Do you need a professional and bespoke website, which not only looks great, but is fully functional and capable of giving customers a great first impression of your business?
Your website needs to tell your customers, prospective customers and businesses colleagues about who you are, what you do and why they should use your products and services. However, designed and built correctly, it can also capture leads, increase sales and differentiate your brand from your competitors.
Want help to make your website dreams a reality…get in touch today.
Help people find you quickly and easily!
At Pixooma, we design and build flexible, eye-catching and engaging websites, that keep visitors on your pages for longer, grow your online presence and enhance your reputation. Our websites can also ensure your business looks credible, accessible and available, whilst at the same time extending your reach to a wider audience.
There are different types of website design to consider – information/brochure, ecommerce, booking, catalogues/magazines, blogs etc. Whatever you choose we will work with you to ensure your new, or refreshed website, meets your individual goals.
And when it comes to accessing talented copywriters, editors, photographers, videographers and web developers to complete your site, we will happily introduce you to our team of trusted partners.
The design of your website can either make or break your business. Developing a fully branded website that incorporates an engaging user interface, will result in better conversion rates, which in turn will lead to surge in leads, an increase in sales and a stronger, more successful, business.
To provide a great user experience on all devices, your responsible website should focus on providing:
CASE STUDY: Smart Business Recovery website design
Gavin and Jo Bates approached Pixooma about developing an informative website for their new insolvency and recovery business – Smart Business Recovery. They wanted an uncluttered and functional site, that would appeal to their target audience, whilst also helping to raise awareness and develop and grow the business in the future.
Pixooma created a completely bespoke and modern website concept, which was very competitively priced. Utilising strong influences from the logo they'd previously designed, together with striking images, persuasive headlines and a simple menu with logical navigation.
After the site was approved, it was handed over to one of Pixooma’s trusted partners – an experienced web developer – to build it. The resulting site not only looks amazing but thanks to an easy-to-use content management system, Gavin was able to have complete control over all future content.
Since it was completed, Gavin and Jo remain delighted. Not only has the new site helped potential clients to understand more about the ways in which Smart Business Recovery could help and support them, but it also generated vital new leads which have been essential when it comes to business growth.
What's involved in producing a website?
Designing your website doesn't just mean creating beautiful visuals, it's also got to function appropriately, and also work well on an ever-increasing number of devices. Don't worry though, by working with our trusted web development partners you'll get a site that perfectly fits your needs.
And our project management experience means we can guide you through every stage and ensure your project is kept on schedule – which means we'll remind you when your key deadlines are due as well.
This is one our key Pixooma Principles and it's what makes us different.
Getting to know you
Although we'll often have a quick chat with you to discuss your project, we find that our website questionnaire is the best way to gather the key information and understand your challenges.
Once we have that information we can create a bespoke design proposal for you…
A proposal to suit you
We'll deliver your proposal to you in the way that you prefer: whether it's a full PDF proposal with every detail covered, a simple email outlining the key points or something in between.
And because we provide fixed prices for every project there'll be no nasty surprises at the billing stage, guaranteed
Once you've approved our proposal we're ready to get started…
Let's get started!
We'll create a bespoke design concept featuring the key pages that will act as templates for the whole site, and work with you to refine it until you're completely happy.
Then it's time to start development!
At an appropriate point in the project we'll introduce you to our chosen trusted web development partner. And once you've approved our website visuals we'll hand over to them for the next stage.
However we'll still be your single point of contact. So any concerns, challenges, and queries can be directed to us and we'll deal with them efficiently - that's our promise and our guarantee
Then it's time to test…
Testing and approval
As the design is approved, this will simply be about functionality allowing you to test all the interactive elements of the site.
We'd advise taking your time at this stage. It's important to do a thorough test of all the site structure on multiple devices.
Then it's onto delivery of the site structure…
We'll upload the completed site structure at this point to your chosen domain.
Any content that was provided as part of the design process will be in place, but the remainder of the site will be a branded shell for you to fill as needed. This is the beauty of a modern Content-Management-System – it enables you to add/delete/amend pages and all the content as you need, whenever needed.
