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Recommendations on Content/Web Development Vendors?

I was wondering if there are recommendations on vendors that create content (clearly state message that resonates with target market) and also development websites.

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Boris Portman
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Boris Portman Entrepreneur • Advisor
CEO at SalsaMobi
Hi Asad,
Great to meet you. I have been using some great developers in Costa Rica to do web and content developers. We are not an outsourcing company but help with headhunting / recruiting the top near shore talent for growing companies that have experience managing remote developers effectively without the extra overhead of project management.

Happy to share more if you are interested.

Regards,
Boris
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Mike Burns
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Mike Burns Entrepreneur
Freelance Web Developer
Hello Asad.

You've asked kind of a loaded question. What is the scope, target audience, target platform(s), budget, in-house manpower of the project? And could you give a quick description of the project in mind? (social media clone, b2b portal, online-sales platform, etc).

There are simply too many options depending on your particular case. If you could provide some more information, I'd be happy to lend my expertise. I do freelance web work and have done everything from a simple artist page where he/she presents their work with a more-or-less out-of-the-box WordPress installation to working in a large international team to roll out business solutions for A-list companies in 100 countries/languages targeted for every OS and mobile device imaginable and everything in between.

My personal philosophy is two-fold: everything is possible, and customer is king. I find that when I work within those bounds, I'm almost always able to accommodate clients and get them what they want, when they want it, for a price within their budget. Or if not, I'm certainly willing to point them in the right direction.

Regards,
Mike
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Jack Shedd
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Jack Shedd Advisor
Interactive Director at Mess
We do both of these services (http://www.thisismess.com), but I don't want to whore myself out too much.

There are probably tons of qualified companies out there, you just gotta narrow things down.

Are you looking for someone local? Where are you located? Is there a specific demo you're targeting? Any specific web stacks (Ruby/Drupal/Django, etc)?
Darrell Malone, Jr.
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Darrell Malone, Jr. Entrepreneur
Digital Marketing Consultant, Writer and Entrepreneur
That describes my company to a tee. www.endeavor-ms.com
James Cordeiro
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James Cordeiro Advisor
Co-Founder of Oceana Technologies
check out oceanatech.com
Michael Brill
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Michael Brill Entrepreneur
Technology startup exec focused on AI-driven products
Asad, based on the other thread, I think you still have to nail your positioning and should not be looking for a web development firm until you've done that. If you need help, find someone with a strong background in product management or even product marketing and grind through this effort. Otherwise you may find that you have the same confused everything-for-everyone messaging but just with nicer-looking colors.
Asad Shaikh
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Asad Shaikh Entrepreneur
AWS/NoSQL/Big Data Architect at Capital One
Michael, thank you for your feedback. The product already exists with two components, static pages for visitors and dynamic pages for current consumers of the site. My aim is to have the static pages cleaned up where the message is simple and clear to new visitors.

The other thread has a different purpose altogether and it is not related.

Lalit Sarna
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Lalit Sarna Entrepreneur • Advisor
Business & Technology Leader
Asad

In my experience it is incredibly hard to align incentives in vendor client relationships.

Ideally we all want to optimize for speed, quality and cost. But in reality you can only optimize for two qualities at the same time .

Unless you are choosing a top billing firm like Pivotal labs, its is very likely that the outsourcing firm you pick is working with mid tier talent at best.

That being said, outsourced teams can be great in getting hacking together a proof of concept.

I have rarely seen hands off approach work for early stage products. An effective approach would be to have someone technical on your team that is savvy enough to communicate, drive and manage the outsourced development on daily basis.

As you see traction you will have to take the call on developing your own talent or investing in developing the talent of an outsourced partner.

I am biased towards building my own teams however i have known entrepreneurs who have done fairly well with outsourced teams.

Courtney LeMarco
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Courtney LeMarco Entrepreneur
Chief Executive and Chairman of The LeMarco Group
Thats exactly that my company does. Take a look at: http://thelemarcogroup.com and http://cliqvue.com Courtney LeMarco -- THE LEMARCO GROUP, LLC Email: [removed to protect privacy] | Skype: courtneylemarco | Direct: (425) 765-3620 Web: thelemarcogroup.com | cliqvue.com | dubiousentertainment.com | northwestme.com | courtneylemarco.com | iacovellicouture.com LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/courtneylemarco | Twitter: twitter.com/courtneylemarco
Tami Belt
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Tami Belt Advisor
Owner, Blue Cube Marketing Solutions
Content is PR.

Public Relations is the strategic crafting of your story, your message. Publicity is the result of your story being placed in front of your target audience through social, print and electronic media. Public Relations goes beyond telling your story to engaging your public in conversations. It's about connecting and building relationships.

Communication Strategy You wouldn't build a house without a blueprint, so why communicate without aplan? Communicating without a plan is risky business.

Clear, consistent and strategically planned communication is key to realizing your company's goals. A well-designed communication plan can help you:

o build your brand

o position you a leader in your industry and community

o connect with clients, community and employees

o create customer evangelists

o communicate effectively through targeted media channels

o provide clear direction in a crisis

o establish you as a valuable and reliable resource

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