Custom Technology. Intuitive Design.

Sidebench is a strategy, design, and development consultancy based in Los Angeles. We cater to innovative enterprise companies and top new ventures seeking product strategy, bringing them the strategic value of enterprise-level management consulting, the technical chops of systems integration consulting, combined with the UX-first approach of one of the best digital product teams in the world.

 
$25,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2012
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Los Angeles, CA
Headquarters
  • Sidebench
    11835 W. Olympic Blvd #745E
    Los Angeles, CA 90064
    United States
    310.893.3589

Focus

Service lines

  • Mobile app development
  • Custom Software Development
  • UX/UI Design

Client focus

  • Enterprise (>$1B)
  • Small business (<$10M)
  • Midmarket ($10M - $1B)

Industry focus

  • Health care & life sciences
  • Consumer products & services
  • Arts, entertainment & music

Mobile platforms

Mobile focus

Frameworks and CMS

Programming & scripting

Ecommerce systems

Application platform

CRM functions

CRM solutions

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Red Bull, NBCUniversal, Oakley, Facebook, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Andreessen Horowitz, Sony Pictures, American Heart Association, Cedars-Sinai, IEHP, Instagram, and many more.

Melody

Melody is a social app that aggregates music news and curator-created multi-media music collections.  We designed and developed a prototype that helped them raise over $850k in seed funding.

ROVA

The IoT Group approached Sidebench in early 2016 to build a mobile control application for their latest product — the ROVA Selfie Drone.

We designed and developed the app on a 4 week timeline and delivered a fully functional, easy to use product that lives on both Android and iOS.

Pabst Blue Ribbon

Our work with PBR intially began as a mobile tool to help their field marketing team keep track of products, events and suppliers.  It grew into an app that is used not only vital to their internal teams, but the app is also used by consumers so that their core audience can track down events, earn points by checking in to those events and earn free PBR gear with their points.

Reefer Loyalty

As the top project from the Blackstone Launch Pad Student Incubator at USC, Reefer Loyalty won the opportunity to work with Sidebench on their first mobile app. What resulted from our work together is an app that incentivizes people to share their dispensaries with friends in order to earn points and get free products from participating locations.

Oakley Lens Guide

The Lens Guide showcases all available lenses by sport, color and it debuted Oakley's Prizm technology. Despite initially being limited by their in-house resources and outdated technology stack, Sidebench was able to get their new platform to market with an 81% increase in their load times across desktop and mobile.

Baublebar

 Sidebench teamed with Baublebar to develop a sales-generating marketing strategy.

 

Challenge

- Create a unique, highly engaging marketing tool that would appeal to BaubleBar shoppers

- Build in the ability to gather referrals, encourage purchases, and continuously grow BaubleBar’s email list

 

Solution

- Sidebench created an interactive promotional web game that allowed users to play for discounts and other perks

 

Results

- 200,000+ unique emails were obtained

- 13.88 ROI multiple

- 16.5% of users were new customers

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NBCUniversal

NBCUniversal was using four distinct marketplace interfaces to distribute digital content and assets. Sidebench was tasked with consolidating and redesigning the marketplaces into a singe, mobile responsive web-app.

 

Challenge

- Systems and interfaces were outdated and not mobile-friendly

- Various internal and external stakeholder groups had differing visits that needed to be reconciled

- Accommodate for a wide range of potential use cases in one interfaces 

 

Solution 

- Modernized UX and UI to allow for a painless media buying experience

- ‘Consumerizing’ of the B2B platform

- Designed one unified central platform for all user groups to enter and view content relevant to them through different permissions-based layouts

Red Bull Photo Booth App

Red Bull partnered with Sidebench to design and develop and internationally scalable marketing platform that could be taken and used in a range of different real-world environments.

Challenge:

- Red Bull needed a creative firm to design the UX and UI for three applications: an iPad app, a Consumer web app, and an Admin web-app

- A technical partner was needed to develop the backend infrastructure

- The result needed to be scalable across multiple territories, languages, and cultures

 

Solution

- A Photo Booth application with complex white label architecture allowing to scale internationally

- iPad App: front-facing camera, photo filters, event specific photo frames and sharing via text

- Consumer Web App: mobile first UI designed to enable quick social sharing,...

