A look back at 2013 with Jon Woodall, MD at Space 48
One morning in 2008, Jon woke up and decided he wanted to head up his own web company. On 28th June last year, Jon woke up with a raging hangover, a dirty kebab in one hand and a Big Chip award in the other. What happened between those 5 years was nothing short of magic. What happens in 2014 is down to its 16-strong team, hard work and a mutual thirst to become one of the most talked about and respected digital agencies in the North West and beyond.
Jon, Happy New Year! 2013 was a hugely successful year for Space 48 with nine new recruits and a Big Chip award to name a few things. How do you think 2014 will match or surpass the success of the past 12 months?
Happy New Year also! 2013 was a record year for us. We achieved and did some fantastic things. Based on the continued growth of the company both physically and financially, Space 48 is set to gather more momentum employing more people and hopefully gaining some award winning projects. The financial forecast is on target with the hope of smashing figures, just as we did in 2013.
Name three things you want Space 48 to achieve or do in 2014?
Shiny new office, happy team, more awards.
What were your personal highlights of 2013?
Winning a Big Chip was amazing, despite the monster hangover the next day. Taking part in Tough Mudder with the team was a great highlight for me too. We also started Boot Camp on Thursday lunch times at our local gym which sees some of us being put through our paces! It’s been really good to see the team improve their individual fitness levels, reach their goals and build up a rapport with one another that’s external to work life. We all come out of those sessions sore, sweating buckets and buzzing with adrenaline -it really benefits the company on a whole. Train together, Stay together!
Why do you think 2013 was so successful?
Preparation combined with the correct balance of people, the right skillset and the winning mentality it takes to succeed.
Where do you see Space 48 in another 12 months?
Happy in our new office with more talented team members achieving their personal careers goals contributing to Space 48’s continued success.
If you could change anything you did in 2013, what would it be and why?
Ordering the kebab.
2013 was clearly the year of ‚ÄòResponsive Design’. What do you think will be the next big thing to change the world of Ecommerce in 2014?
Mobile has clearly taken control in 2013, you only need to see the latest news articles to read the success the likes of John Lewis had on mobile this Christmas. It will only get bigger! It’s not new but one to watch in 2014 is online video advertising. The way we take in new content has changed massively, the amount of content we see and consume each day via different devices and platforms is moving at a rate of knots. eCommerce is fast catching up and monetising that content via technology that allows product merchandising that is far more targeted than conventional advertising which is so powerful. We’re already seeing this with platforms such as Amplience or targeted advertisements on YouTube.
Thanks Jon, here’s to a great 2014 for us all at Space 48!