We increase your traffic, leads and sales revenue

Comrade is a full service, award-winning digital marketing, SEO, web design, and development agency. We're skilled in overcoming design, technology, and marketing challenges and consistently elevate our clients' businesses.

We serve a range of industries including:

  • eCommerce
  • Legal
  • Medical
  • Professional Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Corporate
  • IT
  • and more.

Our services:

Digital Marketing

  • Local and Nationwide SEO
  • PPC, SEM
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Email Marketing

Inbound Marketing

  • Marketing Automation
  • Content Marketing

Web Design and Development

  • WordPress website design
  • eCommerce website design
  • Custom website design

Why businesses choose Comrade:

  • For the cost of what one employee might cost a business, we provide a full team comprising business strategists, copywriters, web designers and developers, SEO, PPC, and social media experts and hands-on account management
  • First page SEO results are typically generated in 2-4 months
  • Hundreds of satisfied clients and countless case studies to prove it
  • Results and data-driven marketing campaigns
  • HubSpot and Google Certified partner
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Industry-specific expertise
 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2007
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Chicago, IL
headquarters
  • 770 N Halsted st, Ste 106
    Chicago, IL 60642
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

eCommerce, law firms, local service providers, manufacturing companies, IT, health care, financial services, real estate, SAAP platforms and more. View our case studies.

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Europa Eyewear

Keywords:  Ecommerce + WEBSITE DESIGN

About This Project

Europa Eyewear partnered with Comrade to create a magnificent online presence and user experience for its vast network of optometrists and consumers.

Challenges

Positioning the brand as an independent leader – with a crisp product line and superior service – in the sea of indifferent

manufacturers owned by a corporate giant.
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Hoopis Group

About This Project

When in a crowded field, one must always put its best foot forward. Guided by this principal, Hoopis’ management team partnered with Comrade to create a beautiful digital platform.

Challenges

Financial services is one of the most crowded and competitive fields; how does one make a mid-sized firm stand out in a sea of sameness? This was the challenge

Hoopis’ management team brought to us.

Solutions

After a careful competitive analysis, our creative team created a modern concept that is a few levels above that of the Hoopis’ competitors. The website flows and makes it easy for prospective clients to understand why they should choose Hoopis over its competitors.

 

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3Red

About This Project


When the sharpest minds in proprietary trading wanted the sharpest website in the industry, they came to Comrade.


Challenges


3Red came to us with no content, no images, and no digital platform to speak of. But, the ever achievers, they had a huge desire to deliver a great user experience to its audience while projecting

their true identity and spirit.


Solutions


Crisp, best-in-the-industry digital experience projects an image of the true entrepreneurial spirit with a heavy emphasis on the brilliant, yet humble minds who work there.

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Precision Stone Design

Keywords: MARKETING STRATEGY + STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + LOCAL SEO+ WEBSITE DESIGN

About This Project

As a strategic growth partner for Precision

Stone Design (PSD), Comrade has helped uplift the brand image and increase demand for its products.

Marketing Results

Within six weeks of launching the new website, the following results were reported:

11.29% Organic traffic is up double digits across all channels

21.3% Sales calls and inquiries are up by a huge margin across all channels

13.43% Cost per lead is down

Sales growth results are kept confidential

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AARP Illinois

Keywords: STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + Goverment + WEB DESIGN

About This Project

AARP is a US-based non-profit interest group whose purpose is to help empower the aging

American population by means of advocating for social change through information, advocacy, service, and lobbying activities.

 

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American Marketing & Publishing

Keywords: STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + Consulting + WEBSITE DESIGN

About This Project

AMP, an Illinois-based digital and traditional marketing & advertising company, contacted us here at Comrade to help design and developing a

new, modernized website as well as rebrand and update the company’s imagery.

Read more about Client's Challenges and Our Solutions

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Granite Selection

Keywords: BRANDING + LOCAL SEO + WEBSITE DESIGN About This Project

The owner of Granite Selection (GS), a deep discounter in the competitive field, came to Comrade to rethink their business model and improve results. Comrade transformed the company into one of the market leaders with much stronger demand for their products. Ongoing work for Granite Selection had lead to the following

results: +1469% Increase in the number of website visitors +779% Increase in sales calls and inquiries (that’s 8 times more buyers) Undisclosed increase in sales (proportionally large) Read more about Client's Challenges and Our Solutions
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RBN Insurance

Keywords: STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + INSURANCE + WEB DESIGN

About This Project

As a family business, RBN Insurance & Associates has steadily grown over a quarter

century into an experienced team of insurance and employee benefits brokers who assess risk, identify cost-efficient approaches to insurance, and negotiate with carriers to deliver comprehensive options at competitive prices.

Read more about Client's Challenges and Our Solutions

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Senior Living Experts

Keywords: Marketing Strategy + Healthcare + Digital Marketing + WEBSITE DESIGN

About This Project

Senior Living Experts is a Chicago-based agency that helps

connect senior citizens and their families with senior living solutions that best suit them. They provide these service for free and have gained city-wide recognition for their work. Under new ownership, SLE had a desire to grow their organization’s efforts beyond Chicago and thus partnered up with Comrade Web Agency in building a website that would allow them to do so.

