We're a digital growth agency

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Meet 1o8, a performance marketing based CPG digital agency.   We drive growth for our clients on platforms like Amazon, Shopify, and e-commerce marketplaces.  With our focus on paid social alongside search, we drive ROAS and revenue for our clients.  

Other services include funnel optimization, CRO, website builds, email makreting, content, and creative servies to enhance your digital presence. 

 

What’s Our Core?

We are an assemblage of visual artists, data wizards, wordsmiths, and chess enthusiasts. We work with our clients to amplify their brands’ personalities, help them spread the word about their good work, and ultimately, support them as they get their products into their consumer’s hands.

 

Well Crafted Messaging + Data-Backed Strategy = Brand Awareness

We’re growth hackers that have garnered expertise in every aspect of digital marketing, from paid social advertising to copywriting, graphics creation, and data mining, all amounting to strategic social and digital media engagement and increased e-commerce activity.

 

Mastering the Digital Chess Game

We begin our work together with research-a deep dive that starts with telling a story using demographic data, your ideal customers’ buying patterns, your products’ virtues and your past digital work.

 

We move on to planning that is focused on identifying goals and mapping out processes to get you where you want to go.

 

We experiment and find surefire ways to increase your digital presence and your sales.

 

Staying Hungry

After mapping out of a detailed digital strategy, we sweat every detail to ensure that your marketing plans are built for results from the get-go.

 

We work with you to revisit the plan, continually revising and recalibrating it.

When you work with 1o8, you’ll work directly with our team of on-the-ground experts who continually reflect on data, creatively curate social content and ads, and refine the strategy to ensure we exceed our shared goals together.

 

 
$10,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2018
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Chicago, IL
headquarters
  • 600 W Jackson Blvd #100
    Chicago, IL 60661
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Sweet Leaf Tea, Vetnique Labs, NewGround, Ohi Food Co

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tio gazpacho website refresh

As part of our assignment, we proposed reworking the website to bring the flavors and energy of the product to live.

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Food Company Website Update

After 90 days of data mining, heat map analysis, and user experience testing, we crafted a fresh approach to the website to drive additional sales on the platform.

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Web Dev & Digital Marketing for Luxury Jewelry Co

"Their team’s scrappy, which is one of their biggest assets."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

A luxury jewelry company engaged 1o8 to support digital initiatives. In addition to enhancing a Shopify Plus site, they direct digital marketing campaigns including SEO efforts. They also redesigned the site.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 employees
 
New York, New York
James Weiss
Advisor, David Webb
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

1o8 increased not only the website’s load speed but also the platform’s rankings on search engines. By improving website traffic quality, the team also advanced revenue. The team is receptive to feedback, which supports effective collaboration. Their transparency results in a successful partnership.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m an advisor to David Webb, which is a heritage jeweler that was founded in 1948. It has offices in New York and Beverly Hills. Our jewelry’s distributed around the country and the world through boutiques.  

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 1o8?

We had a couple of challenges that we wanted to address with 1o8. The company’s too small to have dedicated digital employees. They started as our go-to resource for anything digital, but their role expanded.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

1o8’s our primary digital partner, so their team works on digital strategy, digital marketing, and web development. We built our platform on Shopify Plus, and 1o8 helps us improve it. Their team optimizes the site to improve load time, which can be a real issue because we have extremely high-quality images that are important to our business. Most recently, they relaunched the skin of the website. Their team increasingly takes on an agency buying role for us too.

What is the team composition?

We’ve worked with 5–6 people from their team, but Aalap (Founder) is our primary contact.

How did you come to work with 1o8?

One of their investors introduced me to them. Few companies are deeply experienced in the high-luxury jewelry digital industry. When engaging 1o8, we didn’t look for direct experience in this space. We wanted to know what they wanted to try to accomplish and if they had the ability to build a working relationship with us.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $25,000–$50,000 on their services. We have a minimal retainer, but it’s important because it allows us to pick up the phone and call them when needed.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our ongoing relationship started around November 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

What I love about 1o8 is that their team may not have exactly the right experience, but they’re game to give anything a crack and learn. Their team’s scrappy, which is one of their biggest assets.

