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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

4 Simple Ways to Promote your Brand on Instagram

Posted by Nancy Grace on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 @ 11:04 AM

Five years ago, Instagram was simply an app allowing users to share pictures of pets, selfies and food.

Now, people call it the best social network for brands.

If you are not promoting your business on Instagram, you are missing a golden opportunity to connect with thousands of followers, influencers and industry leaders.

The key to any successful Instagram campaign is balance, as over promotion could deter your marketing goals. Overselling your products or posting unfriendly images can leave you with little to no followers or hinder your chances of connecting with your potential buyers.

Continue reading for tips on how to promote your brand on Instagram.

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Topics: Public relations, Instagram, social media, marketing, Social

Garden Media’s Favorite Insta-moments of 2015

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Wed, Dec 23, 2015 @ 8:27 AM

2015 was a year to remember – in photos.  

Like most brands, Garden Media flocks to Instagram to tell our story and share the behind-the-scenes moments that take place in our office.

We are creative, visual people after all!

Instagram has more than 400 million monthly active users. According to Hootsuite.com, the mobile-first platform “will bring in $595 million in mobile ad revenues worldwide this year, and $2.81 billion by 2017.”

As the year winds town, we take a look back at our favorite insta-moments from 2015.

Continue reading to see Garden Media’s top Instagrams for 2015.

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Topics: Digital Branding, Instagram, social media, Garden Media, Social

The Increasing Importance of Instagram Activism

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 @ 11:17 AM

Everyone knows Instagram is one of the most important, useful and successful social media platforms of our time. With over 300 million active monthly users, more than 90 percent of which are under the age of 35, Instagram is especially useful in reaching millennials. And they aren’t just using it for selfies.

Through the use of hashtags on both Twitter and Instagram, social media activism is becoming a rising trend. Millennials love to be aligned with a cause and they are using hashtags to raise awareness about those causes. Businesses and celebrities are taking note and following their examples.

Continue reading for more information about why businesses should support a cause and show they care.

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Topics: Public relations, branding, Digital Branding, Instagram, social media, Garden Media, Social

Instagram Helps Garden Businesses Explore The World

Posted by Nikole Gennari on Thu, Jul 9, 2015 @ 9:00 AM

Instagram, an app that allows users to edit and share photos, wants to become the go-to source for information and trends.

Instagram recently updated several search features, allowing the app to become increasingly more user friendly.

The search icon now offers an expansive menu of dynamic content and trending tags. One of Instagram’s newest functions allows users to explore live updates happening around the world.

Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom, told Wired magazine “It’s a real-time visual pulse for what is happening in the world.”

Read on for more information on how garden brands can utilize the new Instagram updates.

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Topics: Digital Branding, garden business, Instagram, social media, hashtag

Trending Thursday: Get More Shares from Your Garden Brands Content

Posted by Merissa Blum on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 9:07 AM

It's no longer good enough to publish ordinary content on the online universe - that content needs to be compelling to your audience. Compelling enough that they want to share it. 

A new study released by ShareThis explains how content is shared, what kind of content is shared and what platforms are being used to share it.

If you're not getting as many shares as you'd like on Facebook, maybe that content would be put to better use on Twitter or vice versa. Lets find out.

Read on to learn what your garden brand should be sharing and where.

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Topics: Twitter, Garden Media Group, facebook, trends, Instagram, Trending Thursday, social media

Trending Thursday: Selfie Strategy for Garden Brands in 3 Steps

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

This week, Garden Media joins BlogHer’s 10th anniversary #Selfiebration in San Jose, Ca. That's right, a selfiebration.

The selfie trend has continued to rise over the past year and both big and small brands are adding it to their marketing arsenals.

BlogHer makes the trend its own by utilizing selfies to acknowledge the growth of the internet and bloggers over the past 10 years and to generate internet excitement.

Check out these tips to learn how selfies can help bring exposure to your garden brand.

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Topics: internet media, branding, image building, trade show public relations, Instagram, Trending Thursday, social media

4 Best Practice Tips for Twitter & Instagram in the Garden Industry

Posted by Megan Psenicska on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

Social media has become a huge part of how companies interact and engage with their customers.

Even in the gardening industry, countless businesses have found social media works when they are looking for new customers, nurturing current customers, and when they need to drive traffic and sales on their garden website.

Twitter and Instagram are both popular social platforms. Both are great ways to promote a company, product or brand, when used correctly of course.

Below are 4 best practice tips to ensure your garden business's accounts are valuable to both your shoppers and your bottom line!

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Topics: Twitter, social media, lawn and garden public relations, garden industry public relations, PR Strategy, Instagram

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