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Part Two: How PR is like Matchmaking 101

Posted by Tracey Brown on Wed, Sep 7, 2016 @ 9:22 AM

You know by now that working in the PR industry is similar to attending matchmaking bootcamp.

Research, listening are a few things PR professionals need to do to match the perfect client with the perfect customer. Timing plays a huge role, too.

We’ve identified additional things that make brands irresistible to consumers.   

Read on to learn how you can become better PR matchmaker.

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Topics: Public relations, hiring a public relations person, garden business, Garden Media, leadership

Trending Thursday: NaTECHure Gets People Outside

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:52 AM

For today’s trending Thursday post, we’re highlighting the NaTECHure trend from our 2016 Garden Trends Report. 

NaTECHure is the intersection of two of the hottest trends in education: technology and nature.

When technology and nature come together they get people off the couch outside. The latest example of this is the Pokemon craze, but other new apps and virtual reality engage kids with gardening and nature in fun, new ways.

Learn more about NaTECHure from our latest YouTube video.

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Topics: Public relations, garden marketing, Trending Thursday, Garden Trends, Youtube

How PR is Matchmaking 101

Posted by Tracey Brown on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 1:30 PM

Today is National Matchmaker Day- yes there is a holiday for everything. This holiday marks a particularly important one for PR professionals, because it is a great day to learn how to make the best match for your customers.

Just being Mr. Reliable or Ms. Congeniality isn’t enough. When looking for the perfect match, you need to pull out all the stops and know every aspect of your potential partner.

Being a good matchmaker, or PR professional, is about the ability to listen and understand the habits, passions and hobbies of the pair.

Asking the right questions can be the difference between success and failure in setting up an interview, pitching a new client or even simply enjoying a meal with a prospect.

Read on to learn how matchmaking relates to PR and how you can become a better matchmaker.

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Topics: Public relations, garden marketing, image building, leadership, decision-making

Tips For Building Your Personal Brand

Posted by Stacey Pierson on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 @ 9:05 AM

I never thought of myself as a brand until recently. I’ve been in public relations for more than twenty years and without even realizing it, I’ve become my own personal brand that builds relationships and shares advice on social channels. And I’ve even secured my own personal web profile. 

When most people think of a brand today, a company is usually the first thing that pops into their heads. In the age of digital marketing, everyone can be their own brand.

Continue reading to learn how to create and maintain your personal brand.

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Topics: Public relations, branding, Digital Branding

Infographic: The art of pitching

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Wed, Jul 6, 2016 @ 1:04 PM

Anyone who works in this industry knows that pitching and PR go hand-in-hand. An interesting, timely pitch sent to the right contact ultimately means you’ll be successful. It also helps you to build relationships with new contacts.

While good pitches can do wonders for your brand, bad pitches can lend your email straight in the trash.

This infographic from PR Daily shows exactly what makes bad pitches unappealing and what you can do to fix your pitch.

Why are people bad at pitching?

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Topics: Public relations, social media, Garden Media, pitching, Infographic

Trending Thursday: Navigate the PR Industry’s Layered Landscape

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Jun 9, 2016 @ 9:05 AM

Layered Landscapes are the new industry trend taking over yards in 2016. A 3-D yard rich with wildlife defines a true layered landscape according to the 2016 Garden Trends Report.

While the term quite literally applies to the landscape itself, the essence of the trend also applies to PR.

Successful PR industry leaders serve a well-defined purpose, create a team that maintains a diverse skillset and avoid blind spots.

Continue reading to learn why the PR industry is layered landscape.

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Topics: Public relations, Trending Thursday, public relations media plan, Garden Trends, key influencers

Infographic: 17 Public Relations Quotes That Inspire

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, May 26, 2016 @ 9:30 AM

It’s the age-old industry question: How do you measure the value of PR? 

The simplest answer? You can’t put a price on public image!  

As public relations professionals, it’s our job to turn our clients into stars and help create compelling brands with large, loyal followings. It’s also our job to help clients understand that a favorable public image is priceless.

This infographic from Prezly looks at quotes from leaders in their field, such as Seth Godin, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Benjamin Franklin, public relations professionals from Ketchum, and more.  

17 Public Relations Quotes That Inspire:

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Topics: Public relations, PR Measurement, branding, image building, Infographic

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

How I Made the Most of My Public Relations Internship

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, May 18, 2016 @ 10:32 AM

In public relations, it is crucial to gain real-world experience to learn about the industry. Studying communications and public relations in the classroom is beneficial, but nothing beats “learning by doing.”

For college students, the best way to gain hands-on experience is through internships.

Not only does interning provide you with beneficial work experience, it also helps you learn more about yourself, what you are good at and what career path you want to pursue in the future.

During my internship at Garden Media, I was given opportunities to work on long-term projects, complete tasks for clients and even develop relationships with the media. I gained first-hand perspective as to what it’s like to work in a small public relations agency. My internship provided me with experiences and professional relationships that will be extremely beneficial in my pursuit of a full-time career.

Continue reading to learn how you can make the most out of your PR internship.

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

Trending Thursday: Personalization is the Essence of Your Brand

Posted by Courtney Kates on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 10:06 AM

With such a wide variety of products and services available, people face tough decisions when it comes to what they spend their money on.

Brands can make it easy for people to remain customers by offering personalized services and customized products.

Personalization is the essence of the backyard boldness trend. People are transforming their backyards into personalized entertainment spaces by adding creative décor. LED lights, bright colors and bold patters are adding life to these new backyard sanctuaries.

Continue reading to learn how personalization can help your brand.

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Topics: Public relations, Trending Thursday, trends, Garden Trends, marketing, Garden Media

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