Authentic, Memorable Digital Experiences.

We're an outdoor-trekking, music-rocking, coffee-inhaling web design and branding agency based in Santa Cruz, California. We never tire of doing what we love: working with the best adventure, lifestyle, and technology brands to dominate the digital age.

 
$25,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
10 - 49
 Founded
2003
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Soquel, CA
headquarters

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Levi Strauss, Tepui Tents, August, Zpacks, Lume Cube, Clearly Filtered, etc.

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Sanders Candy

Using the finest real ingredients to make products that never sacrifice quality, Sanders is an iconic national brand with items like its Bumpy Cake, hot fudge toppings, Pecan Torties and sea salt caramels enjoyed all over the United States and overseas.

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Kuli Kuli

Kuli Kuli is bringing the nourishing and uplifting benefits of the moringa plant to you. Energizing but caffeine-Free and chalked full of protein, iron, and fiber, Kuli Kuli's powders, bars, and other products make it easy for you to get your greens on the go.

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Hitchfire

Inspired by adventure, road trips, and the love of the outdoors, HitchFire has developed a rugged, hitch-mounted grill, designed to withstand the roughest weather and toughest conditions for a world full of undiscovered trails and expeditions. It’s not just a grill, it’s Adventure Grilling™.

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Gator Waders

The ultimate in outdoor apparel. Whether you're hunting, fishing, or off-roading, Gator Waders has got the gear to keep you in peak performance in any condition. For a brand that's all about getting muddy, GW wanted a website that was ultra clean, with just a little bit of grit. Customers can easily find the waders, footwear, or jacket they need.

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Simba Surf

Simba Surf Helmets were developed to help foster a long and healthy surfing life for everyone—from kids and first-day novices to the world’s elite—by reducing the risk of head injuries, promoting safer surfing practices and empowering riders with superior protection.

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Arlen Ness

For over 50 years and three generations, Arlen Ness has been creating what very well may be the finest products in the world for V-Twin motorcycles. But it doesn't stop there—they're masterful at the design and build their own custom bikes that are famous the world over.

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Grillscapes

From naming and branding to a full Shopify e-commerce experience, we gave these outdoor kitchen enthusiasts and polished, robust platform to springboard them to success. 

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Breeo

Armed with a brand refresh, Breeo asked us to craft a site that matched the intensity of their new found identity. We cooked something up that was simultaneously cleaner and grittier all in one undeniably awesome package. Breeo's products are beautifully designed with precision, but how their products work is just as important, if not more so. We had the same mindset with the website—it beautifully supports the brand with a sleek
look and feel, but tucked beneath the gloss is a high-converting workhorse. The buy flow is designed to guide, inform, and purchase without a hitch. It's simple, intuitive, and hard to look away.
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Swisher Sweets

Swisher is a classic brand that never goes out of style, but their web presence wasn’t in step with their current image. We burned their old website to the ground and designed a sleek new site rolled up in a tasty Shopify wrapper.

With the goal of increasing the sales of their merchandise, Shopify was the obvious choice. Built to scale, Swisher will never have to worry about moving to another platform again.

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Zpacks

Having handled their existing web presence in-house, Zpack's loyal following had outgrown its current site by a long shot. Based in Florida, they found us tucked away in the outdoor mecca of California to re-platform to Shopify Plus and custom craft a website worthy of their world-renowned gear.

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August

Activity monitoring. Guest access. Total Control. Status Updates. There's a lot to showcase, but their previous website wasn't as modern as their cutting-edge products. We took their existing WordPress + Shopify hybrid site and underwent an entirely new custom build all housed within Shopify Plus.

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Supply Shift

So, how do you make a complex subject like supply chain logistics management approachable and accessible? That was the challenge we faced with the redesign of the SupplyShift website. We worked together to create something that far surpasses their competitors that's alive with color, animation, and illustrations that explain the benefits and tell their story (more on those below). Built out on the WordPress platform with a

clear and easy-to-read hierarchy, the homepage is an engaging masterpiece, if we do say so ourselves.

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Clearly Filtered

Impressed by their products and the passion they have for them, we partnered with Clearly Filtered to help propel and champion their message to the masses. Their existing site helped them establish a loyal following, but unlike their products, it wasn’t designed to deliver the kind of results they rightfully deserve. Starting from scratch, we re-engineered their UX from the ground up, redesigning every page with explicit

intent.