Our most important metrics are improving load times and rankings in search engines. They also improved the quality of the traffic and that directly improved revenue. That’s secondary because our e-commerce business isn’t our company’s focus, but it doesn’t hurt.

We’re satisfied with the quality of their work. When we aren’t satisfied, 1o8's open to feedback and willing to learn. That’s almost more important than having the work be perfect right out of the gate. We have a good relationship.

How did 1o8 perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management’s good. It took a bit to get the right cadence for communication. They didn’t come in with a standard project management process. The upside was that we were able to create a process that works nicely for us. Rather than force us to use project management software, we have valuable weekly check-ins when we talk through our ideas and projects.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re hungry and honest. Lots of agencies will say they can accomplish a project. I prefer when an agency says they’re confident in their abilities to achieve our goals but aren't certain how. I want a partner that's willing to learn and work on the project together. That degree of honesty in the agency world is uncommon. It represents a degree of self-confidence that’s important.

Are there any areas they could improve?

In the early days, it was hard to have great communication. When you’re in a high-luxury business, details are incredibly important. When you’re in the web world, the mentality’s more about hurrying up and breaking things. It took them a while to align with our philosophy.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make sure there isn’t a bottleneck. Push Aalap to create a team up front, identify your different specialists, and then develop relationships with them.

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

E-Commerce & Digital Marketing for Sanitizer Company

“If I had to sum it up, it was their unparalleled responsiveness and customer service that spoke to me.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

1o8 has established a hygiene startup’s web presence, starting with their Shopify website. They’re now launching the site along with paid Google and Facebook ads to drive traffic.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Roanoke, Texas
Ryan Snyder
CEO, Manitize
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

1o8’s team impressed with their ability to transform a list of qualitative ideas into a visually-impactful site. They’re a creative group with a strong focus on customer service. Customers can make the most out of the engagement by trusting their expertise.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and CEO of Manitize. We’re a men’s hygiene startup that creates hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 1o8?

I hired 1o8 to help with our website, social media, and general digital strategy.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

1o8 acts as my e-commerce coach, building my Shopify site and keeping it optimized. They make sure that people can easily learn about our products and make purchases, whether they’re accessing the store on desktop or mobile.

On the digital marketing side, they help with my Google and Facebook ads to generate traffic to my site. We get together to brainstorm on markets we want to target and how we want to present our brand, and they come up with the strategy.

What is the team composition? 

I work with Alap (Founder) on higher-level strategy. He oversees his team as needed along with Jorge (Project Manager), who handles the day-to-day deliverables. Mercedes (Digital Marketer) and her support teammate do the digital strategy. I’ve also worked with Ed (Designer) and Tim (Web Support Specialist), though I haven’t interacted with most of the developers.

How did you come to work with 1o8?

It all started with a call with Alap. At the time, I had no website nor digital strategy — it was just an idea that I wanted them to develop. Alap had done similar projects in the past and seemed very enthusiastic, so I got the sense that his team was the right fit. If I had to sum it up, it was their unparalleled responsiveness and customer service that spoke to me.

How much have you invested with them?

So far, we’ve invested around $12,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in May 2020. Actually, today’s the day we’re launching our site and ads. It’s a culmination of a lot of hard work between us. We plan to continue working with them in a different capacity moving forward.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement?

I was really pleased with how well they listened and delivered. I gave them a lot of creative freedom around the project. They took my vision for the site, the products we had, and target demographics and put them into a creative visual format that fit exactly what I was looking for. 

How did 1o8 perform from a project management standpoint?

Jorge always gets back to me any time of the day, whether it’s a call, email, or deliverable. The team does what they say they’re going to do, and that’s what you look for when working with a service provider.

What did you find most impressive about them?

