Roaring into the next year (as we Zillas tend to do), we’re also entering an entirely new decade of dominance with 2020. Before we cross this threshold, we’d like to take this time to reflect on some of our big wins, industry changes and how we've grown as a business during the past 10 years. Want to see what we’ve been up to? Let’s take a stroll down memory lane!

The 10-Year Challenge

The Team in 2009...

Designzillas 2009

...and the Zillas of 2019!

Designzillas 2019

2009

  • Designzillas moved into our first office, affectionately called “the shoebox”.
  • We had a big account win with the UCF Arena website redesign!
  • We were also nominated for our first CSS Award.

Designzillas Office 2009

2010

  • Then, we moved into our Winter Park office.
  • The Zillas ventured into Drupal CMS development.
  • We launched over 25 Websites!!
  • Our own website, DZ10, launched and won more than 50 awards.
  • Designzillas started selling SEO services to accompany our web design offerings.

Designzillas Winter Park Office

2011

  • We moved again! This time to our Downtown Orlando office, where we are today.
  • Designzillas started taking on more complex back-end development projects.
  • We grew our team—hiring five additional developers.
  • The "Zillies" award ceremony was established.

The DZ Office Back in 2011...

The Designzillas office space in 2011

...Compared to Our Modern Layout in the Same Space!

The Designzillas office now in 2019

2012

  • Google rolled out the Penguin update—a long-anticipated penalization on “black hat SEO” efforts (like keyword stuffing and link buying). This changed the way digital marketing agencies operated, for the better.
  • The Zillas participated in our first Corporate 5K!

2013

  • We launched the Boys & Girls Club of Pikes Peak website.
  • Our dev squad developed our first mobile app!
  • Designzillas established three different production teams: Code NinjasTeam Bacon and the Z-Team.
  • The first baby Zilla Jude was born!
  • We hosted the Zilla Pong Smash Bash Tournament.

2014

Harry Potter Team Building

2015

  • Google’s Mobile-Friendly algorithm update (dubbed “Mobilegeddon”) shook the internet and changed the way we design and develop websites. Now, mobile-first is a no-brainer.
  • Designzillas attended INBOUND 2015 in Boston, Mass.
  • We officially launched the Buca di Beppo website!

Tri-wizard Tournament

2016

  • Designzillas won “Best in Show” in Web/Interactive at the ADDYs with the Everglades boats website. We also won a Gold ADDY for Everglades and a Silver ADDY for Buca di Beppo that year. This was our first big take-home from the ADDYs.

Designzillas at ADDYs take Best in Show for Everglades Boats

  • We launched DZ X, the most recent iteration of our agency’s website.
  • DZ adapted growth-driven design processes to focus on iterative growth for our clients.
  • Kat Hughes joined Designzillas to help oversee business development.
  • We moved to a new office (the little house) and adopted Ripley, our office puppy and Junior Barketing Specialist.
  • The Zillas hosted another ping-pong tournament of champions!
  • Habitat for Humanity hosted Designzillas for a team-building event.

Habitat for Humanity

2017

  • We celebrated our 10th Zillaversary!
  • We gave back to our community and celebrated four-legged friends at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando. It was a PURRfect volunteer experience for our animal-loving team!
  • Designzillas hosted our first strategy workshop to dig deep into a client’s brand, audience and approach for their digital strategy.
  • We also adopted the EOS model internally, paving the way for rapid and focused growth.
  • We became a Gold Sponsor for one of our favorite local conferences, WordCamp Orlando!

Designzillas at WordCamp Orlando 2017

2018

District 4 ADDY Winners from Designzillas

Orlando ADDY Winners from Designzillas

Designzillas at INBOUND 2018

Team Fire and Ice

2019

  • We moved into our new office at the SeaCoast Bank building (the same as the 2012 building, but fully renovated to support our growing team)!
  • Designzillas attended five conferences between our diverse departments—keeping us sharp and on top of the latest industry trends and best practices.
  • Our entire project management team became Scrum Master certified.
  • Designzillas was affected by Google's March Core Update and quickly pivoted to help all our partners get back on track with SERP rankings.
  • In partnership with our clients, we launched more than 15 new websites!
  • We collaborated with Thrice Studio to produce stellar papercraft illustrations for our partners at abcteach.
  • Google announced the BERT update, the biggest change to Google search in the past five years.
  • Our two agile teams (Pyromancers and Frost Giants) grew to full force—we're now 24 Zillas strong!
  • We joined AAF Orlando at the Florida Capitol to speak with our representatives and senators about protecting the advertising industry in Florida.

Designzillas meeting with Anna Eskamani in Tallahassee

Coming Soon in 2020...

The digital marketing scene is always changing. What's to come in 2020? We're watching trends like virtual/augmented reality, interactive content, chatbots and SERP position zero. Want to stay in the know for years to come? Subscribe to our newsletter below and browse our blog to stay on top of the latest and greatest in digital marketing.

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