Hamilton software specialists Company-X has a new sister company.
Website developer E9 has acquired inbound marketing agency Dori Media Hosting.
Company-X shareholders David Hallett and Jeremy Hughes are also directors of E9, formally known as Elevate9.
Dori Media founder Adam Crouchley sold and is moving to the South Island.
The deal between the companies, which are all based in Hamilton, was finalised on August 18.
ON CLOUD NINE: From left E9 general manager Merv Behroozi, Company-X and E9 director David Hallett, and Dori Media Hosting founder Adam Crouchley.
David and Jeremy said Dori Media Hosting was a perfect acquisition for E9 since its offering was complimentary to the services their website designers and developers at E9 were already providing.
E9’s size means Dori Media Hosting’s existing customers get more expertise, in terms of technical ability and quality of advice and have access to more services than when they were with Dori Media Hosting, including systems integration.
Adam started Dori Media Hosting in 2010. The company focused on designing and hosting business websites, helping a diverse group of businesses get found online.
E9 general manager Mehrdad Behroozi described the acquisition as a win-win for everyone involved, including the customers.
“Dori Media Hosting customers will benefit from the larger variety of specialist services that E9 provides. As a full-service web technology company, we are the one stop shop for all things Internet and our customers benefit from this,” he said.
E9 was founded in 2008 in Hamilton and has a team of half a dozen strategists, designers and technologists. In that time its staff have created hundreds of websites from simple one page information websites to feature-rich e-commerce solutions.
Between them they work on website design, online marketing strategy and email marketing for customers locally, in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty, and nationally.
E9’s clients have ranged from big corporate customers with complex requirements, to small one man bands with very basic needs.
The main strings to E9’s professional bow are design and development.
E9 offers graphic design solutions for the web and social media, as well as for the print medium. In the development space E9 offers services built around full content management systems such as WordPress websites, sophisticated web applications, e-commerce, as well as static websites and landing pages. Social media pages, whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or some other platform, are also on the E9 radar.
E9 can also help with an online marketing strategy via social media, search engine optimization, and Google AdWords to ensure websites rank highly. Its staff know how to harness Google, Facebook and other online networks for reaching new customers.
E9 stands behind its work, providing support, a troubleshooting service and WordPress training.
Power of the internet to the people
Mehrdad Behroozi enjoys helping his clients harness the power of the internet.
That’s why he joined E9 in March from sister company Company-X where he was employed as an analyst.
Mehrdad, known as Merv for short, and his team, helps clients develop their brand by building cutting edge websites that fit perfectly with their online marketing strategy.
“Our close partnerships with Company-X allow us to provide consultation, integration, web development, search engine optimization, online marketing strategies, and online advertising services. We have expertise that enables us to excite your customers, empower you, and elevate your business at every stage of your supply chain” Merv said.
Prior to arriving in New Zealand, Merv was a researcher in England at the University of Liverpool Management School.
He continues to maintain his relationship with academia as a lecturer at Wintec in Hamilton where he teaches a paper in Project Management. He is also an active member of the Hamilton branch of the Institute of IT Professionals.