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Waracle is the UK's leading digital products  and Emerging Tech Company. From Mobile and Web apps to IoT, Voice to AR, Waracle breathes life into ideas and drives digital difference for some of the world’s boldest innovators.

We are agile evangelists with significant cross-industry expertise, from market disrupting Fintech to life-saving Digital Health, we know that each moment matters and deliver on every single bold claim.

 

Going way beyond just concepts, Waracle innovates fast, solves complex problems, and cultivates success. We offer a wide range of working models to suit your specific needs. Onsite managed teams to spearhead projects and upskill your workforce. User experts and technology natives to define the possible through Discovery. A world-class workforce willing to go the extra-mile to ensure your project’s success.

Waracle actively work across a broad range of industries including:  Financial Services, Digital Health, Energy, Oil and Gas, Transport and Logistics and Real Estate.

 
$50,000+
 
$150 - $199 / hr
 
50 - 249
 Founded
2004
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London, United Kingdom
headquarters
other locations
  • The Engine Room, 1 Bash Street, Dundee
    Dundee DD1 1LQ
    United Kingdom
  • 3 Lochside Way, South Gyle
    Edinburgh EH12 9DT
    United Kingdom
  • The Glasgow Collective, East Campbell Street
    Glasgow G1 5DT
    United Kingdom

Focus

Service lines
  • Mobile App Development
  • UX/UI Design
  • E-Commerce Development
Client focus
  • Enterprise (>$1B)
  • Midmarket ($10M - $1B)
Industry focus
  • Financial services
  • Health Care & Medical
  • Energy & natural resources
Branding focus
Mobile platforms
Mobile focus
Frameworks and CMS
Programming & scripting
Application platform
BI & big data focus
BI & big data solutions
CRM functions
CRM solutions
Productivity & collaboration

Portfolio

Key clients: 

Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banking Group

ScottishPower

Sainsbury’s Bank

Royal London

RBS

NHS

Gap Group Hire Solutions

AG Barr

Jones Lang Lasalle

Workplace

MidCounties Co-Operative

Scottish Rail

Imperial College London

Edrington Group

Ryder Cup

 

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App Development for Analytics Messaging Company

"Waracle brought top-notch agile methodology and in-depth industry experience to the table in this project."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Oct. 2018 - May. 2019
Project summary: 

Waracle helped integrate an analytics and messaging platform into an existing iOS app for a third-party client. Using Swift, they also built new features such as location sharing and push notifications.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Cary, North Carolina
CEO, Kumulos
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The updated app arrived bug-free and meeting all requirements, pleasing stakeholders on all sides. Previous industry experience and careful oversight enabled Waracle to deliver high-quality products on time and within budget. Customers can expect a transparent, diligent partner in Waracle.

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 CEO of Kumulos. We provide an analytics, messaging, and performance management platform for mobile apps.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Waracle?

A client in financial services approached us to add functionality to an existing app. They wanted to add features such as messaging, geolocation, and analytics. We engaged Waracle as our implementation partner to build these features and integrate our platform. 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Waracle had built the original version of our client’s app for iOS devices using Swift. For this project, their team helped us integrate our platform and software development kit (SDK) into the app. They created custom analytics through our platform that record user interactions. They also built enhancements such as location sharing, push notifications, and AR. Waracle created mockups and clickable prototypes for us to test before starting development. 

What is the team composition?

We worked with a project manager, two iOS developers, an AR developer, a QA specialist, and a part-time UI/UX person. Waracle also provided an expert in financial services regulations.

How did you come to work with Waracle?

We chose Waracle as our development partner because we knew them well. Their location was convenient, and they had experience working in the financial sector, which put our mind at ease. Waracle also had excellent agile processes that we felt would help our client prioritize their long list of desired features against their budget and deadlines.

How much have you invested with them?

We spent about £50,000 (approximately $63,500).

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked together from October 2018–May 2019.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Since Waracle was our implementation partner, we were responsible for their success. We measured their progress through a variety of metrics. Ultimately, our client was happy with their work, and so were we.

How did Waracle perform from a project management standpoint?

