Marketing, design, and strategy

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97 Switch is an award-winning Chicago digital marketing agency that specializes in marketing, web design and strategy. We take great pride in our relationships with people. We operate with the understanding that it’s all about being good to others in everything we do. We show this by delivering the best service possible to our partners. We hear what people say and take action based on what they need.

Being good to people is a foundational part of our business and we will not compromise it for anything. Our team is made up of people who care. We care about one another, our partners, and the people who experience our work. This gives us the foundation to be infinitely curious and hard working.

 
$5,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2013
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Chicago, IL
headquarters
  • 111 W Illinois St
    Chicago, IL 60654
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

theWit Hotel in Chicago, Mobile Doorman, SMASHotels, MassVR, the Albert, Hotel EMC2, State and Lake Chicago Tavern, ROOF, Joliet Tent

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Downtown Chicago Hotel Rebrands with Website

theWit, a 4-star hotel in downtown Chicago, an homage to creativity and expression needed more than ever to share their multi-sensory hotel experience online.

https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/thewit-website/

theWit came to us with the challenge to differentiate their hotel’s

online presence from their generic Hilton.com brand site and from the website that they currently had. They wanted a beautiful vanity website that accurately portrays their unique offerings.
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Digital Ads and Strategy for B2B Real Estate Software Company

PPC digital ads including Google Ads, Facebook and LinkedIn. Digital marketing strategy, email marketing and landing page design using HubSpot for Mobile Doorman, a B2B Proptech Company.

See Work: https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/mobile-doorman/

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Website and Digital Marketing for Hotel Management Company

Digital Strategy and Website for SMASHotels, hotel management company

See Work: https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/smashotels/

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Virtual reality business digital marketing

MassVR, a new free-roam virtual reality gaming experience, allows groups to play and compete in a virtual reality world. The game uses groundbreaking technology, allowing people to walk around in a 16,000 square foot virtual arena. MassVR currently offers two immersive experiences, including VR Champions, a team-oriented esports competition, and Hallow Realm, a dual role VR horror game. Both games give people the opportunity to

walk, talk, and game in a virtual reality world.

MassVR came to us with the challenge to jumpstart its digital marketing initiatives. We started by working on their website as the foundation of their marketing efforts and then developed and executed a variety of digital marketing strategies.

See Work: https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/massvr-digital-marketing/

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the Albert

Launched the Albert's digital presence with their website and digital marketing efforts.

The Albert is a restaurant in downtown Chicago - https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/the-albert/

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Website and Digital Marketing for Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection

Launched hotel digital presence with their website and digital marketing efforts.

 

See Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection: https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/hotel-emc2/

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Website and Digital Marketing for Downtown Restaurant

Website and Social Media Marketing for State and Lake Chicago Tavern, restaurant in downtown Chicago

See Work: https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/state-and-lake-chicago-tavern/

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Website and Digital Marketing for rooftop venue

Built and manage rooftop bar website and support digital marketing efforts

See Work: https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/roof-on-thewit/

Website and Digital Marketing for Joliet Tent Image

Website and Digital Marketing for Joliet Tent

Redesigned rentatl tenting company website and support digital marketign efforts:

See work: https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/joliet-tent/

Reviews

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Digital Strategy & PPC for Property Mgmt. App

"…the team is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to digital marketing and project management."

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

97 Switch streamlines and manages paid advertising campaigns for Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook on behalf of a residential app developer. They also develop strategies and assist with content creation.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Will Clanfield
Director of Marketing, Mobile Doorman
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client acquired over 50 unique leads and saw its site traffic grow by 41% within the first month of service. 97 Switch serves as a valuable member in developing strategies and marketing content that produces results. Their expertise, adherence to deadlines, and constant communication stand out.

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 director of marketing for Mobile Doormen. We create custom residential apps for property management groups.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 97 Switch?

We have an internal marketing team of one—consisting of myself. As a result, we needed extra bandwidth and expertise for our digital marketing efforts.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

97 Switch helped us improve our paid advertising campaigns on platforms like Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn. They set up accounts to drive more inbound leads and make the lead generation process more efficient using HubSpot. They also draft content—including the copy and images—for those ads. 

Outside of campaign management, they take part in the planning process with our company for tentpole events—such as trade shows and promotions—and how we use our digital channels. Lastly, they’ve assisted with email marketing, both overseeing the process and drafting content.

What is the team composition?

Jeremy (Founder / Web Designer, 97 Switch) and Josh (Digital Marketing Manager, 97 Switch) are my main points of contact.

How did you come to work with 97 Switch?

We sent out an RFP to multiple agencies in Chicago. We wanted to work with a vendor that was local and had a small enough team that could identify with our own small team from a culture perspective. 97 Switch met both criteria. 

Additionally, Josh and Jeremy’s intelligence and industry experience made them an even better fit. They understood the strategy and were willing to help our company develop a more sophisticated level of digital marketing.

How much have you invested with them?

We spend $3,500 each month as part of our retainer.

What is the status of this engagement?

The partnership started in August 2019 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

In our first full month working together, we saw our site user traffic grow by 41% month-over-month. We also generated about 50 unique leads through the site—a significant boost compared to what previously came through our system.

97 Switch remains willing to step in and help with our content-building and strategic needs. They help us with weekly and monthly reporting on metrics such as website traffic sessions, bounce rate, cost per click, cost per acquisition, and the number of qualified leads. They do a great job of being proactive and receptive to what needs I try to track. 

How did 97 Switch perform from a project management standpoint?

Jeremy and Josh make themselves available 24 hours a day. I do my best not to test those limits. If I ever have a question, they’re extremely quick to get back to me. That’s been a huge help as we’ve gotten things up and running. But what they’re really good at is ensuring that we don’t miss deadlines and moving forward on tasks as needed. If they’re not able to receive timely feedback from me on, let’s say, a marketing campaign, they still make sure to hit the deadline and execute anyway. That level of over-communication and respect for our timelines have been invaluable to us as a smaller company.

What did you find most impressive about them?

It comes down to the people: the team is incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to digital marketing and project management. When working with larger agencies, I typically deal with someone very junior or share a senior team member with clients with larger budgets than we have. Jeremy and Josh do a great job making us feel heard and appreciated, no matter how we compare to their other clients. They offer great strategic thinking and product work, as well.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We lack a design team in-house, and 97 Switch doesn’t build much content from a visual perspective. I’d love it if they offered those services as well—I think that’s the only thing they’re really missing.

Any advice for potential customers?

With any agency, make sure that you have defined KPIs and well-defined goals for what you want out of the engagement. Those metrics should apply to you as well as the agency you’re working with. 

5.0
Overall Score I really do enjoy working with Jeremy and Josh, and I look forward to the future.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re willing to work with whatever timeline we present them with.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Based on their RFP, they offer very reasonable prices for their service level.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    97 Switch can rely on their own expertise—rather than laser-focused instructions—to execute deliverables.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I wouldn’t recommend 97 Switch to a larger company with a larger budget. They’re the perfect fit for smaller companies like us, though.

Web Development & Marketing for Event Rental Company

“They take the time to listen to me and my ideas, and they clearly care about my business.”

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

97 Switch manages web dev and marketing for an event rental agency. They designed and developed a new WordPress site, they oversee marketing efforts in Google Ads, and they make adjustments to SEO.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Bobby Soto
Account Executive, Joliet Tent
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The website is easy to navigate, and it attracts new leads from a broader audience. 97 Switch manages projects well, and they’re always available to answer questions or resolve issues. They are patient and personable, and they deliver attractive visual assets.

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 account executive for a rental company that specializes in weddings, corporate, and other large events. We offer tents and other temporary structures, as well as tables, chairs, and other rental materials.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 97 Switch?

I wanted to focus on our website, which was fairly outdated. It was too complicated, and it didn't address the topics we wanted to present. I hoped to attract more business with a user-friendly, navigable website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They completely redeveloped our website from scratch in WordPress, and they redesigned everything. After a few meetings, they had an idea of what we wanted. They created a clean, clear site that is logical and communicative. They added information about us, and they boosted our credibility by adding information about some of our previous clients. We also use them for marketing through Google Ads. They manage that account, and they took the time to research appropriate keywords for us. As we get further in, they'll continue to optimize those keywords.

What is the team composition?

We had one main point of contact for the website, and a second lead oversees the marketing.

How did you come to work with 97 Switch?

They worked out of the same building as us. I started a conversation with them, and I could tell how genuine and friendly they were. We had a meeting to discuss what we liked and what we wanted to change about our existing website, and they felt like the best fit for our needs.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $12,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in March 2019. They still help us with our marketing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We're really happy with the website, and we get a lot of good leads from it. The navigation is very nice, and it encourages users to stay on the page longer to learn more. It also attracts a younger audience.

