GROW! Marketing and Public Relations Tips

Part Two: How PR is like Matchmaking 101

Posted by Tracey Brown on Wed, Sep 7, 2016 @ 9:22 AM

You know by now that working in the PR industry is similar to attending matchmaking bootcamp.

Research, listening are a few things PR professionals need to do to match the perfect client with the perfect customer. Timing plays a huge role, too.

We’ve identified additional things that make brands irresistible to consumers.   

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

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Topics: Public relations, hiring a public relations person, garden business, Garden Media, leadership

Trending Thursday: New e-Book Reveals How to Achieve Social Media Success

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 @ 9:02 AM

“Likes,” “Shares” and “ReTweets” are terms synonymous with a successful brand.

Social media, an extremely effective marketing medium, helps brands reach people on a large scale. In today’s world, public relations campaigns must utilize social media to increase brand awareness and grow consumer demand.

To teach garden brands how to properly convey marketing messages over social media, Garden Media Group released its latest free e-Book, “How The Espoma Company Bloomed: A Social Media Case Study.” The e-Book outlines the best practices for monitoring and posting to a variety of social sites.

Continue reading to learn more about Espoma’s case study.

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Topics: garden marketing, garden business, ebook club, social media

Trending Thursday: Layered Landscapes Deep Dive

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 @ 9:47 AM

You know by now that the Layered Landscape trend helps attract local wildlife and encourages people to design yards that are built to last far beyond one season.

Native plants and diverse species help create a true layered landscape.

Continue reading for a look into the essence of layered landscapes.

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Topics: garden marketing, Trending Thursday, garden business, Garden Trends, Garden Media

Trending Thursday: How to Create a Layered Landscape

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 10:32 AM

Last year, we sat down with Dr. Doug Tallamy to talk biodiversity and native plants. Tallamy, professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware said that yards that truly thrive support ecosystems.    

We cited layered landscapes as a top 2016 garden trend. The trend of choosing plants with a purpose will continue to spread to the backyard and beyond. (Layered Landscape concepts can even apply to the PR industry!)

Here are some tips on how to create your own layered landscape.

Continue reading to learn how to create a layered landscape in your backyard.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, gardening, garden business, Garden Trends, Garden Media

Trending Thursday: How the Housing Market Affects Your Garden Business

Posted by Courtney Kates on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 12:12 PM

The divide between homeowners and renters is continuously growing.

Renters are spending more of their income on housing each month as it becomes an increasingly popular living option, especially among young people in urban areas.

Meanwhile, homeowners are taking advantage of current interest rates to keep monthly payments low.

It is essential for garden companies to understand the differences between homeowners and renters. These two groups have different lifestyles that affect how and where they spend their money. You need to target marketing techniques to the different groups.

So, what are some of the most important differences between these two demographics?

Read more to learn about how you can adjust your market strategy accordingly.

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Topics: audience, Trending Thursday, Marketing to Millennials, garden business, Garden Trends, marketing, Garden Media

Trending Thursday: Welltality Field Trip

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 @ 10:11 AM

Welltality goes hand-in-hand with landscaping and gardening. Now, more than ever, plants are becoming an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and used for everything from décor to air purifiers to food.  

A few of us from Garden Media visited three garden centers to examine how each store showcased welltality. 

Continue reading to learn more about Garden Media’s welltality field trip.  

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Topics: garden marketing, Trending Thursday, garden business, Garden Media Group, Garden Trends

Trending Thursday: Thinking Outside the Plant

Posted by Nicole Guarasci on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 @ 9:21 AM

More than ever, people today are putting health and wellness first and monitoring what goes in their body, whether it is the food they eat or the air they breathe.

The new welltality trend allows garden businesses to profit from this! 

Plants are more than just a pretty face. In fact, many industries other than ours are utilizing greenery to differentiate themselves from competitors and to create a healthier environment.

Hotels offer living walls, indoor forests and locally grown food as part of their guest experience. These features not only attract more customers, but also provide a healthier space for guests and workers.

Welltality is popping up in all different types of businesses because they too are making health and wellness a priority. 

Businesses should think "outside the plant” and use greenery in innovative ways. Cash in on all the benefits plants have to offer.

Continue reading to learn how to cash in on plants.

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Topics: PR Campaign, branding, Trending Thursday, garden business, Garden Trends

Trending Thursday: The Year of the Blueberry

Posted by Courtney Kates on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 @ 9:18 AM

From purchasing indoor houseplants to eating organic food, people are becoming increasingly aware of their health and wellness.

Welltality is a rising trend not only in the garden industry, but also across the country.

One of the most common places we can see this trend taking off is in the kitchen. People are growing their own fresh food and enjoying the fruits of their labor with garden-to-table meals.

Packed with vitamins, antioxidant and dietary fiber, homegrown blueberries are on the forefront of this trend. They are easy to grow and their delicious taste will have kids and parents alike craving more.

BrazelBerries®, a collection of delicious compact edible berry plants from Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, embodies the welltality trend. The company continues to introduce new berry varieties each year for anyone to enjoy in their own backyard. New to the collection this year is Perpetua, a true double cropping blueberry that fruits in mid-summer and then again in the fall.

Continue reading to learn how BrazelBerries utilizes popular trends and current events to boost their business.

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

Trending Thursday: Connected Greenery Deep Dive

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 @ 8:11 AM

The connected greenery trend shows that consumers are getting plugged in outside.

The industry trends report finds gardening has transformed into a connected lifestyle in 2016. The rising millennial generation is constantly plugged in.

People want to be successful in the garden, and they’re turning to technology to help them grow plants both indoors and out.

Here’s this month’s Garden trend deep dive.

Continue reading for more information about Connected Greenery.

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

Trending Thursday: Syncing with Nature Deep Dive

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 @ 8:05 AM

Garden Media’s 2016 Garden Trends Report, Syncing with Nature, finds gardening has transformed into a connected lifestyle in 2016

The gardening and outdoor living industries can lure future consumers – and their digital accessories – outside and connect garden hobbyists with a broader community.

Here’s this month’s trend deep dive.  

Continue reading for more information about Syncing with Nature.

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Topics: Public Relations Trends, Trending Thursday, garden business, Garden Media Group, social media

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