Founded in 1998 by Dave Awl, Awlpoint is a small-but-lovable creative agency that provides content development, writing, editing, consulting, and training services for both digital and print media. We also specialize in social media marketing and strategy. And we occasionally produce performance showcases for local creative writers. You can read more about the full range of services we provide on our Services page.
Dave Awl is a writer, editor, social media consultant, and creative content developer with extensive experience in both digital and print media. He's also the author of the popular book Facebook Me! from Peachpit Press.
As a social media strategist and content creator, Dave currently works with a mix of large companies, small local businesses, and arts organizations, helping them successfully develop, launch, and maintain their social media presences. He also teaches a series of social media classes and workshops geared toward the needs of local businesses and artists.
In 2009 Peachpit Press published the first edition of his comprehensive guide Facebook Me! A Guide to Socializing, Sharing, and Promoting on Facebook, and an expanded Second Edition followed in 2011.
Dave has appeared on radio and TV stations across the country, discussing Facebook and Twitter's features as well as social media strategies for businesses, and he's been quoted in publications ranging from the Italian newsweekly L'Espresso to Elle magazine. Time Out Chicago has described him as "Facebook's Emily Post" because of his focus on good social media etiquette.
As an advertising copywriter, Dave's 20-year background includes stints at a number of Chicago agencies, including Ambrosi/Schawk, Gaston Advertising, and Haggin Marketing, working on a diverse range of national accounts including Sears, Discover, AdGooroo, ULTA, Office Max, Citi, Sunbeam, Linens 'N Things, PetSmart, and more.
As a web content developer, Dave has worked for clients as diverse as the BCU family of credit unions; the hotel real estate brokerage firm Hotel Source, Inc.; the Sweat Girls theater company; the nonprofit Illinois Facilities Fund; and Northwestern University.
As an editor, Dave has served as developmental editor, technical editor, and/or copy editor on numerous titles published by Peachpit Press.
Dave is also a ten-year veteran of Chicago's popular Neo-Futurists theater company, and a published playwright with a strong comedy-writing background. His original scripts have been included in three book collections of material from the long-running original show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, and his work has been performed in high school, college, and regional theater productions across the country. A book collection of his poems, stories, and monologues entitled What the Sea Means was published in 2002.
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