How did 97 Switch perform from a project management standpoint?

They're phenomenal project managers. They're always there when I need them, and they respond right away. They take the time to listen to me and my ideas, and they clearly care about my business.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They take pride in their work, and they never delivered anything that felt arbitrary. They tell good stories, which is important in our industry. Their visuals are great, and they're so much more personable than any other company I considered. They're patient, they care, and they take their work personally.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Nothing crosses my mind.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Take a look at their website and their portfolio. Also, don't hesitate to call them. They're easy to talk to, and they're never pushy.

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

Rebranding & Web Design for Financial Group

“With our feedback, 97 Switch produced the brand image we envisioned from the beginning.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Dec. 2018 - Mar. 2019
Project summary: 

97 Switch consolidated various strategies under one brand name and image. They built from scratch a website to reflect a professional image. Their new logo, font, and color scheme helped direct messaging in its cohesion.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Founder, Financial Service Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new website received positive feedback from clients for its professional and pleasing aesthetic. Receptive to feedback, the 97 Switch team quickly turned around the project and met all initial requirements. They guided the rebrand with their industry knowledge and commitment to success.

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 managing partner at an investment company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 97 Switch?

We wanted to consolidate our strategies under one brand name to centralize our messaging.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

To consolidate our brand, 97 Switch built a new, comprehensive website from scratch. They developed a new name, logo, and some other collateral that reflected our updated professional image.

What is the team composition?

There were two project managers, Jeremy (Founder, 97 Switch) and Josh (Digital Marketing Manager, 97 Switch), who subcontracted a graphic designer for the new logo and business cards.

How did you come to work with 97 Switch?

We share an office, so we met there. I learned about what they do, and saw some of their work.

What is the status of this engagement?

The collaboration lasted from December 2017–March 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Because our website is more comprehensive, investors can get more background information before an initial conversation with us, which has been valuable. Several clients have mentioned the site’s professionalism; others said they like our new logo and color scheme.

How did 97 Switch perform from a project management standpoint?

We were able to meet in person throughout the engagement because we work in the same office. They delivered a first draft of the design in a short amount of time, and were quick in implementing any modifications we requested. With our feedback, 97 Switch produced the brand image we envisioned from the beginning.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were truly committed to our satisfaction. The team understands the market, and what’s topical, providing meaningful advice to deliver the desired product. They’re also really professional.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I couldn’t ask for anything more from their performance.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They have a good handle on what’s compelling in the marketplace so it’s important to listen. But, it’s always helpful to enter the partnership with a concept to guide the project.

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 Strategy for Luxury Apartment Community

"Their team is willing to go the extra mile—the collaboration has worked very well."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
July 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

97 Switch provides digital marketing support. They helped create the strategy and currently manage social media channels. They post content, write blogs and maintain the efforts.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Michele Siegel
Property Manager, 444 Social
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The marketing campaigns have been successfully launched and managed. The business has a greater understanding of their traffic and areas for growth. As a partner, 97 Switch has shown great attention and care toward meeting the needs of the project.

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 property manager of 444 Social, a multifamily property.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 97 Switch?

We hired 97 Switch to help with our social media presence.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

97 Switch has handled everything for our social media accounts. Their team manages our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels. They create content and write blog posts to put on our website. If we need any changes made to our site, their team supports that effort. Along with this, they also create reports based on our analytics.

What is the team composition?

Jeremy (Founder, 97 Switch) and Josh (Digital Marketing Manager, 97 Switch) are my two main points of contacts.

How did you come to work with 97 Switch?

A few people at my company had worked with 97 Switch in the past, so we chose the team for our project.

How much have you invested with them?

We spend around $2,000 per month on their services.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in July 2018, and our engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Because of 97 Switch’s help, our marketing efforts have been very successful. We can gauge where our traffic is coming from, and their team helps us find areas for improvement.

How did 97 Switch perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re great communicators, so they manage the project well. Their team knows how to get the job done and are fantastic with following up.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The customer service from 97 Switch is excellent. Their team is willing to go the extra mile—the collaboration has worked very well. They’re thorough and produce quality work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Even though we have particular needs, there’s nothing they could do better for us.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be open about your needs. Their team is receptive and accepting of any ideas, so tell them what you want to be incorporated in the project.

