What was the scope of their involvement?
BMG Media developed the first website for my entertainment business. After I saw what BMG Media had done for my entertainment company, we had them design the site for the real estate company.
During our first meeting, Blake brought printouts of our old website and explained why it was outdated and why the technology we were using was bad. He made recommendations for more up-to-date images and animation, scroll bars, layouts, and options for viewing the material. We let them take the requirements and run with them.
For the real estate company, we provided a slew of pictures and a framework of what we wanted to see. They took our vision and created the site from there, adding features we hadn’t thought of.
The website has a different layout than the standard model of clicking on a page and going to the next one—it’s more like a cube that keeps turning, displaying what our company does. That was Blake’s idea, and we’re putting the finishing touches on it now.
BMG offered to help us with SEO, but we have our own developers, and we market through word-of-mouth and the brokerage world. So it isn’t really a need.
What is the team dynamic?
We worked with three or four people from their team, including Blake, during all stages of the project. He has always been my main point of contact for technical items and day-to-day operations. We also had a contact for the site content and a couple of people in charge of layout fixes.
While finishing up the entertainment website, I spoke with Blake two or three times per week, and daily during the final stage. I am speaking with him daily as well now, while we’re completing the new real estate website.
We communicate through email and phone calls, depending on the situation. For something quick, we have a phone call, but if I need to process my thoughts on something with the whole team, I write an email.
How did you come to work with BMG Media?
I am fond of word-of-mouth and personal recommendations, rather than internet searches. I found BMG Media through a combination of all of the above. They had a great rating on Google, but I also asked company owners I knew. Those who had used BMG Media highly recommended them.
We also considered the company that made our previous website, and one or two others, but I never ended up accepting meetings with them. I was just collecting cost estimates.
We met at my office, and Blake came prepared with his vision for the website. He detailed his expertise, provided cost estimates that fit our budget, and we were able to strike a deal. It was easy for me to hire him on the spot.
How much have you invested with them?
Between the two websites, the cost was upwards of $30,000. The real estate site has cost upwards of $15,000 so far, but the price will continue to rise as we add more features to it.
What is the status of this engagement?
The entertainment website has been live for four or five years. Over the last year or so, we started working on the property site, which should be going live within the next month.