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Farewell Jewelry

Farewell approached us to help them launch an entirely new website for their entirely new brand from scratch. It had been a minute or three since we'd designed a jewelry site so we were excited to throw our hat in the... earring. (Sorry, yeah, we just had to...) Already having great success on the Shopify Plus platform with Melanie Casey, getting Farewell up and running on Shopify was an easy choice.

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Levi Strauss & Co.

The new Levi Strauss site serves as the hub of their entire corporate identity. It's not only the backbone for their Levi's, Dockers, Denizen, and Signature brands—it's also the vehicle for their story, values, careers, investors, press, and everything in between. With a bold UX coupled with an extremely content-focused site, we opted for an entirely custom WordPress-based build. Ambitious as the timeline was, we buttoned up an

ultra-responsive, pixel-perfect design that'd make Mr. Strauss himself proud.

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Tepui

Hot on the heels of a complete rebrand, Tepui was more than ready for a modern site that would fully encompass their culture and cult-like following that's grown organically. They approached us in the midst of weighing the options of different enterprise-level ecommerce platforms. Already on Shopify, we assured them that staying on the platform and upgrading to Shopify Plus was the only way to rain-fly. Before long, we were

laying down a tarp and pounding our stakes into a complete redesign from top to bottom.

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Redfora

Formerly known as The Earthquake Bag, we helped Redfora navigate their name change to ensure that the launch of the new brand was a seamless transition. With an ambitious timeline, we took on the challenge to design a fresh new logo to accompany their new moniker alongside photography, custom iconography, and a new website that packs in more than their popular bags.

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bkr

Relying on a previous custom ecommerce solution that was costly and lacking modern features, bkr was in search of a Shopify Plus Solutions Partner in the SF Bay Area to completely redesign the site and migrate everything over to Shopify’s enterprise-level platform. We were excited to work with the brand to rethink the overall user experience and help streamline their complex back-office operations.

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Lume Cube

Lume Cube needed a new commerce solution, and fast. With their products rolling out into all of the brick and mortar Apple Stores, they were looking to give their site a full-on overhaul that would not only better support their brand's aesthetic, but eliminate the sharp pain points of their previous site's UX. Short on time, we were able to get them up and running on Shopify using a basic template while working on a new custom

site in the background.

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Rise Records

Now a subsidiary of BMG, we’ve been working with Rise for years and were super excited to give their site a long-overdue refresh. The site we originally built for them was backed by a custom CMS and relied on a link to a third party service for selling their merch online. This time around, we wrapped everything up all under the Shopify hood. This not only gives them a great way to market their artists, but also to sell their

releases and merchandise directly.

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GM Quartz

Bringing GM into the modern age was at the forefront when designing their new site. We migrated them from an archaic e-commerce setup to a decked-out Shopify implementation. The homepage was designed to reinforce their new branding, give customers a clear overview of what services they offer, and encourage more online sales in an industry where it’s not the norm.

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Alter Eco

With a 15 year history, AlterEco had recently tackled a full rebrand, refining their voice, logo, and packaging to support their ongoing expansion. We worked with them and their design team at Iron Creative to build out three in-depth custom Shopify sites—their direct-to-consumer ecommerce/marketing sites for both the USA and Australian along with their

wholesale site for the distribution side of the business.

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Provac

A long-time client, Provac came back to us to reinvent their Shopify-based website after undergoing a recent rebrand. This being the third time we've had the opportunity to redesign their website, we were able to turn over each and every stone to create a new site that lives up to the impeccable level of services they provide.

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Vogmask

A client of ours since their inception, we knew success was imminent the day they brought their prototypes to our office. With an always awesome team on their side, we collaborated with Vogmask on a new site that showcases the brand in the way it deserves. With super custom illustrations, subtle animation, and a perfected user-experience, the result is nothing short of breath taking.

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Wild Roots

Fusing the digital experience with the natural world can be a challenge, but with such a solid foundation, the website fell almost effortlessly in place. With the succinct messaging in tow, the site encompassing the entirety of the comprehensive branding that led up to its creation. Curious customers not only have a place to turn to learn about the company's transition, but also to explore the latest sales, their favorite

recipes and the roots that tie it all together.

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Voodoo Ride

On a mission to more accurately showcase their brand as a community-oriented lifestyle, Voodoo contracted us to throw in the towel on their old site, rethink it from the ground up, and jump platforms to Shopify Plus

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PNP Supplements

The fresh and colorful new homepage includes a vibrant rotating banner area with four captivating slider images that correspond with illustrated icons that are 100% unique to them. Their site's layout naturally guides customers to learn about their flagship products. With critical calls-to-action throughout, eager customers have no problem finding their way and quickly making a purchase.

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Santa Cruz Mountains

Yeah, there's a reason Neil Young bought one thousand acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains where he penned many of his most famous songs—it's a beautiful, serene place and it's close to just about everything you'd want to see and do. We designed the website to be more than just a visitor's directory. It's chalk-full of culture, articles and an experience worthy of the domain it calls home.

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Socksmith

Socksmith’s world-renowned brand needed a world-class presence. Their previous Magento-based site had done them well over the years, but it didn’t exactly age gracefully. We migrated them over to Shopify Plus and decked it out with a bespoke design that fit their feet perfectly. Custom illustrations? Yep. Tasteful animation: Yep. Assistance with their content strategy: But of course!

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Four Winds Growers

From an updated logo, to the brand voice, to a fully redesigned website, we worked with Four Winds Growers to revitalize their already renowned brand from top to bottom. The end result culminated in a shiny new Shopify Plus site that captures the very essence of the brand and empowers their customers.

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Mountain Feed & Farm Supply

We designed and developed a fully responsive ecommerce site to help these local favorites reach the masses. The site is jam packed (no pun intended—seriously, it just happened) with the best learning resources around, and it's all 100% powered by a fully customized Shopify platform.

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Complete Website Redesign for Oral Care Company

"The design side of everything they did was beautiful."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2019 - May 2020
Project summary: 

Sleepless Media built an e-commerce website with a modern, millennial-focused design to support a B2C business shift. They provided both development and design services.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
Inglewood, California
Sidney Eubanks
CTO, EverSmile, Inc.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Feedback on the site is overwhelmingly positive and focuses on its pleasing aesthetics. Though attentiveness could wane at times, Sleepless Media resolved bugs quickly during the development process and maintained the customer’s initial vision. Customers can expect an organized partner.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the CTO of EverSmile, Inc. We’re an oral care company whose main product is a cleaner for Invisalign and other clear liners. We’ve expanded to include denture cleaner, bridge cleaner, and other dental-related products.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sleepless Media?

We were aiming to move into a more B2C environment so we wanted to turn our low-quality website into a beautiful, fun, millennial-facing website. It really had to pop and include a way to communicate with our doctors. Their job was to create the design of the site and put it all together.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They created an all-new Shopify site for us using a custom theme. We started out with an official consultation with Jon (CEO), and he told us what they do and got the ball rolling. Then, we met with Leslee (Art Director) and her team to get a feel for what we’re looking for. Finally, we settled on a design and moved onto Alexa (Digital Project Manager) and Dolly (Developer).

What is the team composition?

We had different points of contact throughout the project, but we were in touch with Alexa throughout the project.

How did you come to work with Sleepless Media?

We looked through quite a number of companies, getting recommendations from PR companies we’d worked for and through Google. A number of companies submitted portfolios and proposals but a lot of the work we received was very corporate-looking. It wasn’t very fun or engaging to millennials. It was like what you would imagine a steel mill’s website would look like: boring and plain. I came across an article about Sleepless Media and thought their website looked fun and engaging. They had all kinds of interesting animations and seemed like a fun team of people. At the time, I was in the same location as they were so it worked out.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $25,000–$50,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from August 2019 until May 2020. Currently, we’re working on some revisions and add-ons but everything from the original statement work is done.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We launched the full site about a month and a half ago; that was the first version without any of our edits. Pretty much every person who’s looked at the site since then has told us how amazing it looked. We’ve gotten a tremendous amount of positive feedback on the website and are proud to show it to people

How did Sleepless Media perform from a project management standpoint?

