Digital experiences that unite brand & customer.

eHouse Studio is a digital commerce company located in Charleston, SC. We are experts in creating highly engaging user experiences for brands looking to grow their online marketplace and differentiate themselves from competitors.

Our team of e-commerce experts understands the way your customers prefer to shop and how to deliver that experience in a way that enhances your overall brand experience.

• We're winning global awards for our work. 
• We utilize agile methodologies. 
• We're experts that bring strategic recommendations. 
• We don't have set prices; instead, we build a clear plan to meet your budget and lower your lifetime cost. 
• We're transparent and collaborative. 
• We're results driven and analytical.

eHouse is among the Inc. 5000 fastest growing private companies in the US for two years in a row!

 
$25,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2002
eHouse Studio
1701 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29403
United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 
  • Kay Jewelers
  • Stage Stores
  • Just For Men
  • Spanx
  • MailChimp
  • Jared The Galleria of Jewelry
  • BI-LO
  • ZenDesk
  • Pinot's Palette
  • Twelve South
  • Christophe Harbour

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Websites & Marketing for Luxury Caribbean Resort

"We looked to eHouse to teach us how to evolve in the digital world."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2010 - 2017
Project summary: 

eHouse worked on coding, ad placement/tracking/analytics, frontend and backend development, SEO/SEM, site launching, and email campaigns for a luxury resort, fully transitioning them into the digital world.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
St. Kitts, Caribbean
Katherine Verano
Director of Marketing, Christophe Harbour
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

eHouse uses past project data to drive their decisions, and it never fails. They can organize ideas into ROI-measured tasks, and they keep the client plugged in to the entire plan. They’re creative and holistic in how they attack challenges, and were very efficient in tracking budget and timelines.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the director of marketing for Christophe Harbour, a resort development and residential community on the island of St. Kitts in the Eastern Caribbean.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with eHouse Studio?

We had been a primarily print-forward company for a long time before we contracted with eHouse. I think we launched our first website with them in 2010, and we looked to them to teach us how to evolve into the digital world.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

I’d say that eHouse helped us with more than 50 different projects. Our first website with eHouse really pushed the edge on use of technology and full screen videos. Over the course of 6 or 7 years, eHouse designed, built, and launched three websites for us from scratch. We moved away from trying to make cool websites that caught people’s attention to delivering content in a way that was relevant to our audience and that tried to capture them on the backend and put them into the funnel. We also had eHouse work on all of our backend automations to process the leads that came in. We did a lot of welcome stream emails and workflow automation from the backend with our sales team and CRM system. eHouse also helped us get eyeballs on the website through SEO and SEM. We did a number of digital development projects, including email campaigns, design tickets, new real estate clients, digital advertising, and banner ads. eHouse also set us up with a new email system that was easy to deploy on our side.

We had an agency that we used for most of the banner ad design and digital ad placements, and eHouse helped us with the coding, placement, tracking, and analytics. But they also did plenty of design work for us over the years, and they did all of the design on the website. We based all of the content management system on ExpressionEngine, but as to how eHouse actually built the site, that’s out of my knowledge base.

How did you come to work with eHouse Studio?

They were familiar with our type of clientele and the strategy and in-depth thinking involved with our business challenges. What we ended up doing was splitting the business so that eHouse retained the bulk of the digital work, and the agency of record did all of the creative ad campaigns and branding. We kept the bulk of the digital work with them for a long time.

How much have you invested with eHouse Studio?

I’d like to keep this confidential.

What is the status of this engagement?

I think we launched our first website with eHouse in 2010, and we ended our relationship with eHouse at the end of March. Not because of their performance, more because we were going in a different direction. We hired another agency of record who brought to the table, as part of the suite of services, a strong, robust, lead-generation and nurturing division. This company generates the content, places the content, and tracks the content for us. They do it all for us, from soup to nuts. The only reason we ended our relationship with eHouse is because of the breadth and ease of working with this one firm. I would give eHouse rave reviews.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

eHouse and I spent a lot of time working on ways to show ROI for the work we’re doing. I know that after our last website launch, we noticed that a lot of our metrics were up, including traffic, time on website, engagement, and conversions, though I can't speak to any specific numbers off the top of my head.

What we used eHouse for and what they really helped us do was put in the platforms and help us set up the building blocks to be able to start tracking figures. For a really long time, we couldn't tell what was successful and what wasn’t. I’d say the biggest success for us was getting those building blocks in place so that we could start reporting on traffic and numbers. All of that really came into place around 2015. When we launched our current site, we had the opportunity to measure what was and was not working. 

How did eHouse Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

Our account manager has changed a couple of times over the years. The basic resources and the positions themselves haven't changed. We were a pretty small fish in their pond in terms of work, which was good for us, because we got a little more attention from the strategist and creative minds in the shop as opposed to all of the work being outsourced to another firm or to somebody low on the totem pole. For us, one of the real benefits was being able to work with them on that high-level strategy, and they were really good about bringing new ideas to us to help us meet challenges. For instance, for something as simple as lead generation, I'd call them and say, “We just really dropped off. I don't know what we’re doing wrong or what we could be doing better,” and a couple of days later I would get a lengthy email with ideas on what we could do. Some of the ideas weren’t even digital based. eHouse was really helpful at trying to move the needle on the digital side. They were really holistic in the way they approached problems.

Their project management is really good. They are excellent at using tools to track time, costs, projects, and status. I always felt plugged in. We had weekly status calls, and sometimes twice-weekly status calls. Then when they adopted the Agile agency system, that really helped too, because we were clear on milestones and who was going to be involved and at what point. That made it easier to plan on my side, because it’s like herding cats over here when trying to get people together. We knew that every two weeks we were going to have a meeting. We knew how things were progressing, and I felt comfortable with the progress, because I knew what was coming.

What did you find most impressive about eHouse Studio?

I think eHouse lets the data drive their decisions. There was more than one occasion where we came in and said, “No, we don't like it that way. We want it to be like this,” and they would make us think differently. They’d use data to support their case, and in the end, we would go with what they did, and it was always the right decision. eHouse’s strategy of being deeply rooted in data and letting it drive the decisions helped organize the chaos of what we do every day. It helped move our company forward instead of just making things pretty. They made a website that is functional, and they brought new ideas to the table that were based in strategy and data. Also, I know that eHouse was super busy with a lot of other clients and projects in the hopper, and we were very small fish in their pond compared to some of the other clients they had, but I always felt like we got our fair share of attention and time.

Are there any areas eHouse Studio could improve?

I can't think of any ways eHouse could improve, and I can’t say anything negative about them.

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

E-commerce Development for Custom Bag Retailer

"They are very personable, and their communication is very detailed."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

eHouse Studio created a flagship e-commerce site for an online leather-goods boutique and continues to provide strategic technical guidance.

The Reviewer
 
1–10 Employees
 
Charleston, South Carolina
Owner, Custom Bag Retailer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

An entire product line sold out after the website’s launch due to increased customer attention. eHouse Studio’s development process demonstrates their Industry leadership, attentiveness, and intuitive knowledge of customer needs.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

My company makes laptop bags and leather goods such as wallets and clutches for women. I'm the founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with eHouse Studio?

My online store is a flagship, so I needed somebody who understood the fundamentals of websites and their importance, the technology behind them, and e-commerce and the strategy involved with having an online store.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

There were several deliverables. They did the hosting of my website and the technical backend of it, as well as the strategy. When I came to them, I already had a website, and the work mainly revolved around changing where the videos went, defining the kind of videos I should be doing, and changing the look of the product pages so people buy more. They also handled more straightforward, necessary stuff like keeping the hosting going and rolling over a security change. I had three primary people working on my account: a project manager, her assistant, and a business consultant. I also know there was a principal above them.

I'm a relatively small client for them, but they work with large e-commerce clients as well. They use the knowledge they have as a broad base to tell clients how their user interface can work best, what they’ve seen that sells a product, how it can work, etc. They’re able to say, “You don't have millions of dollars, but here's how we can help you in this phase with this kind of technology,” or “This strategic change in the website will increase sales.”

How did you come to work with eHouse Studio?

I selected them for a few reasons. One, I wanted someone local here in Charleston. Two, I wanted someone with a lot of e-commerce background. Three, I really needed someone who understood technology and could do design if I needed it. Previously, I'd worked with another great local design firm, but they're a design firm that did websites. I wanted the opposite.

How much have you invested with eHouse Studio?

This information is confidential.

What is the status of this engagement?

We began working together in 2015. The website is stagnant right now, but they're still keeping it running. If there is another big project that needs to be done, they'll be the ones to do it. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They are always on time and under budget, and I find that very rare, especially here in the South. They were also calm and cool under any deadline I gave them. That's a huge deal to me. Once we implemented their changes, we never had any issues with taking or processing payments or with clients not getting any confirmation emails. It was always 100% perfect. I can also tell you that ever since eHouse Studio took over the last line of products I had, they completely sold out.

How did eHouse Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

They performed perfectly. They are very personable, and their communication is very detailed. Sometimes, you don't know what’s exactly included, but everything is very clear with them. They were also willing to work with me; if I said that it seemed like a lot for right now, they would split it up or make suggestions about what needed to be done first and then second.

