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SmartSites is full service digital agency that specializes in website design, website development, search engine optimization, and pay per click management. SmartSites offers creative ways to plan, build, and promote businesses of all sizes, in various industries across the United States. The company was founded in 2011 and is based out of Paramus, New Jersey.

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2011
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Paramus, NJ
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WordPress Web Redesign, SEO & PPC for Manufacturer

“We've gained quite a bit of business from our improved online presence...”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
July - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

SmartSites redesigned a WordPress website and built a second e-commerce site from scratch. They continue to provide SEO and digital marketing services, including paid advertising.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Green Brook, New Jersey
Manger, Fitz Fish Ponds
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

SmartSites significantly improved the company's online presence overall, delivering well-designed websites that perform well in organic search rankings. Communicative, timely, and proactive in their approach to project management, working with their team continues to be a pleasure.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the manager at Fitz Fish Ponds, a pond construction and supplies company.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SmartSites?

We wanted to upgrade our basic website and promote it through SEO and digital marketing.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

SmartSites redesigned our WordPress website and provides ongoing SEO and some paid advertising services, including Google AdWords. They also built a second e-commerce website for us from scratch on WordPress as well.

What is the team composition?

We mainly work with Anita (Director of Project Management, SmartSites), as well as a few others.

How did you come to work with SmartSites?

We found SmartSites through an online search and, even though other companies reached out to us, we liked that SmartSites was local and could meet with us one-on-one to present their ideas. We felt they were very knowledgeable and had the right expertise for our needs.  

How much have you invested with them?

We've invested close to $10,000 in total.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together around July 2016 and launched the first website by that December, but the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

SmartSites helped us significantly boost our organic search rankings for our top keywords, increasing overall traffic to the site dramatically. We've gained quite a bit of business from our improved online presence, so it's been a great experience overall.

How did SmartSites perform from a project management standpoint?

They're very attentive and responsive to any questions we have. They stay in constant communication with us; any hold ups in timelines are usually a result of our own team not responding quickly enough.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They're very accessible and responsive despite the larger size of their company. Since they're local, we feel like we get a lot more personal attention than we would have had we gone with a different vendor.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I can't think of anything.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I'd just recommend working with them. They offer the whole package.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They've met every deadline they've set.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're a lot more affordable compared to others.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They've delivered on everything we've asked for in a timely manner.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We've been more than happy with their services.

E-commerce Website Design for Manufacturing Company

“Their work has made our site much more customer friendly.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Mar. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SmartSites works on the e-commerce website for a manufacturing company, improving its design, look, and function.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
High Point, NC
E-Commerce Manager, Manufacturer
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new site is excellent, providing an excellent experience for customers and a more attractive interface with which to engage. The team is responsive, quick, and dedicated throughout.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

We’re a truck body/trailer manufacturing company. I oversee the e-commerce side of things.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire SmartSites?

We hired them to help improve the look and function of our e-commerce site.

What were your goals for this project?

To draw more traffic and business to our site and increase sales as a result.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

Through research and professional contacts.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

We have a wide variety of parts that we sell through our e-commerce site. Due to that range, we face a lot of challenges in the appearance. SmartSites worked on the design to make it more suitable.

What was the team composition?

We communicate with multiple team members. Anita (Director of Project Management, SmartSites) has been our main contact.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Their work has made our site much more customer friendly.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

They’ve been very quick to implement any changes we’ve needed, and they met all deadlines. Our project manager handled our project and the team very well.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

Their communication is impressive.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

There is always room for improvement, but all in all, they’re great to deal with.

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

Magento E-commerce Dev for Lighting & Electric Company

“They’re confident, professional, and able guide us through the project when necessary.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. 2018 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SmartSites is building a Magento website for a new company to facilitate e-commerce. They’ve finished designing the UI/UX and are currently developing unique functionalities to benefit the platform further.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Somerset, New Jersey
Co-Owner, Lighting & Electric Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

SmartSites provides an interactive and collaborative experience. Their expert-level management staff consistently completes tasks ahead of schedule and suggests viable solutions whenever appropriate. They crafted an aesthetically pleasing frontend interface that’s intuitive and engaging.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the co-owner of a lighting and electric company. We sell LED lighting to contractors and building managers.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SmartSites?

While my partner and I have been in the industry for a long time, we wanted to utilize an online platform to sell products to a niche market. Therefore, we needed to hire a web development firm to create a Magento site for e-commerce.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

SmartSites agreed to design and develop our Magento platform while delivering nonstandard features. For example, we wanted our products to be easily searchable within the site and appear in a column format. We also requested that they build a dynamic pricing feature. Additionally, we wanted the shopping cart to include a specific functionality that sends information to partners while they make purchases. We recently signed off on their proposed design, so the custom development process is scheduled to begin soon.

What is the team composition?

Ryan (Senior Account Manager, SmartSites) functioned as our sales contact during the initial discussions with them. Once the contracts were signed, they assigned Anita (Account Manager, SmartSites) to lead the project.

How did you come to work with SmartSites?

We searched for companies in the local area and considered three candidates. After a thorough evaluation, SmartSites demonstrated the qualities we looked for in a development partner. Most importantly, their team consists of experienced Magento developers. We had four or five meetings together and Ryan’s expertise solidified our decision to hire them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in September 2018 and the project is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We started the project after producing some PowerPoint mock-ups internally. Once SmartSites took over the design process, the iteration stage lasted longer than we expected. However, that’s because they were flexible and let us make changes to the UI/UX as we gained a better understanding of the platform. Overall, the experience has been excellent thus far. Their designs are exceptional.

How did SmartSites perform from a project management standpoint?

We have a weekly call with Anita and she always comes prepared. We communicate well with her, so tasks and assignments are quickly understood. That’s important considering she sends our requests to their design and development team overseas. While the turnaround time is incredible, we never interact with their designers.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Ryan and Anita are highly valuable resources. They’re confident, professional, and able guide us through the project when necessary. We appreciate SmartSites for their design capabilities and quick deliveries.

Are there any areas they could improve?

After working with them for 45 days, I have little to complain about. However, the project could benefit from having face-to-face interactions with their offshore team. Also, the design deliverables could be more creative; however, I recognize they’re somewhat limited by what the platform allows.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be willing to interact with SmartSites on a regular basis. Whether it’s for status updates or additional information, we communicate with Anita frequently. That collaboration is key to a successful project. We’ve had to compromise on some features, but they’ve also suggested new functionalities that we’d never considered.

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

Digital Marketing & Site Improvements for Cosmetic Center

“SmartSites is our go-to for everything digital, from PPC and SEO to site improvements.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SmartSites provides a range of digital marketing services, including PPC and SEO management, Facebook ad management, content marketing, and site updates.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
New York City, New York
Vladimir Byhovsky
Owner, Studio Esthetique
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Thanks to SmartSites’ efforts, cost per acquisition has halved while organic search rankings have increased. Unlike their competitors, SmartSites delivers consistent, high-caliber work that produces results. Transparent and collaborative, they’ve maintained open communication throughout the process.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m the owner of an award-winning skin and laser center called Studio Esthetique. We offer the latest cosmetic skin and laser treatments at our locations in the Bronx, Westchester, and New York City.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire SmartSites?

After getting poor results with a previous agency, we engaged SmartSites to manage our PPC. We've since quickly expanded their role to include social media marketing, SEO, and site updates.

What were your goals for this project?

We wanted to increase our leads while decreasing the cost per lead.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We’d already heard about SmartSites’ reputation online, but our print marketing vendor formally introduced us.

Describe the project in detail.

Initially, we assigned a few ad groups within our current Google Ads campaign to gauge their performance. SmartSites’s improved ad groups did far better than we anticipated, so we quickly gave them the whole account to manage. Shortly after, they took on our Facebook ads.

Now, SmartSites is our go-to for everything digital, from PPC and SEO to site improvements. They’ve updated our site to make it faster and more conversion-driven, and they’ve written content for us to rank organically on search engines.

What was the team composition?

We talk directly with our project manager, but there have been other resources who specialized in specific tasks. This includes a PPC analyst, an SEO analyst, a designer, a developer, and a content lead.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any statistics or metrics that speak to the quality of their work and impact of the engagement?

Compared to our previous vendor, we’ve seen consistently improving results with SmartSites. Our cost per lead has decreased by over 50%.

How did the SmartSites perform from a project management standpoint?

The communication is excellent. We receive live updates as they complete work, and they also give us weekly recap calls. Everything is transparent.

What impresses you about the SmartSites?

They constantly produce high-quality work. I’ve worked with many marketing individuals and agencies who are able to do a good job for a single deliverable. However, SmartSites continues to produce strong work across various services.

Are there any areas for improvement?

No, none that I can think of.

5.0
Overall Score I highly recommend SmartSites.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    We have set weekly calls. For the year that we've worked together, we've only had to have 1–2 emergency reschedules.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They're more cost-effective than other comparable agencies.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They've never been any issues. It's excellent work.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I've already referred many friends to SmartSites.

WordPress Web Designs & Marketing for Credit Company

“Anyone who is interested in developing a new website or launching a marketing campaign should utilize SmartSites.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Mar. - June 2018
Project summary: 

To replace an outdated platform, SmartSites followed a specific workflow to develop a WordPress marketing site. They designed a template to send research investment advisors and launched a marketing campaign.

The Reviewer
 
11- 50 Employees
 
New York, New York
Leitita Evans
Publication Manager, Gimme Credit Publications
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Since the new website went live, sales and web traffic have increased considerably. The marketing campaign has revealed useful insight and will prove useful in securing new business from interested clients. SmartSites coupled high caliber work and actionable input with seamless project management.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the publications manager at Gimme Credit Publications. 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SmartSites?

We needed to build a new marketing website and actually launch a whole new marketing campaign. Our old website was outdated. We had been primarily used it for research purposes. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Once I came on board to lead the project, I provided an overview of the exact steps for each stage of our development from concept to launch. SmartSites built our new site on WordPress. After we laid out the essential things we needed to reach our target audience, the team described what they thought would be the best fit for our requirements. 

As we worked on the marketing campaign, we held numerous phone conversations with the director of project management. She went over the services, websites, and marketing tools SmartSites had to offer. We specifically requested a template to send out to our research investment advisors. 

What is the team composition? 

We worked directly with Anita (Director of Project Management, SmartSites). 

How did you come to work with SmartSites?

Our CEO originally reached out to SmartSites. I'm not sure how he chose them. He might have found them through a referral or Google search. Once they discussed pricing and strategy and he decided to hire them, I joined the engagement.

How much have you invested with them?

So far, we've spent about $10,000. 

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in March 2018 and have an ongoing contract. The site launched in June 2018. 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Since we launched the new website, we've had a dramatic increase in sales and user traffic. The marketing campaigns have helped us identify additional marketing trends and possible contacts, as well. 

How did SmartSites perform from a project management standpoint?

SmartSites managed the project superbly. They’ve absolutely met or exceeded all of our expectations. In the beginning, we communicated several times a week. As the project progressed, we didn't need to speak as often. I still reach out with questions and for additional insight. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

I was most impressed by SmartSites' availability. Anita is very hands on and always makes herself accessible when we have questions or concerns. Whenever we need to hop on a call, she schedules a meeting to go over suggestions and recommendations. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, there are not.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

I would definitely recommend SmartSites. Even though the hiring decision had already been made when I first joined the project, I personally researched the websites and products they'd built for past clients. Anyone who is interested in developing a new website or launching a marketing campaign should utilize SmartSites. 

5.0
Overall Score We are definitely very satisfied. We have an ongoing contract and plan to utilize them for future projects.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    At first, the requirements were unclear, and we may have missed some goals. That could be our fault since we didn’t specify our exact needs.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They did an excellent job. We received a great value for the price we paid.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They did everything on time and with a high level of professionalism.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    They did a fantastic job overall.

Website Development for Auto Parts Retailer

"I'm impressed by their availability, accountability, and professionalism."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
3.5
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Apr. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SmartSites augmented the backend functionality of a product website, giving adminstrators more control over content, images, and pricing. They also host the website. 

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Garfield, New Jersey
Dana Zirpoli
Product/Web Manager, Robert's & Son
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The expanded website presents a wealth of helpful information to both customers and employees. It is faster, more dependable, and more accessible than ever. SmartSites responds promptly to issues, maintains an efficient workflow, and always takes the time to explain their process. 

