Please describe the scope of their work.
They provided design, development, and training. They started with a kickoff meeting to get a sense of what we were looking for. We were considering at least a handful of firms, and they came to the proposal with ideas in mind for Florida Polytechnic. One of their ideas was actually the foundation for the site, so they really did their research about us beforehand and came with a solution in mind, which is one of reason why we chose them.
From there, they presented a couple of different designs. We refined them together, they then built the entire website on the backend, keeping our team in the loop through the process. They did all the site testing. They helped us create some content and add new graphic collateral. They trained my team on how to use the site from the backend. They gave us all the collateral that they’d gathered so that we could use it in some of our other marketing materials. Then moving forward they’ve done some ongoing training as we’ve added new elements to the site. They’ve also been a third-party extension of our team in maintaining the site. We probably reach out to them every other day, if not every day, for assistance.
What was your process for selecting Sparxoo with which to work?
Based on the amount of money we were able to spend onsite development, we’re required through our purchasing process to look at least three vendors, which is what we did. We sent a request for proposal out to some vendors. We had three that responded that were strong candidates, including Sparxoo. We brought them into our office to give a presentation.
The deciding factor was that they really understood what our mission and vision were. They really understood our brand identity even though we were a really young startup. We had a very young brand identity, too, but they got it and came with ideas in mind. They came with a proposal and a clear concept that matched what we were going after. They came with a clear outline of how they would proceed, and they would take us through the development process. From that initial proposal, we were really confident that they would be able to hit out tight deadline.
Additionally, Sparxoo was really reasonable in terms of cost for their work they did and for what they were producing, it was right within our budget.
Can you provide a ballpark dollar figure for the size of the work that they’ve done for you?
It was probably around $50,000 for the initial site development. It has gone well beyond that for the ongoing maintenance.
What were the results of the project?
Work started around October of 2013, relationship is ongoing and has grown. We’ve added services.