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Social Studies Lesson 1: Finding Your Niche

Posted by Aubrey Olson on Wed, Aug 16, 2023 @ 11:24 AM

option 1Welcome to the first installment of Garden Media Group’s Social Studies – your ultimate guide to elevating your social media game in the gardening world. Much like a garden, social media requires care and attention- including much planning before hitting the post button! 

Please make sure you are signed up for our Social Studies email series, a 10-part free course on upping your Instagram game and standing out above the crowd. 
We are thrilled to go on this journey with you, sharing valuable tips and creative ideas and fostering a vibrant community of socially savvy horticulture enthusiasts. 

Read more to learn about finding your niche and stating it on your social media platforms! 

Lesson 1: Finding Your Niche
In this first lesson, we focus on an essential aspect of crafting a cohesive and captivating social media presence – finding your niche. As proud members of the green industry, it's vital to distinguish ourselves and stand out amidst the sea of gardening content on social platforms. The key lies in "niching down" to a sub-niche that aligns with your passions and expertise.

Identifying Your Unique Offering
What do you bring to the table that sets you apart? While stunning images are undeniably important, they alone cannot create a lasting impression. Consider the following questions to identify your niche:

- Are you a homesteader sharing your self-sustaining gardening journey?
- Do you possess a profound knowledge of botany, providing valuable insights into various plant species?
- Do you love indoor plants and showcasing their beauty and care tips?
- Are you focusing on specific plants or gardening practices tailored to your region?

These are the types of questions to help guide you to unearth your specialty. With your niche in mind, you'll attract a more engaged and targeted audience by narrowing your focus and showcasing what you do best.

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Once you've established your niche, staying true to it with few exceptions is crucial. Consistency fosters trust and reliability among your followers. They should know what to expect from your content and come to rely on your unique perspective within your chosen gardening realm.

Defining Your Unique Voice
As you find your niche, take a moment to articulate who you are as a gardening enthusiast. Define what makes you unique, what sets you apart from others in the field, and why people should follow you (AKA listen to what you have to say). Clearly and consistently communicate your story, values, and mission with authenticity and passion.

Homework: Determine Your Niche
Let's dive into a quick exercise to help you discover your niche:

- Examine the 12 most recent photos you posted on your Instagram feed related to gardening. Take note of the subject matter and the number of likes and comments for each post.
- Identify the photo that reflects what you are most passionate about within the gardening world.
- Determine the post that received the highest engagement from your audience.
- Assess whether your passion aligns with the content that resonates most with your followers.

Through this quick exercise, you'll gain some insights into where your expertise shines brightest, hone in on what your story is, and how to share it with your audience. Please tell us in the comments what your niche is and post your handle so we can all follow along to watch each other grow!

By finding your niche and embracing your unique voice in the world of gardening on social media, you're taking a significant step toward cultivating an engaged and loyal community. Remember, authentically sharing your passion and expertise will resonate with like-minded enthusiasts, inspiring them to join you on this gardening story.

Sign up and stay tuned for the following email in our series, where we'll explore the art of crafting a bio according to your style and niche. Until then, keep nurturing your garden of social media!

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