An Epic List of the Best Twitter Accounts for Card & Gift Folks

If you’re not quite sure who to follow on Twitter, you’re in the right place.

If you think you might be missing out on some great accounts that could help your card and gift business, you’re in the right place.

Following on from last week’s Beginner’s Guide to Twitter blog post, this week I want to give you a run down on some of the top Twitter accounts that you should be following.

If you’re hoping to use Twitter for your business then it’s worth hunting out people in the industry to follow. Today’s list are industry related accounts and individuals sharing unique updates that could help your business.

Currently the list is over 60 accounts and I am sure there are some amazing accounts that have slipped my mind so I will keep updating it.

Ok, we’ll start it off really simple with where you can find me on Twitter.

Card & Gift Network ~ @cardgiftnetwork

This is the Twitter account of this here blog. Follow me to get the latest updates on new posts from the blog; industry-related news and tips; new product finds; chances to promote your card & gift business and general support.

 

 

Trade Magazines & Directories.

@GreetingsToday

Greetings Today is a trade magazine that covers all aspects of the UK greetings card industry – from art and design to publishing, print and retailing.
@GreetingsGifts

Gifts & Greetings Review is dedicated to gifts, greetings cards and supporting the retail trade.
@ArtBuyerMag

Art Buyer is the magazine for the global art licensing industry.
@Prog_preschool

Progressive Preschool is a cross-category trade publication & awards event for preschool products. They cover nursery, toys, gifts, homewares, publishing, apparel and licensing.
@MoyoMagazine

MOYO Magazine is an online magazine dedicated to surface pattern design. They provide industry advice & inspiration.

@CraftBiz

Craft Business Magazine is the UK’s largest circulated craft trade title. Their Twitter feed brings you the latest industry news, expert opinions and product trends.

@TotalLicensing

Total Licensing is a worldwide magazine for the licensing industry. It’s read in 104 countries by 80,000 people.

@LicensingBook

The Licensing Book is a New York based trade magazine devoted exclusively to the licensing industry.

@Gift_Focus

Gift Focus is a trade magazine focusing on the giftware industry.

@GiftwareNews

A Chicago based publication sharing updates on the latest news, products and trends in the giftware industry.

@indretailer

The official Twitter feed of Independent Retailer, America’s independent retailing information source.

@PJeweller

Professional Jeweller is a magazine providing news, analysis and trends for jewellery professionals.

@TheWholesalerUK

David Heasman is the founding director of The Wholesaler UK. An online trade directory of genuine wholesale suppliers.

Trade Shows & Fairs.

If you’re a visitor or exhibitor it’s worth following the official accounts of your favourite trade shows.

@SpringAutFair

Spring Fair & Autumn Fair are trade show’s held twice per year at Birmingham’s NEC.

@TopDrawerLondon

Top Drawer is a trade show held twice a year in Spring and Autumn.

@PGLiveLondon

PG Live is an annual trade show for the greetings card industry.

@Pulse_London

Pulse is a design-led trade show held annually in May.

@stationerybytes

The Twitter account of the London Stationery Show organisers. This team is also behind other fab stationery events including National Stationery Week, World Stationery Day & Stationery Magazine.

@Home_And_Gift

Home and Gift is a trade show held annually in July at Harrogate’s exhibition centre.

@craftyfoxmarket

@stationeryshow

@MaisonObjet

@americasmartatl

@AtlantaApparel

@Autumnfair_2015

 

Industry Associations & Organisations.

@GCAUK

The UK’s Greeting Card Association is a great place to find out all the latest news on the industry.

@USGCA

The Greeting Card Association is the U.S. trade association of the greeting card industry; it represents greeting card and stationery publishers and suppliers.

@The_GA_UK

The GA is the trade association for giftware professionals. They aim to provide resources for information and promotion to the gift industry.

@GiftHomeAssoc

The GHTA works to lead and transform the gift and home industries.

@TheDesignTrust

The Design Trust is for individuals aiming to start, run & grow a design or crafts business. They provide business & marketing blogs, a newsletter, startup guide, Business Club and Online Business School.

@fsb_policy

The FSB is the UK’s leading small business organisation. This is their main Twitter account but if you search FSB you might also find a Twitter account local to your area that is also worth following.

@UKTI

This Twitter feed provides updates from UK Trade & Investment. The agency helps UK-based companies to export & grow overseas, and international companies establish & expand in the UK

@ACID_tweets

ACID is a trade organisation committed to raising awareness & encouraging respect for intellectual property. A must-follow account if you’re a designer.

 

Industry Awards.

Not many of the industry awards have their own Twitter accounts but there are a few worth following. These accounts will keep you up to date on award-related news and most importantly … deadlines for entering.

@LouieAwards

@LicensingAwards

 

Retail Experts & Campaigners.

@maryportas

Retail expert, Mary Portas, founder of the Portas Agency and high street campaigner.

@TeamMaryPortas

Team Mary is Portas is the official online community. Look out for tweets covering retail campaigns and supporting small businesses.

@RetailChampion
Free tips and updates on keynotes, workshops, mentoring and 1-2-1 coaching from retail expert Clare Rayner.

@IndieRetailUK

Campaign led by Clare Rayner to encourage consumers to support local, independent retailers. You’ll find information and updates on all their annual campaigns including Indie Easter and Indie Christmas.

@ShopSmall
The official Shop Small Twitter page is created by American Express, the account has all the latest updates on the annual Small Business Saturday campaign.

 

Licensing

If you’re a designer-maker looking to license your designs, or a retailer looking for new licensed products to stock then it’s worth following licensing companies.

@IRISLICENSING

@LicensePenguin

@yellowhouse_uk

 

Market Place Websites

Market place websites can be great to follow for a number of reasons. If you sell on the site you will keep up to date with their latest news. & if you’re not a member of their site you might pick up a few tips on what to promote and when. Big sites will often have dedicated marketing departments and keeping a sneaky eye on them via your Twitter feed will give you ideas of how you can promote your business.

@etsy

@EtsyUK

@folksy

@notonthehighst

@supermarket

@bouf

@ohh_deer

 

Blogs

@blogandbuysale
Showcasing designers and makers who sell products online. The team produce a daily blog and quarterly wish list.

 

Individuals & Experts

@Blue_Eyed_Sun

The home of all things Blue Eyed Sun & more. This account is run by Jeremy Corner who as well as being the company director is also a Sage Business Expert, Industry Speaker and writer of Blue Eyed Sun’s Greeting Card Blog for Retailers.

@giftshopideas
An account that aims to connect buyers and suppliers in the UK gift industry.

@MsSarahSchwartz
Blogger at The Paper Chronicles and Editor-in-chief of Stationery Trends.

@wvrknight

A professional speaker on all things digital. Warren can often be seen at industry trade shows, sharing wisdom on eCommerce, social media and more. This knowledge is also shared on his Twitter feed.

@B_Gifted

Sales Marketing & B2B development agency with an interest in independent Designers & supporting Local Businesses.

@SurfacePatternD

Rachael Taylor & Beth Kempton teach e-courses called ‘The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design’. A great account to follow for designers.

@GreetinGal

Greetings card enthusiast helping to spread the word about the industry and card products.

 

Postal Companies.

If you run you own shipping it’s worth keeping an eye on any updates from your local mail service. Especially when it comes to last posting dates for Christmas or price increases.

@RoyalMail

@NALC_National