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Why Our Shop Is Part Of The Community

This article was originally published in the September 2018 issue of Greetings today magazine as part of Chris Fox's "On the Line" column. I sometimes feel like the 70’s cartoon character Mr Benn. That at the back of Wishes there is a magic door which once opened, changes me into a different person. So, for...

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...

A Day In The Life Of A Market Trader

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A few years back the snow came. A sparkling blanket covered the land, a few feet deep meaning it was impossible to drive. Not to be defeated I defiantly put on my wellies and braved the white wasteland to walk to work. Wearing as many layers as possible, it was slow progress as I...

Spam, Spam, Spam!

Spam
Today’s article is about Spam. No, not the brand of canned cooked meat made by Hormel Foods Corporation which became popular during the First World War. That’s next month’s column. It's not even about Monty Python. No, this month I’m focusing on the dodgy emails that clog up our inboxes. This article was originally published...

Would You Charge A 50p Entry For Your Shop?

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How about this for a novel idea: A secondhand bookshop Bloomindales in North Yorkshire has decided to charge customers 50p for entry. Feed up with ‘customers’ browsing but not buying, the Basil Fawlty like shop keeper has resorted to drastic measures to scare off the time wasters or worst still those using his shop...

Using Videos To Promote Your Small Shop

Barnsley TV at Wishes of Cudworth
Chris Fox from greeting card shop, Wishes of Cudworth looks at how videos can promote your shop and create engaging online content... What does the word video mean to you? If you’re of certain age you may instantly think of the days of VHS. The warm, nostalgic haze of yesterday’s video shops, vans and tapes. 20...

Is Twitter Really Useful When Promoting Your Small Business?

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What can you really say with 140 characters? Is Twitter really useful when it comes to promoting your business? Will this article be just a series of questions without any answers? Well no, that’s the answer to question number three, the other two we’re going to attempt to get to the bottom of with as much insight...

10 Great Gifts That Retail Under £10

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It’s tricky finding the right gifts for your shop and more importantly at the right price too. With that in mind Gift Shop Hub has put together 10 great gifts that retail for under £10. A mixture of different products that should make perfect additions to your shop’s gift ranges. All prices are RRP...

Pop Culture

Harry Potter Itty Bittys
In today's article we take a look at Pop Culture and how the mass media can influence the products our shops sell. PewDiePie, Baby Shark, Tide Pods, Fortnite, Chonk, Central Park Duck, Stranger Things, Kylo Ren Pants, Red Dead Redemption and Logan Paul. This may seem just a string of random words and names...

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...

How To Guides

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...