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Weekly Round-Up: Facebook Apps, Location-based Marketing & Bristol Gorillas!

8th July 2011
GWS Team

This week we've putting finishing touches to new site for a Benchmarking and Surveying Company, and also developing the new version of the e-commerce site for the online butcher Gribble's.

We've been admiring the painted gorilla 'Bradisson' outside a Hotel in Bristol centre which arrived on a flotilla of Blue and Yellow boats from the Bristol Ferryboat Company, and enjoying the plethora of festivals and events which seem to be filling every weekend this summer. 

We've also been developing print flyers for a client producing fishing accessories, and exhibiting at the Network Central show at Ashton Gate Stadium where Katie Hopkins from The Apprentice was among the people giving an after-dinner talk.


Businesses using Social Media

If you're a business user of Facebook pages, how do you know if your postings and conversations are having an impact? It is suggested that building brand advocacy and community is down to engaging with people, using here a combination of surprise and delight.

Facebook Page apps are taking off and you can choose from a variety of plug-in sections available to help manage postings, connect to other social media and link RSS feeds and video.

Continuing the Facebook theme, founder Mark Zuckerburg can be seen here explaining social sharing and exponential growth as he sees it continuing in the future.

How can your marketing be maximised with the use of location-based initiatives?

This 3 part article presents tips when considering how to apply different parts of a strategy.


Art & Design

If you're looking for an interesting way to send an email, this iPhone App uses an animal font with a different animal shaped balloon for every letter of the alphabet.

via Swiss Miss


For an animated version of the history of the English Language, take a look at the Open University's new short sequence covering 1600 years of language evolution (via Better Living Through Design).

We are sad to say goodbye to Cy Twombley this week, who died after a life's work that changed art. This Guardian article has recollections of the man and explanations of his artistic talent.


Local News

The Wow! Gorillas project went public this week, with Bristol Zoo's locally sponsored and painted gorillas taking to the streets after a scenic trip along the harbour.

There's a downloadable map on the Zoo's site to help you find your way around the gorilla trail, with 60 creatures in and around Bristol.

This weekend we'll be out snapping gorillas, and as usual there are plenty of events to keep entertainment levels high, from the World Stage Festival taking place in the theatres of Bristol, with a free outdoor stage, to Pride Bristol, which kicks off this Saturday, and a fun mud day at St Werburghs city farm on Sunday.

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