Sidebench was tasked with creating a cross-platform, bi-lingual mobile app for both iOS and Android to help serve IEHPs 1.1 million members. 

Challenge

- Need for a seamless integration with their new web-based Member Portal

- Be accessible to the 1.1 million economically, geographically and culturally diverse members.

 

Solution

- Closely working with IEHP to integrate the web portal’s features into the mobile platform

- Becoming a HIPAA compliant firm

 

Result

- An all encompassing mobile application that allows users to access nearly every piece of information regarding their healthcare provider and personal records

- Easy to use, navigate and understand regardless of age or language barriers

WorkGrades

WorkGrades is an online employment verification tool that allows employers, employees, and job seekers to have a place where references can be documented and confirmed. Sidebench was brought on to fully redesign the WorkGrades experience.

 

Challenge

- Rebuilding a legacy product built on an obsolete technology stack

- Redesigning outdated and non-mobile optimized designs

 

Solution

- A discovery phase with intensive UX analysis

- Creation of unique dashboard experiences for different user roles

 

Result

- The creation of a fluid, UX/UI centric interface for all user types

- An intuitive self-service platform for job seekers, employers and employment agencies

Augmented Reality

Our AR demo was our first dip into the idea of augmented reality. We wanted to see how we could implement the technology into a marketing tool. This is what we came up with.

 

Challenge

- Prove that AR could be the next generation of advertising and real-world marketing

- Make a product that would entice businesses to enter this space

 

Solution

- We created a print ad for clothing which, when viewed through our mobile app, allowed users to see all available colors and styles as well as order directly through the advertisement

- Interactive packaging allows for easter eggs and rewards for users for engaging with the packaging or advertisements

 

Result

- A print advertising option that boasts a unique user experience

- An ability to measure and engage users in real world advertising.

Meridith Baer Home - Inventory

Sidebench partnered with MBH to deliver an advanced business process through a custom FileMaker Pro solution (on desktop and iPad) with connected Bluetooth barcode scanning. This custom system enabled powerful tracking and analytics which provides essential insights for Meridith Baer Home’s executives.

 

Challenge

- Account for all issues that were present or potential in the multi-faceted business that is Meredith Baer

- Finding solutions to the ineffective communication between departments and the complex ecosystems preventing efficient scaling and expansion

 

Solution 

- Design and develop 4 custom applications and integration

- Operations process re-engineering and workflow automation

 

Result

- Automated online...

Facebook

Facebook wanted to target international markets for further, continuous growth. Sidebench has been Facebook’s creative strategy and design partner for digital advertising since 2013.

 

Challenge

- Create innovative and results driven advertising campaigns that would help Facebook continue to grow

- Make these campaigns resonate with local youth cultures across the world

 

Solution

- Thousands of campaigns tested, launched, and tested again

 

Results

- Since 2013, Sidebench’s strategies and designs have resulted in a sustainable 450%+ increase in CTR

Reviews

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Melody

"The team they proposed was creative, engaging, smart, and accountable..."

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

Sidebench provided technology, product development, branding, and marketing for a mobile app. They first created a POC, then developed the first wireframes. Their work includes design and backend development.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Santa Monica, California
Gregg Colvin
Co-Founder, Melody
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sidebench’s developed POC raised triple the expected amount of funds from seed investors. Their wireframes and designs saved countless hours and dollars over other contractors. The team at Sidebench is organized and always on time, and their deliverables are top notch and high-quality.

BACKGROUND

Melody is a mobile application that is revolutionizing the way people discover and create content. We are focused on media and content and are based in Santa Monica, California. Melody has ten employees. Our content localizes itself, so our target market is international and domestic. Our target audience is people from 15–30 years of age.

I am the CEO and co-founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

We had two primary business opportunities. First, we engaged with Sidebench to create a POC [proof of concept]. In this regard, we tasked them with technological investigation, product architecture, and commercial viability. Their efforts to scope and validate our project yielded an excellent POC. In fact, this POC enabled us to cut time and resources when we began the build in earnest. More importantly, we needed the POC to raise money from our initial seed investors. They delivery was so slick and so functional that it helped us to raise more than twice our initial investment expectation.

Secondly, we worked with Sidebench to help architect the first workable wireframes. In this capacity, they provided tremendous help on the server side issues. On the client side, they developed beautiful, intuitive product designs that sped development. Our server-side and client-facing internal teams felt that the delivery was so well vetted that we were able to develop the minimum viable product with great effectiveness.

SOLUTION

We did an enormous amount of due diligence before selecting this critical partner. We met with at least eight separate technology studios. Sidebench delivered the most compelling vision.

Sidebench took our specs and ideas and added to them in ways that moved the product forward by leaps and bounds. The team they proposed was creative, engaging, smart, and accountable, and gave us a measure of confidence we did not get from other companies. Kevin, the founder, and his reputation as a tech/creative leader preceded our discussions. I had heard his name often and was eager to engage with him. We were even more impressed than we expected.

The scope of Sidebench's work was broad. They provided creative ideation, technological development, thought partnership, product expertise, client-side expertise, server-side guidance, branding work, and team training.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Sidebench was perfection. Their work was top notch. We were able to use the POC they created to raise triple our expected seed round.

Their work on the product development side was equally impressive. They expanded on our initial idea to help us create an even more compelling product. Through their tech guidance, we were able to remove potential server-side landmines. Their wireframes and design work saved us months of time and thousands of dollars in full-time equivalent contract work.

Sidebench provides a tremendous and unique service. Their combined expertise in areas as disparate as technology, product development, branding, and marketing is unique in the field and creates exponential gain!

5.0
Overall Score Excellent Work. They are a tremendous partner.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were on time and well organized.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Sidebench is very cost effective and they were helpful in proposing creative/alternative pay structures.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Sidebench provides great service and great work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would provide a recommendation without equivocation.

Android App Redesign for Crowdsolving Platform

"They delivered fantastic quality and communication."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Nov. 2016 - Jan. 2016
Project summary: 

Using the iOS version as a guideline, Sidebench took the 2.0 version of an Android app rewrote, refactored, and debugged the native code to build the 3.0 Android version of this platform.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Orange County, California
Jeff Kunzelman
VP Product & Engineering, POPin Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sidebench was complimented for their agile project management and ability to deliver a high-quality product under limited guidance.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the VP of product and engineering for POPin, a crowdsolving platform for enterprises of all sizes. Our solution drives success for a company’s initiatives through the intimate engagement of its employees, partners, and clients. We offer Software-as-a-service via web and mobile apps. Currently, we have 35 employees. Our office is located in Orange County, California.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sidebench?

We recently launched version 3.0 of our product but did not have the resources to redesign our native Android app. We needed a high-functioning and focused team who could be an extension of our development team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Sidebench did a spec-less port of our existing Android app to the new version 3.0 design. They only used our version 3.0 iOS and web app as the guidelines for rewriting an existing native Android app. It required lots of refactoring of the native Android code, as well as development and debugging. They had to work autonomously while staying in close coordination with our development team. We were not able to spare many support cycles for this, so they needed to be highly self-directed.  

How did you come to work with Sidebench?

Sidebench was a referral from a team member that had worked with them in the past. After considering a number of other firms, we concluded Sidebench had the right mix of UI/UX [user interface/user experience] design expertise and technical ability.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project duration was approximately three months.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We had a rough start. Sidebench had a disconnect very early in the project due to some resource shuffling, which we didn't notice for a few of weeks. Once they refocused, they were extremely timely and effective. They delivered fantastic quality and communication. They also seemed to be agile enough to roll with changes and execute without much guidance from us.

How did Sidebench perform from a project management standpoint?

Everything was managed by Sidebench, although they were deeply connected with our product development team. As a result of the early disconnect, they did overrun the very tight schedule by about three weeks. They managed to stay within our budget.