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

Robert's & Son is a wholesale retail supplier of electrical parts for industrial vehicles and equipment. We specialize in starters, alternators, motors, and vehicle safety lighting. I'm the primary product manager and purchasing agent. My responsibilities also include website administration and development.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire SmartSites?

We hired them to maintain our website infrastructure and functionality and perform some SEO.

What were your goals for this project?

Our biggest challenge is showcasing the depth of our inventory. We have not only a starter for your backhoe, but also a battery for your grocery-getter and all the tools to properly test and install those parts. Our goals were simply to improve our website and to enhance customer knowledge of our deep inventory. We felt this formula would improve sales.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

We wanted a local vendor. In an industry where you may never put a face to a partner, it's better to do things the old-fashioned way. We wanted to sit with them and discuss our project.

Can you go into detail about the services they provided and the scope of the project?

Our website was already live, but we'd gone as far as we could with our past developer. We were happy with the customer functionality, but needed more backend flexibility for content input, brand logo placement, and product display. After an almost catastrophic hack, we also migrated our hosting services to SmartSites from one of the big box vendors. 

What was the team composition?

Our project manager is the first person to get a frantic e-mail from me when something goes wrong. She manages the specialists behind the scenes, who always get the job done despite my layman's terminology. Other teams seamlessly guided us through the server migration.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

SmartSites quickly gave us the tools to display as many brand logos and products as we wished. Our customers always know which products are available, and our customer service team has immediate access to the descriptions and pricing of over 12,000 SKUs.

Switching hosts was our best move.  Our web presence now reaches more markets in the U.S. and abroad. Its speed and reliability, on both desktop and mobile, has vastly improved. I can relax knowing that we have such a reliable web maintenance and hosting service.

How was project management arranged and how effective was it?

Their project management is effective. On their active collaboration portal, we track our progress, see who is working on our project, and chime in when needed.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

I'm impressed by their availability, accountability, and professionalism. They obviously take pride in their work, and it shows in their product. They aren't faceless cyborgs reading from a customer service script or flowchart. They patiently guide us through issues, understanding that we may not understand how things work.

Are there any areas where they can improve?

They could send messages about new products, services, or technologies that I would find useful.

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

Google Adwords Management for Carpet Cleaner

“[They] struck a good balance of expertise and drawing upon different resources to meet our needs.”

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Oct. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SmartSites manages the advertising strategy and budget allocation for Google AdWords. They also provided additional assistance with SEO.

The Reviewer
 
11 - 50 Employees
 
Glendale, New York
David Swidler
LONG ISLAND CARPET CLEANERS, INC.
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Since working with SmartSites, AdWords campaigns have yielded more referral traffic and better-quality customer interactions, which in turn significantly improved employee effectiveness. Sales are also increasing, though not as quickly as anticipated.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I'm the vice president of Long Island Carpet Cleaners.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SmartSites?

We were looking for someone to provide strategy and budgeting advice for Google AdWords. Our account was originally overseen in-house when I took over managing it, but it wasn't being handled effectively and we wanted to hire someone new. After our first third-party consultant got pulled away from us, we researched other options and found the SmartSites team.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We're trying to come up with different strategies to tweak our AdWords presence and maximize every dollar that we're spending, and they’ve also helped us with our SEO. It's been challenging, not because of SmartSites, but just because it's a competitive market.

What is the team dynamic?

They assigned a project manager who they thought would work well with us, and that's who we deal with directly, though they have other team members who occasionally assist.

How did you come to work with SmartSites?

My wife has a decade of agency experience and is familiar with the digital side, so I enlisted her to do some research. She found that they were one of several Google-trusted vendors in our area, so I interviewed those companies and came away feeling the most comfortable with the SmartSites team.

I really liked that they were humble about their expertise and were willing to bring in additional personnel to handle SEO, for example, instead of having the AdWords person try to manage it. That wasn't the model I saw at some of the other organizations we interviewed. We're a small business, so we needed reliable customer service with a hands-on approach, but a large organization was beyond our price range, and many of the small "one-stop shops" came across as disingenuous about their capabilities. SmartSites struck a good balance of expertise and drawing upon different resources to meet our needs.