Thanks to their agile processes, Waracle gave our client and us as much control as possible over the project. We had all the information we needed about how long tasks would take and how much they would cost. Waracle completed work in biweekly sprints. We could track their progress and reprioritize requests as needed, especially when Waracle was providing early-stage screens and prototypes. Their transparency allowed us to have open discussions whenever our client had a scope change or a new feature request.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Waracle brought top-notch agile methodology and in-depth industry experience to the table in this project. They were able to answer nearly any question we had about the project or the regulatory aspects outside the software.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I can’t think of anything. It was a successful project from our end. I'm sure there are things in their business they'd like to work on, but I'm not sure I can answer that question. 

Any advice for potential customers?

First of all, take advantage of Waracle’s experience in mobile and AR development as well as with regulation. Listen to their guidance. Second, clients will get out what they put into a project with Waracle. Meet up with their team often and make yourself available to them to get a better outcome at the project’s end.

5.0
Overall Score We'd work with them again.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    From start to finish, we had full visibility of the project and Waracle’s progress.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    Our client got an excellent value for Waracle’s services. Waracle was also upfront about all costs—there were never any surprises.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Waracle delivered high-quality development products that worked. We only had to make adjustments when our client requested a change.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    If a similar opportunity came along for one of our colleagues, I’d definitely recommend Waracle to them.

Development for Digital Health Company

"I appreciate their breadth of resource and experience."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Feb. - Dec. 2018
Project summary: 

Waracle created a web product and mobile application for a digital health company. The team also designed the UX/UI of the products.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
United Kingdom
Roger Flint
CEO, Doctor Flint Limited
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

External and internal feedback on Waracle’s work has been positive. Their technical expertise and project management style stands out. Customers can expect a team that’s dedicated to completing high-quality projects.

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 CEO of Doctor Flint Limited, a digital health startup.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Waracle?

I hired Waracle to create a product in a new space that would improve prescribing safety.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Waracle built a web product and a corresponding hybrid mobile application for Android and iOS. I provided them with a prototype, and then they create a new version more suitable for my requirements. Their team also worked on the UX and design as well.

What is the team composition?

I think our team had around 10 to 15 people. There was a project manager, a set of developers, and people who worked on the UX/UI. There was also a bit of regulatory compliance.

How did you come to work with Waracle?

I met their CEO about four years ago.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with Waracle from February–December 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

Feedback from clients and colleagues has been excellent.

How did Waracle perform from a project management standpoint?

Their project management style was superb. Niki (Project Manager, Waracle) went above and beyond to ensure the satisfactory completion of the project.

What did you find most impressive about them?

I appreciate their breadth of resource and experience. I was also impressed with their technical proficiency and project management ability.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, I don’t think so. Nothing springs to mind.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Have a clear idea of what you want and where you want to go. Make sure everything is tracked by milestones appropriately. But I think most of the work to do Waracle themselves completed that.

5.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Their project manager worked on projects evenings and weekends to fulfill deadlines.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We agreed on a budget, and we achieved the project for that budget.
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They built an excellent piece of software that’s leading in its field.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

App Development for Soft Drinks Manufacturer

“Rather than just looking at the technical requirements, they took the time to understand our business and goals.”

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Oct. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Waracle created an Android/iOS app to encourage more engagement with independent retailers. Besides featuring product information, the app allows retailers to buy promotional deals through a loyalty program.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Scotland, UK
CTO, Beverage Company
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Warcle took a well-tailored approach, translating business requirements into quality deliverables. The team met all deadlines during critical moments, though the post-implementation support could have been better structured. Their strong performance has positioned them well for continued work.

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 head of IT for one of the largest branded soft drink manufacturers in the UK.

 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Waracle? 

We tasked Waracle with developing a mobile app that would help us build greater engagement with our customers. Currently, our clientele includes about 15,000 small independent retailers and convenience store retailers across the UK.
 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

Initially, they provided some market research and consulted us on the app’s design before beginning development. It’s a cross-platform Android/iOS app that serves as a platform to host content about our soft drink brands for our retailers. This includes soft drink category information, news information, and suggested planograms. The app also allows retailers to buy promotional deals and features a loyalty reward scheme.

What is the team composition? 

Over the course of the project, we’ve worked with about 5–6 individuals, including project managers, designers, and developers. 

How did you come to work with Waracle? 

My colleague had previously worked with Waracle and recommended them. We did a small pilot project to test their skills, and they performed well, so we went from there.

What is the status of this engagement? 

Their work started in August 2017 and is ongoing. We’re now looking to develop subsequent phases of the app.
 

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They’ve delivered the app on time and are now working with us to plan subsequent developments.

How did Waracle perform from a project management standpoint?

