You’ve worked hard to assemble an agency of highly skilled and strategic marketers. To help bring their vision and strategies to life you’ll need development help. This is where you must decide if hiring in-house developers is right for you or whether hiring an outsourced web development team is better.
If you’ve done your homework and concluded that outsourcing is the right fit for your business, then the search begins. Here’s how you can make sure that the outsourced web development team that you choose is the right fit for your agency or marketing department.
Find outsource developers who believe in partnership
It is crucial when choosing a web development team to establish an ongoing partnership. Your web development team needs to work with you and should understand your business needs and keep that in mind when developing your website. When choosing who to outsource to, choose the team that you trust the most to align themselves with your needs.
Search for flexibilityWhen outsourcing your website development you should choose a team that will be a partner with you, meaning they will help you when you need it. That means that they will offer you and your business reliable, cost effective and generous support as frequently as you may need it. When hiring a web development team you need to ensure their flexibility in what you need for your website, and ensure you’re on the same page if your needs change.
Ability to handle multiple projects
You (hopefully) are working on multiple accounts and strategies at one time, you’ll need an outsourced team that can also handle multiple projects at any given time. If you’re hiring a development team know that they too will have multiple clients you’ll want assurance that they have the resources to handle your workload.
One way to do this is to get input from their references and ask whether they had issues with the team not meeting deadlines or struggling to handle multiple clients at once. Only choose to outsource to a team you are sure will not get caught up in another project and lose their commitment to yours.
Do they staff a wealth of knowledge?
The best way to understand what knowledge a web development team has is by looking at their experience. You want to be able to look at and test out websites the team has developed previously, so that you can get a feel for what they can do and see if it aligns with your business needs. By partnering with a team who has experience developing websites similar to the plans you have, you can trust that they have the knowledge to complete your projects.
Do they value long-term client relationships?
Search for a outsource web development team that values your partnership. There is value in creating a long-term relationship. You’ll work better together, with the ability to check in with and work with them frequently, it allows for your business to make continuous refinements and changes to the design of your website as well as track their progress through regular meetings. Ask the agency that you are considering how often they work with clients again and what an outsource relationship will look like them moving past one project.
The right outsource development team will transform your ability to perform as an agency or as a marketer. Working with an outsource team means understanding how that other team works. Check out our latest Ebook, on how to optimize your website redesign. If website redesigns are a big part of your business, this book will help you to refine your process and work with developers to produce better websites, faster and cheaper.