GROW! Marketing and Public Relations Tips

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 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

Dream Big. Be a Unicorn.

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 @ 7:08 AM

For all companies, building and developing a captivating brand persona is key for marketing strategies. Yet, many overlook another big component of success: personal marketing.

Like a corporate brand, creating a personal brand requires a tactical approach. It can be challenging, but those who figure out the skill sets needed to promote themselves, see their careers climb to new heights.

Continue reading for more tips on how to market yourself and nab that dream job.

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Topics: Public relations, branding, advertising, content marketing, marketing

Four Ways PR is Like Gardening

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Gardening takes work. But once you've started, and have success, the reward far outweighs the hours of hard work you've put in planting, weeding and watering. Then, you're hooked.

PR is like that, too. Hard work for a big reward.

Here are a few things we’ve learned from our time in the garden that have translated into our PR activities. 

Continue reading to find out why PR is like gardening.

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Topics: Public relations, audience, branding, gardening, marketing

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: Nikole Gennari Cultivates Creativity

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 @ 8:36 AM

We sat down with Nikole Gennari for this week’s speaker series. Nikole is a rising senior at Gonzaga University where she majors in public relations and minors in marketing promotions.

Hailing all the way from Seattle, WA, Nikole is eager to learn and passionate about a career in public relations. At Gonzaga, she is involved with the Public Relations Student Society of America and will be the organization's publicity chairperson in the fall. In addition, she is a member of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communications Honor Society.

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

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Topics: Public relations, branding, social media, marketing, Speaker Series

Speaker Series: Katie Dubow Speaks to the Future of Public Relations

Posted by Lauren Grow on Wed, May 6, 2015 @ 3:00 AM

For this week's Spring Speaker Series, we sat down with Katie Dubow, creative director at Garden Media Group.

Daughter of founder and CEO, Suzi McCoy, Dubow has paved her own budding and vibrant path in the industry.

As Garden Media Group's first official employee, Katie has gained experience well beyond her years and has established herself as an industry PR pro.

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

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Topics: Public relations, audience, Garden Media Group, marketing, Garden Media, Speaker Series, question and answer, lessons

How to Utilize Earth Day to Promote a Brand

Posted by Lauren Grow on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Earth day officially falls on April 22 every year. This creates an opportunity for people to celebrate the planet and all it provides for its inhabitants. 

It also creates an opportunity to show how your brand cares for and supports the planet.

According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of Americans identify a problem with the damages humans have caused to the earth and believe there is concrete evidence to support global warming. These percentages are set to continue to increase in the next several years.

For garden brands, every day is Earth Day. 

The holiday presents a great opportunity for garden brands to teach consumers about the importance of living a green and sustainable lifestyle.

Continue reading to learn more about how garden brands can use Earth Day to promote their brands and teach consumers about green living.

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Topics: lawn and garden public relations, garden marketing, audience, branding, Garden Media Group, social media, blogging, marketing

How Brands can use #Hashtags to Generate Clicks

Posted by Lauren Grow on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

Oxford English Dictionary debuted a new word in June 2014 – “Hashtag.”

The popular metadata tag allows social media users to combine words and phrases to formulate a search of key words pertaining to anything imaginable.

Hashtags have revolutionized social media since they were introduced on Twitter in 2009. Today, they serve as mini search engines and create opportunities for brands to categorize content, showcase personality, promote events and build buzz around a product.  

Although they began on Twitter, hashtags have since been incorporated into every social media platform available to consumers. They have even become incorporated into vocal speech.

Continue reading to learn how garden brands can incorporate hashtags into their social media branding strategy.

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Topics: Twitter, branding, Marketing to Millennials, Garden Media Group, social media, marketing, facebook, hashtag, Social

What Garden Brands can Learn from Dove's #SpeakBeautiful Campaign

Posted by Lauren Grow on Wed, Mar 4, 2015 @ 2:22 PM

Last year, more than 5 million women tweeted something negative about body image or themselves.

Dove wants to change that.

The beauty company’s mission is to inspire and encourage people to feel beautiful. As a leader in positive body imaging and messaging for the past several years, Dove has teamed up with Twitter to put an end to people’s low self-esteem and discomfort in their own skin.

The company launched its speakbeauitful campaign during the 2015 Oscars. Shortly after it launched, #speakbeautiful went viral.

The Dove campaign teaches garden brands the dos and the don’ts to beginning campaigns and increasing brand awareness.

Continue reading to learn more about what garden brands should do before launching a campaign.

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Topics: Twitter, branding, Garden Media Group, social media, marketing, Campaign, Dove

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