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Create Great Content for Pinterest

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 @ 2:16 PM

With more than 100 million monthly users globally, you must know that Pinterest is an important piece of your brand’s quest for social media domination.

And with two-thirds of the content being Pinned from businesses, brands that pin daily, have original content and large followings are more likely to get their name out to the masses.

Users are browsing the site for everything from inspiration to how-to's. And the site recently introduced a buy it now button for those who want to make a purchase on the spot.

Make the most of this platform to increase your brand's presence.

Read on for 5 tips for creating great content for Pinterest.

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Topics: Pinterest, creating content, Digital Branding, social media

6 Steps to Rock Pinterest in 2016

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 12:12 PM

2016 is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to refresh your garden brand’s Pinterest strategy. 

Over the past five years, Pinterest has become the second most high-powered search engine (behind Google) that delivers your content directly to target audiences that want to see it.

The best thing about Pinterest: content survives long-term on the platform. 

The second best thing, Pins continue to drive traffic back to your website long after you initially pin it.

A study by Piquora found that 40 percent of pin clicks happen within the first day, 70 percent happen within the first two days, and the remaining 30 percent of clicks happen 30 days and beyond.

This is truly social marketing gold. A tweet lives for about 2.8 hours (if you’re lucky) and a Facebook post lasts 3.2 hours. Pins practically live forever on the site and 80 percent of the images on Pinterest are repins, 

Get started creating your 2016 Pinterest strategy with these six tips.

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Topics: Pinterest, audience, branding, Digital Branding, social media

Search Advertising Gets Social

Posted by Nikole Gennari on Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

Move aside search advertising, there’s a new kid in town.

The common method of matching keywords to advertisements through search engines is becoming less popular.

Marketers are picking up on a new targeting trend: social advertising. According to businessdirectory.com, social advertising includes “media messages designed to educate or motivate members to engage in voluntary social activity.”

Unlike search advertising, the method that only generates clicks, social advertising relays information through social networks to deliver a more emotionally engaging experience for consumers. Platforms like Facebook and Twitter give brands an opportunity to target specific audiences and engage with social advertising tools.

Learn more about search advertising vs. social advertising as the new path for reaching the masses.

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Topics: Pinterest, Twitter, social media, facebook, Tumblr

Pinterest Turns Web Browsing into a Virtual Shopping Experience

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 @ 2:20 PM

What began as a virtual scrapbook experience has evolved into a one stop shop for all tech-savvy shoppers.

Pinterest is sweeping out the middle man and letting users browse and purchase items straight from its mobile site with the new “Buyable Pins” option, rolling out to users as we speak.

With this upgrade, Pinterest has the ability to launch into the number one spot for e-commerce. As of now, they are right behind Facebook in terms of online sales generated from social media.

According to Shopify, Pinterest brings in an average sale of $50, which is higher than any other social media platform.

93 percent of users plan out their purchases by using Pinterest, and orders on Pinterest from mobile devices have increased by 140 percent in the past two years.

Continue reading to find out how Pinterest’s Buy It Now button can help Garden businesses boom.

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Topics: Pinterest, Digital Branding, internet marketing, garden business, social media

Pinning for Winning: Tips for Improving Garden Brand Pinterest

Posted by Nikole Gennari on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 @ 8:37 AM

It’s no secret that Pinterest is conquering the business world. Today, brands use this virtual inspiration board as a search engine, sales tool and influencer watch list. 

It may seem silly to think a business could make mistakes on Pinterest, but brands that avoid simple mistakes will see an increase in followers and meet their goals. There are three key factors that can improve a published pin.

Continue reading for more information on how garden businesses can improve their Pinterest Page.

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Topics: Public relations, Pinterest, creating content, PR Strategy, social media

Trending Thursday: Pinning and Public Relations

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 9:00 AM

“Power pinners” and bloggers were not happy with Pinterest this month after the web-based inspiration board began to ban affiliate links posted by its users.  

According to Wired.com, “Basically, Pinterest is removing the ability for its most influential ‘Pinners’ to make money via outside marketing networks, including rewardStyle and Hello Society, according to an email obtained by VentureBeat.”  

Wired reported that Pinterest removed these links and redirects because they caused “irrelevant pins in feeds.”

Though the social site is making changes (that many assume will ultimately help it make money), PR professionals can still utilize pins to create a dynamic campaign.

Continue reading for more information about your brand can use Pinterest to create a successful PR campaign. 

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Topics: Public relations, lawn and garden public relations, Pinterest, branding, social media

Trending Thursday: Keep Your Garden Brands' Pinterest Seasonal

Posted by Merissa Blum on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 @ 9:04 AM

Who doesn’t want to increase their Pinterest followers and repins?

Pinterest has become the go-to search engine when looking for DIY crafts, activities and ideas.

Now that it's fall, seasonal keywords like autumn and Halloween are in the air!

Keep up with all of the latest trends, including seasons, to attract more attention to your garden brand's Pinterest site and gain more followers. Pinterest users are all over this seasonal change!

Continue reading to learn how to get your garden brand’s Pinterest site noticed this fall.

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Topics: Pinterest, trends, SEO, Garden Media Group, marketing

Trending Thursday: Secrets to Garden Industry Pinterest Success

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

By now, you know Pinterest is a major player in the world of social media.  

There are 70 million users and 500,000 active business accounts on Pinterest. Plus, Pinterest generates more referral traffic than YouTube, Google+ and Linkedin combined.

The visually-driven content is clearly a winner for the gardening world since our industry is flooded with awe-inspiring colors and plants.

With Pinterest's newest update, users can follow topic categories in addition to individual pinners and brands. Users can follow topics such as gardening, hanging baskets and more. This update expands the potential reach of your content, allowing more users to connect with garden business. 

Add these tips to your Pinterest strategy to increase awareness of your gardening brand.

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Topics: Pinterest, PR Strategy, Trending Thursday, social media

Trending Thursday: Maximize Garden Sales with Frac'd Up Garden Trend

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Thu, Jun 12, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

With every trend, there's an anti-trend, also known as an antipode.

Especially in the realm of garden design and outdoor living decor, there's always a multitude of trending styles.

As such, while simple elegance's crisp lines and black/white flower combinations make a subtle statement, the trend's antipode "Frac'd Up" is breaking all the rules.

Frac'd Up garden design and decor rejects neat and tidy. Instead, this garden trend embraces geometric shapes, exemplified by fractions and dimensions with explosions of colors and textures.

Read on to see 3 ways your garden business can leverage the Frac'd Up garden trend to stay on the cutting edge in 2014.

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Topics: garden marketing, Pinterest, Digital Branding, Trending Thursday, Garden Media Group, Garden Trends

3 Tips to Boost Gardening Business Sales with Pinterest

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Wed, Apr 30, 2014 @ 9:00 AM


What's the next step after your business has established a presence on social platforms?

From Instagram to Facebook, each social platform comes with its own list of do's and don'ts for green businesses. Don't auto-post. Do post relevant content on a regular basis.

Pinterest, the image-driven scrapbook-esque social site, may not be getting enough of your attention this spring. Did you know Pinterest has more than 70 million users? Or that Pinterest will generate you FOUR times more money per click than Twitter?

Read on to discover the 3 'do's' to maximize Pinterest to boost sales for your garden business.

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Topics: Pinterest, PR Strategy, Digital Branding, Garden Media Group, social media

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