We Develop Digital Business Solutions

Curotec uses a unique approach to understanding your business needs: We listen, first. And our suite of solutions, from custom application and mobile development to SaaS and CRM integration, are designed and developed to help the enterprise reach its goals. 

 
$5,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2010
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Wayne, PA
headquarters
  • 983 Old Eagle School Rd Suite 616
    Wayne, PA 19087
    United States

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Tech Partnership for Marketing Agency Company

“Their level of understanding and ability to diagnose problems are impressive.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Curotec manages IT needs for a virtual marketing and advertising company. They provide support for CRM and CMS projects, web development, and SEO improvements for third parties.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Wayne, Pennsylvania
Paul McCabe
CEO, McCabe Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Curotec is easy to communicate with, and they offer helpful insights on complex topics. Beyond being good problem solvers, the team is knowledgeable, offers fair pricing, and surpasses the competition.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the president and CEO of the McCabe Group, a virtual marketing and advertising company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Curotec?

We had an IT company that was leaving us. We needed a new company to look after our IT needs and support our tech efforts for third-party clients.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Curotec manages anything IT related, including help with CRM and CMS as well as web development. They also oversee web coding, apps, and integrated digital media. I’m working to expand what we offer to clients, and they add to our resource pool. They're able to provide a nuanced approach to SEO tune-ups for our clients' sites.

We’re currently working with Curotec to produce a streamlined management system that can produce code and keep track of records for a multinational client. There’s a lot involved, and it’s written in four major languages. We plan to launch in December 2018 and are already seeing issues or wishlist items to add after the initial launch.

What is the team composition?

The team size varies based on the project we’re working on. We usually have a Google and SEO expert and 1–2 other team members. Sometimes we have as many as five on a project.

How did you come to work with Curotec?

The company we were working with previously handed off their work to them and slowly phased themselves out. We vetted Curotec and discovered they were much stronger and offered more services than their predecessors.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve done about $300,000–$400,000 worth of work with them so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together around 2015, and the work is ongoing on several projects, including a CMS for one client and an SEO tune-up for another.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We've had success working with them, even before the current project management system. Curotec offers fair pricing and a good partnership. They came up with new ways to approach issues and are great problem solvers. Our clients are completely satisfied.

How did Curotec perform from a project management standpoint?

They perform very well. Communication with them is easy. We had space in our building to house them when they were looking for new offices, so they’re basically across the hall whenever we need to meet. We often work on a virtual basis, but never have any trouble getting time with them when we need them. They give helpful insights into what they do and explain things well. We’re also looking forward to adding other disciplines like cybersecurity.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their knowledge of what is available on the market makes them terrific in meetings with our clients. Their level of understanding and ability to diagnose problems are impressive.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t have anything to recommend; we’ve had no issues.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They're a great team to work with. They outperform any of their competition, so get a quote from them. They know their stuff and will be honest if you're asking for something outside of their stack. However, they'll probably have a contact in their network to outsource that work if needed.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They deliver on time, but sometimes we run into scheduling conflicts.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They charge a little more than some of their competitors, but their prices are fair.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They’re a strong team that follows up on their promises.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have no trouble recommending them.

Web Dev & Mobile App Dev for Marathon Nonprofit

There was never a challenge too difficult for them to solve.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2016 - Feb. 2018
Project summary: 

Curotec developed a web and mobile app that revolutionizes the archaic paper-based enrollment process. Features include a registration database, attendance and distance trackers, and file management.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Lauren Kobylarz
Program Director, Students Run Philly Style
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The nonprofit’s productivity has increased tremendously since launching the online platform. Thousands of people have successfully used the app to join the program, and file management is easier than ever before. Curotec’s diligent team provided effective solutions to make the app a success.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Students Run Philly Style is a nonprofit mentorship program that fosters healthy habits and resilience in the lives of more than 1,000 Philadelphia-based teens through long-distance running.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Curotec?

We had an archaic paper-based enrollment system, which was difficult to manage given the high volume of applicants that we were receiving. We connected with Curotec to develop an online platform to make the application process easier for all parties.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We wanted to make the app resourceful for our staff, as well as the mentors and mentees, so incorporating features to meet all of our needs was a complex task. Curotec took the time to understand our goal and broke the project down into manageable parts. They built a website, and they developed a mobile app that is available for iOS and Android devices. Our main features are the online enrollment platform and an online event registry. Specific to the app, we are able to track the kids’ attendance and the number of miles they run.

What is the team composition?

We occasionally spoke the owner of the company, but we mainly worked with the project manager.

How did you come to work with Curotec?

We were discussing the idea of implementing an online enrollment system, and one of our donors recommended an app development agency, which we discovered had been acquired by Curotec.

How much have you invested with them?

We have invested almost $100,000 developing the website and accompanying apps.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project commenced in the fall of 2016, and we officially launched the app in February 2018.  