How much have you invested with them?

Their services cost us about $500 a month.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in October 2016 and they're still working with us.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

The biggest benefit to me has been an unexpected one because we use the AdWords Click-to-Call feature, which automatically records any calls we get. I've been able to do a huge amount of business training with my staff as a result of that and it's impacted our ROI when we close sales. The ability to monitor calls daily instead of monthly helped me manage my team better and we've seen a huge impact.

Related to that, we've seen an increase in conversion rates and referral traffic. We're also getting more targeted calls. There are fewer, but the quality of them is better, which is more cost-effective for me because my staff isn't wasting their time fielding unnecessary calls.

My sales have also been improving, and we're moving in the right direction, but the results currently aren't as high as I'd like to see.

How did SmartSites perform from a project management standpoint?

We spoke much more often in the first few months, but once things were up and running we communicated a bit less. Now that we're approaching my slow season, I can spend a lot more time tweaking things and working with them to revamp our strategy so we're ready to go when we up our spending for our busy season.

I'm in touch with them probably every other week right now, and we mostly communicate via email. They do well enough, but I think they're spread a little thin at the moment. I don't know that I'm necessarily getting the full amount of attention that I'd prefer at this point.

As far as deadlines, they’re pretty good. I gave them one big, challenging request several weeks ago that I’m still waiting on, but I knew that might be difficult given their limited resources and my limited budget as a client.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I went to a conference that they hosted a few weeks ago, and I was really impressed by some of the projects that they've implemented for some of their other clients. They had one particular client with a similar business model to ours, and they did an amazing job at getting them off the ground. Now, their budget is 10 times larger than ours, so I understand why they allocated so many more resources to it, but I was very impressed with their ability to mobilize and solve this client's problem so quickly.

What advice do you have for clients with similar needs to yours?

Like many businesses, they're going to be more responsive to a large project than a much smaller one, so if you're only spending a few hundred dollars a month it might be challenging.

4.0
Overall Score I'm reasonably satisfied with how things are going, but there's always room for improvement.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They do a very nice job. I'd save a 5 for "perfect."
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Brand Awareness, SEO & Data Mining for Distillery

“I haven’t used anyone else besides SmartSites because they’ve done well by me every time.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
June 2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

SmartSites used data mining and SEO to develop a Wordpress site that increased brand awareness and unique traffic. They currently create content, including images and articles.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Avi Aisenberg
CEO, South Florida Distillers
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Prompt delivery, rigid project management, and constant communication makes SmartSites a valuable partner. Their SEO brings in new customers without having to engage in advertisement.

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

I’m the owner/president/CEO of South Florida Distillers, a craft rum distillery that also contracts liquor manufacturing for private brands. I’m also the proprietor, so I sign all the tax documents for the business.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with SmartSites?

We initially needed to drive attention to our website and let people know that we are physically in our area. It wasn’t so much about data gathering in the beginning, but about local awareness. We needed to associate our name with local restaurants using SEO. 

The website needs an exact purpose, and I had an idea of what I wanted to achieve. I had a narrow-minded goal for the website at the beginning because of the laws our industry has to abide by.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Matt Prepis [Project Manager, SmartSites] talked with us about our goals and theme, which was nautical. I found websites I liked and showed those to them to initiate design, and then there was a collaborative effort between Matt and I. Afterwards, he had developers and graphic designers put together three samples which I selected from, and then they started development.

They obtained rights for images on a website I chose that made sense for our company, and then uploaded everything, including the content we wrote, onto the WordPress site. It took 6-8 weeks to develop.

They also associated the brand name of our rum, FWAYGO, with liquor so that when you search on Google, we come up. I’m now starting to add information to the site for contract manufacturing, and SmartSites continues to implement other things, like downloading pictures.

Were there certain features you asked for?

On the left side of WordPress, they made a cocktail section that allows me to load in simple recipes. They made it very easy to input this information, and created pop-ups on a certain page which has been very helpful for SEO. When you type in our name, you get cocktail pictures on our website, and then people want to see what they can make with our product.

What is the team dynamic?

