The BAO Year in Review microsite is live!
2018 has been a huge year at BAO and we've celebrated that by created the BAO "Year in Review" microsite.
In 2018 we've been busy building a powerhouse of an eCommerce agency and launched a plethora of award-winning Shopify stores. It's been a pretty full-on year, but we've come out the other side with plenty to be proud of.
New staff members
An agency is only as good as it's people and we've been really selective about the hires that we've made this year. We've hired in critical places throughout the entire business, including a new Operations Director, Development Director and host of senior designers and developers.
Starting in January we also have a full-time Marketing Executive starting, but it's be cheating to mention that in 2018...
Awards & Recognition
A great barometer for project success (aside from the obvious revenue goals) is to win awards and win them consistently. 2018 saw BAO become the first and only agency in the world to win 2 Awwwards 'Site of the Day' awards for stores built on Shopify, and that's something that we're really proud of. We also won tons of other awards including a 'Mobile Excellence' award for Guilio's Fashion, CSS Design Awards 'Special Kudos' for Carat* London, and 'Honourable Mentions' for Shop Anna and Train Body Brain.
We also had the honour of winning Bronze in the web category at the Creative Pool Annual Awards, which was an incredible awards night in London, rubbing shoulders with some of the world's largest agencies.
We'd outgrown our last studio and whilst it served us well for the last 6 years and had character that our clients loved, we were bursting at the seams with new staff members. BAO have an ambitious growth plan and unfortunately the old place simply wasn't accommodating. So, we've picked up sticks and moved into swanky new offices complete with glass walls and views that overlook a stunning lake and trees. The new digs will serve BAO growth over the coming years and provide a great working environment for our team members. Much more space also means that we'll be able to go through rapid here, too. More to follow on this soon!
Shopify Plus Partners
We were very early adopters of the Shopify platform and frankly, never looked back. We've actually been Shopify Experts since 2013, making us one the longest serving Shopify Experts around. This year though, we've had the honour of becoming 1 of Shopify's 'Plus Partners', which essentially makes us one of 11 agencies in the UYK recommended by Shopify themselves do deliver storefronts on their enterprise grade solution. We've launched countless Shopify Plus stores in recent years, but to have our award winning work recognised by Shopify is a huge achievement and testament to the quality of site that we produce here.
We'll be hosting Shopify meetups at our new office soon, so sign up to hear more about those.
All that other good stuff
It wouldn't be right to list everything in the microsite here (that'd make the site itself redundant), so take 5 and go and have a look through the site.