Overall, they did really well. While they could have managed their day-to-day timelines better and scheduled more meetings, in the end, they delivered on time. When things got tough, they definitely stepped up. 

What did you find most impressive about them? 

They’re business-focused and are good listeners. Rather than just looking at the technical requirements, they took the time to understand our business and goals.

Are there any areas they could improve? 

They’re great at handling projects, but the post-implementation services could have been more structured in terms of update meetings and such.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?
 
Get them involved as soon as possible and invest time to help them understand your business. When given the time, they’re very capable.
 

4.5
Overall Score They’ve performed well. The only downside would be the structure around post-implementation services.
  • 4.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They could have been better at sticking to meeting schedules and managing their days, but they hit their deadlines in the end.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’re a bit cost-prohibitive, but you get what you pay for.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

IOS Research for Higher Education

"They were very positive and enthusiastic about the project... ."

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Sept. - Oct. 2018
Project summary: 

Helping determine the cost of building an iOS app, Waracle did research by interfacing over Bluetooth with sensors that record soil moisture in the ground.

The Reviewer
 
1001-10,000 Employees
 
United Kingdom
Andy Cobley
Product Owner/Co Investigator, University of Dundee
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The in-house team is happy with the results and the quick turnaround times. Waracle understood all challenges and met all needs, while their excellent project management helped the process go seamlessly.

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 a product owner at University of Dundee.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Waracle?

We needed a vendor to help us do research on an iOS application that we wanted to build.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We're working on a research and innovation project where we use sensors to collect ground-truth satellite data. Satellites are recording soil moisture and we use the actual sensors in the ground that are also recording soil moisture, so we can compare the two. We asked Waracle to take the sensors and determine how much it'll cost to create an app. They did the investigation by way of interfacing with the sensors over Bluetooth and extracting data. We didn't go past that phase–mostly because of our constraints, not their constraints. We might go back to them at a later date to build the app.

What is the team composition?

They assigned two people to our project.

How did you come to work with Waracle?

They're a local company and they have a track record of success.

What is the status of this engagement?

We worked with them between September–October 2018.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

They worked very quickly. Because we're a university, we had students from various levels doing a similar project. Students were taking months, while Warnaco took less than a week.

How did Waracle perform from a project management standpoint?

It was a very smooth process. We haven't had any issues.

What did you find most impressive about them?

We had some very effective meetings with them and they quickly understood all of our requirements and challenges.

Are there any areas they could improve?

No.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

You'll have an excellent experience if you choose to work with them. They were very positive and enthusiastic about the project and they understood our needs straight away.

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

Prototype App Development for Edinburgh Tech Startup

“They’re incredibly experienced when it comes to app development.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Dec. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Waracle followed detailed documents to create a clickable app prototype. They also developed a short video explaining the product. Plans are in the works to build the MVP.

The Reviewer
 
1-10 Employees
 
Edinburgh, Scotland
Founder & CEO, Tech Startup
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Waracle is a reliable and skilled partner, accomplishing exactly what is asked of them. They collaborated to fix any issues, and their project management is straight-forward and organized.

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 founder and CEO of a financial technology (fintech) startup.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Waracle?

We needed help building a prototype mobile application.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We provided a lot of documentation so Waracle could build a prototype and bring the concept to life. They developed it in Sketch and made it clickable. They also created a two-minute video explanation.

We’re currently in negotiations for a potential second project to build the minimal viable product (MVP).

What is the team composition?

They had a project manager, three designers, a commercial person, and someone in charge of the video.

How did you come to work with Waracle?

Some colleagues in the industry recommended them.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together in December 2017, and the work is ongoing.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We’ve worked together to fix any bugs that have shown up.

How did Waracle perform from a project management standpoint?

They’re good at project management. We mainly use Slack and WebEx to communicate.

What did you find most impressive about them?

Their designers are excellent and hard workers. They’re incredibly experienced when it comes to app development.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I would’ve liked to start the video a bit sooner. Other than that, the partnership has been great. They’re patient with me and do a good job. I don’t have anything negative to say about them.

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

Mobile App Dev & Data Reporting for Co-op Society

"We never felt like we were falling behind in the project."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
Jan. 2017 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Waracle developed an app for iOS, Android, and Windows. It is enabled for automatic content updates and includes geographical and notification features. Reporting and maintenance services are currently provided.

