Sell more, stress less

Since 2004 we have been helping online retailers build and grow their ecommerce stores.

Our sweet spot is serving B2C & B2B brands that have $1 million – $25 million in revenue per year and a group of loyal fans. (If you expect to be in that spot soon, we can help you get there.).

Our design and development skills are just part of our value. Clients consistently say our strong project management sets us apart. And our ability to untangle technical jargon has also won us long-term client relationships.

 
$25,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
2004
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Brooklyn, NY
headquarters
  • Command C
    42 West St, Suite 301
    Brooklyn, NY 11222
    United States
other locations
  • Command C
    106 S. Greensboro St, Suite E
    Carrboro, NC 27510
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Budweiser, Instagram, Levi's, Wall Street Journal, Comcast, Just Salad, Taos Footwear, Columbia University, NYU, Here One, Outlier, No Man Walks Alone, Stanford Student Store, Arcoss Golf, Tom Bihn, Pop Chart Lab, Arts Council of Princeton, Alen Corp, Brooklyn Brewery, Michael Aram, USA Baseball

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Shopify E-Commerce Development for Home Organizer Producer

“I’m extremely pleased with how the site is performing so far.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. - Apr. 2018
Project summary: 

Command C developed a B2C (DTC) website in Shopify to sell home organizing products. They worked on the frontend to make the site align with the brand and on the backend to support operations and reporting.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Leif Melvin
E-commerce & Digital Marketing Manager, YouCopia®
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Command C successfully met all of the project objectives by delivering an attractive, user-friendly and brand appropriate site. Although the timeline was short, they had no problem meeting the deadlines. Their expertise in the technologies and their limitations helped guide the process.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the e-commerce and digital marketing manager for YouCopia®. We create storage and organization products for the home.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Command C?

We recently completed a refresh of our brand. Not only was Command C responsible for helping us launch our first DTC site on the Shopify Platform, but they were challenged with creating a brand experience that was consistent with our new look and feel.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We recently refreshed our brand positioning. They not only helped us launch our first B2C site, but they were also challenged with creating a brand experience that was consistent with our new look-and-feel.

 

Command C was responsible for custom theming that delivered on new style guide and brand position. Additionally, they completed numerous application integrations on the back end to support Marketing, Analytics and Operations

What is the team composition?

We primarily work with Amanda Bernsohn (Project Management Lead, Command C), and Tiffany Kuchta (Tech Lead, Command C). Prior to kickoff we mostly worked with Sara to hammer out the scope.

How did you come to work with Command C?

We evaluated quite a few development agencies including Command C who specialize in Shopify. Ultimately, we felt like they were the best fit for the project.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from January–April 2018. They continue to help us with maintenance.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Working within a tight timeline, Command C delivered a beautiful site that met all of our project goals and stayed within the scope of our project. I enjoyed the experience. I’m extremely pleased with how the site is performing so far.

How did Command C perform from a project management standpoint?

Project management was solid. They used Basecamp, which worked well for this engagement. Amanda, our project manager, was always quick to respond, and I never felt in the dark.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Our project required a lot of knowledge of Liquid and the restrictions of theme customization. Tiffany (Tech Lead, Command C) did a great job of providing answers and helped guide us in the right direction. She made sure that we didn’t head down the wrong paths when considering the customization options because of the limitations of Liquid.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Don’t hesitate to go into detail for large deliverables within the statement of work during planning. Command C has a brilliant team and will lead you down a different and better path if they are fully aware of what you are trying to do. They have no problem being transparent regarding actual scope which leads to fewer surprises down the road.

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

Customized WordPress Development for National Sports Governing Body

"They can take the narrative we provide and deliver exactly what want."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Command C offers web development services using Wordpress CMS, JSON feed, and integrations such as Instagram Carousel. They manage ongoing site development and content; they offer UX services as well.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Cary, North Carolina
COO, National Sports Governing Body
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Even when urgent tasks emerge, Command C is transparent and realistic with expectations. They provide accurate timelines and deliver results. They take into account the needs of the client, explaining development work in a way that is easy to understand. They are easy partners to collaborate with.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the COO of an amateur baseball governing body. Our day-to-day work is comprised of placing athletes on the field as well as ensuring the health and proliferation of the sport at the grassroots level.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Command C?

