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How to Use IGTV

Posted by Megan O'Connell on Wed, Sep 5, 2018 @ 7:40 AM

Instagram is constantly changing and updating to appeal to their audiences. While there are some updates that have brands and users up in arms, they have come out with one thing that has everyone talking. 

Instagram TV. This update to Instagram's platform let's users post videos from 15 seconds to 10 minutes. Those who have a bigger following can post videos up to an hour. 

With more of the younger generation "cutting the cord" and heading to YouTube, platforms need to keep up to stay relevant. It is projected that by 2021, mobile video will account for 78% of total mobile data traffic. So the media world is changing direction, literally. 

YouTube is all about horizontal videos, where Instagram is vertical videos only. It helps that it is a growth of Instagram stories, which also work best in the vertical format. 

Read on to see how you should be using IGTV.
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Topics: Instagram, social media, Infographic

Happy 30th Anniversary, Garden Media Group

Posted by Megan O'Connell on Sat, Sep 1, 2018 @ 10:06 AM

September 2018 marks our 30th birthday. Being in business for 30 years is a milestone for any company.

For us, it marks 30 years of growing, changing and finding focus.

Do you know the story? It all began in 1988 when Suzi put her young daughter, Katie, on the bus for the first day of school and opened the doors to IMPACT Marketing, a general practice PR firm. She started the business on the principle “Your vision is our mission” and envisioned a company whose sole purpose was its clients’ success. 

That vision lives on today in Garden Media Group.

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Topics: trends

Grow With Your Fans: PepsiCo's Way of Taking Charge

Posted by Megan O'Connell on Wed, Aug 29, 2018 @ 7:45 AM

In today's culture, customers ideas, passions and wants change at the drop of a hat or at least at the drop of a new trend.

Companies have a moving target they are working hard to please - their customers

Today's culture of self-care has some companies and industries in trouble. 

So, what are they doing to change that? Read more to find out.

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Topics: marketing, health and wellness, trends

Driving Engagement: Social Media's Biggest Heartache

Posted by Megan O'Connell on Wed, Aug 15, 2018 @ 7:45 AM

PR professionals and influencers alike know the struggle of social. We put time and effort into posting on social media for who to see?

Social media experts determine the perfect time to post, the perfect length of video, the best picture to post with it and yet it can still fall flat.

Audiences can stay the same, but platforms change their algorithms all the time, and often with no warning. 

What are social media professionals to do?

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Topics: social media, hashtag, key influencers

The Five Best Reasons to Hire an Intern

Posted by Alexandra Tett on Thu, Aug 9, 2018 @ 10:57 AM

What do you think of when you hear the word intern? Do you imagine a personal assistant running around getting coffee and laundry? Is the first word that pops into your head clumsy or inexperienced?

It is time to re-think the intern stereotypes and start looking at interns as investments for the future success for your company.

Here are some reasons to invest in educating the next generation of PR experts.

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Topics: Internship, professional development, employment

Purple Reign: Grow Your Health

Posted by Megan O'Connell on Tue, Aug 7, 2018 @ 8:36 AM

Purple Reign is the next deep dive of Nature’s Rx for Mental Wellness, the theme for the 2018 Garden Trends Report.

If you missed the other deep dives, here are Breathing RoomsSocial NetworkClimate ControlledMake a Splash and Imperfect Gardening.

Look around you, purple is the color of 2018. In fashion, in the home and… in the garden.

Ultra Violet was named Pantone’s color of 2018 as well because it communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

But what does that mean for your garden or your health? 

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Topics: Garden Trends, Garden Media, health and wellness

The Elephant in the Room: Artificial Intelligence

Posted by Alexandra Tett on Tue, Jul 24, 2018 @ 8:23 AM

Artificial Intelligence is looming in the corners of every PR firm’s office. The good news is, this advanced tech may be here to help, not get you fired.

The fear factor associated with Artificial Intelligence (AI) is that the software is rapidly taking over human jobs that require data processing and recognizing patterns in data. Long gone are the days of interns practicing data entry.

When you have a bot writing and pitching ideas to the media, human usefulness in PR is most definitely on the hot seat. The million dollar question is: can you really replace human intelligence? If not intelligence, human connection and relationships?

Find out the answer below!

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Topics: technology, software, economy

The Demands of Culture: Key Demographics

Posted by Alexandra Tett on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 @ 9:31 AM
It is necessary for the success of any PR campaign to know the demographics of the target audience and, most importantly, to not leave any key demographics out.

In the United States, we have an extremely large Hispanic population, accounting for 18 percent of the nation’s total population. Their consumer spending power, totaling $1.4 trillion in 2016, is reason enough to adjust your company’s marketing strategy to appeal to the Hispanic demographic.

To learn more about how culture affects the marketing and PR industries, read below!

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Topics: employment, networking, decision-making, marketing

Imperfect Garden - Don't Stress the Small Stuff

Posted by Megan O'Connell on Wed, Jul 11, 2018 @ 8:35 AM

Imperfect Gardening is the next deep dive of Nature’s Rx for Mental Wellness, the theme for the 2018 Garden Trends Report.

If you missed the other deep dives, here are Breathing RoomsSocial NetworkClimate Controlled and Make a Splash

Nowadays people are overstimulated and overworked. There seems to always be something going on, but sometimes it is best to take a step back and enjoy the imperfections. Especially in the garden.

More people need to practice the ancient Japanese Wabi-Sabi. Wabi-Sabi appreciates imperfections in life and the ability to age gracefully.

When applied to the garden, the practice is relaxing and enjoyable.

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Topics: health and wellness, Garden Media, trends

Thinking Ahead of the Social Media Game: Virtual Reality

Posted by Alexandra Tett on Wed, Jun 27, 2018 @ 10:52 AM

Yet again, social media is stepping up their game. Currently, the most engaging form of media is video. Well, not for long! The next big thing is coming and it is going to shake things up. What could possibly be more virtually engaging than a video? The answer is Virtual Reality.   

Virtual Reality (VR) will leapfrog video like video leapfrogged photographs. It will bring an unprecedented level of engagement to the table and force yet another advance among everyone’s social media accounts.

Read below to find out exactly how VR will revolutionize the digital world!

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Topics: how-to, software, professional development, technology

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