The Reviewer
 
1001-10,000 Employees
 
United Kingdom
Lee Franklin
Membership Benefits Manager, The Midcounties Co-operative
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The app surpassed 5000 downloads and received ratings ranging from three to five stars from 80% of the users, which accomplished the targeted goals. Waracle provided regular communication, hit most deadlines and used their prior experience to deliver a valuable app and pleasurable experience.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

The Midcounties Co-operative is a consumer co-operative society where we have a membership of customers and employees. We have different businesses that we operate including food, funeral, childcare, energy, healthcare, and travel. We are a billion-dollar business with six main businesses. We have a membership of 650,000 members.

I work with the membership team as the member benefits manager.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Waracle?

We have our own strategy committee. They have their own objectives which we have to work towards. One objective was to enable technology to engage our members. We also have a diverse age range in our membership. We’re very good at communicating with the more established members, but we don’t have anything that appeals to younger members. Our idea is to try to overcome those challenges.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

They developed a mobile app for us for iOS, Android, and Windows, not including Windows 10. Our existing website is used to feed information into the app. The app has a virtual membership card which can be brought up as the individual card number with a bar code. This can be used as a point of transaction in one of our sites to collect membership points. Rather than having to carry around a plastic card, our members can use their smartphones as an alternative.

The app also contains discounted promotions for our food stores that members have access to at the touch of a button. This is all continuously updated from the website. Members can access these promotions on the website, but it’s more convenient to access it on the app. With the app, members can also view their personal details and update them as needed without having to call the membership office. There is also a store finder feature and a section for member events which can be filtered by one’s geographical location. The app also has a contact us feature which sends communication notifications to the membership team.

Waracle helped with the design of the app also. They were careful to keep it in line with our brand. They provided a number of different options, and we decided from those. They worked within our guidelines and our input.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with them in January 2017. We went to pilot in April 2017 where we piloted a handful of stores in a small geographical location for three months. Then, we did a complete rollout across all of our sites in June 2017. They are currently providing reporting and maintenance services. They are working through the second phase of the proposal as well.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

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

We look at the number of downloads, repeated visits, and star ratings. Our goal is a percentage, of which we’ve set between three and five stars. We have clear objectives that we track every month and they send a report for that. We currently have just over 5000 downloads. We didn’t really know how popular it would be at the start. We’re now trying to push for 10,000 downloads, but 5000 was our goal for the beginning. We have 51% of users that are repeat users and 80% of users have rated the app between three and five stars. We are hitting the targets we wanted to at the start.

How did Waracle perform from a project management standpoint?

We used an Agile approach, and the communication was regular with regular updates. We never felt like we were falling behind in the project. They hit most of the deadlines. It was a good experience.

What did you find most impressive about them?

They had experience with co-ops before, and it was important to us that they understand our needs and values. We wanted slightly different things, but we knew they were able to deliver previously and we tapped into that knowledge.

Are there any areas they could improve?

I don’t think so. They’ve been very patient and honest with us. We could be better at paying them on time. They haven’t chased us when payments have been overdue. They’ve been very reasonable as a supplier.

4.5
Overall Score I don’t think we got off to a good start from the technical side, but once we ironed out those problems, there weren’t any other issues. It has been a very pleasurable experience.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They’ve hit deadlines. We couldn’t ask for more
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    They’ve kept on budget.
  • 4.5 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Their work has been valuable. It helped that they had prior experience for another co-op society.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer

Digital Marketing and Web Design For Recruitment Company

"They knew what they were talking about and have helped move us up the rankings."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
4.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
Less than $10,000
 
Oct. 2016 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Waracle provides digital marketing strategy focused on mobile-responsive and search engine optimized web design. They also offer action items to make the site more aesthetically appealing.

The Reviewer
 
11-50 Employees
 
Aberdeen, UK
Ryan Watson
Director, Entrust People
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Waracle has successfully raised key search terms in Google search results. They are committed to understanding the business and coming to the appropriate solution. They have expertise in mobile-specific marketing techniques.

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 a recruitment agency focused on life science and IT personnel.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Waracle?

We were looking to improve our digital marketing strategy, which included putting together an SEO plan and optimizing our website, making it more efficient around mobile platforms.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

Waracle gave us strategic advice around SEO, and provided a number of items which we needed to consider. They then worked on those items, in order to improve our Google ranking. Waracle some modifications on our website, targeting certain search terms. We have a consultant marketing director who worked alongside Waracle on our SEO strategy.

