Web Design and Development Manager for Mainstreethost.com
Below is an article written by SEO specialist Craig Kilgore who is certified in inbound marketing, an accredited professional with Microsoft advertising, and qualified in Google AdWords. It’s well worth reading if you own a business or are looking to start one. You’re welcome.
As a business owner, creating a web presence is no longer even an option, it’s a necessity. Creating a dominant web presence isn’t an overnight or snap of the finger type job; it requires dedication, participation and communication between businesses and web design/digital marketing agencies. With an abundance of website design and development companies throughout the world, how do you know which one to choose? All too often, established businesses and even entrepreneurs leave their website and marketing needs in the wrong hands. Below are a few things you should consider when shopping for a web design company.
Are they reputable?
What type of reputation does the web design company you are considering using have? Are their customers satisfied? Do they get the job done? When choosing a web design company, it is wise to do your research, but not just any research, educated research. Determine what type of company you will be working with by reading, watching or listening to what their customers have to say. Don’t let negative reviews deter you either. In the days of businesses relying on digital reviews and recommendations, consumers will often times take advantage of this fact and hold a business “hostage”. Check out Hotel-owners blackmailed with bad TripAdvisor reviews for not offering freebies for an idea of what I mean. To sum it all up, when doing your research and deciding on the “right” web design company, it is always wise to conduct as educated of research as possible.
Are they established?
Fly by night web design firms are nothing new. Whether it’s a college student looking for some extra cash or a company that gets in over their head, you often see web design firms come and go. Web design companies, such as Mainstreethost, that have been operating for years (12+ in this case) are considered established. When compared to the college kid with a Craigslist ad, trusting your business needs in the hands of an established company will give you the peace of mind you are looking for. Less stress = more time you spend running other aspects of your business. Seek out established, experienced web design firms when time comes. This can, and often does go hand in hand with their reputation.
What else do they specialize in?
Does the website design company you are considering have experience in other areas of the web such as SEO, content marketing or social media marketing? This is worth looking into depending on the type of business you are in and the results you are expecting from your new website. Often times, business owners overlook what comes after having a website (or before in certain circumstances). Working with a web design firm that also specializes in digital marketing will increase the likelihood that your online business is and stays successful. When narrowing down your web design company choices, be sure to research and explore all of their specialties.
Tie it all Together
Now that you have determined whether or not the web design firm you are considering is reputable, established and well rounded in other areas, you have set yourself up for a much more educated decision moving forward. After making your choice, it is always wise to stay in the loop. Web design and marketing projects tend to move much more smoothly when business owners contribute ideas and preferences.
Take a little extra time researching your choices and you will end up saving yourself from headaches down the road. Refer back to these easy to follow tips next time you are searching for the right web design firm.