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There are close to 100 web design companies in the Cincinnati area, but more impressive is the diversity of these companies. For instance, within the Greater Cincinnati area, you’ll find a web design firm with a successful spin-off company, the third oldest family operated ad agency in the U.S., which also happens to include web design among its services, and a local web design company that services clients in large cities, like New York, San Francisco and Chicago, while keeping local customers front and center.

You might think all this competition makes it difficult for Cincinnati web design companies to survive, but the opposite is true. Whether intentional or not, each of the web design firms in Greater Cincinnati has carved out a niche for itself. That niche has as much to do with the type of clients they serve as to the services they offer.

The diversity is a plus for professionals and businesses looking for web design services. We asked Cincinnati web design companies a series of questions that those in the market for website design and development services would find useful when gathering information about what distinguishes one website design company from another. What follows are their unedited responses, complete with the name and title of the person providing the responses and essential contact information. Without a doubt, the expertise found throughout the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky metropolitan area is among the best in the industry, as these business profiles will attest.

Note: These are listed in order of when we received a response to our questions. The order should not be used to infer quality or rank or anything like that.

Pixels & Dots, LLC

3181 Linwood Ave., Suite 25
Cincinnati, OH 45208
Phone: 513-405-DOTS (3687)
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Angela Davis, President and CEO

When was the company founded? January 1, 2001.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? We are locally owned and operated.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? We started doing web design, graphic design and marketing services, we now also do brand identity, interactive design, user interface design, web development, commercial photography, product photography, and videography.

What services do you offer? We offer the following services: brand identity, interactive design, user interface design, graphic design, marketing strategy, web design, web development, commercial photography, product photography, and videography.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? No, we have a wide variety of clients in various industries.

What are your major strengths? Our strength lies in our experience. We have been in business for 13 years and the principals worked in graphic design, advertising, and marketing for many years prior to starting Pixels & Dots, LLC.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? All work is done in-house.

How many people do you have employed in-house? 4-6.

How many websites do you typically build each month? Varies.

What type of clients do you primarily service? Corporations, government agencies, small business, individuals, artists; we work with anyone who can benefit from our services.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? Exceptional design and client services.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? Your website needs to act as your leading resource that can supply all of the necessary information in a prompt and effective manner, yet be visually appealing and easy to navigate.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? Our success lies in our passion for our work. We love web design, graphic design, technology and marketing, and enjoy working with others who are passionate about what they do.

 

Chris McMahon Web Designer & WordPress Developer

118 William Howard Taft, Suite 303
Cincinnati, OH 45239
Phone: 513-685-4840
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Chris McMahon, Owner & Creative Director

When was the company founded? We started in 1997.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? We’re a local web design company right here in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? We’ve been a web design agency since day one.

What services do you offer? Our primary services are web design and WordPress development. We can also help out with email newsletter template design, setting up and managing social media accounts, and online marketing.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? We mostly work with small businesses and non-profits in the Greater Cincinnati area.

What are your major strengths? Clear communications and making the entire experience as easy as possible. A web design project should be fun, not something you wind up pulling your hair out over.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? I’d say 80% to 90% of everything is done in-house. Occasionally, we use a local freelancer to help out if the task is outside of our core strengths.

How many people do you have employed in-house? There are 2 full-time employees.

How many websites do you typically build each month? We usually have 2 or 3 projects going at any one time. Any more and we can’t provide the level of service our clients deserve.

What type of clients do you primarily service? We tend to work with small businesses and non-profits. We like to be able to work directly with the people who care the most about the project.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? Ease of communications and reliability. We pride ourselves on being able to talk to our customers like real people, understand their business and what their goal is for the project.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? Simplicity and minimalism serve the client and their customers best.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? Happy clients, almost all of our business is from referrals. You don’t keep the lights on for almost 2 decades disappointing people.

 

Reversed Out Web Design

700 W Pete Rose Way #326
Cincinnati, OH 45203
Phone: 513-205-8022
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Adam Koehler, Owner

When was the company founded? 2011.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? I’m a local company.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? I’ve always been a digital advertising/web design company. We try to get people to think of us as more of a digital consultancy because anyone can build a website, but not many people can strategize on the right way to do it for the business and create a tool that produces ROI as opposed to just a brochure. We also still do a lot of branding work and print for people, but digital is at the core of every marketing strategy.

What services do you offer? Web strategy, design, development and marketing; Identity design and brand strategy; Startup consulting.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? I work primarily with agencies who use us as a way to supplement their own creative departments and development teams. We also love to work with startup companies and help them by leveraging our experience with our own startup success. Personally, I helped to found dotloop, a software company started five years ago which now has around 150 employees and four locations around the country.

What are your major strengths? Digital strategy is a major differentiator and strength. We learn who your customer is, what they expect and deliver that on your website.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? We use a mix of local, West Coast and offshore developers so our operations run 24 hours a day. This helps us deliver faster than most agencies.

How many people do you have employed in-house? Our agency is virtual, so not many in-house team members are needed. We run lean with myself, an operations manager and a project manager. There are also other business owners that complement our services that share office space with us. We have a video marketing specialist, pgh developer, copywriter, search expert, pr expert and marketing experts in-house who run their own companies but are available to Reversed Out as subcontractors. This allows us to bring in the right people when we need them, at the same time not having to pay for full-time employees. These people are actually paying us to share space.

How many websites do you typically build each month? At any one time we are building approximately 10 websites.

What type of clients do you primarily service? We work mostly with ad agencies around town. We are a wholesale vendor for them, but often do websites and branding work for other small business owners who are referred to us though our network.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? As more of a strategy company and full-service agency, not just a website builder.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? Don’t just build a website, build a tool for your business.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? Delivering on-time and being honest and fair.

 

Kesil Consulting LLC

1600 Thompson Heights
Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
Phone: 513-240-6678
Email:[email protected]
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Responses from: Justin Davis, Owner

When was the company founded? Kesil Consulting was founded September 11, 2011.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? Kesil Consulting is a single location company located in Northside.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? Kesil Consulting was created out of Cincinnati’s need for high quality web design services that are both affordable for small businesses yet powerful enough for some of the largest eCommerce needs. We began and still offer our core services.

What services do you offer? Kesil Consulting specializes with web design and SEO services. We also offer social media marketing, Adwords management, Web-related marketing consulting and of course website maintenance.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? Kesil Consulting does not focus on any niche or specific industry. We offer our services across all spectrums of businesses.

What are your major strengths? Our strengths include integrated video websites and “modern” websites, and our fast turnaround time for websites. We generally design and complete all projects within one month. Too many clients come to us exasperated by their previous designer’s timeline of 6-8 months+.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? All work provided by Kesil Consulting is completed in house. We have never sourced our work overseas or to other contractors. We believe this to be an unscrupulous act.

How many people do you have employed in-house? We have 4 people employed by Kesil Consulting, each with an extensive background in marketing, programming, SEO and much more! We believe smaller companies can provide a higher quality end product and better customer service.

How many websites do you typically build each month? Kesil Consulting builds 6-8 websites/month in busy seasons, such as the beginning of the new year, and 2-4 during slower off months. We, however, have the capacity to nearly double what we have right now. During our slower times, we find research on upcoming design trends and development of our own website to be a great focus!

What type of clients do you primarily service? Most of our clients are small to medium sized businesses. We, however, have worked with enterprise level eCommerce systems spanning thousands of products to international businesses, such as the Morelia Group.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? Kesil Consulting prides itself with using no salesmen, and always an in-person meeting with the actual designers if located within reason. We also believe a web design process should not be dragged out, we want our clients to stay enthusiastic and excited about the new addition to their business!

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? We believe web design should truly display feeling and emotion, rather than simply text and imagery. A great deal of time goes into our projects, and we believe them to be a real art. All of our clients are very happy with their website and love to show off their business, we want to do the same with our art.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? Personal service without a doubt. Kesil Consulting would not be around today if it were not for the great people working here and being willing to talk to anybody that has a question. We have gained more large scale projects from a simple 10 minute maintenance session that other companies wouldn’t do than all our marketing efforts combined.

 

JF Designz

Mack South
Cincinnati,OH45248
Phone: 513-312-6424
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: John First, Owner

When was the company founded? JF Designz was founded in 2008 by John First, a local Cincinnati native born and raised.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? JF Designz is a local company in Cincinnati, Ohio. I provide services for companies in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and have expanded to other companies throughout the U.S.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? Since I have started my company, I have always been doing websites, as well as graphic design. Recently, I have encompassed all aspects of design into my company. My customers have been able to utilize my services for company branding, print materials, photography and much more.

What services do you offer? JF Designz is a full service design company. I provide my customers anything from web design, graphic design and photography. If they can think of it, I can create it and execute it for them for a more successful marketing campaign for their company.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? I have worked a lot with small business owners in the area. I have recently worked with clients that encompass their clients from throughout the U.S. Is anyone ever happy with working locally? I am always looking to grow and work with new clients; I am always open to broaden my horizons.

What are your major strengths? My greatest strength that my clients get from working with me is the fact that they get all their services done with one company. They no longer have to look to multiple companies for their design needs and from doing business, they are really happy with that idea. Also, they don’t have to go through a 1-800 number or prompts to get to me. They call my cell phone and work one-on-one with me.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? All my work is done in house.

How many people do you have employed in-house? JF Designz is a one man company, just me.

How many websites do you typically build each month? I have done anywhere from 2-5 company websites a month. I am not scared.

What type of clients do you primarily service? As stated above, most of my clients are small business owners, just like myself.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? One-stop shop for all your design needs.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? JF Designz is your “FIRST” choice in multi-media design.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? What company doesn’t work on word of mouth? I have grown from other companies talking about my services. The services that they get from me are unique and nothing like anyone else.

 

The Creative Department

1209 Sycamore Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 513-651-2901
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Steve Deiters, Partner and Creative Director

When was the company founded? 1992.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? Local.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? We started as an ad agency, run by creatives, embracing what we loved about the creative possibilities for bringing brands to life. As technology evolved, we adapted (we added a web team when the Internet became visually friendly in the mid-90s). But basically, we are still building brands and framing communication in delightfully compelling ways – now we use traditional, interactive and social to make simple connections in this complex world.

