Out with the old in with the new?

The lovely Carol Attridge from Verynice2.com, (a top home-ware and cookware store online which seems to stock just about everything for your house), has supplied today’s post which is about social media, shopping and reader discounts. Three of my favourite things! 

New to the blogging and social media world I have found I love it! I work for a house wares company called verynice2.com and we are on a social media journey. The amazing thing about interaction on the web is the people you meet and the virtual friendships you make, connecting with people and telling each other about your lives and interests, your likes and dislikes.  It has also given retailers the opportunity to interact with customers telling them about new products they have launched like our new range of Joseph Joseph or recommending a house wares brand like Simple Human.  Although we like to think we have progressed this isn’t very different from shop keepers of days gone by; the corner shop owner would have known his customers well, their extended families and their likes and dislikes. He would have recommended new products, special offers and known which products his customers favoured. Does this sound familiar? It’s not unlike the opportunity that social media gives us today, there are so many choices in the market place that we could all do with a helping hand to point us in the right direction when choosing our next purchase, or enjoy exchanging comments with retailers and other customers who have bought the same item we are looking at.

Because busy mums and working women have less and less free time the internet has become the place to shop and chat often late at night, but we don’t want to do this at the expense of relationships, even cyber ones.  At Verynice2.com we would like to start a relationship with the mums and women shopping into the wee small hours by offering a 10% discount between the hours of 10pm-11.55pm, just use the discount code mums10 at checkout to receive your discount.

Life has moved on in so many ways since the days of the corner shop when it was important to know your customer well and loyalty was essential, but we haven’t moved on in the respect that we still need to communicate, to find out the news in the community, have our likes and dislikes noted so we can be served with what we want or need, the relationship between shop keeper and customer isn’t a new thing it’s just conducted in a new way, it is a valuable one for us all.

So next time you are clicking the like button or commenting on a blog of your favourite website spare a thought for the shop keepers of days gone by we are not so different after all!


*Content supplied by Verynice2.com who have contributed to the upkeep and progression of Curly&Candid

The Tesco ezine gift guide and your chance to win a £100 gift card!

Christmas decorations are on sale, Christmas fairs and events are starting and before long the advent calendars will be opening. The festive season has definitely started!

Tesco recognise that are budgets are tight these days, and that everybody feels it even more at Christmas. A recent survey by a high street bank found that across the UK people will spend on average £378 on gifts alone for their immediate family. And that’s not including what we’ll spend on going out, eating and drinking over the festive season.

To celebrate the launch of their Christmas ezine Gift Guide, the lovelies from Tesco Magazine online would like to help with the load by offering one of my readers a 1 x £100 Tesco gift voucher.

For the first time, this year Tesco has created their Christmas Gift Guide exclusively online. This easy to navigate and quite frankly blooming gorgeous interactive ezine is packed with shopping inspiration, fashion and party glamour and sparkling ideas for festive entertainment. Be warned, it is not for anyone with scrooge-like tendencies as it is the ultimate festive feeling guide.

For gift ideas, gift wrapping, fashion inspiration for around the festive season and much more it really is a must read!

 The competition!

Visit the Ezine here and leave me a comment telling my what your favourite page is. For example my entry (if I were allowed) would be:

I love the Get The Look section, I never know what to wear on Xmas day that is comfortable but looks great in the photos!“.

It really is as simple as that. Do make sure that you are following Tesco Magazine on Twitter  for more chances to win gift vouchers and goodies for Christmas! Good luck all!

Terms and conditions

  • The competition ends midday on Monday 21st November. No entries after this time will be accepted.
  • The winner will be chosen by randomiser and contacted the same day. If the winner does not respond with their details before 5pm on Wednesday 23rd November a new winner will be chosen.
  • The prize is a 1 x £100 Tesco gift voucher, supplied by Tesco. No alternative can or will be offered.
  • You must be over 18 and based in the UK to enter.
  • Entrants must ensure they leave a way that they can be contacted if they are chosen as the winner.