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Month: May 2015

New Companies This Week – May 25, 2015

Image courtesy of Workhouse Creative

Image courtesy of Workhouse Creative

After a relaxing Memorial Day weekend, Team VendorDB is back in top gear.

Planning an event that needs maximum buzz and minimum panic? Call on The Michael Alan GroupShiraz Events or Ray Bloch Productions.

Need help with a fabrication project? Hire HOT POP Factory and get it 3d printed in no time.

Or do you need to make your next deploy flawless? Check out CircleCICodeship or Travis CI.

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

135 Street Agency
140fire
21 Sun Productions
360 fx
4Real
Alpha & Jam Nigeria
Another Film Company
Badgeville
Barbershop I/O
Betterific
Big Frame
Big Mobile
Blue Bite
Bottle Rocket
Brand Warriors
Brandsonvine
Bulkypix
Button Frog
Chartbeat
ChatID
Chute
CircleCI
Cision
ClearSlide
Clever Girls
Codeship
Complex
Crimson Hexagon
Crisp Media
Deborah Artaza
Demographics Pro
DocSend
Ephany Creative
Evernote
Expo TV
Far and Wide
Feed Company
Fineman PR
Foxy Frames
Fuisz Media
Funny or Die
GazeMetrix
HOT POP Factory
Howcast
Indie Oven
IPG Media Lab
Isabel Scharenberg Creative Management
Koupon
Lab42
Launchfire
licious
Lindsey Langenburg
Livestream
Machinima
Madovar
Mate Toth Widamon
MeBox Media
Medialets
MediaShift
MINK MGMT
MocoSpace
Motion Foundry
Mustache
MWD Lifestyles
Oishii Creative
Packlane
piqora
Pixelmags
Prizelogic
Proof Interactive
Ray Bloch Productions
RDG
Rubber Republic
S+C Photography
Sequence
Shiraz Events
Showyou
smartling
SmartShoot
snaps
Social Code
SocialFlow
SocialRadar
Sprinkle Lab
Storefront
Storify
Studio Souffle
Sweeney
Tagstand
The 7th Chamber
The Michael Alan Group
ThoughtLeadr
Tidal
Total Immersion
Totem Creative
TransPerfect
Travis CI
Twilio
United Visual Artists
Unruly
Ustream
Velti
Vertical Online
Vivox
Vizu
VPC
VSCO
We Make Awesome Shit
Wingsplay
WIREWAX
Wolf at The Door
wondermob
Workhouse Creative
Wrapp
Wrike

Partner Spotlight – Canticle

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great. Next up is Canticle!

The Vitals

Name: Canticle
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
Date Founded: January 2012
Specialties: Short-form documentary, nonprofit video and web development

What inspired you to start your company?

I worked for a nonprofit out of college, doing social media & marketing. I always knew I wanted to start my own thing, and I knew that I had a network of creatives that were interested in working with me. Who wants to be stuck with a paycheck, anyway? Those things don’t increase much on their own.

Which work or brand are you best known for?

We’ve started doing a lot of film work for international nonprofits. I just got back from Costa Rica doing some branding & photography for an NGO. In October I was in Liberia covering the ebola outbreak for a medical organization.

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Who is your most interesting staff member?

Kalvin. He’s a great editor & second shooter but all he talks about is his “time spent in England and Iceland”. I’m tired of it already.

What is your biggest challenge at the moment?

We’re new; just over three years into it. Our biggest challenge at the moment is getting through the growing pains of a baby startup and finding momentum in a huge market.

What do you make of the trend where brands are skipping their agency of record to work directly with production partners?

I think we’re entering a phase where agencies are losing traction with smaller brands simply from an economic perspective. A boutique production shop can offer the same value for much less dollar. We’re trying to take a zen minimal approach and provide the absolute best value for everyone involved.

What does the future look like for Canticle?

I’m teaming up with a filmmaker from Northwest Arkansas for a two-month overland trip from the United States to Argentina. We’re planning the production of the documentary and I expect it’ll be one of the most exciting pies I’ve dug my fingers into. Besides that: just digging in and doing work!

