Did they update the existing site or did they create a new one?
They created a new one.
Could you describe the scope of the project?
Before, the site seemed very random in terms of how information was laid out. You could definitely tell that some things had just been added on to it through the years. Copious said, “We were going to take everything and put it into three main buckets: Sell your music, make more money from your music, and promote your music. Everything we do is going to fall in one of those things.” They helped us create a new site map.
We have some internal developers that were going to take what they did and build out some of the pages that are less important. But, they designed five key pages and really set the design style for the site. They built the style guide for us.
How long did their work take?
I think it was three months. They did a wireframing process and they did a design proofing process and everything like that. I will say that the project ended right on schedule.
It started last summer 2013 and ended in the fall. We’re using them again for another project that’s running right now.
What type of project are they working on currently for you?
This one’s a little different. The initial project they did, that was just to address the marketing pages, the external website you see before you log in. We haven’t yet updated once you log in and create an account and start the sign-up process to submit your music. That process is getting a complete overhaul from them right now. This first project that we’ve already completed is more of a design, site mapping, and look and feel type of project. The one we’re working on now, it’s more of a sign-up flow, UI/UX [user interface/user experience]-type project that will reflect a lot of the look and feel that they’ve already created.
How did you select them as your solution partner?
When I interviewed five different companies, all of them had various price ranges. Copious ended up being in the middle, but the reason we chose them was because they were the only one in the process that actually said how they would address our specific issues, how they would go about finding solutions. They were the only one that showed us any work that they’ve done in the past where they said, “This company came to us for X reason. Here’s how we solved that problem for them and here’s the result.”
For this dashboard project that we’re working on now, I did the same thing. We interviewed about five companies. There were some different companies in addition to Copious. Again, Copious was the only company that addressed our specific needs with, “This is your need, here’s how we solved this problem for another company.”
Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in monetary terms or a personnel work-hour figure?
The first project ended up being about $95,000. This project that we’re working on is probably going to come in at the $125,000 price range. It wasn’t a price issue. It was whether or not they had the ability to solve the problem. At the end of the day, when my bosses say, “Why did we spend so much money on this?,” I want to know that we got a better result, and Copious was the only one that gave me that confidence.