Developing Mobile Innovation

At Creole Studios we've been super passionate about creating apps & software systems for businesses of all sizes across the globe. We don't aim to work on 100s of projects a year, instead we wish to work on a few projects that though the hearts of hundreds of thousands of people. With a team that's deeply evangelical about all modern day technologies, we've set out to help any business that's looking to create a mobile app, or a web app, or a cloud app.

 

It is an absolute privilege for us to get such amazing opportunities to work with such cool people. We thank each and every client of ours from the bottom of our hearts. Your words here mean a lot to us. On good days we'll count these words in our blessings and revere the brilliant team due to which all this was possible. And on tough days, we'll find inspiration in these words and motivate ourselves to try harder the next day.

Our Technical Areas of Expertise :

  • Mobile App Design and Development
  • Web Application Development
  • Cloud App Development
  • Website / Branding / Conversion Optimization
  • SEO and PPC
  • Technological Consulting

 

 
$25,000+
 
$25 - $49 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2014
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Kwai Chung, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
headquarters
  • Room B, 7/F, Kwai Shing Industrial Building Phase 1, 36-40 Tai Lin Pai Road
    Kwai Chung, Hong Kong
    Hong Kong S.A.R., China
other locations
  • F-4, Navrang Complex, Swastik Cross Road, CG Road, Navrangpura
    Ahmedabad 380009
    India
  • M9,10 Al Ibrahem Center, Ibn Khaldoun Street
    Hawally
    Kuwait

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Warner Music, Twitter, Khalsa Aid Org, , Binacor LLC, Varomatic, Aetrex, activeLife USA, foot.com, Aetrextechnology, footprints.aetrex.com, Pret-a-dress, B1G1, Shotz7, MarieDiamond, CheckMyTension, Go Yellow boots, Impact Now, Relaxis, Amibalanced, Fast Focus, Madison Partners, Qs Flies, Homex, Status maids, Asgtg, TDAP, NYonAir, indoor smokers, Panduit

Loop Finder

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Yellowboots

Yellowboots organizes your travel plans in one place.

Unideal

Uni Deal is application for jobs.

Shotz7

Watch the best short films online for free with shotz7.

Equiplaza

Equiplaza is a application where you can sell ​​or exchange all your Reitsportartikel with just a few clicks.

Khalsa Aid

Khalsa Aid is an international NGO with the goal to provide humanitarian aid in disaster areas and civil conflict zones around the world.

B1G1

B1G1 is a social enterprise and non-profit organisation with a goal to create a world full of giving.

Which Wich

Which Wich Superior Sandwiches is an American fast casual restaurant chain specializing in sandwiches and salads. It has its headquarters in Downtown Dallas, Texas.

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Wordpress Migration & Management for Equity Firm

"Creole Studios produced high-quality work through comprehensive testing of all implemented changes."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Sept. 2018 - Dec. 2019
Project summary: 

Creole Studios helped redesign a website to boost overall functionality and design, leading a migration to WordPress and creating a desired aesthetic effect.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Singapore
Ren Jean Chong
Digital Marketer, Private Equity Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new website has received positive feedback from key stakeholders. Creole Studios kept the project moving through constant communication, providing critical status updates throughout the engagement. Their ability to adapt to project specifications helped make the site bug-free.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m a digital marketer for a private equity firm.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Creole Studios?

We needed help migrating our website to WordPress.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to create a specific aesthetic effect.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We heard about them through word-of-mouth. They came highly recommended.

Describe the project in detail.

Our company chose WordPress as the solution when we decided to migrate our existing website over to a CMS. We initially worked with other developers. However, they left the website in terrible condition (wrong formatting, strange layouts, and funny errors). Creole Studios started the entire project over from scratch. They migrated the site to WordPress and formatted the new site to enable certain functions and effects.

What was the team composition?

I mainly corresponded with Anant (COO, Creole Studios) and Ankita (developer, Creole Studios).

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

Creole Studios was able to successfully migrate the site without any errors. They were able to further enhance the site by adding features and effects that we requested. They had no problem meeting our demands. They did an excellent job.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Anant facilitated the conversation between the teams to ensure the project went smoothly. Both Anant and Ankita were responsive and responsible. Communication was quick and effective via Skype.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Creole Studios produced high-quality work through comprehensive testing of all implemented changes.

