SOURCE: Blueye Creative

April 14, 2010 10:00 ET

Always Be Social by Blueye Creative Named One of Only Fifty Facebook® Preferred Developer Consultants Worldwide

Facebook Selects Chicago Woman-Owned Company for Its Record of Exceptional Flagship Applications; Initiative Intended to Connect Companies With Recommended Developers

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - April 14, 2010) -   Always Be Social, a unit of Blueye Creative, announced today that it has been selected by Facebook as one of only fifty members worldwide in the Facebook Preferred Developer Consultants Program. The honor places Always Be Social among Facebook's most elite third-party application developers, and the only one based in Chicago.

Always Be Social by Blueye Creative is a social media consulting service that creates interactive personas for brands, agencies and its clients. Based in Chicago and woman-owned, Always Be Social by Blueye Creative designs and develops Web, mobile and social applications for the iPhone, Android, Twitter, and Facebook Connect; it also specializes in custom fan pages with enhanced capabilities for easy mobile access and other fan-directed uses.

"Being named to the Preferred Developer Consultants Program is an unqualified and very humbling honor for us," said Shannon Smith, Founder and CEO of Always Be Social. "The selection process was rigorous, so it was fantastic for our team to get recognized for our hard work and to be showcased as a top social media developer to Facebook's 400 million active users."

Always Be Social was a major contributing partner in the "Where I've Been" application, invented and built by Always Be Social staffer Craig Ulliott for the Facebook Platform. "Where I've Been," now used monthly by over 1.1 million fans, engages people through social media interactions and conversations. "Without the help of Always Be Social by Blueye, 'Where I've Been' wouldn't be where it is today," Ulliott stated. "Always Be Social's marketing and design skills have played a major role in the application's growing success."

Facebook's Preferred Developer Consultants Program was introduced to connect companies and brands to the resources they need to build with Facebook products and technologies. These developers "can help... build world-class social experiences both on Facebook and around the Web," according to the Facebook developer website. Currently the Facebook Preferred Developer Consultants Program has consultants in 15 countries.

Strategic Partner
In addition to its development capabilities, Always Be Social by Blueye Creative serves as a full-service strategic social media partner for its clients. The firm consults, plans and implements social media management, providing services to Twitter, Facebook, etc. It also creates social networking strategies that can include participation in blogging, YouTube, Flickr, mobile applications, Facebook Ads and Facebook Connect, which links to mobile devices and websites.

By creating an open forum for companies to connect and communicate with their clients in real time, Always Be Social by Blueye Creative is on the leading edge of market-driven consumer demand. It enables companies to use social networking tools to drive traffic and social engagement, thereby nimbly marketing to consumers and responding to shifting preferences instantaneously.

"Our goal at Always Be Social by Blueye Creative is to turn our clients into social media butterflies," noted Smith. "We make sure that by properly engaging, managing and monitoring their virtual presence, their social media presence drives visibility and boosts market share."

Blueye Creative, Always Be Social's parent company, is one of the most established design and development firms in Chicago. The firm develops communications solutions for both print and online media, making it possible for clients to synergize their messaging across a spectrum ranging from graphic and Web design to social networking and interactive media.

About Always Be Social:
Always Be Social is part of Blueye Creative (, a leading provider of graphic design, Web development, mobile and social media services. Located in Chicago at 1321 N. Wood Street, Blueye Creative has been listed as one of the top ten design companies in Forbes 2009, and as one of the top ten Web development companies in Entrepreneur magazine in 2008. For further information about Always Be Social, please visit or call 773-342-1200.

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