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You can learn more about Canticle on VendorDB and at canticlecreative.com.

Partner Spotlight – The UX Department

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great. Next up is The UX Department!

The Vitals

Name : The UX Department
Locations: HQ in San Francisco and we have an office in Argentina
Year Founded: 2010
Specialties: User Experience Design, User Interface Design, Information Architecture, Interaction Design, Front-end Development.

What inspired you to start your company?

I wanted to build a team that could provide a rich User Experience for our product’s users and not just a nice looking design. I wanted to enter the web design business from a user-centered approach.

What was the first job someone hired you for?

Our very first client as an agency was QuestionPro, the leading provider of online survey software, that trusted us back then and keeps working with us now. We worked with them to create their platforms and make online research an easy interactive experience for their users. We built a long lasting business relationship with this company.

Question Pro

What was the most technically challenging work you’ve created?

I would say our two most challenging projects were La Gaceta (online platform for an Argentinean newspaper) because of the amount and complexity of the templates we had to create, and AutoGrid, because we had to do a lot of research to understand how the electrical industry works and how it’s billed, in order to create complex interfaces with that data.

What is the smartest work you’ve seen in the past year that didn’t come from your shop?

Google’s Material Design

How has the business changed since you started?

I think the biggest change in the industry has been the acknowledgement and general acceptance of User Experience as a needed discipline to make web products better. I see that now there’s a major awareness of users needs and wants, and that, of course is a great improvement.

UX Department

What is the best thing about working at The UX Department?

What we like about our team is that we learn from each other. We believe in being part of each other’s training process and helping every member grow as a professional. It’s everybody’s responsibility to make a great team.

Where is the best bar in San Francisco?

At the Top of the Mark : )

UX department

You can learn more about The UX Department on VendorDB and at theuxdepartment.com.

New Companies This Week – May 11, 2015

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Image courtesy of Loica

We’re back with another big week of companies!

Virtual reality is a hot topic right now but it can be hard to find the best of the best. Just search VR and you’ll connect with awesome partners like Vrse, WEVR and yellowBird.

Worried that your site or app is crashing on users? There’s great software out there that’ll alert you immediately! Try Sentry, AirbrakeBugsnag or search monitoring software.

Do you run a local business and want to tune up your social listings? Check out Yext, SinglePlatform or explore other tools & partners when you search local marketing.

Interested in being added to VendorDB? Submit your URL here.

