The Best Web Designer in The Industry Helping Top Brands Succeed Online

Since 2009, we have created exceptional online experiences and revenue growth for hundreds of businesses from all industries and sizes. As top award-winning web designers, we understand the interrelated relationship between design and marketing and how to implement the best industry practices to help our clients achieve their business goals.

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The best websites deliver an experience

As some of the best web designers in the industry, we have perfected our process of web development to mirror our client’s branding and revenue objectives and to be easy to update and maintain for years to come. From user experience and SEO optimized content to lead capture and technical savvy, we approach web design as a holistic process built around user needs and client long-term objectives.

The best web design is predicated on understanding user needs, their pain points, and their desire to transform their circumstances by purchasing a product or service. By designing your website around your ideal prospects’ needs, we can help you attract loyal customers and stand out from the competition.

The best web designer doesn’t simply create a technical website but a functional experience.

Web design best practices

Knowing the relationship between fonts, colors, easy navigation, and technical optimization, the best web designers in the industry strive to create a seamless web experience for users, making information easy to find and calls to action appealing.

For your website to be a business tool, it has to attract the right people at the right time in their customer journey. A web design agency can draw these visitors to your website with paid digital advertising campaigns or content marketing. That means your content has to be optimized to answer the questions your customers ask at every stage.

For many reasons, search engine optimization is best done during the web design process, not retroactively once the site launches. The on-page copy and the back-end meta descriptions and title tags can help your website rank for specific keywords, terms, and frequently asked questions.

Valuable web content that is delivered through a strong UX design can establish a brand as a knowledgeable resource and an industry leader. Reinforcing this identity supports positive referrals as well as the sales and marketing messages that brought each user to the website. Inevitably, by prioritizing and applying these best web design practices to your website, you will be able to achieve higher rankings and greater conversion rates.

What is included in our web development process?

We cover every detail of web design and will guide you through the entire process. Our goal is to minimize your time investment in the process since we’ll be the ones to drive the project and do all the heavy lifting. We invest the time to learn your story, your challenges, and your goals through team meetings and regular phone calls to talk through questions and maintain project workflow alignment. These are the main phases of our website development projects:

  • Website Roadmap – a long term plan for the build today and for the future
  • SEO Strategy – what to focus on and where
  • Content – we’ll help write and edit
  • UI/UX – responsive, mobile-friendly designed layouts
  • Website Development – custom made on WordPress, including APIs & Databases
Best Web Designer

Best Designs named Idea Marketing Group one of the country’s TOP CREATIVE AGENCIES, because we understand that good web design means much more than what a website looks like.

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Custom Web Design Services Built for Better Search Rankings + Lead Generation

For over a decade, we’ve designed websites for brands reaching millions of users every month. We have a proven process for custom web development looking at every detail of a build while thinking ahead to how it will grow and evolve. You will not find any cookie-cutter templates here. Our web designers, developers, and content writers turn websites into strategic, customer experiences.

Website Strategy

Companies that want to improve or completely redesign their existing website should always start with a well-defined plan. Together, we will create a blueprint to be used for your website build.

  • Define Goal KPIs
  • Uncover Opportunities
  • Identify Solutions
  • Develop a Website Architecture
  • Build a Brand Board
  • Map Out User Journey
  • Perform Competitive Research

Website Content + SEO

We begin with in-depth research and planning before crafting search engine optimized copy for your website. We will simplify your visitor’s decision-making and improve call-to-action conversions.

  • Define Messaging Tone and Feel
  • Establish a Keyphrase SEO Strategy
  • Write Targeted Website Content
  • Identify Call To Action Messaging
  • Create Website Wireframes

CRM Integrations

We’ve worked with a variety of CRMs as well as different types of use cases. If there is an API, we have it covered or set help in creating an API as well as leverage Zapier.

  • Salesforce
  • Hubspot
  • Zoho
  • Pipedrive
  • SugarCRM
  • Microsoft Dynamics

Database Integrations

Simplify operations by connecting databases to populate content directly on your website. We can write scripts to import and handle a wide variety of data types and needs.

  • Product Catalogs
  • Specification Tables
  • Data Records
  • User Management
  • Cron Jobs for Automated Updates

Custom Built on WordPress

Where all of your marketing channels feed into. With a properly built website, you are reducing the spend needed on other channels resulting in long-term savings and improved opportunities to generate more revenue.

  • Responsive Layouts with UI/UX Best Practices
  • Completely Custom, No Poorly Made Templates
  • Code Optimization for Loading Speed
  • Usability Testing + Browser Compatibility
  • 1 on 1 Website Training

Website Support + Improvement

Websites, browsers, and user behavior is always changing. We provide plans to support website needs with routine maintenance as well as continuously improving websites to beat and stay ahead of the competition.

  • Website Support Plans
  • Managed Monthly Hosting
  • ADA Compliance + Monitoring
  • On-going Search Engine Optimization
  • Content Marketing
  • Paid Advertising

They took complicated content and created an attractive solution that looks professional and functions very well for our audiences.