What did you find most impressive about eHouse Studio?

They’re extremely easy to work with. They are not pretentious either. They have a great depth of strategic knowledge about selling online. There are millions of people who can put up an e-commerce store for you and make it work, but there are very few people who have the knowledge that they have about how e-commerce works and how the mindset of the client works, as well as the ability to put that technical knowledge together.

Are there any areas eHouse Studio could improve?

Because I'm local, they worked very well with me. It would be harder for me to judge how they would work remotely. It's not really a criticism. I just couldn't really speak to it.

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

Soak up all the knowledge you can from them because they're leaders in the South and in the industry. 

5.0
Overall Score It was so easy working with them. No drama—I loved it.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Again, always on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I’d have to say it's about being able to sleep at night.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They were always on time.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I feel very proud to know them.

UX Design for Nonprofit Focused Startup

"eHouse gave us the strategic guidance that we needed."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

eHouse acted at a strategic partner to solve entrenched design problems. They optimized logos, color schemes, and iconography and prototyped design solutions to maximize user engagement.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Charleston, South Carolina
Jeremy Berman
Founder, GoodUnited
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

eHouse effectively used design as a problem-solving tool. Their professionalism and dedication are matched only by their expertise in aesthetics and usability. They took the time to understand nuances of the business and are now a trusted strategic partner.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the founder of GoodUnited, a startup that helps nonprofits create more personal and meaningful relationships with their donors. We do that by pinpointing and tracking what donors really care about and we create content that keeps them engaged.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with eHouse Studio?

We’ve done a lot of work with eHouse Studio. Most recently, one of the problems we were thinking through with eHouse was how to provide value to the supporters that use GoodUnited. I really appreciate working with eHouse because I believe they’re the best at using design as a problem-solving toolkit and not just as a way to make pretty pictures on a page. eHouse used a Design Thinking approach to better understand the problem. eHouse conducted interviews with supporters who are using our software. They then helped us develop rapid prototypes as a way to test some of our hypotheses. We were then able to take those prototypes and put them in front of users to see if they addressed the supporter needs. eHouse has been instrumental in coaching us through that process and saving us time/money on building the wrong product.

Once we started product development, they’ve been incredible at doing some of the UX/UI work to help facilitate that ideal supporter experience.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

For this latest project, their role was to teach us how to conduct these user research tests. What was cool was that instead of just doing all the work themselves, they coached us, monitored the project and gave us feedback along the way. For me, that was really powerful because it helped increase my team members’ skill sets so that they could apply what they learned to future projects. It felt much more like a partnership as opposed to them getting it done and sending us the bill.

At the end of last year, we were working to quickly get our initial product to market under some incredibly tight deadlines. We had told clients who had already paid for this product that it was going to be delivered in the first week of January, but by the middle of December, we still didn’t have the design figured out for some of the core pages of the product. Even though it was around the holidays, the executive members of eHouse’s team asked their staff if they could make it happen. They rallied together and worked overtime at a really busy time of year to help us get the designs in place so we could meet our deadlines and get the product to market for our customers.

In terms of deliverables, eHouse gave us the strategic guidance that we needed. Aaron Quinn, their founder and creative director, was a critical part in helping us shape the way we think about our product.

Additionally, eHouse has provided us wireframes and low-fidelity mockups in Sketch and InVision for a number of core pages on our website, as well as some of the email templates that we use to engage our users. They created the style guide that we use to ensure design continuity across our website. They designed our logo and color scheme, and now they’re beginning to help with the iconography that ties into the overall branding of our company.

How did you come to work with eHouse Studio?

I’ve had a relationship with eHouse much longer than this partnership. From my involvement in the startup community, I met several members of their team.

Last September, we identified the need to bring on a full-time design resource, and I had a very specific skillset in mind. That skill set was more about using design as a problem-solving toolkit instead of just making pretty pictures. I probably interviewed 20 people, but nobody fulfilled my expectations. eHouse has a unique design skill set and I thought it made sense for us to engage with them on the design challenges we were experiencing.

What is the status of this engagement?

In 2016 we did some one-off projects and then engaged in a long-term contract in the beginning of 2017.

eHouse is now one of our strategic partners that’s helping us address our product challenges. They’ll also be providing UI/UX support for the specific deliverables that come out of these our strategic sessions.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The results of what they delivered were really impressive, even on an accelerated deadline. From an aesthetics and usability standpoint, our product has been well received both internally and from users. Since we just launched, most of our feedback is still qualitative. The feedback has been that everything is well designed and easy to use in terms of the UX of the product.

