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Emerge is a digital product agency in Portland, OR. We specialize in strategy, UX and interface design, mobile and web app development. 

Whether we’re envisioning responsive digital ecosystems, designing complex platforms, or building mobile apps, tools, and experiences -- whether we’re modernizing supply-chains, augmenting physical products, and inventing better business models -- we make things that matter.

We leverage our proprietary world-class expertise to quickly solve user experience challenges and address untapped opportunities, create nimble digital products or services, smart websites & mobile apps.

 
$25,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
1998
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Portland, OR
headquarters
  • 412 SW 12th Ave
    Portland, OR 97205
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Nike, Splunk, GAP, Cambia, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wacom, Mercedes-Benz, Aruba Networks, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), The Home Depot, OHSU Foundation, Unilever, TedxPortland, OvaScience, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University, Inotek Pharmaceuticals, OvaScience, Homology.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Guide

Everyday in the United States, someone is faced with the task of planning for their healthcare needs later in life or helping a loved one make these decisions. The overwhelming process often causes stress and confusion, and can contribute to people missing invaluable or essential care. 
 
Emerge was tasked to create the Medicare Step-by-Step experience to support potential and existing members in understanding their Medicare options. Our job was to create a solution to these problems and to improve the experience for everyone considering their Medicare options. Working with Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, we created the Medicare Step-by-Step website. This personal, simple to follow process helps anyone understand their options, conveying when they can take action and provides key resources based upon their unique situation.

Wacom Product Launch Website Design and Development

For more than 30 years, Wacom’s products have been used by loyal customers to create some of the most exciting digital art, films, special effects, fashion and product designs. They have also played a significant role in making technology accessible in a natural and intuitive way. Over the past year, we’ve been working with Wacom on new product launches by helping them reimagine how they can use their website to market and differentiate a host of creative pen displays, tablets and styluses.

Armed with our insights and some striking design, we created narratives and user experiences that are helping Wacom customers make informed decisions, connecting them with resources, and generating excitement about each product’s creative possibilities.

Aruba Customer Experience Center App

To demonstrate their innovative networking solutions in their new Customer Experience Center part of their brand new all wireless, LEED certified headquarters in Santa Clara, California, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, was looking for a mobile application platform that would bring together the latest innovations in connected office, retail, and hospitality technology. Visitors to the center would be guided through a mobile experience that interacts with Aruba and 3rd Party technologies to show off Aruba’s Mobile-First vision in their physical space.

As an Aruba Meridian Engage program partner, Emerge was selected to design and develop the native iOS companion app that leads the way through the space. In a two-day UX workshop at the Emerge headquarters, Emerge and Aruba stakeholders fleshed out all the touchpoints of the experience before Emerge started creating the visual design framework of the application.

Nike, Inc. Corporate Responsibility

Working with Nike gave us the opportunity to create a game-changing experience that took Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting to a whole new level. We did this by creating responsive desktop, tablet, and mobile experiences that engage users by taking them on a journey through the Nike value chain.

Accolades for the site include recognition from Forbes as one of the Most Dynamic Social Innovation Initiatives; a Communication Arts WebPick of the Day; a W3 Award; a Nike Maxim Award; the Davey Award; and a Webby nomination. Leon Kaye at Triple Pundit called Nike’s report “quite possibly one of the most compelling and engaging I have ever come across.” Kaye gave the report kudos for innovation, education, and how it managed to “bring sustainability alive” using demonstrations and common language.

Augmented Reality Social Network

The recent developments in the augmented reality space have opened up many new use cases to apply this exciting technology to the real world. The Markies app challenges users to leave their mark on the real world by taking or uploading photos and placing them into the AR space, in front of landmarks, buildings, or really anywhere they want. Users can explore their friends’ and public images as they explore the real world, augmenting reality with their own and others’ view of it.

Emerge’s job was to design and build a cutting edge mobile application. We designed an intuitive user interface built around an augmented reality experience and solved design challenges around onboarding users into AR interaction patterns that most people are unfamiliar with. Once we solved this challenge we merged the resulting UX with a bespoke social network design, using best practices we identified from multiple popular social networks.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Instagram Campaign

The campaign challenged five of Instagram’s most successful photographers to take a brand-new CLA for a road trip across some of the most beautiful parts of the United States. Throughout the trip they were asked to post inspiring photos of the cities, landscapes, and people that they encountered. Instagram users voted for their favorite photographers by liking individual photos. The stakes were high, because the photographer who got the most likes got to keep the CLA. Emerge Interactive developed the campaign’s hub, integrating with multiple APIs to create a real-time dashboard of the contest’s progress, allowing visitors to view the photos taken, track the photographers’ locations, and stay on top of the voting results as they were compiled from various sources.

