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# 213846 14-Apr-2017 20:54
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Hi All,


My family has a small business with a retail store and are looking to extend their presence online.
There are several goals for this - exposing online users to our 'Branded Experience' - which is a big part of what the business is, but also ultimately creating a sales channel with people buying direct online, or even just browsing then coming in to the store.


I don't own or work in the business - I'm more of the 'family IT guy' - so of course they ask me for pointers here. However I am a seasoned software developer, not a web designer - but I do understand why one cannot sufficiently do the other.


There are other people they know they have spoken to who say 'Sure, I can make you a website' - but so far my advice is: Anyone can install wordpress and use a template to make a website.
The issue isn't the technicality of it - it's the marketing and design experience that goes into it - and having a partner in your digital branding and exposure that you can work with.


I am advising to stay away from fly-by-night 'I can make a website' type characters.


What I am wanting to know is can anyone vouch for some decent web design / digital presence companies in the 09?
There are so many when you google - and I imagine half of them are crap.


We also don't have a multi-million dollar marketing budget (yet)


Anyones input much appreciated.


 


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  # 1764824 15-Apr-2017 22:30
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I recently met with Britta Saxer from Saxer Design.

 

In the end, I did not get any work done by them. I do like their ideas and designs. They are not a Wordpress template factory. They do content management, database integration, responsive design. Costs range from $ 3 000 - $ 15 000. Give them a try.





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  # 1764847 16-Apr-2017 08:08
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ultimately creating a sales channel with people buying direct online

 

This is the key point - its your outcome.  Now work back from it, most stores get straight into selling so you dont really need a separate website you need an e-commerce solution.  Also being in retail you already have a POS system ,what is that?  Any retailer should demand full integration.  Stop overselling, reduce workloads, have your mult-channels working together!


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