Are there any areas Sidebench could improve?

Had Sidebench maintained a weekly cadence of check-ins with our team right from the beginning, they would have realized the disconnect on their side much sooner. That would have prevented the schedule overrun.

5.0
Overall Score We would absolutely use Sidebench again. They are a fantastic team to work with.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We got off to a stumbling start because of an early disconnect. However, once Sidebench fully engaged, schedules and deadlines were consistently met.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They stayed within budget.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    We have a very strong design and development team. Sidebench met all of our expectations for design and code quality.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    The Sidebench team was very easy to work with. They are able to operate with general guidelines rather than needing fully detailed specs. They are also able to sensibly track against moving requirements.

Loyalty API & Customer Interface for Oakley

"Sidebench was incredibly well prepared for the work since day one. "

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
October 2014- October 2015
Project summary: 

In a 12-month period, Sidebench Studios delivered a new API solution with a dynamic interface for Oakley's enterprise customer solution. 

The Reviewer
 
1001 - 5000 Employees
 
Foothill Ranch, California
Claudia Bremser Tanega
Former Senior Manager, Oakley
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sidebench Studios' detailed documentation, preparation, and focus on quality lead to the identification of security gaps that Oakley's prior solution had not addressed.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Oakley, the subsidiary of Luxottica, an Italian eyewear accessory company, designs, develops and manufactures sports performance equipment and lifestyle pieces including sunglasses, ski/snowboard goggles, apparel, optical frames, and other accessories.

I was the Senior Global Loyalty Manager from 2013–2015 overseeing lead scoring, loyalty strategy development, and game mechanics.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sidebench?

To ensure that the brand was on track to deliver on the $1 billion revenue goal for 2014, my team and I developed a loyalty program to identify and track the customer potential. We had very little quantifiable data for identifying the value of the returning customer and the opportunity to create more frequent customers.

We sought to retain customers by increasing the return rate in a 24-month period and expand the gateway product purchase beyond eyewear. We focused on delivering growth against the newly identified target audience of 25–45-year-olds, and increased engagement with young women who are more frequent shoppers of accessories and apparel. We worked to drive the order value up across the more frequent shoppers by driving awareness of the expanded product portfolio.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We looked at the current but limited customer e-commerce data to provide some customer benchmarks. We then identified two business partners for the enterprise system implementation, customer interface, brand design, and program strategy. The solution required data hosting and scoring, program mechanics, and a customer interface.

How did you come to work with Sidebench?

Six months into the program, we recognized our enterprise customer solution interface sorely lacked the quality we needed. We hosted a request for proposal to find a new partner to create an API solution with a dynamic interface representative of the Oakley brand. Sidebench won the bid against two well-established development firms, and the work was to be completed in 12 months.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Sidebench was incredibly well prepared for the work since day one. The detailed documentation and well thought through solutions impacted the work greatly. As a result of the quality, they even found areas of security that our enterprise solution failed to disclose.

5.0
Overall Score I truly enjoyed working with the team and have stayed in contact with the company so I can hire them again for future work.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Sidebench was incredibly punctual.
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Sidebench found errors in others’ work and saved Oakley from considerable risk.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The detailed work, strategy, and quality were great.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I'm always happy to refer Sidebench because of their high-quality work.

Mobile Prototyping for Storytelling Platform

"They took ownership of the project and provided many ideas."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

Sidebench Studios was engaged by the client to prototype a mobile platform; develop screens, workflows, and design documents; and improve user flow and design quality.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles Metro Area
Co-founder, Storytelling Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client found a small but talented team at Sidebench Studios that produced very high-quality work. Product management kept to the agreed-upon budget and timeline, and very few design changes had to be made after completion.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We are a startup developing a digital fiction and storytelling platform working as a mobile app.

I am one of the co-founders of the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sidebench Studios?

