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Trending Thursday: Personalization is the Essence of Your Brand

Posted by Courtney Kates on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 10:06 AM

With such a wide variety of products and services available, people face tough decisions when it comes to what they spend their money on.

Brands can make it easy for people to remain customers by offering personalized services and customized products.

Personalization is the essence of the backyard boldness trend. People are transforming their backyards into personalized entertainment spaces by adding creative décor. LED lights, bright colors and bold patters are adding life to these new backyard sanctuaries.

Continue reading to learn how personalization can help your brand.

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Topics: Public relations, Trending Thursday, trends, Garden Trends, marketing, Garden Media

The Most Interesting Campaign in the World

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, May 4, 2016 @ 11:33 AM

I don’t always enjoy nine years of the same marketing campaign, but when I do, it’s because Dos Equis does it right.

Jonathan Goldsmith, also known as the Most Interesting Man in the World, has been the iconic face of Dos Equis for almost a decade. After years of Goldsmith encouraging fellow beer drinkers to “Stay thirsty,” the beer company is saying goodbye to its famous spokesperson.

And of course, he has to go out with a bang. The company launched the final advertisement of Goldsmith’s campaign, which features him taking off on a one-way mission to Mars.

So, after nine years of a wildly successful campaign – the number of beer cases shipped by the brand increased 34.8 percent since 2007– why is Dos Equis sending off their legendary spokesman?

Continue reading to learn how your business can create interesting marketing campaigns.

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Topics: PR Campaign, creating content, audience, trends, social media, marketing, Garden Media

Trending Thursday: How the Housing Market Affects Your Garden Business

Posted by Courtney Kates on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 @ 12:12 PM

The divide between homeowners and renters is continuously growing.

Renters are spending more of their income on housing each month as it becomes an increasingly popular living option, especially among young people in urban areas.

Meanwhile, homeowners are taking advantage of current interest rates to keep monthly payments low.

It is essential for garden companies to understand the differences between homeowners and renters. These two groups have different lifestyles that affect how and where they spend their money. You need to target marketing techniques to the different groups.

So, what are some of the most important differences between these two demographics?

Read more to learn about how you can adjust your market strategy accordingly.

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Topics: audience, Trending Thursday, Marketing to Millennials, garden business, Garden Trends, marketing, Garden Media

4 Simple Ways to Promote your Brand on Instagram

Posted by Nancy Grace on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 @ 11:04 AM

Five years ago, Instagram was simply an app allowing users to share pictures of pets, selfies and food.

Now, people call it the best social network for brands.

If you are not promoting your business on Instagram, you are missing a golden opportunity to connect with thousands of followers, influencers and industry leaders.

The key to any successful Instagram campaign is balance, as over promotion could deter your marketing goals. Overselling your products or posting unfriendly images can leave you with little to no followers or hinder your chances of connecting with your potential buyers.

Continue reading for tips on how to promote your brand on Instagram.

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Topics: Public relations, Instagram, social media, marketing, Social

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

Watch Super Bowl Commercials, It Improves Your Brand

Posted by Erin Dunne on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 @ 10:49 AM

During the 2015 Super Bowl, Budweiser released #BestBuds, an emotional commercial about a friendship between their beloved Clydesdale horses and a puppy, which probably made you tear up more than the Seahawks fans at the end of the game.

While you will inevitably sob into your chips, dips and beers during the 2016 Super Bowl, you can at least learn some skills about marketing your brand along the way.

If anything, the Super Bowl commercials teach us about how to effectively market your brand, particularly on social media.

Continue reading to learn how Super Bowl commercials can help improve your brand.

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Topics: PR Campaign, PR Strategy, marketing communications, advertising, marketing

How Burberry is Staying Ahead of the Curve

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Sep 30, 2015 @ 9:35 AM

September is the month of fashion weeks across the world, New York, London, Paris, Milan... the most fashionable people in the world convene in one place. 

Why do we care? Well for one, fashion trends drive garden trends. But instead of a garden trend, today we're talking social media trends.

For the first time ever, a brand, Burberry, partnered with Snapchat to feature its spring and summer 2016 line. 

The Snapchat story documented the entire event, from behind the scenes preparation, to hair anmakeup tips and even the models walking the runway. The story also featured celebrity guests attending the show, including models Cara DeLevingne, Kate Moss and Sienna Miller.

This is not the first time Burberry has been the leading fashion brand in technology. Many of the brand’s marketing techniques are aimed at millennials. Why would an expensive, luxury brand try to appeal to younger generations who are often determined to find the best deals?

Continue reading to understand Burberry’s unique marketing strategy.

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Topics: branding, Marketing to Millennials, marketing, Snapchat, Garden Media, Social

How Brands Can Stand Out Online

Posted by Nikole Gennari on Thu, Aug 6, 2015 @ 9:14 AM

Standing out on the internet is the only way to get your brand noticed.

As the online world evolves, it’s crucial for brands to distinguish themselves from one another. Wh

It won't happen overnight, but improving your brands authenticity, storytelling and aesthetic are a few ways brands can be more influential online.en a company can differentiate itself from the competition, it will become easier to influence consumers online.

Continue reading for more information about how brands can stand out online.  

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Topics: branding, Marketing to Millennials, image building, marketing, Social

Dream Big. Be a Unicorn.

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Wed, Aug 5, 2015 @ 7:08 AM

For all companies, building and developing a captivating brand persona is key for marketing strategies. Yet, many overlook another big component of success: personal marketing.

Like a corporate brand, creating a personal brand requires a tactical approach. It can be challenging, but those who figure out the skill sets needed to promote themselves, see their careers climb to new heights.

Continue reading for more tips on how to market yourself and nab that dream job.

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Topics: Public relations, branding, advertising, content marketing, marketing

Four Ways PR is Like Gardening

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

Gardening takes work. But once you've started, and have success, the reward far outweighs the hours of hard work you've put in planting, weeding and watering. Then, you're hooked.

PR is like that, too. Hard work for a big reward.

Here are a few things we’ve learned from our time in the garden that have translated into our PR activities. 

Continue reading to find out why PR is like gardening.

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Topics: Public relations, audience, branding, gardening, marketing

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