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Trending Thursday: The Year of the Blueberry

Posted by Courtney Kates on Thu, Mar 10, 2016 @ 9:18 AM

From purchasing indoor houseplants to eating organic food, people are becoming increasingly aware of their health and wellness.

Welltality is a rising trend not only in the garden industry, but also across the country.

One of the most common places we can see this trend taking off is in the kitchen. People are growing their own fresh food and enjoying the fruits of their labor with garden-to-table meals.

Packed with vitamins, antioxidant and dietary fiber, homegrown blueberries are on the forefront of this trend. They are easy to grow and their delicious taste will have kids and parents alike craving more.

BrazelBerries®, a collection of delicious compact edible berry plants from Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, embodies the welltality trend. The company continues to introduce new berry varieties each year for anyone to enjoy in their own backyard. New to the collection this year is Perpetua, a true double cropping blueberry that fruits in mid-summer and then again in the fall.

Continue reading to learn how BrazelBerries utilizes popular trends and current events to boost their business.

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Topics: Public Relations Trends, Trending Thursday, trends, garden business, Garden Trends, Garden Media

Trending Thursday: Connected Greenery Deep Dive

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 @ 8:11 AM

The connected greenery trend shows that consumers are getting plugged in outside.

The industry trends report finds gardening has transformed into a connected lifestyle in 2016. The rising millennial generation is constantly plugged in.

People want to be successful in the garden, and they’re turning to technology to help them grow plants both indoors and out.

Here’s this month’s Garden trend deep dive.

Continue reading for more information about Connected Greenery.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, garden business, Garden Trends, social media, Garden Media

Trending Thursday: Syncing with Nature Deep Dive

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Jan 21, 2016 @ 8:05 AM

Garden Media’s 2016 Garden Trends Report, Syncing with Nature, finds gardening has transformed into a connected lifestyle in 2016

The gardening and outdoor living industries can lure future consumers – and their digital accessories – outside and connect garden hobbyists with a broader community.

Here’s this month’s trend deep dive.  

Continue reading for more information about Syncing with Nature.

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Topics: Public Relations Trends, Trending Thursday, garden business, Garden Media Group, social media

“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

The Secret to Great Presentations

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Dec 9, 2015 @ 10:46 AM

Everyone gives a presentation at some point in their career.

And whether you thrive on the opportunity to showcase your accomplishments or shudder at the thought of speaking in front of a crowd, there’s no denying that professional presentations and strong public speaking skills are important qualities to have.

Although it might seem intimidating, giving a presentation doesn’t have to be scary. Planning ahead, remaining authentic and owning your nerves are some of the best ways to impress clients, coworkers or management during your next presentation.

Continue reading to learn more about how to give the best presentations.

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Topics: Public relations, audience, branding, garden business, garden industry public relations, Garden Media, public speaking

Work hard, play hard: fun in the office increases productivity

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 @ 11:56 AM

Now that we know divergent thinking leads to innovative ideas, it’s time to discuss another important factor in creativity:having FUN!

 

While work and play may seem like conflicting ideas, an article in Entreprenuer Magazine suggests having fun in the office can increase employee motivation and productivity, which leads to increased ROI.

Google may be one of the most well known companies famous for having fun. The company is well known for its innovative office designs and creativity-based culture.

While we might not have tube slides and food trucks at Garden Media Group, we still know how to have fun while getting the job done.

Read more to learn about ways you can integrate fun in the office.

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Topics: garden business, Garden Media Group, garden industry public relations, Garden Media, leading

How Going on Vacation Can Help Your Garden Business

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 @ 10:03 AM

The travel and tourism industry is expanding every year. People are traveling more often, further away and for longer periods of time. These trips provide unforgettable memories, but can also serve as a unique learning experience. Traveling can teach flexibility, risk taking and crisis management, all of which are essential skills in the workplace.

Continue reading for more information about how traveling can help your garden business.

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Topics: Public relations, lawn and garden public relations, garden business, Garden Media Group, travel

Tips For Making Marketing Decisions

Posted by Nikole Gennari on Thu, Aug 20, 2015 @ 9:07 AM

Published more than 24 years after his death Dr. Seuss’, What Pet Should I Get? is the latest addition to his already vast collection of children’s books. The public will cherish this new story for years to come.

In true Dr. Seuss fashion, the book features vibrant illustrations and perfectly paired rhymes. Brother and sister are allowed to choose a new pet for their family and when they arrive at the pet store they see cats, dogs, fish, birds and even monkeys. The decision becomes overwhelming for the children.

Though the book appeals directly to children, its underlying theme is universal: decision making is important.

In business, challenging decisions have to be made. Even the smallest decision can have an impact on the company, client or community as a whole.

Here are some helpful tips to alleviate stress when garden brands are faced with a difficult decision.

Continue reading for tips on how to make decisions with ease.  

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Topics: Public relations, audience, PR Strategy, garden business, garden industry public relations

How to Attract Millennials to Your Trade Show Booth

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 8:07 AM

The Garden Media team attended IGC East earlier this month, and with half of the team being Millennials, we looked at the show with a different perspective. We definitely ran into certain booths that caught our attention.

Many companies are shifting their focus onto the new garden consumer: Millennials, and with good reason. Millennials make up nearly 
25 percent of the US population and are the most influential consumers.

One trait of Millennials is that we love to be engaged - not of the marrying kind, not yet - but of the stimulant kind. Give us something to do or something to watch. And be approachable... without being creepy. Be nice, be calm and be welcoming.  

Continue reading to see what booths stood out in the Millennial mind and why.

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Topics: trade show public relations, gardening, Marketing to Millennials, garden business, Garden Media

How Garden Brands Can Create Picture Perfect Content

Posted by Nikole Gennari on Thu, Jul 16, 2015 @ 11:05 AM

Today’s consumers are visually oriented. About 90 percent of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and it is processed 60,000 times faster than text.

A catchy headline can only go so far, but including a picture raises the bar for success. In PR, image is everything. Likewise, the images incorporated in social media are just as crucial.

Continue reading for more information about how garden brands can incorporate images into their social media strategies.

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Topics: garden business, SEO, content marketing, social media, blogging

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