Creating Great Experiences

Metajive is a full service digital agency focused on creating great experiences for clients in the pursuit of excellence. Metajive creates sites, stores, apps and digital installations.

 
$100,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2005
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Carlsbad, CA
headquarters
  • metajive
    2819 La Nevasaca
    Carlsbad, CA 92009
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Porsche, Nike, Ernie Ball, Quiksilver, Audi, Weta Workshop, Coca-cola, Virgin America, Lenovo, Foursquare, Wieden+Kennedy, AKQA.  

Reviews

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Multiple Projects for Global Marketing Agency

“I've had hundreds of partners through the years and they've consistently been the one I go back to.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
 
2011 - 2018
Project summary: 

Taking charge of small and large projects, metajive has been providing design and web/technology services for third-party clients for many years.

The Reviewer
 
5,000 - 10,000 Employees
 
Boston, Massachusetts
VP, Digitas Global
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The internal team is highly satisfied with metajive’s top-notch designs. Dependable and transparent, they’ve become a true partner, while their ability to deliver outstanding results on a tight deadline has earned them praise and favorable referrals.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm a VP at a marketing agency.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with metajive?

We needed a company to help us with a variety of design and web development projects.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We've worked with them for years on many products and projects, all of which have been very successful. They did a lot of tech-related work on our recent project for an airline company: using HTML and JavaScript, they provided web development and design services.

What is the team composition?

We usually work with 2–6 members of their team, depending on the project.

How did you come to work with them?

We met through networking years ago.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent over $200,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with the in 2011 and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They've provided the highest quality design work we've ever seen and helped us leverage our team’s potential. They've been very dependable and delivered incredible results on tight deadlines.   

How did they perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Asana and Jira for project management. What sets them apart from other agencies is their transparency and how good they are at delivering against that. Also, they've always been honest and upfront about the pricing.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their design work has been top-notch. I continue to praise them and recommend them after years of successful delivery.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I wish they were bigger, so that I could use even more of them.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They provide premium services in the industry. Their prices are not the lowest, but they were not overcharging us at all.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Dev and Branding for Full-Service Digital Agency

"They were like always available, proactive, involved throughout the whole process."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
n/a
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Nov. 2017 - Apr. 2018
Project summary: 

metajive overhauled a website to make its platform more flexible for future updates. The team collaborated on design and backloading. They also created a new logo and visual identity.

The Reviewer
 
50 - 200 Employees
 
San Francisco, California
Jennifer Carrillo
Director of Operations, Pereira & O'Dell
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The redesign received unanimously positive feedback from internal stakeholders. New high-resolution assets further boosted the site’s quality and appeal. The team was uniquely accessible and accommodated scheduling needs in a flexible manner. Their creativity and proactive approach stood out.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the director of operations for Pereira & O’Dell, a full-service advertising agency that focuses on branded entertainment content and storytelling.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with metajive?

For our 10th anniversary, we wanted to create a new logo, visual identity, and website, which had launched in 2011. The site ran on an outdated code that very few developers now work with. Consequently, even little updates were very expensive and difficult to execute.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They completed wireframe and design phases, and then overhauled the website to make the platform more flexible. We aimed to make future design updates separate from the backend’s functionality.

What is the team composition?

We interacted with seven people in total, working with five teammates throughout the project and about two additional tech resources around the launch. The team included the founder, creative lead, and multiple project managers.

How did you come to work with metajive?

We found them through a professional association. Our CFO was on the board and met the founder. Our interactive executive producer also met metajive’s team a few times. We decided to go ahead with the partnership based on their proposal and listening skills.

How much have you invested with them?

I can’t say because my colleague handled the budget. I only touched the project management piece.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working in August 2017 and the site launched in April 2018. We’ve discussed adding modules or field tools, but haven’t made any formal decisions yet.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We got great feedback from our leadership; every senior person loved the new site. It’s also easy for me to upload work and news articles into the CMS. The old site made us compress images, but we’re now able to have high-resolution assets that properly reflect our work’s quality without hindering speed. The design process was also excellent. When they proposed two different options, our leadership had no changes and couldn’t decide between them.

How did metajive perform from a project management standpoint?

We had different project managers for the design and development phases. They gave me access to the CMS very early in the project, which expedited the collaborative backloading process–we had 10 years’ worth of content. We had daily check-ins and a great dialogue about their approach and prioritizations. The team met all guidelines and worked weekends to complete changes.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their level of attention surprised us. The founder was very involved and even accompanied us on launch day. Such access to senior leadership is rare for non-consumer-facing sites like ours.

Are there any areas they could improve?

We didn’t necessarily get final approval during the handoff between the design and development stages. Using InVision made it hard to track versions and revisions. We didn’t realize a responsive site would affect things like font size. However, those were minor issues and the team fixed everything.

5.0
Overall Score We'll definitely continue to work with them.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Even though we pushed live data a couple days due to our changes, they were always willing to do whatever it took to make deadline.
  • N/A Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Unable to provide a cost rating.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They were like always available, proactive, involved throughout the whole process.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’d definitely refer them.

e-Commerce Dev for Extreme Sports Company

"I’ve worked with metajive on several projects, and they're always good."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
July - Aug. 2017
Project summary: 

Using JavaScript, metajive connected a Shopify backend with a 3PL service provider. They also did video integration, a web banner, and a slide show. 

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
Project Manager, Entertainment Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

They're great at problem-solving and being creative. The site was easy to navigate and update, and the whole UI is clean and simple. With the scope of work that was asked of them, they did an excellent job.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re a youth entertainment company in action sports with live events and television shows. I’m project manager for an e-commerce website project.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with metajive?

We needed to connect the backend of our platform, Shopify, with the third-party logistics [3PL] service provider that did our fulfillment center.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

With JavaScript, they connected Shopify backed with our 3PL service provider. They also did video integration, web banner, and slide show.

What is the team dynamic?

They assigned 1 developer.

How did you come to work with metajive?

When I was a marketing manager at another company, I had used them to create all our microsites and projects.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in July 2017 until August 2017.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The results have been great. It’s easy to navigate and update, and the whole UI is clean and simple. No one's had any issues with it.

How did metajive perform from a project management standpoint?

They used Trello for communication, and there was transparency in the whole project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I could talk to Dave [Founder/Creative Director, metajive] at any time. It was nice to have that open contact. If there was anything we weren’t sure on, we could reach him directly.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, it was a quick project with a fast turnaround. With the scope of work we asked of them, they did an excellent job.

Any tips for future clients of metajive?

Be transparent on your end so they know exactly what you’re looking for and what your challenges are. They’re great at problem-solving and being creative.

5.0
Overall Score I’ve worked with metajive on several projects, and they're always good.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    There was some miscommunication on my side.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Branding and Web Design for Digital Media Company

"Metajive had a good sense of understanding what we wanted and telling us when something should be done differently."

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

In 10 weeks, metajive completed fully competitive branding definition, including color schemes and logo design, for an advertising company. They also supplied physical and digital marketing collateral.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Diego, California
Alex Mrazek
COO, Perform Media
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Having just launched, feedback is still coming in, but it's positive. The metajive design team's comprehensive workflow fostered a collaborative environment with the in-house development team, resulting in a high-quality end product. There are plans for continuing the relationship.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Perform Media is a full-service advertising technology provider for brands, using paid search, native, and display advertising. We’re a relatively new, privately funded company. I am the COO, in charge of everything but direct sales.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with metajive?

They were engaged to do a few things for us, including logo and brand definition.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Metajive performed a full competitive analysis and consultation on what we wanted our logo, color scheme, and branding to look like. They then developed this into a brochure website, along with all the marketing collateral we'd need to get off the ground as a small business: PowerPoint templates, email signatures, business cards, executive photos, and social media elements. They handed over the design specs to our development team, who actually built the site.

We made the website design in Sketch, and metajive used Adobe products like Illustrator and Dreamweaver.

What is the team dynamic?

Like many design firms, metajive had a full network of fulltime employees and consultants. I interacted with a few of them, all of whom were professional and understood the goals of the project.

How did you come to work with them?

I’ve known Dave [Founder, metajive] for many years through a friend. When I started our company, Dave and I had a couple of initial meetings, and I had a good feeling about metajive as a business. They seemed to understand our needs and had done similar work in the past. For this kind of work, it was preferable to do it with someone we already had a relationship with, to ensure high quality.

How much have you invested with them?

The brand design, website development, and PowerPoint templates cost $50,000. The price was standard compared to other bids I got, but I would classify the quality as high-end.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with metajive in June 2017. We went live a week and a half ago.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’re early stage and have just launched. The initial feedback is positive, in terms of site and logo design. The private equity firm that invested in us is looking to use metajive for its own branding.

How did they perform from a project management standpoint?

The project runtime was 10 weeks, and we came close to delivering on time, if not early, on a few things. They were good at giving us things as they finished, so we could, for example, reprioritize presentations we needed for pitching clients over website elements. The logo was also a priority, since we had to figure out the palette ahead of time.

They were responsive when I would call or text them, and there was no pushback when giving me help.

What did you find most impressive about them?

There was a good balance of them taking into account what I needed and being additive with their expertise. We don't want companies to overpower us with their knowledge, nor do we want to only tell them what to do and for them to do it even if it doesn’t make sense in terms of brand strategy or design. When figuring out what the brand identity and logo should look like, metajive thinks of things the client wouldn’t, especially early on.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Metajive is a smaller shop, so we could tell when they were busy. This is true for any company and isn’t really a negative; we're continuing the relationship.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We hit all deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

E-Commerce Dev for Conceptual Design Company

"metajive is proactive in a way unlike any other agency we've worked with."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$200,000 to $999,999
Project summary: 

metajive built a new e-commerce website store for the company using PHP and the osCommerce platform. The project also included the development of a customized content management system.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
New Zealand
Online Retail and Systems Manager
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

metajive's e-commerce work led to the biggest Black Friday sale the online store ever had, beating the previous year’s sales by 22%. During the engagement, metajive was proactive and presented designs that would bring business benefits to the company.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Weta Workshop Ltd. is a special effects and prop company based in Miramar, New Zealand, producing effects for television and film. I am the online retail and systems manager of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with metajive?

We needed to develop an e-commerce solution. Our previous one had several items which didn't work as we would’ve wanted them to.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

metajive built a new online store for our company. It's a PHP-based website using the osCommerce platform. It also has a customized content management system tacked on, which metajive built for us. We were assigned a developer and a supervisor from metajive.

How did you come to work with metajive?

Working with local developers in New Zeeland is not a common practice. We had used a couple of local agencies and found that they weren't giving us the value we were looking for. Our previous general manager had worked with metajive in the past. We got in touch with them and had an initial chat. metajive convinced everyone here that they would be a right fit.

How much have you invested with metajive?

The cost of metajive's work was around $250,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with metajive in August 2015. The first part of our project is just about complete. We're doing some final testing at the moment. We plan to use metajive on an ongoing basis for a maintenance contract.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

metajive's work led to the biggest Black Friday sale we'd ever had, beating our previous year by 22%. It's a bit early to provide any more stats, but we've been very happy with the results.

How did metajive perform from a project management standpoint?

metajive worked with us during a challenging time in their company. One of the owners was on leave for much of our project, so the project management was handed over to the developers. It worked out well, and metajive is back on board again. We use Trello for project tracking.

What did you find most impressive about metajive?

metajive is proactive in a way unlike any other agency we've worked with. Instead of offering us 20 design solutions, metajive has selected ones which could bring business benefits to our company. This type of client management worked very well for us.

Are there any areas metajive could improve?

The documentation could have been done better, although we were happy with it at the time. In hindsight, it led to some misunderstandings, but nothing worse than with other companies we've used. This can be improved within any web development agency. If someone asked me to recommend metajive, I would do it at the drop of a hat.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The documentation was our only drawback.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Development for Marketing Agency

"One of their key strengths is that they understand media, design, and ROI [return on investment]."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
2012 - 2017
Project summary: 

metajive worked on online advertising campaigns and creative development solutions for the marketing firm. They developed in HTML 5, PHP, MYSQL, and in a proprietary CMS.

The Reviewer
 
10,000+ employees
 
San Francisco, California
Program Manager
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

metajive always delivered and hit the dates. They are good partners that work very well with clients and creatives, designers, or anyone on the team. Their PM’s and ETs were very much invested in the project and in getting it done. They were cited as a good mix of creativity, design, and functionality.​

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m a program manager and executive producer at AKQA San Francisco.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with metajive?

We worked with them on a few things. Primarily, we went to them for online advertising and creative development solutions. They are SMEs [subject matter experts] when it comes to publishing and working with the latest HTML5 and small vector graphic art. We had a long form animation we needed to keep developing and keep within a specific file size. They helped us out.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We had 2 developers and primarily worked with HTML5 on the most recent project. In the past, they had also done front-end and backend work for me. They developed in HTML5, PHP, and MYSQL. They also offer a proprietary CMS [content management system] which is great and at no cost for what you need, whether that’s just to manage content or to use it as a platform to review and approve things before going live.

They are awesome, and they provide a full service when it comes to a marketing campaign. We found them to be very useful.

How did you come to work with metajive?

A friend of mine worked with them first, and then we found them on Vendor DB. They were usually involved in a triple bet, and are quite competitive. They are good to work with.

How much have you invested with metajive?

We have invested between $200,000 and $250,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working over 5 years ago. All projects are complete, but we will be starting to work again in the next couple of weeks.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They always deliver and hit the dates. They are good partners; they work very well with clients and creatives, designers, or anyone on the team.

How did metajive perform from a project management standpoint?

They kept it simple and they had their templates ready to go. Not a lot of your budget is spent on project management; it's mostly spent on developers. Their PMs [project managers] and EPs [executive producers] definitely know what's going on at any time of the day. They are very much invested in the project and in getting it done.

I actually worked with a few PMs over there and they are all awesome. Not all of them are still there, but they hire good PMs and ETs.

What did you find most impressive about metajive?

One of their key strengths is that they understand media, design, and ROI [return on investment]. They don’t necessarily put their opinion in a lot, but if they are asked about whether something is worth the money or what’s the right way to do it, they usually provide their input, and that’s good to hear. They are a good mix of creativity, design, and functionality. They create stuff that people are going to interact with and use, as opposed to something that’s just pretty and doesn’t have a valid reason.

They come from a problem-solving standpoint, and they always add a lot of value. They come up with a faster way to get things done, and they always feel free and invested in adding their point of view, whether or not we listen to it or follow it. They are very helpful in that way.

Are there any areas metajive could improve?

I haven’t thought that critically about it.

4.0
Overall Score Because they are a creative agency, they have a lot of opinions and several points of view, which I find extremely helpful. But my team felt like sometimes they were over collaborative.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer