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    hello all,
    We're looking at refreshing/redesigning our website. I'm looking for feedback both good and bad about some of the bigger, more popular players in our industry.

    I've gotten proposals from:
    automatit, m4s, g5, and tsg.

    I'd love to hear feedback and thoughts about any of these different outfits. If I've missed a great company that you use, I'd like to hear about that too.
    I subscribe to the 'buy once, cry once' philosophy so i definitely want to pick a great company from the start.

    I appreciate your candid feedback.
    Not sure how the site admins feel about negative feedback so.... If you have 'unflattering' things to say about any of these company's, maybe the message is best sent by pm


    thanks!!!!

  • #2
    You might want to show us your link to your existing website. It may be great already. Redesigning may not be helpful if nothing is wrong.

    One key thing is how you rank on Google. By seeing your website, I can check to see if your current website has good visibility.

    Three key factors in a good website. 1) Does it show up on Google? 2) Am I likely to pick your website from what I see on Google? And 3) After they come to your website, will they read it? Yes, and probably 4) do you clearly offer something that people want that others do not provide?

    To see how you rank on several search engines, not just Google, enter your company name and phone number on YEXT.COM. Show that info and I will look at it also to give you feedback.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by lenmay View Post
      You might want to show us your link to your existing website. It may be great already. Redesigning may not be helpful if nothing is wrong.

      One key thing is how you rank on Google. By seeing your website, I can check to see if your current website has good visibility.

      Three key factors in a good website. 1) Does it show up on Google? 2) Am I likely to pick your website from what I see on Google? And 3) After they come to your website, will they read it? Yes, and probably 4) do you clearly offer something that people want that others do not provide?

      To see how you rank on several search engines, not just Google, enter your company name and phone number on YEXT.COM. Show that info and I will look at it also to give you feedback.

      LOL. although we LOVE the site, it was coded over 10 yrs ago, and googles algorithms have destroyed us the last few yrs.
      Definitely time for a ground up redesign.

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      • #4
        We've used Automatit for a couple of years. I just PM'd you some feedback

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        • #5
          One of my recent Site Plan clients used Automatit. His grand opening will be in June of this year - Web Site is already operational for pre-leasing.
          See: http://www.northgreenvilleselfstorage.com/


          Steve Smith

          Site Planner
          Building Outlet Corporation

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          • #6
            G5 has such a robust SEO program. Good Luck!
            Chasing Perfection to catch Excellence

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            • #7
              What prices are you seeing for website design and SEO services? We just received a quote for $1,500 and $950/month respectively. Website will be HTML using wordpress, and allow online payments & reservations.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tomokc View Post
                What prices are you seeing for website design and SEO services? We just received a quote for $1,500 and $950/month respectively. Website will be HTML using wordpress, and allow online payments & reservations.
                I recently got quotes from G5 for our facility and that was almost spot on for what they quoted me. I also got a quote from Automatit and they have a higher price for the building of the webpage but they are 1/2 the price per month. Both companies are great from what I hear.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by a1storageguy View Post


                  LOL. although we LOVE the site, it was coded over 10 yrs ago, and googles algorithms have destroyed us the last few yrs.
                  Definitely time for a ground up redesign.
                  Redesign is always a good thing. You not just improve your code you also improve user experience, search relevancy and leads. Don't read any reviews seriously, use Pingdom, Hubspot Grader and Google Page Speed tool to measure their software website by quality, speed and SEO.
                  Sam H Mah
                  Web Design | SEO
                  Place For Your Stuff
                  St. Albert, Alberta
                  St. Albert Self Storage Facility

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by a1storageguy View Post
                    hello all,
                    We're looking at refreshing/redesigning our website. I'm looking for feedback both good and bad about some of the bigger, more popular players in our industry.

                    I've gotten proposals from:
                    automatit, m4s, g5, and tsg.

                    I'd love to hear feedback and thoughts about any of these different outfits. If I've missed a great company that you use, I'd like to hear about that too.
                    I subscribe to the 'buy once, cry once' philosophy so i definitely want to pick a great company from the start.

                    I appreciate your candid feedback.
                    Not sure how the site admins feel about negative feedback so.... If you have 'unflattering' things to say about any of these company's, maybe the message is best sent by pm


                    thanks!!!!
                    We had G5 and it was terrible. We dropped off the Google search and our occupancy dropped to the 80's, it was like we were invisible. They told us it was common when you get a new website, but we fired them and hired a new company (a guy who owned his own company in the Bay area) and turned it around almost immediately. But that was 5, 6 years ago, they can't still be terrible.
                    "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." --Thomas Edison

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by tomokc View Post
                      What prices are you seeing for website design and SEO services? We just received a quote for $1,500 and $950/month respectively. Website will be HTML using wordpress, and allow online payments & reservations.
                      Hi again, It's Mike, Kris' whipping boy. She mentioned these prices and wanted my opinion.

                      I'm sorry but that's a rip off, especially when using resources that are free.

                      Yes, it's one of those "You pay someone for their knowledge" prices but even I only charge $85 an hour for stuff like this. With my prices, that's 18 hours of work and 10 hours of additional work every month.

                      Our original site was $500 and that got thrown at me by the previous owner paid me that because my iPod touch had died the previous week. I installed the software on a $50/ year server, the theme that they wanted and had picked out and gave the previous manager a 10 minute Wordpress and SEO lecture. She insisted on doing it herself.

                      If they're going to come out and take their own professional pictures and create all of the text themselves, I can see it.
                      Last edited by KrisinNC; 21st August 2017, 11:23 AM.
                      "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." --Thomas Edison

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                      • #12
                        I usually start any search with the Best of business list from ISS. The most up to date list just came out a few weeks ago. Looks like storEDGE is currently the best marketing services in the industry. I haven't talked to them yet, but will once I get closer to getting something going. Of course I will be looking at the others as well. Can't hurt to have a little competition

                        http://www.insideselfstorage.com/bes...017/index.aspx

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by a1storageguy View Post
                          hello all,
                          We're looking at refreshing/redesigning our website. I'm looking for feedback both good and bad about some of the bigger, more popular players in our industry.

                          I've gotten proposals from:
                          automatit, m4s, g5, and tsg.

                          I'd love to hear feedback and thoughts about any of these different outfits. If I've missed a great company that you use, I'd like to hear about that too.
                          I subscribe to the 'buy once, cry once' philosophy so i definitely want to pick a great company from the start.

                          I appreciate your candid feedback.
                          Not sure how the site admins feel about negative feedback so.... If you have 'unflattering' things to say about any of these company's, maybe the message is best sent by pm


                          thanks!!!!
                          check out my old company. They just got Automatit-it's pretty awesome! https://www.selfstoragesd.com/
                          "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." --Thomas Edison

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