Category: Marketing

Not surprisingly, Retail Week ranks highly for influence... but how high? Photograph by Graham Soult 0

The Lissted UK Retail Top 100: Britain’s most influential retail Twitter accounts


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Background Back in April, Newcastle-based influence analysis platform Lissted prompted quite a lot of reaction when it published its list of the 250 most influential...

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Taking the peril out of online marketing: download my slides from last week’s talk in Stockton


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It was a pleasure to speak at Enterprise Made Simple’s Flippin’ Good Networking event in Stockton last week, sharing my online marketing tips – on web...

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Fascia of 'Not Woolworths' in Coatbridge (4 Dec 2014). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Woolworths: How speculation about its “return to the high street” all began with a dodgy April Fool


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If you’ve read the news headlines over the last couple of days, you could be forgiven for thinking that Woolworths is about to come back...

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Reopened Game store in Grainger Street, Newcastle (24 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 2

Resurgent Game reopens axed stores in Newcastle and Sunderland


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A year and a half after 21 North East stores closed following Game’s collapse into administration, two of those shops – in Grainger Street, Newcastle and...

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Fenwick Christmas window in preparation last year (30 Oct 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Fenwick Newcastle’s autumn window impresses – but WHSmith opposite falls short


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Newcastle’s iconic Fenwick department store is rightly known for its annual Christmas window – which can’t, scarily, be very far off making its appearance for 2013....

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Adidas announcing its presence at Eldon Square (14 Oct 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Adidas and Toys R Us move quickly to fill Intu Eldon Square voids


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In recent months, the St Andrew’s Way section of Newcastle’s Eldon Square has seen its first tenant departures since opening in February 2010, with the...

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Me (left) and local retail expert Sam Stockley in The Square, Shrewsbury (10 Jun 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 4

Shrewsbury: the town where independents are keeping the high street buzzing


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Regular readers will know that I visit a lot of British high streets – including more than 400 different ones in the last four years...

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Metrocentre Red Mall entrance - pre-Intu (11 Jul 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 1

Gateshead’s Metrocentre prepares for overnight Intu-fication


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I understand that Gateshead’s Metrocentre is to gain its first Intu-branded external signage overnight tonight (11 July), ahead of a weekend of celebrations to mark...

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Clicks, bricks and stunning images: Retailer Q&A with The Original Sofa Co.


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If you read the blog accompanying my 2012 Autumn Fair seminar on creating great web content, you’ll know that one of the things I always...

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“The power of digital is the biggest opportunity”: Retailer Q&A with Hartlepool-based Bedtrader


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Though my consumer directory business, CannySites.com, showcases home, garden and holiday retailers from across the UK, I’m always particularly pleased when I get to work with successful...

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Club Clas promotion on Clas Ohlson's Swedish website (12 Mar 2013) 2

Clas Ohlson launches ‘Club Clas’ loyalty scheme in Sweden – with UK expected to follow


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Clas Ohlson, the Swedish ‘modern hardware’ retailer, has launched its first loyalty scheme – the ‘Club Clas’ customer club – in its home market, with...

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Clas Ohlson bucks the trend as winter ranges drive UK sales up 7% during January


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On the same day as the ONS has revealed an unexpected fall in UK retail sales during a snowy January, one retailer – the Swedish hardware...

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Sage Business Experts website (11 Dec 2012). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

A challenge from Sage: my tips on starting a business in retail… in 500 words


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As you may have seen already, I was recently recruited as a Business Expert by the well-known Newcastle-based business software and services provider Sage. Set...

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Woolaballoo.com site on an iPad (1 Feb 2013). Photograph by Graham Soult 0

Notes from my Spring Fair seminar: 14 tips for creating great retail web content #SF


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After sharing my practical tips on creating a great retail website at last year’s Autumn Fair, it was a pleasure to be invited back to the E-commerce...

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Catch my free seminar on creating great web content – this Monday (4 February) at Spring Fair #SF


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After helping retailers “get content with their web content” at last year’s Autumn Fair International, I’m delighted to have been invited back to give the...

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“What began as a marketing exercise is now all consuming”: Retailer Q&A with Shower Enclosures UK


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If one theme has emerged clearly from my Retailer Q&A series to date, it’s that modern retail businesses can’t really afford to ignore the Internet: whether...

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“The biggest opportunities lie in mobile commerce”: Retailer Q&A with Nabru


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With Walmsley’s currently teetering on the high street, and chains like Habitat, Land of Leather and MFI having collapsed in the last few years, the...

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