Are there any areas for improvement?

They’re pricier than other developers, but definitely worth the cost. We learned the hard way that using less expensive developers can result in problems. Creole Studios gets the job done.

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

Wordpress Website Maintenance and Dev

“Creole Studios’ in-house WordPress and infrastructure skills are top-notch.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
July 2019 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Within an existing Virtual Machine, Creole Studios developed widgets to expand a WordPress site. Using Jenkins, Bitbucket, and Java, they built and deployed a variety of features to iterate the site.  

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Paris, France
Angus Foggie
Director of Digital Products, The Oil & Gas Year
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Creole Studios provides an excellent caliber of services that have produced an outstanding ROI that far surpassed the value the previous team yielded. Along with best-in-class technical acumen, they offer attentive and accommodating customer service. The team is pleasant and productive.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Business intelligence specialist TOGY covers more than 30 oil and gas markets.  VIP interviews, analysis, and maps are available in books and online at TOGYiN.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Creole Studios?

Our company hired Creole Studio for WordPress maintenance and development.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted our project to be a bug-free operation with bespoke evolutions including new and custom widgets.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We found Creole Studios through an RFP process we conducted via Upwork.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

We provided Creole Studios with a temperamental Virtual Machine, a Bitnami testing environment which contains a minimal Linux operating system with WordPress installed and configured.  

They managed to get it fit for use for months of development work. During this time, they added new features controlled and deployed with Jira, Jenkins, and Bitbucket. They continue to work for us to this day. We look forward to continuing our work with Creole Studios in the long term.

What was the team composition?

Creole Studios supplied one WordPress programmer backed up by an infrastructure specialist and consultant. They work for us when needed on the project.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The value for money Creole Studios represents has had a significant impact on our bottom line, especially compared to our previous supplier.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Management-level discussions went smoothly. Once we had the team in place, we managed their work directly through Jira and Skype. The unpredictable nature of our demands caused some scheduling issues from time to time, but Creole Studios’ management always handled it neatly. 

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Creole Studios is excellent. Working together has been a real pleasure. Their work is quick, accurate, and efficient. All the staff approach communication with patience and consideration. They’ve enacted everything we’ve requested smoothly. 

Creole Studios’ in-house WordPress and infrastructure skills are top-notch. Our project included awkward requirements stemming from legacy issues our previous developers caused, but they took on the challenge and excelled. I strongly recommend them. 

Are there any areas for improvement?

No. Creole Studios is both a team of really good people and a great company.

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

Mobile App Development for Sports Tech Startup

"Creole Studios delivers quality work on time and communicates effectively."

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

Creole Studios developed a mobile application. They took a visual design and idea, then created an MVP. The project is now in the beta stage.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Singapore
Elan S.
Founder, Sportyvity
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Beta users are pleased with the application’s simplistic UI. Creole Studios is communicative and supportive. Their attentiveness to their work is noteworthy. They provide the necessary feedback and insights. Customers can expect a committed and skilled team that delivers work promptly.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the founder of Sportyvity, a tech startup that addresses the pain points regarding participation in sports at a recreational and social level.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Creole Studios?

We hired Creole Studios to turn our idea into a mobile app.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted Creole Studios to develop our idea into a visual design, then create our MVP for the market.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We evaluated a few freelancers and companies through online platforms. Creole Studios stood out because of their commitment and eagerness. Their CTO was excited about our idea and gave inputs at that stage.

Describe the project in detail.

Their UI developers kicked off the project. We handed them what we were looking for in the UX/UI design. Work was done based on a refreshing sample their team showcased to ours.

What was the team composition?

We initially worked with two frontend mobile developers and their CTO. Later, we engaged with one of their UX/UI designers.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

Currently, our app is in the beta stage. We received excellent feedback from primary users based on the easiness of the UI. Creole Studios delivers quality work on time and communicates effectively.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

The CTO oversees the project and the quality of their deliverables. Communicating with their team is effortless. We collaborate through Slack and Jira for task and project management activities. Since we’re spread across three locations with different time zones, we communicate weekly through Skype.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their commitment and care to delivering the best work are impressive. Their key ideas help our team tremendously. Mostly, I’m impressed with Creole Studios’ work ethic and timesheet management. We are only charged for work on the project; any outside research was taken care of by them.

