In the business consulting world, it is all too common for consultants to spend more time talking at clients than actually listening to them. Our keen ability to listen and pick up on key details comes from our desire to build a lasting relationship with our clients where we are not just a service provider, but a true partner in growing their business.
The key to getting a project started efficiently is having a proper understanding of the objectives and success measurements.
This is absolutely the most critical phase of any new project.
Our design phase accounts for more than just graphics. We craft the components of your system to uniquely meet the demands of the project including the database schema, functional customizations, user experience design, and lastly the touch-feely user-facing design.
When we start putting together a new project, it is often times an iterative process, much like building a house. You build layer upon layer above the foundation. These iterations are clearly communicated to the client to ensure the project is meeting their needs.
We’re not the type of agency to build a site and throw it out to the wolves. We want to be a long term partner and help our clients tailor their site to continually reach their existing customers and new customers more effectively. Your customer is constantly evolving. So should your website.
Often times when talking to clients, we work together to identify opportunities for improvement within their current sales processes or their existing web presence that allow them to better leverage their web properties to become a more productive aspect of their overall business.
During the time at which we are discovering their business, our clients are also discovering the potential of working with one of our ecommerce products and how we can customize each of those to fit their unique business needs.
The three main ecommerce platforms with which we work are:
In today’s ecommerce landscape, there are countless out-of-the-box tools on the market that are perfectly capable of making your business and your products visible on the web. Where Octane Media is different is when it comes to architecting a system customized to meet your business needs. When designing a custom system, we take into account your existing inventory system, third party systems (ex. UPS, FEDEX, Credit Card Processing, etc.), your product data suppliers, and especially your customer.
One of the key benefits of working with Octane Media to craft a personalized ecommerce system is its ability to scale and evolve over time as your business grows, thus increasing the value of your investment over time. For this reason, it is especially important to have your architecture correct from the start. Proper architecture ensures the following:
Once the implementation plan is finalized, that’s when the fun begins. During the development process, we continually involve our clients to get feedback and share progress. This communication ensures that project goals and budgets are met as expected.
Some of the deliverables we send out during the development phase are as follows:
The Ignite Ecommerce Platform is our baby. We created this platform from scratch specifically tailored to meet the high demands of the automotive and motorsports industries. If this platform is flexible enough to work well for the automotive industry, it is flexible enough for any industry.
A few recent examples of Ignite in action are:
In the recent years, Magento has grown in popularity as to become one of the most prominent ecommerce platforms for medium to large sized businesses. Although it requires fairly beefy hardware, in comparison to the Ignite platform and WordPress, it does provide some features that make it a good fit for larger businesses.
Here are some of our latest Magento sites:
WordPress is the most flexible, most common, and most extensible platform on the market. We pride ourselves on staying on the forefront of WordPress development. This platform is specifically suited for projects with smaller budgets, basic functionality needs, and quick timelines.
WordPress example sites: