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Watch Super Bowl Commercials, It Improves Your Brand

Posted by Erin Dunne on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 10:49 AM

During the 2015 Super Bowl, Budweiser released #BestBuds, an emotional commercial about a friendship between their beloved Clydesdale horses and a puppy, which probably made you tear up more than the Seahawks fans at the end of the game.

While you will inevitably sob into your chips, dips and beers during the 2016 Super Bowl, you can at least learn some skills about marketing your brand along the way.

If anything, the Super Bowl commercials teach us about how to effectively market your brand, particularly on social media.

Continue reading to learn how Super Bowl commercials can help improve your brand.

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Topics: PR Campaign, PR Strategy, marketing communications, advertising, marketing

Dream Big. Be a Unicorn.

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 @ 7:08 AM

For all companies, building and developing a captivating brand persona is key for marketing strategies. Yet, many overlook another big component of success: personal marketing.

Like a corporate brand, creating a personal brand requires a tactical approach. It can be challenging, but those who figure out the skill sets needed to promote themselves, see their careers climb to new heights.

Continue reading for more tips on how to market yourself and nab that dream job.

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Topics: Public relations, branding, advertising, content marketing, marketing

Snapchat's Advertising Philosophy Creates Valuable Content

Posted by Nikole Gennari on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 10:06 AM

Snapchat, the popular Millennial photo sharing app, is revolutionizing themselves as a company.

While Snapchat has incredible features, the brand’s philosophy is the real winner.

With a cautious attitude, the company continues to incorporate geofilters, a fun way to share where you are, and advertisements into their app without disrupting the overall experience.

While they’ve broken down walls for users to see what is going on in the world, Snapchat maintains a friendly relationship with companies that advertise on the app.

Continue reading for more information about how Snapchat’s policy teaches businesses how to create better content.

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Topics: Media Relations, advertising, content marketing, social media, Snapchat

Five Ways to Stay Focused at Work

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Wed, Jul 29, 2015 @ 9:37 AM

Those who list “multitasking” as a skill on their resumes should consider revising. According to Devora Zack, CEO of Only Connect Consulting, multitasking cuts productivity by 40 percent.

When we work on two projects at once, our brains are actually switching back and forth between each activity non-stop. Our bodies think multitasking is a good thing because each time we start a new task, our brains gets excited.

Science proves; however, that multitasking decreases productivity and exhausts the brain.

Continue reading for more information about how to focus at work.

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Topics: Public relations, creating content, advertising, Brainstorming, lessons

Speaker Series: Susan McCoy Discusses Dynamic Career in Public Relations

Posted by Lauren Grow on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 @ 6:00 AM

For this week's Spring Speaker Series, we sat down with CEO and founder of Garden Media Group, Suzi McCoy. Suzi has run Garden Media for 27 years – an accomplishment worth noting.

After working with a range of clients in her early career, Suzi quickly discovered it was happy “ladies and gentleman” of the gardening industry that made every day enjoyable.

Continue to read more about Suzi’s career as an industry pro – from successes to lessons learned.

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Topics: Public relations, branding, advertising vs public relations, advertising, Garden Media Group, content marketing, Speaker Series

Pinterest Debuts Ads & What It Means for Your Garden Business

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Last month, Pinterest followed in the footsteps of other social media giants by announcing that advertisements would soon sneak their way into your Pinterest streams.

Pinterest, though, touted something different: "tasteful" ads.

And as promised, the advertisments/promoted pins have arrived--kind of.

Last week, the sponsored advertisements went live for a handful of Pinterest users.

Read on to discover what Pinterest ads will look like, how they'll keep growing, and how your garden business can capitalize on these pseudo ads.

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Topics: Pinterest, PR Strategy, advertising, social media

Exactly How Important is Public Relations?

Posted by Katie Dubow on Mon, May 13, 2013 @ 8:40 AM

In the late nineteen twenties the two largest manufacturers of breakfast cereal, Kellogg's and Post, were vying for the hearts and wallets of the American people. But with the Great Depression looming in the distance, and spending on the top of everyone's minds, only one company could come out on top.  Can you guess who?

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Topics: garden marketing, branding, advertising vs public relations, case study, advertising

Social Media: The New EgoSystem Lets Us All Be Popular

Posted by Susan McCoy on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 @ 9:39 AM

Trying to wrap our head around the social networking phenomena has been a challenge for most people. It's mind boggling how much people want to share about their personal lives.

But I've had several aha moments to shed some light on the subject from several sources. The first was from Kyle Lacey who said a dozen times in one day, "Social media is 90% narcissism."

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Topics: Public relations, SEO, internet media, advertising, Garden Media Group, social media

Marketing Agency Review for Lawn and Garden Businesses

Posted by Zack Bennitt on Mon, Jan 7, 2013 @ 9:20 AM

In the business of marketing, there are countless theories as to how best to promote and brand a business, product, or services. Some say advertising. We of course say, “PR’s the best!” Others say SEO, search engine optimization.

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Topics: garden marketing, advertising vs public relations, lawn & garden public relations, garden business, SEO, advertising

6 Reasons NOT to Hire a Lawn & Garden Industry Public Relations Firm

Posted by Susan McCoy on Wed, Oct 3, 2012 @ 9:39 AM

I talk to a lot of individuals and companies about public relations and have heard every objection under the sun as to why they don't need to hire a PR firm.  I am always eager to learn from people what their marketing goals are and how their current activities are helping to reach those goals.  Most often, it's that people don't understand public relations, have had a bad experience or think it will be too expensive. 

In the end, most people quote these six reasons for not hiring a PR firm:

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Topics: Public relations, marketing communications, lawn & garden public relations, horticultural marketing communications, advertising

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