Are there any areas for improvement?

We are satisfied with where we are and what we have. Our ideas are shaped up more and more each day. I would suggest adding team members in the UX/UI department to speed up those areas of development.

5.0
Overall Score Creole Studios is the perfect company and team to take care of development activities while we focus on the business side.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They delivered on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were value for money and were honest in estimates and timesheet management.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The work quality was exceptional.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I already have recommended them.

WordPress Dev for Public Media Influence Company

“They did high-quality work and were incredibly patient with us.”

 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Sept. 2017 - May 2018
Project summary: 

Creole Studios built a brand new website on WordPress, integrating features such as affiliate links, videos, and banner ads. The site launched in May, and plans are in the works for a consulting partnership.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Washington, California
Business Manager, Influencer Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They’re responsive and have excellent project management skills. The new website is much faster, and viewers say they like it far more than the old version. The entire team is friendly and helpful, willing to collaborate closely with the in-house team.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the business manager for a public media influence company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Creole Studios?

We needed to upgrade our website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had a functioning but minimal website, so Creole Studios redid the entire design. They provided links to numerous videos and added several new pages. The site now has rotating banner ads on the top and bottom. Creole Studios also added a forum and newsletter section to increase visitor interaction.

The original website was just a simple GoDaddy platform, but Creole Studios transferred it to WordPress. We now have affiliate links on the site, which also connect to new video updates of the products. The site launched in May, and we plan to use Creole Studios again on a consulting basis.

What is the team composition?

The project manager is our main point of contact.

How did you come to work with Creole Studios?

We found them on Upwork. They were more affordable than other options and had positive reviews, so we hired them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $7,500.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked on this project from September 2017–May 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The new site is much faster than the old version. Our viewers love it and have consistently given positive feedback.

How did Creole Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

They were super responsive and on top of their project management. We mainly communicated via email, text, or Upwork’s messaging function.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They did high-quality work and were incredibly patient with us. We aren’t very tech savvy and have a small staff, so it was probably frustrating to teach us how things worked, but they were always respectful and helpful.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They could’ve charged much more for what we got.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    It was excellent.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’d highly recommend them.

Web Development for Asset Management Organization

“Creole Studio went far beyond our original scope of work to ensure customer satisfaction.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
2.0
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. 2017 - Mar. 2018
Project summary: 

Creole Studio supported a third-party client’s website overhaul. This redesign focused on improving the UX/UI. As they developed the new page, they added a restricted members-only section.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Hong Kong, China
Coordinator, Association of Independent Asset Managers
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Going above and beyond the functional requirements, Creole Studio delivered a newly revamped and cutting-edge digital platform. The team afforded extensive effort outside the planned scope to overcome time zone hurdles. With a sleek, modern UX/UI, the new site is user-friendly and easy to navigate.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I'm the Members Service Coordinator for AIAM Hong Kong. As a non-profit organization, we unite a team of practitioners who work as independent asset managers in Hong Kong.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Creole Studios?

We hired Creole Studio to fully revamp our website.

What were your goals for this project?

Our primary objective was to better serve our members via a dynamic, innovative, and user-friendly new site.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

One of our committee's board members nominated Creole Studios as a partner agency.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

Our engagement focused on the creation of a dynamic new website. The new page is based on a redesign of our current platform. In addition, we wanted the option to restrict access to specific content offerings. The team created and installed a function that instates limitations for non-members who visit our page.

What was the team composition?

Creole Studio's project lead worked with our committee board members. I liaised between the two parties and functioned as a middleman to relay messages and give feedback while the project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The project took a while due to few hiccups and adjustments, but we have Creole Studio to thank for its successful launch. The team is efficient and worked hard to go above and beyond what we'd planned. They made the website launch go as perfectly and smoothly as it possibly could have.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The process was bit slow due to the three-team composition. The language barrier and time difference proved challenging since our client is based in Hong Kong, our team is in the Philippines, and Creole Studio is located in India. Communication proved difficult since it involved lots of approval requests and discussion before we could settle on one solution. If they found something to be less effective than it should be, Creole Studio invested time and resources into revising it over and over. 