‐ American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology - Chicago Healthcare Organization
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Every other agency was telling us what we needed instead of listening to what we wanted. We all felt like you really heard us.

‐ Superior Beverage - Chicago Beverage Distributor
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Everyone at Idea Marketing is very receptive and easy to work with. We always felt like our ideas and feedback were valued and welcomed.

‐ US Glove - Sports Gear Manufacturer
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I was skeptical after our other digital agency failed us over and over, but Idea has proven to be an exceptional partner for us.

‐ K. Gourlie, Carmex - Top Lip Balm Brand
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Frequently Asked Questions About Website Design

Do you have experience in our industry?

Most likely. Since 2009, we’ve built hundreds of websites within various industries. No matter the company, we invest the time to learn your story, your challenges, and your goals to provide recommendations to maximize your marketing ROI. We do know web design inside and out as well as user behavior. Pair those together and we get results, no matter the industry.

We build custom websites paired with digital marketing strategies to grow your customer base and improve inbound lead generation.

How much does a website cost?

This is a loaded question that requires a bit of a loaded answer. Websites today are complex marketing tools that require a team of specialists:

  • Project Manager
  • Account Strategist
  • Designers
  • Front-end Developers
  • Back-end Developers
  • Content Writers
  • SEO Specialists

Similar to building a home, it first requires a plan to ensure every detail is covered. We like to call it a website roadmap.

We approach every website build in phases. The first phase is a deep interview of your company with pertinent members of your team to answer key questions to help uncover pain points, understand your goals, identify opportunities, as well as analyze the companies you are up against.

Next, we take the recommendations and knowledge gained during the first phase to craft a well-defined strategy for the custom website build. This includes the website architecture, target user personas, user journeys, brand messaging/voice, and SEO strategy which allows us to more accurately define a scope of work for the remainder of the build following the roadmap.

We will have a detailed plan as to what will be needed to build a website that not only meets your current needs but also provides a system to grow and scale helping to land your next big sales opportunities.

With all of that being said, our custom websites start at $30,000. You will not find any cookie-cutter templates here and all work is done in-house by our full-time employees.

How much to spend on marketing?

Setting an annual marketing budget can be a challenge and there are many factors to take into consideration. A quick way to generate a rough figure is to base it on the annual revenue of the company. An average percentage for B2B ranges from 6% to 12% of gross revenue as recommended by eMarketer’s Marketing Spending, assuming the sales margins are in the range of 10% to 12%. If we use these rates, below are quick examples of recommended marketing budgets:

Gross Revenue $2,500,000 x 0.12 = $300,000/year or $25,000/month

Gross Revenue $5,000,000 x 0.10 = $500,000/year or $41,650/month

Gross Revenue $10,000,000 x 0.08 = $800,000/year or $66,665/month

Gross Revenue $25,000,000 x 0.06 = $1,500,000/year or $125,000/month

These are considered conservative numbers, as companies who are in aggressive growth stages will often spend up to 20% of their revenue on marketing as well as B2C, which is typically higher than B2B. Companies that are just starting out will need to set a higher percentage than those that are more established. Measuring the success of any marketing campaign is critical. Budgets should be spent wisely and spread out to cover various types of advertising.

What is recommended for marketing budget allocation?

Gartner CMO Spend Survey released an in-depth look at marketing budget allocation for 2021, below are the findings. It is important to be aware that marketing spending is impacted by the general nature of the business, competition, and consumer behavior.

Owned Media20%Website, Email, Mobile
Paid Digital21%Search Ads, Display Ads
Earned Digital22%SEO, Social Media
Offline Ads10%Publications, Direct Mail
Affiliates9%Partners, Distributors
Events8%Trade Shows

Another quick rule of thumb for marketing budget allocation is the 70-20-10 rule.

  • 70% of your budget is allocated toward marketing strategies you know work well
  • 20% of your budget is allocated toward new strategies aimed at helping you grow
  • 10% of your budget is allocated toward experimental strategies

What is the average timeframe to build a website?

Our proven process has been continuously improved over many years of collaboration and best practices requiring each phase to be completed and approved before starting the next. We will schedule bi-weekly calls and ensure we’re on track with the project build.

Typically, the website timeframe from start to finish is about 5-7 months. The following are the stages that follow our website build:

Website Advisory Plan> Team Strategy Meeting> Define Goal KPIs> Uncover Pain Points> Website Recommendations + Solutions> Competitive SWOT Analysis10 Business Days
Branding + Content Strategy> Website Architecture> Target User Persona(s)> User Journeys> Brand Messaging / Voice> Keyphrase SEO Strategy> Define Scope of Work for the Website Build~1 Month
Website Build> Content> User Interface Designs> Frontend Website Development> Backend WordPress Development
> Launch and Final Testing
~3 – 6 Months
Included WordPress Training
> One-on-one or group training> WordPress training guide
> Typically plan for 60-90 minutes
After Launch

Founded in 2009. Idea Marketing Group is a top Chicago web design agency that works intimately with consumer brands and manufacturers to help build, maintain, and market websites. See the award-winning work or a specific service like manufacturing web design.