Takao Catalog 2013-2014

Takao Nursery Catalog 2013-2014

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Mrs. Lilien Does it Right!

Just thought I’d share a great little blog post from Mrs. Lilien with y’all! I love how it showcases plants in a simple, but visually appealing way! The layout is different, the plants stand out, there’s a dash of humor sprinkled in, and I’m intrigued enough to want to read on…

“Recently, I’ve been filling my house with plants! It’s beginning to look like a jungle sans the monster ants! I’m loving all the life a little green can bring – why, a potted plant can really make a room sing! I’m particularly fascinated with flamboyant varieties – some of these species are known to increase oxygen and reduce anxieties!! I’ve highlighted a few of my faves – these particula indoor + outdoor plants are known to behave. I hope you look into adding some green – thus turning your casa into a living dream!”

Mrs. Lilien completes the lovely imagery with a catchy short summary and soon the reader is turned into a plant fan too!

It’s a great example of how to showcase plants in a different yet interesting way! Kudos to the Mrs! ūüôā

Pinterest Etiquette

With Pinterest blowing up, I thought I’d share with you an awesome article on Pinterest Etiquette! Go over and check it out – good things to know before you start getting crazy pinning away!

The New Social Media

The Cultivate Project  ::  Social Media  ::  Currently Obsessed

When you think of the term “Social Media” often¬†the first thing that comes to mind is Facebook, am I right? But actually social media is so much more than that! It refers to a ever widening range of all sorts of internet goodness that allow users to easily exchange information and interact with each other.

I know I’ve¬†mentioned Pinterest to you before,¬†which is gaining lots of organic momentum. I can’t tell you how many times in the last several months that my friends have asked me “Have you heard of Pinterest?!” and my response is “Psssh, old news! haha”.

Well, my latest finding is along the same lines and it has me equally infatuated! It’s a new website called Currently Obsessed! It’s a place where you can choose to¬†“stalk” your favorite fashion bloggers and see what they’re loving and buying! The Cultivate Project :: Social Media :: Currently ObsessedIn your account you make a list of those you want to follow and in a layout display similar to Pinterest, you will see a line up of cascading images of all the products that those on your list desire. When (not if) something catches your eye, just click on it and a small pop-up box will appear with a quick summary of what you’re looking at. If you’re still feeling it (translation:¬†the price is right), click on the Buy button to be redirected to the original site to make your purchase!¬†Or if you love it and want to save it for later just add it to your list of favorites by clicking on the heart in the bottom corner.

And you can bet that this site is tracking all¬†sorts of data¬†on what’s being looked at and what is being clicked on. Information that can provide insight on trends and consumer wants. Information that can help the individual¬†brands and the industry in general. Information that can even be used to direct and influence future sales.

I know¬†a lot of you out there are thinking “Okay, great! I don’t care about shoes and purses,¬†how does this apply to plants?” Look at the big picture. Yes, this is a website about fashion. But, what I’m trying to show you is¬†that the way we¬†think¬†and share information is rapidly¬†changing. Loads of information is¬†created and shared daily on the web. Exchanging ideas and information is¬†instant and often¬†spreads at an exponential rate. Overnight, these sort of sites can take an obscure, unknown artist or product¬†and make¬†it the next hot thing, and the information that they gather and can provide alone would be very insightful.

Now,¬†let’s put our minds together and figure out how we can¬†apply this sort of organized¬†frenzy to our industry!

Pinterest

Have you heard about Pinterest yet? Nooo!?!

Well, you should definitely check it out! It’s catching on super fast and it’s the next hot thing in social media.

Pinterest is like a virtual pinboard. You can create different boards for anything you want and “pin” items off of the web and onto the boards you’ve created. Say you want to gather ideas for a kitchen remodel – you can create a board and title it My Kitchen – and then “pin” any inspirational images or helpful information from the internet to your board for future reference.

You can see what others are “pinning”, and if you like what you see you can “repin” it to your board or you can click to follow them so that you can stay updated on their future pins! You can like pins and comment on them too.

I have all sorts of boards right now – Food, Home Stylin, Fashion, DIY, Parties!, Tutorials, Gifts…my favorite is my Inspiration board. When you’re¬†feeling¬†pangs of¬†self-doubt it’s nice to bombard yourself with an overflow of¬†motivational sayings and what-not to kick your¬†booty back into gear!

It’s sooo convenient and a great way to organize ideas, inspiration, your Christmas list…whatever the heck you want to create a board for! It’s also visually appealing and very clean so it makes it even more addicting to use! I can literally waste hours on this thing – yes hours! –¬†during work hours I refer to it as conducting research ūüėČ

Think outside of the box and consider how it can do more for you than just organizing the pretty little¬†nothings you want to collect. Perhaps you could create a board about garden ideas, or various color combinations, or create different categories to organize plants –¬† by water requirements, or by style. You can list your pinterest button on your website – just like you do with facebook – and people can follow you and subscribe to any of your boards on pinterest! It’s like sharing your ideas and inspiration directly with¬†your¬†customers and¬†colleagues!

What are you waiting for?! Go over to Pinterest and check it out!

Did I also tell you, that you can download it for your Iphone and Ipad too – and you can connect it¬†to your Facebook account¬†as well…

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