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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

Trending Thursday: New e-Book Reveals How to Achieve Social Media Success

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 @ 9:02 AM

“Likes,” “Shares” and “ReTweets” are terms synonymous with a successful brand.

Social media, an extremely effective marketing medium, helps brands reach people on a large scale. In today’s world, public relations campaigns must utilize social media to increase brand awareness and grow consumer demand.

To teach garden brands how to properly convey marketing messages over social media, Garden Media Group released its latest free e-Book, “How The Espoma Company Bloomed: A Social Media Case Study.” The e-Book outlines the best practices for monitoring and posting to a variety of social sites.

Continue reading to learn more about Espoma’s case study.

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Topics: garden marketing, garden business, ebook club, social media

Trending Thursday: Layered Landscapes Deep Dive

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 @ 9:47 AM

You know by now that the Layered Landscape trend helps attract local wildlife and encourages people to design yards that are built to last far beyond one season.

Native plants and diverse species help create a true layered landscape.

Continue reading for a look into the essence of layered landscapes.

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Topics: garden marketing, Trending Thursday, garden business, Garden Trends, Garden Media

Trending Thursday: Layered Landscapes Get Back to the Roots

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Jun 2, 2016 @ 2:00 PM

For this Trending Thursday, we’re taking a look inside Layered Landscapes trend from our 2016 Garden Trends report.  

Plants that are beautiful and serve a purpose are the essence of any layered landscape.

People are using native trees and plants that support local wildlife to help bring their yards back to its natural habitat.

Dr. Doug. Tallamy, professor of entomology and wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, says people who want to create a layered landscape should start with trees and simply layer shrubs and flowers underneath.

Living landscapes rich with wildlife are at the forefront of this trend.  

Learn more about Layered Landscapes from our latest YouTube video. 

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Topics: garden marketing, Trending Thursday, Garden Media Group, Garden Trends, Youtube

Trending Thursday: Welltality Field Trip

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 @ 10:11 AM

Welltality goes hand-in-hand with landscaping and gardening. Now, more than ever, plants are becoming an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and used for everything from décor to air purifiers to food.  

A few of us from Garden Media visited three garden centers to examine how each store showcased welltality. 

Continue reading to learn more about Garden Media’s welltality field trip.  

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Topics: garden marketing, Trending Thursday, garden business, Garden Media Group, Garden Trends

There’s S(no)w job like PR: What to do with your Snow Day

Posted by Erin Dunne on Wed, Feb 3, 2016 @ 7:34 AM

Winter storm Jonas proved to be a rude awakening for the mid-Atlantic region and demonstrated that not all Jonas’ come fully equipped with a pop band with dreamy eyes.

The blizzard brought over 24 inches of snow to our area, not to mention driving nightmares for days after.

Besides binge watching Making a Murderer on Netflix or complaining about shoveling, there are lots of ways to keep yourself entertained during a snow day that can also help you in your PR career.

Continue reading to learn about how you can improve your PR skills during a snow day.

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Topics: Public relations, garden marketing, branding, marketing, emails

2016 Garden Trends Sneak Peek

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Aug 27, 2015 @ 9:47 AM

Lots of Millennial experts talk about how much time we spend on the internet. But, in truth, we never really leave the internet. Think about it. Our phones, tablets and other devices help us connect and stream at the touch of a button. Anytime. Anywhere.  

The 2016 Garden Trends Report recognizes this, and, urges industry leaders to embrace and adapt to new and ever-changing technology. Rising Millennials are constantly plugged in, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  

This year, consumers merge technology with nature, not as a distraction -- but as a way to explore, educate and entertain.

Continue reading for a sneak peek of the 2016 Garden Trends Report.

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Topics: garden marketing, trends, Garden Media Group, Garden Trends, Garden Media

Speaker Series: Lauren Grow Thrives in Leadership Roles

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 12:00 AM

We sat down with Lauren Grow for this week’s speaker seriesLauren is a junior at West Chester University. She majors in communication studies and political science.

Describing Lauren as busy is an understatement. In addition to her role as Garden Media's Intern, she’s served as the president of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) for the last two years and is an member of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communications Honor Society. She is also an executive board member of her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, and was elected to the governing body of Greek life on campus.

True to her name “Grow,” Lauren also gardens in her free time.  

Continue reading to learn more about Lauren and her experiences in the public relations and marketing industry. 

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Topics: garden marketing, Garden Media Group, social media, Garden Media, Speaker Series

How to Utilize Earth Day to Promote a Brand

Posted by Lauren Grow on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 @ 8:30 AM

Earth day officially falls on April 22 every year. This creates an opportunity for people to celebrate the planet and all it provides for its inhabitants. 

It also creates an opportunity to show how your brand cares for and supports the planet.

According to the Pew Research Center, 61 percent of Americans identify a problem with the damages humans have caused to the earth and believe there is concrete evidence to support global warming. These percentages are set to continue to increase in the next several years.

For garden brands, every day is Earth Day. 

The holiday presents a great opportunity for garden brands to teach consumers about the importance of living a green and sustainable lifestyle.

Continue reading to learn more about how garden brands can use Earth Day to promote their brands and teach consumers about green living.

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Topics: lawn and garden public relations, garden marketing, audience, branding, Garden Media Group, social media, blogging, marketing

Infographics Serve as the New Press Release

Posted by Lauren Grow on Thu, Apr 9, 2015 @ 8:00 AM

In today’s fast-paced, connected world, people are 30 times more likely to read infographics than text-based articles.

As the world becomes more visual, it is no surprise that infographics have become a standard for communicating information with consumers and the press – and there is no end in the rise on the industry horizon. 

Brands can use infographics to dispense information, news and tips to readers in a visually stimulating and cost effective way.

Continue reading to learn how garden brands can use infographics to captivate and engage audiences.

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Topics: garden marketing, branding, Public Relations Trends, Digital Branding, Garden Media Group, content marketing

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