The campaign generated over half a million mentions on Facebook and Twitter, 87 million impressions and 2 million likes on Instagram. All this contributed to Mercedes’ busiest month ever on MBUSA.com.

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Fundraising Website Development for Educational Institution

"Their personalized attention to our project stood out."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mar. - Oct. 2015
Project summary: 

EMERGE built a fundraising website from scratch against a tight timeline. They created a module structure to easily add new pages and modify existing ones. The team now provides support on a monthly retainer.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Shirley Skidmore
Director of Strategic Communications, OHSU
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The site launched on time and garnered both donations and praise for its visually appealing design. EMERGE’s technical expertise and attention to detail yielded high-quality products. Despite some turnover, the team was highly organized, communicative, diligent, enabling a smooth workflow.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the director of strategic communications at OHSU, an educational institution.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with EMERGE?

We needed to quickly build a new website for a fundraising campaign that we were launching.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

EMERGE developed our fundraising website from scratch within a very short timeline. It focuses on a few key areas in depth and includes stories and ways to engage and encourage donors to donate. The team created a module format that allows us to create new pages and modify existing pages as needed. It is a flexible structure that can adapt over time. 

What is the team composition?

We worked with the CEO at the beginning, and their business development manager helped craft their proposal. For the main project, we worked with several key people as well as a project manager. The team has shifted over the years as personnel has transitioned, but we’ve always had a digital lead who serves as our primary point of contact.

How did you come to work with EMERGE?

We considered a few firms; EMERGE, which was recommended by our IT partners, stood out from the competition.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $50,000–$199,999 on the initial build. EMERGE now works on a monthly retainer.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in March 2015. The website launched in October 2015, but the partnership is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The website launched in October 2015. EMERGE delivered it on time and met all of our requirements. Online fundraising has grown since the site’s launch, and users have praised its visually appealing look. Competitors have even tried to copy the site and emulate our success. EMERGE still provides maintenance and develops new features and forms as needed

How did EMERGE perform from a project management standpoint?

EMERGE developed a robust system to organize work orders and elevate projects to given priorities based on allocated hours. It offered clear timelines, milestones, and project outlines. We also had regular check-ins over the phone.

Their project manager was excellent. We asked her to stay on after the project was finished, which is unusual for their policies. However, they accommodated us and we appreciated the continuity. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their personalized attention to our project stood out. EMERGE worked to understand fundraising—an area in which they lacked expertise. The team really listened to our needs and desired features so that the final product would match our vision. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

EMERGE has seen a fair amount of turnover, which in turn means turnover on our assigned team. However, we’ve worked with outstanding project leads. 

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

We were very clear about what we needed, which helped us a great deal. Prioritize your goals based on time, quality, or money, and provide upfront feedback if a project plan or design direction is falling short of the mark. 

4.0
Overall Score Four is a high rating for me.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The team met our deadlines.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They charged reasonable rates.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    EMERGE delivered high-quality work.
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Design for Floral Design Business

"EMERGE’s team is phenomenal in all aspects."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Nov. 2017 - April 2018
Project summary: 

EMERGE updated an outdated website and built an educational platform. The technologies used were MODX and Drupal. Their team continues providing maintenance and adds features when requested.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Leanne Kesler
President, Floral Design Institute
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The look and feel of the website is exceptional, and the platform greatly benefits the institute in various facets. Their team is responsive. Their transparency spurred continued engagement. Customers can expect a skilled team that translates technical language into layperson terms.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the school director at Floral Design Institute, a private vocational school servicing the floral industry.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with EMERGE?

We wanted to modernize our website and build a new educational platform for online learning.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had a vision and EMERGE took our concepts and brought back three versions so we could pick our favorites. Our previous website needed updating. The new site was built using MODX. Their team streamlined our shopping cart, so it integrates with PayPal. The CMS now includes a lead generator and email database. The platform was built on Drupal, and their team focused on connectivity between the students and teachers. Students can have portfolios online, and teachers can grade work using the platform.

They continue to provide maintenance and tweak features we suggest.

What is the team composition?