56% TRAFFIC INCREASE

60% FORM SUBMISSIONS INCREASE

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Barr & Young Attorneys

Keywords: Marketing Strategy + Legal Marketing + LOCAL SEO+ WEBSITE DESIGN

About This Project

Located in Danville, California, Barr & Young

is a legal firm specializing in trust litigation, securities litigation, elder abuse litigation, and trust and estate administration. As a client of CWA for over 4 years, we have not only helped them redesign their site and keep it up to date with best practices, but have gained impressive marketing results.

650%MONTHLY LEADS INCREASE

350%CONVERSION RATE INCREASE

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Velvetech

Project

Velvetech is a custom software development shop that provides robust technology solutions for established enterprise companies as well as growing startups & SMBs (Small & Medium-sized Businesses). They provide technology solutions ranging across software development, mobile & web apps, and IT services that deliver proven results.

 

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Boat.me

Keywords: MARKETING STRATEGY + CONSULTING + WEBSITE DESIGN

About This Project

Florida-based company Boat.me offers a unique platform where boat owners can sign up to offer their boats (with or without captain) on an hourly or

daily basis for leisurely use. Owners may host or simply rent out their boats for trips. Alternatively, if a renter is interested in borrowing a boat, they can enter their preferences and location and be matched with boats in their area.

 

 Read more about Client's Challenges and Our Solutions

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Azimuth

Keywords: MARKETING STRATEGY + PORTAL DEVELOPMENT + WEBSITE DESIGN

About This Project

Azimuth is a Chicago-based human resource consulting company specializing in matching local industrial and manufacturing companies with

talent. The company is a subsidiary of a larger parent company with a 40-year history.

45%TRAFFIC INCREASE

52%FORM SUBMISSIONS INCREASE

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PneuTech

Keywords: STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + CONSULTING + B2B + WEBSITE DESIGN About This Project PneuTech is an offshoot of Illinois-based compressed air products distributor FluidAire Dynamics. PneuTech is a global brand for compressed air products and solutions. The project objective was to create a website displaying products across their 4 global regions. Read more about Client's Challenges and Our Solutions

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The Law Office of Daniel Hinich

Keywords: LEGAL MARKETING + STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + CONSULTING + DIGITAL MARKETING + WEBSITE DESIGN

About This Project

This solo practitioner needed to increase

online credibility to generate real leads. The old site lacked clear Calls-to-Action and did not convey Attorney Daniel D. Hinich’s 25+ years of skillful trial success on behalf of his clients. Missing was both a clear delineation of services and his value proposition as the “go-to” criminal defense attorney in & around Homewood, Markham, Bridgeview and Joliet, IL.

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Classic Landscape LTD

Keywords: WEBSITE DESIGN + MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS + STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + CONSTRUCTION

About This Project

Classic Landscapes, Ltd. is a family business founded in 1964. They grew the company from a single truck and crew to a

full landscaping, operation with three plant nurseries to supply local, high-quality trees and shrubs for all their commercial projects. Read more about Client's Challenges and Our Solutions
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Vesta Preferred Realty

Keywords: MARKETING STRATEGY + BRANDING + STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + CONSULTING + WEBSITE DESIGN

About This Project

Vesta Preferred is a Chicago-based real estate company specializing in luxury properties in some of Chicago’s most

sought-after and vibrant neighborhoods. After consulting with Comrade, a strategy was set in motion to help expand Vesta’s digital footprint through a revamped web presence and lead generating campaigns.

Read more about Client's Challenges and Our Solutions

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Vinyl Clocks

Keywords: WEBSITE DESIGN + BRANDING + MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS + MARKETING STRATEGY + CONSUMER PRODUCTS + E-COMMERCE + CONSULTING About This Project As the name alludes, Vinyl Clocks manufactures crafty vinyl clocks in every imaginable theme for peoples’ homes and offices. Their artisans also designed an extensive array of wooden clocks, bookmarks, and iPhone cases.   Read more about Client's Challenges and Our

Solutions  
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PepperFace

Project

PepperFace is a pepper spray company that helps women Stay Safe in Style. Their line of pepper sprays unique design make it possible for women to defend themselves without the bulky pepper sprays of the past.

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VDA Capital Group

Keywords: BRANDING + MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS + LANDING PAGE CREATION

About This Project

Our talented team of designers, developers, and marketing professionals conducted brainstorming sessions to draft the perfect sales funnel. What emerged was a single landing page, appropriately divided into

color-coded sections. Some of the sections included denoting ways that users could easily check loan amounts and comparable interest fees, a “Mark vs. Jim” story to steer visitors toward effective solutions for their own unique needs, a “Choose Your Loan” section, and a few calls-to-action that promoted the value VDA offered.

 

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Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors

Keywords: PORTAL DEVELOPMENT + STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + HEALTHCARE + CONSULTING + WEBSITE DESIGN

About This Project

Blueprint is a Chicago-based advisory firm that

specializes in senior housing and healthcare real estate, offering unique exit strategies, solutions, and consulting for both investors and operators.

Blueprint enlisted Comrade Web Agency to revamp their website, create a client portal for investors and operators, and to develop a mobile app for their services.

 Read more about Client's Challenges and Our Solutions

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Chips Manufacturing

Keywords: WEBSITE DESIGN

About This Project

Chips Manufacturing is a recognized leader in precision manufacturing. From the defense industry to medical technology to HVAC and specialty gauges, Chips does it all. Their commitment to excellence at every stage of engineering and production has brought them

continuous growth and prestige in many sectors of the manufacturing industry. Read more about Client's Challenges and Our Solutions
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IMT Global Inc.

