5th Anniversary Event Wrap Up

The celebration of our 5th anniversary that took place on Friday, September 16th, 2016, was a phenomenal success. Thank you to everyone who came out to join us!

We got to know a fantastic mix of business owners and tech minded entrepreneurs, and introduce them to our latest innovation. Swell, an all encompassing enterprise solution, DesignLoud’s latest service, was announced by Derek Schmidt, company founder.

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Friday evening marked a turning point for DesignLoud as we reflected on where we started, celebrated where we are now, and gained momentum and support to move forward.

Our Grass Roots Web Design in Wilmington, NC

DesignLoud’s founder and president, Derek Schmidt, got his start freelancing, offering white label services and helping businesses redesign their brands. Fluent in Adobe graphic and website design, Derek took on Kelly Haviland as Business Development and Project Manager. Together, they gathered experience and success building visually stunning brands backed by competitive marketing strategies. In 2014, DesignLoud relocated to tekMountain, a self-described incubator of technological entrepreneurship.

Wilmington’s Full Service Digital Marketing Solution

Today, DesignLoud has grown. We have invited some of the most energetic developers, designers and writers in Wilmington to join their team. Each member is an expert in their field, making DesignLoud a well-rounded, full service digital marketing agency. As an agency, we are able to take on members from various fields as clients’ needs arise.

Our mission is simple.


“Every brand has a story. We help you share it with the world. Our agency brings passionate professionals around your brand, making it shine with the latest technology and most innovative design. DesignLoud is Wilmington’s full service digital marketing agency.”


In other words, we’re dedicated to being fully transparent and customizable so that business owners can clearly see the benefits of their investment. We saw early on that communication and education made a world of difference in helping business owners grow their company. We continue to hold those fundamentals in the highest regard today.

Swell: Wilmington’s SaaS Enterprise Solution

As we announced at our celebration, Swell is our new subscription based enterprise solution web application. As the name suggests, the primary purpose of the Swell is to grow your business. Swell gives business owners all the tools they need to operate their business in one easy to use program.


We built Swell with the understanding that owning and operating a business takes a lot of time and energy. And we all know the old but apt adage: time is money.

swell enterprise solution

There are other Enterprise Solutions and customer resource management (CRM) tools out there already, and we’ve tried them all for our own business. However, we were unable to find one that worked exactly how we wanted it to. Some offered a handful of helpful features, but were otherwise cluttered with irrelevant ones. After all, every business in every industry is different.


From our experience, and our frustration, we were able to develop Swell, an all-in-one, highly customizable enterprise solution with only the most useful features.

What does an Enterprise Solution do?

Swell integrates customer management management, data analysis, reporting, back office functions, and automation and process management. In other words, an enterprise solution does it all.

Swell allows business owners to:

  • Easily track leads and clients
  • Automate sales analysis
  • Invoice clients
  • Create custom e-mail templates
  • Automate accounting
  • Instant message employees
  • View and edit your calendar, even if you use a different calendar app (such as Google Calendar)
  • Create easy-to-view schedules
  • Call using your mobile phone from the app
  • Record phone calls for quality assurance or memos
  • Drop files into shared storage
  • Create and send proposals and estimates

Why use Wilmington’s own enterprise solution?


We designed Swell with the same mission on which we built DesignLoud. We understand that every client has unique needs. Being locally based in Wilmington, we’re able to customize Swell so that it fits your company’s goals. We want to make sure Swell is as useful to you as possible.


Our goal is to grow your business. Contact us to see how you can benefit from Swell today.

Thank you, Wilmington, NC!

As we embark on the next 5 years of creating engaging digital marketing strategies and solutions, we want to express our gratitude for the support we’ve received thus far. We could not have the success we enjoy today without our clients and the talented members of our team.
DesignLoud was born in Wilmington, and even the latest addition to our services, Swell, brings to mind the waves that frame the Port City. We love where we live.


DesignLoud is a web development & digital marketing agency located in Wilmington, NC. Our team takes great pleasure in teaching others how to build and market their websites to see higher returns.


  1. Taylor Bee on September 19, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Congrats on 5 years!
    When will Swell be availible? It looks incredibly useful.

    • designloud on September 19, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you Taylor! We should be making a formal announcement regarding the launch date of Swell, along with more in-depth information regarding its functionalities, shortly. We are currently in the beta testing page and will continue to update both our blog and social media whenever new information becomes available.

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