I frequently worked with Jonathon (CEO & Chief Creative Officer, EMERGE), Julian (Principal & COO, EMERGE), Keenan (Full Stack Web Developer, EMERGE), Brenna (Technical Lead, EMERGE), Tyler (Digital Project Manager, EMERGE), and Troy (Project Manager, EMERGE).

How did you come to work with EMERGE?

We worked with individual designers and developers in the past. EMERGE is the first company we’ve dealt with. Jonathon used to be my neighbor, and we talked about his team taking on our website in 2007. We interviewed others to compare, but EMERGE was the right choice. In 2007, the economy crashed, and we dropped the project. When we were ready to start again, we went back to EMERGE because we were impressed with what they had presented all those years ago.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $225,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with EMERGE between November 2017–April 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re delighted with EMERGE’s work. The website is current and clean. It works efficiently. It’s a fabulous site. The platform makes a world of difference in our business: increased efficiencies for the staff, reduced expenses, and expanded income capabilities. It’s a significant win across the board.

How did EMERGE perform from a project management standpoint?

In the beginning, we had a rocky start with a project manager, but she is no longer with them. I’ve been thrilled with Troy and Jonathon’s responsiveness. Keenan provided excellent coding. My husband did our previous website, and Brenna communicated with him to make the transition easier. When we had a glitch in one of the rollouts, Julian stayed up all night fixing it and making sure everything was perfect. We mainly communicate with phone calls and emails. Troy is excellent at getting back to me. EMERGE’s team is phenomenal in all aspects.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We’re a creative group. EMERGE communicates the analytics and technological aspects understandably. Their team can adapt to different mindsets. I haven’t found that with other firms.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Their team is fantastic. I wish that I didn’t share EMERGE with other customers.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Take advantage of initial meetings where there can be an open dialogue about expectations. Listen to them because they are willing to put in the effort and understand your needs. If you don’t take advantage of that, you’re doing a disservice to your business.

5.0
Overall Score EMERGE has worked with us financially and emotionally. They adjust the workflow to meet our budget constraints. They’re amazing.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Our industry can be complicated. Sometimes it took them a couple days.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    It's a great value and investment.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their team respond instantly. I've never been left hanging.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already recommended them. There's no one better.

Branding Logo & Design, for Nonprofit

“We couldn’t be happier with their services.”

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

EMERGE led a company-wide rebranding process and provided relevant marketing collateral. That included creating a new logo. They also developed a website template using Squarespace.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Marketing & Brand Manager, VertueLab
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

EMERGE delivered excellent marketing materials and helped revitalize a dated brand image. They developed creative solutions based on client feedback. Their team of helpful and supportive professionals work through multiple iterations to produce innovative designs. They’re valuable partners.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the marketing and brand manager for VertueLab. We’re a nonprofit company that funds and supports cleantech startups.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with EMERGE?

We hired EMERGE to guide us through a rebranding effort.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The first stage of the project involved several conversations regarding the rebrand. We had already developed a new name for our company, but we needed EMERGE to bring the rest of our vision to life. We told them our tagline, what the brand meant to us, and provided some of the company’s background information.

Starting with the logo, Parker (Designer, EMERGE) created an initial round of designs. We provided some feedback to help him refine future iterations. We isolated the elements that represented our brand, and Parker built out wholly new designs based on our feedback. He delivered the final logo after a third iteration process.

Additionally, their team redesigned all of our marketing collateral. Those deliverables include various graphic designs that we use on print materials. They also created a template for our website using Squarespace. From there, they helped us refine the building blocks of our site until we felt capable of updating it ourselves. We’d never used Squarespace before, but now we’re quite comfortable with the platform.

What is the team composition?

They allocated a project manager and two designers.

How did you come to work with EMERGE?

Our companies work out of the same office building, so the proximity influenced our decision-making process. They also have a reputation of doing great work, so we felt confident in their ability to deliver.

How much have you invested with them?

Their services were valued at $32,500.

What is the status of this engagement?

The rebranding project took place from January­–June 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We couldn’t be happier with their services. They delivered a high-quality website within an agreed upon deadline. The design options were created quickly, and they happily adhered to our feedback. That process enabled them to produce an effective rebrand that benefits our entire company. I also appreciate their suggestion to build our website on Squarespace. Thanks to some simple training, we’re no longer beholden to a development firm when changes need to be made. We have the ability and freedom to edit the site on a whim if we please. The value of that cannot be understated.

How did EMERGE perform from a project management standpoint?

