Design Quotes Launches the Perfect Quote Comparison Platform for Design and Marketing

Using Co-creation, Design Quotes built the perfect model for connecting businesses with local Australian designers

03 DECEMBER 2012, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
Summary
Design Quotes has launched a new quote comparison platform for design & marketing services in Australia.

Design Quotes has released a new quoting system and web app based on feedback from hundreds of local Australian designers.

Design Quotes designed the quote comparison system from the ground up to help businesses find the best designer for their budget while helping designers get more work without the risk of paying big dollars for the privilege.

Design Quotes’s old business model wasn’t providing the best possible service for connecting designers with clients.

Daniel says, “We were unhappy with the ‘bidding for leads’ model. It worked in some ways, but we found that clients weren’t always happy with the match and designers were paying for projects that didn’t go anywhere.” 

Design Quotes analysed their services and did extensive industry comparisons to ensure that they would provide designers and clients with the best service.

Daniel said, “Competitors like ServiceSeeking and Quotify use a bidding model. Some services flood the client with too many quotes while others serve up the lead to the first four designers. This isn’t ideal for the designer or the client.”

The new system uses a gamification edge to provide incentives for designers who want to be recommended to clients first. Designers are provided with a profile which is also used as a platform for reviews from clients. These designers receive a score based on their client reviews and how much content they contribute. 

This can be achieved by writing guest posts in the community blog and answering questions in the Q&A forum. 

When clients request projects, the designers with the highest scores are recommended to those clients first. In addition, Design Quotes doesn’t charge their fee until after the designer has completed a project. The gamification aspect ensures that clients are receiving the best and most involved designers.

“Design Quotes is the perfect balance of giving clients good deals from the best designers and providing designers with great long-term customers,” says Daniel. “We expect our use of gamification to really help us create some great community content. We’ve been using a concept called ‘co-creation’ to develop the new model. Facebook groups are great for this. We get a lot of feedback from our users about how to best run our service.”

Design Quotes invites new designers and clients as well as existing members to try out their improved service at http://www.designquotes.com.au/.

About the Company

Design Quotes is a service that connects designers with the clients who need them: marketers, online businesses and others. They provide a one-stop shop where both clients and designers can find what they’re looking for. Designers can sign up for free and apply for an unlimited number of projects.

The aim of Design Quotes is to provide low-risk projects for designers and the highest possible quality for clients.

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"We were unhappy with the ‘bidding for leads’ model. It worked in some ways, but we found that clients weren’t always happy with the match and designers were paying for projects that didn’t go anywhere." Daniel Duckworth
"Our competitors like ServiceSeeking and Quotify use a bidding model. Some services flood the client with too many quotes while others serve up the lead to the first four designers. Not ideal for the designer or the client." Daniel Duckworth
"Design Quotes is the perfect balance of giving clients good deals from the best designers and providing designers with great long term customers." Daniel Duckworth
"We expect our use of gamification to really help us create some great community content. We’ve been using a concept called ‘co-creation’ to develop the new model. Facebook groups are great for this. We get a lot of feedback from our users about how to best run the service." Daniel Duckworth
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About DesignQuotes

DesignQuotes is a services marketplace that helps small businesses compare quotes from local web designers, graphic designers and online marketing professionals (www.designquotes.com.au).


DesignQuotes provides creative service providers with a simple way of promoting themselves online without expensive marketing costs.