Keywords: WEB DESIGN / DEVELOPMENT + MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS + STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

About This Project

IMT is a Hollywood, CA based media and IT company. For over twenty years, they have provided tech-centered solutions in a

myriad of industries and markets, including media management, consulting, IT assessment, and cloud-based services, among others.

Read more about Client's Challenges and Our Solutions

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Gas Technology Institute

Keywords: MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS + LANDING PAGE CREATION

About This Project

Gas Technology Institute (GTI) is the leading research, development and training organization addressing energy and environmental challenges to enable a secure, abundant, and affordable energy future.

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NY vape shop

Project

The NYVapeShop.com team manufactures and sells a wide array of high-quality vape products, which are backed by amazing customer support and very competitive prices. With no marketing, the company was stalled. Before meeting Comrade Web Agency, their website suffered from a generic template appearance with limited WordPress eCommerce functionality. Though the company was generating some online sales, most trickled in through email and individual referrals. They were not growing their brand’s digital footprint, or distinguishing themselves from the competition. Comrade Web Agency was hired to dramatically improve performance, significantly increase targeted traffic to the site, and triple sales within one year – all while staying within a limited marketing budget.

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Engtal

Keywords: WEB DESIGN / DEVELOPMENT + MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS + STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + WORDPRESS + RECRUITING + CONSULTING

About This Project

Engtal locates engineering talent its competitors cannot. By focusing on extremely tight

vertical markets, the vast majority of placed candidates are passive.

 

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Play No Escape

Keywords: WEB DESIGN / DEVELOPMENT + MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS + STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + WORDPRESS + CONSULTING + ENTERTAIMENT

About This Project

Have you ever wanted to escape with corporate espionage documents or find clues to

exonerate you of a crime? For those in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, you can now live the experience at the No Escape Room.

 

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Keywords : 

WEB DESIGN / DEVELOPMENT + MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS + STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

About This Project

CCMSI’s team helps some of the world’s best-known companies reach higher while risking less. For more than three decades

CCMSI has innovated risk solutions for claims administrators, property & casualty agents, managed care, loss control and self-insured group professionals.

With their industry-leading reputation at stake, and an aging, static website representing their services, Comrade Web Agency was hired to rebuild and improve this enterprise company’s online brand.

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JetRails

Keywords:

WEBSITE DESIGN+ STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT +MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS + WORDPRESS + CONSULTING + HOSTING + IT

About This Project

This Magento hosting company works closely with companies’ development teams to ensure fast, secure

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National Lift Truck

Keywords:

STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + B2B+WEBSITE DESIGN

About This Project

National Lift Truck, Inc. is an Illinois-based company that is both family-owned and

operated. For over 60 years, NLT has provided new and used lift equipment, both for sale and rent, and has become well known within their industry for their superior sense of customer service and quality goods.

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36 Squared

Keywords: STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + CONSULTING + WEBSITE DESIGN + REAL ESTATE

About This Project

Comrade was brought in to develop an energetic and visually stunning

website that stimulate business owners’ interest in renting available work spaces in an energizing atmosphere on Chicago’s southwest side, straddling the South Branch of the Chicago River on the border of the Bridgeport and McKinley Park neighborhoods.

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Steps 2 Walk

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With a noble cause and real-life solutions, this Not for Profit organization raises money, runs programs internationally that train surgeons and spurs local involvement. Over the past 20 years, the 150 orthopedic surgeons and volunteers have aided thousands of children and adults who suffer with untreated foot and ankle deformities and injuries.

Read more about Client's Challenges and Our Solutions

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Chicago Motor Coach

Keywords: WEB DESIGN / DEVELOPMENT + MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS + STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + WORDPRESS + LOCAL SEO + MARKETING STRATEGY +

B2B + TRANSPORTATION

About This Project

Chicago Motor Coach provides charter bus services to groups throughout Chicagoland. With 32 years of combined experience, they are the Chicagoland area’s most referred transportation group.

They offer a variety of group transportation services including airport bus shuttles, special events charters, and long distance trips.

Project Results

Redesign website, develop a buyer’s journey and create necessary Calls-to-Action to convert website traffic into leads

Grow organic traffic 21% through local search optimization. 47% of leads now come from organic search traffic

Increase prospect calls by 98% and website leads by 125%

Set up pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns. As a result, their leads grew by 110% since the campaign launch

Add 600% more content to website to augment search and conversion efforts

Use call tracking and web analytics to measure conversions

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Bench SME

Keywords: WEB DESIGN / DEVELOPMENT + BRANDING + MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS

About This Project

Comrade Web Agency was hired to disrupt the well-established HR space in which 83% of executives indicate an increasing use of contingent workers. No small task. We devised the innovative Lyghtning portal to function as

a cornerstone in our new “Gig Economy”.

Read more about Client's Challenges and Our Solutions

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OKK corp

Keywords: WEB DESIGN / DEVELOPMENT + MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS + STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + WORDPRESS

About This Project

OKK makes top of the line CNC machines, but their website was stuck in the Geocities era. We were hired to

redesign their website and make it more useful to them as a channel for publishing and sales. Our work together was a bit more complex than this however. The original OKK brand guidelines were developed in Japan, but we still had to build a website for the US market.