I’m not sure, because I wasn’t in direct communication with the developers or graphic designers.

How did you come to work with SmartSites?

I called one of the guys from SmartSites who I met in college and asked him to do the website. I didn’t contact many people because I just didn’t have time. I do have a local friend who makes websites, but I always thought SmartSites’ were better.

I like and trust SmartSites, and they had built a website for a business I sold. The current website took the same amount of time as that one, and they delivered on my expectations, so I stuck with them.

How much have you invested with them?

I spent between $12,000-$13,00 total. I already had hosting for them, but that got the WordPress site live.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in May or June 2014, and the relationship is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We have 3,500 unique visitors per month, and every time someone visits, we ask how they found us, and it’s always because of the website. I don’t advertise at all other than on social media, and we don’t do sales through the website. Yet, we still have a lot of traffic and it’s performed well in terms of SEO. SmartSites delivers in an appropriate amount of time, and when they spec it, it doesn’t change design paradigms before they’re finished.

There’s only one company that ranks higher than us due to keyword phrases because they had the first license in the state, and they’re old. There are 30 distilleries in Florida, but because our name is South Florida Distillers, it helps with SEO. The rest of the success is because of the website.

Having people visit the website is important to me because we operate a production facility, and I don’t have a tasting room yet. However, people from all over the country still visit us, take tours of the facility, and purchase our products to take back to someone who loves our rum. Between Facebook and our website, our visitors know all about us.

How did SmartSites perform from a project management standpoint?

A lot of the work was done through a bug/development tracking system. My point of contact was Matt and he took care of everything. We communicated via Skype and it was easy to have constant communication. The first several weeks, I talked to him every day. After that, they were working on getting it done, and then, towards the end, we were refining the site and making changes.

They did a great job, and I would use them for my next website. You should always have someone else do your website for you, especially if you’re not familiar with the business, because you’ll miss out on factors important to SEO. I haven’t used anyone else besides SmartSites because they’ve done well by me every time.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their speed is a huge plus. Right now, they’re supplying content, including images and articles, and they’re always open to feedback while maintaining a quick turnaround.  

Are there any areas they could improve?

Knowing more of the team would be useful and make you feel more committed, because their team is big from what I understand.

5.0
Overall Score I have no reason to go anywhere else.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    I didn’t set a deadline.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Every dollar was worth spending.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered everything they were supposed to, and I was completely satisfied.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I recommend them all the time.

Website Redesign and Development for Marketing Agency

"SmartSites really brings value in terms of user experience."

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

SmartSites came to the project as a third-party vendor and handled an entire website rebrand. They took on the concept phase, copywriting, development, and more.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
New York, New York
Courtney Maier Burbela
Marketing Consultant, MAIER MEDIA
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

While the website hasn’t launched yet, their project management director has excelled at reaching project goals, keeping the project on track despite a lengthy concept approval process and remaining highly responsive throughout.

BACKGROUND

Please describe your company and your position there.

I’m a marketing consultant in the visual art industry. I was hired by ICEFAT to do a rebrand and find a vendor to build their website.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

For what projects/services did your company hire SmartSites?

We needed to design and build a new website.

What were your goals for this project?

Our main objective was to raise awareness for ICEFAT and establish their members as the gold standard in international art shopping.

SOLUTION

How did you select this vendor?

I worked with SmartSites in 2017 for building a website, and we had a good experience.

Describe the project in detail.

SmartSites presented concepts for the new site at the ICEFAT annual convention last year. ICEFAT approved the concept and I worked with for them over nine months to rebrand, develop copy, collect image assets, and set goals for the project. Anita Kostadinov (Project Management Director, SmartSites) took all of our information and worked with her team to maximize our goals and clarify our mission throughout the site.

What was the team composition?

I only worked with Anita.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Can you share any outcomes from the project that demonstrate progress or success?

We’re still in the final stages of the project and hope to launch the site next month with ICEFAT's approval.

How effective was the workflow between your team and theirs?

Anita has been great. She was very patient during ICEFAT's approval process and has remained responsive throughout the project.

What did you find most impressive about this company?

SmartSites really brings value in terms of user experience.

Are there any areas for improvement?

Not that I have experienced.

5.0
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