The project manager was always available to speak with us. Being able to consolidate our question to a single resource made it easy to organize everything. They tracked the work closely, so we ended up with a surplus of hours once the project concluded. They honored the extra time we paid for by correcting some website errors shortly after launch. The whole team is extremely professional.

What did you find most impressive about them?

EMERGE is a creative firm that doesn’t impose their ideas onto clients. They listened to our needs and developed relevant solutions. They delivered what was promised and continually support us to this day. Their team even celebrated the relaunch with us. Overall, they’re a fantastic group of individuals.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We haven’t had a negative experience with EMERGE, so I’d recommend them highly.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

While considering hiring any third-party provider, do the research necessary to understand the skillset each project requires. Also, conduct in-person interviews if possible.

5.0
Overall Score They’re an excellent company, and I’d hire them again.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They performed within our time frame flawlessly.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The price is fair considering the value they provide.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The process was seamless and professional.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

iOS & Android App Dev for E-Learning Company

“EMERGE’s customer service sets them apart.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

EMERGE provided development staff to expedite the build of a mobile mindfulness app for iOS and Android. They based the design on specified branding to showcase prepared images and content. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Eugene, Oregon
Adam Wendt
CEO, Trifoia
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

EMERGE delivered fully functional apps that fulfill every requirement. The team even quickly responded to an omission from the scope to complete the finished products. Knowledgeable and skilled, they provide a valuable ROI through high-caliber services and attentive customer service.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the CEO of Trifoia. We develop custom digital learning solutions for organizations.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with EMERGE?

We needed significant mobile development support for a project we were working on. We did not have the capacity internally to meet the approaching deadline. EMERGE stepped in and took care of our needs.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

Our mobile app provides mindfulness training and content. It’s designed for a hesitant demographic who feel mindfulness might conflict with their cultural values. EMERGE worked with my team to set up systems and establish the requirements. Afterward, they developed versions for both iOS and Android. We produced the app’s design, including the branding, images, and all of the content. They then leveraged the underlying technology to deliver these materials into the build.

We’ve gone through multiple iterations and reviews without any bumps in the road. After the fact, we both realized the scope was missing a component, so we added a change order. They got back to us right away with a quote and began working on it after we signed off. The app is still a prototype, but we have a larger project planned for later on. 

What is the team composition? 

Our project manager communicates with Mandi (Producer, EMERGE). Julian (COO/CTO, EMERGE) has resolved scope or bug issues. The main developer is also involved and chimes in when needed. I am sure many other people are writing code behind the scenes.

How did you come to work with EMERGE?

My team alerted me to resource problems that posed internal issues. We couldn’t meet our deadlines if we didn’t get more support. I had my project manager reach out to three companies I knew in Portland and elsewhere to outline the basic scope of our project.

EMERGE was the only company that got right back to us. They had the most competent and competitive proposal. My team indicated they’d like to hire them. I felt very good about the decision based on our past experience together, so we put a contract in place.

How much have you invested in them?

We have invested between $45,000–$60,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together on this project since May 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

EMERGE has done a fantastic job from what I have seen so far. They created a tool that functions as intended. It fulfilled all our expectations and is ready for distribution. EMERGE was also highly responsive about addressing the requirements we'd forgotten. 

At this point, we’re moving into collecting end-user evaluations. They set up every single thing perfectly to collect the data we need to inform the next phase of the project.

How did EMERGE perform from a project management standpoint?

EMERGE performs well from this perspective. There were no problems. They were super flexible with the scope and schedule. My project manager communicates with Mandi at least every other day, if not daily. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

EMERGE’s customer service sets them apart. They are very responsive.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The price is expensive, but that’s natural for expedited work that needs to be completed quickly.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

EMERGE knows what they are doing, so give them the flexibility to perform their work. Ask the right questions and let them guide the project the way they need to.

While other companies offer lower prices, EMERGE's quality, hassle-free service makes up for the expense. They deliver good quality products as promised within the budget. Their customer service should outweigh concerns anyone has about how much they charge.

5.0
Overall Score They are rock solid.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They never miss a beat.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    For what they have done in the amount of time they had, it was a great value.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Everyone has some room to grow.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I have already recommended them.

Educational Web Design & Dev for Healthcare Provider

“They’re perfect for nimble, new web projects.”

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

EMERGE provided custom web design, working on an interactive website tool with Salesforce integration. They incorporated lead capture requirements and innovative frontend designs.

The Reviewer
 
5,001 - 10,000 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Steven Mendes
Marketing Acquisition Manager, Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The tool was completed successfully and serves as the main piece of content for customer engagement. It provides critical information and lead opportunities. They managed the project very efficiently, adhering to the budget and timelines while demonstrating their knowledge and skill.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the marketing acquisition manager at Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield. We’re a health plan company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with EMERGE?

We needed help creating an educational tool and experience. Our web tool helps simplify the decision-making process for people who are turning 65 and need Medicare coverage. We wanted to make healthcare simple with a tool that would give our consumers the answers that they needed. We wanted to contribute to making healthcare more simple by developing a tool that would give our consumers the quick, accurate, and simple answers they needed during this particularly complicated time in their health plan shopping experience.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed a custom-built interactive website tool. We had Salesforce integration requirements, lead capture requirements, and wanted a differentiated frontend design.

We started with a thorough discovery session. They interviewed me, several people on my team, and business constituents about the problem that we were trying to solve. There was also a comprehensive background done on our end users, which is the senior audience. This coupled with a competitive analysis of our competitors gave us a good baseline to work with.

Then we had a formal RFP process where we documented what was actually needed, what we hoped for, the timelines, and the fundamental base requirements. From there, they came up with a proposal for the solution and the various steps that we could expect from them.

We did different wireframes to get an idea of how the tool could look, creating different design iterations and mood boards. Once that was approved, we worked on the content and actually built the tool itself. They provided ongoing maintenance, hosting, and some tweaks after launch.

What is the team composition?

There were five people involved at different times, including developers, frontend designers, account management, and QA specialists.

How did you come to work with EMERGE?

From the five that were involved in the RFP process, we narrowed our list down to three, including EMERGE. EMERGE had a good reputation within Portland from their local clients, and they were also pretty active on LinkedIn for their thought leadership. As a result, we decided to move forward with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent $110,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from April 2016–March 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The tool serves as the primary piece of content in our online content strategy to get consumers to engage and interact with us in a meaningful way. It provides all the information they need to make the right decisions.

It also plays a big part in our email campaign, our content marketing campaign, and our social media. The tool generates leads, and we have an integration where we can act on those leads. On our homepage, it’s one of the main resources for relevant, useful content.

How did EMERGE perform from a project management standpoint?

They were really tight, and there were no surprises. Everything was on time and budget, and they were very open and honest. It was a difficult project given the scope of what we were trying to do, but they helped us bring it to completion smoothly.

We had daily communication back and forth to make sure we didn’t miss anything or waste any time in edits or small issues. We also had onsite meetings every couple of weeks. When there was a creative presentation or something big, we’d have onsite meetings and weekly status calls.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re very up to date with their account management, their insight into current and contemporary design aesthetics, and what’s available with trends and browsers.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Definitely include them in the RFP process because they have some unique perspectives. They’re a diverse group of people, and they see a lot of different types of clients. If you’re looking to get a fresh viewpoint, they’re great. They’re not too expensive, either; they’re not so big where the overhead fees are high. They’re perfect for nimble, new web projects.

5.0
Overall Score It was a great project.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They kept us to an aggressive schedule, watching everything like a hawk to make sure we were on time.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    The very fair price was one of the reasons we chose them. The quality didn’t suffer from that price.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    It was on budget, on time, and looked pretty slick.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Redesign for an Interactive Design Studio

“EMERGE's work always left our clients happy.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2006 - 2013
Project summary: 

EMERGE provided web development services for various client projects, working closely with the company's design team and offering customized CMS options.

The Reviewer
 
San Francisco, California
Kristy LaFollette
Senior Producer, Hot Studio
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

In addition to providing high-quality, customized web development solutions, EMERGE's team was very skilled at managing client satisfaction and expectations. They took the time to educate and follow up with clients as needed and were very collaborative throughout the partnership.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the former senior producer at Hot Studio, an interactive design agency with locations in San Francisco and New York.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with EMERGE?

At the time, our company didn't have any internal engineers, so we worked with several partners to assist us with development projects for clients.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

EMERGE provided development services for clients as needed, which often included web redesign work. For some clients, they built websites using their proprietary CMS, working closely with our design team in the process.

What is the team composition?

We mostly worked directly with the co-founder and head of technology.

How did you come to work with EMERGE?

One of our clients wanted us to collaborate with EMERGE to build their website in 2006. After working with them on that project, we decided to engage them as a partner on other projects based on our positive experience.

How much have you invested with them?

