First of all, thanks for checking out eSilverStrike Consulting. We are a digital agency for small businesses and organizations that offers a all-in-one shop for designing, developing, maintaining, and marketing websites. To find out more about who we are, take a look at our About Us page.
If you are not sure where to start, but you realize you need some help with your online presence for your business you have found the right page.
To help you with this problem, we have listed below the steps you should follow to not only become an informed buyer, but to figure out if eSilverStrike Consulting would be a good fit for your project, your business, and goals.
Step 1 - Become an Informed Buyer
A successful website that grows your business requires an investment of time and money. Knowing what questions to ask will reduce the chance of risk to this investment and help you not only define your website project better but also pick the right website designer and developer. We created our Website Buyer’s Guide to help you accomplish this goal.
If you have more general questions about designing and building websites, updating an existing website, maintenance, and marketed our Learning Academy is a good place to check out. The Learning Academy is broken into categories which includes a Starter Course of articles geared towards people new to website ownership. Other courses include those for Design, Development, Maintenance, and Marketing.
Step 2 - Review our Services
Step 3 - Inquire Online
Fill out the required Inquiry form for the service you want. The details you provide here will not only help us prep for the consultation phone call but allow us to provide you with a price range that your project should fall in. Once the inquiry is filled out, we will send you an email within 2 business days to schedule the meeting.
Step 4 - Consultation & Assess
After our email reply, If you still wish to proceed you can let us know what time works for you. The consultation phone call is a Discovery Meeting that will last about 30 minutes and will allow us to discuss your project scope and the goals you have in mind. You can also ask any other questions you may have about us and how we work.
At the end of the call if we both feel this project is a good fit, there is further homework.
For example, with a Design Inquiry you will have to fill out our Brand & Website Questionnaire document. Once this is complete, we will review and assess all the information from the meeting and from the questionnaire, and write the Website Proposal (which may take up to 5 business days).
With a Maintain Inquiry we will need to audit your website to determine what is needed to get your website up to date and migrated into our workflow. After our in-depth audit we can then write a Maintenance Proposal for you.
A Market Inquiry will need a website audit to determine what can, and should be done. An audit of the businesses online presence will also be done which will include search engine rankings, any social media accounts, etc. Further conversations will also be required to fine tune the scope of the project and to determine if ongoing work will be needed. Once your needs have been finalized a Marketing Proposal will be written.
Step 5 - Partnership
Once you receive our Proposal, you will need to site down and review all the information we provide.
For Web Design, our Proposal includes the project scope, sitemap, estimated time, and quote.
A Maintain Proposal includes the plan details and subscription cost, along with the setup work required and fee.
A Market Proposal will include the scope of work, estimated time to complete, and a quote. If ongoing work is needed, then information for it will also be included.
From here we can discuss the project and proposal further but once everything meets with your expectations and ours, the contract will be signed and you will have to provide us a deposit or setup fee. At that point your project will get slotted into our work queue. Once it reaches the front of the line, we will then get started on your Project.
You can find out more about the rest of our Web Design Process here. You will notice that most of this Getting Started section actually covers the entire Discover Phase of our process.
Having Second Thoughts?
That’s okay it is big decision and you will have a lot of information to digest once you get our Proposal. Just let us know your thoughts and if you want to wait a bit to think things over that is perfectly understandable.
Indecision and anxiety is one of the main reasons why why we created our Learning Academy. It contains a lot of helpful articles for businesses looking to make informed decisions to successfully navigate the online digital world.