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10 Great Ways To Use Facebook Posts To Promote Your Shop

Wishes of Cudworth Barnsley
Retailer Wishes of Cudworth from Barnsley give us their 10 great ways to use Facebook posts to promote your shop. Julia Keeling runs Wishes with a little help from her partner Chris Fox, who manages their Facebook business page. Wishes use Facebook posts daily to promote their independent shop. From making their staff the stars or...

Celebrating Record Store Day 2017

Tall Bird Records
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...

Septemberlegs – An Interview With Photographer Deborah Waters

Deborah Waters is a photographer and emerging artist behind Septemberlegs. Based in Sheffield, Deborah's work to date has been sold through stock agencies such as 4CornersImages and Alamy. Her themes loosely fits into a travel specialism, with emphasis on her passions for events, landscape images and street photography. Hi, Deborah, tell us a little about yourself... In truth, I am...

Digital Marketing Tips From Cherry Orchard Publishing

Celtic Company Gift Shop
Cherry Orchard's Helen Pallen gives our independent shops some amazing digital marketing tips. This article was originally published in Greetings Today Magazine. Following on from Small Business Saturday, an annual event that takes place at the beginning of December that for some retailers can see their takings double, the Small Business Team are now supporting...

Flying Twigs – Truly Individual & Quirky Greeting Cards

Flying Twigs are a husband-and-wife business and they make greeting cards.  Gift Shop Hub spoke to the Cambridge based duo about their truly individual and quirky cards plus plans for the future... Hi, Flying Twigs, what do you do? We make good quality greeting cards!  We have respect for companies that make a range of products such as tea towels...

Dragonfly Cards and Gifts – An Award Winning Card & Gift Shop

Dargonfly Card & Gift Shop
Today's spotlight is on Dragonfly Cards and Gifts, an award winning card and gift shop run by mother and daughter team, Rita Knibbs and Rachael Barnes, in the picturesque market town of Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. How did you start out? Rita used to have a card shop in the nearby town of Wetherby, but sold it...

Meet The Maker Interview: Dave Draws – Doodle Based Illustrations

Dave Draws Manchester Doodle Street Map
In our latest Meet the Maker interview, we get the lowdown on Dave Draws. A 26 year old illustrator from Manchester who specialises in black and white doodle based illustrations. Hi Dave Draws, describe your average day If I’m not working on a mural, I will get to my studio for 8:30/9 ish, work through emails and...

Just A Card – Supporting Independent Shops, Galleries, Designers & Makers

Just A Card Campaign
The Just A Card campaign aims to encourage people to support independent shops, galleries and designer/makers. Gift Shop Hub is big fan and was lucky to speak with artist/designer Sarah Hamilton and textile designer/blogger Kate Marsden. Just A Card Tell us about your campaign… Ultimately, we hope that by recognising our distinctive logo, people will be prompted to think again before they...

Beyond Facebook & Twitter: Be Brave With Your Digital Marketing

Is WhatsApp the next big social media for business
In our latest digital marketing and social media promotional guide, Chris Fox from greeting card and gift shop Wishes of Cudworth shares his retail insights into looking beyond Facebook, Twitter and Instagram when it comes to marketing your own business. Master Yoda A wise Jedi master once said; "Do or do not, there is no try”. Well...

Blue Eyed Sun – Gorgeous Handmade Greeting cards

Blue Eyed Sun - Vintage Vase Card
Blue Eyed Sun is a British greeting card publisher specialising in gorgeous handmade greeting cards for design-led shops. Based in East Sussex, their amazing team operate out of recently acquired and refurbished workshops in Burgess Hill. They also have a sister brand called Ivy Ellen, which creates beautiful wedding stationery for brides and grooms. How did you...

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...