1o8 is truly all about their customers. It’s not just a tagline — they take good care of us. I’m also impressed with their ability to turn qualitative descriptions into a visual medium. The creativity was excellent.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, not off the top of my head. I have a lot of respect for what they do, so I can’t say there’s anything that I’d change.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

When working with any creative agency, you need to be open to their ideas and let them be creative. We all come to the table with preconceived notions on how something should look. But, there’s a reason why you hired them. They’re the experts and are great at what they do.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

SEO, SMM & PPC for Toy Company

"Their knowledge of the digital space stands out to us."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Sep. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Following an initial assessment, 1o8 expanded digital marketing initiatives to increase visibility and conversions for a toy company. They continue to direct SEO, PPC, and social media marketing campaigns.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles, California
Jonathan Cathey
CEO, The Loyal Subjects
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

1o8 implemented effective digital marketing campaigns that quickly increased engagement by 25%, improving conversion rates and sales. The team also helped to secure a successful partnership with a significant retail chain. Their determination and expertise ensure a satisfying, lasting engagement.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CEO of The Loyal Subjects. We’re a toy company that sells action figures.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 1o8?

Basically, we needed to bolster our direct to consumer business. We wanted to find customers, bring them into our narrative, and then sell them on our story to increase conversions.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

First of all, their team analyzed what we had in the digital space. They made a deep dive into our digital footprint and figured out how to include those elements in their strategy but also strengthen our e-commerce position.

Their team reviewed our SEO efforts and our website's visibility. They looked into how many visitors returned and how many were unique. Then, their team created a plan to amplify our brand voice and bring in new people.

Their team made changes to our website, moving the platform from BigCommerce to Shopify. They made changes to our sponsored posts and social media strategy.

Their team continues to direct our SEO and PPC efforts. They develop content that’s dynamic and relatable to bring new people into our story.

What is the team composition?

We work with the founder, a content developer, an SEO specialist, a web design specialist, a mobile design specialist, and an Amazon specialist.

How did you come to work with 1o8?

My partner also owns a private equity group that brought in 1o8 to boost one of their acquisition's visibility. They were impressed by their work, so my partner introduced us, and we clicked. 1o8 had experience in the toy business too.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $30,000 on their services so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started with 1o8 in September 2019, and our partnership’s ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

They’re proficient in creative concepts and content ideation to start conversations and bring people into our tent. We deployed their content and boosted our fellowship by 25% within a short period of time. On a daily basis, we bring more people into our conversation, which translates to sales.

We conduct flash sales that generate dynamic responses. For a half-hour flash sale, we made about $10,000.

1o8 also helped to establish a program with a large, national retail chain. On the first day of the program, 200 stores sold out of our products completely and then another 300 stores sold out.

How did 1o8 perform from a project management standpoint?

We mainly communicate via Slack, which everyone seems to like. They’re organized and goal-driven. Their team’s on task and doesn’t meander. They have a pickaxe, hit the mine, and start digging.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We’re impressed with their services. Their knowledge of the digital space stands out to us. Their team speaks digital marketing like a second language. To me, it’s witchcraft that 1o8 demystifies. They show how digital marketing's pragmatic as well as how to toggle different levers to drive our business’s message.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, they’ve been excellent.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be specific with your goals; that applies to any business. 

5.0
Overall Score They’re excellent.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their bang for your buck is long.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Online Advertising Management for Premium Children's Product

"Their expertise in all aspects of digital marketing was impressive."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

1o8 manages online advertising services. They're responsible for developing new marketing assets and collateral, managing the voice of the brand, creating new websites, managing all influencers, and more.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York
CEO, Premium Children's Products Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

1o8 delivered ROI positive campaigns, which led to a direct increase in sales across channels and enhanced engagement. Providing a thorough and effective workflow, they track communication and action items. They quickly respond to changes in the marketplace and are results-oriented.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We're a consumer products company focusing on premium products for kids. Our business has historically been almost entirely at retail, with very limited e-commerce.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire 1o8?

1o8 was brought in to run online advertising programs to improve sales at our national retailers, and also to start building out an e-commerce business for our brand.

What were your goals for this project?

Increased sales at retail, increased brand awareness, and a sustainable model of driving e-commerce traffic to retailer websites and Amazon

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Referred by a trusted advisor, and compared against a number of other agencies who we had screened.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

- Developing new marketing assets and collateral - Managing the voice of the brand across all platforms - Building out online listings - Creating new website - Geo targeted advertising focused around retail stores that carry our products - Managing all influencers and social media acitivities

What was the team composition?

