Post # 1
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Our potential caterer has a terrible website. Just AWFUL.
Seriously, I’ve never seen a worse website. It’s completely user unfriendly, unorganized, and unattractive. It’s practically unreadable.
I work at a digital agency. I’m not a web developer (I’m more on the client services side than the tech side) but I know a bit about web dev and I know my way around a website like Wix, where I could create a site for free.
I’m thinking about offering to redesign their website in exchange for money off of our catering. If we go with them, it’ll run is about $6400, and if I could barter my services for 50% off, that’s a good chunk of money we’ll save.
The boy thinks it’s a terrible idea. He thinks it’s really risky, because what if they don’t like my work and blah blah blah. My argument is that even if I make them a terrible website, it couldn’t possibly be worse than their current site. And he thinks that I’ll offend them if I offer to redesign their site. But they HAVE to know how bad their site sucks.
What do you think? Is it a good idea or should I just let it go.
Post # 3
Well my question is…does it really cost near to 3k for a web design?
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
It costs WAAAAAY more than $3k. Most of my agency’s clients pay in the area of half a million, if that’s any reference!
But most of the independent web designers in my city charge about $5k for a redesign of a small site.
Post # 5
Hmmm….I can see your FI’s perspective, but if a business can’t hear a business offer without being offended, do you really want to work with them?
Personally, I have a hard time booking anything with anybody who has a bad website. It is a real turnoff for me. A good website is probably only the second most important consideration in me choosing one small business over another (#1: returned phone calls!!!). If they are at all decent business people, they must recognize this.
Post # 6
I think that’s a great idea! Sorry I don’t have any sources, but I’ve read several in magazines and the interwebs about how brides barter their services for discounted rates.
If you haven’t already met with them, I would do a first meeting and just decide if you want to use them, then maybe do a second meeting where you would bring up the fact that the site is not very user friendly and go from there. Do you have an example of your work that you can show them?
Post # 7
I think it is a good idea but I think it is highly unlikely that you will get 50% off of a bill that high. It seems that they don’t really care how their website looks or they would have probably already done something about it. I would make the offer and see how much they would be willing to take off of their bill but do not be surprised if it is way less than 1K.
Post # 8
Go for it. Even if you don’t get as much, perhaps you could offer a certain number of hours to work on their website? I don’t know if they would do 50% off, but you might get 25% or so.
Post # 9
it’s definitely worth a try, what do you have to lose?
Post # 10
TOTALLY worth a try!!!
The worst they can say is no, right?
Post # 11
Even if their website is terrible,how bad could it be if their business isn’t being affected by it? YOU found them and are using their services,and are obviously happy with them,lousy site or not (which would probably be their argument). I wouldn’t expect much,especially a reduction in price .
Post # 12
You know Miss Stripes bartered with one of her vendors. I think if you are comfortable doing it, you can always try – the worst they can say is no. Honestly what else can they do to you?
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2010 - The Narragansett Towers
It wouldn’t hurt to ask! I like some good ol’ fashioned bartering. Let us know how it goes!
Post # 14
I think this sounds like a GREAT idea! I wish I had some kind of useful skill. I don’t. At all.