If you are a Hawaii business looking for a web designer you already know there is a huge amount of web design businesses to choose from these days that offer a range of prices and services. The simple way to narrow down your search is to choose a local designer and here is why.
There are many reasons why you should choose a local web designer. The first, reason is obvious for any industry and that is that putting local dollars into local businesses is better for the community. But there are many other reasons that you may have not even considered.
Local web design agencies build better partnerships simply because you can look someone in the eye and shake his hand before the transaction. I think this can create some level of trust.
It also makes them more accountable and they would not be able to easily stay in business long if they were not credible. Out of state/country designers can get away with cheating or sub standard work for a lot longer before anyone is the wiser.
A local provider will be more likely to be a future and long lasting connection, to guide you into the future and keep you in mind when dealing with other clients who could use your services. They are more likely to care about the future of your business, and can provide you with advice and tips.
With a local company you can rely on their good customer service being in the same time zone. There is also the issue of communication which is VERY important when building a website. Dealing with someone long distance and with a language barrier can lead to frustrations and problems getting your needs met.
Another important point to consider is that if you have a dispute, you have the benefits of enforcing contractual agreements affordabley and effectively with a local designer. How will you recoup from someone out of country? Even out of state can be complicated and expensive.
One of the most important factors of why you should go local especially in Hawaii is that a local web designer knows Hawaii. This is really important when it comes to the design and optimization of your website. People who are not from Hawaii tend to do cliche and stereotypical designs. They also cannot properly optimize your website for the market because there is terminology, locations, cultural aspects and other important considerations that only a Local person could know.
Be sure that the company you are hiring is in fact LOCAL. There are many web design firms currently marketing in Hawaii that show Hawaii addresses that are fictitious. Some have gone as far as to use local sales people which isn’t a problem if they are honest and not misleading the client.
It is important that you verify the company by checking where the business is legally registered. Also insist on meeting with your designer face to face, and make sure their websites display local companies in their portfolio and detailed profiles of all the people in the company that includes their background, last names and ways to reach them. Vague websites, not offering details about the company or their clients is usually a good indication that they aren’t being upfront about something.