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our app has increased the awareness and accessibility of our programs to a variety of people. We’ve successfully enrolled more than 1,200 teens through the online application system, and several new schools have used our site to join our program as partners. Our team is now able to manage our documents with ease, and we are finally able to keep track of the miles that the kids are running. The app has already given our program an organizational boost.

How did Curotec perform from a project management standpoint?

Working with their project manager was a fantastic experience; he’s incredibly responsive and always comes up with the best solution whenever an obstacle appeared. Their supportive team works tirelessly to get things completed on time, and they know how to translate our needs into a tangible result.

What did you find most impressive about them?

There was never a challenge too difficult for them to solve. The one-of-a-kind features that they built into our app are a testament to their innovative talents.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have a clear concept of the app that you want them to build and they will make your vision a reality. Don’t be afraid to try new things and consider their suggestions.

5.0
Overall Score The online platforms that they built meets all of our needs and we are infinitely pleased by it.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’re very prompt with scheduling and saved a lot of time with virtual meetings.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We have been very happy with the product that we received for the amount that we paid for.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    On the rare occasion that they made an error, they always work hard to fix their mistakes.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

API Integration and App Dev for Healthcare Company

“Curotec was proactive and started the work right away. … They require very little oversight.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Jan. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Curotec works in tandem with the in-house team to integrate APIs and complete dev projects. They’re currently developing an app to optimize healthcare communication and coordination.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Omaha, Nebraska
Jeff Broz
VP of Innovation & Product Management, Banyan Medical Systems
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Curotec takes initiative and communicates plans clearly. Unlike other firms, they don’t wait to be told what to do—they do their best and give you exactly what you want. They report weekly progress and willingly adapt to any changes in the project scope.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the VP of innovation and product management at Banyan Medical Systems.We’re a healthcare technology company that provides solutions to alter the way healthcare is delivered across the continuum of care.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Curotec?

We had a lot of legacy technology that we needed to move into the cloud and web to support a more API-driven solution. We have an internal dev team, but we needed a dev consulting partner.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Our main task with Curotec was workflow automation and coordination. The health care industry is extremely disjointed, and communication isn’t very efficient. Our focus was on creating an app that would help coordinate the events around a person’s care and get them accomplished in a timelier manner. The app will track communications in real time and make the system more accountable.

What is the team composition?

They provide a business analyst, front-end developer, architect, and a data integration specialist.

How did you come to work with Curotec?

I did some research and found about 10–12 companies. After phone interviews, I narrowed it down to 3­–4 teams and went to visit them in person. Curotec stood out in a few areas, especially in their commitment and innovation. We met once, and at the next meeting they’d already executed some test code and wanted to see what we thought. None of the other firms did that. Curotec was proactive and started the work right away. We could’ve hired a cheaper or bigger company, but we knew Curotec would do a great job.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since January.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Every week, Curotec shows us what they’ve accomplished. We’ve seen consistent progress, which our management and executive teams here appreciate.

How did Curotec perform from a project management standpoint?

Curotec has phenomenal project management. We talk daily over the phone and use Slack for team communication. They require very little oversight.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We’re building something unique and revolutionary, and Curotec is able to adapt to and be flexible with what we want. They shift quickly and help us be agile to hit our goals as we learn and change along the way.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There’s nothing I can think of.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

Give them freedom to do their own research and come up with new solutions. If you’re open to their suggestions, you’ll find their ideas to be incredibly insightful.

5.0
Overall Score We work well together, we’re candid with one another, and we adjust as necessary.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They repeatedly adapt and deliver on time.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    As our partnership has grown, we’ve been able to refine our spending to make it more efficient.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They maintain clear expectations, so what you get is what you want.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Anyone facing a challenging problem should hire Curotec to solve it.

Financial Website Design for Communication Agency

“They’ve been very responsive and accommodating.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Curotec designed and built a complex financial website for a B2B communications agency’s client. They’re now planning to make improvements in creating a second version.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Account Executive, Communications Agency
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The end client is very happy with the results. Transparency and due diligence were key in facilitating an open and productive working relationship. Curotec was always responsive and worked efficiently to meet the end client’s deadlines.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the account executive at a full-service communications agency. We do everything from marketing and branding to crisis communications and PR.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Curotec?

We needed to develop a robust website for one of our financial services clients. We had been running into some issues with previous web vendors and needed a developer that could deliver on the request and communicate effectively.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We were previously engaged with this financial services client and needed assistance in developing a very complex website. I initially spoke with Curotec’s founder and he helped me scope out the site and walked me through what was possible from a technological standpoint. He was also able to work within our client’s time constraints. He did a great job explaining what was needed for each phase of the project and what challenges they might encounter. From there, they helped us in determining the UX/UI and eventually started coding the site. They saw us through check ins through the development process and have been great in providing post-launch maintenance. We’ll be engaging with them for a phase two of the website soon, and we’ve already discussed new features like click-to-chat. We’re still working through a few additional projects.

