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Navigating Influencer Partnerships

Posted by Bridget Langan on Thu, Nov 30, 2023 @ 9:05 AM

Have you ever wondered how some brands seamlessly collaborate with influencers, show up regularly, and capture their audience's attention effortlessly? Navigating influencer partnerships requires strategy, research, and finesse. Social media influencers and content creators wield unprecedented power in today’s digital marketing sphere, especially in the green industry.  

Our 2024 Garden Trends Report highlights the gravity of the movement towards influencer marketing, especially when trying to reach Gen Z audiences. Growing up in a wholly digital world, Gen Z are digital natives, and these creators are now more trusted regarding product reviews over social ads and celebrity endorsements. According to LTK’s 2023 Gen Z shopper study, creators are 3.5x more influential than social media ads - so influencer marketing and promotions through short-form videos are vital for reaching Gen Z.

Did you know colleges now offer social media influencing majors? It’s a testament to how quickly this industry is evolving and why your company cannot afford to overlook it. Many factors go into finding the right influencer, which can be overwhelming. 

Read on to learn more about how to navigate influencer partnerships with ease.  

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Topics: garden marketing, horticultural marketing communications, key influencers, generation z

Taking MANTS To-Go: 2022 New Product Highlights from Baltimore

Posted by Lindsay Day on Fri, Jan 7, 2022 @ 5:20 PM

The new year has begun and that means trade show season! Unfortunately, with the ever-evolving pandemic, there is still a lot of uncertainty about how the shows will unfold.

The first of the year is always MANTS, the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show, celebrating its 52nd show in Baltimore. With masks on, thousands of attendees joined the hundreds of exhibitors for three days of shopping, buying, and relationship building in the horticulture industry.

Like always, MANTS did not disappoint and there was no shortage of hot new plant releases and cool new tools and products. No worries if you couldn’t make it, we’ve wrapped up a “To-Go” list of some of the most eye-catching new products from the show.

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Topics: trade show public relations, gardening, horticultural marketing communications, product launch, meetings

6 P's of Brand Prosperity

Posted by Katie Dubow on Tue, Nov 27, 2018 @ 9:57 AM

“Brand prosperity is a lot like the root system of a tree; if you think about the root system of a tree, it is hidden beneath the earth, but it is fundamental to whether or not that tree flourishes and whether or not it bears fruit … if any of the roots are weak or not functioning well, the ability of the tree to flourish is compromised.”

—Michael Movitz, The Movitz Group

The success of a brand, according to Michael Movitz, relies on an interconnected set of factors he calls the 7 P's: Purpose, product, people, pathway, pricing, and promotion of the brand.

Read more to learn how to manage these factors and achieve brand success.

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Topics: branding, Digital Branding, horticultural marketing communications, internet marketing

Martha Stewart Shares Secrets to Success at IGC East (Part I)

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 9:21 AM

Garden Media Group had the opportunity to see Martha Stewart as the keynote speaker on the first day of IGC East.

In her talk, Martha opened up to the audience about her home in Maine, her grandchildren, her new Chow Chow puppy and all the new things Martha Stewart Living is up to.

In the first post of a two-part series, we introduce Martha’s secrets to success.

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Topics: trends, garden trade show marketing, gardening, horticultural marketing communications, Garden Trends

What Your Garden Brand Can Learn from the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted by Dan Ream on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

By now, you've probably heard about the ALS ice bucket challenge. 

If you haven't, don't worry. If you use any social network at all, you'll probably run into it soon.

Though the exact origins of the challenge are difficult to trace, one thing is certain - ALS awareness is skyrocketing. 

Don't just take our word for it, though. Keep reading to learn more about the movement, how its success has been measured, and marketing tips your garden brand can learn.

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Topics: PR Measurement, PR Strategy, horticultural marketing communications, internet media

The 5 C's of Effectively Marketing Gardening to Moms

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Wed, May 14, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

One hashtag caught my eye this past weekend  Mother's Day Should Be Every Day.

Mothers give back so much to their communities, homes, gardens, and families every day. Gardening businesses should also take a timeout to reevaluate how they're giving back to moms.

After all, women make 85% of purchasing decisions in a  household, and there's a good chance some of those women are mothers. Mothers are an influential demographic for gardening businesses.

Below are the 5 C's to effectively market gardening to moms this season.

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Topics: garden marketing, PR Strategy, lawn & garden public relations, horticultural marketing communications, garden industry public relations

5 Ways Marketing and Leadership Are Just Like Gardening

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Wed, May 7, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

Day in and day out, the Garden Media team helps grow green gardening companies by getting the word out about their businesses. Our public relations campaigns built rock-star gardening brands, like the Knock Out Rose and Costa Farms O2 for You. So, it's second nature for the Garden Media team to see the connections between gardening and business.

Today we're diving deeper into this parallel to learn how gardening, effective marketing, and legendary garden business leadership overlap.

Read on to learn 5 leadership and marketing lessons found in the garden. Dirt may not only be the new Prozac - it might be the secret to success for your next business plan, too.

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Topics: garden marketing, lawn & garden public relations, horticultural marketing communications, garden business, Garden Media Group, garden industry public relations

7 Secrets to Public Relations Success in the Gardening Industry

Posted by Megan Psenicska on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

Being in public relations is stressful--in fact, it's the 6th most stressful job in America according to CareerCast.

Meaning, public relations is a field not everyone is cut out for. PR executives need to have an eye for creativity, the spirit of perseverance, and the power of persuasion.

Whether you are a budding public relations executive, a garden business owner interested in marketing, or a business looking to hire a public relations firm, the list below will help you understand the intricacies of public relations better--and improve your take on gardening PR and marketing.

Want to find out what Garden Media's 7 secrets to public relations success are in the garden industry? Keep on reading!

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Topics: lawn and garden public relations, hiring a public relations person, PR Strategy, horticultural marketing communications, garden industry public relations

Garden Media's Guide to Content Marketing in the Garden Industry

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 @ 9:00 AM


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Whether you're a brick and mortar store or exclusively online, content marketing matters to your business.

When used to its fullest potential, content marketing is how you get more new customers for your garden business.

Every Wednesday in the month of February, Garden Media will be dishing on how to navigate the world of content marketing while increasing your bottom line, too.

Whether you're familiar with content marketing or you've never heard the term before, read on to learn all about Garden Media's insider secrets to master the art of content marketing.

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Topics: lawn and garden public relations, horticultural marketing communications, garden business, content marketing, ebook club

The Mindfulness Movement of 2014 and The Gardening Industry

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

The gardening industry is starting out 2014 on a strong note; this year has been dubbed the year of mindfulness. In fact, mindfulness is named one of the top ten trends that will shape the world this year.

People are growing weary of being constantly connected to their digital screens.

They want a way to detox, to unwind and rediscover peace, and this movement is spreading quickly.

Happiness is being redefined, and gardening fits into the mindfulness movement perfectly.

Read on to learn why and how mindfulness is shaping 2014, and how your garden business can take hold of this movement.

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Topics: lawn and garden public relations, PR Strategy, horticultural marketing communications, Garden Media Group, Garden Trends

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