They also worked on making our site more responsive and visually better than it was before. We use a CRM called Firefish, which had some issues on the mobile side. Waracle tweaked it, making it more responsive.

How did you come to work with Waracle?

We’ve had a longstanding relationship with them. I’ve helped source staff for Waracle, which, in turn, helped us with our challenge.

How much have you invested with Waracle?

The cost of their work has been between £3,000 and £4,000. [$3,800 to $6,300]

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working with Waracle around nine months ago. We’ve made some internal changes to the business, and much of the digital marketing has been put on hold. We’re looking to bring a junior inhouse digital marketer onboard, who will work with Waracle on an ad-hoc basis. Waracle has given us an idea as to what else their team could do, and I believe that we will utilize more of their services after bringing in an inhouse person.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

Our ranking for eight or nine of our targeted terms has pushed up, particularly the life-sciences-related ones. Searches like “scientific recruitment”, “life-science recruitment” or “IT recruitment”, as well as related terms like CRO and CRA were the ones we focused on, and we’ve definitely seen an improvement, although I don’t have stats at hand.

How did Waracle perform from a project management standpoint?

The limitation sits with us, rather than Waracle. We were probably not geared up to take advantage of their skill sets, but this will hopefully change. Waracle had excellent communication overall.

What did you find most impressive about Waracle?

They have made an effort to understand our business and what they can do to help, rather than trying to give us solutions which don’t fit our business. Waracle is definitely knowledgeable in terms of mobile, and not just a generic website builder. On the optimization piece, they knew what they were talking about and have helped move us up the rankings. We haven’t been in the best position to take advantage of those recommendations, but this will all change moving forward, and we will become even more successful.

Are there any areas Waracle could improve?

I don’t think so. It would have been better for us to be more geared up, but there’s nothing for Waracle to improve.

4.5
Overall Score The .5 deduction sits more on our side, really.
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    They never missed a deadline.
  • 4.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
    We can’t compare Waracle against anything else, but the value was good.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    Waracle did exactly what was promised, and increased our rankings for the terms we wanted. The quality of work was excellent.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    We’ve also worked with Waracle, providing them resources. I would promote them, and my wife would kill me if I didn’t.

Web Development for Spirits Company

"Waracle was very straightforward and they can always back up what they say."

Quality: 
4.5
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
3.5
Willing to refer: 
4.5
The Project
 
$10,000 to $49,999
 
May - Oct. 2016
Project summary: 

Waracle was responsible for the architecture and the technical development of WordPress website. They also provided website analytics and site optimization services.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Senior Brand Manager, Brugal
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

The new site resulted in increased users,  a lower bounce rate and a more time spend on site. Waracle's clear and straightforward communication was highlighted as a strength, while their billing process, is an area of improvement.

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 work for a spirits company. We produce rum and whiskey for a global market. I work for the Brugal rum brand.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Waracle?

We had various websites in our big markets. Although we had a global website, each of the markets had very different messaging. We were trying to simplify what we were doing by making the websites brand-centric rather than campaign-centric. Our goal was to have 1 global website which was suitable for all markets.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

We actually did the design with another agency but we brought Waracle on board because they had worked with other brands within the company. We’d been advised that Waracle was very good in terms of hosting, security, and development. We worked with them and another agency. Waracle was responsible for all of the architecture and the technical development on WordPress. They also helped us with site optimization and analytics.

How did you come to work with Waracle?

I wasn’t involved, but my understanding is they were already working for other agents and brands like Highland Park whiskey. The IT team rated them in terms of their technical expertise and support, so they were one of IT’s chosen partners. I believe they were recommended to the brand team on that basis. They’re also local to our office as well, which has helped.

How much have you invested with Waracle?

Over a 5-month period, we paid £2,500 a week for Waracle’s services.

What is the status of this engagement?

The project started in May 2016 and was completed by October 2016.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

We launched phase 1 in May. Based on the analytics from Waracle, we’ve got an increased number of users and they are spending more time on the page. Also, our bounce rate has gone down. Phase 2 just launched at the end of September, so it’s still early days. But versus previous years, we are going in the right direction.

How did Waracle perform from a project management standpoint?

We managed it with the 2 agencies. We had a weekly call and Waracle was always there on time. They are very efficient and proactive in finding solutions. Also, they were willing to work with the design agency. We were worried that we might have problems with 2 agencies working together, but they’ve all been very open and very good in terms of teamwork.