What is the team composition?

I primarily interacted with a project manager. He set expectations very effectively and we couldn’t have done the project without him. We also had a few initial scoping conversations with the founder, and I would reach out to the development team for more in-depth technical questions.

How did you come to work with Curotec?

We were in the market for a new vendor after experiencing poor service from other developers.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in October 2017 and have since finished the financial site. We’re currently working on other projects.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We just launched the site last week, so metrics aren’t available yet. However, I spoke with one of the client’s employees and they were very happy with the end result. They said it will allow them to compete in the industry more effectively.

How did Curotec perform from a project management standpoint?

Frequency of communication depends on where we are in the process. Before and immediately after launch, we were speaking multiple times a day. They’ve been very responsive and accommodating. Our project manager is always accessible via phone and email, which was very comforting throughout the process. They always had an answer to any questions that came up within 24 hours if not immediately.

What did you find most impressive about them?

After our poor experiences with other developers, we were happy to find a vendor that communicates openly while doing high-quality work and delivering on time. The process has been very informative.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Project management tools can be beneficial to keeping things organized. However, their communication is so thorough that this hasn’t been a problem for us.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

They’re experts in their field. They’ll be able to deliver what’s requested, just like they’ve shown us in the past.

5.0
Overall Score Everything from the initial phone call onwards has exceeded our expectations.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met every deadline we set.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We’re very happy with our relationship with them.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They communicate effectively and answer questions thoroughly.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Magento Patches & Upgrades for E-Commerce Company

“They’re more organized than we could have asked, and their estimates are accurate.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Dec. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

The web development team installed Magento patches and upgraded a website’s security and design features to improve loading speeds.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Charlotte, North Carolina
Director of Marketing, My Freedom Smokes
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Speed, security, and design upgrades were hallmarks of Curotec’s work. The team’s ability to respond quickly, to fix problems as soon as they arose, and to provide accurate financial estimates and timelines for new projects enabled the successful partnership to continue.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the director of marketing for myfreedomsmokes.com, an online electronic cigarette retailer.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Curotec?

We had a different developer previously but had trouble finishing work with them. We'd go back and forth with them about site upgrades we wanted to make, and they told us those changes would take a couple of months. We wanted a partner that was more communicative and could work more quickly.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

After we transitioned to working with Curotec, our first project for them was upgrading the site. They installed the new security patch for Magento, minimized JavaScript, and made PHP upgrades to get the site running faster. At that point, we got the CDN in place with CloudFlare so our assets could be delivered more quickly to the customer. Their work was mainly security- and speed-based.

We also had them redesign our checkouts to make sure that all of the relevant information was displayed clearly. When customers finalize their purchases now, they don’t have to scroll down to see their total or to find a place for a coupon code. They also built a custom brand header for some categories on our site, where we can now input a description and video. The brand landing pages help us rank better for those brands in terms of SEO. We have a partner we work with specifically for SEO, but the Curotec team implements a lot of the ideas and plans that arise from that partnership.

Currently, we’re working on moving from Magento 1 to Magento 2. We’re only in the planning stages right now, but it will be an entire overhaul of the site.

What is the team composition?

I've always worked directly with three people, including the CEO and other main developers.

How did you come to work with Curotec?

While we were still working with our previous developer, our SEO partner suggested I approach Curotec to get a second opinion on the timeline we’d been given. I met with their CEO, and he told me it seemed like the developer didn’t have a dedicated individual or team working on our site; if we had that, we’d finish a lot faster.

We looked at a few other companies before we decided to work with Curotec. We’re agiler than a lot of larger companies—we make decisions and like to get them implemented quickly—and we found some firms, especially large ones, weren’t able to accommodate that. Curotec provided the flexibility and development expertise we wanted.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $50,000 and $100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working with them since December 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We can definitely tell a difference in how the site functions—it runs more smoothly and there are fewer errors, particularly with JavaScript. Overall, the UI provides a better experience for our customers.

How did Curotec perform from a project management standpoint?

They exceed my expectations. Whenever we give them a new project, they create a timeline, work schedule, and tell us the expected expense. They’re more organized than we could have asked, and their estimates are accurate.

I speak with one of my contacts at least twice a week, but I can always reach someone via email, or even a text message or phone call.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I'm able to contact them at any time of the day and have them answer immediately and get an issue fixed. For example, the order function on the site recently stopped working, so we had to get that fixed as possible. I emailed them when I realized orders weren’t going through and got a response within five minutes. In another 10 minutes, they’d fixed the problem.

