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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Culver City, CA
headquarters
  • Sidebench
    10351 Washington Blvd
    Culver City, CA 90232
    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.

Reefer Loyalty

Our partnership with Reefer Loyalty stemmed from our involvement with Blackstone Launch Pad Student Incubator at USC.  As a result of our partnership, we were able to create an app that incentivizes people to share their dispensaries with friends in order to earn points and get free products from participating locations. 

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. 

Red Bull Photo Booth App

Red Bull partnered with Sidebench to design and develop an internationally scalable marketing platform that could be taken and used in a range of different real-world environments. Specifically, we created a photo booth experience that takes photos at live events via an iPad.  The event is set up using a custom built admin app that allows full customization of photo templates, filters and photo frames.  Overall, the final product eliminated their need for multiple photo booth vendors, collected valuable user data at events all over the world and saved them a large amount of money.   

Pabst Blue Ribbon

Our work with PBR initially 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 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. 

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. 

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.  By overhauling the existing UI and UX, we created one unified central platform for all user groups to enter and view content relevant to them through different permissions-based layouts.  

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. 

Augmented Reality

Our AR demo was our first augmented reality project. We wanted to see how we could implement the technology into a marketing tool. So, 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.

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. The app is HIPAA compliant and is an all encompassing mobile application that allows users to access nearly every piece of information regarding their healthcare provider and personal records. 

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. Sidebench’s strategies and designs have resulted in a sustainable 450%+ increase in CTR.

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.

Baublebar

Sidebench teamed with Baublebar to develop a sales-generating marketing strategy and created an interactive promotional web game that allowed users to play for discounts and other perks.  During the campaign 200,000+ emails were obtained.

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.

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Mobile App Dev for Drone

“Sidebench shows a real passion for the project and … remains open-minded about changing requirements.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Dec. 2016 - Aug. 2017
Project summary: 

Sidebench designed and built the first version of a unique drone companion app for iOS and Android. The team continues to make enhancements for future versions. They also assist with testing and distribution.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Sydney, Australia
Head of Technology, IoT Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Test users praise the app’s intuitive and clean interface, which shows the quality of Sidebench’s work. The team’s passion for the project is palpable. Sidebench delivers solid results despite aggressive deadlines, changing requirements, and multiple time zones.   

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our company works on developing and distributing consumer technology products for the U.S. and Australian markets. I’m responsible for the technical aspects of the products that are being developed.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sidebench?

We needed to design and develop a new mobile app to accompany a selfie drone. It was a free app that customers could download once they purchased the drone. The app had to be simple to use and provide easy access to social media. Our target market was modern tech and selfie lovers, but even nondrone enthusiasts should be able to learn how to use the app easily. This app would be deployed on both Android and iOS for phones and tablets.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed two apps for the Android and iOS platforms, with a heavy focus on the complete UX/UI [user experience/user interface] design to allow for the easy adoption of the product. Sidebench managed the full development and user testing process all the way up to deployment. They managed the upload of the app to the App Store and Google Play. This included controlling regional deployment.

The app connects to a drone and allows users to control the drone. Users can also do live streaming, download media files, and post them on social media. Key features include simple onboarding screens, a link to Wi-Fi settings from the main menu, and an intuitive flight interface. Users have access to the drone gallery. Through the app, they have the ability to download the camera roll and link to social media.

How did you come to work with Sidebench?

We looked at in-house resources, outsourced teams, and a local agency in Sydney. We picked Sidebench because they were reputable. They were recommended by our U.S. affiliate office for their strength in design and deployment. We were advised that Sidebench was capable of turning around work on very aggressive timelines, which was the biggest factor in choosing them.

What is the status of this engagement?

This has been an ongoing development, from the initial app release to periodical updates.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The drone has only recently been released, so there is currently little data available for the app. However, the soon-to-be-released upgraded flight interface has had a very positive response from our test users, who say that the app design is clean and simple. They find it easy to use and understand.

How did Sidebench perform from a project management standpoint?

We use Slack for daily communication and JIRA for more technical bug management. We have an aggressive timeline, with fortnightly sprints. For the first app release, they’ve successfully delivered despite incredibly tight deadlines.

Our largest challenge has been working with the hardware provider, who is based in China. This is a logistical nightmare since it involves three completely different time zones. Fortunately, Sidebench’s team is willing to work after business hours to allow better communication between all three groups.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Sidebench shows a real passion for the project and remains dedicated to the job. The team remains open-minded about changing requirements, making a great effort to satisfy these changes. Jay [Partner & Head of Product Innovation, Sidebench] and his team are great to liaise with. They make us feel comfortable and confident.

Are there any areas they could improve?

This is a new kindof project for Sidebench, especially dealing with a third-party backend solution that interfaces with hardware. The team has definitely learned a lot from this experience, as have we.

4.5
Overall Score It’s great to work with them. Their team has solid app design and development skills. I can only say positive things about them.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    The timelines are very aggressive, but Sidebench genuinely makes an effort to meet them. Any delays are quickly communicated so all parties are aware and can react accordingly.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’ve stayed within the agreed budget.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    The UX/UI design is clean, simple, and unique. It has not required a great number of revisions.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would refer them to any company that wants to deploy a well-designed and well-built app, but lacks in-house resources.

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
 
2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Sidebench helped build the prototype of a mobile platform on Proto.io. The team developed screens, workflows, and design documents for the app and improved the user flow and design quality.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Los Angeles Metro Area
Co-founder, Storytelling Platform
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sidebench is a small but talented team that produced high-quality work. Their effective project management system ensured compliance 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 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 developed a Shopify e-commerce website with a user-friendly backend for maintenance.

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

The website is easy to manage and navigate and has directly improved online sales. Sidebench was personable, easy to work with, and willing to go the extra mile to ensure project success.

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