What did you find most impressive about this company?

What we liked most about Creole was their flexibility. Having direct access to the owner and his team made the project feel comfortable and flow naturally. Instruction and suggestions might have been lost in translation if there'd always been a middleman.

Creole Studio went far beyond the original plans to ensure client satisfaction. Despite the language barrier and time zone difference between us, they worked hard to make sure we were happy.  They willingly completed several requests we made that hadn't been included in the initial plan.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

Response time and quick resolution on issues are two areas. Delays resulted in us not meeting the given timelines.

3.5
Overall Score
  • 2.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We had a difficult time due to the timezone difference.
  • 3.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We received the services we paid for.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    After the project, we had to pay attention to and fix lots of bugs.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

CRM Dev for Real Estate Development Company

“I would recommend them to anyone looking to build a good, tailor-made system, from scratch.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Creole Studios created a CRM for a real estate construction company to track ongoing projects, labor, and cash flow. They received current project documentation and a framework at an on-site meeting.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Kenya, Africa
Charles Maina
Accountant, Homex Housing
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Cash flow increased and operating budgets decreased. Creole Studios excels at synthesizing custom solutions to business-specific issues. Although they would benefit from working faster, their multiple communication pathways, as well as their IT knowledge, prevent any problems from arising. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm an accountant for Homex Housing, a real estate company that builds and sells houses for profit.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Creole Studios?

We needed to come up with a CRM that would address our particular problems. One of our main challenges is managing construction site inventories—what materials do we need to order, at what times? We also have to deal with labor, such as the number of workers on a particular project at a particular time, as well as their payment method and structure. Finally, we needed help with our internal finances, in terms of how much a project costs, and what cash flow we’re expecting at a particular date.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Creole visited us at our office in Kenya, where we provided them with a simple framework, and discussed the challenges we were facing in regards to what we wanted to build. We provided spreadsheets with the names of our clients, along with floor plans of the houses we were building, in order for them to get an idea of what we really wanted.

They developed a CRM system that can tell us what we need, in terms of construction site materials, with the click of a button. We are also able to use it in order to determine the amount of labor we’re supposed to bring for particular projects. We can see the number of empty or vacant houses for sale, along with the amount of money we can expect to receive. The system has different areas for assignments, construction, and sales.

What is the team composition?

I’ve interacted with the CEO, the COO, and their head PHP coder.

How did you come to work with Creole Studios?

We were looking for a company that would give us a custom solution, not an already ready-developed system. Through a discussion with them, we saw they had fair prices, and that they could deliver within promised timeframe. If we had any issues, like bugs in the system, we felt that they would address those in time.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $25,000-$50,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working with Creole Studios since May 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our client response time is much faster and our communication is simpler. Their work also increased our cashflow and decreased our budget, given that we can determine how much a particular project will cost, and how much material it will require. It’s made our management process much more efficient.

How did Creole Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate through email and conference calls, but they also visited us, on-site, in Kenya. We haven’t experienced any language barriers so far either.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They are very talented in terms of web development, and knowledgeable about IT. We can tell them what we need and what we want, and they will convert that into a solution. They have very good communication skills, they respond fast, and they’ve been able to address our challenges. No matter what we requested or what challenge we faced, they were able to address our needs in a timely manner.

I would recommend them to anyone looking to build a good, tailor-made system from scratch. Creole Studios can help clients combine everything that they’re doing, in terms of sales, stocks, and finance, and build the right tool.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They could perhaps work quicker, but I can’t really think of anything at this time. We’re continuing to work with them, so something may come along, but we haven’t had any big issues so far.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 3.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were able to deliver the CRM on time, but working quicker would benefit a lot of clients.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Dev for Customer Intelligence Platform

“They always fixed things quickly. Sometimes, we’d see an issue and they’d fix it before our meeting the next morning.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Oct. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Creole Studios created an Android app for a customer intelligence platform. Duplicating features and functionality from an existing iOS app, they helped expand the consumer base.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Bill Bloom
CEO, FastFocus
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

After thorough QA, they delivered a high-quality product on time. Confidence in the code improves user satisfaction, which correlates to increased revenue. They were always prepared and took time to understand the application.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

FastFocus produces a mobile application that help businesses collect customer feedback. I’m the CEO.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Creole Studios?

