Glasgow West End Today is supporting local businesses in the run-up to Christmas.
We will be giving over our social channels to local shops and businesses – and we need as many followers as possible to join us.
We are clearing the decks for two hours each Saturday to retweet and help out our favourite local brands and entrepreneurs.
We are calling the online event – Saturday Morning Social.
Between 10am and midday, businesses can share their posts with us: whether news, thank you messages, call-outs or simply sharing links.
It’s an opportunity for our favourite traders and entrepreneurs to spread the word and encourage local support.
Posts should tag us into their tweets and Instagram posts and ‘Stories’ and use the hashtags #supportlocal and #saturdaymorningsocial. Stories will be shared on Facebook as well as Instagram.
An initial event using only Twitter attracted great local engagement.
But we are hoping that more businesses take advantage of Saturday Morning Social.
There is no charge and no follow-on commitment asked of those taking part. It is a FREE event.
All we request is that businesses engage in a creative way.
Posts should be compelling, visually appealing and something that people will want to retweet or repost.
And we ask our followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to share, shop and be social.
Kind words and messages of support go a long way when many people are struggling.
Some businesses have websites and online stores they want you to know about.
Others such as hairdressers and salons will just want to say hello and ask for your support when restrictions ease again.
Many restaurants and cafes are still providing takeaway, delivery and collection services.
Whatever they post, we hope you can join us in making a little bit of time this Saturday morning to stay across your social feeds.
Set your alarm to remind you to be hovering by the share button.
We need our followers to help the local economy.
Glasgow West End Today is a totally independent community news platform, edited by freelance journalist Ian Marland.
The platform is provided by Manchester-based hyperlocal start-up Today News and was launched to bring a different perspective to Glasgow life.
Glasgow West End Today has an average 30,000 users visiting its website glasgowwestend.todaynews.co.uk every month.
Its social channels have 35,000 followers and its newsletter has attracted 450 subscribers in its first month.