Upanup Wins Gold at 2013 MarCom Awards

Upanup Studios is thrilled to announce winning two gold awards in the 2013 MarCom Awards competition. The MarCom Awards is a creative competition whose mission is to honour excellence and recognize the creativity, hard work and generosity of marketing and communication professionals.MarCom Awards Image


Gold awards have been presented to Upanup for the FortisBC mobile-optimized website and for WesternOne's site launched earlier this year.


The MarCom statuette resides at some of the top business and communication firms in the world.  The MarCom competition has grown to perhaps the largest of its kind in the world with about 6,000 entries per year. Winners range from media conglomerates to Fortune 50 companies.

New Site Launched for WesternOne

Upanup is pleased to have recently worked with WesternOne to re-brand and  launch a new website. WesternOne, a trusted provider of aerial lift, construction, heat, power and film set equipment is swiftly becoming Canada’s leading infrastructure equipment company. WesternOne prides themselves on their customer satisfaction and top equipment.

Utilizing Drupal’s content management system for build-out, Upanup's team created WesternOne's new site, increasing search engine visibility for WesternOne's extensive product catalog for new and used equipment and integrating responsive design techniques for mobile devices.

Upanup is fortunate to have great clients to work with and is continuing to welcome new clients to it’s portfolio. Upanup is a high-end digital marketing and communications agency in Victoria, BC, pursuing excellence in serving leading companies worldwide.

Upanup Wins W3 Awards

Upanup Studios is pleased to announce winning two W³ awards!

blog-imageThe Winners of The 2013 W3 Awards have been announced in New York, NY today by the International Academy of the Visual Arts. The website Upanup built for the City of Colwood and the mobile optimized site launched for FortisBC have both won Silver Awards at the 8th Annual W3 Awards, who received over 4,000 entries this year.

The W3 Awards honour outstanding Websites, Web Marketing, Web Video, & Mobile Apps created by some of the best interactive agencies, designers, and creators worldwide. Judging criteria was based on creativity, usability, navigation, functionality, visual design, and ease of use.

Oceanfront Cottage Community Near Vancouver on the Upanup

We're pleased to be assisting our friends at Orca Shores in the marketing of the Cottages at Seabright Farm. The campaign is to assist in capturing attention of potential buyers of oceanfront cottages for sale close to Vancouver, BC. The Cottages at Seabright Farm is a proposed community located at Point Roberts, WA, a piece of land that extends south of the Canada-USA border, and is only reachable on land via Tsawwassen, Canada.

The proposed cottages are on a 62-acre waterfront site that has gorgeous views over the water. The cabins have the makings of a community-oriented and sustainable development with the historical farm as a central building and gathering place. Owners of the cottages will end up having the benefit of a cottage where they can truly relax and enjoy life at a place that seems very far away, but is really only an hour from downtown Vancouver.

Clarification for Media Reports Regarding Oak Bay Online Security

Today one of our clients, the District of Oak Bay, has been letting people know that security on one of their online services was recently compromised. The local media has picked up on the story, and unfortunately some of the reports, particularly the headlines, make it look like it was the main district site that we built and manage for Oak Bay that was compromised. This was not the case, and we felt it important to clarify as such.

The security breach was with a separately hosted and managed site at This is a third party service known as MyDistrict or MyCity, which Oak Bay uses for specific online transactions such as claiming home owner grants, paying tickets and paying licenses.

How we Launched More Than 50 Websites in the Past Two Months

50+ Websites launched by UpanupOn top of the large website and rebrand for the City of Colwood, the mobile site for Amica Mature Lifestyles, the brochure site for Gray Line Transportation (Sightseeing Victoria), the public company site for Pure Industrial Real Estate Trust, and a few splash sites for Brevia Energy and SunOne Developments, we also launched 45 official school websites for the Greater Victoria Sc

Mobile site launched for Amica

Upanup is pleased to have worked with Amica Mature Lifestyles to launch a new mobile website at  Amica is a TSX-listed company known as Canada's most innovative operator of seniors' retirement residences with locations across British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. The mobile site can be viewed by going to on your mobile device.

The site provides easy access to information for people on the move who are looking up information on seniors residences across Canada. Upanup is an expert provider of mobile optimization, primarily using responsive design techniques. In Amica's case, a full desktop site was already in place, with no desire to replace that site. As such, a solution was required to improve the user experience for those looking for specific Amica information on their mobile phones.

Upanup's approach for the Amica site follows the best practices for mobile websites as laid out by Google:


Mobile users are often short on time, squeezing in online tasks as they go about their day. To help them, we designed the site to load fast and make copy easy to scan.

Peter Knapp speaks about scalable, responsive web solutions at ERAC IT4K12 Conference

Upanup works with a  variety of clients creating a variety of digital strategies. As we take great pride in our work, it's nice when we get the chance to talk about them publicly. Our CEO, Peter Knapp, recently had just such an opportunity at the ERAC IT4K12 Conference, an event for information technology professionals in the education sector.

Our recent work with the Greater Victoria School District, building a framework for individual school sites, was highlighted. This multi-site project is still being rolled out, with 25 schools up and running as of today.

Here's Peter, along with the School District 61 IT team, describing  and demonstrating the project.

At the 38 minute mark there's a demonstration of the responsive design of the sites, a feature allowing sites to adjust to a variety of phone and tablet devices. We here at Upanup think we're pretty good at integrating responsive design into our projects and our recent awards seem to back that up.

We hope you enjoy this peek into how these sites work.


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