How do you tell a company their website sucks?

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  1. xamblin

    xamblin TPF Noob!

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    I try to do web design work on the side and a lot of the local companies around here spend very little time and money on website design.

    I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how I would go about offering my services for their lack of.... anything good.
     
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    ianm TPF Noob!

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    go about it tactfully obviously - i'd have a look at the websites first, then if you think you could do better go in in on spec seeing if they need any web design doing, maybe have a chat and make sure you pass on your business card for their reference.
     
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    Battou No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Not being a web designer, I am not the classiest guy as far as that goes.... A few years ago I told Walmart their site sucked....I said flat out "your web site is worthless"
     
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    You don't.

    Create a simple mock-up. Gather some solid stats on how a good website drives sales, get yourself some business cards, some other examples of other work, a neck-tie, and go on in to speak to the manager.

    If anything, you will start building a good contact list. If they don't bite at first, send out a coupon (everybody LOVES a coupon) in about six months.

    Good luck!
     
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    Double H: Some great advice there! :thumbsup:
     
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    " Hello, I (Insert name) offer website design work. I've notice your website blows. Want me to help? :D"


    No, but really, simply hand them a card, or send a link offering your services and some of your work Then proceed to try and set up a meeting
     

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