We wanted a development partner to reduce our costs and improve our product quality.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had an existing iOS app that we built internally. Creole Studios duplicated all the features and functionality of that app for Android, using the iOS app as a guide. The app allows companies to create sets of competing ideas that might go to market. They can enter an image and description of each product or stock and invite customers to weigh in. Customers can swipe right on items they would invest in and left on ones they wouldn’t. After they’ve submitted their input, they can talk or type in what they liked about the ideas they would invest in.

What is the team composition?

Anant (COO & Co-founder, Creole Studios) was our main point of contact. He acted as our project manager, but our calls usually included a few other team members.

How did you come to work with Creole Studios?

We posted the project on Upwork. We picked three or four companies to interview and selected Creole Studios.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $5,000 on the first project. The next project we have planned is over $10,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started on the project around October 2017. The project is now finished, but we liked them so well have two new projects with them. I couldn’t be happier.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The relationship is excellent. They delivered on time and tested everything to make sure the quality of their code was good. They allowed us to start billing clients sooner and helped create great efficiency. We saved a lot of time on QA and have confidence in the code. Our clients are happy and we have very few issues. Our best metric is client satisfaction, which leads to more revenue.

How did Creole Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re a 10 out of 10. Sometimes, offshore companies have issues with communication, but their English is excellent. We met regularly and they were prepared. We used GitHub for bugs and issues and they always fixed things quickly. Sometimes, we’d see an issue and they’d fix it before our meeting the next morning. They took the time to understand the application and did more than just take the requirements and specifications literally. We got a lot more quality because of that.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We were impressed by their overall quality and professionalism, as well as their ability to partner with us and take responsibility for action items.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They are very busy, so we’ve asked them about expanding their resources so they can take on more work. They’re doing a good job growing and accommodating our needs.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Talk to Anant. I’m sure they have other good project managers, but he provides good advice. I would point anyone who wants to work with them in his direction.

5.0
Overall Score They’re a great partner. They’re professional and I trust their ability to deliver.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met all our deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They compare favorably to most offshore resources. Their value is excellent and the cost is well worth the quality.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They understood our requirements and design and quality was high.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Dev Support for Digital Agency

"They don’t take a long time to understand what I need, which is why I will continue working with them."

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

Creole acts as a third-party development partner. Work includes implementing Stripe for an e-commerce site and building a music competition site’s frontend and backend with YouTube and social media integration.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Hong Kong, China
Simon Lam
Founder, Varomatic
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They take their role as advisors seriously, providing research and invaluable counsel. They’re honest about their skill set and what project scopes they can successfully tackle. Their open, responsive collaboration and ability to quickly grasp objectives have built a trusting relationship.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the owner of Varomatic. We are a Hong Kong-based web development company. We do web applications and we want to extend into mobile apps.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Creole?

I’ve outsourced to freelancers in India in the past. I needed to find a long-term partner in India to support me with additional resources for mobile app and web development. Most of the time, my projects are WordPress-based and the coding is PHP-based, but if clients have other needs, we try to work that out for them. We also do e-commerce sites.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

One of the projects is a combination competition website for a music company. We work with Creole on their requirements.

There are multiple templates and themes. They can do something promotional for the artists, singers, or their songs. Or they can create a mini competition for users to participate in by logging in with Facebook and submitting images. They can also submit a YouTube or Muse video so users can vote for them. There’s a search feature and filters for popular items or most votes.

On the backend, they can also fill out an artist profile, display the artist’s album or chat through the pages. People can set the competition start and end date in the backend and decide who is actually the winner. They can also locally export a CSV file to analyze or make a record for the music company.

Creole does the whole flow. They create wireframing for the whole project, finalize the design, and do the coding. We are having further discussions for add on-features, for instance, integrating posts with Facebook or Instagram.