What services do you offer? Strategy – Research, Sweet Spot Analysis, Consumer Profiles, Marketing Strategy, Brand Leadership. Advertising – Corporate/Brand Identity, Broadcast, Print, Promotions/Collateral, Outdoor, In-Store, Events/Trade Show, Guerrilla. Development – Site Design & Development, SEO, Online Marketing, Email Marketing, eCommerce, Intranet & Extranet Solutions. Social Media – Strategy, Execution, Marketing Intelligence.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? We have a variety of clients from diverse fields, and we like it that way. Bold, clear communication is our niche. Once we learn the desires of the intended audience and the language of the brand, creating the right communication becomes second nature.

What are your major strengths? Our creative is strong and we approach it from a strategic foundation. We call this building brands from the inside out. We help our clients develop Brand Mastery – shoring up the brand message from every consumer touchpoint so that their brand message is holistic and rings true to the consumer. Then we engage in Brand Connection – finding the media and the voice to bring the brand to new potential customers.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? We have a very strong inside staff of strategists, account executives, designers, Web developers, content developers, art directors and writers and can quickly expand through excellent relationships with outside creative partners.

How many people do you have employed in-house? 13 currently.

How many websites do you typically build each month? 2-3 depending on demand.

What type of clients do you primarily service? We have completed successful projects for clients from Yagööt and ProKids to Procter & Gamble and Hillenbrand, as well as e-commerce solutions for companies like Clink and i-wireless.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? We partner with our clients – we do not simply fill orders, nor do we dictate to our clients. We have open communication at all levels of our company and focus on doing the right thing for the right reasons.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? Every site has certain objectives to accomplish. The site design should be as simple as possible to yield a great experience for core targets. Advertising creative (visual and headline) is used to enhance the experience. Search engine optimization is another consideration, but we approach this carefully and creatively as to not undermine the user experience.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? We have been successful by understanding the principles of solid marketing communication and applying these consistently to the changing digital marketplace – attracting and building consumer advocates for our brands. Simple connections in a complex world.

 

Holland Advertising Interactive

8040 Hosbrook Road, Suite 400
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Phone: 513-744-3001; toll-free: 877-865-0977
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Mark Holland, Partner

When was the company founded? 1937, we are third generation, we are the third oldest family operated ad agency in the U.S.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? Family owned, one office Kenwood, Ohio.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? We are a full service ad agency.

What services do you offer? Media buying, creative services, branding, SEO/PPC, marketing research, social media, PR, website development, and rich media.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? Healthcare, B2B, Retail, Manufacturing.

What are your major strengths? ROI for our clients.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? Both, we have strategic partners in some areas.

How many people do you have employed in-house? 10.

How many websites do you typically build each month? (Declined to answer.)

What type of clients do you primarily service? Greater Cincinnati family-owned businesses.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? Fresh ideas. Experienced Execution. Greater ROI.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? Must do SEO to get customers to find you.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? Owners working with owners. Being honest. Keep client’s best interest at heart. We are part of your team.

 

Ideas and Pixels

421 Anderson Ferry Road
Cincinnati, OH 45238
Phone: 800-589-3660
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Matt Valvano, Art Director and Co-Owner

When was the company founded? We have been crafting websites since 1997. Ideas and Pixels LLC was founded in 2011.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? Ideas and Pixels is a web marketing agency based out of Cincinnati, Ohio; a company with local roots, but nationwide goals and clients. We even provide a few nationwide design firms our “Ghost Development” services.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? We’re a web marketing agency, although we are better known for creating and executing high quality websites. When we first started the company, we made the mistake of telling people that we did web design. Without a doubt, the best decision that we ever made was to start calling ourselves a web marketing agency. I think it’s because people consider marketing an actionable or proactive endeavor; while getting a website may sound passive and static. We have a lot more to offer companies than just building them a great website and our extensive case studies reaffirm this.

What services do you offer? Besides pushing pixels to the web, we build complex marketing plans that work internally with the websites we build. Increasing a company’s ROI with online conversions is our main goal and this is what sets us apart from the crowd! First, we will target the local market using keyword research to determine search terms with medium to low competition in order to achieve relevancy in the given field for AdWords and AB testing. After we achieve this, we will take the results and refine them to slowly encompass other regions, until we achieve relevancy nationwide that we can gauge and build upon. Other objectives include: increasing customer participation through social media, capturing all searches relating to a given field on the local level through “Place” accounts with Google, Bing and Yahoo! through use of our Get Me Listed package, and distribution of cohesive content to content aggregators, thus encouraging potential customers to visit the website. Furthermore, an iconic web presence needs to have cohesion throughout every media outlet. Ideas and Pixels has the ability to offer top notch videography, 3D development, photography and brand development to boost a client’s brand awareness.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? With our marketing background, we never had to narrow down who or what we can design for. Extensive research allows us to design for almost any target market.

What are your major strengths? The ability to design websites that clearly demonstrate clients’ available products and their inherent capabilities; a summary of the company, its goals, methods and history; and the ability to contact the company to inquire about purchasing, or for general, miscellaneous contact with our research.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? All of our work is done in-house!

How many people do you have employed in-house? Ideas and Pixels only has three full-time employees and a few interns. We actually love being a small company because this makes our work more personal!

How many websites do you typically build each month? Our notion is to always generate the absolute best work possible. We do not take on more work than we can handle and typically only build five websites a month.

