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Infographic: Be a Media Relations Champion

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 @ 9:05 AM

Public relations professionals wear a lot of hats and develop a wide array of skills needed to make their clients successful.  Things like pitching and social media contribute to stellar campaigns, but did you know there’s a lot more that goes into refining one area of expertise?

This infographic from PR Daily shows exactly how to achieve the most success in the field.

Continue reading to learn the best tricks of the trade.  

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Topics: Digital Branding, social media, key influencers, pitching, Infographic

Trending Thursday: Navigate the PR Industry’s Layered Landscape

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 @ 9:05 AM

Layered Landscapes are the new industry trend taking over yards in 2016. A 3-D yard rich with wildlife defines a true layered landscape according to the 2016 Garden Trends Report.

While the term quite literally applies to the landscape itself, the essence of the trend also applies to PR.

Successful PR industry leaders serve a well-defined purpose, create a team that maintains a diverse skillset and avoid blind spots.

Continue reading to learn why the PR industry is layered landscape.

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Topics: Public relations, Trending Thursday, public relations media plan, Garden Trends, key influencers

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

Speaker Series: Dr. Doug Tallamy Calls for Diversity

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Mon, May 11, 2015 @ 11:39 AM

For this week’s speaker series, Garden Media was thrilled to sit down with a true garden rock star over lunch. Doug Tallamy discussed biodiversity, native plants and the future of the industry. 

Tallamy is the Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware. He’s the author of Bringing Nature Home, The Living Landscape and an op-ed contributor for the New York Times.

He has authored 80 research articles and has taught Insect Taxonomy, Behavioral Ecology, Humans and Nature, Insect ecology and other courses for 34 years.

Tallamy answered questions and stressed the importance of supporting food webs, pollinators and native plants. He said we need to create living landscapes where life thrives, not "dead zones" that do not support ecosystems. 

Continue reading for more information about Tallamy and his visit with Garden Media.

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Topics: Garden Media Group, garden industry public relations, Garden Trends, key influencers, Speaker Series

Speaker Series: Sammie Arcieri's Learning Curve in the Industry

Posted by Lauren Grow on Wed, Apr 15, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

For our second Spring Speaker Series, we sat down with Garden Media Group’s newest employee, Sammie Arcieri.

New to the lawn and garden industry, Sammie has experienced a crash course in all things green living. She’s even grown a few things of her own.

As an Assistant Account Manager, Sammie manages the company’s blog, oversees the intern program and continues to nurture relevant media contacts.

Continue reading to learn more about Sammie and her experiences in the public relations and marketing industry. 

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Topics: marketing communications, Garden Media Group, blogging, key influencers, Speaker Series

Pitching Your Garden Brand to Holiday Gift Guides

Posted by Merissa Blum on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 9:11 AM

It’s that time of year again!

You have been working hard perfecting your garden product all year round. How cool would it be to end the year with your product listed in a Holiday Gift Guide?

It's possible, but the prep time is now! Do you have all the details?

Continue reading to find out all you need to know about pitching your garden brand’s product to Holiday Gift Guides! 

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Topics: Public relations, garden marketing, garden business, Garden Media Group, key influencers

What Bono Can Teach Your Garden Brand

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 @ 8:50 AM

Apology accepted, U2 – for now.   

According to Mashable, Bono recently apologized for automatically downloading the band’s new album into everyone’s iTunes library.

While some loved the idea, others didn’t appreciate the sentiment. (Honestly, who has enough iCloud storage space for things like this?)

Though U2’s cloud takeover garnered mixed responses from the public, it did serve as a valuable lesson for PR pros: Always make sure your pitches are timely and targeted to the correct media.

Nothing says “no response” like an irrelevant email sent to the wrong producer, editor or reporter. Errors like this can damage a relationship with a key influencer before it even starts.

Busy PR professionals spend a lot of time researching and crafting pitches – make sure this time isn’t wasted.  

Read on to learn how to deliver pitches to the appropriate target audience.

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Topics: garden marketing, audience, PR Strategy, garden business, key influencers

25,000 Journalists Share Pitching Secrets for your Garden Brand

Posted by Merissa Blum on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

Knowing all you can about the journalists you are pitching is vital to your garden brand’s success.

It is also helpful when it comes to utilizing your time as efficiently as possible

Muck Rack surveyed their database of journalists to figure out what tactics are best to effectively communicate with them.

Responses from over 25,000 journalists are compiled below and detail exactly what they want to see from your garden brand, from what time to pitch to which social platforms they use most.  

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Topics: Twitter, Media Relations, garden business, Garden Media Group, key influencers

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

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