Website builder Duda is opening an office in London to support its high-volume partners in Europe, the Middle East and Asia (EMEA). The Silicon Valley-based company announced that responsive websites created on its platform have grown by 200 percent year-over-year, necessitating the expansion.
Total visits by Europeans to sites build on the Duda platform jumped by 361 percent in the past year, leading to 534 percent growth in engagement and conversion actions.
The new office will be run by Roger De’Ath, who Duda has appointed as VP of European Business Development. De’Ath previously served at Google in Business Development – Digital Transformation for Northern Europe, among other positions. Duda has also added a team of regionally based customer success specialists, and also localized its platform for eleven different regions and languages.
“Since partnering with a variety of leading European digital providers, including 123-Reg, ItaliaOnline, Yell, DomainFactory, MijnDomein, Softec, Yellow Pages Egypt, Yellow Pages Turkey, and others, we felt it was important to put more resources on the ground in the region,” Alan Keller, chief revenue officer at Duda said in a statement.
The company’s focus on building tools to enable SMB service providers to quickly create sites with advanced features was crucial to winning these partnerships, according to Keller.
“The company has seen tremendous growth since the beginning of 2016,”Itai Sadan, CEO of Duda said in a statement. “We now have more than 9 million websites hosted on the platform and we’re working with an incredibly diverse range of companies around the globe.”
With web hosts and one-stop SMB shops like DreamHost and GoDaddy updating their website building tools recently, Duda’s emphasis on responsiveness and tools for increasing conversions will be important to its continued growth.