Sign up today and you’ll get access to:
- 12 months’ free access to Maybe* social media tools (worth up to £1,140)
- Up to £2,600 worth of business promotion on Facebook/Instagram.
- A suite of on-demand training resources.
- A team of social media experts to help you create a great social media strategy.
John Cowan's story: John Cowan is an independent craftsman who creates baskets for the home. He uses Instagram to show off his craftsmanship through photos and videos.John makes excellent use of product and location hashtags in his posts to help people find his product and hooks into other things people may be searching for. Using hashtags such as #willowbasket and #scottishcrafts means that the people who land on his feed are more likely to be potential customers. Succeed with social like John Cowan Baskets.
3 Fat Cat's story: 3 Fat Cats is a furniture retailer for cat lovers. They use a mix of professional photography, regular photos, user- generated content from testimonials, as well as creating short videos. This post is a little different, sharing that one of their cats had a trip to the vet because of an eye infection. It saw a huge increase in comments and discussion through the post as it appealed to the human or ‘cat lover’ side of their audience and connected with them on a deeper level. Succeed with social like 3 Fat Cats.
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Nearly £3,750 of free social media tools and business promotion? Really? Yes.
Find out all about it in these FAQs:
Free stuff for you? Really? Yes, really.
We’re being paid by the UK Government to help you use social media to achieve your business objectives: more sales, more customers, wider reputation, whatever works for you. It’s all part of a UK Government scheme, called UKCRF, and it’s aimed at businesses in selected places around the UK, with training and business promotion offered free of charge.
What's in it for Maybe*?
Maybe* is here to help businesses get more out of social media, so watching you get better and better results on social media makes us happy. But we’re also hoping that you really like what you can do with Maybe* and that you want to carry on using Maybe* after your free access has finished.
Are the grants available for any business in the UK?
No. At the moment we can only offer it to small businesses in these areas of the UK: Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Essex, Herefordshire, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire. But if your business isn’t based in these places, we still have something useful for you: a range of free social media guides to help you succeed in your business sector and locality. Find out more here.
Is the grant of up to £3,740 really free?
It’s free in the sense that you don’t pay for anything at all, but you’ll need to invest a bit of your time. You must sign up for a free Maybe* account, watch some of our training videos, complete a short online survey and have a chat with one of our team.
Does Maybe* get paid?
Yes, your Local Authority pays us to give you free access to our online services, and to help us pay Facebook and Instagram on your behalf for your business promotion.
How do I access the grant?
The grants are made up of free business promotion and access to tools and training on Maybe*.
You’ll need to do a few things to access the different grants available:
Free business promotion:
100 businesses (in each grant area) can claim £100 of free promotion on Facebook/Instagram: Sign up, watch the welcome video, set up your Maybe* account, and complete our short survey.
40 businesses (in each grant area) can claim £500 additional free promotion on Facebook/Instagram and an account upgrade: Watch four more training videos from your Maybe* dashboard and start posting on social media.
10 businesses (in each grant area) can claim £2,000 additional free promotion on Facebook/Instagram: Watch a further 10 training videos from your Maybe* dashboard and keep posting!
Free access to Maybe* tools and training:
5,000 businesses (in each grant area) can claim free access to Maybe* Lite worth £420: Sign up, watch the welcome video, set up your Maybe* account, and complete our short survey.
500 businesses (in each grant area) can claim a free upgrade to Maybe* Plus worth £1,140 Watch four more training videos from your Maybe* dashboard and start posting on social media.
There’s a limited number of grants up for grabs. This means it’s strictly first come, first served, when the business promotion grants run out, you may still be eligible for access to Maybe* and unlimited training for free.
Don’t worry, we’ll hold your hand along the way and prompt you to book calls with our team to get you that grant!
The UK Community Renewal Fund
The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. For more information, visit UK Community Renewal Fund: prospectus 2021-22.