Our users have praised our color scheme and the clean design that eHouse designed. We’ve also heard that our web presence looks much more professional than our competitors’, which has given us credibility in the sales process.

How did eHouse Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

They perform well. The project manage is pretty transparent. They have one or two dedicated project managers that I can go to whenever I have questions, and their responses have been really personal and rapid.

The trust we have in eHouse is strong, so we don’t really feel the need ask for time usage in 15-minute increments or anything. It’s more that we agree on the broad strokes of what we want to accomplish and the allotted budget for that work. heir project managers do a good job of making sure we’re tracking against the budget.

What did you find most impressive about eHouse Studio?

We had worked with several agencies in the past, and one of our biggest issues was that none of them took the time to understand our specific business problems. One of the main reasons that I pushed forward with eHouse is that they have a few people who are incredibly business-savvy. They took the time to understand our business goals for the year and the challenges we need to overcome, and then they used that information to help shape their creative and design work. That’s been incredibly valuable because it means the work that they do is immediately actionable. Their ability to understand our business and apply it to what they do sets them apart from any of the other agencies we’ve worked with in the past.

Are there any areas eHouse Studio could improve?

One thing we’re trying to work towards is having a dedicated team of people who are invested in our business so we don’t have to get every new team member up to speed on what’s going on. But that’s not necessarily critical feedback, just an opportunity to strengthen our relationship.

5.0
Overall Score We’re partners for a reason.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They went above and beyond to deliver on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The best we’ve worked with.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I refer them all the time.

Web Design for Large Retail Conglomerate

"They are remarkably current in terms of design."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

eHouse Studio conducted an in-depth competitor analysis for a large retailer, then provided design recommendations for their website to be developed by the in-house team.

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ Employees
 
Houston, Texas
Michael Smith
SVP, Stage Stores
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Performance has improved and sales have increased since the updates have been implemented. eHouse completed the project ahead of schedule and on budget. Their expertise in the field sets them apart from other vendors, and they continue to be a valuable partner to the client.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Stage Store is a national omnichannel retailer with 800 stores nationally, primarily on the Southwest and East Coast. We also have a transactional website. I’m senior vice president of our OmniCommerce business.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with eHouse Studio?

I engaged them to help us redesign our site so we can improve our customer experience and deliver an updated and visually appealing experience for our customers.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We needed to update our site in advance of working on a responsive web design, and asked them to research our top 20 competitors. We wanted to document what they’re doing well and not doing well and to perform a comparative study. eHouse completed a detailed study and evaluation that took about 90 days and provided us with specific areas of opportunity where we can improve our website for our users and store associates. That project took 150 days after which they provided us with the designs, including all of the key pages on our site. Our in-house IT team and Oracle integrator partner then implemented the recommendations that eHouse made.

How did you come to work with eHouse Studio?

I had worked with them before at Signet, my previous employer, and included them as part of a review we conducted of potential vendors.

How much have you invested with eHouse Studio?

While the cost is confidential, I can tell you they are competitively priced.

What is the status of this engagement?

We engaged them in February/March of 2016 with the goal to get the project completed by mid-year. We continue to work with them now on doing audits of our mobile app, desktop, and mobile sites. They also audit any ADA [Americans with Disabilities Act] compliance issues we have so we’re current with that. We are beginning to work on a redesign for our future responsive web design.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We saw an improvement in performance, reduction in latency, and an increase in revenue online. We have had a measurable improvement in our online sales as a result of this. We made the site more intuitive for the customer and they're responding by converting.

How did eHouse Studio perform from a project management standpoint?

I have a senior director who was on the phone with them on weekly project management calls. As we got closer to the end of the project, they were in contact daily. There were detailed follow-up meetings. Our choice for a project management tool is Basecamp, which they used with us on this project and we had no communication gap and no confusion because anyone working on the project could track every conversation. They completed the project earlier than we expected.

What did you find most impressive about eHouse Studio?

I selected eHouse at Signet after I met Rick Quinn, who is the principal, I learned that he had been in the retail industry. He understands the pressures involved in a project of this size and what we needed to run the project effectively.

Are there any areas eHouse Studio could improve?

I don’t have any criticism. They are remarkably current in terms of design, ADA compliance, user experience, and the relevance of rapidly changing technology. The way consumers are shopping today is very different than the way they were shopping 2 years ago. eHouse is very savvy in knowing how to design websites in such a way to leverage that.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Any delays in the project were on our side.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They were very competitively priced.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    My experience at 2 different large retailer organizations has been flawless. They’ve delivered on time, on schedule, on budget, and that’s all you can ask from a good vendor partner.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already recommended them twice in the course of our time working with them.