I suppose it’s a sign of the times.
I remember seeing Grande Prairie 25 years ago and seeing nothing but an empty grass field where the gateway power centre is located. Now a days things won’t slow down and I suppose it’s a sign of the times seeing so many tech related businesses open up show in our city. I’ll be the first to admit that I feel like the city of Grande Prairie is always a step behind the tech curve, I mean it’s something so simple as seeing the most popular songs on the radio here compared to somewhere a little further south.
Yet, it doesn’t slow anyone down nor should it. For the past few years I’ve been working as a marketing adviser for the city of Grande Prairie and throughout the last couple years we’ve seen a dramatic change in how we share our news with the residents living here. Don’t get me wrong we still use traditional forms of advertising like the newspaper, radio, magazine etc. But these days the biggest positive response we’ve had is from running our news stories and local events right on our website and social media pages. The connection between those accounts and the residents is second to none.
That’s why I was privileged to see a handful of local businesses and residents starting to offer web design services in the city. I haven’t had the opportunity to meet or use any of these web design businesses myself but based on the layout and work they do (from what I’ve seen) here are some of Grande Prairie’s best.
A relatively new company Salt Media has paved quite the path in it’s early existence and I see more and more sites flipping up across the city having been designed by them. More then just webdesign they also offer branding, graphic design services and various other related services to the tech industry.
The old man on the block…figuratively speaking. Digital Blues in Grande Prairie has been around for as long as I can remember and they were one of the first companies to offer and consult both web and graphic design services in the city. With the emergence of so many new web design companies opening up they still seem to be busy but have possibly lost a few customers due to the outstanding work of some of the others offering services.
The only company on the list really offering SEO services in conjunction with web design is Sixo Media. The company itself seems to be run by one individual but the work put out is beautiful. Having followed some of the posts recently from Sixo Media I was pleasantly surprised to see some beautiful designs being produced.
For those unfamiliar with SEO, it is basically an online service that companies provide to help promote and bring traffic to your website in search engines.
The other heavy hitter in this group belongs to Nine10 Incorporated. Nine10 is more then just a web design agency, in fact I’d be willing to bet they focus more with the marketing aspect of your business then producing websites. True, a website is your more profitable and reliable form of marketing these days but this company also offers up offline marketing consultations and the like. That being said I was surprised to see little no mention of online marketing like SEO on their website.
There you have it
So those are the cream of the crop from what I can see for companies offering web design services in Grande Prairie. Over the course of the past five years I’ve had countless friends, family members and others looking for advice on how to generate more business and I always ask if they have a website. Shockingly most of them said no and would rely on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to get the word out. The problem in that approach is people probably won’t find your business unless it’s by referral or someone shared your Facebook/Twitter page.
These days it’s important to have a strong web presence not only with social media but a website as well. The companies listed above can help you and your business reach the next level I’m sure so why not call them and get started.