Managed web services (which we sometimes call “Managed Web”) refers to a cost-effective, flexible approach to web marketing characterized by iterative releases, quality content and efficient communications.

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While there are some applications where a project-based web services model makes more sense (e.g. non-essential websites, microsites, short-term campaigns, etc.), we believe that a managed web approach is more cost effective and yields better results in the long run. Here are just a few of the reasons why:

1. Partner with a whole web marketing team for nickels on the dollar

Running a complicated website or web marketing campaign requires a wide range of expertise. Small to medium size businesses rarely have the resources to add a full time marketing director, content marketing expert, SEO specialist, ad buyer, web developer, photographer and videographer

Partnering with a managed web service provider lets you have access to all of this expertise when you need it and as much or as little as you need it.

2. Keep everything working together under a single, adaptive long-term vision

A managed services provider can work with you to align your web marketing strategy with your goals. With each phase of a project, incremental planning keeps your new content and features focused, building a marketing campaign that gets results.

3. Get new features and content on the web faster

Managed services means you can respond to sudden market opportunities and take new features or content online when you need to. A system of rapid small releases makes it easy for good ideas to get into the pipeline for development faster without delaying the release of content or features already scheduled for deployment.

4. Enjoy an enterprise-level web platform without having to know how to maintain one

Managed web services let you remove complexity from your life so you can focus on growing your business and leave the tech to the experts. Managed web hosting typically covers the entire spectrum of web technologies you need for web marketing: managed WordPress hosting, automated backups and updates, SEO, performance optimization, email marketing, social media management, ad management, etc.

5. Monitor feedback and make data-based decisions

Managed web service providers don’t just deploy your content, they also monitor it using analytics and collect user feedback. This enables you to make data-based decisions to adjust your web marketing strategy and position your content where it can best engage your target audience.

One example of how we help our clients engage with data is through custom dashboards that brings live data and analytics from multiple platforms into a single display. We lean on these dashboards in a rhythm of regular meetings to make sure that our strategies and planning reflects the needs and usages patterns of users.

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If managed web services sounds like it would be a good fit for your company, or if you would like to talk to someone to learn more about how managed web might work on your next web project, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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Erich Boileau
Erich is a strategic thinker, writer and teacher whose passion is to see people and organizations grow into the truest expression of their best selves. People (and their stories) are complicated by nature, and he enjoys the challenge of bringing clarity and understanding into complex scenarios. Prior to becoming a partner in 2021, Erich served the company in various roles for 12 years, and his approach is informed by nearly a decade of non-profit leadership experience while living abroad in Morocco and Japan. He earned his bachelor's degree in English from Grand Valley State University in 2009. Erich is fascinated by the human brain, and outside the office he enjoys co-hosting a Japanese-language podcast on mental health with his wife, barstool philosophizing with friends, and spending time with his dog Fuji.
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