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Domo Kun – From Meme To Mainstream

Domo Kun
Imagine if you will a meeting room full of highly successful, respected and influential retail buyers. They’re beginning to regret allowing you into the room before you've even had the chance to give them your sales pitch. All have the same look on their faces and it’s not a good one; a mixture of horror...

Indie Chesterfield – Vinyl, VHS & Videogames

Vinyl Record Collection
This article begins with me as a teenager meeting a man in a video van. No he didn’t kidnap me and force me to watch Short Circuit till I rented it for the weekend. He didn’t have to... I was willing accomplice in his crimes against celluloid. There’s no doubt that thirteen year old...

Engage Not Outrage – How Social Media Can Go Wrong

Donal Trump Hates You Card
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...

The Greeting Card Project

The Greeting Card Project
The Greeting Card Project is a YouTube channel and Facebook Page documenting Jeremy Corner's New Year’s Resolution to visit different shops every week to buy and send more cards. Jeremy wanted to see if the simple act of card sending changed him and if it might enhance his relationships with friends and loved ones. Jeremy...

7 Clever Ways Waterstones Has Reinvented Itself

Waterstones Book Shop
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 Great Art & Shopping Trails

The Big Hoot
First let’s start with explaining this post’s title. Just what are “5 Great Art & Shopping Trails”? It’s ok, Gift Shop Hub is here to help. We’re the ultimate retail resource of useful and not so useful facts after all. Below we’ll be exploring 5 retail trails. And exploring really is the key word here....

Tea For Two, For Me For You… Cards & Gifts Celebrating Teatime

The Taste Buds Food Selection
Hello Gift Shop Hub! This is Sai from The Taste Buds, bringing you a little bit of teatime mischief for a change. As it’s National Cream Tea Day today (30 June), let’s look at cards and gifts celebrating teatime. Go on, grab a cuppa and have a nice little sit down with me. At The...

Cudworth Bunny Trail – A Shop Local Event

Cudworth Bunny Trail Banner
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

Social Media Buzz Words
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...

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...

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6 Ways Gift Shops Can Use Online Marketing to Boost Sales...

Charlotte Biggs from the Card & Gift Network looks at 6 ways gift shops can use online marketing to boost sales in 2018… Just before...