Recruitment agency grew sales from $1M to $2.5M with just a website refresh

How Direct Search Global reinvented their digital presence to become a leader in marine recruitment.

increase in unique monthly site visitors
increase in total conversions over one year
annual revenue milestone hit in 2022


Direct Search Global, a niche marine and shipping recruitment agency, has established itself as a significant player in the Asian market.


Struggling with an outdated website and inadequate support from their previous provider, Direct Search Global needed a digital face-lift to enhance their brand appeal and conversion rates.

DSG required a partner who could offer comprehensive support, zero downtime, and continuous optimisation.

“In our search for exceptional designers and developers to revamp our job portal in 2021, we were fortunate to find SAW through a friend's recommendation. They transformed our website into a sleek, fast, and market-leading platform, perfectly embodying our company's strengths and vision. Their work has set new global standards within the international recruitment agency sector, specializing in marine and shipping.”

— Ryan Kumar, Founder & Managing Director, Direct Search Global

The Solution

SAW conducted a thorough analysis of their existing systems. We swiftly their server and website to our platform within 7 days, ensuring 0 data loss and no operational downtime. The new website was designed to be visually engaging with a video background, reflecting the dynamic nature of the marine and shipping industry.

We provided a complete digital overhaul, focusing on modern design, seamless user experience, and conversion optimization. This included a responsive design, improved navigation, and compelling call-to-actions to boost candidate applications.

“Transitioning from our previous IT support was a concern, given our business's reliance on a 24/7 operational website. However, SAW worked tirelessly to ensure a seamless migration to advanced technology, benefiting both our staff and job candidates. We are immensely grateful for their dedication and are proud to call them our IT partners. Their contribution has been pivotal in our business growth.”

— Ryan Kumar, Founder & Managing Director, Direct Search Global


The new website marked a turning point for Direct Search Global, leading to a significant increase in traffic, applications, and revenue.

  • +530% increase in unique monthly site visitors

  • 1,864% increase in total conversions over one year

  • $2.5M annual revenue milestone hit in 2022

Direct Search.Global became one of the most searched websites in the marine and shipping recruitment sector, with a significant surge in global applications.

Since working with SAW, revenue milestones were remarkable: $1 million in 2020, $2 million in 2021 during the pandemic, and $2.5 million in 2022.

Accelerated YoY Annual Revenue

Direct Search Global revenues

Beyond the impressive metrics, the website revamp positioned Direct Search Global as a trendsetter in the recruitment industry, enhancing their market competitiveness and brand authority.


Ryan Kumar from Direct Search Global
Ryan Kumar
Founder & Managing Director
Direct Search Global

SAW has been a delight to work with. They took the time to understand what our vision is, and how visitors can have the best experience. Not only have conversions increased, but site traffic has also increased since people are sharing our site more. Great people to work with.

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