20 YEARS OF EMPOWERING INNOVATION

Founded in 1997, Cool Blue Interactive is an award-winning UX, web design, and Drupal CMS focused development firm ranked among the top interactive agencies in Atlanta.

An innovative agency whose senior leadership works closely with clients to ensure maximum and measurable return on investment, Cool Blue combines the industry’s newest advancements with years of real-world expertise, best practices in usability and information architecture and cutting-edge creative.  Our comprehensive solutions help organizations attract, convert and retain customers – with proven results.

From mobile friendly, drupal cms-driven websites and native phone apps, to powerful online metrics and marketing strategies, our goal is simple: to develop the best interactive experience for the user and get your organization the results you desire.

Cool Blue is an active, enthusiastic contributor to the Drupal project. Starting in 2008 Cool Blue has focused on building and maintaining Drupal websites for our clients. Our developers contribute and support Drupal core development. We offer our clients training in the Drupal CMS to give them confidence in maintaining their site in-house.

 
$5,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
1997
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Atlanta, GA
headquarters
other locations
  • Atlanta, GA 30325
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Cousins Properties, Center for Disease Control, CDC Foundation, Alliance Theatre, Georgia Tech, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), The National Nanotechnology Initiative, Malaria Zero Alliance by CDC Foundation, University of Missouri, Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, Laureate Medical Group

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Cousins Properties

The Cousins Properties website was redesigned with the end-user in mind. The site needed greater usability, responsive deign, and consideration for the mobile end-user, who accounts for nearly 1 out of every 3 site visitors. 

"The traffic on our corporate site has gone through the roof since we did the redesign. A lot of that comes down to the fact that Cool Blue Interactive took the time to do the needed

research." 

The website now utilizes a fully integrated Drupal 7 CMS with cutting edge Responsive Web Design and custom PHP coding. The new design is eye-catching and modern.

Notable new features:
•    Video player integration with upload functionality
•    Searchable portfolio
•    Custom modules
•    Automated pulling of news articles from PRNewsWire
•    Self-managed news feed through third party integration
•    Vertical design for better scrolling
•    Additional user levels to grant administrative access 
•    Enhanced security through SSL Cert

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Alliance Theatre

A key initiative of this website redesign was to attract non-traditional users and increase the percentage/number of external users like outside students, partners, & companies. Increasing brand awareness and advocacy (i.e. donations) as well as educational awareness (i.e. class and educational offering sign-ups) amongst current and new users was the secondary goal.

The launch included an enhanced Drupal version 8

CMS intended to empower the Alliance Theatre to update, curate, and archive web content. While the previous Alliance Theatre redesign from 2013 resulted in a steady increase of visitors, the goal was to take the success metrics to the next level with a focus on mobile device users. The new site aimed to increase both desktop and mobile user engagement (i.e. time on-site, page views, etc.) as well as improve the user experience. It was important to maintain cross-browser and mobile functionality to allow for users to locate offsite venues, purchase tickets and sign-up for classes & camps with ease.

Notable New Features:

  • Searchable performance productions with new “filters” to drill down 
  • Calendar date picker for easy date selection and checkout on mobile devices
  • Custom map on each production for dining/transportation guidance that was mobile friendly
  • Customization for mapping venues that supports the offsite 2017-18 performance season will be repurposed for years to come when the Alliance returns to its home in the Woodruff Arts Center 
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CDC Foundation

By creating a site redesign centered on the user, Cool Blue was able to help the CDC Foundation expand its brand and mission and compel more corporate donors to get involved. See how Cool Blue helped the CDC Foundation do more - faster.

The Result
Featuring a new design and engaging interface, the new CDCF website features a modernized information architecture which allows users to locate specific content at ease.

An intuitive partner section, interactive program map, and easy access to informative resources (i.e. news articles, blog posts, and press releases) are some of the many enhanced features in place. Our delivery of the new site included an integrated Drupal content management system with a modern, user-friendly navigation and design across multiple devices. 

Notable New Features:

  • Interactive world map highlighting the Foundation's programs
  • Thousands of press releases and blogs sorted by categories and searchable by keywords
  • Simpler, enhanced display of partnership and donor information
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Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

Employing a youthful, yet intuitive navigation and integrating efficiency-improving tools, Cool Blue helped the AJFF increase ticket sales, engage a wider audience and to grow 100% over just 5 years.