CEO is directly involved with the project, and is supported by a team of very talented specialists

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

Very pleased with results of an initial pilot, which delivered ROI positive campaigns and led to a direct increase in sales across channels. Engagement was therefore enhanced and 1o8 has now become agency of record for the brand

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Regular communication and action items were tracked

What did you find most impressive about this company?

- Ability to quickly respond to changes in the market place - Scrappy approach to testing without large investment to determine what works, and what doesnt - Results oriented - Their expertise in all aspects of digital marketing was impressive.

Are there any areas for improvement?

More team members should be added as the agency grows

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Digital Marketing & SEO for FinTech Lab

“They’ve ensured that we have everything we need to succeed.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Mar. 2020 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

1o8 guided a fintech platform with their digital marketing strategy, by supporting their SEO, setting up Google Analytics, and managing their social media. They’ve also suggested branding and PR agencies.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Houston, Texas
Dharma Rajah
Management Consultant
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Although the project is in its early stages. 1o8 has built a strong partnership. They’re viewed as a helpful, reliable, and honest partner. Dedicated to the project’s success, the team checks in regularly to ensure that everything is going well.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of a company called MAST. We’re a Fintech platform working towards building a real estate investing community.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 1o8?

I hired them to help me guide me through my initial phases of digital marketing and the different components involved, such as SEO.

 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They helped connect me with the right people for branding and PR. They got me started with what I needed to do for my online presence, like Google Analytics. They’ve also helped me with my Facebook.

What is the team composition?

I work with one person.

How did you come to work with 1o8?

I met them through an entrepreneurs organization.

How much have you invested with them?

We haven’t been billed yet because it’s ongoing, but expect to spend about $5,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in March 2020 and it’s ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

What evidence can you share that demonstrates the impact of the engagement? 

So far, I’m pleased with their presence and what the founder is doing. They’ve been helpful.

How did 1o8 perform from a project management standpoint?

I don’t have too much experience with that yet.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re always checking back with me to make sure that we’re in a good spot. They’ve ensured that we have everything we need to succeed.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I do not.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have an open conversation about what you want and ask 1o8 how they can help you be successful.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Marketing Strategy for Mobile App

"We highly recommend they continue their constant communication and ability to adapt to client needs."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2019 - Jan. 2020
Project summary: 

1o8 provided marketing strategy and user acquisition research for a mobile app. Their team constructed campaigns to showcase the mobile app platform. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
CTO, Mobile App Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

1o8's efforts led to an increase in users and activity. This helped grow the client's project. The teams worked very smoothly and had very good project management and reporting. They were a great marketing team. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We are a mobile app company that has developed a community based social mobile app. I am the CTO, and wear many hats, but primarily responsible for app development, our development team, as well as growth, user feedback, and continuous improvement.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire 1o8?

Since we are still looking for our dedicated marketing lead on our team, we hired 1o8 to help us create our initial mobile app growth strategy, which required very particular messaging and delivery of our marketing methods. Launching a mobile app in 2020 requires very deep expertise in digital such as content, distribution, and tracking, as well as app store optimization and delivery. The 1o8 team took the time to understand the types of users we were trying to reach, the intention behind our app, and our story, and helped us craft a road map of activities in order for us to achieve our user acquisition goals.

What were your goals for this project?

Our number goals for our app was to acquire users as aggressively as possible (more than 25-50% growth per month), and increase our Monthly Active and Daily Active users, as our app thrives on user activities. Being a brand new app in the App stores, we were against a lot of competition and needed to ensure we could grow our user base to be successful. Without users, we would not have any reason to continue development of our product. Simply deploying campaigns on traditional marketing mediums would not be adequate. 1o8 was able to help us refine our goals and assisted us into executing them into action. Regular review of our data, A/B testing, user feedback collection, and constant changes to our strategies were also required to meet our user acquisition goals.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

1o8 came highly recommended to us from some of our current partners as a highly rated and laser focused agency. We went through a selection process of about 6 different organizations to help us find the right fit for our needs. This was not an easy task initially, but as we continued down our selection process, 1o8 clearly rose above the other companies involved. We were not just looking for a cookie cutter type of marketing relationship, but one that could adapt and be more of a partnership in our success. Marketing knowledge of SaaS, mobile apps, social media management, data analytics and review, user testing, and app store optimizing were all criteria that we had used to ensure we found the right fit. Our entire founding team of 3 people were involved in this process and we all came to agree that 1o8 would be the best partner for our mobile app.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