We went in at a busy time, so there was a large number of other customers they were working with and we noticed a delay at a few points. Overall, though, they did really well. They were very organized in the way they spoke to us through email and gathered information. They were very good at jumping on calls and constantly messaging back and forth. Eventually, once we launched the site and moved into editing and bug-fixing, they had an entire Scrum board. I got access to that which allowed me to see all the stages and tasks and what was being worked on.

What did you find most impressive about them?

It’s hard to pinpoint one specific thing. As a whole, they did a good job from start to finish. The design side of everything they did was beautiful; it included our vision without us having to nitpick too much. When it came to development, they moved through the bug backlog quickly. They flew through it and were very driven.

Are there any areas they could improve?

There were some pauses between work and I was unclear about what was going on. I didn’t see work happening on the site exactly and wasn’t sure if we were in a queue or something. It felt a bit like they had too many accounts on their hands and we weren’t getting all their attention because of that. As someone who works at a business that’s crazy all the time, I know how it feels to be jumping between tasks, but other people may have wanted them to speed things up. It wasn’t too much of an inconvenience overall, however.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be very organized on your end. You can either give them every single detail and hope they accomplish it or give them nothing but the requirement of a beautiful website. We empowered them to come up with a vision but I was pretty involved in the process from start to finish to ensure things that were going wrong were fixed regarding functionality and responsive design. Things move in waves because they have other customers, so when they come to you it helps to have everything you need ready to go.

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

Design & E-Commerce Development for Fire Pit Manufacturer

"Their work isn’t just pretty; they have the buttons in the right place to increase conversions."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. - Apr. 2020
Project summary: 

Sleepless Media redesigned an e-commerce website to improve conversions and implement new brand guidelines and creative and colors. The final deliverable was a mockup document and a sitemap.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Jonathan Miller
Co-Founder, Breeo LLC
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Allowing for easy integration by an in-house development team, Sleepless Media provided a thorough design upgrade. Conversions have increased significantly, and internal stakeholders praise them for initiative and professional project management. Customers can expect a fast-moving partner.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

We’re Breeo LLC. We manufacture and sell outdoor wood-burning fire pits and grills and ship them throughout the states. We also have an e-commerce network. I’m a co-founder.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sleepless Media?

We needed a website designed and optimized for e-commerce and a good customer journey. We had an existing Shopify website that was converting okay in 2019 and we knew we needed something new and fresh going into 2020.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We brought them on specifically to help with the design side of the new site. They took all of our brand assets — we just launched a new brand — including our style guide, logos, sponsors, creative, and photography. Then, we went deep with us about who we were trying to communicate with and what type of site we wanted. They also had us look at other successful sites and what they’d done.

They came to us with a few different design concepts for the home page and other pages. Once we approved a direction they were able to design all the pages and build a sitemap. This made it really easy for our development team to follow exactly how they wanted things to scroll.

What is the team composition?

Our in-house project manager communicated with John (CEO) and Adon (Project Manager).

How did you come to work with Sleepless Media?

We found them on Google looking for highly reviewed e-commerce design agencies. They also serve a lot of clients in the outdoor space selling similar products and targeting similar demographics to us.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $15,000 with them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since January 2020. The e-commerce project has been complete since May 1 but we’re still in communication with them.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve seen a significant increase in conversions since the site launched on May 1st. We sell expensive products; our old site was converting at 0.5% and the new one is converting at .65%. Overall e-commerce is way up since last year, and that’s due to a lot of things beyond the website, but we definitely saw conversions jump.

Internally, it’s much easier for our customer service team to work with customers. The site is much easier to navigate for both sides.

How did Sleepless Media perform from a project management standpoint?

It was our first time working with a truly professional design agency on the website, and the difference between them and a freelancer was pretty extreme when it came to project management.

They did a really good job. They took initiative in mapping out the different phases. We told them what we needed from the timeline and they told us exactly when we’d see first looks. As soon as we gave them feedback, they jumped into the next phase.

What did you find most impressive about them?

There are two things. First, they understand how design connects with conversions. Their work isn’t just pretty; they have the buttons in the right place to increase conversions. Second, from a tactical standpoint, the way they submit the final design shows exactly how things should move. It’s basically an already-done mockup. The development team can see exactly how it integrates into a real-life site.

Are there any areas they could improve?

Not really, no. They hit their deadlines. The budget was more than we’d ever spent before but it was in-line with what they were delivering. If we did it again, we may have kept them on for the development work as well instead of opting to keep it with our current team.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Give them as much information as possible. We recorded a video with our in-house project manager as we onboarded them that went through in great detail what we needed from a new site conceptually.

Also, give them as many touchpoints as possible so they can really capture the vision of the project. They can’t execute if they don’t receive the vision.

5.0
Overall Score Communication has been great, even after the project ended.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Web Dev & Print Media for Boutique Optometrist

"They listened to our story and used that, which is great because none of us were web designers."

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

After redesigning an existing website, Sleepless Media has provided ongoing brand development and advertising work. They produce print ads and marketing collateral, implementing their client’s colors and feel.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Santa Cruz, California
Aaron Little
Practice Manager, Eye Q
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Traffic has increased significantly since the new site launch, and target demographics are engaging more deeply with the brand. Sleepless Media collaborates to identify their client’s vision and goals and then implements them faithfully. Customers can expect a responsive partner.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Eye Q is a boutique optometry practice. We have five optometrists that offer medical services and optometric services. I’m the practice manager and partial owner.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sleepless Media?

Initially, we wanted the website to know how long we’d been here and what services we offered. As it grew, it became more brand management and advertising.

We’d never used a professional web developer, and we were looking for web development help at first. Then, we ended up retaining Sleepless for web development, brand management, graphic design. It spiraled, in a good way, into a multi-faceted thing.

It started as a mom-and-pop business, and the concepts weren’t too cohesive, whether that was social media, web presence, or print presence. We wanted a more refined brand theme and feel.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They completely redesigned our website. We had three owners with all different concepts, and they did a great job offering us options to consider. We have to be HIPPA compliant with the little patient data we do capture, including demographic information, so they helped us set up an integration with our electronic health records which allows us to download patient information and exchange it properly.

Outside of the web development, they’ve helped with several print items. They took a look at our existing stuff and took them up a notch. We have business cards and letterhead already designed, but we wanted stationary and recyclable paper bags. They took our overall vibe for color schemes and being environmentally friendly and created a fairly comprehensive print package. We’ve relied heavily on stationary, pieces of paper we send to patients, and different bags for particular products.

All our inventory is handmade, ethically sourced, and very unique, so they helped us to brand communication with our patients over shows that we do. We invite patients quarterly to certain events to promote products, and they do invitations and post-cards. The graphic layout and wording are all them as well.

They’ve also rolled out to advertising in print and digital formats. They’ve helped create ads with the same sort of look and feel like our business for local universities, lifestyle magazines, and newspapers. A lot of print companies will make crappy ads that don’t have your vibe. But Sleepless looked at our vibe and who our target audience is for each publication, and then tailor the ad.

What is the team composition?

When we started, the biggest project was the website. We sat down with their senior team: the Jon (CEO, Sleepless Media), the project admin, and then two other designers. They worked through the basic ideas and talked about their services. After we established a general concept, we worked primarily through the project admin. They did have one turnover in that role but it was pretty seamless for us.

How did you come to work with Sleepless Media?

Our original website was done by one of our original owner’s family members. We then had it redone for a cheap price. We then decided to bite the bullet and get a professional website.

After researching online, we decided it was important to have someone who would deliver non-sterile, non-corporate work. We wanted someone to be consultative with what we were looking for. After Google searching, I talked to someone do graphic design for us (he’s retiring) and he recommended Sleepless. I checked out the different websites they’d designed and saw a lot of their clients were local. I was familiar with their clientele and thought they hit those sites pretty well. They took the concept of those companies and created public spaces for them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent around $55,000–$80,000 so far.

What is the status of this engagement?

We’ve been working together since October 2014. The heaviest workload was in that first year, but we’ve definitely had an ongoing relationship the whole time.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We track how new patients learn about us, and, before the website was rebuilt, the form was a standalone component. Now, the form is used at a much higher rate. Sleepless was giving us Google Analytics and statistics from our previous site and our current site so we could see our immediate impact, and it was substantial. We don’t do as much of that anymore.

They did a lot of SEO for us, in particular, tagging a lot of our very unique products. We were getting people coming from a lot farther away. People would be willing to travel for us and our unique products.

They’ve also given us a great platform for attracting more students. Students want things that are fairly current and modern, and Sleepless was able to figure out how to engage them much more. We’ve seen a huge uptick in business from our student base. Our web traffic has also seen a huge increase.

How did Sleepless Media perform from a project management standpoint?

I only had one glitch with them, and it was probably more our fault than theirs. I was trying to pass off the reigns of management on our site internally and there was a miscommunication. I’ve handled 99.9% of the communication with them over our five-year period and had no issue with them.

They’re super-fast in responding, which is something I look forward to. If they couldn’t get something done in two weeks, they were great at letting me know. My previous web person would tell me after two weeks that they couldn’t get something done. Sleepless always communicates the timeline and helps sets expectations. We work over the phone, text, and email, as well as in-person.

What did you find most impressive about them?

A big thing for me was that they were consultative. All of the others I interviewed wanted me to tell them everything to do and let them go off and do it. Sleepless, on the other hand, gave us a lot of different options and mockups. They listened to our story and used that, which is great because none of us were web designers. They translated us properly.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don’t think so. The only thing we might have fallen a bit short on was, initially, we thought about looking into social media management. It’s not really their cup of tea, I don’t think, and we ended up hiring someone else. It would have been nice to have one company handle all of our stuff, but it wasn’t high on their list when I brought it up five years ago.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.5 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I’ve already recommended them to several people.

E-Commerce Dev for Farm Supply Company

"Sleepless Media has been doing e-commerce for a long time, so they have a lot of experience to speak from."

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

Sleepless Media built a website for a farm supply company. They then migrated the site to Shopify, redesigned it, and added e-commerce elements to the site’s blog. The process is ongoing.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Ben Lomond, California
Amanda Lefebre
Marketing Director, Mountain Feed & Farm Supply
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The client has seen its sales double since the redesigned website launched. Sleepless Media delivers high-quality development and design work informed by their experience in e-commerce. Timely service, face-to-face meetings, and a willingness to suggest ideas make them a valuable partner.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the marketing director at Mountain Feed & Farm Supply. We provide products ranging from animal feed to food preservation housewares to farm supply goods.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sleepless Media?

We didn’t have a web presence at all, so our first challenge was to get a website up and running. In that process, we built out an e-commerce website typically for our housewares. From there, we saw a large following for our blog and newsletter. We wanted to integrate that with e-commerce to increase online sales. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Sleepless Media redesigned our e-commerce website and blog and then moved it to Shopify. 

The first part of the process was the design. Sleepless Media did a custom design with us, and we were really involved in that. We had lots of face-to-face time to talk about little aspects of the design. We were looking for a minimalist look and feel so it was important to showcase our photography.

After that, Sleepless Media integrated e-commerce with our blog. The blog is made up of how-to articles and recipes that feature things we sell. The big challenge was to create a UI that integrates products and posts seamlessly and is easy to manage on our end. We’re not the most technologically savvy, so it was difficult to make it easy for us. However, Sleepless Media accomplished it. At the time, there were no plugins available for what we wanted to do, so their team did a lot of custom work. We haven’t upgraded since.

What is the team composition?

We worked with the main designer and the owner on the design. After that, we had a project manager to write specs for the functionality and for the rest of the process.

How did you come to work with Sleepless Media?

One important factor for choosing them was the fact that they were local to us. That allows us to have lots of face-to-face meetings as needed. Second, Sleepless Media is well-known for e-commerce. We didn’t want someone winging it on our first website ever, especially since an e-commerce site is a big undertaking. That’s why we went with them.

How much have you invested with them?

We’ve spent about $50,000–$100,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

The partnership started in May 2015 and is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Since we didn’t have a website before, we don’t have a gauge on what improvements we saw there. However, the visual change and switch to e-commerce were pretty significant. Our sales increased by 100% because of our refreshed site. We did a lot of AB testing to ensure that we were making shopping easy as possible for our customers, who tend to be less tech-savvy. The checkout process is a lot less cumbersome. Plus, even though our audience tends to do less mobile browsing than average, getting a mobile responsive site was a big deal for us. 