I had some general design principles for the experience that we wanted to deliver. We were looking for a company that could help us with designs and workflows, enabling us to create a prototype.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Sidebench Studios helped us with prototyping. We built our initial version using Proto.io. It's available on any compatible mobile platform. Sidebench Studios developed all the screens, workflows, and design documents for the app.

We worked with 4 people from Sidebench Studios' team, including a project manager and a designer.

How did you come to work with Sidebench Studios?

We were introduced to Sidebench Studios through a referral.

How much have you invested with Sidebench Studios?

The total cost of Sidebench Studios' services during our prototyping phase was around $30,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Sidebench Studios at the middle of 2015. Our app is currently within a closed alpha stage.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We've worked with some very good developers on this project. From their perspective, the documentation, screens, and workflows from Sidebench Studios were as well-constructed as possible. We had 2 different user testing groups working with Sidebench Studios, so we haven't made many design changes.

How did Sidebench Studios perform from a project management standpoint?

Sidebench Studios stuck to our timeline and budget. We mainly communicated using email, Google Hangouts, and Skype.

What did you find most impressive about Sidebench Studios?

We were very happy with Sidebench Studios. They took ownership of the project and provided many ideas. Sidebench Studios is a small company, but they have many talented people, which worked out nicely for us. The fact that Sidebench Studios was a local company was also great.

Are there any areas Sidebench Studios could improve?

No.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Our budget wasn't very big, so the timeline moved slower than we'd have wanted.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've recommended Sidebench Studios already.

iOS Team Augmentation for Large Media Company

"[Sidebench Studios]'ve been able to help guide the vision as well as a back it up with a solid technical team."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
Project summary: 

Sidebench Studios helped the client to build a back-end system and iOS photo booth application for their company events.

The Reviewer
 
5,001-10,000 Employees
 
Los Angeles Metro Area
Senior Engineer, Media Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sidebench Studios’ focus on project management and leadership has led to a seamless collaboration with the client’s in-house development team. The client notes the app’s use across all business units as a big win for the project.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We're a media and tech company that produces, publishes, distributes, and licenses high-quality sport, entertainment, and educational programming. We have an engineering arm. 

What is your position?

I'm a senior software engineer in the mobile space.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Sidebench Studios?

At the time, we didn't have the scale on our engineering team to be able to take on a new project that was given to us.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in detail.

We were building out a back-end system as well as an iOS mobile application. It's a photo booth application, which is now currently used and supported by Sidebench Studios. It was designed for all of our events.

How did you come to work with Sidebench Studios?

We put out an RFP [request for proposal]. We had a few agencies in the pipeline. We like to use our own preferred vendor list. But, one thing that was awesome was that Sidebench Studios was just right around the corner. They were able to come by and have face time. They were chosen because they were the most familiar with the technology and that was mostly their wheelhouse – tying a mobile device to a solid back-end stack. 

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

In the beginning, we had a project-based agreement. Then, it turned into a service-based agreement. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any statistics or metrics from this engagement?

It's been a seamless process since the beginning. One of the big wins is that the app is being used across all business units.

What distinguishes Sidebench Studios from other providers?

Sidebench concentrates a lot on the project management and leadership side of projects. That's helped our partnership. They've been able to help guide the vision as well as a back it up with a solid technical team.

Is there anything Sidebench Studios could have improved or done differently?

Not really. It was a small scope of work at first. It was a seamless and easy experience.

5.0
Overall Score It's still ongoing. It's pretty good. No complaints on my end. Especially for the technical space, there's many things that can go wrong.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They were always ahead of us.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They stayed true to the budget, and I think in the service contract they set expectations very well to let us understand that there are potentials for more.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Website Redesign for Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment

"Sidebench went above and beyond what we wanted."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
May - Nov. 2015
Project summary: 

Sidebench streamlined and redesigned the client's website to better appeal to the motion picture industry. They also ensured the site was user-friendly and easy to navigate.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Los Angeles Metro Area
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sidebench completed the site in six months, and it has received excellent feedback. The client was extremely satisfied with their responsiveness and customer service.

