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Crafting Your Social Media Persona

Posted by Tyler Nolley on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

With the internet at the tip of our fingers, having a strong online social media presence is very important for garden brands. Consumers’ first impressions are often based on the brand’s social media platforms, making it extremely important for them to be attractive and easily accessible. An easy-to-use website and friendly brand persona can make all the difference when trying to retain support from your target audience. 

Read on for 4 tips on how to create your social media persona.

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Topics: Public relations, Twitter, audience, branding, Instagram, social media, facebook

Instagram Helps Marketers Reach New Heights

Posted by Courtney Kates on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 @ 11:04 AM


Instagram was one of the first major photo-based social networks when it launched in 2010. By the end of April 2012, there were already over 100 million active users.

After recognizing its success and the potential for competition, Facebook purchased Instagram in April 2012. They paid a total of $1 billion dollars in cash and stock and used "the power of Facebook" to help the member base grow by an additional 23% in 2013. Today, the two networks are linked, allowing users on Instagram to post photos or videos directly to both accounts simultaneously.

Today, Instagram has surpassed Twitter in user activity, with over 500 million registered profiles. It has evolved into a well-rounded platform, featuring video posts, 24-hour stories, and live streaming.

To learn more about Instagram and its growth, check out the following new research report from WebsiteBuilder.org.

Continue reading to learn more about the success of Instagram.

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Topics: Public Relations Trends, Marketing to Millennials, Instagram, Garden Media Group, social media, Social

How to Build Your Brand on Instagram

Posted by Olivia Ward on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 9:41 AM

Instagram, with more than 300 million active daily users, is one of the most exciting and fastest growing
 social media platforms.

It is a hot spot for engagement, as accounts can captivate followers and connect with them in unique ways. This the ideal place for new brands to establish a social media presence.

From user generated content and 60 second videos, to the recently popular feature “Instagram Stories,” brands have the opportunity to become visual storytellers and build their name.

Building a substantial social media presence is without a doubt challenging, but there are numerous tactics that can be used to succeed.

Read on to learn 5 tips for building your brand on Instagram

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Topics: branding, Marketing to Millennials, Instagram, social media

3 Valuable Takeaways from Instagram’s Explosive Success

Posted by Sara Skipp on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 @ 11:02 AM

Last week marked a major milestone for Instagram. The app passed 500 million users—and 300 million of those 500 million visit Instagram daily.

To put that into proportion, “500 million” equates to about seven percent of the world’s total population. It’s also larger than the population of the entire United States.

Instagram is proud to announce its users share “500 million windows to the world." The app is blossoming into a virtual space where everything from “the everyday and the epic, are always within reach.”

Instagram’s CEO has described Instagram as a “media destination,” a place where users can learn about what’s happening in the world as it happens. Although this perspective reflects the attitudes of many other platforms, too, Instagram’s growth is really soaring.

So, what can we learn from this?

Continue reading to discover some of the biggest takeaways from Instagram's milestone.

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Topics: creating content, PR Strategy, Instagram, social media, lessons

Why Instagram’s New Update is Important for PR Professionals

Posted by Sara Skipp on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 @ 9:52 AM

With a large variety of social media platforms available, businesses have some tough decisions to make about marketing themselves.

Which platform is the best for interacting with followers, and by what criteria? Which platform will reach the biggest target audience?

Instagram has set its sights on appealing to business owners. The company recently unveiled a series of updates that will help small and medium-sized businesses better explore what resonates with followers — and it’s a game-changer.

Continue reading to learn more about the importance of Instagram’s updates for businesses.

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Topics: audience, branding, Instagram, social media, Social

Let’s Get Visual – It’s the Future of PR

Posted by Nicole Guarasci on Wed, May 11, 2016 @ 9:02 AM

We live in the age of images and videos.  

And on social, people don’t stop scrolling their feeds to read something. They stop for visuals.

This trend does wonders for the public relations industry. PR professionals want to inspire engagement and views on social media that only visuals can give. Whether it is a fast-paced, 6-second video or a beautiful image, these are the kind of posts getting attention- especially since words don't cutting it anymore.

Marketers, PR professionals and social media connoisseurs get this and have altered their strategies accordingly. Plus, social media sites are making this easier to be done with new, wildly popular features.

Continue reading to learn how to take advantage of visuals on social media.

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Topics: creating content, Digital Branding, Instagram, social media, Snapchat

Speaker Series: Nicole Guarasci’s Love of PR Grows at Garden Media

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 @ 11:57 AM

For this week’s Speaker Series, we sat down with the newest member of the Garden Media team, intern Nicole Guarasci. Nicole is a Junior at the University of Delaware, majoring in mass communication with minors in advertising and journalism.

Nicole definitely stays busy at school! She is the public relations VP for her sorority Gamma Phi Beta, a social media ambassador for the University of Delaware (you can find her @BlueHenNicole on Twitter), and a Style Guru Intern at CollegeFashionista. 

Through her experiences at the University of Delaware, Nicole has really found her place in the PR world.

Continue reading to learn more about Nicole’s experiences at Garden Media.

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Topics: Public relations, creating content, Instagram, Garden Media, Speaker Series, Internship

Speaker Series: Courtney Kates Adapts to the PR World

Posted by Nicole Guarasci on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 @ 10:11 AM

For this week’s speaker series, we sat down with intern, Courtney Kates.

Currently a senior at the University of Delaware, Courtney will be graduating in just a few months. She majors in mass communication and double minors in organizational &community leadership and advertising.

Courtney has definitely found her place in the PR world. Not only is this her second semester interning for Garden Media, she is also on the PR team for UDress Magazine, a student run fashion publication at UD, and worked on the PR committee for Gamma Sigma Sigma, a service organization. 

All these experiences have made her realize her love for public relations.

Continue reading to learn more about Courtney and the role she plays at Garden Media.

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Topics: Marketing to Millennials, Instagram, blogging, Speaker Series, Internship

Grow the Perfect Instagram Feed

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

It is no surprise that Instagram is an influential marketing tool. This social media platform is growing faster every day, so your business should make sure it's staying up-to-date with the best Instagram practices.

Individual posts no longer determine a brand’s Instagram success; it’s about the brand’s entire image.

Potential followers (and customers) are looking at the entire feed, which is the accumulation of every single photo your account has posted. Having an unusual feed brings new followers which ultimately results in more customers.

Continue reading for tips on how to achieve the perfect Instagram feed.

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Topics: creating content, branding, Digital Branding, Instagram, social media

Instagram is Built for Garden Businesses: Infographic

Posted by Nancy Grace on Wed, Feb 17, 2016 @ 9:05 AM

Instagram is a powerful marketing tool that helps connect brands directly with fans though the use of images. And particularly in the garden industry, Instagram is a powerful tool for sharing beauty. 

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Topics: Public relations, Instagram, social media, key influencers, Social

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