Once we decided to pursue a partnership with 1o8, the scope of the work was to first outline our audience for the app, which was the starting point of our strategy. We had several discovery calls, where the 1o8 team was able to ask the right questions in order to get us thinking about what we really wanted to do. There were a few of these calls done to ensure we captured all of the relevant information. Once this was completed, the 1o8 team was able to outline and help us visualize precisely what marketing tactics that were needed to be completed, in order, to start the user acquisition momentum. Our leadership team was involved in weekly huddle calls to engage with the 1o8 team and ensure that things were on track. Our PR campaigns seemed to be the highlight here, as they garnered some great attention and allowed us to showcase ourselves as an emerging mobile app platform.

What was the team composition?

We were involved with the 1o8 leadership team during this process to ensure that we got the correct strategy right off the ground. Aalap and his team were instrumental in ensuring we had everything we needed to make the right decisions for our goals outlined together. The team size did grow over the course of our partnership, and this added more expertise for us to rely on during our growth.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

By the time our initial campaigns were completed, our mobile app went from 0 users to several thousand active users on the platform. This is not to be mistaken for number of registered users (which was higher), but instead the number of active users who regularly returned to our app daily for updates and usage. We were expecting some attention to product, but plugging in our story and partnering with other organizations based on 1o8's recommendations, as well as investments in certain marketing platforms, was a catalyst for our growth.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Our teams worked together very smoothly, almost as if we were both the same company. We used many popular communication, project management, and reporting tools that allowed both teams to always be on the same page.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Our leadership team has experience working with previous marketing agencies, experts, and contractors, but 1o8 set the bar higher for us with our experience with them. These days, it's hard to find a company as passionate and dedicated to one's own success, because they all seem to focus on their monthly billables, instead of the success of the client. 1o8 stands out in a crowded space on their own level, with their combination of marketing expertise, emotional intelligence, project management, and ability to adapt and scale quickly based on customer needs.

Are there any areas for improvement?

1o8 is doing great things for many organizations, and the experience left us a bit spoiled, because now we expect so much from a great marketing team. We highly recommend they continue their constant communication and ability to adapt to client needs, to ensure both sides are on the same page for growth.

5.0
Overall Score Top notch agency with very experienced marketing experts.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Scheduling was flexible yet punctual.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost was competitive for their expertise.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Expert level quality for all strategies from 1o8.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Very likely to work with 1o8 again.

SEO & Digital Marketing for SaaS Company

"I was super satisfied with their work -- I've repeatedly gone to them for advice and referred them many times."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

1o8 provides ongoing digital marketing services, including SEO, paid advertisements via Facebook and Google, and content creation.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Eric
Employee, SaaS Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

After an SEO audit and plan, the client's organic search traffic grew by 10x for targeted keywords. They've maintained a highly effective workflow. They bring a wide range of skills, and they excel at supporting internal stakeholders' goals.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I run a portfolio of SaaS and online companies.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire 1o8?

Reaching our target market digitally is something we had mediocre results with for a long time until I connected with Aalap. We wanted to find a way to drive repeatable, measurable success with marketing strategies online.

What were your goals for this project?

We were looking for a few things in our projects: - measurable, significant organic traffic increases - learn what things we could do internally to produce successful outcomes repeatably - page 1 rankings - improve social media profile pages (FB, IG)

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We connected through recommendations of others who had worked with them and through our community. We simultaneously evaluated several people, but we found their approach to be the most consistent with the work style we were looking for and also felt they could most credibly back up their claims.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

Ongoing SEO, paid ads (Facebook, Google), content creation

What was the team composition?

Our primary contact initially was Aalap and he remained available for the engagement, but we worked directly with many others on his team as well, depending on the current area of focus

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

The most recent project we did, after an SEO audit and plan, we increased our organic search traffic by more than 10x in a collection of keywords we were targeting.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Amazing!