What type of clients do you primarily service? Even though we are not limited to certain niche markets, our typical clientele are large corporations. Lately, they have been specializing in mechanical and eCommerce wholesale.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? We differentiate Ideas and Pixels from our competition with our work ethic and quality designs. Our company does not offer quick flips on websites just to hop on to the next build. This is how you lose quality and it is not a business model we want to follow. The foundation of our company is to have a long-standing relationship with all of our clients and inform them when they can improve their online rank. If you need help, we will do everything in our power to get your website where it needs to be!

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? Evolve and never stop learning. Once you stop learning, new technology will surpass what you are capable of.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? Allen, my business partner, could not have said it better, “I once watched a documentary about a company whose CEO made roughly the same amount as even the lowest paid worker, effectively allowing everyone at the company to have decent, stable pay. Everyone who worked at the company held private stock in it, and consequently, everyone cared deeply about how it performed. I would like our company to follow a similar model, and inspire other companies to consider doing it as well.” This is our current business model and it shows, because we have no marketing for Ideas and Pixels – all of our current clientele are from previous word of mouth referrals!

 

Atlas Design & Technology, Ltd.

4150 Ebenezer Road
Cincinnati, OH 45248
Phone: 513-574-9800
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Kevin Coleman, Owner

When was the company founded? Atlas Design + Technology was founded in 1997.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? We are local and a decidedly small footprint company.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? We started primarily in web design and quickly migrated into web development and web-based applications programming. We continue to serve our existing client base, and continue to work closely with collaborative strategic partner projects. Although we occasionally take on new work, we have made a shift to evolve into other areas of business. Actually, one major facet of our daily business is a separate company we launched in 2007 called SubscriptionDNA.com. This is an absolutely fantastic PCI Compliant SaaS subscription billing and membership management platform. It works great for typical bricks/mortar membership billing scenarios out of the box, but where it really shines is for companies who need a paywall and want to offer premium content or services. This is a cloud based software, nothing for the client to install, and we provide hands-on help integrating to make it a turnkey approach. For more in depth integration, we have a full API that can be utilized however needed. It truly can be the cornerstone to building a successful SaaS or membership business. Combined with extensive automated recurring billing, reporting, and member signup and authentication tools, SubscriptionDNA handles every aspect of their subscription management.

What services do you offer? We offer site design, development, web software and custom tools, and ongoing website maintenance. We also offer redundant web hosting to our clientele.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? We have been blessed with low overhead, many referrals, recurring business, and have simply not had to deal that much with sales and marketing to date. However, with our SubscriptionDNA.com software, we are starting to consider putting our best foot forward and add to our team to help take our subscription software to the next level.

What are your major strengths? Our major strengths are reliability, speed and quality. Our turnaround time is generally extremely fast, and we have fantastic, easy-going relationships with the customers we service.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? It is a combination, however, I have a small and dedicated core team that I have worked with for years.

How many people do you have employed in-house? Believe it or not, it’s just myself at my location. My team can work from their location and I’m fully comfortable with that. I’ve been asked by some when they learn that it’s that small but see the impressive list of clients we’ve worked with and continue to work with, how in the world can you do it?! I just do… and although some may be turned off by the notion they may not get the attention they need, many realize that I must be doing something right to be in business since 1997. They are looking to experience that same level of satisfaction and long-term collaboration.

How many websites do you typically build each month? We’re not a factory and build new sites all day. With the number of clients sites we host and help maintain, there is plenty of updates that come in and I would gauge we typically touch about 7-10 different sites each day. That would be in addition to any new, current, or ongoing development projects, and the support of our SubscriptionDNA billing software. We’re always busy, but it’s a good busy. I admit, sometimes it can get a little overwhelming, but clients generally understand reasonable and unreasonable turnarounds.

What type of clients do you primarily service? We service both small companies to commerce sites and numerous high profile sites with a large presence.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? We’ve worked on so many projects in so many capacities and that has ultimately given us great perspective. We’re small, but extremely experienced.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? I have great respect for other local companies in this field, both small and large. There seems to be a new school of self-proclaimed web developers that think that knowing how to install WordPress qualifies them the title. We’ve used WordPress too, but it really is just a small facet in the world of web development. You need to be very well-rounded, knowing both GUI tools and code troubleshooting, as well as be able to conceptualize solutions and traverse through a variety of paths to find the best approach for the client’s short- and long-term goals.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? Dependability would probably be first. Clients don’t want a headache, they want a reliable, trustworthy partner that provides quality work. That’s it.

 

eMedia Design, LLC

827 Hamilton Avenue, Suite H
Cincinnati, OH 45231
Phone: 513-360-8585; toll-free: 866-700-8585
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Emily Oscarson, Marketing Manager

When was the company founded? In September of 2008.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? We are a local company currently servicing Cincinnati, New York City, San Francisco and Chicago.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? We’ve always been a web design company, but have also always offered other services including eCommerce-specific marketing, email marketing, brand identity development, and any/all types of print design.

What services do you offer? We are a full-service agency, offering everything for companies from the ground up. This includes building a brand identity or rebranding a current identity, providing all required graphics needed by the client, including all print-based materials (i.e., business cards, letterhead, envelopes, folders, flyers and full product catalogs, including photography), as well as standard informational based websites for small, and medium size businesses, as well as eCommerce or custom Web-application development, SaaS development (Software as a Service), and even mobile application design/development and responsive websites. We also offer search engine optimization and social network marketing for after we’ve completed building those products/services.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? Digital strategy and web development, but often are asked to handle all other aspects due to our high-standards and quality of work.

