Welcome to the new & improved a. favorite design website!
After many years of hiring friends, (and friends of friends), to create our website, we finally took the plunge & hired a real company...and what a difference! Way back in February, we started interviewing companies with hopes to launch our new site in May, just in time for the National Stationery Show. Needless to say, we had some hiccups along the way. After trying to work with two different, very non-responsive companies, we had to put the project, albeit briefly, on hold. We simply needed to dedicate more time and find a company that would commit fully to the project and have a sense of urgency.
I researched many websites & kept noticing, the sites I really loved & admired, were all created by the same company. In my mind, I decided we didn't have the budget to work with such a high profile company. However, after much frustration and coaxing from tom, (my mr. and marketing guru), we reached out to Aeolidia and I am so glad we did! From the start they were responsive to our questions, and were ready with an impressive timeline, which really helped ease our concerns. What a relief, and a huge improvement over the other companies we previously stalled with. The expertise and professionalism Aeolidia conveyed really helped make our decision much easier.
Budget was a huge concern but to my surprise they were comparable to the other estimates we received. While it was a bit of a stretch financially, at this point in our existence, a new website, with wholesale capability was just plain necessary. I was still having reservations about the expense when coincidentally, almost the moment I decided to partner with Aeolidia, we received several emails from interested stores inquiring about a wholesale section to our website. This was a good sign we made the right decision.
To be honest, it was difficult to surrender design to someone I had never met and whose work I wasn't familiar with. I was terribly nervous awaiting the first proof. When our designer Sarah sent us the link, I took a few deep breaths before clicking through and...it was absolutely perfect! I was smitten from the very first moment! Sarah carried our branding through flawlessly and impressed me every step of the way. This initially daunting, stressful & expensive project actually became fun. I looked forward to seeing every new update. Every solution she offered was perfect and at times I felt like we were sharing a brain, I loved it.
I'm not going to sugar coat it, re-launching a website is a massive undertaking. I spent six and a half weeks reshooting all our products. Not to mention the time spent color correcting and editing. Fortunately, the content wasn't from scratch, I'm very organized when it comes to work projects, and that helped a lot. I had my original outline from our first site, which I put a lot of effort into, so it really just needed tweaking. Zoe, our coder was able to import all our files from the previous site, which also saved us a ton of time. So here we are, ready to launch and I couldn't be more ecstatic with the look and feel of our new site. I'm excited to see what our customers have to say! Please let us know your thoughts, we'd love to hear from you and more than anything we hope you enjoy the new site!