Don’t Miss These Live Events at this Year’s Home & Gift Show.

Trade shows in the greetings card and gift industry can always be relied upon to organise a great schedule of guest speakers and live events for their visitors and Home & Gift is no exception.

For this year’s show Home & Gift’s organisers have rounded up some world class speakers, industry experts and familiar faces. Experts who will cover a variety of topics including sales, marketing and more.

These events are incredibly helpful for both new and experienced retailers, not to mention any exhibitors who can sneak away from their stands.

Here are a few of the top talks you won’t want to miss at this year’s Home & Gift.

Sunday 17th July 

1. Keynote: Win the Moments that Matter – 17th July.

Speaker: David Green, Retail Industry Manager, Google.

This Keynote speech will dive into the changing world of digital. Google’s David Green gives an overview of how the UK’s Home and Gifting market is changing online and how a businesses agility and not size can allow them to win the moments that matter for their consumers.

2. Intelligent Objects: Future Design Trends that will Influence our Lifestyle, Spaces and Products We Own – 17th July.

Speaker: Laura Perryman, Colour and Materials Designer & Insights and Trends Forecaster.

Colour, Material and Trend Expert Laura Perryman will discuss key influences in design, sustainability, and lifestyle. Explaining how they will impact future shapes, colours and the tactile qualities of home products and accessories.

The talk will showcase exciting innovative directions happening globally that are set to influence product design. New emerging design trends for Spring Summer 2017 will be brought into focus and the talk will highlight potential applications for the Home and Gift industry.

3. Everything You need to know about Social Media Workshop.

Workshop Leader: Warren Knight, Social Media Strategist and Author of Think #Digital First.

In this engaging and informative presentation, Social Media and Digital Marketing evangelist, Warren Knight will share with you the importance of Thinking #Digital First when growing a business online.

The talk will showcase the latest tools to save time, best platforms to drive traffic and how to design a 7 day social media plan and 90 day marketing strategy. Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram are the important social media platforms to any retail business and while it’s easy to get sucked into any of them for hours at a stretch, Warren will show how retailers can manage them in 30 minutes a day with some planning and the right social media management tools.

Monday 18th July

4. Winning Ways with Gifts for Independent Retailers – Knowing your gift buying customers and earning their continuing loyalty.

Speakers: Lesley Watson & Dougal Philip, Co-Founders, New Hopetoun Gardens.

Gifts are a key support for a retailer’s whole business. In this talk, Lesley & Dougal will champion maintaining strongly themed and seasonal displays of gifts and teach you how to recognise and protect bestselling gift lines.

5. Five Secrets To Social Media Success

Speaker: Warren Knight, Social Media Strategist and Author of Think #Digital First.

In this thought provoking seminar by the UK’s top Social Media Strategist; Warren Knight will share with you, his 5 Secrets to Social Media Success. Helping you understand social media, decide which is the “Best” social network for targeting customers, how giving away something for free adds value to a business, a Secret Weapon that will change they way you think about building an audience and making sure you finish “What” you start.

6. Keynote: The Story of the Tom Kerridge Range.

Speakers:  Matt Hopkins, Managing Director, The Great British Exchange & Tom Kerridge, professional chef.

Matt Hopkins talks to Tom Kerridge, telling their story of the new British made range of cookware products. Find out about Tom’s passion for British manufacturing and discover for the first time the incredible craftsmanship behind his new range of products.

7. How to use this year’s Social, Economic and Design Trends to your Advantage and Grow your Independent Business

Speaker: Henri Davis, Chairman, Giftware Association & Independent Retail Advisor.

What a year it has been so far, with the arrival of the living wage, workplace pensions becoming real for even the smallest employers, the recent decision on Europe and influence of the Olympics to name but a few. In this talk Giftware Association Chairman Henri Davis will show how retailers can stay focused on their business and ensure they are offering customers what they want.

Tuesday 19th  July

8. Blogging to the Top of Google for Retailers

Speaker: Jonny Ross FBDO, Jonny Ross Consultancy Ltd.

This session will examine the fundamentals of social media and how to think like a search engine when blogging. Jonny will give an overview of how to grow a community and social media content through effective planning and use the power of blogging to increase online reputation with sites like Google. He will also show you techniques to engage with a target audience, build a community around an organisation and build an effective website. Jonny will also give away a ton of SEO tips and tricks that are easy to implement and can achieve the best/quickest results.

9. The Prince’s Trust Panel: Newly Launched Creatives Leading the Way – Top Tips and Lessons Learnt

Panelists: Katie Craven, Illustrator & Designer (In Collaboration with The Prince’s Trust & George at Asda); Fiona Fawcett, Founder, Plewsy & Sarah Rhodes, Interiors Designer, Calluna Furnishings, Upcycling and Upholstering.

Hear from three inspiring young creatives who have realised their dreams and successfully launched their own businesses with the support of the Enterprise Programme at the Prince’s Trust. Listen to Katie, Fiona and Sophie as they share their journeys with you so far, lessons learnt along the way and top business tips.

10. 5 Ways to Improve your Website and Sell More Online

Speaker: Yeshen Venema, Photographer, Film-Maker and Web Consultant, Yesh&Tash.

Photographer and web consultant Yeshen Venema of Yesh&Tash will give examples of 5 simple things retailers can do to improve their e-commerce site and product photography to help you sell more and add confidence to their brand.

11. Keynote: John Lewis – Merchandising that Inspires

Speaker: Katherine Owen Fowler, DM Fashion & VM, John Lewis Partnership York

During this Keynote, Katherine will provide an overview of the ways in which John Lewis effectively uses merchandising and display to inspire the customer, looking at the evolution of this in branches and how onmi-channel ways of shopping plays a part in this.

12. Q&A – Getting the Best Out of Your Suppliers – 5 Questions You Should Never be Afraid to Ask.

Interviewer: Sarah Ward, Chief Executive, Giftware Association

Interviewee: Gary Redman-Schaffer, MD, United Oddsocks

Find out the best ways to forge better relationships with suppliers by asking questions and making requests in order to create a collaborative working environment.  5 top questions will be covered which we should never be afraid to ask our suppliers, whether we are retail or trade – as asking these questions in the right way could be mutually beneficial and create more revenue for all parties.  This will be a fun, interactive session with a chance to ask questions and join in.

Find Out More About Speakers at Home & Gift

To find out more about attending any of these live events please visit the Home & Gift website.

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