The Goal
Cool Blue’s design team created an interface that was edgy enough to appeal to younger visitors, yet consistent and easily understandable for an older audience. Our development team successfully integrated

a third-party ticketing solution with an elaborate Content Management System (CMS) framed in Drupal. This feature included a highly customized calendar that allowed film schedules to be updated easily and frequently.   Cool Blue also ensured that one entry of a film’s information into the CMS would distribute the data to all possible schedule views, which provided consistency and manageability for the client.

The Results
Cool Blue successfully delivered all objectives on time to meet the client’s marketing drivers. As a result of the new and improved AJFF website, the 2009 festival experienced a 13.5% increase in ticket sales (14,138 to 16,051 tickets sold) when compared to sales in 2008. The “Print at Home” ticketing fulfillment option resulted in 85% of purchased tickets – reducing the labor-intensive “Will Call” system by 78% and providing considerable AJFF staff resource savings.

As the film festival has grown in both offerings and attendance, Cool Blue has ensured its website has grown with it – and has continued to deliver success for AJFF.

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Georgia Tech Research Institute

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) is sponsoring a redesign and development of a new website that will highlight  the capabilities they specialize in for both Military and Industry. It will feature a clean and refined visual design, an organized navigation, and a Drupal based Content Management System (CMS).

The goal was to develop a new website design that will raise awareness across GTRI’s capabilities/mission

areas with industry, peers, customers, and potential customers and with less emphasis on "laboratories". Expanding Industry customer awareness particularly outside of the Department of Defense areas.

Notable New Features:

  • Focus on the science (where not classified) and the project, the accomplishment – not the contract
  • Continue to attract top talent with recruit / career section of site.
  • Provide measurable ROI, where possible, by linking customer contact directly to business development and/or Lab Directors
  • Upgrade to Drupal 8, with a new responsive design that will create a mobile friendly site
  • Removing Case Studies sections and having only News to highlight projects
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National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and its National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) created in 2015, selected Cool Blue to plan and deliver a new mobile responsive website with custom features on a Drupal 8 platform.

Cool Blue worked closely with NNCI stakeholders to determine functionality for the databases and customized search/filter functions for equipment and people (researchers and experts),

assuring all required information is available and searchable. In terms of audience, marketing to non-traditional users and increasing overall percentage/number of external users (outside students, partners, & companies) were both significant goals in the development of the new site. 

With an engaging interface and accessible database, the new NNCI site supports the two core components of the organization – education and outreach. Our delivery of the new site included an integrated Drupal content management system with a modern, user-friendly navigation and design across multiple devices.

Notable New Features:

  •     Customized searchable databases for NNCI Sites and Experts
  •     Private access enrollment for new NNCI users and work flow
  •     Custom US map for displaying facilities
  •     Communications and Support via online forms

Reviews

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Web Dev for Artspace Nonprofit Organization

“Cool Blue Interactive always has the perfect prescription for our business needs.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2008 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Cool Blue Interactive developed an e-commerce website with a modular UX-design. Their current focus is building custom web tools and designing standalone websites using Drupal 7 and DotNetNuke.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Atlanta, Georgia
Brad Pilcher
Associate Director, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Cool Blue Interactive’s web products have become essential tools for business development. Their team customized the website to meet every business goal. The platform’s scalable backend supports rapid internal growth, while its simple designs and cutting-edge features attract new audiences.

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 associate director of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, a nonprofit that uses film as a vehicle for interethnic and intercommunal dialogue. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Cool Blue Interactive?

We wanted to build a public-facing website for our nonprofit, but we didn’t have enough resources to complete the project internally.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Cool Blue Interactive was required to build a website that reflected our brand and showcased our current events. They also integrated a secure payment portal, which allows visitors to purchase festival tickets online. The platform also features a separate path for admin users, featuring an aggregated review system and a scheduling tool. We are always updating the site, so their team created a modular design for our convenience.

