Can you tell me about the scope of the project?
We went through a pretty detailed and customized process of what our website was going to look like and what it needed. So our process from beginning to end was to build and talk about what we want the website to look like, and it's been specific to the site. Because of the kind of work that we do, we needed it to be something that our clients could use, and also to be informational for prospects as well.
We needed a very detailed provider search. So, those types of projects were very hands-on. They're located in Hawaii, so we had a time difference, which is something that I confronted right before we started, ensuring that that wasn't going to be a problem. Every step of the process was really quite smooth. We worked through time differences, and we were able to communicate with each other on those particular projects. Something else that we've done with them, outside of the website, is our email newsletter, our email communications with clients. We built an actual, it looks like what a Constant Contact would be for a lot of companies. We had a customized email newsletter system setup. It was built by A.S. Designs & Services. I log in as the company, and we can build templates and information, keep our distribution list steady. We design customized templates we're able to use and send out to the people who we have on those distribution lists accordingly.
The third thing that we're working on currently is a client login platform. So, we're just now in the programming stages of that, but it will be an option now for our client to log into our website, and have that feature so that they can go in and receive their monthly cost savings report, and any information we want to provide them. It's all through one platform, through the website, versus doing everything through email.
What was your process for selecting to A.S. Designs & Services with which to work?
With the size of our company, customization is important but it was also really great to work with their team specifically, and that's really what stood out when we went through the proposals, and we saw the handful of them that we got. I think budget was one thing. They were able to work with what we needed, and what we needed to accomplish. But, really just from beginning to end, the presentation of their proposal was excellent. We had a committee that went through all of the different responses, and our team had just felt like they responded in a way that was most fitting to what we needed. Very professional and very accommodating, and we needed that flexibility with our time and our execution. A company of our size, it can take some time to make sure that we go through all the approval processes, just because there's so many people wearing so many different hats. So, they were very flexible with us, which allowed us to meet our deadlines pretty efficiently.
Can you give us a cost estimate of the project?
I think our first initial website, the programming and execution, et cetera, was probably about $7,000 after we were all done. Pricing-wise, it worked well because we were able to say, "OK, this is the initial, and then any project after that has just been by the hour." So, we pay by the hour now. We don't have a month-to-month retainer. It's just when we need them we say, "this is what the project might be."
When was the project started and completed?
We started in July of 2011, and we finished the project in October of 2011.