What was the scope of their involvement?
A friend recommended them to us. We got in touch with them and had an initial face-to-face meeting, during which they gave us a list of questions about our needs, our objectives, and the main function of the site. We gave detailed descriptions, even though we weren’t sure about the technical feasibility of the product since we weren’t familiar with IT services. After hearing about the things we wanted to do, Evermore offered us functional solutions.
They questioned us a lot about known competitors and asked whether we had any models to follow. We coudln't answer this, so we did some research and thought more strategically about the market. We are a small group of researchers within a university, so the economic aspects of the product mattered less. We then formalized the pages, chose color palettes, and passed things on to the design team.
The main function of the site is to introduce our research group. It also works as a source of news, informing our followers about events and activities, and allows us to organize our own activities as well. We conduct our own research projects, provide information about seminars, and collect information about comparative literature. The site acts as a knowledge-sharing network featuring colleagues within our university and internationally.
The functionalities and database we required were probably less demanding than many proper business solutions. It’s an online business card for other people to get in touch with us for potential collaborations. We had a test run in the beginning. We’ve updated the site a few times since its launch and changed certain pages to meet our needs.
What is the team composition?
We’ve had close contact with two people from their team. Based on the number of people who have access to our administration portal, I believe that Evermore assigned five people to our project. We’ve worked directly with their project manager, who passed on relevant information to the designated resources.
How did you come to work with Evermore?
We found them through a friend’s recommendation. We weren’t sure what a collaboration like this would be like, since no one in our group had worked with web design companies. At the same time, we didn’t have a massive budget in the beginning to contact bigger and better-known companies. It was just a small trial. We were looking for a provider that worked with small startups and businesses.
I got to know Evermore’s marketing representative and looked at their past work. They were a relatively young group, and they were quite enthusiastic about our project. The scale and experience of the company already made them a suitable choice. We didn’t consciously compare their offer to those from other companies.
How much have you invested with them?
The cost of their work has been €5,000–€8,000 ($5,833–$9,333 USD).
What is the status of this engagement?
We worked with Evermore from June to October 2017, then signed up for another year of maintenance work. We’ve made some minor page modifications as well.