Furthermore, many of their developers work outside the country in different time zones, which allows for 24-hour available. If we have an urgent problem, like we did with the order function, we’re able to resolve the problem almost immediately.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, they’re receptive to feedback and always return work in a timely manner.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

The more specific the guidance you give them for design, the better. When I asked for the custom branded pages, I described my idea to them, they made a schedule for the work, and I approved it. The work they came back with wasn't what I'd envisioned, so I had to go back to them and explain what I was looking for in more detail. We haven’t had any problems since then, now that I know how to describe what I’m looking for.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They always meet deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They provide an amazing service and for less money than other firms we considered.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They've always met or exceeded my expectations.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They're a great fit, especially for small or midsize companies, like ours. They're good for people who need responsiveness and need a good developer.

Mobile App Dev & WordPress Design for Health Clinic

“Curotec’s customer service is great. They’re client-centered and willing to adjust to your needs.”

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

Curotec built an iOS and Android app from scratch, including a WordPress backend feature. They also designed a new logo and are currently incorporating multimedia into the app.

The Reviewer
 
501-1,000 Employees
 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Psychologist, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Curotec has phenomenal project management and tracks their progress well. The team is collaborative and flexible, adjusting to new additions to the scope. They offer amazing prices and produce high-quality work. The trial app has received consistently positive feedback.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm a psychologist at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I direct a seven-week group Positive Psychology program called A Happier You that helps people achieve a greater sense of well-being and life satisfaction.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Curotec?

We wanted to create a companion mobile app for our group program. We have a printed manual and wanted to make that content mobile accessible.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We told Curotec what we wanted, and they sketched out a plan based on the budget we had. From there, they developed a wireframe for the app and a brand new logo. They sent their work to me, and we had a feedback process to make sure everything was where we wanted it to be.

Curotec created a backend WordPress feature so we can easily add content to the app. We’re able to manage that all by ourselves as well as register people for the app. They essentially gave us a tutorial on how to navigate the backend to add content.

The app is pretty simple; people can view each week of our program and see an introduction, guide, and activities for that week’s topic. It has PDFs of different worksheets they can print, and we’re working on audio and video tabs that are currently still in development. The app is essentially a mirror of our printed manual—it requires no data from the user except to register.

Curotec fixes any minor glitches that pop up and makes sure we also know how to solve those smaller issues. They manage all the requirements for uploading the app to the Apple Store and Google Play, although we haven’t launched yet. We’re waiting for the developer access for the Apple Store and are still troubleshooting a few things in the Android app.

What is the team composition?

Our primary interaction is with the project manager.

How did you come to work with Curotec?

I wanted someone local who had experience in the health care field. I looked into a few other vendors, but when I saw samples of Curotec’s work, I knew they’d be a good fit.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent between $15,000–$20,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together for about a year.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We haven’t launched yet, but we have a trial app. It’s been well-received by colleagues and looks clean and simple.

How did Curotec perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicate as often as necessary. During active development, we talk about once a week. At other times, we could go a few weeks without contact. Curotec is responsive and quickly addresses any concerns we have. Our project manager is excellent and takes good care of us.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Curotec’s customer service is great. They’re client-centered and willing to adjust to your needs. For example, we decided we wanted a survey component to the app that gave instant results, and Curotec was willing to expand the project, even though that wasn’t in our initial scope. It’s been easy to work with them.

Are there any areas they could improve?

It took them a while to figure out the best way to implement the survey in our app. That’s fairly specific to our project, though, and they eventually found a solution.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

The more specific your idea, the easier it will be for them to outline a plan and project budget.

5.0
Overall Score They’re great to work with and sincerely care about making their clients happy.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They met our deadlines. Any delays were our fault.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The cost is good. It’s hard to get any kind of mobile app developed for $15,000.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We’re happy with their work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Our experience has been good, so we’d be happy to recommend them.

WordPress & Ruby on Rails Web Design & Social Media for Hospitalists

“From their part, everything from building the website to making the changes to the social media was spot on.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Nov. 2016 - Mar. 2017
Project summary: 

Curotec built the website from scratch using WordPress and Ruby on Rails. They also managed the social media marketing, Google Analytics, and SEO, and consulted on advertising.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Oceanside, New York
Founder, MedWorker
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

A couple thousand likes on Facebook in a short time evidenced that Curotec’s marketing and SEO were working, and momentum was building. The website was built to specifications and functioned properly. The team offered excellent expertise and responsive communications.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder and CEO of MedWorker. I’m a physician. MedWorker was going to be a review site for medical workers to review the hospitals they work in. It would be a rating by hospital workers and not patients. When you go to work in a hospital, they give you a story about how awesome it is to work there, which may be the case, but it may not be. Once you’ve moved your whole life and signed on the dotted line, a lot of things can change. This was a way for people getting an inside scoop before they started working so they could have an idea of what to expect.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Curotec?

