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
  • 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.  

Duo: RSA Trade Show Booth

Case Study: http://metajive.com/work/duo

Metajive partnered with Duo security to create a digital experience for their trade show booth at RSA, the largest digital security trade show in the world.

In order to attract users to the booth and inform them of Duo's capabilties, we connected a series of 16 devices and a 70 inch TV on site to a socket server to enable users to simulate Duo's services for three defined user personas.

While security is serious we wanted to make sure it was also approachable. By dividing the project into three seperate flows we were able to highlight the features that matter to each role.

To create this onsite installation we leveraged multiple technologies to network 16 devices through an onsite server to allow for real time communication between devices and a large 4K TV display.

We were fortunate enough to have a great partner with our team at Duo who helped...

Porsche Cayman Code App

Case Study: http://metajive.com/work/cayman-code

Porsche is a name synonymous with high-performance sports cars, and their Cayman is no exception. We set out to design a mobile experience that captured the thrill, beauty and performance of driving one.

As an extension of the Speed Channel-produced "King of the Curve," the mission was to design and build a mobile application that could include everyone in the excitement. We wanted an experience that would delight dealers and Porsche enthusiasts alike by putting a real-world driving performance tool right in their hands.

Our app was used to function as the centerpiece of a global ad campaign for the launch of the 2014 Cayman, so the pressure was on. The Cayman is all about perfomance, and precision driving, so we wanted to come up with a way for Porsche drivers to put their cars to the test, and actually measure their results.

In the end...

Weta Workshop: Global e-commerce

Case Study: http://metajive.com/work/weta-workshop

Live Site: https://wetanz.com

Weta is the high end movie production company responsible for hits from Lord of the Rings to King Kong and Tin-Tin. Weta also produces high end collectables for fans around the world. These collectables are made by the same artisans that make movie props.

We partnered with Weta to create an e-commerce website that would service fans around the world with four warehouses and five currencies. Our role was to create a whole website production that would balance commerce and brand in a symbiotic relationship with the movies Weta is known for making.

While simplicity on the front end of the site was a goal this robust system has a super charger packed under the hood. Beyond connecting multiple warehouses and payment systems in real time this system also created...

Kaiser Permanente : My Baby and Me App

Case Study:  http://metajive.com/work/kaiser-permanente

More informed mothers leads to healthier babies. Metajive partnered with Kaiser Permanente to create a digital ecosystem that assists mothers and expecting mothers from pre-conception through to their babies first birthday.

We worked with a corporate client who wanted a truly progressive solution to help a large portion of their patient base. We needed to create a digital ecosystem consisting of a responsive website and native iOS app that kept user data synced across all devices. To serve a wide range of demographics all data needed to be HIPAA compliant for security and ADA compliant to help those with disabilities.

We spent 18 months creating 240 Wireframes, 6 prototypes and spending countless hours on iterations in an effort to help mothers make better decisions. We couldn't be more proud of our collaboration with Kaiser...

Nike Tech Pack App

Case Study: http://metajive.com/work/nike-tech-pack

Nike, Inc. is the world’s most recognizable name and leading innovator in athletic apparel. Nike reached out to our partners Hybrid Design who in turn asked us to collaborate in a new avenue of brand communication: A quarterly digital magazine for the Tech Pack collection.

Nike Sportswear wanted to create a digital lookbook for the Tech Pack that would highlight both the products to tell rich stories and engage audiences. The starting point was a 200-page coffee-table book that was distributed to media during a press release for the collection. To create a cohesive digital experience of the book, the app needed to be optimized for multiple devices and globally available with regional links and 21 languages. The Tech Pack line is synonymous with high tech construction and innovation, and the app is a reflection of those qualities.

The...

ESPN Global Media Kit

Case Study: http://metajive.com/insights/company/espn-case-study

Working with long time partner Flying Machine in NYC, metajive created a brand experience for ESPN that took their sales team to new levels. 

We collaborated with the ESPN sales team to create an online sales tool that allowed potential clients to see what sporting events they could use to leverage their brand. Using a robust system that allowed a full world calendar with a three-language localization and the ability for ESPN to adjust the schedule on their own, metajive created a growing tool that adapted to the market. 

Using compelling images, we created connections to the action of the ‘game’ that ESPN represents. Metajive knew the project had succeeded when we received a call from ESPN informing us that their sales team wanted more features added for the following sales season, as it had been so effective...

Heineken :Festival Famous - Ultra Music Festival

Case Study: http://metajive.com/insights/company/heineken

For Ultra Miami 2014 - the largest electronic music festival in America – Wieden + Kennedy and metajive created an online and onsite fan experience for Heineken USA which rewarded fans with the chance to guest DJ onstage at the Heineken House.

Our mission was to amplify Heineken’s involvement at the Ultra Music Festival by bolstering their online and on-site presence, and we decided Instagram was the perfect tool. Instagram gave fans a chance to compete against other festival-goers while leveraging Heineken’s sponsorship of this influencer-filled festival. Fans contended for an exclusive prize which required consistent engagement throughout the weekend. We ultimately created a responsive website for mobile, desktop, and tablet, a custom scoring platform, and loop for the 20’x15’ video wall and Heineken house entrance.

Our goal...

Wells Fargo: Student Banking

Case Study: http://metajive.com/insights/company/wells-fargo

Metajive has a long relationship with Wells Fargo supporting their student marketing and recruiting initiatives. When Wells Fargo saw the opportunity to create a site that would use content marketing in the form of useful information for the student demographic they reached out to metajive for help. Metajive worked with Wells Fargo to create the online strategy, design and code implementation for their main college banking site.

This project came at a time where paradigms on the internet were shifting to the be both mobile first and content led. Working to expand on previous initiatives metajive revamped the content strategy and created a site that took advantage of the wealth of knowledge available about relevant financial products. Working through a rigorous content planning and UX phase we created a frame work that appealed to...

Perform Media Website

Case Study: http://metajive.com/insights/company/perform-media-site-design

Live Site: http://www.performmedia.com

Metajive partnered with Perform Media to design a new marketing site in 2017 in order to better establish their brand and develop sales qualified leads. Metajive built wireframes and designs for Perform Media as well as conducted a photo shoot for employee assets and designed/printed high-end business cards. Designs were then passed off to Perform Media's internal development team.

Perform Media offers unique offerings to enable and enhance digital media buying performance with greater transparency and control. Please check out some of the design work we completed for them below.

Lagunitas website

Metajive helped launch the new Lagunitas.com by providing UX and Development. Below is a sampling of what we helped build including a dynamic Taproom template, a beautiful beer landing page, thoughtfully laid out featured artists pages and informative blog entries.

Case Study: http://metajive.com/insights/company/lagunitas-redesign

Live Site: www.laguntias.com

Reviews

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UI, UX, Web Development for Drone Technology Firm

"The risks they took produced a much better product than simply following my instructions would have." 

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Oct. - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

metajive designed and developed a responsive website. They created multiple design templates and introduced visual assets that both integrated with existing content and fleshed out users’ narrative experience.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
San Diego, California
Christopher Williams
CEO, Citadel Defense Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The website was delivered within a short time frame, a testament to metajive’s drive and passion for their work. They utilized their expertise to optimize the site, often pushing back against suggestions but never showing disrespect. Their professionalism and responsiveness are peer-less.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the CEO of Citadel Defense Company. We’re a counter drone technology company specializing in the development and deployment of drone protection solutions for military, government, and commercial applications.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire metajive?

We’d been going through a period of rapid growth and increased press and public recognition, and we wanted to take advantage of that. It was critical to re-brand, design, and develop a new face and website for the company.

What were your goals for this project?

We had three goals in working with metajive. Our primary goal was to deliver a credible, professional, and distinct experience to help customers, industry professionals, government officials, and media contacts understand the product we offer and its impact on customers. We also wanted to highlight how we’ve disrupted traditional aerospace and defense markets with our rapid design, development, and deployment of solutions through a unique web experience. The final goal was to design, develop, test, and deploy our website in under two months to meet critical market timing pressures.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I needed to work with a team that offered fast, flexible delivery, required little oversight, provided high value at an acceptable price point for a startup, and communicated updates frequently. Several of my industry contacts from large companies connected me with metajive’s CEO and COO. After our initial interaction and a project brief and timeline review, they agreed to work with us. Though it was a weekend, they immediately began working on our designs. None of the other four companies we considered displayed that kind of customer service or responsiveness. It was an easy decision that I would certainly make again.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

metajive was essential to reviewing content, designing and developing a responsive website, and creating relevant image assets. They began by designing multiple styles and layouts to choose from to set our initial direction. Their designers did a tremendous job matching relevant imagery to approved site content to develop a strong narrative for users as they tour the website.

What was the team composition?

We frequently interacted with their CEO and COO, and the daily operating team included a visual designer, a software engineer, and a part-time project manager.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any information that demonstrates the impact that this project has had on your business?

The new site has energized our team and received strong support from our customers. Additionally, investors, government contractors, and purchasing agents have reported increased confidence in our company based on the maturity of the new site. Regarding metrics, web traffic, interest, and activity have all increased 400%. metajive developed the site faster than I thought possible, based on my 15 years of working with other agencies.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

We interacted with them daily as they worked through fast sprints to launch the site in under two months. They provided frequent updates and reviews and turned around feedback quickly. Their leadership was engaged and always responsive to our requests. They were vocal with their opinions regarding design and development but voiced them in a professional, well-intended manner. The risks they took produced a much better product than simply following my instructions would have.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their willingness to leverage their expertise and push back against us respectfully with facts and suggestions was outstanding. They executed flawlessly under a tight deadline and displayed great energy. They took our short time frame as a challenge, and as a key stakeholder, that attitude is highly motivating. I love having people work for me who are passionate about what they do. Finally, whenever I called their office, the person who answered the phone gave me their undivided attention and always followed-up, regardless of their level of familiarity with my project.

Are there any areas for improvement?

First, they need to get their name out there to the startups, accelerators, innovation labs, and large corporations that could benefit from their speedy services. Second, they could provide better information regarding available services including photography and 3D-design so customers can incorporate them into their projects.

5.0
Overall Score I’m usually very critical of agencies’ price to value ratios, but not here.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    It was seamless. 24 hours separated our initial call from the contract signing. Reviews and updates were highly efficient.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Their design rates are competitive and fair for the work they produce. The development rates are some of the best I’ve seen.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Having worked with agencies for over 15 years, this is the best experience, cost for value, and most responsiveness I’ve seen.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’d recommend them to anyone without hesitation or reservation.

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