We work with various partners on aspects of our organization such as business services, web development, and revenue-generation. We needed the ability to extract the JSON feed from a database in real time and generate its output into a user-friendly format to enhance UX.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Command C developed a site from scratch. They’ve built a content-heavy site using WordPress CMS, incorporating external integrations like Instagram Carousel. A key part our project scope was ensuring our JSON feed generated output into a user-friendly format. Since site development, we’ve added content such as a blog. 

The site was developed in conjunction with a baseball-bat certification program. Its main function is to allow visitors, particularly baseball coaches and parents, to see which bats we have certified or approved for use. We needed a user-friendly database listing the bat model, weight, length, manufacturer, and other key aspects users would like to review. They manage site development as an ongoing project. Over the next six months, their team will implement various changes to improve the functionality and UX of our online shop. We will also be working with them to update our MailChimp platform.

What is the team composition?

Sara (Founder, Command C) has been our main point of contact. We also have two liaisons for daily site work.

How did you come to work with Command C?

We initially engaged with them regarding an RFP to build our e-commerce site. Although we hired a different partner for the project, I kept an ongoing dialog with Sara and her team. Another project came up about 12 months ago, and we decided to use them.

How much have you invested with them?

We have spent around $10,000–$20,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in August 2017 and our work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The website they’ve built for us is brand new, so it’s hard to provide concrete metrics. Once we’ve launched our redone e-commerce site, I can better gauge their impact. Feedback from users on the bat certification site has been extremely positive.

They populated the site data in a user-friendly way, creating a functional layout that a coach, parent, or player can utilize. The site they’ve built has served our needs more robustly than we could have imagined.

How did Command C perform from a project management standpoint?

Sara is an outstanding person to work with. She’s served as a resource even for internal questions regarding SEO or other topics. They use Basecamp for project management, which we’re very familiar with. We receive daily updates and communication has been great. They’re very easy to work with; they’ve become a great partner for us.

There have been times when we needed to urgently complete a task. They were always transparent and clear with managing our expectations. They often replied that they could complete the request, but it would take twice as long to do correctly. 

We appreciated their candid response. It was more important for us to have the work done correctly within a realistic time period rather than face unexpected delays.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Command C has been a great partner and our relationship continues to strengthen and grow. One of their biggest strengths is their ability to effectively communicate. We’re not an organization involved with technical work, but they’ve done a fantastic job translating development work into something we can grasp.

They’ve been able to implement our feedback and comments despite our lack of technical terminology. This isn’t something all agencies are able to do. They can take the narrative we provide and deliver exactly what we want.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There’s nothing they could improve on. If I did have a suggestion, I would be comfortable mentioning it to Sara; I’m sure I would receive immediate feedback as well.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Having a well-defined project scope is important for development work, which was the main takeaway we learned from our initial conversation with Sara three years ago. The developer needs to know what you’re looking for. Put your ideas down on paper to save time during development. If you don’t clearly lay out your specifications, they will spend time analyzing and interpreting what you want to do instead of building the product.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re very realistic in terms of timelines, which is more important to us than being told what we want to hear.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They are slightly more expensive than other agencies, but we pay for results.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Shopify Migration for West Coast Tote Company

“They're some of my favorite people to work with.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Command C transitioned an e-commerce platform over to Shopify, adding features in the checkout process that allow for the customization of purchases. They continue to modify the site as needed. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Seattle, Washington
Darcy Gray
CEO, Tom Bihn
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Command C built a user-friendly, effective shopping interface with additional capabilities previously absent under another e-commerce platform. Throughout the project, their team handled all requests with a sense of urgency, while communicating with a high level of respect and clarity.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the CEO and chief creative officer of Tom Bihn, a designer, manufacturer, and online retailer of bags. We have about 50 employees and are based in Seattle, Wash.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Command C?

We needed help migrating our e-commerce store to a Shopify platform.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

In addition to transitioning our e-commerce platform over to Shopify, we saw working with Command C as an opportunity to achieve some additional functionality that wasn't possible with our previous shopping cart. 