The second project involves Stripe payment integration. It’s a custom solution for an e-commerce site. I’ve also asked them for quotes on a few other jobs that are pending our clients’ decisions.

What is the team dynamic?

They assigned at least 5–6 people for this project. There was 1 project manager leading the whole project, 1 frontend programmer, and 1 backend programmer. There are different people for wireframing and design as well.

I talk with 1 of the directors and the CEO on handling the project, because they care about this brand. They put more effort on this project.

How did you come to work with Creole?

They reached out to me 1 ½ years ago through email or LinkedIn. We had a discussion and I asked them for their portfolio to view the details. At that time, I was looking for different companies for outsourcing and I did some comparison. I thought they were suitable to work with.

Before our first project with them, I had a friend who needed mobile app development, which our company doesn’t do. I talked for a while with one of Creole’s directors and thought their advice was good, so I passed them on to my friend. They created the app, and my friend said the whole flow was very smooth. That’s why I decided to try them for the project for the music company as well.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $5,000–$6,000 for the music project, and the total cost for payment integration with Stripe was about $6,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in June 2017 and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They provide an amazing advisory service. They explain what options are possible for the project. I don’t want to work with a company that simply says what they can and and can’t do or that just completes what you assign to them. I want someone who can truly advise.

It feels great working with their team. We have open communication and deal with issues together. Sometimes the team leader calls me to explain what’s going on and what our options are and to clarify things. Sometimes our client has changes that I need to pass along. They explain their approach and take action. The whole experience is pretty good.

How did Creole perform from a project management standpoint?

They collaborate pretty well. Most of the time, we can reach them with issues and they respond and can mend things pretty quickly. They don’t take a long time to understand what I need, which is why I will continue working with them.

We communicate through a Skype group that involves all 5 of their team members. We discuss everything. Sometimes I raise an issue with a new request from the client, we discuss it, and I let the client know what stage we’re in. They have comments on the work, which I pass on to the team. Then they make modifications and follow up. I most often hear from the project manager and one of the directors, who is actually the CEO.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very supportive. Whenever I have a question, they are responsive and advise me on what to do. I feel comfortable knowing they are backing me up. If I have project inquiries, they can do a feasibility study for me based on the requirements.

Another thing that is impressive is how honest they are about what they can do. I’ve dealt with other Indian companies who say they know what to do, but in the end, they are unable to deliver. I stopped working with them. Creole is honest with me. Some project scopes are not in their skill set, and they tell me  they can’t take them on.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They don’t seem to have personnel for fully testing a system. Sometimes I find bugs during testing. That’s one area I think they can improve.

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

Website Re-Dev for International Humanitarian Charity

"They are adept and meet all of our timelines. We have a good working relationship."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Apr. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Creole Studios revamped an internally built website, creating a modernized look and feel through detailed designs and suggesting impactful content items. They now provide support and updates as needed.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
London, United Kingdom
Trustee, International NGO
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The streamlined site has attracted a 20% growth in page views, correlating with increased donation income. Creole Studios’ outstanding price point, broad technical expertise, and focused workflow contribute to a blossoming online presence.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a trustee of an international humanitarian charity. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Creole Studios?

We wanted to revamp our online presence and redesign our internally built website. The site was outdated, and we wanted to modernize it.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had a useful discussion in terms of understanding what our site needed in the redesign. Creole Studios provided some examples of other sites in their portfolio, including another charitable organization’s design style, to give us a sense of what we might like to include. After that initial call, they prepared examples, which were very useful. They also explained their process would in terms of the timeframe and the work plan. Then, we started with the wireframes.

They worked on the design collaboratively with our team to understand exactly what we wanted. They were involved with the initial design and supportive in terms of providing advice on including impactful content. I think there were 3 or 4 individuals working on our project. They used Laravel during the project, but I don’t know about the other technologies.

One of the key features was an interactive map of all our project locations around the world. Each location has a link to a description of the specific work. The interactive map is customizable and updatable from our end as well. Creole Studios made sure that feature was optimized for both desktop and mobile. We also needed a better way to track donations. Creole Studios embedded certain tools in the backend to let us track page views, which we didn’t have before.

How did you come to work with Creole Studios?

