Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.
Blue Fountain Media was hired to build our website using WordPress. I'm a novice website builder, so I simply gave their team a list of requirements to build. We have an application program interface [API] system which hooks up to our mother company and pulls property listings. We need to store a lot of videos and other things of this nature, but it wasn't very complex. There aren't any e-commerce functionalities or things of this nature.
We were so impressed with their company and had a good enough rapport that we also engaged them for our logo and branding work. That was another project in itself, and we've been extremely pleased with the end-product. We've already purchased a number of branding materials for anything, e.g., socks, envelopes, folders, and reusable bags, which will be distributed to our clients.
How did you come to work with Blue Fountain Media?
We were looking for an agency based out of New York City. I thought that the communication and time zone would be good. I interviewed 10 different agencies in the area, telling them what our goals for the website were. We got a feel for Blue Fountain Media and the way in which they do business. We needed to know if the company is comprised of three people in a basement or whether they can provide us ten specialists out of a team of 200, which is more the case when speaking about Blue Fountain Media. Price was also a consideration. We received quotes that were as high as $50,000, which is outrageous, considering the scope of our site; it's somewhere in the middle in terms of complexity. Blue Fountain Media was the most professional and apt for taking care of our goals. I was glad that we were able to work out a price with them because they were 100% my first choice.
Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?
The original development cost of the website was supposed to be $50,000. We were able to reduce that figure by a significant amount.
What is the status of this engagement?
The work started in October of 2015. We originally wanted to launch the site in March, but due to internal reasons, we will be releasing it in July 2016. Blue Fountain Media would probably have been able to have the website done in April. Any hang-ups were on our end, concerning the API.
I will be having a call with them with regards to possibly hosting our site. They will provide us a lot of other related services, like backups. I look forward to having an ongoing relationship with Blue Fountain Media.