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Zen Supplies

Keywords: WEB DESIGN / DEVELOPMENT + MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS + STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT

About This Project

Zen Supplies is an industry-disrupting software provider. Their technicians develop solutions for inventory management, budget

and cost analysis, as well as distributor price comparison. Comrade Web Agency was brought in to create a new, branded, professional website to provide ease and accessibility of actionable information for dental staff and distributors.

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Ardent Construction

Keywords: WEB DESIGN / DEVELOPMENT + MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS + STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + CONSTRUCTION

About This Project

A locally owned and operated team of premier general contractors and carpenters providing superior construction services in Chicago.

 

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J-Power USA

Keywords: BRANDING + STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + ENERGY + WEB DESIGN

About This Project

J‑Power USA is a subsidiary of international power company J‑POWER (EPDC),

headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. For over 60 years, J‑Power has remained one of the leading international names in power generation and sustainability. In the USA alone, the company operates 11 facilities across the country. J‑Power USA is known for both their work in optimizing energy usage and efforts in minimizing environmental impact. J‑Power is also a publicly traded company.

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Vantec Hitachi Transport System (USA), Inc.

Keywords: STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT + B2B + WEB DESIGN

About This Project

Vantec Hitachi Transport System (USA), Inc. is a subsidiary company of multinational

powerhouse Hitachi, located in Tokyo, Japan. This division of Hitachi focuses on and specializes in logistics and transportation. They approached us with a request to revamp their website, which needed a stand-alone presence amongst its fellow company sites. This meant rebranding their entire USA logistics division.

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Web Dev, UI/UX, Social Media Mktg for Industrial Supply Firm

"Their depth of experience and specialization offers a lot of value for our team."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Comrade Web Agency provided a host of web development and digital marketing services to an industrial compressed air equipment company. In addition to several site upgrades, they handled SEO and PPC work.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Schaumburg, Illinois
Michael Heine
Director of Marketing, Fluid-Aire Dynamics, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Impressing the partner with their industry expertise, the team proved to have a creative and structured approach to digital advertising that led to success. They were commended on their willingness to establish a regular communication cadence and ability to react quickly to issues that arise.

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 a company that specializes in the design, sales, installation, repair, and support of industrial compressed air equipment. We have three locations and serve all facilities that use compressed air as a primary utility that drives their operation. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Comrade Web Agency?

They were working on SEO, PPC, and social media marketing.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Just as I was joining the company, they put together a quick website to support a trade show that was a few weeks out at the time. Additionally, they’ve done some patchwork on our old, template-based website to improve it from a marketing perspective.

Since then, I’ve worked with them on two other website projects. One is for fluid air safety products, while the other supports a product that’s offered through our sister company. Two of the sites are on Shopify and the other two are WordPress sites. They ran advertisements on Facebook and LinkedIn to get the word out about our services as well.

What is the team composition?

I work with a few designers and project managers as well as a marketing manager. I have two points of contact for SEO services and another two main points of contact for web development. 

How did you come to work with Comrade Web Agency?

I inherited the relationship. However, it was important to our owners to be able to meet with partners face-to-face. We searched for local companies specializing in digital marketing and web development. 

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $60,000–$80,000. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since around January 2018. Our teams are moving into a new project together soon. We’re working on the scoping process now.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They operate at an expert level when it comes to web development, SEO, and PPC strategies. Their team understands the science and the art behind their work and approaches projects accordingly.  

How did Comrade Web Agency perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate regularly, meeting monthly to discuss PPC and SEO metrics. There, we also speak about new tasks or requirements. If something needs to be repaired or replaced, we’re able to easily request that. We’re working together on a new scope of work currently. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their depth of experience and specialization offers a lot of value for our team. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

We’ve had issues with launching sites in the past. They’ve declared sites finished when there were still changes that needed to be implemented and aspects that clearly had not been tested. This isn’t an earth-shattering issue, but it’s been my greatest source of disappointment with them. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Expect to build in some post-launch time for adjustments to the site, which should be coming with any project anyway. It’s important to have a thorough testing and tweaking phase.

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

WordPress Dev & Design for Private Equity Firm

“They’re professional, patient, and full of ideas.”

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

Comrade Web Agency designed and developed a WordPress site from scratch for a private equity firm. Since launching the site, they’ve provided ongoing maintenance and support.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Iryna Demyanchuk
Office Manager & Executive Assistant, Maxim Partners
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Comrade Web Agency satisfied the requirements of the engagement by delivering a well-designed, functional website that internal stakeholders take pride in. Professional and responsive, the team excels at following up and meeting milestones. 

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Maxim Partners is a small private equity firm in the suburbs of Chicago. Our team consists of five full-time employees and 10 additional industry partners and interns. My position is office manager and executive assistant.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Comrade Web Agency?

We began working with Comrade Web Agency in 2018, by which point our website was really outdated and didn’t look very professional. We needed a completely new website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Comrade Web Agency developed a WordPress website from scratch. Creating a website from scratch was new for us, so our team worked closely with Comrade to determine the best way to develop and design the site. The site is informational.

What is the team composition?

Our point of contact was Reed (Senior Account Executive), but I’m sure he had a team that he worked with.

How did you come to work with Comrade Web Agency?

They were recommended to us by our IT support company, Framework IT. We did extensive research first and then settled on Comrade.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent $10,000–$15,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in May 2018, and they finished the site by the end of 2018. Since then, we’ve had a maintenance package with them, so that if we have any questions or need something to be changed, they do so.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re extremely satisfied. The website looks really good, and we’re proud to present it. It runs smoothly.

