We all know that Christmas is around the corner and that means that a great number of the consumer population will be heading straight to the internet to begin shopping for those all important gifts. For retailers, now is a good a time as ever to get your business online with a quality website.
Whether it is via a desktop PC, a tablet PC or a mobile phone consumers will, in the coming weeks be spending vast sums of money in online stores. With quick and easy to use sites, competitive prices and often a free delivery option; shopping online is easy, stress free and a favourite of so many. As a result whatever your business size and whatever your industry; a well designed website holds a great deal of potential and may allow you to grow your sales and boost your brand image in a way that offline marketing may not have previously allowed.
If you are looking to get a new website for your business or wish to revamp your current site in preparation for the growing number of holiday shoppers, you will first need to ensure you find the right web design agency. With a growing number of design agencies offering their services, knowing which agency is best for your business can be a very difficult task. Below I have included what I believe are the top points to consider when sourcing the ideal web design agency…
- Location- Many believe that the location of a design agency is redundant to the decision-making process however it all depends on your personal preferences. What kind of distance are you comfortable with? Would you prefer working with web designers that you can meet up with regularly to discuss ideas and monitor progress? Would you be happy driving a further distance or is email and telephone communication enough for you? Ensure you are comfortable with the distance between you and your chosen agency before you make any decision.
- Experience- As tempting as it may be to allow a student designer to work on your business website for half the price, you should be aware that you get what you pay for. Web design requires a great deal of knowledge and expertise so the more experienced your chosen designer is not only in the industry but in dealing with businesses of your size and industry. Do not cut corners and immediately go for the cheaper option when dealing with your business as you may not get the results you expect.
- Size- Although a one man team is more than capable of doing the job, I often find that size can play an important part in deciding whether a web design agency is right for your business, why? Well what if the designer working on your site is taking ill or goes on holiday? Will your business be waiting on the back burner or will there be someone else to swoop in and take over?
Ensure that your business is prepared for the onslaught of Christmas shoppers with the help of the right web design agency. Hopefully my above tips will help you get on the right path but conduct your own research and take your time to ensure that you make the right decision.