5.0
Overall Score I’ve had a great experience with 97 Switch.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Digital Marketing Strategy for VR Gaming Company

“97 Switch makes good decisions that reflect the best interests of the business.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Nov. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

97 Switch takes the lead in digital marketing, including branding, web services, and social media. They’ve developed a comprehensive plan and deployed lead-generating strategies online.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Skokie, Illinois
Adrian Casanova
Product Designer, MassVR
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new marketing strategy has significantly boosted brand awareness. The 97 Switch team is highly responsive, diplomatic, and proactive. Their methodical approach and ability to navigate challenges continue to add value.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

MassVR is a startup that’s developing hardware and software for multiplayer free-realm VR for the next generation of esports. I work in business development, but I’m also a UI/UX and product designer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 97 Switch?

We needed to make a cohesive plan for our brand, website, and social media presence. We also needed to fix some things that hadn’t been implemented correctly, including Google Analytics and Facebook Ads.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They’ve done a lot for us in a short amount of time. We quickly put a plan together and created new accounts for social media outlets. They educated us on social media and introduced sites we wouldn’t have thought of, like Travelocity. We have people dedicated to certain roles and responsibilities now, like responding to customers and all the little things that have to do with customer service.

What is the team composition?

I generally talk to Jeremy (Founder & Web Designer, 97 Switch) and Josh (Digital Marketing Manager, 97 Switch). I mostly talk to Jeremy daily.

How did you come to work with 97 Switch?

I think 97 Switch was a recommendation from one of our investors who’d worked with them. My CEO could better answer this question.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with 97 Switch 4–5 months ago, and the engagement is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our initial situation was kind of chaotic, but the 97 Switch team has been quite flexible. Thanks to 97 Switch, we now have an online presence. Before we started working with them, we didn’t have things set up properly, and we also weren’t utilizing social media the right way. Fortunately, they’ve helped us understand every detail of what matters and why it matters. 97 Switch has gotten us to where we needed to be.

Our Facebook ads used to perform poorly, but our current numbers speak for themselves. The few ads we’ve done have been effective, and our click rates have increased since we started posting videos and other content all the time. Not only did 97 Switch do this for us, but they’ve also given us a methodical plan for posting content.   

97 Switch’s team is thorough and proactive. They look at things from different angles, which is something we weren’t doing. Plus, their diplomatic approach makes it quite easy to work with them. Instead of just telling us what to do, they ask good questions and listen to us before speaking. That was key.

How did 97 Switch perform from a project management standpoint?

97 Switch’s project manager is great with deliverables and action items. They told us to overcommunicate from the very beginning, and I can see what they’re talking about now. They communicate and get approval from us on everything. Nothing is too small. They usually initiate meetings, but we also have recurring ones. They’re focused and disciplined, which we badly needed. We appreciate that they’re mindful of schedules, even during meetings.

I was expecting to have to deal with a lot of people, and I was happy to only work with 1–2 at most. Jeremy and Josh are quite pleasant to work with. I get the best of both worlds: they’re personable and extremely organized. Whenever I need something, they are very responsive and quick to implement any changes. They were also good at following up with us and making sure we remembered things.

What did you find most impressive about them?

97 Switch is just amazing. They’ve been a breath of fresh air for my organization. They are professionals in their field, but they’re modest enough to listen to our concerns and address them without making us feel bad. Also, they’re good about keeping an open mind.

97 Switch makes good decisions that reflect the best interests of the business. I like that we agree on a lot of things. They know customer service and understand what it means to run a business.

Are there any areas they could improve?

When we pointed out that something looked off in a report, they completely took ownership of it. They fixed it immediately and didn’t blame something else.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

It’s important to know that it’s easy to communicate with 97 Switch. Clients shouldn’t hold back on asking questions, and they should tell what they need. The 97 Switch team also welcomes constructive criticism, so there’s no reason not to be transparent.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’ve exceeded our expectations. They’ve been extremely responsive, even on weekends.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I feel it’s an excellent value. Comparing where we were to where we are now, it seems worth it.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    I’m impressed with the consistency and thoroughness of their documentation. Whenever there’s a problem, they’ve fixed it right away and moved forward.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Design for Local Boutique Creative Agency

“They have our clients’ best interest at heart, proactively solving issues.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Apr. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

97 Switch maintains and updates end users’ websites, acting as the on-call IT team. The internal team builds the sites, then 97 Switch keeps them functioning. They also do SEO work.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago Metro Area
Co-Founder, Boutique Creative Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

97 Switch is expensive, but they do high-quality work that exceeds expectations. End clients appreciate their dedication, and they require minimal oversight. Project management could be more transparent, but they have open communication and are highly organized.

