So much has been happening lately it has been really hard to keep up with maintaining the Doejo blog. But a few items really merit mentioning… and we’re really proud to share.
Did you know that in the last few months, Doejo clients have been acquired and bought out for billions upon billions of dollars? If my math skills are correct, it’s four billion smackeroos.
Things started heating up this summer, when Tribune Broadcasting acquired Local TV LLC for $2.75 Billion. While the deal is subject to FCC approval, there is no doubt that in a few short months, one of Doejo’s favorite clients will be operating under the banner of another client (we have also recently developed sites for WGN, ThisTV and AntennaTV—all divisions of Trib). Not to toot our own horn (well, that’s a lie—I’m being a shameless self promoter in this post) but the types of major website and mobile initiatives Local TV engaged us for probably helped enhance that valuation. We keep our clients’ online publishing operations on the bleeding edge and have launched several new themes and smartphone/tablet apps for their properties and even saved lives along the way.
Last month, eBay and PayPal acquired Chicago-based Braintree Payments for a whopping $800 Million cash. Now you may recall that last year Doejo helped re-launch the “brochure site” for Braintree as well as re-design their whole customer on-boarding experience in preparation for Braintree’s (then) new Instant product. Needless to say, the payment space is hot, and there a lot of happy workers down on Canal Street these days.
And, just last week Oracle acquired another local client of ours, BigMachines, for a deal reported to be worth $400 Million! We’ve had the privilege of working with BigMachines for a long time now, helping out with video production, motion graphics and event coverage. Congrats to them all!
So, are you an entrepreneur, manager or business exec mulling over who to hire for your next digital project? If so, just think about these three success stories. While I can’t guarantee that you’ll get acquired for a billion bucks, I can guarantee we’ll help accelerate your digital initiatives and launch state-of-the-art products that will make peers, competitors and customers take notice.
Industrious, Chicago’s first “hive office,” opened its doors today to a diverse mix of tenants across Chicago’s high growth industries. Located in River North, Industrious is an attempt to redefine the modern workplace by catering to the economy’s fastest growing sub-sector, small businesses and startups with 1-6 employees. The concept is simple – bright, glass walled offices that give companies the privacy they need to drive productivity, situated within an open, collaborative loft space that creates the community and collaboration that drives innovation. Offices are rented on a month to month basis, allowing flexibility for growing companies that’s nearly impossible to find in today’s outmoded office market.
Located at 320 W. Ohio St in the historic Adlake Building, the space occupies a 10,000 square foot open loft previously used for movie and TV production. Built in rustic hardwood and glass, with creative lighting and recovered designer furniture, the space will demolish preconceptions of how an office should look. Most office sizes were completely reserved before opening, and Industrious is already beginning construction on additional space in the building to accommodate demand.
Member companies arriving this week represent an exciting mix of Chicago’s most innovative thinkers, including menswear line Blank Label, financial growth strategists Popskull, architectural design firm Bryne Design, bridal advisors Brideside, shoemaker Bone & Rattle, PR firm YL Communications, wedding social app WedSocial, digital brand management company Zlato Media, legal reps My Good Counsel and more. Though Industrious’ private offices are oversubscribed, the company is releasing a slate of co-working spaces starting at $400 a month, and members in Industrious’ co-working facility will be first in line as new private offices become available.
“People work better when they’re around other motivated people,” says co-founder Justin Stewart. “There’s so much inspiration here to motivate you, from the design of the space, to the collaborative nature of the setup, and the regular events we’ll be hosting. We like to think of it as a highly professional office space that open up into your favorite coffee shop.”
Each brightly-lit, glass-walled “hive” houses companies with up to 10 employees comfortably, with collaboration rooms, conference rooms, free WiFi, private phone booths, a kitchen, a full service coffee bar with Bow Truss coffee, printing services and complimentary mailroom.
