Solutions that look good and work hard

Agnian is a full-service digital agency and a startup accelerator with offices in London, UK and Yerevan, Armenia. We are passionate about creating sites that are both smart and beautiful.

We are a team of strategists and developers, designers and product managers, UX specialists and marketers. We bring together design, development and strategy to build strong products and beautiful experiences. We partner with large corporates and support early stage startups. We also create and launch our own products.

 
Undisclosed
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 
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Yerevan, Armenia
headquarters
  • Agnian
    8 Vardanants St. Blind Alley, Room 707
    Yerevan
    Armenia
    +374 77 032727
other locations
  • Agnian
    3 THE POWERHOUSE, 74 CORNHILL ST
    London EC3V 3QQ
    United Kingdom
    +44 20 7099 7571

Portfolio

Key clients: 

 

  • Praemium 
  • Publicis
  • Level39 (Canary Wharf Group)
  • Cognicity
  • London Business School
  • UN
  • Entiq
  • Government of Armenia
  • Mary Kay

Wasabi Restaurant

Ti Amo Jewelry - www.tiamo-jewelry.co

Music of Armenia

Mary Kay

Level39 - Canary Wharf Group

Georgia-Sea.com

Entiq

cop.copine

Cognicity

Club Lounge 39

Reviews

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Microsite Development Top-tier Business School

"They have great flexibility and a capacity to adapt, at a relatively low price point, which has been wonderful."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

Agnian designed and developed a series of micro sites for a select subset of student organizations. They helped with the domain name set up and provided support for the implementation and the management.

The Reviewer
 
1001-5000 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Senior Student Activities Manager
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Internal stakeholders conveyed sincere appreciation for the successful launch of the micro sites, the level of craftsmanship demonstrated, as well as the degree of flexibility. Agnian has been reliable and competitive in terms of pricing.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We’re a top-tier business school, based in London. We mainly work with international students across all major business programs.

What is your position?

I am the senior student activities manager. I lead a small team that supports student-led initiatives, such as conferences, career tracks, and student clubs. We help students practice particular skills, and assist with their professional development.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenge that you were trying to address when you first approached Agnian?

The primary purpose was to professionalize our student-led conference websites. A number of our student clubs run high-quality conferences, but there’s a lot of variability with the websites that they use and develop. So, we hired Agnian to provide a high-quality basic template that our clubs could use for their conferences. We initially used them for one or two conference websites as a test.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the actual scope of work assigned to them?

As I said, we tested them out without only a few sites. We were happy with what they did, and they have since provided a template for all of our conferences. The scope has involved technical back-end as well as front-end design work, specifically on our clubs. They have not worked on the main school website, but on the student-led club websites and logos. They helped in terms of how these websites are set up and managed. They helped a little bit in terms of how we set up domain names and things like that, but not much in that area.

How did you come to choose Agnian as your partner?

We came across them because they’d worked with a colleague on another microsite in the school. They came highly recommended.

Can you provide a ballpark estimate for the size of this engagement?

It was from £10,000 to £20,000. [$15,000 to $30,000]

Is this an ongoing relationship?

Yes. We’re currently exploring some other options, such as logo redesign.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the quality of their performance?

I was satisfied with the quality of the test sites they used and, as a result, I was happy to roll them out further. We haven’t delved into the details, such as the number of visits to each site or anything like that, and I’m probably not going to until during the summer. However, from a project management perspective, they’ve been good and reliable. One of the things I like about working with them is that they’re flexible. Because we’re helping support a number of separate entities for the clubs, and we’re trying to customize what we’re providing, that level of flexibility is important.

When working with Agnian, is there anything that you would consider unique about their strategic approach or development methodology that distinguish them from other vendors?

They’re very competitive in terms of pricing, which has helped us test some solutions. Having that ability to test different ideas and services has been incredibly helpful. They have great flexibility and a capacity to adapt, at a relatively low price point, which has been wonderful. I’ve enjoyed working with them.

In retrospect, are there areas in which you think they could improve as a service provider?

No. I’ve been really happy with the so far.

What advice, if any, would you give a future client of theirs?

I think having a regular dialogue has been useful. They are flexible and willing to listen and adapt as needed.

