Where Did 2018 Go?

Mike Taylor | 19 December 2018
What a year 2018 was!

Well, that escalated quickly… with about a week left in the 2018 calendar year, I think it’s only fitting to rock back in my seat and reflect on the year that BBT has had. And, honestly, what a year.

Every year, I feel it’s important to take a few moments to reflect and review the year that was. Looking beyond, the full-scale review of our financials, strategic and operational positions, I like to take a step back and really look at what BBT has become.

English author Terry Pratchett once said:

“If you don’t know where you come from, then you don’t know where you are, and if you don’t know where you are, then you don’t know where you’re going.”

This year, 2018, was a hugely important year for us. It threw a number of curve balls, tried to chew us up and spit us out but we overcame all and are in a much better position because of it. While we have ticked off a number of major milestones, there is still plenty of work to be done and the team and I are already looking ahead to what the new year has in store. But, as Terry said, in order to move forward we must look back. So, let’s look back at an awesome year and celebrate some of our major achievements.

Our first award

Why not start with the most recent news? Over the weekend, Deloitte released their annual Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific rankings. In the words of Deloitte, this is a list that celebrates and recognises 500 of the regions top companies who are transforming the way business is done. With a roster of companies from China, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand, the list is jam-packed with innovative companies.

I am proud to say that BBT was named on the 2018 list. This is an amazing achievement, one that recognises all the team’s hard work and dedication to always striving for improvement, always pushing the envelope and never settling.

As a result of making this list, I can safely say that BBT is one of the fast-growing independent digital agencies in the entire region. Although this is a 2018 award, making this list is a reflection of everything we have achieved over the past four years. It is amazing to be a part of this list, but if you’re not first you’re last, and we look forward to challenging ourselves next year to climb even higher!

Being named a part of this list, is really the perfect way to cap off the year. However, there were a number of steps that we took throughout the year which lead to this achievement.

Moving out

Like most of us, there comes a time when you need to move out of mum and dads. In our case, we had outgrown our first home. We needed our own space, we needed to spread our wings and we definitely needed more room for activities.

So, we decided to pack up our bags, bundle together all our belongings and move out of 1 College Hill. Where did we move? Into a flash new space with heaps of room, a table tennis table and a rooftop bar, not bad you say? So where is this new office you ask…

1 Beaumont Street, literally right next door to our old home… All joking aside, our new office is the ideal space for us to take the next step in our journey. We are slowly making this space our own and when we are done with it, Google will be coming to steal our secrets.

We took our OE

Like all young, energetic and passionate Kiwis, we discovered a love for travel. 2018 was the year we took flight and expanded our reach into uncharted waters.

Like many, our first trip was across the ditch where we formed a tight relationship with several new clients up and down the east coast. With friends ranging from Cairns in the tropical north, down to busy Sydney and through to hipster central Melbourne. We’ve got some exciting adventures planned with our favourite Aussies but we also can’t wait to grow our network even further!

Once we got back from the land down under, we jumped on another plane and shot over to the big apple. We were lucky enough to do some fairly substantial work for a company based in the city so sweet they named it twice, New York.

While New Zealand will always be home, there is nothing like travelling, meeting new clients and starting new adventures. We are looking forward to seeing what new opportunities may open up in the new year.

Some fresh new faces

It’s safe to say that the growth we have experienced this year, wouldn’t have been possible without adding a few new faces. It’s amazing to think that four short years ago BBT was a two-man band and now we are a team of 23 spread across our two offices.

2018 saw us bring on eight new teams member. And while there has been learning curves, they have come in, put their heads down, bums up and got shit done!

 

Looking at 2018 as a whole, it feels like this was the year BBT grew up. This feeling has been echoed by many of our veterans and long-term clients, who believe this year was a massive step forward for BBT.

While there is still a lot to achieve and we will never settle, we do need to recognise that BBT is in the best position it has ever been in.

To all our awesome clients, thank you! You are the reason we are doing what we are doing and striving to be better!

So, let’s have a toast to 2018 and celebrate but let’s also look to the year ahead. We believe 2019 is going to be huuuuuge and we can’t wait!