We relied heavily on their team's expertise to determine what was possible, and they developed the frontend and backend from there. For example, we added an option that allows customers to customize their bag purchases, making the addition of organizational products available.

What is the team composition?

We primarily work with Sara Bacon (Founder, Command C), Amanda Bernsohn (Project Management Lead, Command C), and Tiffany Kuchta (Tech Lead, Command C). Sara was great about establishing a strong client relationship and making sure we were happy throughout the whole process.

How did you come to work with Command C?

We looked through the list of developers recommended on Shopify's website and interviewed about five vendors. Among those candidates, we felt most comfortable working with Command C.

What is the status of this engagement?

We've been working with them since January 2016. They continue to tweak our website as needed and we're always collaborating on new projects.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Command C built a simple, clean backend and user-friendly frontend. We're very pleased with the interface of the new shopping cart that allows our customers to customize purchases with ease.

How did Command C perform from a project management standpoint?

Their team uses Basecamp, which works well for us since we use it internally as well. They're quick to respond whenever we reach out and follow up on requests with a sense of urgency.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I'm most pleased with the way they communicate. They're respectful and pay close attention to our goals. If we have a question, they'll either respond to it right away or thoroughly research it and get back to us within a day or two.

They make us feel like equal partners. In addition to offering efficient workflows, they're affable and clear in all of their communication.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't think of a downside. They're some of my favorite people to work with.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

There are so many great possibilities that can come from working with Command C. Just be sure to ask lots of questions—don't hold back. The more communicative you are in the initial working process, the better the results will be.

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

Custom Magento E-Commerce Development for Men's Clothing Retailer

“One of their strengths is being flexible and working with customers.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Command C provides custom development for an e-commerce site. Assisting a replatforming to Magento 2, they built custom modules, performed UX design, and enhanced backend processes.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Greg Lellouche
Founder, No Man Walks Alone
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their mobile-friendly UX design helped increase mobile sales. They continually refine the site to create an aesthetic that resonates with customers. Command C offers a non-standardized approach to better accommodate each project. They provide precise solutions instead of quick and cheap options.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and CEO of an online men’s clothing retailer. We specialize in high-end menswear products.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Command C?

We wanted to address some issues our previous developers encountered. We brought in Command C as our primary developers to build custom modules and cultivate a unique UX.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our current project is replatforming our Magento site to Magento 2.0. Most of the UX and functionality of the site is standard for an online retailer; however, they’ve included several custom integrations that create a distinctive experience. For example, our typical product and brand pages are a mix of retail and editorial design principles. Regarding functionalities, one module helps customers buy correct sizes by saving profiles of purchased garments to their account. This makes it easy to compare different garments while browsing and ensures satisfactory purchases. There’s also a section on the site entitled “Collective Action” where customers can vote on preferred aspects of upcoming products. In addition to those features, they optimized the site for mobile and enhanced its backend architecture.

What is the team composition?

We work directly with their founder and a product manager.

How did you come to work with Command C?

A combination of looking at their past work and having conversations made us feel comfortable working with them. They’re focused on developing for e-commerce and had the skills to make our website standout.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $50,000–$199,000 thus far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in November 2014 and relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The most significant result we’ve seen is a sudden increase in mobile conversions after they made the UX mobile-friendly. Now, that number is almost equal to that of traditional web conversions. Most improvements have been incremental, so it’s difficult to pinpoint specific results. However, revenue has consistently gone up since the engagement began. Their work to improve some of our backend processes has given us a better grasp on internal operations. As a result, the increased efficiency saves us a lot of time.

How did Command C perform from a project management standpoint?

We interact via weekly calls regarding questions and concerns but mostly communicate through email or Basecamp. They keep us informed when they receive ticket requests and on how they’re working through an issue. They’re transparent when estimating time to allocate to projects. Overall, I’d rate their communication skills very highly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They work very precise instead of trying to complete tasks as quickly and cost-effective as possible and that’s a good approach. Additionally, their UX focus is useful and they offer valuable insight on how to execute our ideas.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They tend to be busy, so completing a task that isn’t urgent may take slightly longer than it should. However, it’s also up to us to let them know when something needs to be done.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

One of their strengths is being flexible and working with customers. It’s not a standardized approach, so consider how often you want to communicate and they’ll be accommodating to that.