How did Comrade Web Agency perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re very professional and hit deadlines. Most of our team travels a lot, so it’s hard for us to stick to deadlines, but Reed was very professional; he would constantly reach out and ask what else we needed. We communicated via email and phone. We also set milestones, and they met them.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Comrade does great work. They’re professional, patient, and full of ideas.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, they’re great.

Any advice for potential customers?

Provide them with the basics, and they’ll come up with extras and go from there.

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

Web Design for High School Volleyball News Publication

“Over the course of the engagement, we developed a really good, solid working relationship.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. 2017 - June 2018
Project summary: 

Comrade Web Agency provided full-stack web development to a high school volleyball reporting and news website, handling a complete redesign and information transfer as well as building new features.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Phil Brozynski
President, Illprepvb.com Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The work completed by Comrade Web Agency completely satisfied all project stakeholder requirements, helping them to successfully establish a more professional face for their business. Their team was communicative and engaged throughout the work, taking and delivering feedback well.

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 president of Illprepvb.com, and we are a website dedicated to high school and club volleyball here in Illinois.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Comrade Web Agency?

High School sports coverage used to be much more expensive, but due to a variety of factors has been dramatically reduced in recent years. After I retired, I decided to create a website to help provide more exposure to high school volleyball in our area. We did it for free for one year, and then decided to get serious and started looking for a professional company to redesign and modernize what we had.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

One of the main things we were looking for was to have a sharper, more professional look to our website. They ended up developing the new site from scratch but helped us to integrate about a year’s worth of information in a way that the people who had uploaded it could still access it. Their team focused on making the new site much more organized for people using the site and much easier to update for us on the backend.

What is the team composition?

We met with one person on a couple of occasions to discuss what we were looking for, but there were a number of other people working on the site behind the scenes.

How did you come to work with Comrade Web Agency?

I put out an RFP to look for bids from professional agencies, and they were in the middle of the road in terms of pricing, so we decided to reach out to them. Our initial conversations went well, and we were confident that they would be able to deliver the requirements we were looking for, so we decided to move forward with them.

How much have you invested with them?

The total cost of the project was a little over $10,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together with them from October 2017–June 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The impact of the work speaks for itself to a certain extent. We were extremely pleased with what they delivered. As we delivered into the project, we discovered more and more that we wanted to change and fine-tuned what we wanted to create, and they walked us through the entire process almost seamlessly.

How did Comrade Web Agency perform from a project management standpoint?

They were open to the ideas we had and presented us with suggestions of their own when they felt strongly one way or another. Over the course of the engagement, we developed a really good, solid working relationship. They were great about communicating thoroughly so that we understood the entire process.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Some of the suggestions that they were able to make from their own experience were incredibly valuable to the final product that we created with them. We really appreciated having access to their experience so that we could implement a lot more of our ideas than we would have been able to otherwise.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We were quite pleased with the relationship. We were hoping to have it up and running a little sooner, but as time went on, we gave them more things to do, so that wasn’t their fault.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They are very amenable to your feedback and input, so if there is something you want to address, don’t hesitate to bring it up with them and they will take care of it for you.

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

Web Design for State Nurses Association

“They just know how to make websites look really attractive in a format that is also smooth and user-friendly.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Dec. 2018 - Jan. 2020
Project summary: 

Comrade Web Agency completely updated and redesigned the look and content of a nurses association website, helping to implement a news feed and simplified page organization across the site.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Alice Johnson
Executive Director, Illinois Nurses Association
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new website is clean, easy for members to use, and easy for the client to update on their own, completely satisfying requirements for the project. Comrade Web Agency focused on improving user-flows throughout the site in order to help promote access to information during the current crisis.

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 executive director of the Illinois Nurses Association.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Comrade Web Agency?

Our website needed to be updated and redesigned.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We gave them a lot of different materials to work with, such as content and pictures that we wanted on the site, and they put together a framework for what the final product was going to look like. Once we approved it, they worked through all of the pages to finalize the code and content on each one.

What is the team composition?

I worked primarily with Reed (Senior Account Executive) and Anna (Project Manager) for all of the work.

How did you come to work with Comrade Web Agency?

We talked with a few companies who submitted proposals for our project, and we were impressed by Comrade Web Agency’s the most. We liked the work they had done on previous sites as well, so we selected them for the job.

How much have you invested with them?

The total cost was somewhere between $10,000-$20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our work together ran from around December 2018–January 2020.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I don’t have any specific numbers to share, but our members really like the designs that they implemented for us. In the midst of the current pandemic, it’s really important for us to be able to get information out to our members quickly and in a format that’s clear.

This website has allowed us to keep people informed about the virus and its coverage much more easily than we were in a position to do before.

How did Comrade Web Agency perform from a project management standpoint?

They were very proactive about regularly checking in on things, requesting whatever they needed from us to move forward, and making sure that everyone was on the same page in terms of next steps. We mostly communicated by phone and email, but we used an online project management tool that allowed us to share desktop screens when necessary as well.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We were really impressed by their overall attention to detail and design. They just know how to make websites look really attractive in a format that is also smooth and user-friendly. They’re very professional in everything that they do, so we really couldn’t have asked for a better partner.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I really don’t have anything that comes to mind that they could do differently.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Look at their previous projects and clients and get a sense of what they are capable of before nailing down the details of your design. I would also suggest dedicating someone internally who can spend a lot of time working with them because in order to get the most out of them, you need to put in some effort to get them the materials and approvals that they need as well.

