Local Spark

Chesapeake, VA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

We are local in Chesapeake Virginia. Local Spark starts with the essentials and works from there. We only sell you what you need. We create fast, mobile friendly websites, manage local online advertising and educate you on what you can do to spark your search engine rankings.There are 4 of us so far, not 200 with a high overhead. We concentrate on quality, not quantity and can do just about anything we are asked. We are not here to tell you how great you are and let you know how great we are, we are here to get from zero to hero locally. It takes time, consistency, transparency and work ethic.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

As the owner, I have always had passion for brand-able professional design married to simplistic usability. All Local Spark employees live in Chesapeake or Virginia Beach and take great pride in promoting our local businesses. I have been doing this for over 20 years now and have won prestigious design awards along with Google certifications. The most important thing I bring to the table is years of experience transitioning small somewhat unknown local businesses to top local businesses that not only contribute to our local economy but provide a service that we all need.
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Location

Chesapeake, VA 23322

Background check

Complete

Years in business

3

Number of employees

4

Times hired on Thumbtack

1

Reviews

10 Reviews
  • Chris L. Aug 23, 2016
    William C. Aug 23, 2016

    Thanks for the review Chris.

  • Jacqueline U. Aug 22, 2016
    Web site enhancement, visibility and maintenance in excellent hands.
    William C. Aug 22, 2016

    Thank you Jacqueline, I enjoy our visits. You are one of the most computer savvy clients I work with so it is always nice to know I don't have to go over the same thing again in the near future. You get it the 1st time every time. :) Cheers to getting your business ranking in the top 3 on Google! It is now time for a consistent #1 ranking.

  • Ali A. Aug 22, 2016
    Local spark done a good job for us. They design our company website and done just a wonderful job. Really I recommend them to any company that need a web design.
    William C. Aug 22, 2016

    Ali, you were actually our first client that found us locally on Google without us doing any advertising. We have only recently started the process to get our own business to rank properly. So thank you for finding us and it has been an absolute pleasure working for you.

  • Diane M. Aug 19, 2016
    After researching many website designers, we decided to keep it local and hired a firm who we had met at a local business class. We gave them little guidance on what we wanted and received a very professional website which we are extremely happy with. They are also very prompt at getting back to you. I would highly recommend them.
    William C. Aug 22, 2016

    Thank you Diane, you are very easy to work with, which allowed us to ultimately do more work on your behalf. Your website looks great on mobile and desktop, we will get those changes you requested today done tonight or tomorrow.

  • Steven M. Aug 16, 2016
    Helped recover a failing site, helped revamp it, been on top of updates since. Highly recommend.
    William C. Aug 16, 2016

    It was a challenge but rewarding in the end. Thank you for trusting us to get the job done! We look forward to getting the opportunity to grow your local presence.

  • Keith L. Aug 16, 2016
    I have been in business for over 25 years and have had several web companies over the years with little to no success. After switching to Localspark my business has increased significantly. Many more people now know of us, thanks to Localspark. I would highly recommend Localspark to anyone who wants to increase their business. Thank you Localspark for all your hard work.
    William C. Aug 16, 2016

    Thanks Keith, you have been a pleasure to work for. Thank you for the kind words.

  • Spencer U. Aug 16, 2016
    William Chenowith has been handling the monitoring of our website and how our company BIMS is listed online since October 2015. We are extremely happy at the work he has accomplished thus far. He is very dedicated, professional, affable, and compliments our mission for growth and success. Also we value all his ideas and recommendations to improve how we market our company. Spencer Upsher President
    William C. Aug 16, 2016

    Thanks Spencer, your feedback is much appreciated. I look forward to our continued success together.

  • Jon E. Aug 15, 2016
    Completely outstanding service from this company. Not only did my website get redesigned even more beautifully than I could ever imagine, I now have a team of people to look to when I need things on my site changed.
    William C. Aug 16, 2016

    Thanks for the positive feedback. Let me know if you need anything at all.

  • Jeremy E. Aug 15, 2016
    Local Spark is the best in the business! Period.
    William C. Aug 16, 2016

    Hi Jeremy, your success is my success. Thank you for all the business.

  • William G. Aug 14, 2016
    Best customer service ! Anything and everything that could be done, was done to provide the best service. i couldn't have asked for more!
    William C. Aug 16, 2016

    We are serious about results, thanks for letting me know that most of our competitors don't even give a monthly ranking change report. Not sure how they get away with it. :)

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
$50 per hour or $200 per month per service. Website / SEO / SEM
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Discovery - Get client assets and project requirements Development - Google and iOS structured lightweight code and pay-per-click management Payment - Payment upon completion (We draw up free mock-ups for most clients)
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am Google Adwords certified, I have won an Addy Award locally in Norfolk for website design, I am certified in Adobe Photoshop and own a Review Acquisition company.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have personally created websites since I was 14, I am 39 now. A lot has changed, and a lot will continue to change. Small local web design boutiques like Local Spark can make internal changes quicker. The most important thing I have learned over time is that we cannot get complacent. Once good positioning is obtained, keep working to stay with or ahead of search technology and assure your website consistently loads in a snap.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Service-based local businesses from Electricians to Lawyers. We do not promise we will be exclusive but we do promise you will want us to be exclusive after we start making your phone ring.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
We recently completed a local legal website and in just over a month already started ranking for keywords that would normally cost $25 per click.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Local is important, locally hosted, locally built. Depending on the services offered, some business types benefit from a huge expensive website, while some get just as much exposure with a mobile targeted 3 page website that focuses on contact information. Black hat techniques are a thing of the past, find a provider that works hard, is ethical and consistent.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Do you use structured data or micro-data so Google can use your web page source properly? Does you basic package include a mobile-friendly website? Ask them what percent of users search by mobile vs desktop? (Answer is that mobile recently took over desktop, so over 50%) What steps in laymen terms will you take to make sure my website shows up locally?