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

E-Commerce Development for New York Magento Clothing Site

“Command C is very on top of things.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Having migrated products and a database in addition to a complete website overhaul to accommodate a Magento update, Command C now provides hosting, maintenance, and further integrations.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Brooklyn, New York
Tyler Clemens
Co-Founder, Outlier Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Website enhancements have increased both the company’s efficiency and productivity. Command C’s project and time management are both advantageous, reinforcing an already-responsive and communicative approach to customer service.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of Outlier Inc., an online clothing seller.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Command C?

I needed an update to my Magento website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our old website was made in house. We found Command C and asked that they update it from Magento CE 1.3.2.4 to the newest version. They migrated the database, products, and customer data. They were also involved with various integrations.

They rebuilt all of our code. It was a complete restart because we hadn’t kept up with the Magento updates over the years. We had made some changes to the Magento core so we had to do a complete rebuild instead of just going through an update.

Command C also set up new hosting for us and integrated our payment gateway to facilitate better functionality. We display products on the website and use PayPal for purchases in order to sell merchandise directly to the customer. We’re now able to achieve better efficiency on our customer service output.

We have an ongoing project to continue building out the site. We’re adding better analytics, full Zendesk integrations, and third-party logistics. They’re also providing ongoing maintenance to our site. We recently upgraded the server again and have seen a great increase in our both site and checkout speed.

What is the team composition?

We’ve worked with the owner, project manager, and two people on their development staff.

How did you come to work with Command C?

We initially searched for an agency that could upgrade our site. We finally found Command C’s website after a lot of research and decided to go with them because they felt like the right fit for us. They were excellent at breaking issues down into manageable parts. They are great communicators, which is something we place high value on.

What is the status of this engagement?

The new website launched in August 2015. Command C is now on a maintenance retainer and involved with more additions and integrations.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve seen a 20% increase in efficiency in our customer service. We’ve also seen an increase in productivity.

How did Command C perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Basecamp to communicate, which works wonderfully. Command C is very on top of things. Their project and time management are both great. They’re always very responsive.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their biggest distinguishing strengths are communication and responsiveness. They also have great technical expertise.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I have no suggestions for improvement.

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

Shopify E-Commerce Development and Redesign for Poster and Chart Store

“They know what our goals are and what’s important to us, and that’s reflected in the products they create.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2012 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

For over five years, Command C has been the principal partner for web dev. They created customized features (e.g., picture variants, zoom function) and currently provide maintenance and occasional updates.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Brooklyn, New York
Patrick Mulligan
CEO, Pop Chart Lab
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Command C is honest and transparent, charging fair rates for their high-quality work. They’re responsive and friendly and have helped the site be the top 1%–2% of Shopify stores. Plans are in the works for them to build a new site in the near future.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and CEO of Pop Chart Lab, a print retailer. We design and sell posters and prints through our website.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Command C?

We have a rather complicated Shopify store. We needed a way to display our posters with finishing options because we also have a woodshop where we create frames for all the products. We had no on-staff technical expertise to help us display our products as we wanted, and the partner who’d helped set up the Shopify site was more of a branding agency than a tech agency.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

There were two main tasks we had Command C do that Shopify didn’t provide: displaying specific images related to product variants and enabling a zoom function to see our products up close.

Command C created a way to have a main SKU with six variants that each had their own image library associated to them. When a customer clicks into a variant, they get three new images specific to that variant. It’s a complex but helpful feature that Shopify didn’t offer. Each product has about 30–40 images, but Shopify’s program consistently pulled the wrong image for the thumbnail, so Command C has fixed that.

For the zoom feature, Shopify didn’t offer a great one when we first started, so that’s why we had Command C build one. Now, Shopify has gotten better, but the zoom was imperative to our business because our prints are detailed and customers needed to be able to see them.

Recently, Command C has been doing a lot of integrations, like with our new email provider. Our old one didn’t provide product innovation we wanted, so Command C helped us switch to a combatable provider and had it all setup within two days.

Another feature Command C has built out is a gift guide functionality. We can make custom collection pages to display at the top of pages or as a banner. This is particularly helpful during the holiday season because we can have collections like “gifts for foodies,” “gifts for booklovers,” etc. We can upload a custom image to be the front icon or header across the collections.

What is the team composition?

We mainly interact with Command C’s founder and both of our project managers.

How did you come to work with Command C?

We wanted a local team, and we found Command C through Shopify’s recommended partners. They’re located in Brooklyn, just a few blocks from where we were located at the time, so it seemed to be a great fit.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $150,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We partnered in August 2012. Right now, they mostly provide maintenance, but we’re in the process of having them build our own site soon.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We're usually ranked as one of the higher Shopify sites, according to our revenue. Shopify sometimes highlights 10­–15 sites to use as examples for people who may be considering moving to their platform, and we’ve been featured numerous times on that list. We have a good relationship with Shopify, which speaks to the success and functionality of our store; Shopify is proud to have us as a customer.

We have high conversion and repeat customer rates, and our cart size has gotten bigger over the years. We’re definitely in the top 1%–2% of stores, as far as revue.

How did Command C perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Basecamp to track our project, which we usually access and manage through email. Command C has a system where you can escalate something to emergency status once or twice a month, and whenever we do that, we hear back from them within the hour. They’re incredibly responsive, and they have a great system for prioritizing and staying organized.

What did you find most impressive about them?

One of the things I most appreciate is their transparency on billing. When we don't have much internal expertise on a subject, we have no idea how long it should take to do something, and other companies seem to take advantage of that. Their quotes can range quite a bit, and it just seems like they’re trying to see how much they can squeeze out of us instead of actually charge for the work they do. Command C is good at just accounting for their hours and not overcharging or being sneaky. We pay them a retainer for a certain number of billable hours a month, and they update us constantly on how many hours we’ve used. If we’re starting a new project, they’ll be honest about how many hours it will take and stick to their quotes.

The quality of their work is also amazing. They know what our goals are and what’s important to us, and that’s reflected in the products they create. They’re great to work with, friendly, and easy to get along with. In the five years of being partners, we’ve never had a disagreement, which is impressive.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, they've been great. We work with a number of subcontractors, and Command C is definitely the least troublesome of them all. We rarely have to take time out of our schedule to deal with a problem with Command C.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Give them a clear list of things you need done, the timeline, and the budget. Think strategically about what you want and take advantage of Command C’s expertise. You can easily end up throwing a lot of money away by working on a function you don’t even need, so get Command C’s input. They’ll let you know what’s worth the investment, so you can get the most bang for your buck.

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

E-Commerce Development for Immersive Sport Technology Startup

"They are the best e-commerce agency I have ever worked with, period."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Feb. 2015 - Nov. 2016
Project summary: 

Command C spearheaded the development of an e-commerce website for a sports tech startup using Shopify & its Ruby-based templating language. They both built and implemented a complex UI.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Stamford, Connecticut
Former Director of Software Development, Arccos Golf
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Thanks to consistently organized project management & a preference for listening & collaboration, Command C was able to complete the work as an effective partner. They took a “slow and steady” approach to problem solving that ultimately resulted in them delivering the best end product possible.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

At the time of this project, I was the director of software development for Arccos Golf, which is a supplier of sensor hardware that screws into golf clubs and tracks data about the user’s game. My duties involved overseeing all of our client-side development, including iOS, Android, and web applications.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Command C?

Our company philosophy was to do all of our core business in-house, and we needed great agency partners for the rest of our business. We began looking for e-commerce partners to do our website, which we needed to sell our main product, golf club sensors.

One of the biggest challenges in the e-commerce project was that the website not only needed to provide the outlet for sales, but also to explain what the product was and why customers needed it. We already had a creative agency that we had engaged to design our branding materials, including our logo, but they did not have experience with e-commerce specifically and were not prepared to spearhead the technical side of the website build.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The site that Command C built for us was at its core a Shopify site. That technology worked well for our needs, as it is reasonably lightweight and comes with a lot of baked-in assumptions that suited our goals. I believe it is built using Ruby, and it allows for a lot of custom templating and extensions while still letting the user benefit from Shopify’s rich e-commerce ecosystem.

