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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.

 
$50,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2012
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Los Angeles, CA
headquarters
  • 12655 W Jefferson Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90066
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Imagine Entertainment, Legendary Entertainment, United Talent Agency, Red Bull Music, Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, Oakley, Facebook, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Andreessen Horowitz, Accel Partners, Loot Crate, Pressed Juicery, American Heart Association, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, UCSF Clinical Innovation Center, Cedars-Sinai, Instagram, and many more.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Sony Entertainment

Reviving a beloved film franchise is never an easy task, so when Sony decided to reboot Ghostbusters in 2016, they wanted to think outside of the box. They worked with Sidebench to leverage the new Playstation VR platform by creating and distributing a new Ghostbusters game to promote the movie alongside an emerging Virtual Reality platform.

Loot Crate

Loot Crate is a subscription box service established in 2012. Feeding on the millennial affinity for subscriptions while serving a previously untapped market in the e-commerce space, Loot Crate focused on the gamer community and developed a platform for delivering monthly boxes of geek- and gaming-related merchandise to their subscribers.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, a top ranking children's hospital in the US, set out to understand what variables prevented parent's from pursuing follow up care after their child is discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Inland Empire Healthcare

While Medi-Cal and Medicare health plans are government funded, Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) strives to offer premium services to its subscribers that are comparable to high-end health plans. To help elevate their service offerings to fit IEHP’s high standards for patient care, and to ultimately empower patients to be proactive about their health, IEHP decided to work with SIdebench to build a bilingual mobile app that

gives members access to prescriptions, authorizations, claims, lab results and more.

Manifest Mobile Health Solution

Manifest is a health and fitness platform, designed using exercise and behavioral science to drive real, sustainable results. Sidebench designed a streamlined portal and an additional app for facilitators, along with a more engaging app for participants to connect and interact on a personal basis with their trainer.

Los Angeles County

The Department of Child Services in Los Angeles, California spends 2 million hours a year arranging 4 million hours of Foster Child visits. They partnered with Sidebench to develop an MVP platform from which they could improve their process into the future.

nOCD

nOCD is a revolutionary mobile application in the mental health space that helps patients record objective data in between their regularly scheduled sessions with their therapists. The barriers to entry in understanding a complicated health topic like OCD treatment made for a difficult user experience in the first version of the nOCD app. It became Sidebench's mission to make this first-of-a-kind mobile app into a tool

that was as accessible as it was helpful.

Red Bull Photo Booth App

Red Bull hosts nearly 1500 events each year. To produce a photo booth experience at those events, they were using multiple vendors. Working with various entities at different events around the world was costly, inefficient, and not internationally scalable for a global, enterprise brand. Sidebench set out to help Red Bull build their own photo booth technology.

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. 

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.

Reviews

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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.

The client submitted this review online.

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.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

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.

The client submitted this review online.

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.

The client submitted this review online.

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.

The client submitted this review online.

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

Web Design and Email Marketing for National Brewery

"We were comfortable with them, which is not a term we throw around here lightly."

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

Sidebench created an email blast template and an email blast initiative for a marketing campaign. They have also redesigned and merged several websites.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Los Angeles Metro Area
Associate Brand Manager, National Brewery
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Sidebench consistently delivered an easy, turnkey experience on various projects. The team offered high quality, cost-effective products with quick turnaround times. They were pleasant to work with and kept the client informed and educated throughout the process.

A Clutch analyst personally interviewed this client over the phone. Below is an edited transcript.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company.

I work for Pabst Brewing Company, which has a portfolio of beer and malt liquor brands.

What is your role and responsibilities?

I’m an associate brand manager here, and I work on PBR [Pabst Blue Ribbon] specifically. I handle all the national brand management initiatives that the brand has.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What was your goal for working with Sidebench Studios?

We worked with them when we sponsored the bull riding tour, which we no longer sponsor. We created an email blast template with Sidebench and had plans to starting that effort, which we haven’t done. We started our email blast initiative, which is a marketing automation project.

Since then, they’ve done some work for our other brands as well, such as website redesign and merging a couple of websites. That was for our Colt 45 brand.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their work.

The work was mostly the email marketing for PBR and Web design for Colt 45. I believe the Colt 45 project just wrapped up, but it was very successful.

What was your process for selecting Sidebench Studios?

We constantly look for agencies that deliver a high-quality product at a competitive price. Sidebench definitely met those two criteria. They are easy to work with and are on top of everything. It was an easy turnkey experience.

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

These were on the smaller end of the project scale since our relationship with Sidebench Studios is fairly new.

When was the latest milestone completed for that work?

The initial email marketing project didn’t happen, but it wasn’t their fault. It was because of an internal situation in our company. That project wasn’t that big. The Colt 45 project was about three weeks long, which should have taken a lot longer. They got it done pretty quickly.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

I don’t have those stats.

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

It was easy to work with Sidebench. They were on top of everything. Most of us are in the marketing and brand space, and we don’t know much about the digital side. They made sure to keep us informed on what was going on and to educate us as we went through the project. We were comfortable with them, which is not a term we throw around here lightly. We are very particular with the agencies that we hire, and we don’t hire very many of them. Overall, it was a good experience.

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

Nothing stands out. It was a good initial experience with them that will only get better as we get to know each other and get used to working with each other. I don’t have anything negative that comes to mind.

5.0
Overall Score I have no complaints. They weren’t major projects, and they all went smoothly.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would definitely recommend them, and I have before.
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6370456
Date of Formation
Apr 5, 2017
Last Updated
Apr 22, 2018
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Last Updated
Jul 19, 2019
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