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 co-founder of a creative studio that mainly works with small businesses. We typically work on branding, websites, and other digital marketing, such as videos.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 97 Switch?

We needed a partner to help with website updates and maintenance for our clients.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

After we build a website for a client, 97 Switch takes over maintenance and upkeep. They implement any necessary updates and fix any glitches that pop up, acting as our on-call web IT team. They’ve also done a bit of SEO work, too.

What is the team composition?

We have one main point of contact, who’s brought on a few other technical experts.

How did you come to work with 97 Switch?

They used to work in the office adjacent to ours. We created a video for their business and then realized we could use their services. They did a small project first and were responsive and reliable, so we brought them on to work on this project.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $5,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been partners since April 2017, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They’re quick to fix any issues, which our clients appreciate tremendously. They have our clients’ best interest at heart, proactively solving issues. I trust them to work directly with our clients, which I can’t say of my past partners.

How did 97 Switch perform from a project management standpoint?

They call me as soon as they see any issues and check in regularly. They have an effective system that tracks clients and requires minimal oversight on my part. If needed, they even work weekends to solve problems.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Unlike other firms, they’re talented and able to communicate their work in layman’s terms. They aren’t condescending at all but try to help us understand what’s going on.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They should utilize a project management tool that lets us visually see project progress instead of having to send emails to check up.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Take full advantage of their other services like SEO and non-maintenance skills. Engage with 97 Switch sooner than later; it will save you money in the long run.

5.0
Overall Score I like them, and they’re easy to work with.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re quick and responsive.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re probably not the most affordable, but they bring lots of knowledge and expertise.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They usually deliver what we ask for. We’ve only had a few mix-ups.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I usually recommend them to anyone that asks for web solutions.

Web Design & Analytics for Real Estate Broker

“97 Switch created a very cutting-edge website that's helped set me apart from others in my field.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Dec. 2013 - Mar. 2014
Project summary: 

97 Switch designed and built a custom website that includes constantly updated content and real estate listings as requested. They continue to provide maintenance and analytics reporting.

The Reviewer
 
1,001-5,000 Employees
 
New York, New York
Debbie Baum
Real Estate Broker, Corcoran Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

97 Switch designed a modern, user-friendly website that's helped the business stand out in the industry. Extremely responsive and receptive to feedback, working with their team continues to be a seamless process. They turn deliverables around quickly and genuinely care about client success.

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 a real estate agent with the Corcoran Group in New York City, a large real estate company covering the residential area of Manhattan that is an undisputed market leader.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 97 Switch?

Although I was listed on Corcoran's website, I wanted to have my own website to refer clients to separately with greater detail of my listings and topics my target audience might find useful.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

97 Switch designed and built a website, providing analytics on a regular basis after launching. They continue to send me an email whenever someone is trying to get in touch me with through the website.

What is the team composition?

I work directly with Jeremy (Founder and Web Designer, 97 Switch).

How did you come to work with 97 Switch?

I had heard of their company by word of mouth.

How much have you invested with them?

I've probably invested a little over $10,000 in total.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in December 2013. The website only took a couple of months to build, but I continue to work with them to keep it updated.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

97 Switch created a very cutting-edge website that's helped set me apart from others in my field. When I approached 97 Switch, there weren't many other brokers who had their own site, so it's really helped elevate me in the industry. I'm proud to send my new and existing clients to the site because I think it's user-friendly and modern. I couldn't imagine not having it.

How did 97 Switch perform from a project management standpoint?

Jeremy has been great to work with and very responsive whenever I reach out. He provides great customer service, listens to my needs, and is receptive to any feedback I have or changes I request. I'm not very tech savvy, but he's able to explain everything in layman's terms and consistently convert my ideas into deliverables.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Jeremy genuinely understands what I want and is on top of everything. In my industry, I need to be able to post listings immediately, and he's always available to turn things around quickly.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. I'm thrilled with their work.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Don't be afraid to speak out and ask questions, because they're great at being responsive and receptive to your needs.

