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Designwerks, Inc. provides complete strategic marketing, branding, advertising, graphic design, website design and media services to business-to-business and business-to-consumer clients. The firm utilizes a success-driven approach to help their clients build their business and reach their marketing goals and objectives. We serve Fortune 1000 and smaller companies within the United States and Canada.

 
$5,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
2 - 9
 Founded
1992
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Palm Harbor, FL
headquarters
  • 2117 Salisbury Court
    Palm Harbor, FL 34683
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Bloomingdale's Fine Jewelry, Citrix Systems, HCA Healthcare Network, the United States Veterans Administration (VA), Computer Associates, J.P. Morgan & Chase Bank, Getronics, Sybase, Inc., The Cappuccino Company USA, the Dayton's and Hudson's Stores, Van Gogh Vodka, AACSB International, St. Leo University, AirSouth Airlines, the HeadCoaching Institute, Winn Technology Group.

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Website Design & Dev for Medical Research Nonprofit

"Our collaboration was just very easy — he knew exactly what we needed and delivered it."

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

Designwerks, Inc. created a website from scratch for a medical research nonprofit. They built it on WordPress and implemented features for communication. They currently maintain and update the site. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
West Haven, Connecticut
Executive Director, VACREF
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The website functions well for the client, even helping them see an increase in visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic and engagement on their site. Bringing clear know-how and easy communication, Designwerks, Inc. was a strong partner. Their ad hoc support continues to be valuable. 

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the executive director of VACREF, we administer funding for medical research for veterans.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Designwerks, Inc.?

They created our website for us.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Designwerks, Inc. built our website from the ground up, handling the front- and backend for us. They built the platform on WordPress. A feature within it allows ou board members to open the page and get minutes and allow communication within our board. He even made a logo for us.

They maintain the site every year and add new information, like a new employee handbook and security updates. 

What is the team composition?

We worked directly with Kevin (CEO).

How did you come to work with Designwerks, Inc.?

There were several other foundations who had used his services, so we went that way, too.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $7,500. We spend about $1,000 per year for his services and maintenance. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from April–May 2014. The site was up and running in about 30 days. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Especially in the last six months with COVID-19, we’ve seen quite a few hits and more visitors and people submitting questions to our emails. We’re getting 200–300 new visitors viewing our website everything month, which is great for our size. 

How did Designwerks, Inc. perform from a project management standpoint?

Kevin lets me know when something needs to be done with the website as far as updates and maintenance. The communication is excellent. We use email and phone calls. On a quarterly basis, he reviews our website, catches any broken links, and fills us in. He’s really on top of the security of the site and ensuring we have all the features we need. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Our collaboration was just very easy — he knew exactly what we needed and delivered it. They’ve helped make our site be quite professional-looking. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, they’ve definitely met our needs. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Having Kevin as our only point of contact helped make everything streamlined and it worked well that way. 

5.0
Overall Score To have a relationship this long with a company and to have this continuity is just great.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Design & SEO for Veteran Affairs Nonprofit

“Our site had the look and feel of a multi-billion dollar organization.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2013 - Feb. 2014
Project summary: 

Designwerks, Inc. redesigned a research and education nonprofit’s website to be more SEO-friendly. In addition to handling the copy and graphics for nearly 30 pages, they implemented a secure staff portal.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Clearwater, Florida
Stephen Doukas
Former Executive Director, Bay Pines Foundation
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The portal was well-received by the nonprofit’s board members because it allowed them to conveniently preview sensitive financial data about the organization. A reliable partner, Designwerks, Inc. managed expectations through exceptional project planning and proactive communication.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I was the executive director of a nonprofit organization called the Bay Pines Foundation. It’s a research and education organization that works for the federal government in accordance with the Veterans Administration (VA). 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Designwerks, Inc.?

At the time, we were a small foundation with between $4 million–$5 million in annual revenue and were in sorrow need of a decent website that could promote our offerings. We wanted to make sure that we had a professional site that people could find on Google.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

Designwerks, Inc. offered a full range of services to redesign our site. After purchasing the domain, we worked together to figure out how to highlight specific focus areas in our research. We focused on improving the site design so that we would appear higher in Google. In total, it was close to 30 pages of content, and they provided the copy and the graphics.

Beyond that, Designwekrs, Inc. also installed a secure portal area with dual-factor authentication for our board of directors. That was where we housed our confidential data like our financials. Members could use the portal to preview key documents that we reported on.

What is the team composition? 

Kevin was my primary point of contact, though I don’t know if he had any other team members working on the project. You couldn’t ask for a more responsive guy. He always met deadlines.

How did you come to work with Designwerks, Inc.?

I reached out to Kevin and compared Designwerks, Inc.’s value with other local houses in the Tampa Bay area. Working with the government, we have to consider at least three quotes for an RFP process. Kevin wasn’t the least expensive, but he offered the most value for our money and had the knowledge regarding SEO and web design.

How much have you invested with them?

The project cost between $10,000–$12,000. 

What is the status of this engagement?

I worked with Designwekrs, Inc. from November 2013–February 2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Kevin did a phenomenal job — it was way more than I had anticipated. Our site had the look and feel of a multi-billion dollar organization. 

Our staff was also super happy about the board member portal. It met all security protocols, which was a big deal since we were a part of the VA. An information security officer reviewed the portal and found that it passed with flying colors.

How did Designwerks, Inc. perform from a project management standpoint?

Kevin is a meticulous individual who builds realistic project plans and keeps you informed along the way. If there was a hitch in the process that would affect the timeline, he’d tell us far in advance. But that was more the exception than the rule. We adhered to his project plan to the letter of the law and ended up completing the project almost a week earlier.

I’d also like to mention that Kevin always checked back in with us to make sure we were satisfied with the work even after he finished the job. There was no cost to it — it was just a part of his continued customer service.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Kevin has a long history working in the business, first from a marketing perspective and then from a web design and implementation perspective. As a result, these projects are almost like second nature to him. He thinks about how the information will present itself on a web page and how a responsive design should look. 

Not everyone can think that way, and it’s helpful that he can communicate that point of view to someone like me who might not know much about designing a website.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Kevin is such an enthusiastic guy and is so amped up and excited about what he does. I’m a bit more low-key, so I can feel a bit exhausted after I get off the phone with him. But, that’s more about our personality types.

When it comes to working with him, I always think of Kevin first for my web design projects. He’s a pleasure to work with, and I know he’ll do a great job.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Take the time to listen to him. Kevin has a wealth of information, and, 99% of the time, his suggestions are accurate and true to form. 

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They weren’t the least expensive. But, when you’re designing websites, you get what you pay for.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’d absolutely recommend Designwerks, Inc. and have on several occasions.