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How to Plan A Media Tour

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 1:04 AM

Every good pr professional knows that building solid relationships with the media is key to having a strong list of contacts to can call upon when needed. PR pros can meet new contacts via pitching, conferences and networking.

One of the best ways to reach new contacts and strengthen old connections is through media tours — a set of pre-arranged face-to-face meetings with reporters, editors, bloggers, producers and other influencers. You can either invite the media to come to you, or you can go to them.

This Fall, GMG traveled to The Big Apple for a media tour with Costa Farms.

Find out how we made this tour a success.

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Topics: audience, branding, Media Relations, pitching, Media Tour

Coach your Client Through a TV Interview

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Wed, May 25, 2016 @ 9:25 AM

As a PR professional, there’s nothing better than watching your client shine. We love when our clients get an opportunity to tell their stories – especially on TV.

It is our job to make them stars, after all. 

What many people may not realize is that there is quite a bit of behind-the-scenes preparation, practice and time that goes into making clients TV ready.

We’ve offered a few tips on how to mold your client into the perfect brand ambassador.

Continue reading for tips on how to coach your client through a TV Interview.

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Topics: Public relations, branding, Media Relations, Garden Media, Interviews

Tips for More Effective Local Pitching

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

Gaining national media attention is always an exciting accomplishment. National media reach a huge audience and can potentially generate a lot of buzz for your service or brand. However, certain stories might not be fit for the national spotlight, or, you may want to attract local attention. This is where local media can be extremely beneficial.

For local news and events, it is crucial to understand how to pitch to local media and why it is important. Understanding the outlet and the audience are two of the first steps.

Continue reading for tips on how to pitch local media.

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Topics: audience, PR Strategy, Media Relations, Garden Media Group, lessons

Snapchat's Advertising Philosophy Creates Valuable Content

Posted by Nikole Gennari on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 10:06 AM

Snapchat, the popular Millennial photo sharing app, is revolutionizing themselves as a company.

While Snapchat has incredible features, the brand’s philosophy is the real winner.

With a cautious attitude, the company continues to incorporate geofilters, a fun way to share where you are, and advertisements into their app without disrupting the overall experience.

While they’ve broken down walls for users to see what is going on in the world, Snapchat maintains a friendly relationship with companies that advertise on the app.

Continue reading for more information about how Snapchat’s policy teaches businesses how to create better content.

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Topics: Media Relations, advertising, content marketing, social media, Snapchat

Seven Things You Didn't Know About Betsy Price

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 @ 9:37 AM

Maintaining the title “Queen of Local News” is no small feat, but Betsy Price makes it look easy.

As the features editor for The Wilmington News Journal, Betsy writes, edits and manages a handful of the paper’s sections. Her passion is to provide her readers with interesting and important local content.  

She cut her teeth in Alabama, spending her undergraduate years at Auburn University, and then moved onto the Birmingham News as both staff writer and eventually editor. She moved to Delaware in 2005.

Betsy visited Garden Media for the firm’s monthly Lunch with a Pro series to discuss the industry landscape.

Read on to continue learning about Betsy and her visit with Garden Media.  

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Topics: creating content, PR Strategy, Media Relations, lessons, public relations vs

Three Things a Garden PR Firm Should Ask Before Taking on a Client

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 @ 8:54 AM

Garden industry insiders should never be at a loss for ideas.

People always seem to be starting new companies, creating new lawn and landscape products, and even producing different publications.

When these businesses start, they ultimately look to public relations professionals to help spread the world about their new brand.

A recent PR Daily article titled “8 questions startups should ask before hiring a PR firm” highlights what new companies should look for when hiring outside help to promote their product or image.

One key point the article doesn’t mention is that it works both ways.

Not only do startups have to carefully interview the companies they want to promote their brand, public relations firms also need to choose their clients wisely. Ultimately, a client list contributes to any PR firm’s overall image.

Continue reading to learn more about how your garden PR firm should pick clients. 

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Topics: branding, PR Strategy, Media Relations, Garden Media Group, garden industry public relations

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

Trending Thursday: Social Media Generates Publicity for Garden Brands

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

“What’s trending now" has always been a hot news topic.

Now, however, news segments are getting trends directly from social media sites.

Even the Today Show and Good Morning America, the two biggest morning news shows, both feature special segments on what’s trending, frequently driven by social content.

As audiences show they're continually interested in trend stories, it’s time for your garden businesses to help get the word out, too.

Discover how your gardening business can use social media trends to craft timely pitches and branded content below.  

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Topics: creating content, Media Relations, Digital Branding, Trending Thursday, Garden Trends, social media

6 Steps to Nail the Public Relations Pitch

Posted by Meg McGrory on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Hundreds of public relations pitch emails go unanswered every day, or even worse, unopened and deleted.  There’s no surefire way to get a response from a pitch, but there are ways to up your chances. 

Awful subject lines, bad introductions and simple misspellings or grammar mistakes are some of the reasons journalists delete emails without even reading them. Be mindful of those trigger points before you hit send on an email.

Below are 6 more tips and tricks to get your public relations pitch opened, and hopefully, answered!

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Topics: PR Strategy, Media Relations, garden business

Media Relations Case Study: Secrets from Key Influencers

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Last week, Garden Media's Suzi McCoy hosted a Google+ Hangout to discuss how to connect, inspire and wow the media.

The G+ Hangount expanded on key aspects from Garden Media's media relations' e-Book, How to Win the Media's Heart.

Katie Ketelsen of Better Homes and Gardens.com, Michelle Slatalla of Gardenista, and David Ellis of American Gardener joined Suzi to dish on the best tricks and treats for getting your garden business in leading industry publications like these.

Below are the top tips for getting media placements by forming relations with key media influencers.

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Topics: garden marketing, PR Strategy, Media Relations, case study, garden industry public relations, key influencers

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