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Cudworth Bunny Trail – A Shop Local Event

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Chris Fox from Wishes of Cudworth tells us why he's excited about the Cudworth Bunny Trail. Art and Shopping trails are a great way to promote your village/town/city as a whole. To encourage your customers to explore your high street and visit shops they've never been to before. There are two secrets I must share...

Use Common Sense – How Social Media Can Go Wrong Part 2

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At the time of writing this, it's another week when technology news hits the headlines again with Google, Whatsapp and websites all raising controversial discussion. Google found themselves having to apologise after a series of companies withdrew their ads when it emerged they were being displayed alongside hate videos and other inappropriate content, so the...

Engage Not Outrage – How Social Media Can Go Wrong

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Chris Fox from Wishes of Cudworth looks at the issues with promoting your shop on social media and how it can go wrong. Here's Chris... This latest article "Engage Not Outrage" is a little different from my normal column’s happy smiley philosophy. Maybe it’s the uncertain political landscape, the rise of the right wing across the world or it could just...

10 Great Twitter Accounts You Must Follow

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Twitter is one of the best social networking sites out there. Especially for independent shops and small businesses. It's a great way to quickly swap ideas and discover amazing retail inspiration. There's numerous Twitter Hours run by the accounts below which create a joyous wave of retweets and friendly advice. We love a good Tweet...

The Greeting Card Association

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The GCA is the trade association for the greeting card industry, a great community of card publishers, retailers and specialist suppliers. Gift Shop Hub spoke to Sharon Little who is the CEO for the Greeting Card Association. Hi Sharon, let's start with finding out about the GCA... The Greeting Card Association is a not for profit membership organisation,...

7 Clever Ways Waterstones Has Reinvented Itself

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Not long ago the future of Waterstones was being questioned. Wicked whispers said it wouldn’t be long before it joined the likes of Woolworths, Blockbuster and BHS in the retail wasteland. Another once mighty chain, failing to adapt to the changes in consumer spending habits. The story of Waterstones would finish with tragedy rather than...

5 Simple Handmade Gift Ideas

5 Simple Handmade Gifts
John Miller from the Artisna Marketplace loves everything artistic. Here's his 5 Simple Handmade Gift Ideas with the message that something handmade is something straight from the heart. Now, we all like to go shopping. We all like to splurge and pile on until we drop, but soon after that we are on our way to a less...

7 Practical Housewarming Gifts

Molly Milson from Smooth Decorator selects 7 practical housewarming gifts... During moving season, numerous people are in pursuit of a new home and items that give away that typical homey sensation. In case you are pondering gifts, steer away from the usual bottle of wine and come up with an item which is both practical and...

Celebrating Record Store Day 2017

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Record Store Day will be 19 years old this year and no doubt the musical landscape has changed since its inception. The new digital kids on the block: downloads and streaming were supposed to signal the end of traditional music formats. CD’s and tapes may be struggling or gone but vinyl records have been...

5 Great Doctor Who Gifts

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Who’s your favourite Doctor? If you shouted Quinn, then this isn’t the post for you. No, this our Gallifreyan gift guide featuring a selection of our favourite Time Lord treasures. Ahead of Doctor Who’s return to BBC1 on Saturday 15th April we’ve put together an handy list of our top 5 Great Doctor Who Gifts. Doctor Who...

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How To Keep Your Shop’s Online Marketing Local

The Internet is a wonderful tool but can be scary if you don’t know how to make the best use of it. In today's blog...