We needed a website built from the ground up.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The goals were for the website to be built in a certain timeframe, to make sure it had all specifications, make sure that the website worked, and to make sure that they were responsive to changes needed. They used social media to see what kind of momentum they could get going.

A business consultant helped me develop the details as to what our website should accomplish. I had a wireframe built, and then I had a digital expert create the pages for it. I presented it to Curotec. Once we got it to a point it was functioning the way I wanted it to function, then we came up with a plan for the social media marketing part of it.

The website was WordPress and Ruby on Rails. They put the WordPress in for me and didn’t charge for that. The social media campaigns were done on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram. They also managed Google Analytics. SEO was one of the main focal points. They let me know up front that SEO takes a long time. They also gave me ideas about what to say and how to say it. They did all the ads. Their ads worked and mine didn’t.

There’s a diversity of doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, and everyone has their own perspective. I was trying to figure out the basic denominator for all these people and how to present it on the website so that it looked safe and valuable. We worked on that for months. I had colleagues saying they’d love to have a website like that and they’d definitely put some reviews on it. When push came to shove, they were all afraid even though it was as anonymous as we could make it.

I went into this by myself and financed the whole thing. It became too expensive for me. I couldn’t sustain it financially. The basic premise was off, but that’s my fault. I shut the site down a couple of months ago.

What is the team composition?

There were at least 5 people on the team. The project manager, Tom, is awesome. There were 1–2 guys doing the programming. I believe they were in another country, but they were really responsive despite the time difference. Brian, one of the CEOs, was awesome too. He was also very responsive. There were 2–3 social media experts. The team changed once the website was running and only needing minor changes and our focus was on SEO and social marketing.

How did you come to work with Curotec?

I had a website designer in the past for another website, and Curotec bought that company. I chose them specifically because of their experience with Ruby on Rails. I had done some research on PHP versus Django and Ruby on Rails for the type of database that I needed. I also liked the way they presented themselves.

How much have you invested with them?

I invested $90,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from November 2016–March 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

There were a couple thousand likes on Facebook within a short period of time. The SEO was working well. They delivered on the functionality of the website and the marketing. The marketing campaign was expensive, although they gave me a break on the pricing. They built it successfully. The problem with the SEO and marketing is it takes a long time to get them up and running. I stopped them prematurely and that was my issue and not theirs. The momentum was building. When they were in charge of it, the traffic was there. We were getting almost 500 visits per day. From their part, everything from building the website to making the changes to the social media was spot on. They executed without any problems.

How did Curotec perform from a project management standpoint?

They were excellent. I spoke with Tom at least 3 times a week and we emailed every day. They communicated well. They were very responsive. They responded every time I emailed them; I really appreciated that. They were always transparent about what they could and couldn’t do. They always had alternatives for me. It was as good of an experience as it could be given the circumstances.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their teamwork is most impressive. It was a very collaborative process between them and me, but also between them.

They built the website quickly. They were very responsive in making it work the right way. I’m a perfectionist and made changes almost every day, but they made them and didn’t ask questions.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

You have to ask yourself if the idea is really solving a problem in reality and not just what people are telling you. Use focus groups first. Really vet your idea. Once you do that, come up with a really solid business plan. Then get other people that love the idea to go in with you on it. Get the digital part of it and the wireframing done. Then go to Curotec and tell them what you want to do. If you do that, you’ll be successful.

5.0
Overall Score They did exactly what they said they were going to do. They did it happily. There was never a problem. They were always willing to help.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were usually ahead of schedule.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Everything worked exactly the way they said it was going to work. They gave me a break on the price a lot of times. They did extra things they didn’t have to do.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They did everything that they said they were going to do and they did it quickly.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Design for Broadcast Company

"I will recommend them to every single person I know."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Dec. 2013 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Curotec revamped a website for a broadcast company. They built a new site from scratch utilizing Wordpress: they additionally provided SEO and marketing services.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Wayne, Pennsylvania
Joel Adler
CEO, Coast to Coast Radio Networks
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The number of radio stations that took their product more than doubled. Curotec brought in expert help free of charge to ensure a phenomenal product, and very responsive to any problems that arose. They were able to deliver the project ahead of schedule and save money. 

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the president and CEO of Coast to Coast Radio Networks. We’re a broadcast company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Curotec?

We send out programs to radio stations all over the country. Radio stations will come to our site, download the products that they need, and fill out affidavits at the end of every month to prove that they’ve used the programs. What I was trying to do with Curotec was to develop a better and faster website. The site that we had was old and falling apart.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I gave Curotec a vision and they delivered more than I thought they would. They have a good eye for design. Originally, I came to Curotec and told them what I wanted to do. They said, "I hear you and that makes sense, but let us try to do what we think you need and what you want." What they came back with was so much nicer than what I even thought I could do. They built a brand new site for us using WordPress. The various web designs over the years have helped us with our visibility. Brian [CEO, Curotec] also helped me with search engine optimization and search engine marketing and when I needed it. He was very good with that.