What did you find most impressive about Waracle?

Waracle was very straightforward and they can always back up what they say. They give you a technical explanation and then they’re very good at translating that and giving you examples. Because I’m not from a technical background, I appreciate that they would spend time to make sure that you understood why they were recommending something or suggesting you try a different route.

Are there any areas Waracle could improve?

They could be more efficient in the way they invoice and provide more detail as back up.

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

App Development for Security Devices Company

“The aesthetics of the new version are a fantastic improvement over the previous iteration.”

Quality: 
5.0
Schedule: 
4.5
Cost: 
5.0
Willing to refer: 
5.0
The Project
 
$50,000 to $199,999
 
Mid 2015 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

After developing an Android app that lets users alert others about security concerns, Waracle built out an iOS version during the second phase. The new iteration showcases a recent rebranding.

The Reviewer
 
Small Business
 
Fife, United Kingdom
Senior Design Engineer, Pinpoint Ltd
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Following a successful Android app release, Waracle continued to deliver. They improved the UX/UI design in the iOS iteration to showcase the new brand in an appealing light. The team’s skill, transparency, accommodation, and exact adherence to challenging deadlines secured full client satisfaction.

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

BACKGROUND

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Our company is Pinpoint Ltd. We manufacture, design, and install staff attack alarms, mostly for psychiatric and challenging behavior and medical environments. If a member of staff requires, perhaps, a little bit of reassurance from another staff member, and a patient is acting aggressively towards them, they can use one of our call devices to signal either audibly or silently to the nearby staff that they require assistance.

We actually have several levels of call in the system that lets you tell what level of assistance you require. We have assistance emergency for different levels of unfolding situations. They also can progress, so if a situation progresses, so can the level of call. The system then informs everyone nearby what level of call it is and where the event is unfolding.  We have grown over, I think, 20 years, to include nurse call systems as well and various other plug-ins and ways of activating the system.

Mainly, we supply what we call PITs, personal infrared transmitters. There would be a unit in the ceiling that looks for these infrared transmissions that are individual units sent out in the event of something happening. It's then transferred to a range of either tricolor, over-door lights, LED lights, static display panels, sounders, and more recently we've started moving into more software-focused fields.

I am the Senior Design Engineer. I'm responsible for coming up with concepts for new products going forward. In this case, we've employed a third party in Waracle, and I managed their handling of the project and worked as a liaison between both companies. We also design and build a product here, in which case I take those designs from concept to completion and do prototyping. I do a little bit of marketing. I handle manufacturing processes as well and quality control and troubleshooting with the devices.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Waracle?

We're able to transfer information onto a wired domestic network, in which case we can transfer this information to the desktops and now to mobile phones, which is why we employed Waracle.

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement?

When a call is initiated, it can be sent to any number of mediums. Before we started working with Waracle, I suppose the biggest comparison you can make to what we've achieved now would be a pager. It would send this information to a pager over our air frequency. However, radio technology is becoming much more widely used now, so the radio frequencies tend to be a little bit busier, which has caused us some issues. Actually finding reliable paging systems, from experience, is hard. The technology as a whole is a little bit outdated now so we were seeking to create a mobile app, basically not only to underpin this functionality of being able to send this information to a mobile device but also add the functionality. We wanted to customize the end user experience and we figured that not every member of staff would want to receive every single call. Some calls may be more important to other members of staff and less important to others. With that in mind, we employed Waracle to help us figure out how to create this kind of tiered effect with our users and how to transmit this information to mobile devices.

The application is for Android at the moment.

How did you come to work with Waracle?

We had looked into a couple of companies that were local because we do try and keep as much of our outsourced working as local as we can possibly can. We had a look at their previous work history. We noticed they had worked with the National Health Service already, so that was a major plus point for us because the National Health Service can sometimes be a bit particular in the way that they work. Also, they had done IoT [Internet of Things] work before. Their credentials, in terms of what we were trying to achieve, looked like they fit.

How much have you invested with Waracle?

We have spent between $50,000 and $80,000.

What is the status of this engagement?

At this point in time, the project has been running for 14 months from the initial concept. I can't say with absolute certainty when we started talking to Waracle. It was in 2015.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any evidence that would demonstrate the productivity, quality of work, or the impact of the engagement?

So far, we haven't actually released it yet. We're still at the pre-release stage. In terms of customer interest, it's been really, really high. One of the main reasons why we've actually done this is that we wanted to put ourselves forward as a progressive company. I think that in creating the app, we have floated the idea to our customers from a sales perspective and the customers have reacted to demos really, really well. There's been a lot of interest generated in terms of customers themselves and companies.

For example, the company whose phones we're going to use to retail - we're actually going to retail the devices with the app preloaded on them - actually said that the work we're doing is quite interesting, and we've ended up forming a bit of a relationship with them as well. It's been a two-way PR relationship there. That's all been really interesting.

How did Waracle perform from a project management standpoint?

We've achieved what we wanted to achieve with Waracle. I think that's probably quite important to say. We have, on the way, had some minor disagreements about parts of functionality that have been missed on the initial scoping of the project. We didn't employ Waracle as simple engineers; they were employed as designers as well. It was up to them to assess the needs that we had and then draw up a specification from that, and almost tell us what we needed.

We feel that, perhaps, on a couple of occasions, the mark was missed a little bit. When it was mentioned, it then became a bit of a to and fro effect. We had to prove almost that it wasn't a failing on our part and it was covered by the initial scope of the project, and that it really should be completed under the original terms.

What did you find most impressive about Waracle?

At the end of the day, even given these slight disagreements that we've had, Waracle has had an incredible ability to level with us. At the end of the day, the account managers and the Chief Executive Officer, Pete Gordon, have been really keen to make sure we're happy with the end result.

I think in terms of myself, I've been able to pop into the office at any point and have a chat with them and go over any concerns that I had with them. Really, we're not app company and we're not a phone company; it's been new territory for us, so they've been quite willing to guide us through the entire process, which has been quite good.

Are there any areas Waracle could improve?

I think the issue was that we thought that Waracle could do with understanding other businesses business practices. We have quite a bespoke business and bespoke customer base here, and I think a lot of the ways they would work, possibly straight off the bat, didn't exactly fit in with our requirements. There needs to be a bit of flexibility there.

Updated Review

BACKGROUND
 

Introduce your business and what you do there.

Since our company started, Pinpoint Limited has branched out to new industries. We develop all our products in-house, install the systems onsite, provide maintenance in conjunction with the customer. 

For this engagement, we wanted to put a new spin on and add value to our existing technology. As the senior design engineer, I’m responsible for a portion of existing and new products.
 

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What challenge were you trying to address with Waracle?

Our app initially arose from our consistent commitment to innovation. Since we first hired Waracle to build an Android app, we most recently engaged them to augment our existing app with an iOS version.  
 

SOLUTION

What was the scope of their involvement? 

Our company recently rebranded. Initially, we built the Android app as a proof of concept. Waracle applied our new brand guidelines to an app for iOS. This version enabled us to roll out a much nicer aesthetic that highlights our new branding application. 

The team’s skilled UX designers reconfigured the backend to include statistics and a new notification system. They have also been quite involved in the frontend design, verification, and feedback. 

Waracle supported us from start to finish. They also ran testing, which is utterly vital in our industry.

What is the team composition?

The team working on this project included 10 or fewer people. Waracle assigned us a UX designer, a project manager, two iOS developers, and a testing specialist.

How did you come to work with Waracle?

We’ve established an excellent working relationship and are in nearly constant contact about our ongoing projects. 

How much have you invested in them?

We spent around £30,000 (approximately $39,436 USD).

What is the status of this engagement?

After reengaging Waracle, we worked together on the iOS app from May–December 2018.

 
RESULTS & FEEDBACK
 

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

The timescale in which Waracle delivered the iOS app was fantastic. It took an entirely reasonable amount of time. The quality of their work has been great. The aesthetics of the new version are a fantastic improvement over the previous iteration.

Everyone from our company was blown away. Our marketing manager was especially happy with the user interaction side of their deliverable.

How did Waracle perform from a project management standpoint?

Waracle excelled at project management. We have absolutely no complaints. They went through very in-depth testing, which is an essential factor for us. 

This process ensured the app conformed to our expectations and aligned with the previous version’s standards as well. Waracle was quite accommodating about meeting our requirements. 

What did you find most impressive about them?

I appreciate that I can always drop by their office to see the team in person. They’ve integrated our feedback from last time. We have much to look forward to. They are quite open with us. 

Are there any areas they could improve?

No, not at this time. Overall, we are really pleased with their work.

Do you have any advice for potential customers?

