A website should be more than a pretty brochure! It needs to measurably drive sales, leads, and deeper engagement. This is even more the case in a competitive environment like Queenstown.
We believe in connecting with your brand's audience. This is the most valuable thing we can do for you. Every project begins with an investigation to discover what your audience is looking for and how we can deliver it.
We know you're not just looking for an amazing designer (like us!). You're looking for a true partner that will guide you through the maze of options and choices to ultimately help you realise your business goals. Our process is collaborative, and we're passionate about keeping it that way. We're here to find your brand's story and ensure it's told in the most compelling and engaging way possible.
We started out as designers many years ago. We've designed for startups and well as big brands. We've helped brands move towards more audience-focused websites as the web has evolved, and will continue to help brands move with future technology changes.
Whether you're ready for a re-design or building a new website for a new business, we're here to help you develop and show off your brand. The internet has moved towards a more mobile-centric world, so we design first and foremost for mobile devices. All of our sites are designed to work on mobiles, tablets and desktops.
We understand the redesigning a website is a huge step for many businesses, with big decisions and stakeholders' views to take into account. It's almost as important that you're guided through this process as what you ultimately end up with.
Our approach is iterative, which means it needs to evolve over time. Many discussions are required, and plenty of time is needed for refinement and feedback. What this means for you is that you get a clear sense of your options, and how different decisions will affect the design. Your wider team should also be involved in this process, so we can get relevant, valuable feedback and ensure we're heading in the right direction.
We're here to help your brand make deeper, lasting connections with your audience that will ultimately accelerate growth. This sets us apart from the competition... making us a true digital partner... not just a website design company.
We build websites to drive business growth using two core platforms: Silverstripe and WordPress. We believe a website should do the following...
We use the highly recommended Silverstripe content management system (CMS) for our larger websites. Silverstripe is a Kiwi based, open source system that is also used by the NZ Government. We also use WordPress combined with the Oxygen Builder for smaller sites to give you the ability to easily edit your own site. WordPress is the most popular content management system on the planet.
An open source system gives you the freedom to easily transfer your website to any provider. Any experienced website developer can modify and enhance your website independent of whoever created your website. Some other agencies use their own CMS, ultimately trapping you into sticking with them long term as the cost of moving on would be too high.
As part of the website development process we will need to provide training for you to be sure you get the most out of your site. Training can be provided at your office (if you are based around Queenstown). For our customers in Christchurch, Invercargill, Dunedin, and further afield, via screen sharing or on the phone. Training is typically a painless 2 hour session. During our relationship, you can also talk to us at any stage for ongoing support.
We prefer to host websites we build so that we have control over the server environment. We charge a yearly fee that is comparable to NZ hosting service providers. That said, you can host a site we build in your own hosting... we just can't guarantee that it will always work.