International membership website taken to the next level
We have exceptional expertise in developing world class websites that enhance an organisation’s brand and, more importantly, their relationship with their audience. To us, it is important that a website does more than look pretty, it needs to perform well in order to meet the business objectives and expectations demanded of today’s users.
Scaramanga is able to deliver high quality websites because, unlike other design agencies, we do not outsource our website development. We have no need as we have all the design and development expertise in house.
We write well researched original copy in house. We don’t just create copy, but we take the time to create content plans and blogs and articles that discuss the topics relevant to you, your clients and prospective clients and target markets. We will firstly look at any existing site you have and delve deep into the Google Analytics to see what is working well, what isn’t working so well and what isn’t working at all.
We will look at your business goals, the content you have and check that they are fully aligned, and we will also identify any gaps there might be and discuss with you how we can help fill those gaps to meet the needs.
We focus our writing on being accurate, credible and everything we do is fully optimised for search engines. We are more than happy to edit copy if you have written it and ensure it is suitable.
Having a website that pulls together all the strands of your business and really works for your business and emulates your brand values and tone of voice is important!
We are fully committed to accessibility and are early adopters of building websites that meet W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.
We follow best practices when developing websites and test against recognised criteria using a combination of automated tools and manual review.
We use WCAG 2.1 Level AA as a benchmark for compliance testing and strive to obtain this as a minimum. This is in line with government guidance for websites built for public bodies and is deemed general good practice.
We make sure we don’t neglect one of the often overlooked areas of a web design project: Search Engine Optimisation. Although we can never guarantee your rankings in Google (or any other search engine), we do take care to do everything we can to capitalise on the rankings you already have.
This involves adding redirects to instruct search engines of the new location for old pages (if an old website exists); adding Google's Rich Results and Rich Snippets; integrating Google Search Console to set-up Google XML Sitemaps submission and deal with any reported issues; as well as helping you add correct meta data (title, description, keywords) to your content. All this work goes hand-in-hand with the standard SEO techniques we employ as part of the build.
We aim to build websites that benefit from sub-second page load times, as this is the accepted benchmark for an optimal user experience. Achieving this goal requires a combination of techniques - from the choice of server to template enhancements.
With many of the sites we develop, particulalry for membership organisations and venues, we will develop integration with other systems to improve efficiencies for the client, as well as the user experience. These include:
Bremont Watch Company have worked with Simon and the team at Scaramanga since 2013 to continuously develop the design and functionality of our website and its Content Management System. Their team constantly go above and beyond to find the most effective solutions and always deliver them under extremely tight deadlines. We are thrilled to work with such a professional team.
Working with the team is truly is a delight. We often say in our office that they do exactly what they say on the tin; they really are thoughtful. Attentive when you need their help, sympathetic when you think you may have broken your website, considerate to the needs of the staff who use the website, as well as the end user and kind when you don’t understand technical jargon and they explain it to you in layman’s terms! Simon and Joshua have made this daunting project seem manageable and overall an enjoyable experience – thank you for all your help!
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London Flower School
Association of British Orchestras
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