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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 Target Facebook Customers

Facebook
Some readers may be familiar with the name Chad Hogan, a supposedly fictitious character made up by Glaswegian comedian Kevin Bridges, who invented him as being the ultimate American party organiser. As it turned out, the Utah-based real Chad Hogan noticed his Facebook page suddenly started to receive lots of attention and hundreds of friend requests a day from...

Seedballs – Eco Friendly Gift Of The Year Winners

Seedball Collection
Today's spotlight is North London's Seedball. What are seedballs you ask? Well they're small balls made from a mix of seed, clay, compost and chili powder. The idea is to protect the seeds as much as possible from being eaten by birds and insects and increase the chance of the seeds growing. Most of the seedballs...

C&E Designs – Handmade, Bespoke Papercraft Creations

C&E Design Papercraft Product Selection
C&E Designs are a small business based in Lancashire, UK who hand make items from paper. Gift Shop hub spoke to owner Emma Cottam about her new venture, she set up in January 2016. How did you start out? C&E Designs all began with my own Wedding in July 2015. For the two years before that Mr C&E...

The Art of Blogging Part 1

Happy birthday from the dog card
I think I may be a frustrated writer. That deep inside of me there's a novel trying to claw it's way out (A zombie cop buddy novel to be more precise). Therefore blogging gives me a creative outlet and is something I enjoy. Still blogging is well known to play an important part in your business's...

The Soap Story – A Gift Shop Hub Interview

The Soap Story Git Selection
Gift Shop Hub first discovered The Soap Story at the Spring Fair, the UK's No.1 gift and home trade show for the retail industry. There are many factors to consider when choosing which new products to stock in your shop. Price of course comes into play but more than often you’re just looking for...

How To Keep Your Shop’s Online Marketing Local

Bunny Trail Stickers
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 post retailer Chris Fox, from Wishes Of Cudworth looks at how to keep your shop's online marketing local. This article was originally published in Greetings Today Magazine. Facebook & Your Community Sometimes it’s easy...

Barnsley Card – A Gift Shop Hub Interview

Barnsley Card
Barnsley Card is a new scheme which aims to boost trade in Barnsley. It was founded by two Barnsley locals earlier this year to help improve trade in Barnsley and the surrounding regions. People can buy a Barnsley Card for £1.99 per month, and gain access to a huge range of deals across all...

Photography Tips With Richard Jackson

Greeting Card on Wooden Desktop
Richard Jackson is a product and still life photographer based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. Working with artists, designers and craftspeople Richard creates photography with design at its heart. Exploring the ideas and styles behind his clients work to produce images that really tell a story. He chooses props, carefully crafts the lighting, select surfaces, and backdrops...

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...

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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...