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What Marketers Need to Know About Millennials

Posted by Olivia Ward on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

Millennials, the largest generation to date, has officially surpassed Baby Boomers to make up the largest
 share of the U.S. workforce
. Having grown up fully immersed in digital technology, Millennials are often snubbed as narcissistic, “selfie lovers,” when they are in fact the most tech-educated generation thus far.

 Just as Baby Boomers have for the last several decades, Millennials will dominate the consumer sector. It has become increasingly important for marketers and PR specialists to recognize their unique characteristics and adapt business practices to establish effective relationships with this demographic.

Here are five tips for targeting millennials.

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Topics: audience, Marketing to Millennials, marketing

Make a Brand Pivot to Attract a New Audience

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 @ 10:22 AM

We know by now that even long-term wildly successful campaigns receive major overhauls. How else are brands supposed to keep consumers on their toes?

What happens when a major brand decides to expand  its product set in order to suck in – pun intended – a new kind of customer?

That's exactly what Dyson with the release of its Supersonic Hair Dryer over the summer. Even with the $399 price tag, customers seem to be flocking to this revamped version of an essential appliance.

How?

Dyson's diversified product line shows that the company is successfully avoiding corporate drift.  

Continue reading to learn how brands successfully pivot.  

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Topics: audience, branding, case study, marketing, product launch

Trending Thursday: Dogscaping creates safe paws

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Aug 4, 2016 @ 9:30 AM

For today's Trending Thursday post, highlighting the dogscaping trend from our 2016 Garden Trends Report. 

Pets run through the lawn, roll in it, dig in it and often eat it so it’s no wonder that pet owners are thinking more and more about how to make their gardens pet friendly and pet safe.

Dogscaping is creating a safe place for pets to roll, run and roam outside.

Learn more about Dogscaping from our latest YouTube video.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, gardening, Garden Trends, Youtube, marketing

Trending Thursday Throwback Trends:  Slow Gardening

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 1:32 PM

For more than a decade, Garden Media has introduced the garden industry to ground breaking trends and provided insight to its clients. Since we first published our annual trends report in 2001, our mavens have cited dozens of exciting new things that  shake up the garden industry each year.

This month, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite trends. For our first throwback trends post, we’re revisiting a classic from 2010: Slow Gardening.

Continue reading to learn more about Slow Gardening.

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

Trending Thursday: Personalization is the Essence of Your Brand

Posted by Courtney Kates on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 10:06 AM

With such a wide variety of products and services available, people face tough decisions when it comes to what they spend their money on.

Brands can make it easy for people to remain customers by offering personalized services and customized products.

Personalization is the essence of the backyard boldness trend. People are transforming their backyards into personalized entertainment spaces by adding creative décor. LED lights, bright colors and bold patters are adding life to these new backyard sanctuaries.

Continue reading to learn how personalization can help your brand.

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Topics: Public relations, Trending Thursday, trends, Garden Trends, marketing, Garden Media

The Most Interesting Campaign in the World

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, May 4, 2016 @ 11:33 AM

I don’t always enjoy nine years of the same marketing campaign, but when I do, it’s because Dos Equis does it right.

Jonathan Goldsmith, also known as the Most Interesting Man in the World, has been the iconic face of Dos Equis for almost a decade. After years of Goldsmith encouraging fellow beer drinkers to “Stay thirsty,” the beer company is saying goodbye to its famous spokesperson.

And of course, he has to go out with a bang. The company launched the final advertisement of Goldsmith’s campaign, which features him taking off on a one-way mission to Mars.

So, after nine years of a wildly successful campaign – the number of beer cases shipped by the brand increased 34.8 percent since 2007– why is Dos Equis sending off their legendary spokesman?

Continue reading to learn how your business can create interesting marketing campaigns.

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Topics: PR Campaign, creating content, audience, trends, social media, marketing, Garden Media

Trending Thursday: How the Housing Market Affects Your Garden Business

Posted by Courtney Kates on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 12:12 PM

The divide between homeowners and renters is continuously growing.

Renters are spending more of their income on housing each month as it becomes an increasingly popular living option, especially among young people in urban areas.

Meanwhile, homeowners are taking advantage of current interest rates to keep monthly payments low.

It is essential for garden companies to understand the differences between homeowners and renters. These two groups have different lifestyles that affect how and where they spend their money. You need to target marketing techniques to the different groups.

So, what are some of the most important differences between these two demographics?

Read more to learn about how you can adjust your market strategy accordingly.

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Topics: audience, Trending Thursday, Marketing to Millennials, garden business, Garden Trends, marketing, Garden Media

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

There’s S(no)w job like PR: What to do with your Snow Day

Posted by Erin Dunne on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 @ 7:34 AM

Winter storm Jonas proved to be a rude awakening for the mid-Atlantic region and demonstrated that not all Jonas’ come fully equipped with a pop band with dreamy eyes.

The blizzard brought over 24 inches of snow to our area, not to mention driving nightmares for days after.

Besides binge watching Making a Murderer on Netflix or complaining about shoveling, there are lots of ways to keep yourself entertained during a snow day that can also help you in your PR career.

Continue reading to learn about how you can improve your PR skills during a snow day.

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Topics: Public relations, garden marketing, branding, marketing, emails

Watch Super Bowl Commercials, It Improves Your Brand

Posted by Erin Dunne on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 10:49 AM

During the 2015 Super Bowl, Budweiser released #BestBuds, an emotional commercial about a friendship between their beloved Clydesdale horses and a puppy, which probably made you tear up more than the Seahawks fans at the end of the game.

While you will inevitably sob into your chips, dips and beers during the 2016 Super Bowl, you can at least learn some skills about marketing your brand along the way.

If anything, the Super Bowl commercials teach us about how to effectively market your brand, particularly on social media.

Continue reading to learn how Super Bowl commercials can help improve your brand.

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Topics: PR Campaign, PR Strategy, marketing communications, advertising, marketing

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