We probably invested around $300,000 in total over the years.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked on multiple projects with them starting in 2006 until our company was acquired in 2013.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

EMERGE's work always left our clients happy. Their team not only built high-quality websites but also took the time to educate our clients on how to continue using their CMS. They were quick to fix any bugs or answer any follow-up questions our clients had. Client satisfaction was always at the forefront of their work, which was a good reflection of our company as well.

How did EMERGE perform from a project management standpoint?

They were very hands-on and responsive in every project. Compared to other vendors I've worked with, EMERGE was the most transparent and realistic about their timelines. I also appreciated how they were able to explain the elements of their work in layman's terms and very respectful in communications. While we mostly communicated through email and phone, we also tracked projects through Basecamp.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They were authentic, thoughtful, and produced high-quality work.

Are there any areas they could improve?

They did a great job on all the web development projects they worked on. We only had to start engaging other vendors as we developed more of a need for mobile app development projects, which were outside of their expertise.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They're great business strategists, so I would suggest leaning on them for any advice when it comes to organizational, development, and team-building opportunities. They're good at rallying groups of people to make decisions collaboratively.

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

Digital Communication & SiteCore Dev for Hardware Company

“They’re a highly reliable and creative firm with a great strategic perspective.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
Apr. 2014 – Mar. 2015
Project summary: 

EMERGE developed new product pages as part of a website relaunch. They designed visual solutions to emotionally connect with the target customer and highlight the distinguishing attributes between two products.

The Reviewer
 
1,000 - 5,000 Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Ellen Burton
Former Global Senior Director, Wacom Technology Services
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

EMERGE skillfully managed the project and kept to the agreed upon schedule. Their innovative design elements outlined the benefits of each product and effectively communicated that information to the target audience. They’re a team of dedicated individuals with outstanding communication skills.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the senior director of global products and solutions for the Wacom Technology Corp.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with EMERGE?

We were bifurcating a well-known product used by industry professionals to launch a consumer version. This required us to rebrand our core product line and correctly communicate information to our target market, while also differentiating the two products. We hired EMERGE to assist our digital communication efforts by creating product pages for our global website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

First, we collaborated with Jonathon (CEO, EMERGE) and various members of his team to scope out the project. Then, they started developing the product pages for our company website. Scheduling around a product launch that involves translating copy into 14 different languages yields a tight timeline. The rebranding aspect required close collaboration to find effective visuals and to take our messaging content in new directions while developing impactful copy. This required a lot of internal oversight, so their project manager gave me the background information that informed their decisions. I’d present their creative deliverables to our executive stakeholders for approval.

We’d hold regular meetings with them, sometimes three or four times a day, to review images, creative decisions, and strategic direction. As with any project, we experienced ups and downs like not getting administrative approval on something or having to make significant changes to design elements. EMERGE was able to maneuver through that process and complete the project on schedule.

What is the team composition?

In addition to Jonathon, we interacted with a project manager, their creative director, and at least two other resources. Once development began, the primary working team consisted of three people.

How did you come to work with EMERGE?

This was our first project with EMERGE. Johnathon was introduced to me by a colleague who’d worked with him in the past. Once the rebranding project started, we requested bids from creative agencies based in the U.S and considered several different firms. Ultimately, we appreciated the thoroughness of EMERGE’s proposal the most. Not only was it strategic, but it was creative and specified deliverables, timelines, and pricing. Hiring them was an easy decision.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent over $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

This project took place from April 2014–March 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Marketing to consumers requires a different approach than marketing to professionals. EMERGE was able to overcome this challenge and display our products in a way that resonates with consumers on an emotional level. The new pages received positive feedback and were imperative in differentiating the two product lines during the branding transition.

How did EMERGE perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re one of the better agencies I’ve worked with in terms of completing tasks on time and within budget. We primarily communicated via phone and used Skype for video conferences. Our conversations were always honest and productive. Overall, their managerial staff performed excellently.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The team at EMERGE listens. They came up with unique ways to demonstrate the attributes of our products while communicating the benefits of each one. The visual solutions they designed made our pages more effective. Genuinely high-level thinkers, they were able to develop a strategy and execute it efficiently.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Technically, we couldn’t fully implement their vision into the limitations of Sitecore. We were simultaneously relaunching our website, so that created a lapse in understanding of what our platform was capable of doing. As a result, both parties spent too much time considering technology that wasn’t possible for us to implement.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

They’re a highly reliable and creative firm with a great strategic perspective. I’d hire them in the future because of the effective outcomes their digital content generated and the overall value they brought to our project.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Some parts of the schedule were changed, but they met the final deadline.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re worth the asking price.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They pushed us to a new level of marketing.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They’re a talented team that managed the project well.

