Freebies and gems to support your business (without pestering)

published5 months ago
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Hello 😊

Are you as excited as us with this week's news about the UK's roadmap out of lockdown? While this might seem far or still 'not certain', it certainly gives us hope and something to look forward to β˜€οΈ.

We realised that even though most of us are confined at home, we are busier than ever with homeschooling, exercising, eating & repeating, running a business, volunteering, attending a baby shower on Zoom or looking for a job and the list goes on ...

We hope this compilation of resources and freebies from our lovely and amazingly generous experts will land into your inbox as a breath of fresh air to help you avoid the hassle and find all you need to run and promote your business from our Get Smart Social - Community Resources.

If you ever have any questions or requests, drop us a line at

Shall we...

Pippa Akram AKA SocialPip

From Pippa: Are Instagram hashtags not working for you?

If your Insta hashtags aren't 'doing their thing' right now you're not alone. Take a watch of Social Pip's IGTV with 5 tips to help you avoid getting frustrated with this issue and give your reach a boost. Bonus 'mindset' tip - if they're not working, it takes the pressure off trying to pick the best ones and get them right!! πŸ˜‰


Krishna Solanki

From Krishna: How do you make Squarespace website mobile-friendly?

Did you know mobile accounts for approximately half of the web traffic worldwide?
Did you know Google measures mobile page load speed as a key metric when determining your website's search ranking? Well, now you do!
This is why your website needs to be mobile and tablet friendly and respond to the device it is viewed on. It's incredibly important more than now than ever as more people browse the internet on their mobile devices. How do you make Squarespace website mobile-friendly? Our friend, Krishna, shares her top tips in this blog post.


Mila from Pink Storm

From Mila: Struggling with planning your content?

Power up your content for February (and beyond) with this free content calendar. It includes lots of advice on planning your content, all the key dates to include in your plan and a blank calendar for you to populate. You'll also get more valuable resource from Mila to help you with your social media marketing content planning!


Katie Earl

From Katie: The ultimate free guide to optimising and uploading your blog

Katie has created a brand new free guide to help you optimise and upload your blog to their website. It was a question that's come up a lot recently. She realised that fear and confusion around what each of the SEO terms means, and the red lights on the SEO plugins were holding back so many business owners who were otherwise raring to go with their blog!


Kylie Baxter

From Kylie: Want to stand out on Instagram with Reels?

Make your business stand out on Instagram and learn how to Reel with Kylie. She’ll help you master Reels & attract new audiences to your business at her upcoming Free Online Workshop.


May King Tsang

From May King Tsang: You're invited to Social Pulse Summit

Together with some fabulous social media marketer, our favourite FOMO creator May King Tsang is speaking as part of Agorapulse’s #SocialPulseSummit - Instagram Edition about Creating Live Social Media Content to Create more FOMO for your business. Replays are available until 24th March for FREE!


John Monks & Rachel Davies

From John and Rachel: Remote Workshop Workshop

Remote workshops are here to stay. John and Rachel give you the confidence & skills to facilitate productive, engaging and enjoyable workshops online. Their next Remote Workshop Workshop will be on 31st March.

We have a surprise for you 🎁 . There's 1 free spot for a CSM community member. Are you the lucky first reader? Claim your spot by contacting


Chris Spalton

From Chris: The UX Research Coach ( 🎧 )

Listen to this podcast by Scaling Research hosting our friend, Chris Spalton - a UX research coach at Redgate. While not a traditional Research Ops role, there’s lots of commonality between his position and some of what tends to fall under the Research Ops function. In this episode they talk about: The purpose of his role, his journey to becoming a UX research coach, the overlap between his role and Research Ops and more...


Simon Hall

From Simon: Effective business plan blog series

Want to know how to grow your business, where you’re going right, and also wrong, in 10 easy steps? Here’s a series of three blogs on how to put together an effective business plan: 1. Starting a Business? | 2. How to start a business? | 3. A Business Plan Made Easy​


Julia Bramble

From Julia: Looking for ways to easily promote your business?

Julia has got tonnes of great ideas and inspiration for simple ways to get your small business known about on social media – and by the right people! Here’s a list of 11 ways to easily promote your small business on social media during lockdown (and beyond!). Get your business visible, without spending all day in front of a screen.


Andy Lambert

From Andy: Automated Instagram Publishing is live on ContentCal

Another IG news is its change to API that allows 3rd party tools like ContentCal to finally publish directly without the pop-up notification (for business/creator accounts). And if you didn't know, as a CSM community member you can get our 20% off ContentCal Plan with this discount code CSM20



From Lynda: Learn how to create Instagram Guides

Instagram Guides are a great way to create collections of content for your audience - Products, Places and Posts all in one place. Find out how in this free guide from Lynda at Pepper Social!


For your wellbeing...from our community with love πŸ’™

We're not only about the hustle and bustle of business and marketing. Our mission is to support our community and help them full-fill their purpose too. That's why we're bringing you 3 wonderful offerings from our community, to help you wherever you are on your journey!

  • Are you welcoming a beautiful baby this year? πŸ’– Being pregnant at the moment can have its challenges.... give yourself something to look forward to and come along to my relaxation workshop. Come and join Sarah's FREE pregnancy relaxation workshop, which runs every Thursday at 7.30pm.
    You will learn some quick and simple techniques and you'll find out why relaxation can be beneficial in pregnancy and birth! Plus you'll enjoy a beautiful guided relaxation at the end of the workshop.
  • Are you already a parent and struggling right now? Kate and Louise from Thrive help parents who are home-schooling worried children, with simple mental health support, so that they can learn to trust themselves that they're doing their personal best as a parent. Free online support group for anxious, frazzled and concerned parents just like you. Their role is to guide and support you as you learn some interesting strategies you can use every day.
  • ​Bethnal&Bec are offering their award-winning accommodation for FREE to ANYONE needing respite from Domestic Abuse during this current Lockdown. Available in up to 4-day blocks. No judgement. Children and pets welcome too! Just drop them a DM or share with someone you know that needs help! You'll be warmly welcomed into a safe, warm, comfortable and clean space. With a fridge, freezer and cupboards stocked full of homemade meals, snacks and drinks. 😘

Upcoming events:



Bring Joy into your Marketing Workshop

Marketing doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be something you look forward to and gives you space to have fun. And yes, you can enjoy a task which leads to sales!

It’s time to bring joy into your marketing and get rid of the overwhelm and confusion. Join Marketing Joy Workshop on Friday 26th March 9 am - 3 pm and learn how to create your own style of marketing which attracts your ideal customers and makes you stand out in a busy marketplace, all while having fun.

Use CSMMarketingJoy code for special CSM Community discount 🎁(limited availability, so get booking fast!)

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