Agent Illustrateur
Airbrake
Apartment One
ArsenalFX Color
arx anima
AST Studios
Ata Albehany
Atlassian
aurorastudios
batwin + robin productions
Big Teeth
Bigstar Studio
Block & Tackle
BOMBASTIC, INC.
Bonfire Agency
Bouncepad
Brandlab
BRANDNEWIMAGE
Brightline
Buck
Bug Agency
Bugsnag
Casengo
CCP
Celia Siegel
Chaos Group
ChezEddy
CHIARI Studio
Christian Northeast
Christophe Neimann
Clone Zone
Cloudhead Games
CocoBongo
Conduit
conkerco
Creative Chemist
Creative Nuts
CTA Labs
DazPix
Deep Sky Studios
Design Innovations
Designomotion
DIIZ
Distil Networks
Dot Ave Design
Downstream
EAT MY DEAR
Elevation
Eloisa Iturbe Studio
Enter media
Fabrily
FATface
Figure Digital
Firma Buurman
FLUX NYC
FLUX STUDIOS
FLY STUDIO
Freshdesk
GÉDÉON
Goldener Westen
Greta Zozula
Grid
groovisions
Hatch Studios
Hatua
Help Scout
HippieHouse
HiveFlux
Holland Centraal
HORSEinMOTION
identity istnbl
Isoform
Jaunt
JimmyRoyal
Jobvite
Justin Gray
Kaktus Film
Keen IO
Kineza
kirchnerund kirchner
kolor
Kong
Launch Agency
Le pivot
LimeGreen
Locu
Loggly
Loica
Lua Voigt
MA3 Agency
Mackinnon and Saunders
Mainframe
Mediastation
Merci-Michel
MFACTOR INC.
MFX
MHP
Mikros image
Mind Inventory
Moon Technolabs
Motion Foundry
Moving Image & Content
Musa Studios
Nau
Neustar Localeze
New Relic
NEWINTOWN
Next New Networks
Nice Factory
Nick Bentgen
Nick White
Nicole Turney
NOBRAIN
nois
Oh Yeah Wow
Omde sign
One Inch Punch Productions
Organika Studio
Otherland
Ouyeah
Panda Motion
PandaPanther
Pastilla Institute
Petr E.C. Rice
PHAME FACTORY
PIX-IT
pixaletedworld
Playful Corp
pluriversum
Polygon Studio Lab
Primal Screen
Proton
RAGE
Renee Rhyner & co.
Revive Adserver Mod
Salesforce Desk
Sarah Laird Good Company
SARKISSIAN / PARTNERS
Scalyr
Senay & Kolacz
Sencha Touch Developer
Sentry
Sheri Rosenberg
Signal
Signpost
SinglePlatform
Sofiyana
SohoSoHo
Southern California Graphics
Spillt
Splunk
Stackify
Staley Dietrich
Strukt
Studio Fast Forward
Studio Sebastien Leon
Studio Toro
Studio
StyleWar
Super natural
TH Productions
The apartment
The Bannermen
The Brand Gallery
The Herd
the polygon group
The Rogers Agency
The Virtual Dutchmen
The Wilderness
The Wired Agency
Third Rail Prodictions
Through A Glass Productions
Tick tock robot
Tietz-Baccon
Tundra Interactive
Umlaut
UP THINK
User Voice
Vazda Studios
Viewpoint Creative
vis-a-vis
Visual Country
Vitamin Pictures
Vrse
VRSE.works
Wall-to-Wall Studios
Weasel Works
WEVR
Whee Studio
Will Znidaric
yellowBird
Yext
Yodle
Zemanta
Zendesk
Zink Films

Partner Spotlight – Original Six Media

The partner spotlight is a weekly series where we go behind the scenes with some of the companies that make VendorDB great. Next up is Original Six Media!

The Vitals

Name: Original Six Media
Location: Chicago
Year Founded: 2013
Specialties: Documentary-style overview videos for the web, social media video, event video coverage, branded video, product demonstration video, video for publications, editorial video, broadcast commercials, internal corporate video.

What inspired you to start your company?

Our Creative Director was working with our investor on a passion project as a freelance shooter and editor, and our investor saw that his skills for creating cohesive and beautiful online video were in demand. Together, they decided to set up shop and bring on a staff that would focus on online video. Soon, Original Six Media was off and running, working on large-scale event video, product demonstrations, non-profit video and even big-budget broadcast commercials to meet the needs of a growing list of clients and creative partners. We couldn’t have possibly imagined how this would all play out, but we’ve enjoyed the journey.

Why Chicago?

Chicago is one of the best incubators for talent in the creative industries and honestly, it’s where most of us come from. We couldn’t possibly imagine having a home-base anywhere else—we love the vibrancy of the city and our clients. But we also do a ton of travel. We have a lean crew and connections across the country, so are comfortable filming on location anywhere.

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Which work or brand are you best known for?

We have worked with USA Hockey on a few great projects. We did their viral video “From Child’s View, Parents Find Full-Ice Hockey No Fun”, a video about why playing surfaces need to be downsized for small children so that they can efficiently learn the skills of hockey. It was an educational video with a fun concept, and it really resonated with the USA Hockey audience – becoming their most viewed video of all time. The video helped continue a conversation in the community about a controversial topic —people kept sharing the video, and the views are still coming in by the thousands every month.

Which project is your most underrated?

We had the awesome opportunity to film the All Blacks vs. USA Eagles rugby tournament at Soldier Field as a behind the scenes crew. We did a suite of videos that had original music, amazing footage from the field, and interesting interviews with the players; the videos remain internal to the company that hired us, and although we won multiple creative awards for one of the videos in particular, we haven’t yet been able to display the content publicly.

