What differentiates 500# from other agencies is our time tested process that ensures amazing outcomes and happy clients. If you'd like to check out our services the way most agencies describe what they do, check out our services page. Otherwise, here we go.

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Ideate.

Rather than bloviating about how creative we are, we'll just point you to some of our work.

We've been hired by top brands to design, build and deploy some of the most complex and powerful web marketing, loyalty and social campaign systems in the world. Like other crackerjack creative agencies known for their off the wall creativity, we pride ourselves on being different. But here's where we diverge from the pack: we bring world class badassery to systems design, psychographics and all other things 'geek'.

Other agencies are happy to build a team of hipsters that aren't afraid of freaking people out with their commercials. We get that. We do that. But we're also known for developing crap like loyalty programs that reward users 9-LEVELS-DEEP (no s*%!), based on behaviors such as sharing, reviewing, game play, posting and measurable word of mouth. That was sick.

Let your imagination go, and leave the insanity-inducing engineering alchemy to us.

Wanna know more about predictive analytics? Would you like some Marketing Automation to go with that cosmo? How about a side of Business Intelligence... or some Proximity Marketing.. or live marketing in airplanes? Bring it!

Architect. 

Every find yourself admiring some incredible architecture like this, or this? Well, we do. We love architecture, just not the way a traditional architect does. We love to go deep into how people interact with one another, both face to face, online and via mobile. We call it interaction architecture, and we love doing it.

We know that anything worth doing is worth measuring, and heck, it's probably worth automating too.

Interaction modelling is at the core of how we design the systems to get peoples attention, deliver the information they want and need, compel them to take action, and to tell others about it.

We know how to come to a deep understanding of a person's decision cycles and motivations for interacting with our client's brand assets. At each stage of a person's relationship with a brand, they have differing considerations that lead them to move to the next stage of engagement, or not. When a system such as a web site or mobile app makes a person think, or to have to figure out how to get what they want, they are lost (and you're done.). That's where interaction architecture has either failed or won the day. Elegantly architected solutions are seamless, simple to use, and seem to predict what each individual might want or need next. We're not talking just about cross-selling or up-selling, we're talking about making the person LOVE your ________ (fill in the blank). We want them to feel so good about their experience that they tell everyone they know about it. And when they do, we'll reward them for that too (because we'll know it).

An increasingly large part of our offering is centered on Marketing Automation these days. Thorough interaction architectures allow us to more effectively automate messaging and interactions that lead to conversions of many types. Deep understanding of user staging and action/reaction states can lead to more efficient delivery of information, goods and services, and ultimately, better outcomes and happier customers. It can also shed light on future product design and development.

Build.

Since 2009, the world of development has exploded. Just when everyone thought we'd seen it all, the world of mobile expanded like a weather balloon, and now we can add proximity marketing technologies (iBeacons), geo-fencing, and inaudible watermarking technologies to the mix. What was simply "search marketing" in 2009 quickly became social marketing, mobile marketing and now proximity marketing. Airlines are now developing immersive and interactive seat-back screen entertainment suites that also sell to the captive audience. The wild west of wearables and "Internet of everything" is just starting to take shape, and our team is developing these technologies, not just using them.

With all of this change, we know it's job #1 for us to have the right resources on our team, ready to push the development and integration envelope for our client's projects, or to integrate right into their teams on-site. 

We are Microsoft Certified, do tons of iOS and Android development, and have been doing progressively more open source development (PHP, Drupal, etc.) since 2008, and are "front end" developer heavy to deliver the best user experiences possible.

As a matter of course, development is never done at 500# until we've completed our thorough Quality Assurance (Q/A) Testing. We guarantee our work, no questions.

Manifest.

 

Evolve.