“We feel quite certain that one day the hive office concept, which allows a host of companies to mix privacy with community in a uniquely flexible way, is going to be one of the dominant modes of work for small businesses,” says co-founder Jamie Hodari, “but for now, this is one of the only hive offices in the country. It’s exciting to be at the beginning of a new model for work, and we couldn’t be happier that we were able to do it in Chicago.”
Come visit us on Tuesday, September 4, 2013, our Media Day, to tour our beautiful new space and meet some of our tenants. We’ll be serving complimentary Bow Truss coffee from our coffee bar and snacks from Blue Sky Bakery.
Chicago-based hotel development and investment firm, AJ Capital Partners approached Doejo to rebrand and revitalize its online presence and identity to parallel its world-class luxury hotels. AJC wanted its site to essentially align with its hip, urban chic lifestyle brand.
To help reposition and develop how AJC’s highly sought-after resorts and hotels are presented online, we decided to amplify the images full-screen in the site’s portfolio. With a one-page parallax scrolling design, navigation would be both eye-catching and seamless for users.
We let the incredible photos of AJC’s boutique lifestyle hotels, located in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, speak for themselves. We showcased AJC’s properties like the hip urban Hotel Lincoln in Chicago, the luxurious Isle de France in the Caribbean, and the beachside Viceroy Riviera Maya in Mexico.
While scrolling down on the page, users will see the current and past portfolios, the company philosophy, team bios and finally, the contact page—all over stunning images.
The new logo we provided AJ Capital (short for Adventurous Journeys Capital) was inspired by a passport stamp indicative of the exploratory spirit of the brand. And since we were also providing AJC with business cards, letterheads and other print materials, we made sure the branding was perfect (and consistent) online and in print.
Many of our clients need a customizable publishing platform equipped for daily updates—be it news articles or blog posts in various media by a team of writers, contributors, editors and coders. So, a user-friendly back-end from one of the most popular and globally trusted content management system, WordPress is unrivaled. And, since we are proudly listed as an Automattic Code Poet and WordPress Featured Partner, our clients get the most out of this featureful content management system.
WordPress’s Automattic Code Poet directory is how we met one of our biggest clients, Local TV LLC, which operates 21 broadcast news stations across the country. The Tribune Co. must have been really impressed with Local TV’s new redesign that it acquired the company in July for more than $2.7 Billion. This made the Tribune Co. the largest station operator in the country.
Here’s a look at our WordPress and WordPress.com VIP clients and why we couldn’t have bulit it any other way.
This video production company for the Chicago Blackhawks needed a web site to show of its now-wide range of video work from documentaries and event recaps to commercials and comedic shorts. With the WordPress CMS we equipped Banner Collective with, the company can organize its Emmy-winning video portfolio professionally and simply.
Greater > Than
A few years back when sports recovery drink makers, Greater > Than approached us to build an online presence, we knew it needed to be intuitively scalable for such a growing company. With a WordPress site, the Sider brothers were able to tell their story, explain the complex health benefits of their drink and update their site seamlessly with new products.
Consequence of Sound
This international webzine has acquired nearly a million monthly visitors reading its latest music festival and artist news. Our team armed Consequence of Sound with a hefty WordPress platform and a sleek redesign for this massive multimedia publication. We also launched microsites Festival Outlook and Cluster 1 to expand CoS’s music coverage as one of the most influential music sites around, all in WordPress’s idiomatic UX.
Chicago Athletic Clubs
Chicago Athletic Clubs sought out Doejo to redesign its web presence and bring together all 7 of its gyms into one CAC branded company. An accessible WordPress platform helped us deliver a clean design for a site once-overflowing with information. Our team was then able to improve online membership conversion, build an online community for existing members and increase awareness of CAC’s personal training and group training classes.
This witty snack review and culture site aims to inform and entertain snack-connoisseurs with comprehensive reviews, clever features and snack industry news. Naturally, we built TheSnackpot.com on a WordPress publishing platform to handle the wide range of snacktastic posts, videos and colorful photo galleries.
