Ann Arbor, MI, April 22 – Since 2006, Hile Design has served two Tata divisions in the U.S. (Autodesk and PLM). They’ve now been selected to provide advertising and design services for Tata Europe. Tata is a multinational conglomerate based in Mumbai, India, and its technologies branch operates in 14 countries. The European division includes England, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Archive for April, 2010
Hile Design has been hired by Creative Automation to redesign their website. Headquartered in Ypsilanti, MI, Creative Automation provides complete automation systems across various industries. Rather than enduring the complicated process of buying and assembling various parts from numerous sources, Creative Automation will work with a client to design, build, and program the automation system. The end product is a fully assembled manufacturing machine that requires only the turn of a key to begin production, delivered right to the client.
Putting the customer’s needs first. It sounds so simple, doesn’t it—even trite? But I was recently reminded of how important the concept is when I heard it directly from our customer. It happened when we were pitching a major rebranding campaign. We were delighted to win the account, but as an added benefit our new client asked if we’d be interested in hearing why our firm was selected. This information is like gold to us, and it is rare that we are privy to the decisions behind the client review process. Here are the main points they mentioned:
- They liked that we listened before we spoke. By doing so before presenting our capabilities via PowerPoint, we learned that one of their top criteria was finding an agency with people they liked and felt they could work with, since they had never hired an outside agency before. Good to know! Later, after receiving their RFP (Request for Proposal) we put a lot of emphasis on our personalized service and long-term client relationships.
- They liked our team approach. We presented our company as a team. We allowed each of the four staffers present to discuss their areas of expertise and what they would bring to address the client’s needs. It was clear after reading the client’s website that they placed a great deal of emphasis on humility among their leadership as well as an open, participatory corporate culture.
- They liked that our design portfolio showed a broad range of styles, tailored to different industries. Having an agency look and feel is neither right nor wrong. There are many extremely talented creative firms who have honed their design approach to perfection. (Check out Charles S. Anderson Design at http://www.csadesign.com. Personally, I’m a HUGE fan of their retro-inspired design work!) But that approach requires customers to conform to the agency’s aesthetic. We intentionally highlighted divergent styles across several different industries to demonstrate that we target each brand to the appropriate industry and end user.
So, hearing from our new client was a reminder that our pitches shouldn’t be solely about our company capabilities, but also about serving our customer. And the payoff for such basic customer-centric etiquette? By focusing on our customer, we took care of our own business (in this case in a big way, as our new client is a national leader in their field).