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Depth of knowledge and the experience they draw on from doing similar things for other clients. It's clear they have a very broad toolset and the most important thing I found was to be transparent about what my goals are so they could help me get out of my own way.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I was super satisfied with their work -- I've repeatedly gone to them for advice and referred them many times.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're not cheap -- but they are an insanely high value. I've yet to find another agency that is cost competitive for the value they deliver.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    1o8 -- best in class
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've referred them many times!

Google Ads Management for Bedding Product Company

"We meet weekly and the meetings are productive and efficient."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Nov. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

1o8 provided Google Ads account management. Their team included technical improvements, UTM tracking, and SEO. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Denver, Colorado
Elizabeth Sopher
CEO, The QuickZip Sheet Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

1o8 successfully scaled up the project while maintaining high ROI. The communication was excellent and their documentation was solid. The productivity was very good. 

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the CEO of the QuickZip Sheet Company. We design and sell bedding products that are smarter, faster and easier. Our innovative products include a fitted sheet zips off and on so it is quick to change, easy to launder and fold, and engineered to fit and stay put and a duvet cover that zips open wide and has hidden openings for easy changes and is designed to keep comforters from bunching.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire 1o8?

Google ad management and digital marketing consulting (SEO, paid social)

What were your goals for this project?

To scale ad revenue while maintaining ROI targets

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We were introduced through a colleague and I sent them an RFP.

Describe the scope of their work in detail.

They began managing our Google ad account right in the middle of Q4 2019, requiring them to jump in and execute immediately. They evaluated our existing program, started to implement changes and bring new ideas to scale the program. They work well with us, our contractors and another outside agency. We have increased their scope to include technical improvements to our UTM tracking and SEO.

What was the team composition?

I have worked with the principle as well as project managers who are subject area experts.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

The program has scaled while maintaining the desired ROI - with some ups and downs as we all work through the era of Corona.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Communications between our teams is excellent, particularly how they document progress, observations, and plans. We meet weekly and the meetings are productive and efficient.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

The team has a very wide range of experience applicable to our industry - consumer products and ecommerce. The principle has worked in consulting, retail and ecommerce and is able to execute details while bringing in a much bigger picture.

Are there any areas for improvement?

The programs are going well and open communication allows us to bring up any ideas and needs, discuss them together and make progress. Aalap has been proactive in asking for feedback throughout.

5.0
Overall Score We have worked with a number of agencies and appreciate how they operate - technically and as a business
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They jumped in to help us at the busiest time of the year, and have held to all milestones.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Cost is in line with the market, and they have been flexible to work within our budgets.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    As the increased scope indicates the prgram is going well. I particularly appreciate the hands on attention and big picture perspective they bring.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They execute well and bring added value, offering additional ideas and expertise.

Multiple Marketing Projects for Business Services Firm

"We feel 1o8's people are a natural extension of our own team."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

1o8 was hired by a business solutions firm for several projects both internally and for outside clients. Their efforts are typically related to top-industry lead acquisition. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Jim Jacoby
Co-Founder, ADMCi
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Time and again, 1o8 has proven their ability to provide valuable SEO expertise and execute impressive campaigns. Internal stakeholders agree that the team has been a crucial component in their success and praise their expertise, collaboration, and integrity.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

ADMCi provides business strategy and related design services for senior executives working on transformative change at an enterprise level.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire 1o8?

We have hired 1o8 for a number of projects, both for digital properties that we own as well as partnered on client projects we have executed together. In all cases, the experiences have been highly rewarding, provided significant returns on investment, and resulted in satisfied clients.

What were your goals for this project?

Typically, our goals are to acquire leads/prospects at the top of an industry. We have operated at the peak of the motorcycle industry, elite underground dining, and senior executive coaching. In all cases, we have reached new prospects and been afforded valid opportunities to convert those leads into ongoing client relationships.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Aalap has been a long-time peer and friend. His integrity and intelligence are unparalleled. I couldn't imagine working with another service provider in the SEO/SEM and online acquisition space.

Describe the project in detail.