5.0
Overall Score I have no complaints and will continue to work with them as long as I'm in this business.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They'll often deliver ahead of schedule.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their services have been worth every penny spent.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They've delivered on everything I've asked for.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've recommended them to other brokers.

Branding & Digital Strategy for Hotel Management Company

"They don’t push designs or ideas on us, and they make us feel like we are a huge part of the process."

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

97 Switch has redefined the branding and digital strategy of a hotel management company. This has included changes to marketing materials for potential employees and an overhaul of the corporate website.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Lincolnshire, Illinois
Mitch Langeler
VP of Talent and Culture, SMASHotels
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

97 Switch’s outstanding creativity has led to higher quality marketing materials and a presence in the hospitality labor market. The team’s timeliness, care over the partnership, and collaborative nature have helped this relationship continue to prosper over the past two years.

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 am the VP of talent and culture for SMASHotels, a hotel management company based in Chicago.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 97 Switch?

We are a relatively new hotel management company so about a year ago we began looking at our branding as it relates to prospective employees. We really wanted a brand that would attract more qualified candidates and represent the company effectively in the markets we recruit in.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

97 Switch has helped us define our brand and refine our marketing collateral. This includes things like our banners used for recruiting at job fairs and college visits, and our online content used to gather and track job applicants. The team is also helping us completely rebrand our corporate website which will launch soon and has been a major project for us. 

What is the team composition?

I mostly interface with Jeremy (Founder, 97 Switch). There are times we have talked once or twice a week on a fairly continuous basis, and we still speak regularly as we are wrapping up the website reboot.

How did you come to work with 97 Switch?

They have helped us work on different marketing initiatives for our hotels over the years and we developed a strong comfort and confidence level in them. Thus, when it was time to take on this new project it was an easy decision to lean on 97 Switch.

How much have you invested with them?

We have spent $15,000­­–$20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We have been working with them since December 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They have provided us with great new collateral and refined some of our existing collateral to produce much higher quality content when we are recruiting. As a result, 97 Switch has given us a much stronger presence in an incredibly competitive labor market and helped us differentiate ourselves from the many other management companies out there.

How did 97 Switch perform from a project management standpoint?

They have been excellent. We communicate over phone and email, and their follow-up and sense of urgency are outstanding. We never have to ask them where we stand on something as they are always the first to tell us where we are and what is still left to do. They are very collaborative and ultimately concerned with how we feel about things. They don’t push designs or ideas on us, and they make us feel like we are a huge part of the process, which I really appreciate.

What did you find most impressive about them?

97 Switch works really hard to get a firm understanding of what your goals are and what you are looking to achieve. I have always felt that is probably one of their biggest strengths. They are incredibly creative, and they give you a lot of different options to look at, and they really make you feel like you are a part of the process. I have been incredibly satisfied with the relationship.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There is a reason why we continue to stay very engaged with them, and it’s because I have never been disappointed or felt they could deliver on a higher level. So no, I don’t think they need to change anything.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

It is important to have a really clear idea of what you are trying to achieve. What are your goals? What are you not delivering on that you want assistance with? When you have a good understanding of your needs, 97 Switch is really adept at helping you.

5.0
Overall Score I can’t say enough about how happy I am with the quality of the relationship and everything they have delivered.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They are great at asking when things need to be completed, and they have never failed to meet a deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    In hospitality there are very defined budgets, but we continue to engage with them because it is worth it.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We are really happy with the work they have done to improve our brand awareness with prospective employees.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I am very careful about who I connect my name with, but I know they won’t disappoint.

Digital Strategy & Marketing for Local Hotel

“They have good knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, and how to maximize the money you have available.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

97 Switch manages digital marketing including social media, Google AdWords, and web design.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Kyra Tautenhahn
General Manager, Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago/Lincolnshire
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Social media posts have increased revenues. 97 Switch’s expertise and creativity ensure effective use of social media ads. Communicating well, they’re responsive and open to dialogue about the best ways to fulfill client needs.

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 General Manager of the Hampton Inn & Suites, a Hilton-brand hotel, in the Lincolnshire suburb of Chicago.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 97 Switch?

We needed help with a digital strategy for our property. There’s a lot of competition between hotels right now. In order to be competitive in the market, we needed to have a good strategy in place to highlight our hotel as best as possible.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

97 Switch manages digital marketing for us. They take care of Google AdWords for us and manage our social media, including Facebook Instagram, and Twitter. We generally offer hotel packages that 97 Switch gets out on social media with special ads. They also work with us on our website for Hilton to make sure that the photos are great and we’re shown in the best possible light.