5.0
Overall Score They did a great job.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They are diligent about moving the work forward.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their prices are very reasonable.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They are very attentive to the project.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would definitely recommend them.

SEO/PPC & Digital Strategy for HVAC Parts Distributor

"Anything we ask of them, they truly understand how to research it and get back to us."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Comrade Web Agency provides digital marketing in the forms of SEO and PPC. They’ve become an ongoing partner and provide advertising consulting as well, advising on new tools and innovations.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Jo Ann Golbeck
Operations Manager, Blackhawk Supply
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Driving consistent yearly growth with their experience and consulting, Comrade Web Agency has proven themselves to be a dedicated partner. Internal stakeholders for the client praise Comrade for their attentiveness and preparation. Customers can expect an available partner.

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 operations manager of Blackhawk Supply. We’re an online commercial HVAC parts distributor.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Comrade Web Agency?

We didn’t have online sales experience so we needed to find a company that had professional skills, knowledge, and experience in online web development, marketing, and sales.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They helped us with our website development initially, and then SEO and PPC support. They also consult on some of our marketing strategies and keep us abreast of how we might best use new selling platforms available to us. That helps us stay up to date with and navigate online business programs.

What is the team composition?

Initially, we worked with a group of people to get us set up in different areas of our company. As we became established with them and our website got a little more mature, we had a point of contact on the marketing side and another point of contact to handle the higher-level technical aspects of our website and Google Merchant Services.

How did you come to work with Comrade Web Agency?

We interviewed a bunch of companies and found that Comrade had the right tools all-around to support us. We met with higher-level firms as well, but as a small business, we needed a company that was going to provide us with personal service and accountability. We found that Comrade, from the get-go, really offered that.

Some of the larger companies made it seem like a privilege for us to meet their owner. As a small business, we consider everyone to be important, from the highest to the lowest level. Comrade valued us from day one, offering us tangible resources. They were prepared for the first meeting, and we thought someone who worked that hard to earn our business would work hard to help us grow.

How much have you invested with them?

We spend around $100,000 per year with them, in addition to a Google Ads spend.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve worked together since October 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They’ve made a lot of recommendations in ways we wouldn’t know. It’s not just placing an ad. They tell us how to get the best quality placement for our ads based on our website. Year over year, we’re growing just under 50%, and that directly attributable to Comrade.

Before Comrade, we put a few ads online but we didn’t really know what we were doing. They’ve really helped us professionalize that part of our business.

How did Comrade Web Agency perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re fantastic, and I say that because on a monthly basis we have reviews of the accounts and they have the details to answer any questions we have right then and there. They know what we’re going to ask before we ask it and prepare their answers. They’re a very thorough and professional company, and they’re probably better at project management than we are.

What did you find most impressive about them?

It’s their attention to detail and attention to the client’s needs. They’ve become an integral part of our business beyond the project they’re working on. When we have questions about strategies – and not just once a month at our meeting – they’re responsive and approachable.

Anything we ask of them, they truly understand how to research it and get back to us. They also help us prioritize things to get us the best ROI.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We could utilize more of the services if we had the staff to do so. I wish we could do everything they recommend, but it’s just not possible.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Set realistic expectations. Listen to Comrade and what they offer and understand what you’re able to do with the constraints you face.

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

Custom Web Dev & Design for Tent Manufacturer

“Comrade Web Agency worked really hard to get to know our industry, which we appreciated.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Comrade Web Agency developed and designed a website for a vinyl tent manufacturing company. The team built the site with the user in mind and provided SEO services.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Elizabeth Paulson
Chief Marketing Officer, American Tent
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new website has seen an increase in traffic, lead conversion, and sales, meeting the expectations of the internal team. Comrade Web Agency is quick-working and efficient, establishing an effective workflow. The team is professional, driven, and knowledgeable.

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 chief marketing officer at American Tent, a vinyl tent manufacturing company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Comrade Web Agency?

We needed a better website with specific capabilities as our company grew. Our goal was to make our site more functional so that customers could make purchases instead of having to call our salespeople.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Comrade Web Agency developed and designed our company website. Their team evaluated what our top products were and redesigned the site to be as user-friendly as possible. They ensured that the site would answer as many potential client questions as possible. 

The Comrade Web Agency team also investigated our competitors to see what strategies worked for those teams. If they were a fit for our company as well, they would implement them on our website. They also provided SEO services, helping us choose target keywords to increase our ranking.

What is the team composition?

We worked with one main account manager for the website and another manger for our digital marketing, Anton and Margo

How did you come to work with Comrade Web Agency?

The owner of our company had heard of Comrade Web Agency through a tradeshow. They came in with a much lower bid with very comprehensive strategies. Additionally, they had a really good plan to get us started right off the bat, so we decided to work with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We invested about $45,000 on the initial website and we now spend $5,000 a year on digital marketing.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our ongoing engagement with Comrade Web Agency began in October 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The new website has seen an increase in page views and lead conversions. Our online sales are up from $1,000 a week to about $7,000 a week, with a monthly sale increase from 10 sales to 30.

Comrade Web Agency did a great job of building the website with the experience of the user in mind. They implemented everything that would help it work from the start. Their digital marketing efforts help people get to our site.

How did Comrade Web Agency perform from a project management standpoint?

