Los Angeles, CA
Trying to get a census of what people/businesses would consider for their internet presence. Would you rather have one company provide you with a robust solution that provides you all capabilities for the web, or have a bunch of solution providers.
Feel free to add your input.
My company offers every solution from development and design to hosting and SEO optimization. (not a plug) The reason I mention this is that I find most customers that purchase a design or redesign do not ask for SEO/Marketing packages.
I believe the reason for this is that when people are looking to build a website they have not thought about the future enough. When purchasing an SEO package for instance when we are doing a site design there is a significant discount. However, for some reason most customers say no thank you.
A year later I hear from them asking about how they can rank higher on search engines. A rare customer it is when they are prepared to tackle all of the hurdles in the first go through!
BTW, this is my first post and I am honored to be here and hope to lend any help I can!
I understand your potential situation Craig, but look at it this way. What if you had a dedicated team with an assigned account manager that you have direct access with, no telephone menu that runs you around in circles. By this you have the luxury of providing any changes you want done directly to the account manager who in turn provides your input to your dedicated team of designers, webmasters, and programmers. The idea is to have a team that is completely focused on your project and provides you the ability to run your business. The problem with small design firms is that what if someone quits or doesn`t show up to work, what do you do then. To often in this business you try to get in touh with your webmaster and he/she is unable to get a hold of, what then? You are stuck waiting around for that person to return your call and only then be able to provide them with what you needed done, yesterday.
Before you hire a SEO, do a ton of research. You have to have a solid foundation before you can hire anyone.Without the knowledge of web placement you will be at a disadvantage.
Knowledge is power in every business endeavor.