Rated: 1.4 Out Of 5 – Utter Trash Award
Our highly experienced team of reviewers turned our attentions to Fat Media recently and were both disappointed and shocked with what we discovered. Despite some striking claims on their website, our evidence found a company that cared little for it’s potential client’s and had a pricing structure to make small business owners eyes water.
We approached Fat Media to obtain a quote for a small ecommerce website project. As their website repeatedly states they ‘take the time to fully understand your business’ we anticipated a response requesting further details. However, instead we received a response quoting in excess of four times what many other agencies had, with many standard services incurring additional costs.
Our team felt this showed a complete disregard for professional responsibility. Based on the figure quoted it would take over 7 years for this project to break even. This means that unless this start up business had significant capital they would be likely to fail financially shortly after the site was launched.
Fat Media also show on their website a number of awards. Yet we noticed all these awards were several years old and none had been won in the past 4 years.
Services Provided by Fat Media
Despite our concerns over Fat Media’s level of professional responsibility, it should be said they have a reputation and portfolio of well crafted, SEO friendly websites they have being responsible for developing.
Fat Media are to be commended for their ability to keep a web design project simple. We noted they make clever use of dynamic content to ensure maximum visitor engagement. We were also impressed by the level of knowledge in a variety of different coding platforms amongst their team of developers.
Our team noted Fat Media not only use standard platforms such as Magento and WooCommerce, but have the capability to develop bespoke platforms should a project size require it. The scale of previous ecommerce website client’s who have hired Fat Media also impressed our team.
Fat Media offer a range of skills that can be used to market your website and business. From SEO, through to Social Media Marketing they have the knowledge and the staff to cover all bases. The cost of this service does however price out the average small business.
Hosting With Fat Media
Fat Media, as with many web design agencies, offer web hosting to client’s which is state of the art. However, unlike many, any web design project will incur an extra fee for any hosting and we discovered the prices to be in excess of £750 per year, despite them knowing nothing about likely traffic levels or content. Again, we felt this approach of quoting first and asking questions later significantly harmed Fat Media’s level of professional responsibility to prospective client’s.
Getting To Know Fat Media
Fat Media are now a truly nationwide agency having grown from an office in Lancaster to setting up bases in London and Bristol. Their team consists of over 120 different experts, which makes them one of the larger web design companies we have reviewed.
However, despite Fat Media’s excellent portfolio and array of talent, we always place professional responsibility front and centre of our reviewing process. Their lack of this is the reason why we would advise all but the largest of client’s to avoid them.
We have already referred to both the quality and scale of project’s Fat Media have worked on. Their portfolio page showcases a small selection of these.
Why not head over to Fat Media’s website and check their portfolio out for yourself?
Reviews and testimonials from past clients can play a significant role in showing the quality of a web design company. However, in Fat Media’s case, we found that many of the top reviews offered no comments and we suspect some may in fact be false.
Contact Fat Media
Phone: 01524 487 728
Email: [email protected]
Address: Harpers Mill, White Cross Industrial Estate, Lancaster, LA1 4XF