Do you need help in making your website? Keep reading to find out how a professional agency can assist you!
Let’s say that you are trying to make a new website for your e-store. You have at least 10+ people in-house that can help, but there are a few things missing. Who do you look for help? The answer: A professional web development agency! And in this post, we’ll show you some tips and things to consider before you hire one.
What are your internal resources?
Before seeking out an agency, it’s best to find out what skills your company already has. Perhaps you’re good at creating content, SEO, or building apps. Regardless of the skill, find out which ones your team is good at so you can hire an agency to fill in the other positions.
Here are some positions that you’ll need to create an established website:
- Graphic Design
- Content Strategy
- Brand Positioning and Strategy
Check their references
No matter what web development agency you hire, you have to check their references. Any agency that doesn’t have any references should be ruled out. Ask them “Can you direct me to some of your clients who have similar needs and budgets and can speak on their experience working with you?”
When speaking to the reference client ask them:
- What project did you hire them for?
- What was the budget they had to work with?
- How long did it take for the agency to complete your project?
- What areas could they improve on?
- How long did you work with the agency?
What’s the budget?
You have to have a specific budget to ensure that the project is completed. This helps the developers get paid for their time and effort for creating your website. Some agencies tend to work at a fixed budget of $10-$20k. To complete the project, they create their development and design process in a repeatable process.
High-end agencies will charge around $200K to start on your project. They might serve clients that have important identity/design challenges, or a complex website that has thousands of pages of content. To manage these projects, they need a team of specialists and a project manager to oversee the efforts of the development team.
You need to know your budget ahead of time so you can search for agencies that fit your price range.
What key skills are you looking for?
You only need three skill sets to create a website: development, strategy, and design. Most agencies are good in two of these areas, and some are rarely good at all three. So you’ll need to prioritize certain skill sets over others or have a large budget ($300K+) to hire a few firms to complete your project.
If your team is good for strategy internally, then find firms that are good in development and design. But, if you’re good at design and strategy, then find a company that’s meets your specifications. Knowing the skills that you need and the skills that you don’t are crucial in finding the right web development agency.
You have to utilize the web development agency to ensure that your website is made on time. This means that you’ll have to speak to them clearly about what you want and how much you’re willing to pay for them. Ultimately, select the right one that can aid your business so that you can have more traffic and consumer engagement on your website.