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

Custom Drupal Development for Technology Accelerator

"They’re willing to go straight in at a code level and get you something up in staging in a matter of days."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

Agnian handled the design and development of the company’s Drupal-based website. It is also a part of their services to implement and provide technical support.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Head of Content, Technology Accelerator
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The successful launch of the new website has driven improvements in several key metrics. The unique monthly traffic has more than doubled and that the average time spent on page by users has also increased significantly. Agnian received considerable praise for their technical expertise and responsiveness.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company.

We’re a technology accelerator, which means that we help young companies grow and put them in touch with mentors, potential clients, and possible routes to market. The young companies that work with us pay a monthly fee for space, and that can be anything from one desk to 30 desks within an office.

What is your position?

I’m the head of content.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Could you describe the business challenge that you were attempting to address when you first approached Agnian?

We launched here in March 2013, and we had a website put together quickly in time for launch, but it wasn’t really working for us. Then strategy comes in, as it does when the launch works, and we were doing quite well as an organization. The strategy that I wanted to put in place was to have a website that was driven by the members’ needs. Instead of being used only as a method by which companies could apply, it would be more of a news source and there would be a legacy of content on the site. I had the idea but needed someone to help me to turn it into a reality. That’s when Agnian’s name was first given to me.

SOLUTION

Could you describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail?

It was very much about the front-end design rather than the back-end development. I work with a developer here who almost acts as a consultant to me. He doesn’t work for Agnian, but he steers my thinking on the requirements of what we need from back-end developers. However, the front-end execution isn’t his specialty, and he’s the first to admit that.

We’re a central brand for several different projects. We’ve added to the existing website we worked with them on. We’ve also had a new project that needed a Web presence of its own, building it from the ground up, both front-end and back-end. We were more than happy to give that to Agnian. We have consistently expanded the amount of work we do with the company.

How did you come to choose Agnian as your partner?

What really got Agnian the work over a couple of other agencies is that they speak to us on a technical level. Many other companies want to send you a mockup and talk about the project in a far less technical manner. Agnian was far superior in that regard. They talked to my resident techie on a real code level on how it could integrate with what we already had. Their willingness to have that conversation and their ability to understand what we needed immediately was impressive. They also gave us some quick turnarounds and live example pages in staging. That’s why we decided to work with them initially and why we have continued to do so.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

In terms of results, could you share any statistics, metrics, or user feedback that would demonstrate the quality of their performance?

There’s been a general uptick in stats since we went from the old website to the new one. The traffic has been better. Our stats have recently surpassed a few small-time tech news publications in the U.K. as well, which is very heartening. We now have a news function on our own website, and we know that adding a few good targeted news posts every week in financial technology will garner an extra 500 to 1,000 hits on average within the first seven days. We wouldn’t have gotten those hits with a static website. The dwell time on the site is longer, and the amount of page views per visitor is also up. That’s exactly what we wanted. There’s a lot more content on the website that users are getting interested in and coming back to see again.

From a project management perspective, I’m very satisfied with them. Responsiveness, flexibility, customer service, and accessibility are all strong suits of theirs. Given that they are an offshore company, the fact that they are so easily accessible is huge.

When working with Agnian, is there anything that you would consider unique about their strategic approach or development methodology that distinguish them from other vendors?

They had the ability to talk to techies on a very nuanced and detailed level, rather than trying to artificially inflate their pricing model by selling stages of work that are, in my opinion, not integral. They’re willing to go straight in at a code level and get you something up in staging in a matter of days. It allows you to move quickly, and it cuts out a lot of frustration and confusion.

In retrospect, are there areas in which you think they could improve as a service provider?

If they were more available on a person-to-person basis, I think it would improve things. They could come to our building, they could talk to our other stakeholders, and they could get more of a feel for our projects. They have come in and learned about us but, being offshore, they miss a bit of the one-on-one interaction.

What advice, if any, would you give a future client of theirs?

They are a great agency and they are, I’m sure, quite capable of holding themselves to deadlines and setting expectations. However, clients should provide leadership and expectations as much as possible. Keep to deadlines and keep within a brief. Set up your scheduling and expectations right at the top. Know what you need delivered within certain parameters. Let them know, right at the beginning, that it needs to be delivered by X date. Let them know exactly what needs to be delivered with that time frame, and then give them a clear cut off point. Hold them to it and make sure you’re very present. They need parameters to work within.

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