Dev & Creative Services for Consulting Company

“They’re able to translate even your wildest ideas into something that’s both plausible and innovative.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
2006 - Dec. 2010
Project summary: 

Emerge Interactive developed websites, web apps, and online user tools in coordination with an in-house team. They also oversaw digital ad campaigns and consulted on targeted marketing strategy.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Beaverton, Oregon
Tom Flynn
Former VP, VTM Group
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Their experienced team delivers high-caliber results on any project they undertake. Professional and reliable, they know how to connect to customers over digital media and always have their eye on upcoming industry trends.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

At the time that I was working with Emerge Interactive, I was the VP of VTM Group. We provide our clients with management services such as financial administration, event management, and HR solutions.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Emerge Interactive?

We used them for various marketing and interactive projects.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They provided a variety of services, from creative to design and coding. They also executed all of our digital ad campaigns. When we brought them in, we were trying to use digital marketing to grow our client base and generate additional referral traffic. In addition, they helped us provide targeted marketing to existing customers in order to interest them in new services as our brand expanded.

Aside from that, members of the Emerge team collaborated with in-house staff on some web design projects and web app development that we offered to specific client organizations. We’d work with them on the creative briefs, but after that, they handled all the execution. Emerge’s team also helped develop user tools and online forms for us. In addition, they occasionally stepped in to take over projects for our clients if they’d had a bad experience with a third-party vendor.

What is the team composition?

We probably worked with 10 to 15 of their employees over the course of our collaboration.

How did you come to work with Emerge Interactive?

I was introduced to their founders by a mutual friend back when they were still a new company.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $30,000–$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

I worked with them at VTM from 2006 until I left in December 2010.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our clients were consistently impressed with the sophistication of the websites Emerge delivered.  Their professionalism and reliability went a long way toward making our collaborations successful.

How did Emerge Interactive perform from a project management standpoint?

Their team members are very creative. They’re able to translate even your wildest ideas into something that’s both plausible and innovative. I also appreciated how they drew on their experience doing campaigns for other clients to make suggestions about strategies that might be successful or a good fit for our needs.

In terms of day-to-day needs, we primarily communicated by phone and email, but we also held in-person reviews.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They’re definitely thought leaders. Part of what you’re buying when you hire their team is the fact that they’re deeply engaged in what's happening next for digital media. They’re experts in connecting to customers through that medium, so I consider them anytime I have a high-visibility, highly technical project for myself or a client.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Early on in their business, there were times I’d bring them a project that didn’t really suit their strengths and they weren’t good about saying no. They’ve definitely refined that process over time as the company’s expanded and gained more experience. They bring a level of talent and sophistication that’s best for clients with a high level of expectation and the room to budget accordingly.

5.0
Overall Score I felt comfortable anytime I had a question or concern. They take pride in their work and ensure that you’re satisfied with the results.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    When you have a critical, strategic, high-visibility project that needs one of the best teams around, there's no better value for your money.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I refer them all the time.

App Dev For Enterprise Customer Experience Center

“We’re happy with their overall availability and responsiveness.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2016 - Mar. 2017
Project summary: 

Emerge Interactive designed and developed a complex cloud-based application that provides an interactive experience. They integrated the platform with existing technology products.

The Reviewer
 
10,001+ Employees
 
Portland, Oregon
Rick Reid
Marketing Manager, Aruba, an HPE Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Emerge Interactive utilized expert design principles and a talented team of developers to deliver a multifaceted application. Their software is crucial to the implementation of innovative product demonstrations. As a result, the platform drives sales through customer engagement.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a marketing manager for Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company. I work in the customer experience and engagement office. My responsibilities include designing experiences that our customers value to help us sell solutions.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Emerge Interactive?

Their efforts revolved around the construction of our Customer Experience Center. The goal of this project was to provide customers with a space where they can meet our executives and product managers to gain a better understanding of the company’s capabilities. As primarily a Wi-Fi and wired network vendor, we wanted to focus on providing our guests with memorable digital experiences. Therefore, we hired Emerge Interactive to create an application that drives the digital experiences present in the new space.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Emerge Interactive developed a cloud-based application that guides visitors through a tour of our Customer Experience Center. They insisted on a design meeting at the beginning of the engagement. We talked through all of the use cases and interface screens to establish a detailed development plan.

