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Garden Media Group recognized as a Top Woman-Owned Business and Top PR Firm

Posted by Megan O'Connell on Wed, Nov 1, 2017 @ 12:27 PM

October 2017 - (Philadelphia) IMPACT Marketing & PR, Inc. was recognized in the Philadelphia Book of Lists as a Top Woman-Owned business and Top PR firm for 2017. Suzi McCoy founded IMPACT Marketing 30 years ago.

Garden Media Group, a subsidiary of IMPACT, was founded 20 years ago to serve the horticulture, gardening and outdoor living industries. Our boutique public relations firm gets results fast because we have our finger on the pulse of the industry and the ear of influencers from top outlets – from Better Homes & Gardens and Magnolia Journal to the sweeping social media outlets. Our clients are both national and international and come to us to make them popular with their target market. We also publish an annual garden trends report, one of the most widely read reports in the industry.

Continue Reading to learn about our Queen Bee and how GMG was born.

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Topics: Garden Media Group, Public relations, marketing communications, lawn and garden public relations, garden industry public relations, garden marketing

Trending Thursday Throwback Trends: Potscaping

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Feb 23, 2017 @ 2:59 PM

For Today’s trending thursday post, we’re taking a look back to 2006 where we elevated container gardening to the next level.

The “potscaping” trend emerged as gardeners no longer wanted limit their container creations to the patio or back porch. While their “recopies” we’re contained in pots, the locations of where they could place them were wide open.

Postscaping quickly evolved from a porch trend to an unstoppable landscape trend.

Continue reading to learn more about the potscaping trend. 

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

Trending Thursday: Grow 365 Part Two

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Jan 26, 2017 @ 2:11 PM

You know by now that Grow 365 highlights eight  industry trends that inspire gardening year-round. In 2017, Mother Nature doesn’t have jurisdiction indoors.

Here’s another look into the rest of our 2017 trends.

Continue Reading for a deep dive into our trends.

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

Trending Thursday Throwback Trends: Classic Gardens

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Dec 8, 2016 @ 9:36 AM

For this week’s trending Thursday post, we’re looking way back to a simpler time – at least when it came to the garden.

In 2004, we stated that busy was out and classic, simple gardens were in.

Americans were weary of trying to put together mixed containers that ended up looking overdone and tasteless.  They avoided pairing too many plants together the way they avoided “wearing plaids, stripes and big floral prints together.” 

The home gardener gravitated toward the mono-impact container idea. And with that trend came a simple outdoor concept.

Continue reading to learn more about Classic Gardens.

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

Trending Thursday Throwback Trends: 24-Hour Gardens

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Oct 27, 2016 @ 3:26 PM

For today’s Trending Thursday post, we’re looking back to 2007 where we identified gardening as a non-stop activity with 24-hour Gardens.

As the idea of outdoor living spaces took off, people started to view their gardens as an extension of their homes. People began turning their gardens into destinations that were able to entertain guests well after the sun went down.  

Here’s how the concept of 24-Hour Gardens has shaped the garden industry for the last nine years.

Continue reading to learn more about 24-Hour Gardens.   

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Topics: Garden Trends, Trending Thursday, garden marketing, garden business, garden PR consultant

Trending Thursday: 2017 Trend Sneak Peek

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 @ 9:55 AM

The backyard and kitchen counter have a lot in common this year; they’re both ideal places to grow.

New changes in indoor gardening technology combined with an ever increasing demand for clean food means it’s easier than ever to garden 365 days-a-year. 

Continue reading to learn more about the top trends for 2017.

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

Trending Thursday:  GWA Atlanta 2016

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Sep 22, 2016 @ 9:29 AM

Garden Media had a blast at the Garden Writer’s Annual Conference & Expo in Atlanta this week. In addition to mingling with old friends, touring beautiful gardens and hosting an unforgettable party for our clients, the GMG team got to honor Katie Dubow as Emergent Communicator of the Year.

Continue reading for highlights from #GWA2016

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Topics: garden business, garden marketing, Garden Media Group, garden trade show marketing, Public Relations Trends

Trending Thursday: NaTECHure Deep Dive

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Sep 15, 2016 @ 9:22 AM

You know by now that NaTECHure combines technology and nature to create an enhances outdoor experience.

This trend has the potential to create new generation of nature lovers.

Here’s a look into the essence of what makes NaTECHure popular. 

Continue reading for a deep dive into NaTECHure.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, Garden Trends, Garden Media, garden marketing, Digital Branding

Trending Thursday: NaTECHure Gets People Outside

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:52 AM

For today’s trending Thursday post, we’re highlighting the NaTECHure trend from our 2016 Garden Trends Report. 

NaTECHure is the intersection of two of the hottest trends in education: technology and nature.

When technology and nature come together they get people off the couch outside. The latest example of this is the Pokemon craze, but other new apps and virtual reality engage kids with gardening and nature in fun, new ways.

Learn more about NaTECHure from our latest YouTube video.

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Topics: Garden Trends, Youtube, garden marketing, Trending Thursday, Public relations

How PR is Matchmaking 101

Posted by Tracey Brown on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 1:30 PM

Today is National Matchmaker Day- yes there is a holiday for everything. This holiday marks a particularly important one for PR professionals, because it is a great day to learn how to make the best match for your customers.

Just being Mr. Reliable or Ms. Congeniality isn’t enough. When looking for the perfect match, you need to pull out all the stops and know every aspect of your potential partner.

Being a good matchmaker, or PR professional, is about the ability to listen and understand the habits, passions and hobbies of the pair.

Asking the right questions can be the difference between success and failure in setting up an interview, pitching a new client or even simply enjoying a meal with a prospect.

Read on to learn how matchmaking relates to PR and how you can become a better matchmaker.

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Topics: Public relations, image building, decision-making, leadership, garden marketing

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