How did you come to work with Curotec?

We were considering about six or seven different companies, but somebody had recommended that I speak with Curotec. They definitely came in as the most aggressive in wanting our business. They were the most attentive, and Brian listened to everything I was saying. What I really liked about Brian was that he understood business. A lot of the other companies understood design, as Brian did, but Brian also understood the business model that I was trying to accomplish, and that is more than I can tell you about the other companies. That's why I picked Curotec.

How much have you invested with Curotec?

We have invested around $60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in November or December 2013, as we were trying to figure out what we were going to do at the beginning of 2014. It took over a year to really build out the website, which I fully expected. They're still doing work for me now.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

As far as the metrics are concerned, we measure ours by a number of radio stations that take our products. The number of stations that took our product almost more than doubled. For me, it was so much more than I expected. The quality of work was phenomenal to the point where there were a couple of things that needed attention at the end, and Brian brought in really top-rated experts and didn't charge us for it. He just wanted to make sure that the product was running correctly and he had us get in touch with the technicians that could fix the problem. He did this for us for free. He didn't have to do that, but he did.

I love Brian. I really do. He's a great guy and he's been terrific. Some of the other companies will tell you that they can put you in the number one slot on Google (they really can't), but he was realistic about it and I really appreciated his honesty. To this day, he'll call me out of the blue and just check up and make sure everything is okay. I grew up in a time where service was the most important thing, and people are not as attentive to service as they used to be. He's from the old world; that's how I look at him. He's very good with that.

How did Curotec perform from a project management standpoint?

Every week, sometimes every two weeks, Brian would have a discussion with me just to let me know how everything was going. We finished the project ahead of schedule, which was a big surprise for me. That was good because it was such a big project for us. He thought it was going to take a little more than a year to develop, and it took less than a year. We originally thought this could get as high as $80,000 –$85,000, but it ended up around $60,000. Curotec saved me a lot of money.

What did you find most impressive about Curotec?

Brian is completely accessible. He gets back immediately 24 hours a day. If I have a problem in the middle of the night and send him a quick email, I always expect him to get back to me in the morning or even in the middle of the night, or he'll have somebody else get back to me in the middle of the night. I never had an issue with Brian if I needed him right away. He was always there for me. A lot of companies will give you a different technician or somebody you have to deal with, but Brian always contacted me directly. I don't know how he did it, but he always did.

Are there any areas Curotec could improve?

To tell you the truth, no. I don’t have any constructive criticism for them right now. Everything that I asked them to do, they did beyond that. They've been terrific. My fear is, that with companies like these, I hope they never get so big that they forget all that got them to where they are.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Curotec?

Get prices and listen to what other companies are doing, but always give Curotec a chance to present because it's going to be worth it in the end. They should always have a chance to pitch their business.

5.0
Overall Score They exceeded what I thought they could do.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They've always scheduled meetings and gave us updates.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I think they come in under most companies.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Everything was always of good quality. They always got back to us immediately and delivered their product ahead of schedule and under budget.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I will recommend them to every single person I know.

Web Design for Credit Company

"In a nutshell, I have complete confidence that what we've produced is going to get the results."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Nov. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Curotec provided wireframes and development for a company’s main public site, based on existing design concepts. They continue to augment the company with SEO efforts and redevelopment of their member portal.

The Reviewer
 
Greater Los Angeles Area
Andrea Parisi
President, Builders Industry Credit Association
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Curotec is different from many developers due to their willingness to have a productive exchange of ideas. They make great suggestions and listening to what the mission and vision are. Their design work is stunning, they communicate well, and they understand that plans and needs sometimes shift.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Building Industry Credit Association is an association that works with construction companies nationwide. We sell a group of products related to construction clerical services. I'm the president of the association.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Curotec?

We've been wanting to redo our two websites. We have a public website and a member portal in which members go into the website and use services right on the web. The first part of the product, which we've just completed, is the public website product.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We completely redesigned a new website for the company. We never looked to the old website. I was heavily involved in the design process in what we wanted to see and how we wanted it to be presented. They provided the wireframes because I remember in the infancy of the project getting wireframe instructions from Curotec.

They used a couple different products and technologies, and I don't recall exactly what they were called. We've also are working on them now on the SEO side of that. We've hired them to do another piece of the puzzle on the public website where they're going to manage and make sure that we're getting seen in the public eye. We have a lot of competitors, so we made sure that we're making our way to the top of those pages when they're searching.

How did you come to work with Curotec?

We started this process a couple of years ago. It has entertained more than one company and we’ve even been to the point where we were involved and had time to contract with another company, and ended up not being pleased with the progress. We started the process again and ended up choosing Curotec as the number one potential website creator to work with, out of many options that we were looking at. We've now completed the first process, which is the public website, and we're extremely pleased with how that's been handled and the look of it.

