Stroud has climbed yet again in the UK Digital Influence Index and is now placed #50 from over 1,300 towns and cities. The town has jumped three places since the start of 2018 and 224 places in the last 12 months. It is currently sandwiched between Croydon (49) and Colchester (51) and is ranked above many larger towns including Swindon (58) and Portsmouth (68).
Stroud has had a great start to the year with an increasing number of the town’s independent shops, cafes and businesses posting on social media.
Highlights from Stroud retailers in the last fortnight include:
- Many businesses and members of the public used social media to share HRH Prince Charles’ visit to officially open the restored canal. We captured a selection of posts in a Twitter moment.
- Upper Lock Cafe was on the spot for the Royal visit and shared pictures of this memorable day. This fabulous independent cafe regularly posts pictures of delicious cakes and soups on Twitter as well as publicising its water bottle refill scheme to reduce plastic.
- Still on the water bottle theme, Cornflower and Calico have been promoting Chilly’s Bottles which keep water cold for 24hrs. They have also been tempting us, tagging #WDYT, with pictures of stylish marble and mango wood boards, wire basket storage solutions and cards which include seeds to plant.
- Stroud Wine Company has used Twitter to tell us about a gin tasting event, a new range of Italian wines and a fabulous selection of craft beer.
- Fellow Withey’s Yard trader Mills Cafe Bistro has used social media, tagging #WDYT, to tell followers about a ‘5 Views of Stroud’ art exhibition in addition to enticing pictures of cakes.
- Shambles Market regularly share pictures with #WDYT of stall holders’ goods to encourage people to the market which is held on Fridays and Saturdays.
- High Street newcomer Made in Venezuela tweeted paint pots to show work in progress prior to opening and then announced that the store was open via social media. It also tweeted pictures of their love/infinity earrings as a Valentine’s Day gift idea.
All these posts are helping to drive Stroud’s position upwards in the Digital Influence Index and encourage footfall into the town. Tag your posts #Stroud and #WDYT and we share across our channels.