How did Sleepless Media perform from a project management standpoint?

It’s been fairly painless. Their team has a good system setup. We send in requests, and they responded with time estimates and quotes. Most of our requests are small projects, so we’ve seen no significant delays or timeline issues. As far as communication goes, we have the occasional in-person meeting because it’s easy, but we mostly keep in touch via email

What did you find most impressive about them?

Sleepless Media has been doing e-commerce for a long time, so they have a lot of experience to speak from. They can explain why our ideas might not work based on their experience, giving legitimate reasons rather dismissing us outright. In turn, they’ve also made a lot of suggestions. I don’t think another web dev firm can do that without a similar level of experience. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, the process hasn’t really easy. There’s been no spot where we got stuck or that should’ve gone differently.

Any advice for potential customers?

I highly recommend being organized upfront and having a good idea of what you want. For the first project, we didn’t have as clear an idea, and it was a much longer process. The second time, we had a more vivid concept and were way more organized. Sleepless Media offers scoping and planning services, but in both cases, that wasn’t in our budget. So, planning ahead of time will save you both money and time.

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

Website Redesign & Development for Water Filter Retailer

“You never have to deal with the over-promise, under-deliver aspect that you often find with outsourcing agencies.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
July - Nov. 2019
Project summary: 

Sleepless Media redesigned and developed the informational and retail website of a water filtration company, building around an existing Shopify and Recharge framework to create a custom theme for the site.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Orange County, California
Ryan Fair
Director of Marketing, Clearly FIltered
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The overhauled website helped contribute to an overall sales increase of nearly 70%, exceeding project stakeholder expectations and pleasing customers and owners alike with its streamlined UI/UX. Sleepless Media was highly professional, working hard and communicating well throughout the project.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I am the director of marketing for a water filtration company called Clearly Filtered. We make residential tap water filters, including pitchers, under the sink, and showerhead varieties.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Sleepless Media?

Over the course of a few years, we had created a sort of Frankenstein of a website by ourselves using various outside resources. We hired their team to combine all of those components into a single, cohesive, easy to navigate website.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

The original website was all under one URL, but the pages weren’t built off the same theme, so everything looked fairly piecemealed together. They handled full-stack design and development of the site, which is built on Shopify Plus and utilizes a third-party app called Recharge which facilitates recurring business through our replacement filters.

We came to Sleepless Media and explained our business model and goals with the new website. From there, they took a strategic approach to the design and layout, including how everything was featured on the site through colors and iconography, and their team created a custom theme out of that.

What is the team composition?

I worked hand-in-hand with John (Owner, Sleepless Media) and a project manager, as well as communicating directly with a few designers and a few developers. About 5­–6 people were continuously involved in the conversations about the projects that we were working on.

How did you come to work with Sleepless Media?

Our first introduction to them was at a Shopify conference about 3–4 years ago where I just happened to sit next to their team. We continued casual conversation over the next few years, and when we decided to take the step of actually rebuilding our website from scratch, we asked them to be part of the conversation. There were other development houses in play, but in the end, they seemed to be the best option for us.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about $70,000 with them on the project in total.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project lasted from July–November 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We had no plans to commit to an ongoing relationship after the initial development phase, but the relationship was such that we decided to sign on with them as a retainer client for the future as well. We developed a really strong business relationship with them.

On top of that our sales were astronomically higher than we expected. That jump speaks volumes about how much more intuitive the customer experience of the new site is and how much it allows people to understand the new site.

How did Sleepless Media perform from a project management standpoint?

I actually have a background on the agency side, doing just about the same things that Sleepless Media does, so I had a decent understanding of how I wanted the project to be managed. That said, they brought a very unique approach to the process that really streamlined a lot of things and which I found really effective.

They primarily utilized a single email address for all of the people in their office so that everybody was aware of what was happening across the entire project. The communication between myself and the developers always included everyone who needed to be there so that they could chime in if needed, which avoided an incredible amount of unnecessary communication.

What did you find most impressive about them?

The ability to have a real conversation with the members of their team is one of the biggest advantages of working with them. They are completely honest, no matter how much you might want to hear a specific answer.