What are your major strengths? Our standards, our efficiency when it comes to completing projects with time to spare and within budgets, and especially our customer satisfaction rating (100% since the company was founded).

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? All of our work is done in-house.

How many people do you have employed in-house? We have over 10 people employed currently, but we are rapidly growing now we’re confident that number will probably increase within a few weeks, and then again a few weeks later.

How many websites do you typically build each month? There are approximately anywhere from 4 – 8 websites we’re working on within a given month.

What type of clients do you primarily service? All types of clients, from the local small business or start-up to enterprise-level corporate clients.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? I believe that would be our customer satisfaction rating. As my boss likes to say, “We’re batting a thousand and we are not willing to let that number slip.”

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? This is a VERY broad question and somewhat sensitive. I don’t think I can really answer this question accurately.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? Our very high standards, as well as our customer satisfaction rating. All of our business from when we were founded has been via word-of-mouth, which we believe attests the quality of our work.

 

Intrinzic Inc.

One Levee Way, Suite 3121
Newport, KY 41071
Phone: 859-261-2200
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Dave Townsend, President

When was the company founded?Intrinzic was founded in 1999 by Wendy Vonderhaar.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? We are a local company proudly headquartered in Newport, KY.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? Not only did we start out doing design and branding, but we continue to be an integrated firm. Web design is a critical part of our company, but our focus is on branding and how design can bring the strategy of brand culture to life. Websites are always one of the primary applications of brand, it is often the gateway to the brand experience.

What services do you offer? We consider our digital offerings full service – strategy, user experience, information architecture, design, content creation, front-end and back-end programing, as well as SEO/SEM and social media.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? We certainly have a few industry verticals where we have deep experience and expertise (industrial, healthcare, education and financial), but our brand centric approach to web design allows us to apply our sophisticated, strategic approach to many different types of companies across a wide variety of industries/categories. The attributes of a good client fit for Intrinzic are directly tied to the potential partners’ motivations and aspirations. We seek progressive companies with one critical trait – they strive to inspire their customers and employees. They share the vision that design, beauty and inspiration can be powerful tools in the marketplace.

What are your major strengths? Two things separate us from other web design companies. First is a brand centric approach to developing any communications. We take a disciplined approach to understanding the brand and how it should be expressed before we start to apply the technology. The brand first strategy ensures the website is working in conjunction with all other customer touchpoints to consistently communicate the core differences of a company. Second of all, our craftsman approach to problem solving ensures an end product that is not only beautiful, but meticulous in every detail. The web “tools” that we create not only do their job well, they are perfected expressions of the company’s brand and culture.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? In the world of marketing, and in particular web design, we do not believe that one size/one approach fits all. So we employ a custom made team approach. Although we keep core strategic and content creation services in house – including architecture and user experience, we also partner with best-in-class companies to help us realize the creative and technological vision of every digital engagement. This includes platform specific experts, and channel specific experts. The team has to reflect the project’s needs and not be limited by the resources of any one company.

How many people do you have employed in-house? We do not separate digital work from the other work in the agency, so our full team of 20 professionals can be brought to bear on any client communication challenge. Plus, we have a deep bench of partners that we access for their expertise, allowing us access to over 50 digital marketing resources.

How many websites do you typically build each month? We consistently have web design work in-house. There is never a week or month where we are not touching multiple websites/digital properties.

What type of clients do you primarily service? Our client list is broad and diverse. From Fortune 500 companies to regional leaders to local artisans and all points in-between.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? We believe that “how” a company does what they do is more important than “what” they do. Our central organizing principle, our “how,” is personified in the concept of craftsmanship. This is our problem-solving framework that guides us to model, hone, perfect and obsess over developing the right answers to our clients’ challenges. It informs our thought process and comes to life in our work that is crafted to hit the right notes functionally, rationally and, most importantly, emotionally. Everyone can feel craftsmanship and this emotional reaction creates a positive association with the brand.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? A website is a tool that has to be designed with a specific purpose or purposes in mind. They are tools that should deliver on the business and marketing strategies of a company. We focus on the purpose, the user experience, and the users brand takeaway. The human factors are the lead and the technology is the facilitator/catalyst to ensure we deliver on these human center wants/needs.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? The craftsman’s ethic that drives a level of inspiration, passion and attention to detail that are not commonplace in today’s environment. It does not just inform what we do, but it is who we are.

 

Bemis Promotions

PO Box 54274
Cincinnati,OH45254
Phone: 513-898-9307
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Liz Bemis-Hittinger, Owner & Creative Director

When was the company founded? We started as Bemis Web Design in 2002, which, at the time, was a sideline for me. In 2007, it became a full-time endeavor (and became Bemis Promotions). I had a couple of assistants who helped out from 2008-2009, and then early 2010, I hired Sienna Condy, my account manager/right-hand gal, and the keeper of my sanity.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? We are local.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? Web design has always been at the core of what we do.