For our automotive/motorcycle industry project, Aalap and his team helped attract premier press interest, high-net worth prospects, and industry luminaries all toward the benefit if raising awareness and value in a project that was equal parts ground-breaking engineering and modern art.

For our elite underground dining experience, 1o8 has built a number of high-return paid and organic campaigns that underscore the market position of our company and the adventurous diners we need to attract. Our private membership continues to grow as a result.

For our senior executive coaching, 1o8 has translated complex messaging into emotionally driven hooks that engage an already distracted and overwhelmed audience with messages and follow-through that motivate them to engage with us on a meaningful level. We couldn't operate our business at this level without this team.

What was the team composition?

Team compositions have ranged from a single consultant supporting SEO/SEM programs to diverse skills including writers, designers, data analysts, and senior account management.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

Cost per lead, once engaging 1o8, plummeted. Our ability to run continuous campaigns opened worlds of opportunity we wouldn't have been able to access without the rigorous planning, analysis, and refinement this team performs.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Seamless. We feel 1o8's people are a natural extension of our own team. Their disposition is friendly and collaborative, fun when appropriate and highly-focused on what's most important to us.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Integrity, transparency, and results. This company is built from the ground up to be good in the very best sense of the word. Aalap's people are plain old good people. They are good at what they do. They are good to us.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Frankly, no. We hope to see Aalap's team to grow at a moderate clip so that the value and consistency remains. We have not doubt this will be the case.

5.0
Overall Score Goes without saying.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Highly responsive. Always received feedback from the highest levels of the company on down.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Extremely high return on investment. There's really no thinking to this. We hire 1o8 for ourselves or a client and the business grows.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    SEO/SEM in particular is hard to debate. The results speak for themselves.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Without reservation.

SEO & SEM for Public Records SaaS

"Aalap was a joy to work with and truly understood what it means to work in a collaborative partnership."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

1o8 came on board to optimize the content of a SaaS for the management of public records. They audited and provided insight into the client's SEM strategy. The team worked towards a reliable, organic strategy. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Woodridge, Illinois
Nate Mack
Senior Marketing Manager, GovQA
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

1o8's work immediately led to an improvement in the client's domain authority as well as search performance. The team's work was highly-detailed and well-thought-out. The team lead was a true pleasure to work with because he ensured a collaborative partnership. They were data-driven and effective.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

My time at LLT Group was spent as the Director of Brand & Strategy, a position will the sole focus of streamlining our messaging and positioning, articulating our brand in a way that connects our services with our target customers, and then strategically finding ways to acquire customers with dynamic, thought-leadership content.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire 1o8?

Aalap and his team were hired to optimize the content we were creating and then building a strong SEO strategy around each piece. They also were asked to perform an audit on our SEM strategy and then offer insights to decrease our spend by being more focused and specialized with specific subsets of customers.

What were your goals for this project?

The long-term goals were to begin our transition away from an over-reliance on paid leads and into a strong, organic strategy that would drive higher-converting, higher-value customers.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I was connected with Aalap via a former colleague.

Describe the project in detail.

The project was centered around: building a foundation for a strong, long-lasting organic keyword strategy, identifying wins and ways to leverage our content to become a source of customer acquisition, streamline our SEM strategy in terms of cost, success, and targeting, and offer insights to keep SEO optimization top of mind when pushing out content.

What was the team composition?

Aalap and I served as the points for our respective teams. While we worked in collaboration on the primary strategy, he delegated the content deliverables and weekly planning to the other members of 1o8 .

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

Very early on, we saw an uptick in our domain authority, the overall number of keywords we were ranking for, as well as a boost in total keywords ranking 1 - 20.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

It was highly detailed, very well-thought-out, and both teams were highly engaged throughout.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Aalap was a joy to work with and truly understood what it means to work in a collaborative partnership. He listened to our ideas and desired outcomes, provided thorough, insightful information that was entirely data-driven, and brilliant strategic ideas.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Most of the areas for improvement were on the end of LLT, and most were related to our own internal communication.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I would work with Aalap again 100%!
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
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Business Entity Name
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Jurisdiction of Formation
Illinois
Id
07374445
Date of Formation
Nov 7, 2018
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VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
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OVERALL REVIEW RATING
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