Stroud has risen over 200 places in the Digital Influence Index in a year

Stroud has maintained its position of 46 in the Digital Influence Index over the Easter holiday period. This ranking, from over 1,300 UK towns and cities, is important because towns that grow their digital influence become more attractive to shoppers. Stroud has shown an overall rise of 228 places in the Index in the past year and now sits hot on the heels of Solihull in 45th position.

It’s been a busy Easter holiday period in #Stroud with independent retailers and cafes using social media to let people know what’s going on in store and in the town.

Recent highlights

Stroud’s fantastic independent cafes have been enticing customers with tweets about their offerings:

  • Star Anise showed us their new look menu by local graphic design company RCM Creative which is printed with eco-friendly inks on recycled paper. They reminded us that their food is all homemade using organic ingredients and that there is also a new kid’s menu. As well as tweeting delicious looking meals, we know they have been shortlisted for SoGlos Cafe of the Year and are listed in the South West Independent Coffee Guide.
  • Upper Lock cafe make the most of their beautiful canalside location and post pictures of the outside when the sun is shining. If it is wet, they post warm pictures of a cosy interior as well as mouthwatering cakes. Whatever the weather, their social media posts are always tempting!

Independent retailers have also been busy:

  • Shambles Market used Twitter to tell followers about their video to promote the market and its stall holders. It’s a great watch and captures the essence of this historic market held on Fridays and Saturdays. Watch it here.
  • We learnt from Confection Affection that not only is there a World Balloon Convention but they attended it in San Diego and learnt some new balloon skills! They also posted pictures of their amazing foil confetti balloons.
  • Exciting news on Twitter from Farmer’s Market regular SaltBakehouse – they are opening a shop in Stroud at the end of April, hopefully selling their sought after cruffins and award winning ciabatta!
  • Stroud Valleys Project has an eco shop in Threadneedle St and use Twitter to keep everyone up to date with local wildlife and environmental news and events.

All these posts are helping to keep Stroud’s position in the Digital Influence Index and encourage footfall into the town. Tag your posts #Stroud and #WDYT and we share across our channels.

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