GROW! Marketing and Public Relations Tips

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

3 Secrets to Building Brand Loyalty

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 9:04 AM

To the untrained eye, Wawa might seem like any other convenience store or gas station. However, residents of the mid-Atlantic see it as much more.

We worship at the altar of Wawa here at Garden Media, there is one spitting distance from our office. Why? Wawa provides its consumers not only with food, fuel and coffee, but also a sense of belonging and community.

Mashable's recent story about the die hard Wawa enthusiasts, included one fan who even wrote an ode to the store.

How did a seemingly run-of-the-mill convenience store become a place loved by so many members of the surrounding area?

By utilizing current trends, offering customization and maintaining a sense of community, Wawa has become a staple in many people's lives.

Read more to learn how you can replicate Wawa’s intense brand loyalty.

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Topics: branding, PR Strategy, trends, Marketing to Millennials, image building, Garden Trends, Garden Media

The stress-free way to sail through an interview

Posted by Katie Dubow on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 @ 9:51 AM

I gave this to talk an energetic and really smart group of PRSSA members at West Chester University. I had a great time and they asked a lot of great questions. It was an honor to share these tips with them in the hopes that they nail their next interview! I wanted to share my talk with you as well:

Sure, interviews can be stressful. You are subject to examination under a microscope, and you've got a small chunk of time to convince someone why hiring you would be a fantastic business decision.

With a little forethought, a bit of practice and the right attitude, you can walk away from that office expecting a good news phone call in the near future.

Continue reading to learn how to ace any interview.  

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Topics: Public relations, Marketing to Millennials, Internship, leadership, Interviews

How Burberry is Staying Ahead of the Curve

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 9:35 AM

September is the month of fashion weeks across the world, New York, London, Paris, Milan... the most fashionable people in the world convene in one place. 

Why do we care? Well for one, fashion trends drive garden trends. But instead of a garden trend, today we're talking social media trends.

For the first time ever, a brand, Burberry, partnered with Snapchat to feature its spring and summer 2016 line. 

The Snapchat story documented the entire event, from behind the scenes preparation, to hair anmakeup tips and even the models walking the runway. The story also featured celebrity guests attending the show, including models Cara DeLevingne, Kate Moss and Sienna Miller.

This is not the first time Burberry has been the leading fashion brand in technology. Many of the brand’s marketing techniques are aimed at millennials. Why would an expensive, luxury brand try to appeal to younger generations who are often determined to find the best deals?

Continue reading to understand Burberry’s unique marketing strategy.

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Topics: branding, Marketing to Millennials, marketing, Snapchat, Garden Media, Social

How to Attract Millennials to Your Trade Show Booth

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 8:07 AM

The Garden Media team attended IGC East earlier this month, and with half of the team being Millennials, we looked at the show with a different perspective. We definitely ran into certain booths that caught our attention.

Many companies are shifting their focus onto the new garden consumer: Millennials, and with good reason. Millennials make up nearly 
25 percent of the US population and are the most influential consumers.

One trait of Millennials is that we love to be engaged - not of the marrying kind, not yet - but of the stimulant kind. Give us something to do or something to watch. And be approachable... without being creepy. Be nice, be calm and be welcoming.  

Continue reading to see what booths stood out in the Millennial mind and why.

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Topics: trade show public relations, gardening, Marketing to Millennials, garden business, Garden Media

Tips for Brands Breaking into New Markets

Posted by Nikole Gennari on Thu, Aug 13, 2015 @ 10:05 AM

Downward facing... IPA?

Lululemon, the popular active wear company best known for its popular line of yoga pants and active wear, has released a new product: beer.

The company is set to debut its Curiosity Lager at the Seawheeze yoga festival in Vancouver this weekend. The new beverage is geared toward men.  

The launch of this beer from an active wear brand poses a critical public relations question: How far should brands stretch their boundaries into new markets?

Continue reading for information about how brands can expand into new industries.   

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Topics: branding, Marketing to Millennials, garden industry public relations, Garden Trends, social media

How Brands Can Stand Out Online

Posted by Nikole Gennari on Thu, Aug 6, 2015 @ 9:14 AM

Standing out on the internet is the only way to get your brand noticed.

As the online world evolves, it’s crucial for brands to distinguish themselves from one another. Wh

It won't happen overnight, but improving your brands authenticity, storytelling and aesthetic are a few ways brands can be more influential online.en a company can differentiate itself from the competition, it will become easier to influence consumers online.

Continue reading for more information about how brands can stand out online.  

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Topics: branding, Marketing to Millennials, image building, marketing, Social

Tips For Finding An Internship

Posted by Nikole Gennari on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 @ 10:07 AM

As the number of public relations professionals continue to rise across the country, landing a PR internship is crucial to be competitive in this growing industry.

An internship in your field (or a few) is crucial when looking for a job post-graduation. Now is the time. 

It’s important for those searching for internships in the public relations industry to have an open mind. While the process can be slow, candidates can learn a lot about themselves along the way.

Continue reading for more information about how to find and land a PR internship.

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Topics: Public relations, hiring a public relations person, audience, Marketing to Millennials, Internship

Garden Brands: Hit The Nail On The Head This Father’s Day

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Wed, Jun 17, 2015 @ 9:27 AM

Father’s Day is Sunday! It’s time to start shopping for the men in your life.

Now more than ever, garden brands and local independent garden centers should capitalize on this holiday because men, especially young men, are the new consumers in the gardening and home industry for 2015.

Here is a list of ways you can spruce up your home and garden center to attract dads, or those shopping for him.  

Continue reading for more information on how garden brands can capitalize on Father’s Day.

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Topics: audience, trends, Marketing to Millennials, Garden Trends, marketing, Fathers Day

Speaker Series: Jill Swartzentruber Seeks Out Public Relations Connections

Posted by Nikole Gennari on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 @ 8:22 AM

For this week’s speaker series, we sat down with Jill Swartzentruber. As a rising junior at the University of Delaware, she’s ready to dive head first into the PR world and cultivate her green thumb in Kennett Square.

Jill is majoring in English with a concentration in Professional Writing and a minor in Community and Organizational Leadership. She is the publisher for her university’s fashion magazine, UDress, and a proud member and contributing writer to UD’s Public Relations Society of America (PRSSA).

Blogging is one of her true passions. She writes for Delaware’s The Odyssey Online and is a style guru for CollegeFashionista.

She is excited to embark on her first public relations journey!    

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

 

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Topics: Public relations, Marketing to Millennials, Social, Speaker Series, question and answer

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