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Trending Thursday: Get More Shares from Your Garden Brands Content

Posted by Merissa Blum on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 9:07 AM

It's no longer good enough to publish ordinary content on the online universe - that content needs to be compelling to your audience. Compelling enough that they want to share it. 

A new study released by ShareThis explains how content is shared, what kind of content is shared and what platforms are being used to share it.

If you're not getting as many shares as you'd like on Facebook, maybe that content would be put to better use on Twitter or vice versa. Lets find out.

Read on to learn what your garden brand should be sharing and where.

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Topics: Twitter, Garden Media Group, facebook, trends, Instagram, Trending Thursday, social media

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, Garden Media Group, garden business, key influencers, Media Relations

Trending Thursday: Back to Content Marketing Basics

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

It's back to school time, which provides the perfect time for you to evaluate your gardening business blog and look for areas to improve as well.

From generating leads to increasing your SEO ranking, running a blog benefits your business in many ways. Every blog post is a new indexed page for your website, which is a new opportunity for your business to be found by search engines. All of this content helps brand your garden company as experts in your field.  

For the full scoop, read below for a back-to-basics lessons on content marketing in the garden industry.

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Topics: Twitter, SEO, blogging, content marketing, Trending Thursday

#Hashtag 101: The Basics of Using Hashtags in Your Garden Business

Posted by Dan Ream on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 @ 10:30 AM

Using and maximizing hashtags takes your garden business social media marketing game to the next level.

But what are hashtags, and how did they get so popular?

Though they weren't envisioned as a world changing innovation initially, they've revolutionized the way we interact.

First introduced 7 years ago on Twitter, the hashtag has made its home on nearly every social media platform and is now conquering other mediums, too - such as internet ads, marketing campaigns, television ads and even conversations.

Learn the hashtag basics, from what a hashtag is to how you can use it to boost your garden business.

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Topics: Twitter, social media, branding, image building, PR Strategy

4 Best Practice Tips for Twitter & Instagram in the Garden Industry

Posted by Megan Psenicska on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

Social media has become a huge part of how companies interact and engage with their customers.

Even in the gardening industry, countless businesses have found social media works when they are looking for new customers, nurturing current customers, and when they need to drive traffic and sales on their garden website.

Twitter and Instagram are both popular social platforms. Both are great ways to promote a company, product or brand, when used correctly of course.

Below are 4 best practice tips to ensure your garden business's accounts are valuable to both your shoppers and your bottom line!

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Topics: Twitter, social media, lawn and garden public relations, garden industry public relations, PR Strategy, Instagram

Top 5 Twitter Mistakes to Avoid in 2014

Posted by Meg McGrory on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

With each passing day, more and more businesses are jumping onto Twitter.  As more businesses begin using this social media platform, more of the same mistakes are being made.

Twitter is a great place to connect with your consumers and further your garden company's brand.  But, be wary, if you fall into these traps Twitter can harm more than help.

Keep reading to find out if you’re making one of the top 5 Twitter mistakes of 2014; then, we'll help you fix it too.

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Topics: marketing communications, lawn & garden public relations, Twitter, social media, garden industry public relations, garden marketing, Digital Branding

7 Facts Your Garden Business Needs to Know about Social Media

Posted by Meg McGrory on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

By now, your garden business knows social media matters.

Though startling new social media research shows that how you think about social media may need to be updated.

You know who you are targeting on social media, what types of content to post, and when to update your page.

But do you know where social media ranks in terms of activity on the web?  Or how often LinkedIn gets a new member?

The following statistics may shock and surprise you, and make you rethink your garden businesses social media strategy for 2014.

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Topics: Twitter, internet marketing, Garden Media Group, blogging, garden business, Youtube, facebook, social media, LinkedIn

Trending Thursday: A Shift in How We Learn about Gardening

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Thu, Dec 12, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

As we all know, the way we get our information has changed drastically over the last decade.

The world of print newspapers and magazines has struggled while the ever-changing digital world has dominated.

In short, the newspaper is out, and the Twitter feed is in. According to Garden Media's 2014 Trends Report, the internet is becoming our new friend and trusted neighbor for gardening advice.

Read on to discover more about how and where gardeners are getting their gardening advice in 2014-- and how your garden business can take hold of this trend.

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Topics: Twitter, blogging, Youtube, content marketing, Garden Trends, Trending Thursday

Crafting Alluring & Effective Posts on Social Media

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

While Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and the like all fall under the umbrella of social media, using each platform requires an individualized set of tricks and tips.

A new study recently found the most effective tips and guidelines for posting on different social media outlets.

Implementing these tips will allow your garden business to see a higher number of likes, retweets, views, and most importantly, engagement.

For these secrets to have a larger impact, your social media manager has to closely analyze your analytics. Facebook's new insights will help break down who your audience is and what type of posts have been most effective.

Below, we're dishing on universal tips for creating alluring, yet highly effective posts on all the social media platforms.

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Topics: Twitter, social media, PR Strategy, facebook, Pinterest

Effect of 2013 Social Media Trends on Your Garden Business

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

At Garden Media Group, we spend a lot of time thinking about trends--especially for the garden.

Lately, the office has been a buzz with social media trends. Facebook Fatigue and the release of Instagram video are drastically changing the landscape of social media.

Social media trends allow you to connect with your green, gardening customersPlus, it shows your audience that your brand is forward-thinking.

Keep up with the social media trends, and discover five topical changes in social media that will affect your garden business this year.

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Topics: Twitter, social media, PR Strategy, trends, Public Relations Trends, facebook

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