They essentially manage the project for us. Comrade Web Agency sets up deadlines for us and asks for our approval on timelines. They always follow through and meet expectations. The team is incredibly responsive, especially given the current global situation.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Comrade Web Agency worked really hard to get to know our industry, which we appreciated. They sometimes seemed to know more about vinyl tent manufacturing than I did. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

They’re so committed to making the project successful that at times they feel like taskmasters for me. They are willing to push you to go faster, but it’s for your own good.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Get ready to work quickly and efficiently. The more prepared you are, the more helpful Comrade Web Agency can be.

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

Web Design & SEO for Video Production Company

"They have true subject matter expertise; they know what they’re doing."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Facing a need for a website refresh and a comprehensive digital marketing plan, a video production company hired Comrade Web Agency. The team is currently focusing on SEO strategy.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
De Pere, Wisconsin
John Gillespie
Owner, Gillespie Productions, LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Though the site launched days ago, internal stakeholders are already pleased with the quality of Comrade Web Agency’s work and the value they’ve derived from it. The team is highly organized—they’re project management style sets them apart from the rest. Customers can expect a smooth engagement.

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 owner of Gillespie Productions, LLC, a video production company. We mostly specialize in corporate video.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Comrade Web Agency?

We had two challenges. The first was our website, which I built personally off of a WordPress template four years ago, and needed to be updated. The other challenge was our digital marketing efforts as a whole.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Comrade Web Agency took complete responsibility of both the website rebuild and the digital marketing campaigns. When we first engaged them, the team took the time to understand our business and its background before diving into solutions and suggestions. We worked together to collaborate on the ideation behind the website’s look and feel. In terms of our digital marketing efforts, the team manages our SEO strategies.

What is the team composition?

We have an account manager as well as two digital marketing points of contact. During the website build, we had a single project manager.

How did you come to work with Comrade Web Agency?

I have a colleague who works for an organization that hosts a large yearly conference. Comrade Web Agency was one of the sponsors, and I attended their speaking session. I was impressed by the company, so I decided to reach out to them and get their information at their booth. 

How much have you invested with them?

The project has cost about $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The engagement began in November 2019 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

It’s still too early in the engagement to track any significant metrics; the website launched just last week. However, the initial response has been extremely positive. The results have very much aligned with our expectations so far and the work itself has exceeded them. Everyone who’s seen the end-product has been blown away.

How did Comrade Web Agency perform from a project management standpoint?

In my engagements, I place a lot of importance on project management. As far as Comrade Web Agency goes, their project management style is the area with which I’ve been the most satisfied. The team is absolutely on top of it, they get it, and whenever they say they’re going to do something, they do it. Comrade Web Agency is extremely organized and always engaged with the project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Comrade Web Agency offers exceptional value. Their price point compared to the value of the work they provide is excellent. They have true subject matter expertise; they know what they’re doing. Also, their project management is truly a differentiator.

Are there any areas they could improve?

If there was something that needed to be fixed I wouldn’t hesitate to bring it up, but Comrade Web Agency has done everything right so far.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Make sure you’re holding up your end of the bargain in terms of having things ready for them. They keep the project moving, and you need to be able to provide them with photos, videos, text, feedback, or whatever else they might need in order to continue working at their pace.

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

Website Update & SEO Commercial Rack Manufacturer

"They're always confident in their response to our questions and have good reasons for the suggestions that they make."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Comrade Web Agency upgraded the framework of the website and updated ads to be more effective. In efforts to improve SEO, they add content to the website and adjust product descriptions.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Schaumburg, Illinois
Jeff Schaumburg
Inside Sales Manager, Schaumburg Specialties LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Comrade Web Agency's work has contributed to a double in leads and an increase in web traffic. Effectively streamlining communication, they looped in a project manager on all emails. The team is great at answering questions and they remain very responsive.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We build racks and carts for the baking, meat processing, foodservice industry. I am the inside sales manager and I work with the marketing department to make sure that sales and marketing are on the same page.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Comrade Web Agency?

We hired Comrade to help us with increasing our meaningful web traffic.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to double our incoming leads and be sure they come from sources that we can do business with.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We received a referral from a friend in another company that used Comrade's services and were very happy with the result.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

Comrade upgraded the framework of our website, tweaked our ads in a more effective way, increased SEO by adding blogs and adjusting product descriptions and adding product and process pictures, and they showed us that adding pricing would help our customers complete the transaction online.

What was the team composition?

We had a project manager, Margo, who has kept us on task and helped us move through the process quickly. Other members included web designers, print designers, Natalie - Marketing Director and Sasha - VP, and others in the background that we did not meet.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

Our leads have doubled and more. Website traffic has increased with all the changes that we have made. We don't get near as many leads for something that sounds like what we do but we don't (I know this sounds odd, but consider it).

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We were assigned a project manager and they asked who would be copied on every email so that the people that needed to be in the loop were in on every communication. It was very effective.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

There were never any questions that we had that the team from Comrade could not answer. They're always confident in their response to our questions and have good reasons for the suggestions that they make.

Are there any areas for improvement?

An in-person visit might be helpful.

5.0
Overall Score Good people with great ideas and can communicate those ideas in an understandable way.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    easy, no issues
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    worth every penny
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Top Notch with what they have to work with.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They did the best for us and I know they will do the same for anyone.

Web Dev & SEO for Real Estate Company

"They used a project management tool that allowed me to see how the website was laid out."