I think we found them online, but I can’t remember exactly where. We looked at about 6 or 7 companies. We were impressed by their experience, thorough presentation, and pricing.

How much have you invested with Creole Studios?

We’ve invested less than $10,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working with them around April of 2016, and we have an ongoing relationship. They provide support for the website and ad hoc updates. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or impact of the engagement?

Our page views have increased by about 15%–20% on average. Our donation income has also improved, although that may not be directly attributable to Creole Studios. We’ve gotten really positive feedback. The user experience is much cleaner, the site is much easier to navigate, and there’s a wider array of content related our organization.

How did Creole Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re very effective. We stay in contact via email and Skype. They are adept and meet all of our timelines. We have a good working relationship.

What did you find most impressive about Creole Studios?

I really appreciated their expertise.

Are there any areas Creole Studios could improve?

I don’t have any feedback in that area. 

4.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They've always met our deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Mobile App Dev for Health Platforms

"They’re professional and responsive and demonstrated a good understanding of our needs."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
July 2014 - Apr. 2015
Project summary: 

Creole Studios created a trio of health assessment/management apps for iOS and Android, providing full-stack development and server integration for reliable data review in an outsourced engagement. 

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Seattle, Washington
Co-Founder, Wellness App Development Firm
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The finished product set met all technical objectives, thanks to Creole Studios’ attention to detail and broad skill sets. The team’s competitive price point, proactive suggestions, and deadline-focused workflow boosted efficiency. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-founder of a firm that develops mobile applications for health and wellness. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Creole Studios?

We needed to develop a set of apps for health assessment and management, based on reading heart pulses using a phone camera. One application evaluates stress levels, another assesses the balance of the body’s regulatory system, and the third provides biofeedback to reduce stress levels. Since we don't have developers in-house, we used outsourced expertise. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We wanted a team that could handle our development needs for a single project. We needed Android and iOS application development and backend server functionality in order to collect and send health data to the backend server for review by professionals.

I put together detailed specifications for the project—a description of functionality and mockup of the user interface—to make sure that we got exactly what we needed. They learned our documentation and were confident they could meet our goals.

At first, we did not plan to launch the apps through Google Play since they were designed for an enterprise and for internal needs. Initially, we started this project for research purposes based on a government grant with a university. The project was successfully completed, and the research is in progress. If the research outcome is positive, we may pursue commercialization and publication of the product.

I dealt with 2 individuals from Creole Studios—a project manager and an Android developer with whom we had to communicate extensively during the development phase. A third resource was involved, but we only had cursory contact. There may have been more developers involved behind the scenes.

How did you come to work with Creole Studios?

We searched for potential developers on Elance and looked at between 15 and 20 companies. I communicated with other groups during the selection phase. Some firms tried to impress us with low prices, and others failed to demonstrate a good understanding of our objectives.

When I started communicating with Creole Studios, I realized they knew what we really needed. I was also impressed by their previous accomplishments and reasonable pricing.

How much have you invested with Creole Studios?

We spent about $15,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in July 2014. The project was completed in April 2015. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or impact of the engagement?

Generally, we were satisfied with the development team. They’re professional and responsive and demonstrated a good understanding of our needs. They also provided strong graphic skills in designing the user interface. They were proactive in suggesting better solutions if they felt our requests were outdated, which helped us create a better product.

How did Creole Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

A project manager needs to grasp all the details of communication quickly and put people to work to save time and ensure satisfactory quality. The person we dealt with excelled in these areas. He was professional and patient.

Most of our communication happened through chat and emails. Their English was professional. We talked over Skype a few times, and I had no trouble understanding them. English is my second language, so I understand the difficulties.

We did not experience any problems because of the time difference. Since they’re in India, we adjusted our expectations. We didn’t need them to be immediately available. However, sometimes they worked through the night to provide an urgent change, which impressed me.

What did you find most impressive about Creole Studios?

My basis of comparison to other groups is fairly limited, but we were satisfied with Creole Studios’ work.

Are there any areas Creole Studios could improve?

No, I don’t have anything to add. 

5.0
Overall Score We were satisfied with their services.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We had to handle a few issues, but both originated from our side.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer