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Four Tips for Creating Media Relations Magic at Your Next Trade Show

Posted by Stacey Pierson on Thu, Aug 17, 2017 @ 7:15 AM

I recently attended my seventeenth GWA (The Association for Garden Communicators) Conference in beautiful Buffalo, NY.

It’s hard for me to believe I’ve been in garden PR for almost 20 years (gasp)! I guess I love what I do, right? It’s always a joy attending this yearly conference, which allows me to reconnect with many of my garden friends that I only get to see once a year. And, of course, making new friends, too!

After working and attending a variety of industry events throughout my career, I want to share a few tips for connecting with the media that will help you be more successful when pitching. After all, this is a great opportunity for face time and relationship building!

Let’s dig in with these quick tips for making media relations magic at your next trade show.

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Topics: Media Relations, Garden Media, social media, trade show public relations

Five Quick Tips to Build Better Relationships with the Media

Posted by Stacey Pierson on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 @ 10:21 AM

When I first started working in public relations, I had no idea that relationships were going to be such an important part of my career. After the first year of handling PR for a high-tech company, I quickly learned that earning media coverage requires strong working relationships with journalists.

Even after more than twenty years, I still keep in touch with many of the journalists I met early on in my career.

Now with even more platforms to cultivate media relationships, making these connections has become easier than ever.

Continue reading to learn how you can build strong relationships with journalists.

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Topics: Media Relations, Public Relations Trends, Garden Media Group, Garden Media, Media Tour, PR Strategy

How to Be the Olivia Pope of Your Company

Posted by Tyler Nolley on Tue, May 2, 2017 @ 10:59 AM

How do you spend your Thursday nights? If you don’t already, join the club and tune into ABC’s hit show Scandal, starring Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope. Aside from a thrilling plot, this show offers a true emulation of the life of a PR professional. Olivia Pope and her gladiators are the strategic master minds that run Washington, D.C and there’s a lot to learn from their success.

Read more for skills that can help you become the Olivia Pope of your industry.

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Topics: Public relations, branding, employment, Media Relations, Garden Media Group

How Pitching Can Help You Land Media Hits

Posted by Tyler Nolley on Thu, Mar 23, 2017 @ 3:03 PM
The way in which PR professionals contact reporters and producers sets the tone for future relationships. Treating the media with respect and being polite goes a long way when you’re building trust and creating mutually beneficial relationships. This makes the job a lot more fun and easier for everyone.

The secret is all in the pitch.

Continue reading to learn how to create a perfect pitch.

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Topics: Garden Media, Garden Media Group, Media Relations, pitching, lawn & garden public relations

How to Plan A Media Tour

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, Dec 15, 2016 @ 1:04 AM

Every good pr professional knows that building solid relationships with the media is key to having a strong list of contacts to can call upon when needed. PR pros can meet new contacts via pitching, conferences and networking.

One of the best ways to reach new contacts and strengthen old connections is through media tours — a set of pre-arranged face-to-face meetings with reporters, editors, bloggers, producers and other influencers. You can either invite the media to come to you, or you can go to them.

This Fall, GMG traveled to The Big Apple for a media tour with Costa Farms.

Find out how we made this tour a success.

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Topics: Media Relations, Media Tour, branding, pitching, audience

Coach your Client Through a TV Interview

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Wed, May 25, 2016 @ 9:25 AM

As a PR professional, there’s nothing better than watching your client shine. We love when our clients get an opportunity to tell their stories – especially on TV.

It is our job to make them stars, after all. 

What many people may not realize is that there is quite a bit of behind-the-scenes preparation, practice and time that goes into making clients TV ready.

We’ve offered a few tips on how to mold your client into the perfect brand ambassador.

Continue reading for tips on how to coach your client through a TV Interview.

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Topics: Public relations, branding, Media Relations, Garden Media, Interviews

Tips for More Effective Local Pitching

Posted by Courtney Kates on Wed, Oct 7, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

Gaining national media attention is always an exciting accomplishment. National media reach a huge audience and can potentially generate a lot of buzz for your service or brand. However, certain stories might not be fit for the national spotlight, or, you may want to attract local attention. This is where local media can be extremely beneficial.

For local news and events, it is crucial to understand how to pitch to local media and why it is important. Understanding the outlet and the audience are two of the first steps.

Continue reading for tips on how to pitch local media.

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Topics: audience, PR Strategy, Media Relations, Garden Media Group, lessons

Snapchat's Advertising Philosophy Creates Valuable Content

Posted by Nikole Gennari on Thu, Jul 30, 2015 @ 10:06 AM

Snapchat, the popular Millennial photo sharing app, is revolutionizing themselves as a company.

While Snapchat has incredible features, the brand’s philosophy is the real winner.

With a cautious attitude, the company continues to incorporate geofilters, a fun way to share where you are, and advertisements into their app without disrupting the overall experience.

While they’ve broken down walls for users to see what is going on in the world, Snapchat maintains a friendly relationship with companies that advertise on the app.

Continue reading for more information about how Snapchat’s policy teaches businesses how to create better content.

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Topics: Media Relations, advertising, content marketing, social media, Snapchat

Seven Things You Didn't Know About Betsy Price

Posted by Jill Swartzentruber on Wed, Jun 24, 2015 @ 9:37 AM

Maintaining the title “Queen of Local News” is no small feat, but Betsy Price makes it look easy.

As the features editor for The Wilmington News Journal, Betsy writes, edits and manages a handful of the paper’s sections. Her passion is to provide her readers with interesting and important local content.  

She cut her teeth in Alabama, spending her undergraduate years at Auburn University, and then moved onto the Birmingham News as both staff writer and eventually editor. She moved to Delaware in 2005.

Betsy visited Garden Media for the firm’s monthly Lunch with a Pro series to discuss the industry landscape.

Read on to continue learning about Betsy and her visit with Garden Media.  

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Topics: creating content, PR Strategy, Media Relations, lessons, public relations vs

Three Things a Garden PR Firm Should Ask Before Taking on a Client

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 @ 8:54 AM

Garden industry insiders should never be at a loss for ideas.

People always seem to be starting new companies, creating new lawn and landscape products, and even producing different publications.

When these businesses start, they ultimately look to public relations professionals to help spread the world about their new brand.

A recent PR Daily article titled “8 questions startups should ask before hiring a PR firm” highlights what new companies should look for when hiring outside help to promote their product or image.

One key point the article doesn’t mention is that it works both ways.

Not only do startups have to carefully interview the companies they want to promote their brand, public relations firms also need to choose their clients wisely. Ultimately, a client list contributes to any PR firm’s overall image.

Continue reading to learn more about how your garden PR firm should pick clients. 

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Topics: Garden Media Group, garden industry public relations, branding, PR Strategy, Media Relations

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