What services do you offer? Web development; Facebook apps; Social media extras (banners, backgrounds, buttons, etc.); Social media coaching; Video creation; e-Newsletters; Book cover design; e-Book formatting; Print design; Launch promotions; and Cross promotions.* (*Because we have so many clients in the same industry (authors/publishing) we’ve been able to create a number of very effective multi-author, cross promotions which have allowed the authors to rack up Facebook likes, get new subscribers to their newsletters, and ultimately, gain new readers.)

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? Our primary focus is the publishing industry. We currently have almost 100 author clients, as well as a couple of publishers, and over a dozen writing organizations. We handle authors at every level of their career, from aspiring authors who are sending out their first manuscripts to agents and publishing houses, to Bestsellers with nearly 100 books to their credit. At last count, we had 8 NY Times Bestsellers, 13 USA Today bestsellers and 2 of our authors hit #1 on the Amazon Bestsellers list. We also do a fair number of sites for small businesses and non-profit organizations, including e-commerce sites.

What are your major strengths? We have a great deal of experience creating beautiful, customer-engaging, easy-to-navigate websites that are affordable and easy to maintain. We pride ourselves on our customer service, efficiency and ability to get projects done quickly in order to meet even the most aggressive deadlines.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? We have a freelance illustrator who helps us out when we need specific drawings (she did the cute avatars in the banners on our home page) but everything else is done in-house.

How many people do you have employed in-house? Currently, it’s just Sienna and me during the year, but we often hire on a summer assistant. However, we have so many clients and projects currently, we’re hoping to find another permanent programmer/designer later this year.

How many websites do you typically build each month? Usually, 4-5. However, there have been months where we’ve launched 8+. A typical website takes us 2-4 weeks from the time we begin (depending on complexity and the amount of content) but we’re generally working on several projects at once.

What type of clients do you primarily service? Most of our clients are individuals or small businesses/non-profits with less than 10 employees.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? We are a team player instead of an individual service that our clients purchase. We like to work with our clients to make their all-around online presence the best it can be. Sometimes, this includes working with clients’ publishers’ marketing efforts, and sometimes this means creating cross promotions between our clients.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? We strive to create attractive, useful sites that perfectly communicate what our clients do, and that will grow as our clients’ careers do.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? Word of mouth advertising, good customer service, reliability, and expertise in our niche market.

 

Miles Technologies

407 Vine Street, Suite 169
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: 800-496-8001
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Chris Miles, CEO

When was the company founded? The company was founded by Chris Miles in 1997.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? Miles Technologies is an award-winning IT, business software, web design and online marketing company headquartered in Moorestown, NJ. Miles Technologies has locations throughout the United States (including Cincinnati) and serves businesses worldwide.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? Miles Technologies has offered web design services since 2000. The company’s original services portfolio included IT consulting and custom business software development.

What services do you offer? IT services; Custom software development; Web design; Online marketing.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? Miles Technologies serves clients in all industries, including, but not limited to, companies in accounting, engineering, management, law, property maintenance, architecture, R&D and a diverse array of consulting and professional services.

What are your major strengths? Miles Technologies excels at helping businesses – and people – accomplish more by utilizing technology. The firm’s IT consulting expertise includes proactive IT consulting, complete IT services management, cloud computing and more. The company is a leading provider of custom business software solutions, as well as business by MILES®, a cloud-based ERP software solution for business automation. Miles Technologies designs scores of websites, including responsive designs, creating mobile opportunities for businesses. The company also offers extensive services in SEO, PPC, public relations, content marketing and social media management via its online marketing division. Miles Technologies holds more than 75 recognized industry certifications. We are also an onsite hosting facility with YTD uptime at 99.99 percent. Miles Technologies’ implementation success rate for projects is 99.2 percent, well above the industry average.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? Miles Technologies delivers high-quality web design services using all in-house, full-time employees.

How many people do you have employed in-house? Miles Technologies employs 130 full-time professionals.

How many websites do you typically build each month? On average, Miles Technologies builds six to 10 websites per month.

What type of clients do you primarily service? Miles Technologies serves businesses of all sizes, from small businesses to enterprise-level companies and e-commerce organizations.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? We always think in terms of helping people – not just businesses – to achieve more. Miles Technologies’ motto is: You Request. We Respond. It Gets Done!This philosophy guides the company in its customer care and service.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? Miles Technologies delivers sophisticated, user-friendly web designs that meet and exceed customer expectations in functionality and design. We work closely with our clients to create completely unique and customized web designs that enable them to better promote and manage their businesses, as well as position their businesses appropriately for today’s mobile world.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? Miles Technologies is a collective of dedicated professionals working together toward a common goal – people believing in the direction and future of a business, and all working together toward that future.

 

Advia Internet

7754 Camargo Road
Cincinnati, OH 45243
Phone: 513-223-7517
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Dan Bailey, Owner

When was the company founded? January 2011.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? We are a local web design agency.

Were you always a web design comp any or did you start your business doing something else? We’ve always been a web design company.

What services do you offer? We offer web design and development, social media marketing, SEO, and hosting.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? We do not have a market that we focus on. We currently work with small to medium size businesses and plan to grow to offer services to larger companies and organizations.

What are your major strengths? When we design for a client, we make sure that it is top-notch. We strategize with the client to make sure that the design reflects what they are looking for.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? Both.

How many people do you have employed in-house? 5.

How many websites do you typically build each month? 3 – 5 a month.

