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Time Away from Work Actually Improves Business

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, May 24, 2017 @ 2:13 PM

Memorial Day Weekend is right around the corner and at Garden Media we’re finalizing our travel plans, getting excited to visit family or friends, or simply looking forward to a long, relaxing weekend.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for everyone.

Project Time Off, a movement powered by the US Travel Association, encourages people to take a vacation. Research shows that year after year, fewer Americans are using all of their allotted vacation hours. While many think skipping out on vacation and working extra hours is beneficial for their careers, it may actually have the opposite effect.

Read more to learn how going on vacation can improve your business.

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Topics: Public Relations Trends, garden business, Garden Media Group, Garden Media, vacation, health and wellness

How Drinking Beer Can Help Your Brand

Posted by Courtney Kates on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

Move over Miller Lite, craft beer is here to stay.

Craft breweries are becoming a big player in the beer industry. With over 4,000 breweries nationwide and an increasing share of the beer market, there’s definitely something to learn from the booming success of craft beer over the last five years.

Besides selling tasty cold beer, what factors contribute to this success? With craft breweries popping up left and right, plus having national and international beer distributors as tough competition, it can be hard to stay afloat.

Craft breweries are staying relevant by personalizing their brands, offering a wide variety and using a lot of creativity.

Continue reading to see what your garden brand can learn from the craft beer industry.

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Topics: PR Campaign, creating content, audience, branding, Public Relations Trends, Marketing to Millennials, Garden Media

Cause Marketing Gone Wrong – What You Can Learn From Pepsi’s Ad Blunder

Posted by Courtney Kates on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 @ 2:31 PM

Charlie Brown’s pal Linus once told us, “There are three things that I’ve learned never discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin.”

We’re not so sure about the Great Pumpkin, but we know the religion and politics piece no longer rings true. Especially with the anonymity of social media, people are not afraid to publicly voice their opinions on political and social issues.

So, how do brands take a stand?

Well, the answer might be – they shouldn’t.

Pepsi is under attack for launching an ad that tried to tackle social injustice and racial inequality. The company faced such strong backlash against the ad that it was pulled shortly after its release. However, the damage was already done.

No, Pepsi wasn’t trying to be insensitive. But perhaps they were trying too hard to relate to younger generations and the issues they care about the most.

Cause marketing can be beneficial for brands when done correctly. However, it is important to approach the subject with great sensitivity.

Continue reading to learn how your brand can successfully utilize cause marketing.

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Topics: audience, branding, advertising vs public relations, advertising, Garden Media Group, Garden Media

PR Career Path – Experience vs. Education

Posted by Tyler Nolley on Thu, Apr 13, 2017 @ 11:14 AM

Young PR professionals might ask themselves “what’s more important – gaining valuable experience or continuing your education?” Well, it depends. A degree is as beneficial as you make it, so if you use the knowledge wisely, it can definitely be advantageous. However, real-world experience is also very important when entering the PR world.

There are benefits and disadvantages to both options. Here are some key factors to consider when weighing your options.

Read more to learn about the different outcomes of continuing your education.

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Topics: Public relations, branding, Garden Media Group, Garden Media, Internship

Exclusive Sneak Peek at 2018 Garden Trends Report

Posted by Courtney Kates on Sat, Apr 1, 2017 @ 10:17 AM

It might feel like 2017 just started, but here at Garden Media Group, we are working hard on our 2018 Garden Trends Report. Since we’re looking into the future, we have decided to give you an exclusive sneak peek at some of the biggest trends we’re predicting for next year.

Continue reading for a sneak peek at our 2018 trends.

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Topics: Public Relations Trends, trends, Garden Media Group, Garden Trends, Garden Media

How Pitching Can Help You Land Media Hits

Posted by Tyler Nolley on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 3:03 PM
The way in which PR professionals contact reporters and producers sets the tone for future relationships. Treating the media with respect and being polite goes a long way when you’re building trust and creating mutually beneficial relationships. This makes the job a lot more fun and easier for everyone.

The secret is all in the pitch.

Continue reading to learn how to create a perfect pitch.

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Topics: Media Relations, lawn & garden public relations, Garden Media Group, Garden Media, pitching

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

Trending Thursday Throwback Trends: Safe Gardening

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 9:25 AM

In this week’s Trending Thursday post, we’re reflecting a decade into the past when people started to recognize – and then alter – "reckless” habits.   

As the country started to embrace holistic, natural options when it came to products and food, people started to pay attention to what was happening below the surface of their garden.

Consumers realized that the path to healthy plants started in the ground.

Reckless gardening was out and safe gardening was in.

Continue reading to learn more about the Safe Gardening trend.

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

Garden Media Group Gives Thanks

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Nov 24, 2016 @ 9:04 AM

It’s that wonderful time of year when we come together to celebrate the all extraordinary things - and people - in our lives that we give thanks to all-year-round. 

This year has been an exciting one for Garden Media, as we worked with new clients, promoted campaigns that we truly believed in and surrounded ourselves with the best people around. 

Our team is overflowing with thanks and gratitude. To you, our reader, thanks for always checking in and commenting. To our top-of-the-line clients, thank you for striving to be the best in class. And to our families, near and far - thank you – we'd be lost without you!

Continue reading to see who our team is thankful for this year.

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Topics: garden business, Garden Media, holiday

Trending Thursday Throwback Trends: Dress Up Your Yard

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 9:17 AM

For today’s Trending Thursday post, we’re taking a look into the not-so-distant past of 2014 where we
first identified decorating outdoors as a top trend.

Social trends like lawn games, outdoor TV's, glamping and lawn parties inspired the gardening world – and consumers – to decorate the outdoors like any other room. Gardens quickly became an extension of the home.

Continue reading to learn more about the Dress Up Your Yard trend.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, Garden Trends, Garden Media

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