We have an IT manager here that went through the selection process. I'm not the one that landed on the top five. Our IT manager provided a list of 14 companies that could handle our needs. After looking at the 14, he determined that there were five at the top of the list. We looked at the top four. And through talking with the top four, where I would get involved in vetting those top four companies, I felt strongly, along with my board of directors (nine board members), that Curotec seemed to be the most understanding of our needs, and the company that was most willing to do whatever we needed them to do. There seemed to be a synergy among the people that were involved on Curotec’s end and how we received them on our end. We decided it was a good match.

How much have you invested with Curotec?

It's a three-piece product. The first one was the public website, next one was the member portal, which we are working on. And from what I understand, they're hoping we’ll get it launched by the end of the summer. That piece is the bigger piece of the product. We've committed to $250,000 of investment between these three products.

What is the status of this engagement?

We signed an agreement in August 2016. This doesn’t actually mean that we started on that date. We started on the project sometime in October or November 2016. The work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We just finished the website last week. We’re now taking the time to look at every word, so we’re in a final edit. We launched it on April 6th, because I had an event that I wanted to show it at. We put it out there, but I've not made an announcement even to our membership yet. Aside from the board and a few of us here, no one actually knows there’s a new website out yet.

There’s feedback on liking the new redesign. In fact, one website member happened to look for our website because he wanted to start promoting his website and start doing some cross-referencing. He emailed me and said, without any prompting because we haven't let anyone know that the website is out there, “This website is stunning. I saw your website, and it is top-notch and first-class. I look forward to working with you.” It was a very nice compliment. He said it had a lot of information in it, and he used the word stunning.

How did Curotec perform from a project management standpoint?

In fact, it reaffirmed our reason for going with them. There were four companies that were all top-notch. But from the discussions that we had with Curotec before we signed the contract with them, I felt that this was a company that not only got what we did, but understood that our needs might change along the way. They were always telling us “Whatever you need from us” or “Whatever is going to work for you.” And that's the way the whole timeline panned out.

We got to the point where we were having monthly conference calls. There was always work that was sent to Google Docs, and then we would have knowledge that a new piece was there and go look at it. This was not daily. Several times a week, we had emails from Curotec letting us know what changes had been made, where to go find the changes, or questions about what we had asked for. It was constant communication.

They were always extremely professional and always understood what we needed. They were great at making suggestions that, if we had an idea, why that might not be the perfect way to have something out there on the web. For instance, if we wanted to put up some type of page, it was always stressed that people don't spend a lot of time on each individual page. It was really a learning process for us of what was going to work and what was not. But they were always very professional, very willing to listen to what we needed, and figuring out a way to make it work for us.

What did you find most impressive about Curotec?

They know what they're doing. In a nutshell, I have complete confidence that what we've produced is going to get the results, which is we're going to be able to get our word out there better than we ever had before. We're going to be able to show why we're better at certain products or services that we offer than our competition. I think, more than anything, that's what the website accomplished. That was Curotec because obviously we don't know how to design a website. They're just extremely good at what they do. We're looking forward to the member portal. Our member portal is so antiquated that some of our members don't even want to use it. So we also think this will be a bump for us as far as usage by our members.

Are there any areas Curotec could improve?

Honestly, I can't think of any criticisms. I would tell you if I did, but I can't think of something that bothered us. There were three of us that worked consistently with Curotec. I don't think there was a time that any one of us felt that they weren't listening to us. They were always conscious of our timeline and when we wanted things to get done. I really don't have any complaints.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Curotec?

There are other companies out there that can certainly do what we wanted them to do. But more than anything, it was the relationship that sold us. With the other companies we talked to, a lot of them had a very beautiful product, but there was not so much of a give and take of ideas. If you're looking for someone that's really going to listen to you and not sort of tell you what you should be doing, I think Curotec would be the right decision.

5.0
Overall Score We just had a very great relationship, and obviously it's going to continue. We're looking forward to the next phase.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We had almost standing conference calls once a week in the last two months. They were very conscious of my wanting to get the public website out for this conference we had in April, and they met those requirements.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They weren’t the most expensive, but they also weren't the most inexpensive. I feel confident that we got the value for what we spent.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The site speaks to who we are. If you look at our competition out there, just the beauty alone of the site will make you want to look twice. I'm very pleased with it.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    Hands down, I would refer them with no hesitation.

Web Dev for Radio Station

"They’re a good company and they listen. They write good programs using good code."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. - Oct. 2016
Project summary: 

Curotec designed and developed a custom web solution to help a radio syndication company transmit music and short programming to member stations. 