Planning is essential. Thinking through the scope and all the details from the beginning will help you avoid complications further down the line. If you give Waracle a clear plan, they will achieve your goals.

4.0
Overall Score The overall engagement has been great on both a personal and professional level.
  • 4.5 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
    Overall, the project ran precisely on time. Almost every project in the development world runs over. It’s hard to avoid delays as they did.
  • 5.0 Cost
    Value / within estimates
  • 5.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
    They delivered exactly what they promised, and even managed to produce additional deliverables.
  • 5.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
    I would definitely recommend them.

Digital Marketing and Website UI/UX for Golf Complex

"They have a personal touch, and we maintain a close working relationship."

Quality: 
4.0
Schedule: 
5.0
Cost: 
n/a
Willing to refer: 
4.0
The Project
 
Confidential
 
2014 - Ongoing
Project summary: 

Waracle conducted a deep dive into digital positioning and now provides comprehensive marketing services. Elements include Google display ads, social media advertising, SEO, and analytics tracking.

The Reviewer
 
201-500 Employees
 
Scotland
Marketing Manager, Golf Services
 
Verified
The Review
Feedback summary: 

Waracle’s carefully targeted messaging campaigns have successfully increased user engagement. Their key strengths are their friendly approach and their detail-oriented refining of the SEO program.

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

BACKGROUND

Please describe your organization.

We manage and maintain seven golf courses as well as other facilities in St. Andrews, including three club houses, five shops, and a golf academy.

What is your position?

I am part of the marketing team. We deal with our digital offerings, including the company website, blog, social media, customer journey, and also traditional media like advertising within publications.

OPPORTUNITY / CHALLENGE

What business challenge were you trying to address with Waracle?

We wanted to have a fuller picture of our position in the digital realm and increase our understanding of the people using our website. We've always had access to Google Analytics, which gave us a good top-line view, but we wanted to delve a bit deeper.

SOLUTION

Please describe the scope of their involvement in greater detail.

Waracle helped us in a few different areas. They helped with our digital display advertising by running a few campaigns in collaboration with us. Some of those were Google display ads, while others were Facebook advertising. They provided creative artwork for many of our display ads and gave us weekly updates on their work.

They've also worked on site tracking, delving into items like traffic acquisition and giving us a better understanding of where users are coming from. We've worked on improving our user experience on the website and have had a UX review. Waracle implemented various forms of tracking on the site whereby user actions are tracked in ways which we couldn't achieve before. We log how far users scroll down pages and what they click on in our menus. We're now able to determine which our most popular menu items are, and what search terms are most popular in our internal search engine.

Waracle has also worked extensively on our SEO at the beginning of our relationship, which has helped greatly with the visibility of our site. They optimized things like keywords, meta tags, and meta descriptions.

How did you come to work with Waracle?

We are based in St. Andrews and Waracle is based in Dundee, which is only 20-30 minutes away from us. We were aware of them and their work. They had a good reputation. We spoke with a few other companies, but decided that Waracle was the one to go for.

Could you provide a sense of the size of this initiative in financial terms?

Sorry, this information is confidential.

What is the status of this engagement?

We started working together at the end of 2014. The relationship is ongoing. We work with Waracle on a monthly retainer, engaging in different projects and optimizations regularly.

RESULTS & FEEDBACK

Could you share any feedback from this engagement?

We assessed our Facebook advertising campaign, looking at targeting in particular. We wanted to be careful and not spam users who weren't interested. We used the marketing list put together by Waracle based on users who had visited our website and were thus already engaged with the brand. The advertisement was run for the 2015 Open Championship which is held in St. Andrews. Our Facebook followers grew significantly as a result of it.

The brand that we represent is very well-known throughout the world, so our SEO listings were always healthy, even before our work with Waracle. They've helped us refine this and make sure that we are doing the right things.

What distinguishes Waracle from other providers?

We have a good relationship with them. They have a personal touch, and we maintain a close working relationship. I haven't worked with a lot of similar organizations, but I'm satisfied with Waracle.

Is there anything Waracle could have improved or done differently?

I cannot answer this, nothing in particular comes to mind

4.0
Overall Score
  • 5.0 Scheduling
    ON TIME / DEADLINES
  • N/A Cost
    Value / within estimates
    I cannot answer.
  • 4.0 Quality
    Service & deliverables
  • 4.0 NPS
    Willing to refer
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