A word or two about website design companies I have worked with thus far: [CENSORED]…after all I am a lady. The best line I have heard so far is “well, we cannot provide you with examples of our work, as we would be sending unqualified traffic to our customers’ sites…” Good grief. My “free” consultations are shaping up to be:
Option 1: speak with under qualified “consultant” that will spend 89.725% of the conversation trying to talk you into their SEO optimization program. When said representative is confronted with “let’s set the SEO agenda aside to focus on the site design, so we can actually HAVE something to PROMOTE” they so astutely answer with “well it’s never too early to start promoting your site…” DOH!
Option 2: speak with well qualified consultant that takes the time to understand your requirements, proposes some great solutions then proceeds to add up the costs associated with said solutions (I can smell the smoke coming off of the calculator) to arrive at an official number of between $8,000-15,000 for initial design, then up and up for expansion. I thank them politely for their time, and scrape myself off the ceiling.
Option 3: speak with a truly affable fellow, he understands my needs, he is here for me, I just need to sign this service level agreement real quick and we’ll get this built lickity split. Hmmm, not going for it? Well let me just grab our (fill in your problem here) Specialist aka Takeover Tom and he’ll convince you…er…help you!
Option 4: speak with “designated” account specialist, play a lovely game of 20 questions, so far so good. Now, let’s get to some answers: “no problem let me look into that…” (♫ I’m going back someday…come what may… ♫)….I believe we could create something similar, let me check something…( ♫ where the fishing boats, with their sails and floats…if I could only… ♫) “ok I think that we could handle something like that, now with this shopping cart, you say you need to integrate a pre-existing loyalty platform, not a problem, just hang on a sec” (♫ Bayoooooooooooou…. ♫) Great! Now I’ve missed the best part!
Two months so far of these gypsies, tramps and thieves and needless to say, I am becoming a rather cranky individual, but then again, I am catching up on my easy listening
So now, I turn to you, the great SUN community!
I can provied further details in regard to my requirements, and I have some existing sites to use a reference point.
Can we build it? Yes we can!