Since completing the website, their efforts are spent developing standalone sites and additional web tools. At least three discreet statements of work are completed throughout a single year. They lead every stage, from design to execution. Drupal 7 is our preferred CMS platform, but some of the sites use DotNetNuke. All of our sites are hosted on Rackspace, which Cool Blue Interactive manages.

What is the team composition?

Their studio director serves as our main point of contact, but their president and founder is also actively involved with our account. They both oversee a team of designers and coders.

How did you come to work with Cool Blue Interactive?

One of our volunteers recommended them based on our preference for small local vendors with experience in the arts. We immediately knew that they would be a perfect fit for our project.

How much have you invested with them?

To date, we have spent between $500,000 – $750,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our partnership began in 2008.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Cool Blue Interactive has equipped us with an impressive selection of custom web tools, which our organization has come to rely on for efficiency. Our internal expansion would have been impossible without its upgraded technology. While their efforts on the backend supported our scalability, the frontend is optimized for user engagement. Our core consumers have responded positively to the website’s simplicity, and the convenient payment portal has helped us attract new audiences.

How did Cool Blue Interactive perform from a project management standpoint?

We meet a few times for each project, but they are also available to discuss their work via email, phone, and Slack. They are always responsive and transparent. Our teams have found Airtable to be extremely useful because we can manage our tasks and database within one platform.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Cool Blue Interactive always has the perfect prescription for our business needs. They have become an essential partner to our daily business, which cannot be said about most vendors. Their team is very helpful at guiding us through the development process and finding innovative ways to enhance our website.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We have worked with them for more than a decade, and we have yet to experience any issues.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Cool Blue Interactive may not be the best fit for projects that require a large team, but they are more than capable of delivering high-quality web products.

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 Real Estate Company

"The traffic on our corporate site has gone through the roof since we did the redesign."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2007 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Cool Blue Interactive originally provided web redesign, then extended the scope of their engagement to include SEO, strategy, and PPC campaign services as well.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Atlanta, Georgia
Allison Christopher
Marketing Manager, Cousins Properties Incorporated
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Cool Blue Interactive delivered consistently high-quality work and contributed to a responsive, mobile-friendly website. The agency earned enthusiastic praise for their commitment to the project and for their outstanding customer service. They came highly recommended to others.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a commercial real estate company located in Atlanta, Georgia. We also have property in Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Houston and Austin. That includes projects we’re operating as part of our portfolio and certain developments. We’re publicly traded, and we currently have about 17 million square feet of office space spread out across our locations.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Cool Blue Interactive?

We engaged them initially to help us redesign a website for Terminus, our mix-use project. That project was different from anything we had done before because it included office, retail and residential spaces. We needed a group that understood each of those aspects of real estate and could help us bring all of that together. We featured the site in all sorts of advertising, both in print and online. It was the place that we sent people to before the project was completed.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

Cool Blue Interactive designed and built the website for us and provided SEO. There was a lot of strategy work involved due to the nature of the project. We needed to make sure that people were going to the site and weren’t clicking right off. We needed to be sure that the site was giving them all the information they needed right up front. Cool Blue did a great job of helping us think through everything—floor plans, imagery, contact information, web forms and so forth. There were a lot of different pieces to the project.

Cool Blue has redone our corporate site twice. We finished our second redesign last year. They’ve also helped me with the PPC campaigns that I do for certain properties. Those projects are on-offs, which depend on the particular properties.

How did you come to work with Cool Blue Interactive?

We received several proposals and narrowed the field down to a few interviews, and they obviously made the cut. They did a nice job in their presentation and brought in the account manager that we ended up working with and a couple of their graphic designers. It’s nice to meet the people that will actually be doing the work for you.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

The Terminus project was at least $20,000. The revision of our corporate website was $60,000. The monthly costs averages at around $2,500.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve worked with them at least for as long as the eight years I’ve been here. The corporate work is ongoing. They handle continued upgrades and send me notes asking what should be updated. With projects, it depends. We’re currently redesigning the websites for each of our properties, which should take about a year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics, metrics or other feedback from this engagement?

The traffic on our corporate site has gone through the roof since we did the redesign. A lot of that comes down to the fact that Cool Blue Interactive took the time to do the needed research. They made sure the site would be mobile compatible. It was a responsive site, which was something new for us. It works very well, and every time they implement a pay per click campaign, the site traffic increases significantly.