Our tour guides use the app to cast vignettes on various monitors around the facility. The vignettes walk our guests through different Aruba scenarios like a waiting lobby, a retail experience, and a digital workplace. Not only does the software look attractive to potential customers, but it also functions seamlessly throughout our campus and performs backend administration tasks without disrupting the experience. We use Heroku to support the platform.

To further enhance both the visitor’s experience and our ability to sell solutions, the app is integrated with several of our existing products. For example, the app’s primary integration is with our location-based service. Within the context of the space, visitors can use the app to figure out where they are and different things will happen depending on that location. Several experiences within the facility are built around that functionality. Other software integrations within the app include a mobile campus robot and a conference room scheduling system. While the app is complete, they’re currently working on adding integrations with a wireless smartphone charging company.

What is the team composition?

We initially spoke to a salesperson, several project managers, and their CEO when defining the scope of work. Aubree (Project Manager, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise) and two developers took over the project during implementation.

How did you come to work with Emerge Interactive?

We considered a small handful of software developers that have done work for us in the past. Emerge Interactive possessed the app development expertise we looked for in a partner and also knew how to create experience-focused designs. The other candidates we considered lacked the ability to deliver on both fronts. Additionally, their location made communication easy.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent around $150,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in October 2016. The space opened in March 2017, but we contracted them to provide ongoing maintenance as needed.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The app they delivered is critical to how we bring in customers and showcase our products. While other companies may attempt similar approaches, our space looks different and the visitor experience is distinct. That uniqueness generates sales and we couldn’t have achieved it without Emerge Interactive. We perform demonstrations using their software 300–400 times a year.

How did Emerge Interactive perform from a project management standpoint?

We’re happy with their overall availability and responsiveness. I usually communicate with Aubree via Slack, but can also utilize different team members to get answers quickly.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They understand advanced design concepts and utilize that knowledge to augment development. The result is an application that looks good, functions appropriately, and sells products.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I’d like them to be faster, but they probably deliver quickly compared to other developers. I’m not well-versed in software development, so it’s difficult for me to be sure.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Communicate a clear idea of what you want from the start and they’ll deliver what you ask.

4.5
Overall Score
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Intranet Web App Dev for Large Nonprofit

“Instead of passively taking instructions, they proactively collaborated to make the best product possible.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2014
Project summary: 

Emerge Interactive built a comprehensive web app that compiled a list of profiles on global technology experts. They took the project from design to release and made the app mobile friendly.

The Reviewer
 
1,000 - 5,000 Employees
 
Seattle, Washington
Alan Donald
Former Principal Technology Advisor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Emerge Interactive communicated consistently and dedicated lots of time and resources to build an excellent product. The entire team was enthusiastic and energetic, making them a valuable partner.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the former principal technology advisor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Emerge Interactive?

We had a group of technology expert advisors spread around the world, and we wanted a way to connect them all and create profiles for each one.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Emerge Interactive built a web app called the Technology Partner Network that helped us engage with our global technology experts. They also made the app functional on mobile devices. The platform lists all of the experts’ past experience with nonprofits and NGOs, allowing us to identify the best partner for any project.

We started the engagement by reviewing our objectives and required functionality. That turned into a design session that resulted in wireframes and then moved into development, testing, and release.

What is the team composition?

We worked with up to seven people. We had designers, tech people, and an account person.

How did you come to work with Emerge Interactive?

We began talking to them at a conference we both attended. They were located near our headquarters and had an impressive resume, so we decided to hire them when this project came along.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent between $100,000–$200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with Emerge Interactive during 2014.

 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We gathered a comprehensive database of technology experts that facilitated our ability to discuss and act on topics, such as blockchain. That had a direct influence on how we designed our programs.

How did Emerge Interactive perform from a project management standpoint?

We communicated regularly with about three people, and we held weekly calls to keep everyone on the same page.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They had lots of energy and were willing to take on any challenge. They kept commitments and delivered on promises. Instead of passively taking instructions, they proactively collaborated to make the best product possible.

Do you have any advice for future clients of theirs?

If possible, meet with them in person. You’ll catch their energy, which is a lot harder to do over the phone.

5.0
Overall Score It was great.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They never missed deadlines.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I got a great product and was happy with the price, but I probably could’ve found somewhere cheaper.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They produced exactly what we asked for, and we never had to correct their work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I did refer them.
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