BACKGROUND

Chapman/Leonard manufactures custom camera support equipment for all types of motion picture and television productions. We specialize in camera cranes, arms, telescoping arms, dollies, pedestals, remote cameras and camera stabilizing systems.

Chapman/Leonard equipment will save on production time, and therefore on production costs, while enhancing your production capabilities. We market to the motion picture industry in Los Angeles, California.

I am the chief operating officer [COO] in the company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Our goal was to make a more engaging website that would draw in more users and describe our firm better. We are targeting the motion picture industry regarding our line of products so design was important. We needed to find a strong web designer.

SOLUTION

Sidebench Studios was able to streamline our website and come up with a nice design that we liked. Sidebench listened to all our requirements while making sure the website was user-friendly and easy to navigate.

The project took six months of hard work, and we finished in 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Sidebench went above and beyond what we wanted. I have heard nothing but exceptional feedback from customers and staff. Sidebench was quick to respond to any feedback we gave them.

I am completely satisfied and would give them perfect marks for every criterion. I highly recommend them to others.

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

Development for Jewelry e-Commerce Website

"If you come to Sidebench Studios with a good idea, they’ll make it even better."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

Sidebench Studios was selected to provide e-commerce development and light consulting for the client, including setting up a Shopify site.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Los Angeles Metro Area
Assistant, Jewelry e-Commerce Website
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Online sales improved after the engagement with Sidebench Studios. The website has been successful, and the staff at Sidebench Studios are described as personable, easy to work with, and willing to go the extra mile.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We are a small e-commerce jewelry called Anita Ko. We are driving most of our revenue through online sales.

What is your role and responsibilities?

I’m an assistant.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for working with Sidebench Studios?

We needed to set up a Shopify e-commerce site that was easy to manage and navigate. 

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

It was basic and straightforward e-commerce development.

What was your process for selecting Sidebench Studios with which to work?

They were referred to us through a friend who had also used their e-commerce development.

Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?

It was around $25,000.

When was the work completed?

The work was completed in 2014.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Do you have any statistics or metrics to track improvement from the project?

Our online sales have definitely improved.

Are you satisfied with their performance?

Yes, we are satisfied. The website is successful.

Is there anything unique about Sidebench Studios that really makes them stand out, compared to other online marketing companies?

They’re really nice and personable people. They’re easy to work with and willing to go the extra mile.

Looking back on the work so far, is there any area that you think they could improve upon or that you might do differently?

I don’t have any complaints.

Is there any advice that you would give future clients of theirs?

If you come to Sidebench Studios with a good idea, they’ll make it even better.

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

ASICS World Series of Beach Volleyball

"Our web redesign was an overwhelming success."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

Sidebench re-launched the client's consumer website. Their work included redesigning the UI and back-end navigation.

The Reviewer
 
Los Angeles Metro Area
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new site resulted in more page visits, longer length of visits, and positive user feedback. The client was very satisfied and is currently working with Sidebench on their third version.

BACKGROUND

We are the producers of the largest beach volleyball event in the world outside of the Olympics. Our event attracts more than 50,000 attendees annually and more than 23 million worldwide TV viewers. The event includes a professional competition with the best players in the world, open mass tournaments, and a multiday music festival.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Sidebench was tasked with relaunching our consumer-facing website for the largest beach volleyball event in the world. This involved a complete redesign of both the UI [user interface] and back-end navigation providing visitors with all elements needed to follow our property, such as stats, videos and results as well as make decisions regarding attending the event and music festival or tuning in on television.

SOLUTION

Sidebench spent considerable time evaluating websites of similar properties to ours to see what worked elsewhere and could be replicated for us, as well as how we could improve on what others were doing. They spent considerable time understanding clearly what our objectives and challenges were and focused on solving those issues at all times.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Our Web redesign was an overwhelming success and navigation for our visitors was greatly improved. This resulted in more page visits, a longer length of time that visitors spent our onsite and significant positive feedback from fans. We are currently working with Sidebench on version 3.0 to build on their success further.

