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How IGCs Can Thrive This Holiday Season
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Millennials and Gen X will spend more this holiday season than last, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. Independent garden centers can compete with big-box stores by offering better service and value. Collaboration with other local businesses will help you keep money in the local economy.

Collaboration: The IGC’s Key to Success
by: The Garden Center Show Team

No one business can capture every single customer. We all have a niche to fill, and we can coexist. As many small businesses slash marketing budgets, consider joining with other local IGCs to run ads together on a "support local businesses" theme.

Reasons to Be Optimistic About the Future of Retail
by: The Garden Center Show Team

High inflation is driving up the cost of just about everything, and cheap big-box stores are thriving as customers tighten their belts. But a recent survey by INSTORE Magazine shows that there’s reason for independent retailers to be optimistic.

Halloween Marketing Ideas for 2022
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Halloween's popularity is growing each year among kids and adults. US consumers are expected to spend $10.5 billion this season, up from $3.3 billion in 2005. The holiday owes its popularity to Millennials and older members of Gen Z, who have transformed many of their childhood hobbies into adult passions.

Leadership, Management and Creating a Culture of Excellence
by: The Garden Center Show Team

As you know, a great team creating a great customer experience is an independent retailer's biggest competitive advantage. Join Bob Negen of WhizBang Retail Training, as he explores what a Culture of Excellence looks like and how to create one.

Why Is In-Person Interaction So Important to Building a Business?
by: The Garden Center Show Team

The pandemic forced us into awkward Zoom meetings. What makes them awkward is the lack of nonverbal communication. Video calls cannot replace or replicate the type of in-person interaction exhibitors get at a trade show.

Visual Merchandising with Biophilic Inspiration
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Visual Merchandising Expert, Joe Baer from ZenGenius, Inc. and biophilic expert Genevieve R Mills with Oakland Green Interiors teamed up in this webinar to talk about biophilic design and how it can be incorporated into your Visual Merchandising program to influence shopping time, perceived value and the overall mood of your customers.

Earth Day Celebration Ideas for Garden Centers
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Earth Day is a great opportunity to bring both new and existing customers into the garden center. This article lists a few things garden centers can do to promote Earth Day.

What’s Our Brand? Benefitting From Both Business and Personal Branding
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Many business owners focus on creating a brand identity for their business, but building a personal professional brand can be professionally beneficial, as well.

What is the Metaverse? Does My Business Need to Worry About It?
by: The Garden Center Show Team

The metaverse can be a confusing concept full of big claims. This article covers basic concepts and past applications and offers some practical ideas for garden centers.

Should We Be Doing Text Marketing?
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Text marketing is the practice of sending promotions or other marketing materials to consumers via text messaging. This article covers how businesses can reach smartphone users with text marketing.

Hiring & Recruiting Webinar
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Did you miss it? Don't worry! Here's the video replay for Andrea Hill's webinar, "Hiring & Recruiting for Independent Garden Centers." The author of "The How-to-Hire Handbook for Small Business Owners," where she shared her insights on how to turn your business into a 24/7 hiring and recruiting machine.

Social Standouts to Help Your Social Media Presence
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Gardening, houseplant, and floral design influencers on Instagram and TikTok provide social media models for garden centers to follow to make their social media presences successful.

Independent Retailers and the Great Resignation
by: The Garden Center Show Team

This article explores how independent retailers are handling the "great resignation,” the pressure to provide more perks, pay, and flexibility to workers, and what lessons garden centers can do to retain employees.

The Pantone Color of the Year: What It Means for Independent Garden Centers
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Pantone has announced the 2022 Color of the Year: Very Peri. This article discusses the meaning of the choice and how independent garden centers can incorporate it into their merchandising and marketing strategies.

What Inflation Means for Independent Garden Centers
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Inflation soared to a 30-year high in November, offsetting gains in employment rates and wages. Let’s take a look at how businesses large and small have navigated past inflationary periods.

Making Curbside Pickup a Smooth and Satisfying Customer Experience
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Curbside pickup is here to stay, even as the pandemic winds down. What can your business do to make it operationally efficient while giving customers a great experience? Read on to find suggestions from our retail experts, and turn curbside services into a brand differentiator for your store.

2022 Trends to Watch Out For: Sustainable Gardening
by: The Garden Center Show Team

The pandemic has brought millions of new gardeners to the hobby—over 18 million, in fact—and independent garden centers are keen on keeping interest in gardening alive.

Sharing the Joy of Gardening this Holiday Season
by: The Garden Center Show Team

The holidays are a great time to introduce someone to a hobby that will bring them joy for years to come. While some of the items listed above might not be ideal for the more experienced gardener, they certainly make the idea of gardening fun, simple, and exciting for the newcomer.

Getting the Most Out of Your Social Media Accounts
by: The Garden Center Show Team

We all know a social media presence is necessary for any business, but there’s more to it than just having a profile on Facebook or Instagram that you update when you remember it’s there. Getting started on social media, gaining a following, and reaping the rewards seems like a daunting, time-consuming task, but with a little forethought and dedication, it can be a rewarding experience.

2022 Trends to Watch Out For: Outdoor Spaces
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Though the front and back yard trends of 2022 take a variety of forms, they all have one thing in common: using available outdoor space as more than an expanse of grass to tend to. Whether turning a porch or patio into another “room” or placing bird feeders and planting wild gardens to bring nature closer to home, garden centers can provide examples of these new outdoor trends and inspiration for consumers.

7 Tips for Supporting Employees’ Mental Health
by: The Garden Center Show Team

The pandemic has led many working-class Americans to reconsider what they value in life, and now more than ever they are turning their backs on jobs that drain their mental health and give little in return. A myopic focus on short-term results and productivity could lead managers to ignore employees’ mental health, which will end up reducing productivity in the long run. To avoid becoming another casualty of the Great Resignation, and to attract applicants, its imperative that small business owners and managers make it clear that they are interested in protecting their employees’ mental health.

30 Days of Content by Amanda Thomsen
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Suffering from social media block? This graphic will give you 30 great content ideas you can use over the next month. Don't worry about next month - this calendar is so good you can just rinse & repeat!

Amanda Thomsen "Into the Unknown" Replay
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Did you miss it? Don't worry! Here's the video replay for Amanda Thomsen's presentation, "Into the Unknown." She spoke at Milaeger's Garden Center in Racine, Wisconsin on November 17, 2021 to an audience of independent garden center owners and professionals.

2021 Holiday Season Overview
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Experts are predicting the strongest holiday in memory, and consumers are expected to head into stores to avoid late-shipment woes. Make sure you're stocking deep to offset the risks of supply chain problems.

7 Alternatives to Traditional Christmas Trees
by: The Garden Center Show Team

This year’s Christmas tree shortage could leave many revelers in search of something to put their gifts under. It’s a great opportunity to direct customers to a different kind of Christmas tree, one that expresses their individuality, one that they can enjoy all year long. What are some other alternatives to Christmas trees you’ll be marketing this holiday season?

5 Gardening Essentials for 2022
by: The Garden Center Show Team

2022 is shaping up to be a year in which Americans focus on personal growth, undertaking projects that are meaningful to them. During the pandemic, many have already found satisfaction and meaning in gardening, and garden centers must do their best to help make gardening fun, easy, and satisfying for these customers. This list is just a small sample of the types of products that will help these gardeners achieve their personal goals. What other products do you expect to be big sellers in the coming year?

When Marketing, Stay On Your Path
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Using marketing tools wrong – or the wrong marketing tools – can cause you to waste a lot of advertising dollars, permanently reduce your average order value, and find yourself serving the wrong customers. This article explores how this can happen, and what you can do to avoid it.

How the Light Gets In: Stop Pursuing Website Perfection
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Stop thinking of your website as a creative product, and start thinking about it as a creative process. It isn't done, and it will never be done. But the act of working on your website a little bit every week or every month will mean it constantly evolves, and keeps your customers interested in the process.

Lost in the Weeds -- Make a Plan
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Retailers spend more time and money marketing than ever before. One way to make sure those marketing dollars perform to their full potential is to do the work of creating a marketing plan. This article talks you through the process in clear, simple detail.

Differentiation Strategies: How to Be the Same But Different
by: The Garden Center Show Team

What does it mean to differentiate your Independent Garden Center, and how can you differentiate enough to matter, without going so far out of the box that you confuse your customers? Read on to learn some differentiation strategies that will help set you apart and simultaneously build trust.

Courting Millennial and Generation Z Consumers
by: The Garden Center Show Team

Gen Z and younger Millennials are enthusiastic buyers of houseplants and garden supplies. But they're also frugal, they have strong opinions about lifestyle, and expect a lot from their retail relationships. This article shares information about how to appeal to and win Millennial and GenZ business.

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