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Choosing The Perfect Magento Agency
1. Determine Your Needs
Before reaching out to potential developers, have a clear understanding of your requirements. Determining the requirements is of paramount importance before anything else, so better write it down from scratch. The requirements include a basic idea of the product range, market insights, customer needs, and competitors. Analyze your business based on these data points to speed up and improve the process as and when you work with a development team.
2. Create a Budget Estimate
At the end of the day, it all comes down to money, anticipating how much business the eCommerce venture can generate, and the budget required for building the website. It would be absurd if a company doing $50M per year is just spending $50K on a website. Spending 3% to 5% of your online revenue towards building a fully personalized eCommerce website should do good.
You should also take a look at their licensing and hosting costs in case they decide to choose the more expensive Magento Commerce Edition. A sales forecast on the eCommerce venture will provide a few numbers on the budget limit.
3. Scout Agencies Carefully
Now, you need to scout the agencies based on your needs and budget. There are a few categories on how Magento development communities are classified:
- Global Elite Solution Partner
Being the full-service system integrators, consultancies, or agencies, they work with many well-known brands across the world. Many of these agencies work primarily on Magento Commerce with huge teams of certified developers, managers, and consultants. These agencies operate across different continents and are popular in the Magento community.
Global Elite partners show proficiency in the digital commerce domain, spanning UX/CX design through the management of complex programs and a robust 24/7 managed service/support offering. They provide exemplary services to businesses worldwide.
- Enterprise Solution Partner
These are consulting firms that offer full-service offerings that include strategy, design, development, implementation, optimization, and managed services. They have strong proven commerce capabilities, strong vertical expertise, and have delivered on a large investment in the Magento platform. These digital commerce agencies have a strong team of experts who are certified in the areas of Magento Credential Programs.
- Professional Solution Partner
They have an established commerce practice area across a specific geographic area. They adopt Magento as a key technology offering and are expected to stay updated on the latest innovations delivered by Magento and have access to channel support in abundance.
Being smaller is an advantage for these agencies as merchants can get a focused team of selected skilled resources who can work on the project on a regular basis. The merchants can also personally interact with the development team which may not be possible in bigger agencies. Since a lot of Magento agencies fall under this category, their price points are usually competitive to the market.
- Business Solution Partner
Business solution partners are mainly focused on working with businesses that have built their website on Magento quite recently and with those who already run Magento Commerce sites. Business partners are interested in developing their Magento Commerce skills as often as they are just starting their partnership with Magento.
When the requirements are minimal and the budget is comparatively low, it’s better to find a single Magento developer who can handle the requirements. While scouting for an individual developer, it is crucial to check their expertise, references, and certifications. Though these developers can give a personalized service to your needs, the disadvantage is that the merchant is completely dependent on this individual. This situation puts a lot of eggs in one single basket which is a delicate proposition.
Magento Community Insiders are those certified Magento web developers who will augment and maintain your eCommerce website. The Insider Program is the entry point of a formal relationship with Magento but is yet to be official partners. They will have complete access to Magento’s platform, its tools, and information to develop optimized eCommerce websites.
4. Request A Quote
Once the initial scouting is done, provide your requirements to the shortlisted agencies/developers and request an estimate. After you analyze the estimates, get an idea of what they can do.
Look out for the following details:
- Clientele: Understand the existing projects or clients that they have handled in the same industry. For example, if the merchant is into fashion, understand how many related projects the shortlisted development team has handled. Have a look at those websites; it would give an idea of how their end product would be.
- Workforce: Get a deep understanding of the workforce who would handle your project. Get their expertise, certification details and if possible set up a discussion with them. This would bring the merchant closer to the developer and close the communication gaps.
- Certifications: Check for the number of certifications that they have. Go for an agency that is officially a Magento Solution Partner and also check out if they are Magento certified.
- Testimonials & Reviews: Take a look at what their existing clients have to say about their service. Have a deeper understanding of the kind of communication they nurture with their clients and glance through the reviews to know what their strengths and weaknesses are.
- Cost: Estimate how much it would cost and how profitable this partnership would be for the business.
- References: Ask for references and cross verify, this would help gather unknown details about them.
5. Decide As a Team
Before making the decision, you should always reflect upon the vision for your eCommerce business as well as the potential of the development agency to achieve it. This will provide a clear path to eliminating unsuitable agencies and allows you to understand the agency that is right for your project.
Klizer: Your Trusted Magento Solutions Partner
A thriving digital commerce ecosystem with 15+ years of experience, DCKAP is equipped with the team of diligent Magento certified developers who come with years of expertise in the field. With the Magento development services, we also provide supreme UI/UX designs, SEO services, and maintenance support, along with seamless integration services.
We understand the intricacies of curating the perfect online storefront. It doesn’t end with a single implementation project. Rather, it continues with upgrades, maintenance, support, and many other activities, which gave rise to implementations that attained fruition. With a constantly changing online landscape, it is critical to partner with the right providers of Magento development services to work on your eCommerce projects.