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Let Beyoncé Run Your Marketing Strategy

Posted by Nicole Guarasci on Wed, Apr 13, 2016 @ 9:36 AM

beyonce2.jpgWho runs the world? Beyoncé! And marketing is no different.

Queen B, as her fans like to call her, is not only a top entertainer, but also a great marketer. Any brand should aspire to follow in her marketing and public relations footsteps. 

Beyoncé utilizes strategies that are not typical - but work very well. And by adapting her efforts to the digital world, she has found even greater success.

Continue reading for public relations lessons you can learn from Beyoncé.

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Topics: branding, PR Strategy, Marketing to Millennials, internet marketing, social media

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

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

“Will you Accept this Business Proposal?”:  How Picking Clients is like The Bachelor

Posted by Erin Dunne on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 @ 8:33 AM

When it comes to dating on reality TV, preserving your reputation and picking the right person are essential to your success on the show.

When it comes to PR, picking the right clients and performing well helps build your company’s strong reputation.

Coincidence? We think not. 

Continue reading to learn how to interact with potential clients and build your public relations client list.

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Topics: Public relations, PR Strategy, marketing communications, garden business, Garden Media

Communicating while Commuting: How to Improve Your PR Skills on your Morning Commute

Posted by Erin Dunne on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 8:03 AM

It's the reality of everyday life, we wake up, get dressed and brave the cold (rain, snow, etc) to get into our cars and begin our journey to work.

Whether you have a five minute commute or an hour battle against angry beeping horns and tired fellow drivers, you can be more productive.

There are opportunities to improve your public relations skills with every push of the pedal.

Continue reading to learn how your morning commute can improve your public relations skills.

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Topics: Public relations, PR Strategy, image building, lessons, public speaking

5 New Year's Resolutions for PR Pros

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 @ 11:53 AM

Time is quickly running out in 2015, which means it’s time to make decisions and set your New Year’s resolutions for 2016!

Coming up with a personal resolution is easy — you know what your bad habits are and what you need to do to change them. There are support groups, clubs and apps to help you change your ways. Professional resolutions are trickier to identify because the list could honestly be endless.

Keep reading below to learn about the 5 pr resolutions will change your life and your business in 2016.

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Topics: PR Strategy, trends, press releases, garden industry public relations, emails, holiday

4 Ways to Find New Twitter Audiences in 2016

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 @ 8:23 AM

Twitter allows your garden brand to connect on a personal level with consumers in the easiest way possible.

In 140 characters or less, you can weave your way into the hearts and minds of your most influential followers, forging a stronger brand experience and giving you a better understanding of your customers.

When was the last time you looked at your Twitter strategy?

With 320 Million active users, there’s a good chance your social plan is not reaching as far as it could. Twitter is a valuable part of your social media presence, and you need to bring it into the new year.

Ensure that your content is relevant and is being heard by the right audience with these easy steps.

Keep reading to find out how you can transform your Twitter presence in 2016.

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Topics: Twitter, audience, PR Strategy, social media

Everything You Need to Know About the Next Generation

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 @ 9:09 AM

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of marketing to Millennials.

But, who is next?

Last week, MTV released a new name for the next generation: the self-proclaimed Founders.

So, who are they...? 

Read more to learn about who the Founders are and how to appeal to this next generation.

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Topics: audience, branding, PR Strategy, trends, internet media, garden industry public relations, social media, Garden Media

Build Your Brand by Telling Stories

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Nov 4, 2015 @ 12:28 PM

At the start of the World Series, PR Week asked the question: What World Series team has the better story to tell?

New York Mets fans cheered for the underdog team to win their first World Series title since 1986.

Kansas City Royals fans were excited about the chance of redemption after their loss in 2014. 

Most people have blind loyalty to a team, largely due to city pride. But it doesn’t hurt when the team has a great story to tell.

The start of each season brings about a hopeful new chapter, with the players as the characters and the anticipation of ending the story with the ultimate victory, a World Series title.

However, sports teams aren’t the only ones with a story. Brands can – and should – tell stories, too.

Read more to learn about how your brand can tell a story.

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Topics: branding, PR Strategy, Digital Branding, image building, Garden Media Group, Garden Media

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

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