Current Site is at [url removed, login to view]
We need to upgrade the site so it has interactive capabilities. eCommerce, online scheduling calendar, ability to take special offers, interact on the back-end with partners such as airlines, discounters, and promoters.
Guest comments after their tour.
2nd Generation of the site: we want to be able to interact the site with tablet computers like the iPad.
Some sample sites for you to look at are:
[url removed, login to view] (hate this site)
[url removed, login to view] (decent sight but for high volume, we are a boutique company)
[url removed, login to view] (high volume but very cheap service. website is also very tacky but full of functionality)
[url removed, login to view] (another site that's well designed but also a marketing site.
We focus on luxury and customized or private tours. Include a gift card that can be purchased on the site. Good site design easy to navigate and fast. Include a "concierge referral" program for hotel concierge staff to sign up and get referral commissions. Similar to anothersideoflosangelestours.com. Obviously include a database to market to opt-in customers via email or mobile phone.
[url removed, login to view] (simple design, not too crowded but 1 of hundreds of web sites with the same name but a different city. These are marketing companies that earn commissions for sending traffic to local companies. This is not the type of site we want.)
[url removed, login to view] (this is generation 2 of the website but it will focus only on tour companies in major cities)
[url removed, login to view] (nice layout and design but home page is too crowded with text)
Our homepage should be very simple, list the tours, allow customer to click through any tour and see a short video explaining the tour then booking the tour right after the video is finished.
Needs social network linkage, connecting to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.
We want to interact with Google Sites and many of the other features Google offers like localized GPS tracking and offering a coupon via smartphones and android phones.
Widgets, iPone App's, Firefox plug-ins, extensions for Chrome, Accelerators for IE, applets for Android.
GPS location recognition is important. If a customer opt's-into our database, and their cell phone suddenly registers in Southern California, an automatic invitation goes out offering a discount and a welcome.
After the site is live, then we need SEO and SEM work, linkage, and a constant effort to get on and stay on the first search page for words like:
VIP tours LA
Attractions +<zip code>
Version 3 will be to convert the site to a multi state tour booking platform where other localized tour companies can come and market their tours, and we earn a commission for sending them their customers. But that is about 1 year down the road.
Right now, we need version 1: basic e-commerce for online booking, online calendar and scheduling, customer should be able to look at the calendar and see which tours are leaving at their desired time, and from where. If there are any seats available for a diff't tour at their desired time, the site should drive them towards filling any remaining seats, displayed like a countdown. Showing how many seats remain on each tour and dynamically change as new tours are booked.
PLEASE NO standardized responses. Standardized responses WILL NOT BE READ. I don't care about how u started, what school u went to or what your goals in life are. I want to know if you can create EXACTLY what I need. Respond with a short PM if you need to say anything, BE BRIEF OR I WILL NOT EVEN READ YOUR PM. If you have any questions, please ask and I will answer right away. High bids will be deleted immediately.
Winning bidder will have work for several years if you make the first step count!