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Richard Horvath

Owner / President
We turn websites into online lead generation machines.
Richard Horvath Owner President__

On April 1st of 2004, Richard had a foolish idea to start a web development firm. His crazy vision to build websites for local businesses benefited his customers tremendously. He focused not only on aesthetics and functionality, but also on visibility, search engine ranking, and user experience. This is why the company grew between 30% and 80% year over year for well over a decade. 

TheeDigital peaked around the 2008 economic crisis, while other marketing agencies were whining and losing customers. We helped many businesses grow during these bad economic times and even helped dozens of them out of bankruptcy. We continue to build a bright future for our customers and their families. 

Business owners saw the benefits of working with TheeDigital because investing into our marketing services generated significantly higher returns for their company than ever before.

Richard often said: “If you want your salespeople to love you and never leave, do SEO and give them the leads that they’ve been dreaming about. Then choose the customers you want to work with, not the ones that you have to due to necessity”.

We never counted the number of recognitions and awards because what really matters to us are the leads and results that we provide to our customers. Although, here are some proud accomplishments to note:

  • We have been honored as an Inc. 5000 company twice.
  • We have been in the Book of Lists by Triangle Business Journal and other local “best of” publications for over a decade. 
  • Our talented and dedicated team has won dozens of web design and digital marketing awards each year for well over a decade.

Specialities

  • Digital transformation
  • Online lead generation
  • Technical SEO
  • Ecommerce marketing
  • HubSpot consultant
  • Marketing automation

Certificates

  • Flash ActionScript (I was very proud of it in 2004)
  • Sandler Sales and Management Training
  • EOS
  • Scaling Up

Education:

In the beginning, Richard hired a talented but slow developer to build his very first website, which was an online directory back in 1999. Yes, that was a long time ago! Although, he wanted to launch the site faster than the developer made progress. So, he asked him to teach him a few things to speed up the process. He learned how to add content to the website, then some Photoshop, HTML, PHP, MySQL; and the rest is history. 

Richard has degrees in both engineering and economics, and he wrote his thesis on early stage ecommerce businesses back in 2001, when it was still an unknown subject for the entire world.

He took multiple web design classes, even ActionScrip for Flash websites. That’s right- back in the days when Flash was still a thing in the early 2000’s.

He also took Sandler sales and management training for years, and is very familiar with EOS (his favorite books are Get a Grip and Traction) and Scaling Up (FKA The Rockefeller Habits) business management systems.

He found the book “They Ask, You Answer” remarkably impressive. Interestingly, he had already been running his agency and leading his team in alignment with the recommendations outlined in the book, well before he had the chance to read it.

Currently, he no longer creates websites or engages in daily operations, instead, he supports his management team in maintaining the agency’s well respected standing as a leader in the Triangle area.

Other Adventures

Richard has successfully flipped several commercial properties over the past ten years. His most recent venture is the launch of Epic Hot Tubs & Swim Spas in 2021.

Throughout the pandemic, his office space, spanning over 8,000 square feet, remained empty for some time, so he went on to seek alternative uses for the property. He noticed a huge demand for outdoor products like swimming pools, outdoor kitchens, and furniture.

So, he removed all the office furniture and replaced it with four hot tubs to see if anyone would buy them, and they did! The initial location couldn’t support the growth and demand of the business. So, he moved to an even bigger space to dominate the Triangle market. Now, he represents some of the best brands in three different retail locations across North Carolina… and now looking for additional spaces to expand the brand beyond Raleigh, Durham, and Charlotte. 

His goal is to make his hot tub business owner independent as well just like the digital agency to be able to continue his growth into other adventures.

Want to know more? Just ask.

Life is too short for bad websites!
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
More than 95% of websites fail at UX, but testing with just 5 users can find most of the problems of your site in an hour.
PPC is like renting a house, while SEO is like buying a home.
I don’t wait for miracles, I make them happen.
Marketing without design is lifeless, and design without marketing is mute.
Google hasn’t changed its core values, their search algorythm is just getting smarter to identify cheaters.
Every $1 of UX improvements returns about $100 on your investment.
Design should be simple, that’s why it’s so complicated.
We create more than good looking websites. We create online marketing properties that generate leads and sales.
Don’t fear SEO! Google won’t penalize your website if you do it right (and we do).

Out of the Office

Richard likes all kind of outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, rock climbing, camping, paddling or just simply laying in the sun at the beaches of North Carolina. He often goes to the gym to work out, to the pool to swim and to the local lakes to kayak. He loves to travel and is very interested in different cultures, languages and people. He has been all over the country but his favorite destination is Hawaii. He has visited several countries in Europe as well and loves Greece, Croatia and Hungary. Richard is also into photography and takes plenty of pictures on his trips.

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