The internet makes it easy (okay, REALLY easy) to find pretty much any of the professional services you need when creating websites – including a web developer – from people all over the world, including halfway across the planet, the kind of people that you never meet in person, but could still get a pretty quality website from if you did your research and due diligence right.
At the same time, the benefits of working with a local web developer usually far outweigh the convenience of tracking down any old freelancer from any corner of the globe and moving forward with them. We’ll highlight those benefits below.
You’ll have a chance to meet your web developer in person
Right out of the gate, one of the biggest advantages of working with a local web developer is the effortless ability to actually meet the person responsible for building your online presence in person – an advantage that cannot be understated.
Online, anyone and everyone can represent themselves as a top-tier professional, the kind of expert that does better work than anyone else, the kind of professional that knows exactly what you need and how to make it happen. But they may not be everything that they claim to be!
When you meet someone in person, you’re able to have a real conversation with them. You will be able to feel them out completely as far as their skills and abilities are concerned and will be able to really press them on the details regarding the solutions you are after and whether or not they are able to make those solutions happen for you.
You’ll also be able to meet them in person throughout the development of your website, troubleshooting issues, streamlining communications, and keeping your project on track when it is so easy to derail when you’re in an online only kind of professional relationship.
You’ll be able to get personal recommendations and referrals
If you run a business in your area for any amount of time, the odds are pretty good that you’ve worked with other business owners, other entrepreneurs, and other professionals that should be able to help point you in the right direction as far as working with a local web developer is concerned.
These business contacts, friends, and colleagues are going to be able to share with you their experience working with a local web developer, will be able to provide you with inside insight and information you simply wouldn’t have had access to otherwise, and will be able to shine a light on the overall process to help guarantee that your project comes out as successfully as possible.
These professionals are going to have your best interests at heart, will not steer you in the wrong direction, and aren’t going to make you empty promises the way that some online firms might with their marketing and advertising on the web.
Local web marketing firms will have a better understanding and idea of your local market
At the end of the day, your local web marketing firm isn’t just going to be a service that helps you build your online presence but a partner in helping you build and grow your business.
Websites today aren’t just digital business cards, but are instead a key part of your business building efforts and often times the only interaction that you and your company has with your customers and prospects. By working with local professionals that understand your local market, you’ll be able to work with experts that understand the kind of business landscape you are dealing – the kinds of experts that will be able to help you make smart, strategic, and savvy with your business and your online marketing efforts going forward!
UNIFY marketing & technology solutions is a Toledo Ohio web design company who is ready to help you build an online marketing strategy for your business. Contact us today to schedule coffee and a conversation!