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

How Snapchat’s Changing Consumer Marketing by Swiping Up

Posted by Megan O'Connell on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 @ 7:30 AM

Snapchat is once again changing the consumer marketing game, making it easier for users to send links

 to each other.

With Snapchat’s newest update, anyone can attach a link to a snap to send to their audiences. With the tap of the paperclip, enter in your website and anyone can enjoy it.

In the constant head-to-head battle between Snapchat and Instagram, this puts Snapchat back on top. Instagram has been using trends that work on Snapchat and vice versa. Currently, Instagram stories do not allow regular users to add links to their stories – only verified users or advertisements are allowed.

 

Continue reading to learn what is different and how your garden brand can take advantage of the changes.

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Topics: Digital Branding, social media, Snapchat, lessons

Crafting Your Social Media Persona

Posted by Tyler Nolley on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

With the internet at the tip of our fingers, having a strong online social media presence is very important for garden brands. Consumers’ first impressions are often based on the brand’s social media platforms, making it extremely important for them to be attractive and easily accessible. An easy-to-use website and friendly brand persona can make all the difference when trying to retain support from your target audience. 

Read on for 4 tips on how to create your social media persona.

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Topics: Public relations, Twitter, audience, branding, Instagram, social media, facebook

Instagram Helps Marketers Reach New Heights

Posted by Courtney Kates on Mon, Apr 3, 2017 @ 11:04 AM


Instagram was one of the first major photo-based social networks when it launched in 2010. By the end of April 2012, there were already over 100 million active users.

After recognizing its success and the potential for competition, Facebook purchased Instagram in April 2012. They paid a total of $1 billion dollars in cash and stock and used "the power of Facebook" to help the member base grow by an additional 23% in 2013. Today, the two networks are linked, allowing users on Instagram to post photos or videos directly to both accounts simultaneously.

Today, Instagram has surpassed Twitter in user activity, with over 500 million registered profiles. It has evolved into a well-rounded platform, featuring video posts, 24-hour stories, and live streaming.

To learn more about Instagram and its growth, check out the following new research report from WebsiteBuilder.org.

Continue reading to learn more about the success of Instagram.

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Topics: Public Relations Trends, Marketing to Millennials, Instagram, Garden Media Group, social media, Social

Trending Thursday: 2017 Garden Trends Video Series Continues

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 @ 9:04 AM

For today’s Trending Thursday post, Garden Media is streaming its way into 2017 and beyond. 

We’re continuing our YouTube video series  to deep dive into the top lawn and garden trends for 2017, outlined in Grow 365.  

Each video in the series will dive into one of the eight trends for 2017 and  show people exactly how they can make the concept of indoor gardening work for them no matter their space, time constrains or growing preferences.

The first video dives into the Peak Season trend and outlines how beginners can start their own hydroponic garden.

Learn more about the Peak Season trend from our latest YouTube video.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, Garden Trends, social media, Youtube

Understanding Personalities Can Lead to Success

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 @ 5:19 PM

With more than 6 billion people in the world, it’s pretty incredible to think that there are only 16 distinct major personality types. 

According to 16Personalities, an incredibly accurate (in our opinion) and free personality test website, there are a lot of factors that make up someone’s personality. 

So what do personalities have to do with PR? A lot!Understanding your clients, coworkers and even audiences’ personalities can have a huge impact on how we interact with others, achieve success and build meaningful connections.


After all, we’re all about making connections in this business, aren’t we?

Continue reading to learn more.

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Topics: hiring a public relations person, audience, PR Strategy, Public Relations Trends, social media

Why Having a LinkedIn is More Crucial than Ever

Posted by Olivia Ward on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 @ 9:30 AM

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network. If you are not one of the 225 million active members on LinkedIn, you are missing out on an extremely crucial networking opportunity.

A  LinkedIn profile is a personal branding resource. It opens doors to job opportunities, clients, mentors and keeps you connected to thought-leaders in your industry. Here are three reasons why you can’t afford to miss out on LinkedIn.

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Topics: Public relations, branding, social media, LinkedIn

How to Build Your Brand on Instagram

Posted by Olivia Ward on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 @ 9:41 AM

Instagram, with more than 300 million active daily users, is one of the most exciting and fastest growing
 social media platforms.

It is a hot spot for engagement, as accounts can captivate followers and connect with them in unique ways. This the ideal place for new brands to establish a social media presence.

From user generated content and 60 second videos, to the recently popular feature “Instagram Stories,” brands have the opportunity to become visual storytellers and build their name.

Building a substantial social media presence is without a doubt challenging, but there are numerous tactics that can be used to succeed.

Read on to learn 5 tips for building your brand on Instagram

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Topics: branding, Marketing to Millennials, Instagram, social media

Trending Thursday Throwback Trends: Curated Consumption

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Dec 1, 2016 @ 9:03 AM

In this week’s Trending Thursday post, we’re looking back nearly a decade to 2005 where the online revolution was in full force.

People were just beginning to use the internet – which was easily accessible nation-wide – as a fountain of knowledge that helped them learn about new products like never before.

This widespread access to new information lead to consumers feeling overwhelmed by choices in garden centers and other stores. In order to combat this feeling, consumers turned to trusted personalities to help make choices for them.

Continue reading to learn more about Curated Consumption.

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Topics: branding, Digital Branding, Trending Thursday, Garden Trends, social media

Trending Thursday Throwback Trends: The C Generation

Posted by Samantha Arcieri on Thu, Oct 20, 2016 @ 3:37 PM

For today’s throwback trends post, we’re looking back to 2008 to highlight a group of influencers that demanded individuality: The C Generation.

In this case, the C stands for Content, and this group is made up of collaborative, content creating machines who love individuality.

Here’s how this group has shaped the garden industry over the past eight years.

Continue reading to learn more about the C Generation.

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Topics: Trending Thursday, trends, Garden Trends, social media

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