The monthly reports help me see the increases. If we don’t see any on a given month, we will have a quick call and see what we can do. They make sure we’re putting the website everywhere we can. It’s a good relationship. I feel that they’re thinking about our account every day. It’s comfortable for us to bring up something that might not be working very well and try alternatives.

How did Cool Blue Interactive perform from a project management standpoint?

They do a great job of sending out a monthly report, and they help with the renewal process for our domains. We downsized our IT department a couple of years ago. When that happened, there were a lot of little things that we didn’t want to fall through the cracks. I transitioned a fair amount of the monthly maintenance and monthly reports to them, which they handle quite nicely.

What distinguishes Cool Blue Interactive from other providers?

A lot of it has to do with the small size of their agency and the relationships we have developed with them. I work with a fair number of different groups, and Cool Blue does a particularly good job of taking care of us. That speaks volumes. Anytime we do a new site, I will call Cool Blue and see what their quote is.

I manage all our web-related assets. My team trusts Cool Blue and trusts me to get new projects done. We’re a very well known real estate company here in Atlanta, and as we’ve started to grow into other markets, it’s been fun to have Cool Blue working with us and having the opportunity to do new projects with them.

Is there anything Cool Blue Interactive could have improved or done differently?

I can’t think of anything off the top of my head. They do a great job of allocating the work to each person and making sure that no one feels overwhelmed. Their response times are always good too.

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

Web Design for CDC Foundation

"We've been very happy with the work, and we've continued to use Cool Blue Interactive for various projects." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2007 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

A non-profit organization partnered with Cool Blue Interactive approximately eight years ago for web design purposes, and has collaborated with the agency on many projects since then.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Atlanta Metro Area
Terri Heyns
Associate VP, CDC Foundation
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Cool Blue Interactive produces reliably high-quality work, contributing to websites that boost traffic and receive highly positive feedback from users. The agency also earned praise for their responsiveness, industry knowledge, and attention to detail. 

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

I work for the CDC Foundation. We're a nonprofit organization that supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We work to develop public-private partnerships to help expand our work. We currently have around 300 projects related to health. We're located in Atlanta, Georgia.

What is your position?

I'm the associate vice president for communications.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Cool Blue Interactive?

We were a client already when I started working here six years ago. We've had a long-standing relationship with them. I was not involved in the initial discussion, but we have worked with them on between eight and 10 different projects in the course of the last seven or eight years.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

For our main website, we were trying to create a more robust system that we could manage in house, with day-to-day updates. Of course, we wanted a more user-friendly site and one on which we could add information easily going forward. I think that was our first site using Drupal and, since then, we've continued to use that platform.

How did you come to work with Cool Blue Interactive?

I started when they were working on the site, so I don't know how many vendors they looked at, or what decision making went into it exactly. I think they had been working with them on some smaller projects, so they were selected to do this project as well. Part of it was the need for a robust content management system. They have good experience with Drupal and recommended we use that platform.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

It was probably between $50,000 and $60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them probably around seven or eight years ago, and we still collaborate.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

We've had great feedback on the site. Throughout the years, we have continued to grow. In the past years, our page views have doubled. We've had a significant year because we've been involved in the Ebola response. It's been a great resource for those looking to partner with us, and that's significant because we're looking for donors and people to support our work. They helped us build a blog to continue to share our message and keep our content fresh. Actually, we will soon have an update on it as it's been five years since it was made.

How did Cool Blue Interactive perform from a project management standpoint?

We've been very happy with the work, and we've continued to use Cool Blue Interactive for various projects, so that speaks for itself.

What distinguishes Cool Blue Interactive from other providers?

We get personalized attention. They a somewhat small company, but they have various capabilities from website design, creating email templates, understanding analytics, and answering any questions that we have. They're very responsive, and we've enjoyed the people we worked with. They've been very knowledgeable.

Is there anything Cool Blue Interactive could have improved or done differently?

I think there're always things you could do better in a project, but I don't have anything specific.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    If we don't meet deadlines, it's usually our fault, rather than theirs.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer