What was the scope of their involvement?
MyDesignSpace, Inc. developed our new website from scratch using WordPress. This was challenging and the database was foreign to our developer. It has custom CSS coding. We were looking to make the site more interactive, sell the chamber, and get people involved.
We didn’t want it to be something that is used once when learning about the chamber for the first time. Rather, we wanted a site that people visited monthly to find out how to get involved at a particular level. It wasn’t meant to be a book that was read one time; it was meant to be a resource to be looked at frequently.
As an example, we created four tiers of membership. Chambers typically base their memberships on the number of employees, but we found that to be archaic. We wanted to base it on different benefits and services that could be provided. Based on what someone wanted, they could adjust their membership level which is not the easiest thing to do on our old site.
There’s a lot of research that our members are doing, and Monique (President, MyDesignSpace, Inc.) made it easy to read with lots of simple diagrams for the different levels. The previous website made it much more difficult for people to find things. We have 28,000–35,000 people who connect with our website every year for one and a half minutes. That’s because we do so many events, which were also added to the website for registration purposes.
MyDesignSpace, Inc. has also done marketing design for different brochures and programs. We have an annual gala, and Monique did a lot of design for that.
What is the team composition?
We work with Monique and Barbara (Visual Display & Decorating Consulting Expert, MyDesignSpace, Inc.).
How did you come to work with MyDesignSpace, Inc.?
Monique was working in New York, but she decided to come back and start a new firm. She was looking for places to network, and we’re very much out there. She found us and joined the chamber.
How much have you invested with them?
We got the value of $30,000 website for $10,000.
What is the status of this engagement?
The website project ran between December 2018–February 2019. We do call her if we have something a bit more serious that requires coding.