Here's what we find ourselves doing on a regular basis:
Wordpress development – everything from simple maintenance and upgrades to heavily customized site builds.
Custom application development – we are PHP/MySQL specialists. We love the opportunity to build custom systems from scratch, but we’re also expert at configuring off-the-shelf frameworks and solutions.
Researching, identifying and implementing an ever-expanding universe of third-party services including e-commerce, geolocation, address lookup/verification, real estate leasing and availability tools and more.
Evaluating and establishing hosting services.
Hosting, server and email configuration and customization.
Search engine optimization (SEO).
Partnership with designers and design firms who need a development or technology resource to faithfully implement their design work – including consultation and support during the design process to help ensure designs will translate faithfully to the responsive web universe.
Website design for our non-designer clients, thanks in part to the wealth of great design talent we have to draw on.
Information architecture and user experience design and consultation.
Copywriting and copy editing.
Marketing and communications consulting.
Assembling and leading creative/development teams.
Metric Media was founded in Seattle in 2002. Each member of the core development team has been in the software development business for at least 10 years. We’ve all had experience running our own businesses prior to Metric Media, so in addition to our development skills, we’re able to bring a deeper understanding of the business environment and our clients’ needs to the work we do.
We are a small company but we have an extensive network of contractors and consultants we can utilize to expand our effective skill set well beyond what it might be otherwise. From Salesforce to SEO, ASP.NET, server configuration and more, if our core team doesn't already know it, you can bet someone in our extended family does.
Our flexible team allows us to offer our clients a comprehenisve approach to helping solve their web challenges. In addition to the programming world, we’re equally at home working through design challenges, bringing designers up to speed on responsive design, helping our clients better understand and talk to their users, and helping them make choices that most benefit their business.
Our experience with companies of all sizes – from Fortune 500 companies, to national and local nonprofits, to startups, family businesses and one-person endeavors – means we’re comfortable diving into just about any project.
We believe in putting users first whenever possible. However clever we think an idea might be, if it doesn’t help the user find what they are seeking – or worse, makes it difficult for them to do so – then there is probably a better approach to be found.
It isn’t enough to just send a message, the message must be received for communication to truly succeed. This requires empathy with our users – the ability to step outside ourselves and experience a site through fresh eyes, just as a busy, distracted, modern web user might.
Graphic design is part of our history, and design informs everything we do, which is why you'll find designers and design firms among our clients.
Most designers have, at one time or another, worked with a web developer who doesn't really "get" design. This typically results in a lot of back and forth as designers attempt to communicate their vision, and developers try to translate visual concepts into a language they understand. Or even worse, refuse to execute aspects of a design because they don't easily fit into their understanding of the web.
At Metric Media we believe design is a key part of user experience, and since users come first, design does too. Our designer clients have been universally thrilled to find a developer partner who can not only help execute their vision faithfully, but be a valuable contributor to the design conversation, sometimes even before the first sketches are made.
For us, relationships matter as much as projects do. Good relationships mean we can support our clients more and more effectively the longer we work together. We think nothing better serves any relationship than being honest, clear and transparent.
This is going to sound obvious, but we care a great deal about making our clients happy. Of course happy clients mean clients who keep coming back, but beyond that, we recognize that our life’s work involves creating something that the world is going to see and interact with.
Our work is our craft and we strive to leave our clients with the sense that together we have crafted something good, powerful, effective or beautiful - or perhaps all of the above.