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

Comrade Web Agency provided WordPress website design and development. Their team also managed SEO and incorporated technical support for new functionalities. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Indiana
Owner, Real Estate Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Through its efforts, Comrade Web Agency has increased visitors. They have performed tasks without going over budget or timelines. Working mostly remotely, the project management was seamless and they were very easy to work with. They listened to the client very well. 

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 owner of a real estate website where users can see homes for sale.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Comrade Web Agency?

Comrade Web Agency helped us to capture the online market for people in the process of purchasing or selling a home. We wanted to get them into our funnel and work with our team of real estate agents.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We designed a brand-new website from scratch and acquired ongoing SEO support. They gave me advice on blog articles, keyword ranking, and traffic reorientation. Sophisticated website design was also provided. The website needed to be updated several times a day and have a great UX that had scheduling and question-answering functionalities.

The site was built in WordPress and used raw data from the MLS. We’ve got that data on the website, which is good for SEO. They did technical work and incorporated a large number of high-quality images, as each house as up to 30 photos. They knew all the necessary technology. At times, they were able to find a vendor who could solve problems they needed.

It was a collaborative process. They find topics on a national and local real estate level. They give me keywords and topics to write articles about, which I then send to them. Their team edits the content and optimizes the site with better tags.

What is the team composition?

We had four members of the team working with us.

How did you come to work with Comrade Web Agency?

I chose them based on their online reviews. They had very detailed reviews on Clutch. Another company I talked to also referred them to me. After speaking with them, they won me over. They worked hard to understand what I wanted to achieve.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $25,000 and $50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started in June 2019 and the project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Not many statistics in terms of click-through, but we’re getting visitors. The blog articles are getting traffic. The usability and design of the site are great; I love using it. They’ve been excellent and effective. They get things done without going over budget or timeline. Other companies I’ve worked with start websites and stumble, but Comrade Web Agency was great. They delivered.

How did Comrade Web Agency perform from a project management standpoint?

Working with them remotely is very, very easy. They used a project management tool that allowed me to see how the website was laid out while it was under construction. It was easy for me to tell them what I wanted to change. They’ve been very easy to work with and managed everything remotely through emails and phone calls.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They work very hard to listen to the customer and understand the expectations. That’s their strongest suit. They’re also good at communication and on top of things.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t have anything for them.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be prepared to do a lot of work remotely. If you don’t want to handle the project through phone calls and emails, it won’t be the best choice. They make it as easy as possible without meeting in person, but some business owners may not be ready to do that. You should also be ready to submit the content they need. You need to know what to say.

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

Digital Marketing for Culinary Travel Company

"They think outside of the box about how they can help us overcome obstacles."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Apr. 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Comrade Web Agency performs digital marketing tactics with the aim of improving organic website traffic. This has involved pinpointing issues and implementing strategies such as enhancing the site's speed.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Chicago, Illinois
Peg Kern
Vice President & Owner, The International Kitchen
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Website traffic has increased significantly since the engagement began, along with the ROI and leads generated. The vendor leads a research-backed, thorough approach complemented by well-structured task management. They go above and beyond, doing everything they can to help stakeholders succeed.

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 co-owner and vice president of the international kitchen. We are a small, boutique company that specializes in food-themed tours around the world.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Comrade Web Agency?

We did a complete website redesign the year before with our digital marketing team that we’d worked with for 11 years. After that, our traffic tanked. We tried to fix the backslide in our traffic for months. Eventually, we decided to find another company. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

First, they pinpointed areas where we had been performing well before the site redesign. At that time, we were mainly focused on increasing our organic traffic. Later on, we started adding some PPC with them as well.

After tracking which pages were under-performing, they made whichever changes were necessary to recoup that traffic. This involved creating new pages and changing the way pages work on our website, such as creating static URLs. They also enhanced the content and page speed. They worked with backlinking and breadcrumbs. 

What is the team composition?

We usually work with 2–3 people, which includes a project manager and two technical people we speak with about certain tasks. A fourth person comes in periodically when we need to strategize form a birds-eye perspective. They also have a team of programmers that we’re periodically in communication with if there’s something very specific we need to talk with them about.

How did you come to work with Comrade Web Agency?

We had a personal recommendation to work with Comrade Web Agency. They felt their business had improved since hiring the team. 

Also, we liked what they said they could do for us. They seemed very confident they could quickly identify the places where we had been losing traffic and help bring it back. They came up with a lot of specific information about our website before we even hired them. They freely shared the problems they had identified and how they would fix them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve invested between $50,000 to $100,000 with the team.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with the team in April of 2019, and it's an ongoing partnership.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We do monthly reports, which have been easy to track. Also, our organic traffic year-over-year has increased significantly. Some months, the traffic increases by as high as 50%. Our return on investment has been high, along with the number of leads. 

How did Comrade Web Agency perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re super on top of project management. They periodically give me homework that they have to nudge me on. They also make it clear what’s needed from me in order to complete a task, including giving me a deadline.

They communicate what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and when they expect to have things completed. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

The Coronavirus has impacted our entire industry globally. They were immediately in conversations with us about how they could help, including cutting back our monthly expenditures. They think outside of the box about how they can help us overcome obstacles.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, we’ve been really happy.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

You should ask lots of questions. We had several conference calls with them before we hired them. During that time, they were happy and willing to answer questions until we felt comfortable with the decision.

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