What type of clients do you primarily service? Small to medium size businesses; Enterprise level; E-commerce; Hosting.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? We differ because we don’t spend our time focusing on what the competitors are doing. We are building something with other local talent to create a team, a one-stop shop for all services.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? Our philosophy is that we will not design and/or develop anything for a client that we wouldn’t want for our own business.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? The employees and how dedicated they are to making Advia Internet a success.

 

NetCrafters Interactive

4464 Carver Woods Drive, Suite 100
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Phone: 513-791-5038
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Randy Weeks, Co-Founder and CEO

When was the company founded? 1995.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? Local. An Ohio S-Corporation based and owned in Cincinnati.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else?We began as a part-time Web business in 1994 when local dial-up access first became available. By the summer of 1995, we were full-time in web development, with early adopter customers including WEBN, WCKY, WKRC, The Playhouse, Visitors Bureau and several physicians, attorneys and regional industrial businesses.

What services do you offer? Custom Web and app design, development, hosting, content marketing, SEO, education and site support.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? I spent much of my early professional career at GE Aviation, so industrial and manufacturing customers were a fit for our programming and market experience from the start. That continues to be the trend for most of our large project development.

What are your major strengths? A) Partnership: That’s a much abused word in the world, but it’s at the core of our best work. Many of our customers have worked with us for 15 years or more. They depend on us to keep up with online evolution, support them in their adoption of new technology, take the mystery out of Web work as much as we can, and answer the phone when they need us. B) Content management: We’re experts in planning, from the start, how a customer will be able to manage the content and messages in every piece of programming we create. Because we developed content management tools before such programs were common, an area of specialization for us is easily mastered content tools tailored for a project, and integral editors for managing large, multiple sites from a single sign-in.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? We do all work with in-house staff, except when we have a temporary capacity crunch for design. Then we work with one of several local designers to fill specific needs. We also work with larger agencies who have an existing design or project that needs content management, interactivity, or other specialty programming. We also provide and control the hosting for every project we develop, on Amazon servers we’ve built, managed and supported since Amazon’s cloud services first became available.

How many people do you have employed in-house? 8.

How many websites do you typically build each month? Many of our projects run for several months, and others are follow-on and redevelopment projects for long-time customers, so a monthly count is hard to make. Over a typical year, though, we’ll work on 30 to 40 projects, 5-8 of which will be large corporate projects, 10-15 small to medium local businesses and the rest custom projects for existing customers.

What type of clients do you primarily service? We’ve been developing sites and tools since the 90s, so there are hundreds of small and local customers on our books, and dozens of national and international contacts. As web and social connections have evolved, though, we find much of our new work is trending towards corporate and manufacturing customers in need of our large site experience to support and extend their own online evolution.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? We focus on long-term relationships and constancy in an environment defined more by constant change than by any other factor. For almost 20 years, our focus has been on empowering customers to manage their own online experience within that changing world, whether for Web, app, social media or other platform. Therefore, although we are able to provide services on demand for everything from media production to email marketing, SEO, web maintenance and e-commerce, we’ve really developed more as an end-to-end agency. By end-to-end agency, I mean we provide most of our services in continuity for customers, so that they can focus on their business and on becoming proficient within the range of tools they need for succeeding online, whether Web, content marketing, or social media community connections. Some agencies specialize in just one service among the many that make up online marketing experience today, and that’s a good and valuable strategy. We are the specialty vendor for some customers. For most of our customers, our specialty is ease and consistency in content management, and we find that customers who can easily manage their sites and other content also do better in SEO and lead generation.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? Three thoughts: A) Simple is better than busy and clarity is better than cleverness. Your integrity and authority will come through over the general online noise (and get you ranked in Google) if you can tell your story with authenticity, focus and depth. B) Invitation is better than persuasion. The connected world is about making contact. Ask for contact and make that contact meaningful. C) Self-sufficiency is better than second-hand storytelling. Depending on a third party to post your content online limits real time communication and changes the quality of your authentic voice. Be able to tell your own story, post your own pictures and express yourself online.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? In a world of increasing speed and constant change, a quality, trusted partnership is beneficial to all parties. We’ve grown and remained stable through long relationships with our customers and they’ve depended on us for that stability and for the continuous improvement of our talents in web trends, techniques, security and service.

 

WebTec – Cincinnati

5414 Plover Lane
Cincinnati, OH 45238
Phone: 513-484-0162
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Corey Paff and Chris Fischesser, Owners

When was the company founded? 2008.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? Local company.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? Started as a Web company.

What services do you offer? Web design, web development, web marketing, hosting, SEO, for a full list, check our website.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? We don’t try and focus on any niche, but we have a lot of clients in the healthcare industry and industrial automation type industries.

What are your major strengths? Web development and SEO.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? In-house.

How many people do you have employed in-house? 5.

How many websites do you typically build each month? One new, but we try to stick with reoccurring business with current clients, we usually have around 50 current clients that we maintain on any given month. We do not like to take on too much new work at a time, because we do not want our quality of work to slack for our existing clients.