Sleepless Media has the knowledge to make a decision on the spot rather than having to figure out whether they have the capability for something or not, so you never have to deal with the over-promise, under-deliver aspect that you often find with outsourcing agencies.

Are there any areas they could improve?

The only difficulty we had in the entire project was when our project manager left in the middle of the project and we had to try to keep making progress while we scrambled to put something in place. That was obviously completely unforeseeable, so we don’t blame them in any way for it.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

The best advice I could give anyone is just to be s real as possible. Understand that the work being done is going to be excellent at the end, but you still have to go through all of the paces to get there. There’s a ton of work to be done on both sides, but they challenged us to work even harder, and that’s what makes it a good partnership.

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

E-Commerce Development for Hiking Equipment Manufacturer

"I think the biggest thing that impressed us was the quality of the work and the abilities of the team."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Dec. 2017 - Apr. 2019
Project summary: 

Sleepless Media developed an e-commerce website for an ultralight hiking equipment manufacturer. The team created templates and custom scripts for the platform.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Melbourne, Florida
Matthew Favero
Director of Marketing and Brand Management, Zpacks
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Customers remarked on the site's streamlined design and it's navigability. The e-commerce platform created by Sleepless Media led to an increase in accessory sales. The team has a healthy work culture and is easy to work with.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Zpacks is a manufacturer of ultralight hiking equipment. I am the company's Director of Marketing and Brand Management.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sleepless Media?

We needed a totally revamped ecommerce website that not only looked good but also provided a quality customer experience when checking out with complicated orders.

What were your goals for this project?

Our goal was to have Sleepless build us a quality website that was easy to use and navigate while simplifying the complexities of our orders.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We scoured the web and took recommendations and interviewed a ton of companies. Sleepless seemed to be the perfect fit in terms of ability, personality and applicable experience.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

The project involved starting a square one to great a Shopify ecommerece site. From the creation of templates and custom scripts they were able to dial in the perfect buying experience for our customers.

What was the team composition?

The team mainly revolved around the owner of Sleepless and a primary contact. We had three people on our end involved in the review process.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Instantly, customers remarked our beautiful and easy to use the site was. We saw an increase in accessory sales due to the way they were presented as well.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

The project was managed view airtable, emails and phone calls. We were effectively able to express concerns, review work in progress and brainstorm on ideas.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

While it's impressive the Jon created an environment where he can skateboard around the shop. I think the biggest thing that impressed us was the quality of the work and the abilities of the team.

Are there any areas for improvement?

I believe Sleepless has everything locked in!

5.0
Overall Score Wish we lived close enough to hang out with these awesome people.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Easy and straigh forward.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Totally reasonable for the custom work needed
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Couldn't have asked for me!
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    People would be crazy not to want a site as fantastic as they could create.

Web Dev for Interior Design Retailer

"We receive a lot of feedback that is positive regarding our site."

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

Over an enduring relationship, Sleepless Media has built multiple sites for an interior design retailer. They're responsible for the platforms' upkeep; the sites need to maintain functionality and be appealing.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Santa Cruz, California
Max Halterman
Owner, Om Gallery
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Thanks to Sleepless Media, the client has enjoyed great feedback—and improved sales—on their website. Their customers have expressed positive impressions about the platform's usability and look. The team's project management was handled well, and the client commends them for their design expertise.

The client submitted this review online.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I am the owner of Om Gallery. We are a retail and wholesale firm specializing in gifts, decor, lighting and crafts.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire Sleepless Media?

Sleepless Media has built multiple sites for us over the years. We have worked with them for almost 20 years. They built our first website in 2004 and helped us to upgrade and develop a new site in 2018.

What were your goals for this project?

They gave us a professional look and feel with good functionality. We wanted our web site to be representative of our look and feel inside our store.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Sleepless media has been our web developer, ecommerce company for almost 20 years.

Describe the project and the services they provided in detail.

They have custom designed multiple websites with different shopping systems over the years.

What was the team composition?

They have a good team to handle our inquiries.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We recieve a lot of feedback that is positive regarding our site. customers are impressed with the look and feel. Our sales have increased since we had our site rebuilt and redesigned by Sleepless.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Good

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Design ability

Are there any areas for improvement?

Some development quirks

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