As a marketing or sales manager, small business owner or marketing agency representing your clients – choosing which web design consultancy service is right for you can be difficult. The truth is that when you do not understand the technical aspects of what is involved in web design it can be difficult to judge which company will be a good fit for you or your clients. Many web design companies offer a very personal service where they will firstly get to know the client and help them from the web design phase all the way through to launching an internet marketing and SEO campaign, while others merely deliver one size fits all solutions.
One of the best ways to get a feel for a web design company is to look at their website. This will not only give an indication of the standards which they adhere to, it will also provide you with an opportunity to read about their services and see past examples of their work. Many businesses looking for web design consultancy services will be surprised to find out that very few companies will offer pricing on their website. The reason for this is that the rate that they charge is obviously related to their biggest expense which is labor. This means that a single page website may cost $100 while a complicated website on the scale of eBay may run into hundreds of thousands. On most websites it is not possible to get a price guide without communicating your requirements; however some offer pricing guides based on set packages which they can then deviate from to suit your needs.
When speaking with a consultancy it is imperative that you believe that they understand your business and more importantly your customers. If they are unable to do this then their role as a consultancy cannot be fulfilled to its full potential. If they are unwilling to take the time to understand your business model then the chances are that they will not be able to help you achieve everything you can online. When you find the right company you should feel like you have made some kind of connection and mutual understanding of your goals.
A good web design consultancy will have competencies outside of just web design. They should know how to program ecommerce websites and they should also understand good web design from a search engine perspective. Finding a company with skills in all these areas is often best as they will be able to look at your web presence cohesively and consider how internet marketing will impact your website, and they will be able to make changes based on internet marketing proposals with little hassle and reduced cost. In today’s competitive internet landscape having a website is simply not enough, you need to have an integrated marketing strategy and that is why those that partner with a company with expertise in a broad spectrum of competencies generally do the best.