What type of clients do you primarily service? Usually focus on small to medium size businesses that have a decent size budget that do not want to hire a full-time Web employee.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? We try and maintain personal relationships with each client. They have our personal cell phone numbers where they can reach us anytime day or night. We have at least one of the owners at every initial and ongoing meeting and one always heading each project to make sure we approve of the quality of work.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? One of our main goals we have with each client is to grow their business, so that we too grow with them. It is a win-win and we do not make any client sign a contract. So if our work doesn’t meet their expectation, they can leave at any time. With this philosophy, we have only lost two existing clients due to them finding free hosting through another provider or relative in the 6+ years we have been in business.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? Our quick response time and our efficiency with the quality of work that we do for each client.

 

Scott Botkins

44 Rio Grande Circle #8
Florence, KY 41042
Phone: 859-817-1113
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Scott Botkins, Web Designer and Front-End Developer

When was the company founded? I began my freelance web design business in October 2005.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? Local company, however, I do business all around the world.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? My business has always been focused on web design.

What services do you offer? Web design, front-end development, and soon SEO.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? I focus mostly on web design and front-end development the most. I’m always working with WordPress 90% of the time.

What are your major strengths? Besides web design and front-end development, I would say customer support and a great understanding of user-experience.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? All projects are researched, designed and coded by myself.

How many people do you have employed in-house? I prefer to work alone.

How many websites do you typically build each month? I’m typically working on 8-12 projects at a time. I enjoy staying busy.

What type of clients do you primarily service? Small to medium size businesses.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? Each design is unique and handcrafted by me. I don’t purchase pre-made designs or themes.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? Connect the user to the brand, company, service, or product. Provide a great user-experience using creative, workable concepts.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? Working hard and smart. I typically work 12-16 hours a day, no weekends off. I focus on providing a great service and customer support.

 

Sanger & Eby

501 Chestnut Street
Cincinnati, OH 45203
Phone: 513-784-9046
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Donny Eby, Partner

When was the company founded?Sanger & Eby was founded in 1988 by Lisa Sanger and Donna Eby.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country?We’re a local company, one of the largest women owned businesses in Cincinnati.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? When we first started, we were mainly print, but we’ve evolved along with industry trends to offer strategy, interactive, print, digital, mobile, and social media, providing our clients with a full range of communications channels to match their business objectives and audience needs.

What services do you offer? We’re a strategic design and technology firm that develops effective strategies that turn our clients’ vision into reality through interactive, print, social media, and applications for diverse audiences.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? Our niche is talent communications and education branding. We have a lot of expertise to offer in these realms, as well as a strong and notable client base.

What are your major strengths? We’re very strategic throughout our entire process to ensure client satisfaction, from the initial stages of scoping a project straight through the final execution. We also hire extremely talented and driven employees who are experts in their respective fields. Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? Most of our work is done in-house. We bring in independent contractors for special circumstances.

How many people do you have employed in-house?We currently employ 15 people.

How many websites do you typically build each month? We mainly work on large sites that require intensive strategy, design, custom programming, and SEO. These sites typically take a longer time frame to execute.

What type of clients do you primarily service? We work with a variety of clients, but our main focus is helping Fortune 1000 companies create effective communications for their associates and key stakeholders, as well as rebranding educational institutions. Our clients include Macy’s, Inc., Fifth Third Bank, Clark State Community College, The College of Mount St. Joseph, and Ohio Department of Education.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? We incorporate strategic thinking into every aspect of our business. Our strategists, designers, and programmers are thought leaders in their own right, helping us expand and propel forward.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? When it comes to design, less is more. When it comes to the Web, mobile is first. And we firmly believe content is king. We see the need to be providers of original content now more than ever.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? Since we founded this company, the industry has constantly changed. The tools and platforms we use are always evolving, but our basic business model stays the same: execute the best strategy that will give the client lasting results. It’s all about return on investment.

 

Data Design Systems

8080 Beckett Center Drive, Suite 120
West Chester OH 45069
Phone: 513-766-9111
Email: [email protected]
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Responses from: Bradley M Amster, Owner/Founder

When was the company founded? 2007.

Are you a local company or part of a corporation/franchise with locations in other parts of the country? Local company, I started the company in 2007.

Were you always a web design company or did you start your business doing something else? Yes, we started as a web design company and have grown into database development and custom web application programming.

What services do you offer? Web design, database design/development, custom web application development, IOS and Android development, SEO, and video for the Web.

Do you focus on a certain niche or industry more so than others? We are open to working with all industries.

What are your major strengths? PHP, MySQL, MongoDB, javaScript, JQuery, HTML5 CSS, json.

Is all work done in-house, with independent contractors, or both? All work is done in-house.

How many people do you have employed in-house? 6.

How many websites do you typically build each month? 10-12.

What type of clients do you primarily service? All sizes.

How do you differentiate yourself from the competition? We are a small company. When you call us, you will get a live person that understands programming and development. We specialize not only in web development, but we also develop custom web applications.

What is your philosophy towards web design and development? Keep it clean, modern, and cross browser compatible.

What do you attribute to your company’s success over these years? Hard work and persistence.

 

So there you have it. A listing of the top Cincinnati web design companies that provides a little more insight into the vast expertise offered by these firms. You’ll find the owners very accessible and welcoming in answering your questions about your website, digital marketing and other online needs.

As these business profiles demonstrate, when it comes to the Web, the Cincinnati metropolitan area is the place to find professionals who develop sophisticated Web tools, keep up on all the latest developments, and have the innovative thought process to apply creative techniques that will give your business a unique online presence to meet your goals.