One of Command C’s primary challenges was the fact that we were laying a very intricate user interface (UI) on top of the e-commerce base. Our site’s design had many small innovations and details, utilizing a lot of small animations that are very Javascript and CSS-3 heavy, so the integration was not straightforward. While we knew that Shopify was the right platform for our needs, we did not know it intricately enough to predict how our UI changes would positively or negatively affect dev time in regards to integration and adaptation. That is where Command C’s expertise really came into play, and they were able to guide us through that process.

We wanted to get the site to the point where our internal team could manage maintenance in the future. Accordingly, we had distinct opinions about what technologies—including supporting libraries, third-party technologies, and best practices—were selected for the site. Once the work was complete, the site worked so well that we didn’t need to be constantly revising our templates whenever the Shopify core platform upgraded. Ultimately, we were able to let the site exist and do its job without feeling like it was a burden or strain upon our in-house team.

What is the team composition?

Our primary contact on the technical side was Tiffany Kutcha (Tech Lead, Command C), and she was fantastic. She handled a lot of the coordination in terms of technical decisions, and was generally very accommodating.

How did you come to work with Command C?

We interviewed a lot of potential candidates and came away from the process feeling great about Command C, both in terms of the level of service they provided as well as their expertise in the field.

How much have you invested with them?

The build itself cost around $20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The full range of the engagement was from around February 2015 to November 2016, including a support contract. Within that time frame, the build itself would have been around five months. We had released a remedial pre-sale website in 2014, before the actual terms of our work with Command C began, and I believe we launched the full website at some point in 2015. The engagement has since been concluded.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We are likely not the average client, as we already had a quality assessment (QA) team in place by the time we got to the review stage of the project. When our QA team went through the site’s first, rough draft at Command C’s request, they filed somewhere around 200 small bugs or UI issues on various browsers. Because we had our own engineers looking at the site from a QA perspective, we came back with a lot more feedback than a typical client.

They handled all of our feedback really well and we never felt like there was any pushback on our comments. We definitely shot for the stars in terms of the design and the functionality of the site, and they were actually able to meet that high bar. It really feels like the version we designed was the one we saw at launch, and I think that’s rare in development.

How did Command C perform from a project management standpoint?

They managed their time well, particularly in terms of a staggered approach. By this I mean that we weren’t delivering everything they needed all at once, yet they knew what tasks they could get started on early. We used a Basecamp install to coordinate our teams’ work on the project, and that was great in terms of submitting feedback and bugs, in part because our team was already comfortable using Basecamp as a tool. We also had regular calls to discuss the project. Tiffany did a phenomenal job at trying to accommodate our needs while also using their own internal tools in order to make sure that they could work quickly and not be bogged down by our preferences. Command C was integral in helping us figure out where we needed to get the project in order to unlock their next stage of work, all of which I felt was well-communicated.

Additionally, they did a solid job of dealing with all the moving parts unique to this situation. Cooperating with us alone would likely have been enough of a challenge for them, because we were a relatively young startup that was still trying to find its footing. However, they needed to coordinate between their own work, another creative agency’s work, and the demands of our product team. They did a fantastic job responding to all the collaboration challenges that came with having three separate teams working on a single end product. The process went as smoothly as we had hoped.

Overall, Command C was willing to listen and were candid about what they did well and what tools they could use to make us the site that we wanted. A lot of creative agencies just say yes to everything, but Command C is competent enough and confident enough in their relationships with their clients to occasionally disagree with suggestions. Their priority is making sure that they can deliver the best build possible rather than obeying blindly, which I appreciate. They do well to sell their services without constantly “pitching” the client. Budget-wise, we managed to stay pretty close to what we had expected, which was partially a combination of providing our own QA work and them optimizing the best ways and areas on which to focus our joint efforts.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The level of polish on Command C’s work was extraordinarily high. Because they have such a focus on e-commerce, they are very aware of all the options and platforms available. They are able to cater their suggestions to exactly what we needed and had the maturity to be able to work with another creative agency on the project. In terms of the constraints of the project, I don’t think that there was a whole lot that they could have done better. They did their work well and in a good amount of time. They are really top tier in their industry.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It might be nice for them to take a look at some of their longer-term support options for small companies like us, where our ongoing maintenance needs were both on the lower end and unpredictable. Their current support options and less expensive tiers are geared towards companies that know what their demands are going to be on a more regular basis. Because of our status as a startup—and this is a common problem in our industry—we weren’t sure of our needs going forward. We would have greatly benefitted from having Command C do further iterations of the site, and although we had them do a couple of things, we could not keep them on an ongoing basis as a result of their pricing structure.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would encourage future customers to know what’s out there in terms of e-commerce platforms so they can plan in advance what they need out of Command C’s services. For example, a Magento customer is very different than a Shopify customer, and it would benefit everyone involved if you know which one you are in advance. Do you most need endless customization or simplicity and efficiency? Be aware of the space.

Lastly, make sure to engage Command C on projects where you have enough of a budget to make use of their skills. You want to make sure that it’s the right project for an agency with these kinds of talents on board.

5.0
Overall Score They are the best e-commerce agency I have ever worked with, period.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    A couple things took longer than expected, but that was more of a scoping communication issue on our end.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re not the most expensive, but they are mid- to upper-tier on price.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    If you want the job done well and done right, they are the sweet spot.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already recommended them.

E-Commerce Shopify Development for Audio Hardware Startup

"Their expertise in e-commerce makes them stand out from other agencies."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Aug. 2015 - Nov. 2017
Project summary: 

Command C developed an e-commerce website using Shopify. They offered multiple versions of the site and customized functions.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Fransisco, California
Bentley Rubinstein
Former Director of Marketing, Doppler Labs
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The finished site has demonstrated conversion rate growth. They showed skill in e-commerce development while remaining attentive throughout the collaboration. Their team was communicative and fit the needs of the project.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

This collaboration occurred when I was with Doppler Labs as their director of marketing.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Command C?

We needed to build and develop an e-commerce website to effectively market our products.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We were selling audio products and ear technology such as outset earplugs, High Fidelity earplugs, and wireless earbuds that can be adjusted through the company’s app. Our site needed to be a place customers could visit to learn about our company and products in addition to making purchases.

They are primarily a development agency, and their expertise is helping clients like ourselves by pinpointing what’s possible with design from a development standpoint. They essentially helped us build our site. They helped us choose Shopify as our e-commerce platform and helped through the development process once we had designed the site. Although they built the site using existing Shopify templates, they customized our check out functions and other site details to our specifications. They would share staging versions of the site before it went live, so that we could provide comments and bug fixes. They helped push the site live and fix any issues as well as develop further iterations of the site. We typically worked on a project by project basis with them. We would define a project, then set a budget for that project.

What is the team composition?

We worked with one primary developer and one project manager, but there may have been more people working behind the scenes.

How did you come to work with Command C?

We had decided to work with them before I joined the company. My understanding is that we knew we needed to build an online presence in order to sell our products, and we looked at a range of different agencies, but they actually came recommended to us by companies we worked with on marketing. Based on their experience and other clients that had worked with them, we decided to collaborate with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $50,000-$200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them around August 2015, and we finished collaborating in November 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We found the site to be very effective for what we wanted it to do. They customized the site to our specifications, and we saw increased conversion rates throughout the various site iterations. The site conveyed the look and feel of our brand and was distinct from other Shopify sites in the market as a result of their work.

How did Command C perform from a project management standpoint?

They were diligent throughout our collaboration. We had a project manager act as our point person on a daily basis, and the owner of the firm would also step in as needed. They had a good project management system that enabled us to communicate effectively, and they stayed on top of their work extremely well. We primarily communicated using Basecamp.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their expertise in e-commerce makes them stand out from other agencies. This was the reason that drew us to work with them in the first place and made them a good fit for us. They also focused specifically on the development side of the project, which we appreciated. We wanted to handle design with our in-house design team to ensure that our design was consistent with our brand, and then hand it over to them for development. However, their team stayed in touch with our design team throughout development.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There are always challenges when you're working with an agency instead of an in-house team, but there wasn't anything that we would have changed or done differently.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make sure they’re the right fit for you. Command C works particularly well if you’re building an e-commerce site. It is also important to consider your in-house design capabilities because they don’t focus on design. They're a strong partner to work with, but you have to know what services you’re looking for.

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