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How Working in Public Relations is like Dating

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 @ 9:00 AM

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, which means thousands of people across the country will demonstrate their love and affection thought cards, candy and dinner.

While a lot of people offer different opinions about the Feb. 14 holiday, there’s one thing professionals in this industry can agree on: working in public relations is like dating.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, here is a list of reasons why we equate this industry to the dating scene. 

Continue reading for more information about why working in public relations is like dating.

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Topics: Public relations, branding, Garden Media Group, garden industry public relations, Valentine's Day

How Email Savvy Garden Brands Succeed

Posted by Courtney Brown on Wed, Dec 10, 2014 @ 4:51 PM

There are a lot of busy bees working in the garden business world during the day.

Communication is always key and with technology advancing, emails are becoming more popular than picking up a phone and calling someone.

Continue reading for quick tips to help your garden brand get in touch with someone efficiently and without being overwhelming.

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Topics: creating content, audience, Garden Media Group, garden industry public relations, emails

Three Things a Garden PR Firm Should Ask Before Taking on a Client

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 @ 8:54 AM

Garden industry insiders should never be at a loss for ideas.

People always seem to be starting new companies, creating new lawn and landscape products, and even producing different publications.

When these businesses start, they ultimately look to public relations professionals to help spread the world about their new brand.

A recent PR Daily article titled “8 questions startups should ask before hiring a PR firm” highlights what new companies should look for when hiring outside help to promote their product or image.

One key point the article doesn’t mention is that it works both ways.

Not only do startups have to carefully interview the companies they want to promote their brand, public relations firms also need to choose their clients wisely. Ultimately, a client list contributes to any PR firm’s overall image.

Continue reading to learn more about how your garden PR firm should pick clients. 

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Topics: branding, PR Strategy, Media Relations, Garden Media Group, garden industry public relations

What Garden Brands Can Learn from BarkBox

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Tue, Nov 25, 2014 @ 8:45 AM

It’s a good problem to have.

According to desk.com, BarkBoxthe monthly subscription service that delivers customized boxes of dog treats and toys to the doors of dog owners, increased its subscription customer base by 10x in the past year.

While a huge spike subscriptions or consumer traffic means success for any new business, customer service could hit a "ruff" patch when sales increase too quickly.

BarkBox’s success story demonstrates a valuable PR lesson. 

Continue reading for tips on how your garden brand can create the ultimate consumer experience.

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Topics: branding, image building, garden business, Garden Media Group, garden industry public relations

What the Garden Industry Can Learn from Coca-Cola

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Wed, Oct 8, 2014 @ 9:03 AM

Coca-Cola just got personal – and it’s working.

The company has seen a boost in sales in the United States since June. This recent increase isn’t attributed to a new formula or logo design, but to the Share a Coke program, a marketing campaign that labeled bottles with popular millennial names and phrases.

If anything, the Share a Coke Campaign outlines a major PR industry theme - personalization is important.

This personalization and attention to detail is the key to developing better business relationships in the garden industry. The company who takes the time to get to know and interact with their clients, customers or fans will be more successful in the long run.

It’s easy to tell when a company is insincere; impersonalized pitches fall flat, poorly managed social media accounts have a profound negative impact on any brand and ignored complaints online lead to terrible reviews.  

                           

Read on to learn how to take the time to connect with and really understand target audiences.

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Topics: branding, Marketing to Millennials, image building, garden industry public relations

Trending Thursday: 4 Networking Tips for Garden Industry Trade Shows

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

You have a year-round strategy in place to increase your presence on social networks such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Pinterest.

And while digital is great, Facebook's influence is shrinking when it comes to audience engagement. You need to be just as thoughtful and persistent when in-person networking, too.

From the Garden Writer's Symposium to Cultivate and IGC, there are lots of trade shows, conferences and networking events to choose from in the garden industry.

Picking the right trade show instantly helps you form the right relationships with other industry leaders, reporters and consumers.  

Below are Garden Media's 4 networking tips for garden industry trade shows, conferences and events.

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Topics: trade show public relations, garden trade show marketing, garden industry public relations, LinkedIn

Pros & Cons: Advertising Value Equivalency in Garden Public Relations

Posted by Dan Ream on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

In life, there are things that we recognize as necessary evils - paying taxes and doing dishes. But, we know we need to for our government and homes to run properly.

In the world of gardening public relations, the measurement metric, advertising value equivalency (AVE) has been getting a lot of flak lately.

Keep reading to learn the pros and cons of advertising value equivalency in the gardening public relations world.

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Topics: PR Measurement, lawn and garden public relations, PR Strategy, advertising vs public relations, garden industry public relations

New Public Relation Metric for the Garden Industry: Conversion Rates

Posted by Dan Ream on Mon, Aug 4, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

Garden businesses want clearly defined numbers when it comes to ROI.

While public relations departments and firms can collect all kinds of information, it's extremely difficult to produce a singular monetary representation of PR results. 

However, that game may be changing.

Adopting the sales metric of conversion rate can end some of the uncertainty surrounding PR measurement.

Can conversion rate change the public relations measurement game? Keep reading to learn more!

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Topics: PR Measurement, PR Strategy, marketing communications, garden business, garden industry public relations, key influencers, inbound marketing

3 Tips to Measure Public Relations Success NOW in the Garden Industry

Posted by Dan Ream on Mon, Jul 7, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

When your garden business chooses public relations, you expect your strategy to pay off.

And, you're right to expect a return on your investment (ROI) - hiring a PR firm is a cost-effective, efficient way to meet your business goals. 

One thing PR isn't, though, is immediate.

It takes time for a PR campaign to build momentum. Plus, the nature of PR is such that as your brand reputation grows media endorsements over time, even more outlets will want to work with you as you to become a household garden brand. 

So, the million dollar question: how can you tell if your public relations strategy is working?

Read on to learn 3 tips for measuring your garden brand's current public relations success.

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Topics: lawn and garden public relations, PR Strategy, garden business, garden industry public relations, key influencers

Planning Metrics for Your Garden Business' Success

Posted by Dan Ream on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

Garden business owners know that a solid business plan is essential for success.

Business plans are how you communicate your vision when breaking into the field, and it's also the blueprint for maintaining success after you've gotten there.

But how can you measure success, and how do you know when you've reached it?

Any good garden business wants to answer these questions, but most of them ask a bit too late.

The best measurement strategies begin before your garden business even gets off the ground.

Keep reading to learn how to plan for your garden business' success with measurement metrics in mind.

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Topics: PR Measurement, PR Strategy, garden business, public relations media plan, garden industry public relations

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