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Weekly Round-Up: Top blogging tools, the social media wave and more Olympic themed design

3rd August 2012
GWS Team

We are looking forward to all the festivals and events Bristol has in store for us throughout August, including the See No Evil Street Art Festival and the famous Bristol Balloon Fiesta next weekend.

This week is East Bristol's Redfest, a community festival in Redfield with live music, film, art and events, and that is well worth a detour.

If you've been following the Olympics and are interested in finding out more about the competitors from Bristol, Bristol Culture has a run-down of athletes from the West.

This week we've been demonstrating tablet Apps, helping clients with domain transfers and hosting, and we've just created a new site for a roof coating and painting company in Bristol.


For businesses using social media:


If you're a blogger, here's some top blogging tools to help keep things fresh, such as using Flickr and Instagram to highlight bold images.

Here are some more useful tips on how to make a website or blog interesting, easy to use and stand out from the crowd.

Of the growing number of social networks on offer, why is Google+ a good idea?

Here are some useful insights about Google+, which now has 250 million users, and how it can be good for business.

Some habits can be good for business; here are some suggestions which could help you stay up to date on the web, including social media, email and the receiving tailored news.

Heidi Cohen demonstrates key strategies of how to 'ride the social media wave' and extend the reach of your social media marketing.

But how can your social media input turn from likes to buys?

This infographic breaks down why people 'like', and looks at influence.


Art & Design:

With a continued Olympic theme this week, 'The Olympics in Art' series from The Guardian includes a selection of creative responses to the 2012 Games as they happen, from well-known artists and figures.

The Olympic branding itself has been the focus of much attention, including the graphic elements of the London 2012 designs.

A clever way to turn a publicised mistake by the Olympic organisers into a promotional campaign: Specsavers used an ambush marketing technique after the Korean flag mix-up.

This insightful infographic art represents some human statistics from each of the worlds continents using the iconic Olympic rings.

A light-hearted Olympic design here shows some alternative sporting events for anybody with a keen interest in mobile and technology.

Finally, here are a few more non-Olympic related designs we like from a Japanese poster artist and striking colourful mural designs in Boston.

Murals by Os Gemeos via The Fox is Black


Now it's your turn:

If you've featured any useful tips or advice, or interesting posts on your blog this week on social media, website design or anything related, please add a link to it in the comments below.

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