Award-Winning Technology and Marketing Company

TechArk is an award-winning digital creative agency with a strong foundation in custom software development, responsive mobile-friendly websites, digital marketing and superior customer experience. A privately held company founded in 2012, TechArk Solutions is proudly based in the Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia. Although headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, we are able to serve local, national and international clients with the same level of personal attention and detail.

The company is comprised of an award-winning, nationally recognized team of entrepreneurs, experienced developers and talented designers. We are a premier software applications and consulting firm with expertise in development of native and cross-platform mobile apps, custom enterprise applications, cloud solutions, business processes consulting and tactical marketing expertise. Our design and development team also specializes in responsive website design, graphic design and consistent branding to “Reimagine Your Business.”

[ SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS ] + [ WEB DESIGN ] + [ DIGITAL MARKETING ] + [ SOLUTIONS CONSULTING ]

Our work has been featured in newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, The Virginian Pilot, Inside Business, and has been recognized by Microsoft, WPCentral.com and Your15MinuteRadio. Social Mints, one of their most popular apps, has been featured at Mobile World Congress by Microsoft.

 
$10,000+
 
$100 - $149 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2012
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Norfolk, VA
headquarters
  • 415 W York St #103
    Norfolk, VA 23510
    United States

Portfolio

Key clients: 
  1. W.M. Jordan (Construction)
  2. Liebherr Construction Equipment
  3. Descartes (Logistics)
  4. Amdocs (Software/Technology)
  5. ECPI University (Education)
  6. Titan America (Manufacturing)
  7. Baywood Hotels (Hospitality)
  8. 757 Angels Group (Finance)
  9. PRA Group (Finance)
  10. Hampton Roads Transit (Public Transit)

 

Reviews

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Tech Support & App Dev for Boating Media Company

"Early on, they spent a lot of time getting to know our business and our market."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
Aug. 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

TechArk Solutions provides quarterly updates to iOS and Android applications for a boating resource company. They’ve added location-clustering functionality and adapted the iOS product to new Apple standards.

The Reviewer
 
51-200 Employees
 
Norfolk, Virginia
Heather Sadeg
Product Manager, Waterway Guide
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

TechArk Solutions has proven to be a proactive and talented development partner for several years. They succeed because of a dynamic team and a straightforward approach to project management. They demonstrate an astute understanding of product requirements and possible upgrades.

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 product manager for Waterway Guide. We are a boater's cruising guide, a resource that lets people know where to go and things to do along the waterways. We cover the Great Lakes all the way down the Eastern Seaboard and the Gulf Coast. We also have guides to the Bahamas and Cuba.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with TechArk Solutions?

Our app was initially designed by a freelancer who had come up with the architecture and managed it for a short period. When we parted ways with him, we were looking for a new vendor that could help us manage our app and perform periodic updates.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Through the app, we provide a list-based and map-based rundown of marinas that are near a boater's current location. Through GPS technology, it identifies where users are and finds marinas within a 100-mile radius or smaller. It gives contact information and an overview of the amenities each of the marinas offer, like fuel or repair services. The app also features links to our websites where people can purchase our publications. 

Every quarter with TechArk Solutions, we update the necessary information about the marinas. Marinas can pay to have photos included that show approaches to their facilities via the waterways, in addition to providing detailed descriptions of their amenities. We update their contact information, and we add new facilities that have opened and remove those that may have closed. We package all of that data into a CSV file and rely on TechArk Solutions to update the app accordingly. Once they work their magic, they send us new Android and iOS versions for us to review. Once we give our approval, TechArk Solutions pushes the apps to their respective online stores.

About a year ago, we made changes to the Android app to include a clustering feature, which groups marinas together based on location. As users zoom in, there is more granularity in where pins drop to identify facilities. We didn’t have this feature at first, and the app had a long loading time as a result. Since TechArk Solutions took over the management of the app, it looks fantastic and works much faster. Additionally, they will soon help us update our iOS app to be more aligned with newer Apple standards.

What is the team composition?

I only communicate with our project manager.

How did you come to work with TechArk Solutions?

I'm not sure of how the selection process played out. Our general manager found them, and they are relatively local, so I imagine that played a part in the decision. 

How much have you invested with them?

Each quarterly update is less than $1,000, so we spend approximately $3,000–$4,000 per year.

What is the status of this engagement?

Our engagement began in August 2015 and remains ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Our clientele in the boating world has long been reliant on print products, but over the last five years, in particular, boaters tend to be shifting their preferences to digital resources. We have a website for people that want to find our information, but for those who need a quick snapshot of facilities that are available on a particular waterway, our app provides a fast and convenient way for them to get the information they need.

How did TechArk Solutions perform from a project management standpoint?

Our project manager is quick to respond, and she understands exactly what we're looking for. She asks good clarifying questions, and she was also proactive in alerting us to the possible iOS updates because of changing Apple regulations.

Once we had the process in place of how we transfer the data to their team, it all worked smoothly. Our project is pretty straightforward, so Dropbox and email suited us well.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Early on, they spent a lot of time getting to know our business and our market. They understand what the boaters are looking for and, as a result, what we need from them. They've been very easy to work with.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, we’ve worked well together.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Be willing to share the details about your business because they're happy to learn, and they want to be able to provide you with the best possible product. There's a good chance they'll have suggestions on how to improve it.

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