Social Media Services & Pricing

Get more customers by looking your best online. Keep those customers coming back by creating a relationship with them. Do all this and more with Simply Serendipify, at a price small businesses can afford.

Create & Deliver your Social Strategy

Pricing for social media strategies that scale with your business.  We also can create more specific plans to meet your organizations needs.

Basic

$825/Month
  • Facebook Post (2x/week)
  • Twitter Post (2x/week)
  • Linkedin Post (2x/week)
  • Google+ Post (2x/week)
  • Blog post (1x/month)
  • Company Profile Power Listing
  • E-Newsletter
  • Content Feed

Platinum

$1825/Month
  • Facebook Post (5x/week)
  • Twitter Post (5x/week)
  • Linkedin Post (5x/week)
  • Google+ Post (5x/week)
  • Blog post (5x/month)
  • Company Profile Power Listing
  • E-Newsletter (up to 2000 contacts)
  • Content Feed for website

* Plus one-time Setup Fee of $249.
** We do not have a long-term contract. We ask that you partner with us for 90 days. After that, we work on a month-to-month basis.

Consulting Services

$95/hour
  • We offer offers strategic consulting for digital and social media marketing for brands, companies and organizations of all sizes
  • Website maintenance
  • Website assessment, report and recommendations
  • Online Brand Report (includes website assessment, benchmarking, research and recommendations focused on core digital marketing efforts including website, social media marketing, email marketing and search engine optimization (on- and off-site)
  • Counsel for Digital Marketing Strategic Planning, Traditional Marketing Integration, Internet & Social Media Concepting, Brainstorming & Ideation Facilitation

WordPress Website Maintenance

$225/month
  • We’ll work with you to ensure all of your theme and plugins are up to date
  • We can add images, videos, content and various other media to your website to keep it fresh and relevant
  • Would you like to add a new feature or change the look of a page, we’re here to help
  • We can add specific “Calls To Action” on your website to direct visitors to specific landing pages
  • Speaking of landing pages, we can help you with this also!!

Content Posts

$175/post
  • Are you thinking there’s something to content marketing but not sure how to get started or keep going?
  • Do you want to blog but can’t find the time, don’t consider yourself a writer or just don’t love pounding out 1000 words at a time?
  • Do you wish someone would just come up with ideas and write about them in a way that reflects your voice and brand?

Common Pricing Questions

Is there a long term contract?

We do not have a long-term contract. We ask that you partner with us for 90 days. After that, we work on a month-to-month basis.

 

Can I change plans at any time?

Absolutely. We will help you find the right plan for you.What type of help do you provide in setting me up? Our team of professional writers and marketers will help you set up your profile and will copyedit and search engine optimize whatever you publish.. We want to show you the power of Simply Serendipify.

Are there set up fees?

Yes, there is a one-time set up fee of $149 for each pricing structure.

What metrics will I be able to view as part of Simply Serendipify?

We provide you with a metrics dashboard to see the number of times you connected with customers, read your announcements and shared your business with their friends. Additionally you will have reports on how you rank on Google, the number of times people have seen and acted on your Google+ Local profile and all the directories that are being managed.

What types of payments do you accept?

We accept most major credit cards (Mastercard, Visa & American Express) as well as PayPal.

How Much Should a Web Design Cost - Budgeting for a Professional Design for a Small Business Website

How Much Should a Web Design Cost Budgeting for a Professional Design for a Small Business Website

“How much will it cost?” – That’s the first question I get asked by a prospect.

“How much will it cost?” – That’s the last question I get asked by a prospect.

I’ve asked it. I bet you’ve asked it. It’s a fair question; after all, you’ve got to make smart investments in your business and you can’t jump into a project blindly. But asking how much a website costs is a bit like calling your contractor and saying, “I want you to build me a house. How much will it cost?” He’d look at your cross-eyed for a while and then ask you a million questions about how many rooms, what type of flooring, whether you’ve already purchased the land or not… all of which have very real parallels when it comes to building a website.

To make matters worse, there can be a huge gap between the costs you get from different developers. Why is one offering a website for $500 and another asking for $5,000? Is one stupid, or the other a scam artist? How’s a person to make a smart decision

What should a website really cost?