 

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Philadelphia Metro Area
Jane Galli
Managing Director, Coast to Coast Radio Network
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

In an industry where all deliverables have at least some glitches, Curotec’s deliverables were very solid. They had the right person for every task, including the huge task of dealing with the legacy system. They listened well to determine the best course of action and were responsive at all hours.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

The company is Coast to Coast Radio Networks. I’m the managing director. I handle working with radio stations and I’m the one who manages the products.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Curotec?

We needed to put together a new delivery system for our radio stations. Our previous provider was unable to support our system any longer. We send out short programming, production music libraries, and radio prep information. We needed a mechanism to get that to them in a timely fashion, either once a week, once a month, or once every two weeks. There are many moving parts in our system. It was a complex project.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Curotec built the whole system. I gave them the parameters of what we needed, and how it works, and explained our whole system to them so that our radio stations receive their programming in the format that they need is which, in this case, is just MP3s for them or PDF if it's worded. We do short programming and then we also have our production music library. Besides the fact that we had to have a delivery system, our radio stations also needed a way of inputting their affidavits, which are legal documents that are given to our advertiser to show the adverting was run and at what specific time. We had to have a two-way dialogue here between the radio stations and us, and us to them. That was what we needed and what they provided very nicely. Unfortunately, because of the radio stations that we deal with from the biggest ones down to very small radio station, it had to be simple and straightforward in how it worked and the way it had to work.

How did you come to work with Curotec?

My boss, Joel Adler, [President and CEO of Coast to Coast Radio Networks] found Brian [Dainis, CEO at Curotec]. I’m not really sure how they met to begin with, but it was a beautiful find, to say the least. We had to rebuild the whole system from the bottom up. Our system was 10 years old, it worked very well mostly, but unfortunately, the language it was written in was no longer supported by anybody. We had no one to fix it if it crashed. We were living on a very thin thread and the system was starting to do some weird things. Joel found someone who would take what we had before, streamline it, but still produce the same results, Curotec did. The price was good and the timeline was good so we went with them. I was not involved in the selection process but I’m sure Joel would’ve gotten recommendations from other companies who had worked with Curotec.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in January 2015 on this project, and the work was completed in October 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The application had its bumps in the beginning, but that’s to be expected. What I loved about Curotec was, if I called, or emailed, or got on Skype and needed something done, they were right on the mark. They had the people I needed if I found a glitch. Our work has to be done within a certain time frame as our advertising schedule starts the each Monday. If I don’t get the programming or music there, then I get radio stations making my phone ring off the hook. Stations sometimes just hire one person, one day a week, to do the uploading. Time is of the essence. Another example would be the affidavits which must be filled out at least once a month, some stations do it daily, once a week, or twice a month. I thought I had a counter in there that would show stations their completion progress in percentages but I realized there was a glitch. It wasn’t changing from incomplete affidavits to complete affidavits. I called Curotec to let them know it wasn’t working and they took care of it within five or 10 minutes. They're very responsive to my phone calls because they know of my time crunch.

The largest part, after the new build, was migrating all of the information from the old system to the new one. That system had been up for ten years so there was a lot of history. I have 500 or 600 stations that report every month. They handled it without a problem even though it was not formatted as well as it should’ve been and had patches and glitches. The system was in a language that no one uses anymore. Curotec found the guys to do it.

How did Curotec perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicated through email and if there was something urgent, I called the team directly on their cell phones. Since some of the team was spread globally, I also was able to talk to them on Skype. They would answer immediately. I never waited more than half a day to get a response.

What did you find most impressive about Curotec?

They listen well and that’s really important. When we were putting this together, they brought a business analyst to document the requirements. They could hear what I was saying, they asked the right questions so that I got what I wanted. They listen to what the client is saying. Now that the system is up and running, they’re still there to support us. Actually, that was one of the criteria that I said when we hired them. I needed to have access to the developers indefinitely which has not been a problem. They also get the right people to do the job.

Are there any areas Curotec could improve?

We started with one programmer from the team that was a middle-level guy but they realized he was over his head on some of the more advanced features and they got someone else from the team with more senior experience to step in and help. That was the only glitch in the whole process. They quickly got someone else that picked up the gauntlet and kept on running. Because I’ve been a programmer, I understand that there are problems. And in my brain, it takes at least a year of running the whole thing to see if you’ve found 95% of the problems. I guess maybe my expectations were more realistic, and they fulfilled them perfectly for me.

What tips or recommendations could you share that might increase the likelihood of success with Curotec?

They’re a good company and they listen. They write good programs using good code. Our project is running smoothly and it does what it’s supposed to do. You can't ask more than that. I would recommend them highly as a company to go with.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I don’t know what our cost was, so I can’t answer that one. Knowing my boss, I would probably say it’s at least 4 or 5 otherwise we wouldn’t have gone with them. Value for what we got, I would imagine, is pretty high on the scale.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They listen and are responsive. They do the job quickly and are there when you need them. You can’t ask for much more than that.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have recommended them already.