Distinctive Gardens entered American Express OPEN’s Facebook Big Break by answering 3 questions. Here’s what they submitted.
How would you have answered them?
“Tell us about your business. What makes you excited to come to work every day?”
We love gardening, no two ways around it. We love gardeners. They’re the coolest, most open-minded people around. We love our industry. These people are honest, enthusiastic, and love sharing knowledge and the joy of their efforts. We feel lucky doing a job we love. We opened this garden center because it’s a fantastic way to meet like-minded people, and share in our passion for plants, gardening, and community. No gardener (nor garden center) worth their salt is anything if not community-minded. Like our customers, we strive to be good neighbors, seeding our community with the same love it shows us. We hold benefit festivals, like Gardenstock; teach a slew of first graders on yearly field trips (what a trip); and partner with local businesses and artists expanding art and culture in our town. We’re a garden lover’s delight growing plants, friendship and community, one seed at a time.
“How do you envision Facebook impacting your business?”
Facebook has revolutionized the way we communicate with our customers and community. In 2009, we started the Distinctive Gardens page, followed by Gardenstock Art & Music Festival, and community project pages: Crystal Cork Art Quarterly, and Second Saturdays Art Happenings. Seeing results, in 2010, we integrated “like” buttons and “news feeds” into our website to keep fresh and increase connectivity. In our industry, it’s all about creating one on one connection and meaningful experiences. Facebook offers us “little guys” some “big guy” tools for reaching our audience. It’s our primary platform for customer conversation outside the physical business. For community projects its indispensable. We get the word out and organize large events monthly. Our little downtown is getting the reputation as an “art town”. Facebook connections are driving that change. We want knowledge to further integrate Facebook into communication and online selling activities, customize our page, and enhance community projects.
“How could a Big Break help your business and your customers?”
$20K is an enormous capital influx for our business. It would take us to the next social media and technological level. Currently, we are looking into selling online. We want our website to be a hub of knowledge, selling platform, and social interaction place, a gathering spot bringing people together. Socially enhanced, we want it to be an extension of our store and community projects. We want our customers to walk into the greenhouse, click on a QR code, access additional horticultural information, and share it with their Facebook friends. Last year, we hung posters with QR codes at Gardenstock so concert goers could connect to Gardenstock’s Facebook page and communicate during the festival. This year we want to extend that by projecting the page live on a big screen. We want the knowledge to take these ideas further. A Facebook makeover gives us the information to make that happen.
AmEx OPEN Facebook Big Break voting is open until July 19. Vote here.