Have you ever seen one of those property shows on TV where the amateur developers decide to forgo the services of an architect and go directly to the builders? At worst, the build ends in disaster. At best, they experience unnecessary and expensive delays, backtracks and panic-stricken compromises…
The analogy of the architect, builder and amateur developer is apt for the relationship between an internet strategist, web designer and business client. The role of internet strategist is a relatively recent one, brought about by the rapidly changing and complex development of the internet. Many businesses are unaware of the myriad choices they face and the pitfalls which await them in setting out to go online.
In this age of Web 2.0, a basic transmission style website that simply sits on the internet as a sort of brochure is no longer enough — especially when your competition is embracing this new world of interaction and dynamism. Aside from branding and visual design, there are blogs, shopping carts, hosting options, image galleries, social media, online communities and many other internet tools for communicating, marketing and selling to contend with. How do you know what is right for your business?
Do you trust your own knowledge enough to plan your business’s internet presence on your own? Even if you spend a lot of time surfing the web and keeping an eye on what your rivals are doing, your expertise lies elsewhere in what your own company does or sells. It just makes sense to consult an internet strategist, whose business is keeping up on internet trends from the inside and the outside, and who knows the full range of options available to you whatever your budget.
Independence and impartiality
Do you trust a web design and development firm to help you find all the options available to you? Even the best firms that employ their own internet strategists are in the business of building you a website and will naturally steer you to their own services. This means that some options have already been closed off the moment you walk through their door.
The benefit of an independent internet strategist is that you get impartial advice and support not limited by self-interest. If the best solution for your small start-up with a tiny budget is to go for a free DIY site, an independent strategist will be able to tell you this and guide you to quality providers.
A little first saves a lot later
You may be surprised how inexpensively you can get a good professional result, but it all depends on know-how. We’re all aware that spending a little on planning can save a bundle on mistakes, but sometimes it takes some convincing that there really are dangers down the road if you skimp on the crucial early stages of a project. The looming trainwreck may be obvious to us watching the hapless and stubborn couple chopping and changing about where to put the bathroom when the plumber is already on site, but this is exactly what happens time and time again on web projects. Shouldn’t you get that architect in first thing?
Architela offers an independent internet strategy service to help you along at any stage of a web project – but calling us at the beginning can save you the most. Consider a Quick Consultation today.