(Source: Pacific Business News, Book of Lists) Cynthia has done a great job collecting how many years in business and how many total clients, however a field which would be even more valuable would be how many clients they serviced in a given year. An interesting thing to notice is that Empowered Internet Solutions has more clients than all of the other web designers in Hawaii COMBINED!
Companies often embellish the actual number of clients. When companies are honest about how many Active customers they have you will notice a trend. Most web designers have less than 50 customers as their efforts are on new customers with little in place for maintaining the relationship and updates desired for their existing customers. Web Design typically is looked at as a service for the initial setup rather than as a long term solution. Companies like Bigger Bird and Empowered Internet Solutions place their customers on content management systems (Empowered and other design companies such as Emagine and Aloha Media distribute the Total Site Management application called ZeppOS which enables customers to take full control over their website setting them up with a solution which will grow as their needs increase. An interesting tool is Yahoos site explorer (http://siteexplorer.search.yahoo.com/)which allows you to view how many inbound links exist; although inbound links do not directly correlate to how many clients a company has it is a great indicator of the popularity of a domain. So stepping back, lets take a look at the revenue generated per client. Basing the companies number of clients spread over the number of years in business the companies the statistics show either the companies are only bringing on less than 10 customers a year or they are losing as many customers as they bring on. The last two columns shown below indicate the amount needed from each client for their published revenue to be accurate. Cost per Client is based on the number of clients divided by the year in business; the Adjusted Cost per client column is the revenue spread over 30 customers.
I will be the first to admit there are flaws in the adjusted calculation as Empowered provides Search Engine Optimization which does increase the cost of the web solution. Again, big thanks to Cynthia at PBN, this is not meant to be a gripe session or even a sales pitch for Empowered, simply information which points out a flaw in the report.