Social Media Week is happening in Bristol next week and we can’t wait. #SMWiBristol

With support from some truly amazing people, for the past six months we’ve been busy curating, collaborating and scheduling over 45 social media sessions with a team of brilliant sponsors, partners and ambassadors. And, it’s shaping up to be something pretty special.

Setting out to help skill up Bristol’s business community through social media skills sharing and showcasing Bristol’s creative, digital and tech capabilities to the global Social Media Week community, the story for Social Media Week Bristol so far includes trending on Twitter, an invite to Social Media Week London to showcase what Bristol has to offer, teaming up with up with SxSW and Social Media Week Austin to collaborate and being selected as the stage for campaign launches with partners Samsung and Solverboard, a platform that offers people and organisations the opportunity to post challenges for anyone in the world to solve …

#SMWiBristol will be covering a wide range of business sectors, catering for every size of organisation no matter what stage they are on their social media journey. If you’re working in PR communications, digital agency, brand consultancy or within a specific business sector including tourism, financial services, SMW, b2b, food and drink or charity? Or, even if you’re looking to start a new career in social … they’ll be lots to learn, enjoy, and takeaway to help you or your business.

Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo, Glassdoor and Buzzfeed will all be paying Bristol a visit. Other new faces to Bristol include General Assembly, making their South West debut and Social Media Week Bristol sponsor Samsung, who will be bringing to life their #MoreGoodDaysAtWork campaign to help businesses in the city celebrate success throughout the whole of November.


Social Media for Good …

But we’ve also been focused on making Social Media Week’s 2016 global theme – The Invisible Hand: Hidden Forces of Technology (and How We Can Harness it for Good) – a driving force behind Bristol’s own Social Media Week. We want to start valuable discussions that result in actions and work to help the regional creative economy.

Seizing the opportunity to bring together influencers, employers and educational institutions, to mark the opening of Bristol’s inaugural Social Media Week #SMWiBristol we are hosting a roundtable event dedicated to discussing the city’s future as a creative, digital and technology hub and tackling head on core issues that we know are affecting our industry. Interested? Then, get involved in the conversation and share your views via Solverboard’s platform https://open.solverboard.com/challenge/812/opening-debate-give-us-views


Don’t forget to PARTY!

To wrap up Social Media Week Bristol 2016, Bristol Media will be hosting an Official Closing Party at OVO Energy in their fabulous atrium.

The closing party will bring together 200 professionals to celebrate an incredible week of learning, up skilling, collaborating and raising the national and international profile of our city and our sector.

Free drinks on arrival, subsidized bar sponsored by OVO Energy, delicious bowl food from Friska, fun and interactive entertainment, and not forgetting the announcement of the winner of the apprenticeship to SxSW.  Book up here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/social-media-week-closing-party-hosted-by-bristol-media-tickets-28144610287


It’s all about the people …

We’re really looking forward to the sessions next week and taking the opportunity to learn lots ourselves. But most of all, in helping to bring Social Media Week to Bristol, we’ve really enjoyed meeting and working with such inspiring people.

Social Media Week wouldn’t have happened without the support of our sponsors and partners including: SamsungOVO Energy, University West of England, Spectrum, Synergy Creative, Solverboard, TINT, ADLIB, General Assembly, Invest Bristol & Bath, The Agency Works, PRCA., e3, Fat Media, Noisy Little Monkey, Nomensa, OMGRenegade, The Real Adventure Unlimited, ThirtyThree, Torchbox, True Digital, SearchStar, Zone, BBC Bristol, BMC, Bristol is Open, Bristol Learning City Bristol24/7, Business West, Chartered Institute of Public RelationsDestination Bristol, Enterprise NationPixillion, saintnicks, Everyman Cinema, Bakesmiths & Engine Shed. And,  ambassadors James Ainsworth (@jamesainsworth), Shonette Laffy (@Shonette), Jess Siggers (www.instagram.com/porthjess) Dan Martin (@Dan_Martin), Sonja Jefferson (@SonjaJefferson), Dan Izzard (@SimpleLampoon) and Laura Valentine (@VisitBristol).

So, thank you for your generosity from day one. Thank you for giving up your valuable time, for sharing your ideas, for opening the doors to your businesses and for being so very generous with your address book and sharing contacts. It’s been an absolute pleasure.

Now, bring on #SMWiBristol and lets showcase this great city of ours …



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