Are you ready for a new site? Here are the best questions to ask a web design and development company to get the best feel for them and to see if they’re the right fit for your business.
What services do you offer?
If you’re having a meeting with an agency, there’s a strong chance they offer more than just web design and development. They probably also offer branding, search engine optimization/search engine marketing, social media, link building, and blogging. At Sperling Interactive, we offer all those services, as well as photography and video. Websites and search engine optimization go hand-in-hand so, after you find out they do SEO, you should then ask them what kind of work the SEO team will do to help optimize the new site.
Most sole prioperitors who do web design and develop websites only offer website work, but it’s still worth asking them if they offer any other services.
Do you do custom websites or do you use a template?
Every company is different. Generally speaking, larger agencies do custom websites, but some do offer templates, while still others do a bit of both. Companies that find most of their business through the Internet should opt for a custom website as it will help them stand out among competitors. Templates are a cost-effective solution for businesses that don’t rely so heavily on their online presence.
What is your policy regarding building websites for competitors?
Speaking of competitors, you should also ask the question outlined above. This question is important for two reasons: you can find out if the company
you’re speaking to works with your competitors, and if the company has experience working within your industry.
Do you have any case studies?
This is a must if you want to see if the company will give you a good return on investment. You should find out if the websites this company has built have seen changes in their conversion rates and increased online sales.
What is your website process like?
A company’s website process says a lot about them. It can give you insight into how long the website will take to make, who from the company will be involved in the project (sometimes you can find out the staff’s experience), and how much input you will need to give.
Who will write my content?
Every company is different, just like every business owner’s preference on this question. At Sperling Interactive, we have writers on staff who can write your content for you, if you’d so prefer. These writers have knowledge of SEO so they can ensure the content on your site is optimized.
What support do you offer after my website goes live?
The thing about websites is they’re never truly “done”. There’s always security and maintenance to look after once the site goes live. When you ask this question, you should also ask about hosting. Do they offer hosting? Who do they do hosting with? Read more about the hosting service we use here.
Interested in hiring us to design and develop a website for you? Contact Sperling Interactive today at (978) 304-1730 to schedule an appointment.