However, it can be a mammoth task getting all the initial content for launch sorted, so we can help with some of this if needed. We'll have provided a per-page cost to do this as part of your proposal.
Frequently asked questions
We'll guide you as much as you need from the initial conversation through to the finished website. And we'll agree in advance what you need to provide, and when.
If you have some great photography you can use, or are happy to search stock libraries then great, but if not we can take this off your hands. Similarly you can provide the text, or we can introduce you to one of our trusted copywriters.
And it isn't just the content we can help you with. As one of our key principles is "Managing you and your project", we'll help you with scheduling and managing your project, and we'll even prompt you about your own agreed 'milestones' to ensure it all stays on track.
One of the most common questions we get asked is "How long will it take you to design it?".
It'll vary with each project, but a good rule of thumb is to allow two weeks for us to create the initial concept and key pages (see the 'What's involved…' above). After that, allow two or three days for each new proof following amendments from you.
Development time will vary with the complexity of each site, but we'll give you a provisional schedule as part of your initial proposal.
Actually though, what most people don't realise is that the biggest influence on the time taken to complete ANY project is you, the client. Clients tend to under-estimate how long they will need to check each proof and provide feedback, and their day-to-day work gets in the way and causes delays.
Therefore we generally do not give exact timescales because it's mostly out of our hands. However, if you had a specific deadline that MUST be met then we would agree milestones that you'd need to meet in order for it to be possible, and we'd agree our own to match.
Given the number of variables involved there is no one-size-fits-all answer, because there are so many questions that need to be answered before we can give you a bespoke proposal with a fixed price.
Your website is a huge part of your branding and critical to your marketing so it's worth doing it right - and this doesn't come cheap. A bespoke designed and built website shouldn't cost you less than the equivalent of any of your annual household bills
We'd be happy to provide you with a bespoke proposal – simply fill out our website questionnaire
Our comprehensive process (see 'What's involved…' above) ensures that it's very unlikely that the concept we present is completely off-target.
However, even if it is, this isn't a problem. We simply use your feedback and our many years of experience to create a brand new concept that's much closer to your needs, and a better starting point for the project.
And don't worry, if we do need to start again, there is NO additional cost to you. The fees agreed at the start still apply, so you don't need to worry about escalating costs or nasty surprises in the final invoice. It's all part of our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
No. We provide a fixed-price proposal that includes ALL amends. That means we don't charge for 'additional rounds'.
The only exceptions are if the brief has changed since the project has started, if you made design changes to a site that is already in development using approved visuals, or if you ask us to make major changes to parts of the project that were already approved. In these unlikely events we'd always tell you in advance the extent of the additional costs - so you'll never get a surprise at billing stage.
We find our clients are as keen as we are to complete the project so we've never had to charge extra.
- 50% Deposit – before any work starts
- 40% Interim – usually a key milestone such as delivery of first visuals or after an agreed time has elapsed
- 10% Completion – Only when the project has been completed to your satisfaction do we issue the final invoice
No. And here's why…
- We're creative consultants and we operate collaboratively with you to fully understand your needs and provide bespoke solutions. If you don't like our designs then we'll go back and create new ones and work with you until you are completely happy. Pitching for work reduces the design process to a 'Beauty Parade' with a simple 'like/dislike' for every idea presented from each party.
- We still have to take a lot of time and effort to create the design concepts and there is a possibility of losing all the time invested into it. And without the insights that a consultative approach brings (see point 1) this is much more difficult. Ultimately the odds of 'winning' naturally reduce with every new agency that's asked to pitch. Thereby increasing the chances that our investment in time and money will be lost.
- The concept of pitching for work seems to be something that almost exclusively happens within the creative industries and it's a real problem, as it seriously devalues the work of a designer and agency. You wouldn't ask your car mechanic, your financial advisor, or anyone else to produce work entirely for free and in competition with several others.
Most importantly of all - YOU lose out with this approach. On the face of it, it seems like a good deal – you get multiple ideas to review (and for free) and then can work with the agency that produces the design you like the most. BUT, what if you don't like any of them? What if, with more information and insight one of the other agencies would have come up with a much better idea that you'd LOVE rather than picking the best of 'what's there'?