What is the team composition?

We work directly with the founder.

How did you come to work with 97 Switch?

They were in place when I got here so I’m not sure how the engagement started. I’ve been really impressed with them and don’t have any desire to change things.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve invested about $60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

I’ve worked with them since January 2014. The work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve been happy with the work they’ve done. The ads for our hotel packages get a lot of views on social media, which brings in more revenue. They’re very good at thinking of new ideas to gain viewers on Facebook and other social media platforms.

How did 97 Switch perform from a project management standpoint?

The communication is amazing. We are in touch with them about three times per week. We have an open dialogue about any new things that we’re going to add. We communicate via phone, email, in-person meetings, and conference calls. I always get an immediate response, even nights, weekends, or vacations.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They do a Monday morning catch-up email in which we address the things we need to think about for the week or month, and what’s coming up. It orients us to what needs to be done and what we need to be thinking about. It’s been a really good strategy for us that sets the week off right.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Trust their opinion about where and how to spend money. They have good knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, and how to maximize the money you have available. Even though you may not understand why they want to allocate funds as they do, it almost always works.

5.0
Overall Score We’ve never had any issues.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Deadlines are always met and things are posted when they should be.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They have a really good approach to allocating money. The cost of their service is totally worth it.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Design & Digital Marketing for Hotel Restaurant

“Our online presence went from nothing to what it is today, which has helped us grow within our industry.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

97 Switch designed and developed a website from scratch. They continue to maintain the site and provide digital marketing services, including social media ads and content development.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Christine Wechter
General Manager, The Albert
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

97 Switch is fully responsible for the property's online presence, which continues to see healthy growth over time. Their team is extremely quick to turn around work and respond to communications. They also take the time to educate clients and are very easy to work with.

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 general manager at SMASHotels.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with 97 Switch?

We needed a website for our restaurant, the Albert, which just opened in May 2017. We also needed some assistance establishing our overall online presence and digital marketing.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

97 Switch built a website from scratch, collaborating closely with our team on design ideas and iterations as needed. They continue to manage the content and backend today.

They helped us set up digital ads for Google and Facebook, managing all of our digital outlets. They also provide blog content for our platform and oversee our social media marketing and content.

What is the team composition?

We mostly work with Jeremy (Founder and Web Designer, 97 Switch) and Isadora (Content Writer, 97 Switch) on content.

How did you come to work with 97 Switch?

Although our company had worked with 97 Switch previously, we decided to interview many other candidates to make sure we made the right decision for our new property. Ultimately, their presentation and our comfort level with 97 Switch was unmatched by any of their competitors.

How much have you invested with them?

We've invested around $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with them since August 2016 and they're doing ongoing work for us.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our online presence went from nothing to what it is today, which has helped us grow within our industry.

How did 97 Switch perform from a project management standpoint?

Working with them, in general, is extremely easy. Jeremy is very responsive—I'm not sure if he even sleeps based on how quickly he gets back to me. I get weekly and monthly reports from him based on the progress we continue to make and they offer invaluable suggestions based on that.

Despite our stress of opening a property from scratch, Jeremy remained driven throughout the process and stayed organized, making sure we stayed on track on our end. He's very professional in his approach to managing clients.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're the complete package—both extremely creative and patient. Unlike other vendors, they take the time to educate us on what they're doing so we can have confidence in their work. That helped us trust how our money was being spent.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No. They've done everything I've asked for and there's nothing I wish they'd done differently thus far.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be clear and concise on what your goals are, but allow for some freedom within the framework for Jeremy and his team to present ideas and suggestions. Take their experience into consideration—they're the experts.

5.0
Overall Score It's been an absolute joy to work with them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They generally deliver ahead of schedule.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're very cost conscious.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their quality has been exceptional—everything has been presented in the utmost professional manner.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already recommended them to others outside of our industry.
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Verification Level
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Business Entity
Business Entity Name
97 Switch LLC
Status
Active
Jurisdiction of Formation
Illinois
ID
04768477
Date of Formation
Apr 14, 2014
Last Updated
May 16, 2020
Client Reviews
VERIFIED CLIENT REVIEWS
22
OVERALL REVIEW RATING
5.0
Source
Clutch
LAST UPDATED
December 17, 2019