I’ll save you the effort of reading all the way through to the end if you’re here for “the answer”: there isn’t one. There isn’t ONE answer for the same reason there isn’t ONE website that looks, functions and evolves like every other website.

However! There are some very real and relevant things that you should consider and a few things to know about how pricing works. Read on to get the inside scoop so that before you ask the question next time, you’ll be armed with information.

The Preamble: Where Does The Cost Of A Website Come From?

In a DIY world, most non-developers don’t understand the work that goes into building a website. There are plenty of tools that let you drag-and-drop your way to an online presence in a few hours and call it a website.

That’s not the kind of site I’m talking about.

I’m talking about a website that reflects your business, your goals, your brand. I’m talking about a website that adds value and is a strong tool in your marketing arsenal. One that is optimized for search. One that works across browsers and operating systems. One that doesn’t stick you with another company’s logo at the bottom of it because you got it for $49.00 and now you’re obliged to perpetually advertise someone else’s brand.

So assuming we’re not talking drag-and-drop, “stick your logo here” types of websites, let’s talk briefly about what goes into building one.

  • Content. Whether you pen a few paragraphs or hire someone to do it, it’s got to be written, organized, keyword optimized, human being optimized, spell-checked and proofread.
  • Photos. Whether they’re original or stock, someone has to find, organize, retouch and properly size and output them for web.
  • Design. There’s high end custom and there’s minimal, but someone has to consider colors, fonts, graphics and how they all work with your brand.
  • Structure. Someone has to think about pages, navigation and usability, and the best way to get users from here to there.
  • Layout. Headers, footers, sidebars, call-outs, pull quotes, opt-in boxes, social icons. These things don’t magically place themselves on the page, nor should they be stuck somewhere haphazardly.
  • Optimization. Beyond keywords, there are considerations for code quality, site speed, meta data.
  • Functionality. Opt-in boxes don’t program themselves. Nor do contact forms, shopping carts or other features. There are fundamental questions like “what happens if…” and “then what?”
  • Compatibility. With half a dozen common browsers and twice as many versions, multiple operating systems and platforms, not to mention mobile, someone has to make sure your site works.
  • Launch. Someone has to install your site on a hosting server, set up the DNS, get your analytics, Webmaster tools and sitemaps in order and make sure everything is working in real life, including all those opt-ins and contact forms.

If this sounds like a setup for “…and that’s why a website has to be expensive!” it’s not. It’s just the practical reality of building a site. There are things to do and things to consider. These are just some of those things and they all go into determining a cost.

Things That Can Affect The Cost Of A Website That Have Nothing To Do With The Website

All things being equal (same site, same requirements, same amount of work) there are other things outside the project itself that can impact cost.

$2,000-$5,000. This is most likely your base-level range. In this price range you can expect a decent professional to put together a site for you that includes common functionality such as a content or image slider, contact form and opt-ins, photo gallery, blog and a branded design. While this range will afford you a site that goes beyond the generic template-look with features like a designed header or background and consideration for colors, fonts and layout, it’s not going to buy you a completely custom design.

Even at an base level you should expect basic optimization. That means your site is built to current code standards and optimized for speed, functionality and fundamental search requirements. While your content may not be optimized, the rest of your site – from basic meta data to sitemaps and other essentials – should be.

What you will not get at this level is copywriting or any content creation. You should come prepared with whatever content you want on your site and that includes copy, photos, videos or whatever else you need, plus your logo and branding requirements.

$5,000-$10,000. In this range you can add a fully customized design. This is where you get to sit down with an actual designer and talk specifics when it comes to branding, style and layout. Custom sites tends to be more time consuming to plan and build, so if you have specialized site requirements whether for design or functionality, you can expect to hit the higher end of this range.

You can add basic ecommerce in this category but don’t expect too many bells and whistles.

The bottom line: this is where you’ll be if you want to move past a basic design and if you’ve got fairly simple ecommerce requirements and don’t need anything customized like inventory management.

$10,000-$15,000. In this range you can get quite a robust website with accommodation for more custom requirements when it comes to programming, photo galleries and portfolios, forms, or other functionality.

You should also be able to get some keyword optimization here and depending on the size of your site, you may also be able to sneak in some copywriting. As with the last price range, you should come prepared with your branding materials.

The bottom line: think of this in similar terms to the previous category but with “more stuff” and a couple of added bells and whistles; perhaps multiple photo galleries, quite a few product pages, or more complex user forms. It’s also where you want to be if you need someone with a copywriter’s eye to kick your content up a bit.

$20,000-$30,000. In this price range you can sit back and relax because you can afford to work with a copywriter who will take care of content creation and full-on optimization for you.

It also buys you sit-down time with a designer, not only for your website, but for logo and branding development plus mobile considerations, too, although it won’t necessarily afford you anything specialized like custom photography or video.

The bottom line: this is sort of the all-inclusive vacation of websites. It’s where you want to be if you want to take more of a “hands-off” approach to your website and let the professionals deal with everything from the creative to the content to the optimization and construction, with some bonus collateral materials like business card and letterhead design.

$40,000-$60,000. In this category you can reach beyond “website” into “application”. This is where programming and functionality become so custom that your site is built purely to satisfy your business needs. Very specialized content management systems, inventory management, integration with third-party APIs and other special functionality come into play here.

You can also get a pretty robust ecommerce site with inventory and specialized content management that caters to the nuances of your product line and pricing scenarios. Just remember, the more requirements and the more little details and functionality you add to your project, the higher you go on the price scale.

You’ll get a fully customized design in this category, including mobile and, if you need, branding. However, copywriting at this level becomes more complex as you are likely dealing with product descriptions or other unique types of content so I haven’t included that here.

The bottom line: if you’re a retailer, distributor, manufacturer or other corporate entity with specialized data management or ecommerce needs, this is the place to be. In this range, your developer will create a project specification that details your website needs and then build around them.

$60,000+. That little “+” is enough to mean “whatever you want, sir”. If you’re in this price range you probably aren’t too concerned with budget anymore and there isn’t really a point to discussing limitations.

The bottom line: if you’re a corporate entity with serious internal and external requirements, or maybe a startup with funding and an experimental idea, you can reach for the stars.

What A Website Should Not Cost

$500. If that’s what your site cost, I bet you’ll find at least one fuzzy pixelated photo, at least one mis-programmed form validation, at least one missed optimization opportunity. Maybe you can get your blog set up for $500, but you cannot build a professional web presence for that little. Even an unskilled developer charging $50 an hour can’t put together an optimized, functional, professionally branded site in 10 hours.

Please do not tell me how you know someone who did it because I promise you won’t want me to look at that site and pick it apart.

How To Decide If The Cost You’ve Been Given Is Fair

So now that I’ve given you some pretty broad ranges and a lot of variables to think about, how do you take that and translate it into something that makes you feel confident signing on the dotted line and starting your project?

For starters, if you’re comparing costs between developers, make sure it’s apples to apples – you may not be able to do it exactly, after all there are a bunch of subjective factors involved as we’ve discussed – but you should know what you’re getting in terms of feature set and functionality. Then take into consideration the experience and portfolio of the individual or company you’re looking at hiring, the attention you can expect to receive and the general rapport between you and a potential developer. Even if the cost is perfect and everything else seems right on paper, you may want to think twice about hiring someone if you don’t feel that somewhat ethereal sense of connection and comfort.

Finally, you should consider one of the biggest and most often neglected questions…

…and then what?

Once your website is built, you’re barely part of the way there! You need an “and then what” plan for making sure your site is hosted securely and your data backed up properly. You need a maintenance plan, whether that’s you on a WordPress CMS or your developer making changes for you periodically. You need to stay on top of errors and alerts in your Webmaster tools and you need to get out there and market your website, track its progress via analytics and keep making changes as you learn what your visitors want and need.

That may be the job of your developer, your marketing company or simply you, but it’s certainly something to think about.

At the end of the day, I want you to approach your next web project with a bit more information than you had before so you can read the bottom line on your next proposal and feel confident that you’re being neither stupid nor swindled. With these guidelines, I hope you now have a place to start.

Are you freaked out yet? Do you find my ranges absurdly high or insultingly low?

Are you still thinking, “yeah, but what about…?” Let me know! I’m happy to answer

Thank you to Carol Lynn Rivera (www.websearchsocial.com) for putting this together…

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