Using search engine optimisation to promote your event

Imagine you’re bored on a rainy Sunday morning, wondering what to do with the kids today. How big are the chances you’ll Google for something like “Things to do Bristol”? Well, you may not search literally for this, but many people are using Google to find something to do “today”. And that opens opportunities to drive traffic to your events via SEO.

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Three reasons why you should ask attendees of your event for a review

So, your event was a huge success. Your customers gave you compliments and your staff were happy it went all so smoothly. How can you use that momentum and turn it into a long-term benefit for your garden centre? Read more

How to avoid queues at your Christmas Grotto?

Garden Connect are already looking forward to Christmas! As one of the busiest times of the year for garden centres with many events taking place, not to mention the grand opening of the annual Christmas Grotto. All of this activity means one thing – the inevitable long queues – Garden Connect has created a solution that will help to streamline the ticketing process.  Read more

Enhancing environments, growing revenues – Fordingbridge confirms plans for Glee 2018

Fordingbridge – the leading specialist design and build contractors of inspiring canopy, walkway and building solutions for the garden retail sector - has confirmed that it will once again be showcasing its latest designs, services and exclusive materials at Glee 2018 (10th – 12th September, NEC Birmingham). Read more

A guide to the gardening trends of 2018

The new year is already upon us, and we've looked at the latest industry research, talked to our clients, and collated a list of some of the gardening trends we think are going to be big in 2018. Read more

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Awareness campaign highlights deadly legionella hotspots

A Legionella Awareness Day campaign has uncovered that over 1300 cases of legionella have been reported in the UK since 2014, listing Greater London, Greater Manchester and Nottinghamshire as three of the areas most affected. Read more

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Perennial - Gardeners' Royal Benevolent Society

We are the UK’s only charity dedicated to helping people who work in horticulture when times get tough. We provide free and confidential advice, support and financial assistance to people of all ages working in, or retired from horticulture. Read more

4 things you can learn from Amazon's new stores

You’re aware that your customers are behaving a little bit different than 10 years ago and that’s mainly because of the internet. For every purchase, Google gives us 100 alternatives and at least 25 shops to order from. Read more

5 things you didn’t know about e-commerce

The UK is the number 1 online shopping country of the world. Brits are spending more online than any other population in the world so there are plenty of opportunities for you to make that next step forward. In this article Garden Connect shows you 5 things you might not have known but can be very valuable for you. Read more

Barking for a landscaper or gardening services, the online service to find local services, has announced its launch into the gardening sector.  Gardenforum tried it and raised 3 credible leads in the first hour. Read more

GIMA Buying Group gets the go-ahead

The new GIMA Buying Group, mooted at their recent conference, is to go ahead with the aim of supplying a one-stop shop for members. Read more

Three ways to use social media to promote your event

Running an event is a challenge on its own, but nowadays, you have to use social media to promote your event. But what best practices are there to squeeze the most out of your social media presence and to get people from the web to your event? We’re happy to share three ways to promote your events via social media.

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Six ways to sell out your event!

So, you’re organising events in your garden centre, that’s great! But how do you make sure your events will be sold out long before it’s scheduled? Garden Connect has been helping garden centres to sell tickets online for many years – and has also recently launched a new and innovative ticketing service for garden centres. Read more

Futureproof year-round sales with Fordingbridge

Snow, rain, wind and sun – there is one thing that is predictable in the UK and that is the unpredictability of our weather. Fordingbridge offers a wide range of canopies and walkways that make it is possible to weatherproof outdoor areas.  Read more

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Warehouse storage available

Briers Ltd have some pallet spaces available in their warehouse in Kidderminster. Ideal for storing garden furniture for the winter season. Read more

Brookes & Co joins Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce

Brookes & Co, the leading UK-based PR and marketing company specialising in the home and garden sector, has enjoyed a great year of business growth and now the company is taking another step in getting its name out there by joining the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. Read more

Social media for the garden industry

There is a myriad of social media platforms these days which can be confusing and overwhelming to those not familiar with it. The garden industry can be conservative with the majority of garden retailers having always sold, promoted and interacted through bricks and mortar. The rise of social media as a PR and marketing tool cannot be ignored. Your customers are using social media and as a business so should you. Read more

Selling more plants starts with Google

Do you want to sell more plants? Do you wonder how you can reach your target audience in a more efficient and affordable way? Or are you interested in learning how Google can help you to attract new customers to your garden centre? Visit Garden Connect at the HTA Plant Show to learn everything about Google and how it can help you to sell more plants online! Read more

5 top tips to make your garden centre mobile friendly

Edwin Meijer, founder of Garden Connect, gives you 5 top tips to help your garden centre survive in the mobile world. Read more

5 tips to get the most out of your loyalty card!

The loyalty card is dead - hail to the loyalty card! The old fashioned plastic card is making a come back and offers garden centre a wide range of opportunities. Here are 5 tips from Garden Connect to get the most out of your loyalty card. Read more

Be aware: the ROBO customer is coming your way!

Behaviour of customers is changing these years more than it ever had: since thousands of years people gathered together in city centres to trade and purchase products – or more recently they visited a garden centre to purchase products. The internet is changing this but luckily the ROBO customer is coming to you soon – if you have a proper website in place. Read more

National Plant Show busier than ever

More people attended the first day of the HTA National Plant Show than on both days last year. We bring you chat from the aisles and some interesting innovations. Read more

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