Cox Media Group and Rare
Cox, which owns several daily newspapers, about 20 TV stations and 87 radio stations, came to Doejo to help build and launch its conservative news and opinion site, Rare. And, in a crowded over-abundance of conservative news sites, Rare needed to stand out. We believe our most successful publication designs need a WordPress platform and that’s exactly what we gave Rare and it’s well-organized, easy to consume layout.
Ditlo is a unique photoblog that displays captivating imagery of fascinating people from all walks of life. We built this photo-heavy webzine with a streamlined, responsive web design all around a custom WordPress CMS. This made it easy for editors to post and organize hundreds of celebrity photo galleries.
To give a face to the new Wood Chicago name, Doejo designed and developed branding and a website for this American bistro located in the city’s vibrant Lakeview neighborhood. We equipped the Wood team with a WordPress CMS so they can update their evolving menu while uploading its latest mouth-watering photos.
Falafill is a Chicago-based dining establishment that strives to make falafel more accessible and modern. To match this direction, our dev team made sure the restaurant’s website was built on an intuitive CMS, to make keeping up with this growing company a breeze.
Local TV LLC
Operating 21 broadcast news sites in cities across the country—from Salt Lake City, UT to Scranton, PA—Local TV LLC needed to update its publishing platform to boost its online readership and ease the publishing process. Doejo built the high-traffic sites in WordPress.com VIP so editors, reporters and producers can upload content cleanly, efficiently and consistently.
Take a look at each site:
KDVR Fox Denver
KWGN CW Denver
WJW Fox 8 Cleveland
KTVI Fox 2 Now St. Louis
KPLR CW 11 St. Louis
WDAF Fox 4 Kansas City, MO
KSTU Fox 13 Now Salt Lake City
WITI Fox 6 Now Milwaukee
WTKR CBS Norfolk, VA
WGNT CW Norfolk, VA
KFOR NBC Oklahoma City, OK
KAUT myNetworkTV Oklahoma City, OK
WGHP Fox 8 High Point, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, NC
WREG CBS Memphis, TN
WNEP ABC Scranton, PA
WTVR CBS Richmond, VA
WHO NBC Des Moines, IA
WHNT CBS Huntsville, AL
WQAD ABC Moline, IL
KFSM CBS Ft. Smith, AR
From the ground up, Doejo was tasked with building a brand with a new concept—Chicago’s first exclusive tattoo removal company. Our team of designers, developers, copywriters and photographers created everything Vamoose Tattoo Removal needed to launch into a growing market, while our construction team built-out its new Wicker Park shop.
As the popularity of people getting tattoos grows, so does tattoo removal. Luckily, with the latest in specialized laser technology, you can say “Vamoose” to that Spring Break indiscretion on your lower back or the sleeve you’re trying to hide from your boss.
We first started researching the removal technology (a Quanta Q+C laser), its capabilities and which other companies in the country use it—which are few and far between. With the Wicker Park storefront obtained, we set out to identify tattoo artists and shops locally and throughout Chicago, as well as which other companies advertised tattoo removals.
The owners found that since Vamoose’s laser was specifically for tattoo removal, unlike other lasers used for a multitude of skincare solutions, we should focus on the state-of-the-art technology. And since we were trying to embed ourselves among tattoo artists and enthusiasts (and not as a pompous clinic), we kept Vamoose’s feel and tone pro-tattoo and free of judgment, while celebrating good tattoos.
The branding and identity of Vamoose was based on vintage tattoo shops; we pictured the logo painted on glass welcoming patrons. The color we chose to accent the brand was a relaxing and approachable teal blue.
The interior design we created using vintage wrought-iron stools, reclaimed woods, a chandelier made of deer antlers and portraits of famous men with tattoos— Winston Churchill and Teddy Roosevelt among them. The idea was to make the shop look professional and inviting and not like a sterile clinic.