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

Application Development for Abohd

"Sidebench has been nothing short of spectacular."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
Project summary: 

Sidebench was hired to develop a mobile app that would integrate the client's existing database. The company considered the client's goals and best interest when presenting several courses of action.

The Reviewer
 
2-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles Metro Area
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app was completed on time and within budget. The client has praised Sidebench's professional conduct and communication, and plans to continue the business relationship with them.

BACKGROUND

[Our company's] mission is to bring the sense of community back to apartment living by providing an interactive mobile hub that eases and enhances communication between tenants, their property manager, and the local community.

I am the co-founder and head of product development, so I coordinated closely with Sidebench on developing user workflows and the user experience.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

Sidebench was consulted to direct [our] team towards establishing our minimal viable product that could be built within our limited budget while maintaining the core functionality requirements to have an efficient product to release to market.

We independently developed our backend database for the mobile app, but then needed Sidebench to develop the Web application while integrating into that database back-end. The major challenge was to integrate the Web and mobile aspects into a cohesive product efficiently while maintaining the individual functionality of both aspects.

SOLUTION

After initial scoping meetings with Sidebench, they proposed two alternative development paths. One was to build off the back-end we developed, using Parse, and the other was develop a new back-end using Rails that would be designed efficiently just for our product.

Sidebench helped my team weigh the pros and cons of each method based on our specific goals and company direction over the upcoming year. Even though we decided to go with the cheaper option, due to our own budgetary constraints, Sidebench was not driven by their own financial gain and instead worked with us to determine the best course of action for [our company].

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Sidebench has been nothing short of spectacular. Their friendly and prompt communication has made them a pleasure to work with. They treat clients with the utmost respect and courtesy.

Sidebench is clearly focused on delivering an elite product while building professional and personal relationships that last. They delivered our product on time and within our budget while working with our on-team developer. [Our] team looks forward to future projects with Sidebench as we continue to evolve our product.

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

Web Design for Publishing Company

"Sidebench Studios delivered exactly what we wanted."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
Project summary: 

Sidebench designed a publishing website that not only appealed to its readers, but also allowed for growth, e-commerce, and additional capabilities.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Los Angeles Metro Area
Jordan Burnier
Marketing Manager, Stampington & Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The site is visually appealing, easy to manage, and responsive to mobile users. Sidebench completed the project on time and within budget, and the client commends their skill and professionalism.

BACKGROUND

Our company publishes the largest number of niche magazines in the art and crafting industry, with more than 1 million copies sold annually. We currently produce more than 30 high-quality titles focusing on crafts such as mixed media, paper crafting, and both wearable and digital arts.

With premium newsstand placement and representation in all major bookstores, crafting chains, upscale grocery stores, and hundreds of independent art and crafting stores, [our] publications have become synonymous with quality in design, production, content, and photography.

The company also maintains a strong presence in the online crafting supply market, offering more than 5,000 art and craft products and a wide variety of self-manufactured art stamps that are sold on the website, which receives more than 20 million hits per month. With more than 100,000 fans, we enjoy sharing even more inspiration across various Social Media platforms.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

With the launch of a brand new title, we wanted to design and build a mobile responsive website that captures this unique brand and mimics the sensory experience of its readers. Some of the challenges were that we also needed to leave room for extensive growth, e-commerce, and a few more capabilities that we just weren't quite ready to utilize at the launch of the new site.

SOLUTION

Having been recommended to us by a past colleague, we decided to outsource this project to Sidebench Studios based on their expertise in this arena and samples of previous Web design and development work.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Sidebench Studios delivered exactly what we wanted: a beautiful, fluid, and functional website that is mobile responsive and gives us the ability to manage changes/growth in-house while keeping the door open for future e-commerce capabilities.

I cannot speak highly enough of the skill and professionalism of their team, open communication throughout, including handling new requests seamlessly, and completing this project on time and within budget.

This hasn't always been my experience when working with other related companies, designers, and Web developers. [We] will definitely be working with Sidebench Studios again on future projects, and I would highly recommend them for any interactive Web design and developmental projects, cart solutions and fixes, mobile optimization, and other related needs.

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