her own.

As an Assistant Account Manager, Sammie manages the company’s blog, oversees the intern program and continues to nurture relevant media contacts.

Continue reading to learn more about Sammie and her experiences in the public relations and marketing industry. 

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Tags: marketing communications, Garden Media Group, blogging, key influencers, Speaker Series

Infographics Serve as the New Press Release

Posted by Lauren Grow on Thu, Apr 9, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

In today’s fast-paced, connected world, people are 30 times more likely to read infographics than text-based articles.

As the world becomes more visual, it is no surprise that infographics have become a standard for communicating information with consumers and the press – and there is no end in the rise on the industry horizon. 

Brands can use infographics to dispense information, news and tips to readers in a visually stimulating and cost effective way.

Continue reading to learn how garden brands can use infographics to captivate and engage audiences.

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Tags: garden marketing, branding, Public Relations Trends, Digital Branding, Garden Media Group, content marketing

Speaker Series: Stacey Pierson Highlights Importance of Client Relationships

Posted by Lauren Grow on Wed, Apr 8, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

For our brand new Spring Speaker Series, we sat down with Garden Media Group’s most veteran employee, Stacey Pierson.

Stacey has been with the company for more than16 years and is a public relations pro when it comes to the lawn and garden industry. As an Account Supervisor, Stacey has helped launch products and build amazing brands for her clients.

Continue reading to learn more about Stacey and her experiences in the public relations and marketing industry. 

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Tags: Public relations, press releases, image building, Garden Media Group, Speaker Series

Crown Bees Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Mar 26, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

Social networks aren’t just for people anymore.

Crown Bees solution-driven Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign builds a network of native Bee Boosters who support and raise native bees.

Continue reading for more information on how to become a Bee Booster. 

 

 

 

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Tags: branding, Digital Branding, garden business, case study, Campaign

How Brands can use #Hashtags to Generate Clicks

Posted by Lauren Grow on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

Oxford English Dictionary debuted a new word in June 2014 – “Hashtag.”

The popular metadata tag allows social media users to combine words and phrases to formulate a search of key words pertaining to anything imaginable.

Hashtags have revolutionized social media since they were introduced on Twitter in 2009. Today, they serve as mini search engines and create opportunities for brands to categorize content, showcase personality, promote events and build buzz around a product.  

Although they began on Twitter, hashtags have since been incorporated into every social media platform available to consumers. They have even become incorporated into vocal speech.

Continue reading to learn how garden brands can incorporate hashtags into their social media branding strategy.

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Tags: Twitter, branding, Marketing to Millennials, Garden Media Group, social media, marketing, facebook, hashtag, Social

Trending Thursday: St. Patrick’s Day and PR

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 @ 8:30 AM

St Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, which means thousands of people will join together next week to wear green and celebrate Irish culture and heritage.

After all, everyone is Irish on March 17.

Brands also join together to take advantage of the marketing opportunities the holiday provides.

According to prsa.org, “St. Patrick’s Day is becoming a widely celebrated holiday across the United States, and is proving to be a valuable sales, marketing and public relations opportunity. The holiday has seen more than a 10 percent increase in the number of Americans celebrating from 2010 to 2013. In addition to the ‘39.6 million Americans who claim Irish heritage,’ those without roots in Ireland partake in the large-scale celebratory activities as well.”

Public relations and St. Patrick’s Day have a lot in common – especially when it comes to PR in the garden industry.

Continue reading for more information on what Public Relations and St. Patrick’s Day have in common.

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Tags: garden marketing, audience, PR Strategy, public relations media plan

Snapchat Revolutionizing Branding for Garden Industry

Posted by Lauren Grow on Wed, Mar 11, 2015 @ 9:00 AM

Since 2011, Snapchat, an app that allows users to take ‘self-destructing’ pictures, has taken social media by storm.

The innovative app has a rumored 100 million active monthly users making it competitive with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  

PR teams behind events like the Superbowl and the Oscars, as well as various brands and news outlets have developed strategies and campaigns to appeal to Millennials - those that use Snapchat religiously.

In addition to promoting events, Snapchat has included a “Discovery” page featuring news, trending topics and entertainment features.  

Snapchat presents a huge opportunity for garden brands, as Millennials become a target consumer.

Continue reading to learn how garden brands can utilize Snapchat to reach a new target audience.

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Tags: branding, trends, gardening, social media, Snapchat, Garden Media