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What is the smartest work you’ve seen in the past year that didn’t come from your shop?

We’ll answer this from every member of our team.

Chad Stum, Creative Director: Watchtower Over Turkey – Innovative visual risks, compelling editing and amazing use of natural sound.
Lindsay Swift, Head of Production: Illinois Luck Health Plan –  Smart strategy that appeals to millennials.
Nick Severson, Editor: Valspar’s #ColorForAll Campaign –  Taking the business of color and making it emotional.
Blaire Knight-Graves, Associate Producer: Ad Council’s Love Has No Labels –  Changing perspectives on a difficult topic with a simple, lovely concept.

What is your biggest challenge at the moment?

We have amazing contacts and friends at really good, mid-sized companies in the Midwest that are struggling to get video production budgets for their marketing efforts. It can be frustrating when you genuinely want to help them be more recognizable and have custom, slick video for their websites. There are a lot of ‘old school’ marketing techniques in mid-sized corporations that don’t include social media or video that can be hard to overcome, especially when you know you could be creating such great content for them.

What do you make of the trend where brands are skipping their agency of record to work directly with production partners?

This is a mixed bag for us. We LOVE working with agencies because they help us be a part of an overall campaign, and a multi-tiered marketing effort, often with media dollars behind it, that helps get our video in front of a broad audience. That being said, we think that there are a lot of efficiencies to be found by working project-by-project with production companies like us, and it can be a great solution for clients who just don’t have the budgets to work with an AOR. Ultimately, we can work either way to create effective branded video content.

What is the best thing about working at Original Six Media?

We’re a small, collaborative team of distinctly different creatives. All of our different strengths are emphasized by the fact that we’ve all had dramatically different origin stories. We thrive on having differing views, different styles of fashion, different music and media tastes, and everything in between. Our varied backgrounds encourage lively debates, long conversations, and ultimately the ability to create videos that each has a unique voice that is informed by multiple perspectives.

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Where is the best bar in the River North neighborhood in Chicago?

Our offices are directly above Headquarters Beercade, a bar that is also an arcade. The beer is always craft and the games are always free. Needless to say, we spend a lot of time there.

Care to share a joke?

We called Rick Astley the other day and asked if we could borrow some of his Pixar movies. He said we could borrow Finding Nemo, Toy Story 3, and Ratatouille, but “I’m never gonna give you Up.”

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You can learn more about Original Six Media on VendorDB and at originalsixmedia.com

New Features – Worked With Endorsements, Metrics and More

Spring has finally arrived here in New York City and with it we’re pleased to announce a bunch of improvements we’ve been making over the winter months.


Worked With

Now, by popular demand, you can endorse someone with just a single click!

The latest endorsements feature prominently on the homepage…

…and all Worked With endorsements appear on the right side of every profile page, offering a convenient snapshot of everyone who has loved working with that company / freelancer (yup, you read that right… more on freelancers later this summer).


Profile Enhancements

We’ve also received a bit of feedback requesting additional data fields for profiles.

The first improvement we’ve made is the addition of Honors & Awards. Use this to list every recognition for your work (and we know some of you have been recognized A LOT).

We’ve also added support for more social pages including Tumblr, IMDB and Behance.

Look for further improvements to profile pages in the next couple months.


Metrics

Building on top of the profile metrics feature we launched back in December, we’ve now added profile interactions to the available metrics for all profiles.

Profile interactions allow you to see how many times users have clicked any of the links (website, email, social, etc.) on your profile.

Our mission is to connect people with the best service providers in the world. With the addition of interaction metrics, you can now better connect your VendorDB profile visits to that last RFP.


User Profiles

We’ve also improved the profile page for all users.

Beyond updating your personal information, you can now view everyone you’ve endorsed…

…and manage any reviews that you’ve left. All in one convenient location.


We can’t thank everyone enough for the support and feedback we’ve received since the launch of VendorDB.

We’ve got a ton of great stuff in the pipeline for this summer so keep an eye out for new announcements.

And don’t forget, if you’re interested in being added to VendorDB, submit your URL here.

Chris, Dan & the VendorDB Team

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