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25,000 Journalists Share Pitching Secrets for your Garden Brand

Posted by Merissa Blum on Wed, Sep 17, 2014 @ 9:00 AM

Knowing all you can about the journalists you are pitching is vital to your garden brand’s success.

It is also helpful when it comes to utilizing your time as efficiently as possible

Muck Rack surveyed their database of journalists to figure out what tactics are best to effectively communicate with them.

Responses from over 25,000 journalists are compiled below and detail exactly what they want to see from your garden brand, from what time to pitch to which social platforms they use most.  

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Topics: Twitter, Media Relations, garden business, Garden Media Group, key influencers

Trending Thursday: Social Media Generates Publicity for Garden Brands

Posted by Jourdan Cole on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

“What’s trending now" has always been a hot news topic.

Now, however, news segments are getting trends directly from social media sites.

Even the Today Show and Good Morning America, the two biggest morning news shows, both feature special segments on what’s trending, frequently driven by social content.

As audiences show they're continually interested in trend stories, it’s time for your garden businesses to help get the word out, too.

Discover how your gardening business can use social media trends to craft timely pitches and branded content below.  

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Topics: creating content, Media Relations, Digital Branding, Trending Thursday, Garden Trends, social media

6 Steps to Nail the Public Relations Pitch

Posted by Meg McGrory on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Hundreds of public relations pitch emails go unanswered every day, or even worse, unopened and deleted.  There’s no surefire way to get a response from a pitch, but there are ways to up your chances. 

Awful subject lines, bad introductions and simple misspellings or grammar mistakes are some of the reasons journalists delete emails without even reading them. Be mindful of those trigger points before you hit send on an email.

Below are 6 more tips and tricks to get your public relations pitch opened, and hopefully, answered!

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Topics: PR Strategy, Media Relations, garden business

Media Relations Case Study: Secrets from Key Influencers

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Last week, Garden Media's Suzi McCoy hosted a Google+ Hangout to discuss how to connect, inspire and wow the media.

The G+ Hangount expanded on key aspects from Garden Media's media relations' e-Book, How to Win the Media's Heart.

Katie Ketelsen of Better Homes and, Michelle Slatalla of Gardenista, and David Ellis of American Gardener joined Suzi to dish on the best tricks and treats for getting your garden business in leading industry publications like these.

Below are the top tips for getting media placements by forming relations with key media influencers.

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Topics: garden marketing, PR Strategy, Media Relations, case study, garden industry public relations, key influencers

Media Relations Case Study: Media Tours 101

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

One of the most important tenets of media relations, and the one that gets talked about the least, are media tours.

20 years ago, media tours and press conferences were still hot stuff, but now, technology and video chats have made in-person media tours less popular.

But, when done right, media tours can wow the media, especially since they aren't as popular a tactic as they once were.

There's a media tour made for every budget, so no matter how much money you have to spend, you can still invest in a media tour this year.

Below are the different types of media tours that can work for your garden business.

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Topics: Media Relations, case study, Garden Media Group, garden industry public relations, key influencers

Media Relations Case Study: Best Way to Introduce Your Brand to Media

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Like a first impression, introducing your garden brand to the media is an opportunity you only get once.

And, as you may have guessed, your introduction can either define your brand or cause infamy.

In the gardening world, there's one surefire way to make a stellar impression with the media's key influencers.

With this one move, you'll be well on your way to having impeccable media relations.

Discover Garden Media's proven method for the best way to introduce your garden brand below.

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Topics: Media Relations, case study, Garden Media Group, garden industry public relations, key influencers

Media Relations Case Study: Secrets to Connect with Media Influencers

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Now that you have created your media list, it will serve as the foundation for all of your media relations. You're ready for the next step: connecting with the key media influencers.

Key influencers are the best place to begin making connections.


Because they're leaders in their industry. The topics that they write and talk about will soon be covered by media outlets across the country. Think of it like a ripple effect. If you can hook the big influencers, the rest of the media coverage will soon take off.

Below are tips on determining who exactly key media influencers are--and how to make them remember your garden brand!

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Topics: Media Relations, case study, Garden Media Group, garden industry public relations

Media Relations Case Study: The Nuts & Bolts of Media Relations

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 @ 9:00 AM
Download How to Win the Media's Heart

Hot of the presses, Garden Media's October e-Book is here!

This month our GROW! e-Book of the month clubwill be talking media relations every Wednesday, right here on our blog. The blog posts complement the info in our Media Relations e-Book and break each aspect of media relations into bite-sized pieces!

But, first thing's first, be sure to download our e-Book, "How to Win the Media's Heart."

In it, you'll find all of Garden Media's secrets to making (and maintaining!) friendships with the media.

To start the conversation, below is Garden Media's guide to media relations--beginning with the basics, like what is media relations, and where do you start?

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Topics: PR Strategy, Media Relations, marketing communications, case study, Garden Media Group, ebook club

How to Answer Journalists' Toughest Questions

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Mon, Jul 1, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Media coverage is how you build a brand.

Both on social media and traditional media sources, this is your chance to tell your brand's story and make personal connections with your target audience.

But, the one major difference? On social media, your brand is totally in charge while in traditional media you're at the mercy of the journalist.

To better prep for media interviews with outlets of any size, be sure your brand's face can answer four of journalists' toughest questions.

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Topics: branding, PR Strategy, Media Relations, marketing communications

The PERFECT Public Relations Pitch

Posted by Emma Fitzpatrick on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

As baseball season starts in full-swing, I've been amazed by the similarities between the world of 95 mph pitches and pitches within the world of public relations.

When it comes right down to it, we're both trying to make the perfect pitch. Baseball pitchers want to strike out their opponent, show off their talents and win!

As public relations pros, we too are trying to score- local, national, and digital press coverage.

Here at Garden Media we are always striving for perfect. While we know that there will always be good, bad, and better pitches, we've created the Pitch Perfect Test to make your next public relations pitch a step closer to perfection!

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Topics: PR Strategy, Media Relations


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