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James and the team at Men with Pens helped us write a number of pieces to be used for marketing purposes. James was quick to respond to our questions at all stages of the engagement – before we signed up, during the writing process, and after the writing was finished. We received well-thought, creative suggestions for written content, titles, themes, and layout. The written work was very good quality, as expected. They were happy to make any edits we requested – always in a timely fashion. I have worked with a number of marketing/website/design vendors over the years and James stands out as a professional who delivered exactly as promised, and on time. I look forward to working with them on future projects and would recommend them to anyone needing writing help.
James and the team at Men With Pens have been absolutely amazing to work with. When I came to them, I had only the vaguest of vague ideas of what I wanted our site to look like. I think my description was something like, “Bold, kind of, but not too bold… tough and pretty kick-ass without being overbearing… oh, hell, I don’t know.” And yet, somehow, despite this terrible starting place, what they came back with was right on the money.
But it didn’t even stop there. The design James showed me was amazing. I suggested a few tweaks on the logo, and I asked if another media feature or two were even do-able at all. I had more vague requests, like, “Can this be, like, more dynamic or something? Hell, I don’t know.”
And what happened? Men with Pens came back to me with a design that even blew the first one away. And fast. And exactly what I was looking for. They got in and out quick, answered all of my questions, and somehow took the vague vision in my head and turned it into something beautiful. I couldn’t be happier.
Johnny B. Truant
James and MenWithPens listened carefully to what I wanted and needed , then designed a site and accompanying twitter and facebook pages that went way beyond my expectations. They finished way ahead of my schedule. They were really accommodating and patient as well. I’ve had two other entrepreneurs look at the site behind the scenes and both said I got a real bargain for the price.
James is also a gifted copywriter and made my copy sound like me, but me on a really good day when I’m a total genius.
I recommend James and MwP without reservations.
Dr. Cory Annis
When I hired Men with Pens for the web design (doesn’t it look awesome?), I also kicked off one of the most rewarding professional relationships of my life. James Chartrand taught me to levitate X-wings.
Having a rockstar expert on hand is a surefire, proven method to get a head start on any business venture. A mentor or role model acts like a compass during times of challenge, change and uncertainty. When you’re faced with decisions to make, a quick pointer from someone who’s already been there saves you time, money and stress. You’ll never be lost. Working with James was no exception.
Working with Men with Pens for my first site redesign couldn’t have been a better experience. Their design and technical knowledge is second to none, they’re scary-fast in terms of responsiveness, and they’re just plain fun to work with. They’ve been exceedingly patient with my myriad questions, and have helped make the transition from my old site and blog virtually painless.
Since the relaunch, my readership has increased by over 25%, and I’ve been able to more effectively position my services and expertise online. My brand is more cohesive, and I have a beautiful, easy to manage site that I am proud to show off to prospects and clients. I’d recommend them in a heartbeat. (I even learned how to swear in French. Talk about value-add!)
I can highly recommend the team at Men With Pens. James Chartrand has become a friend and cohort in crime. They did my first site, and they’ve helped me get the design and implementation of BTT back on track after a rough start. They’re mindful of budget, but they busted their butts for two straight days to make my site operational in record time.
I owe them tons, and they’ve now got my loyalty for the long term.
Men with Pens? These guys are fantastic! When saw their design, I was so happy, I just couldn’t get the wrap-around-grin off my face. Communication skills, creativity, know-how – they have it all. And they’re super fast on the draw. All in all: a SUPER experience!
I can’t thank you enough for what you and your team has done for our company. Our marketing presence has taken on a whole new attitude, and I think it has been a great stepping stone for some huge successes.
When I get an email from Men with Pens, all I feel is anticipation and excitement. I know that whatever is attached to that email will be better than I ever expected. Y’all have raised the bar for what I thought possible in web design. I fill out a questionnaire and you deliver something magical – adding details that I never would have thought to request.
From now on, you have my business.
I have worked with a lot of designers and copywriters and Men With Pens surpasses them all. After just a few emails they were able to capture my style, tone and personality into a design I loved and copy that stands out. I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out.
I have been a marketing consultant for a long time but I’ve never had a website that was able to convey the kind of work I do as well as this one. They are fast, professional and it was clear from the very beginning that making me happy was a top priority. Mission accomplished.
I will recommend them to anyone who will listen and I look forward to working with them again in the very near future on my next project.
Melani Ward, Marketing Consultant
With a sweep of their magic wand, MWP took my old site and redesigned the look. My traffic went up 35% in two weeks, and book sales have doubled. These folks are easy to work with, and know what they are doing. I’ve said it before but it is worth repeating: “MWP Rocks!”
Working with James is like turning the defroster on a foggy windshield: One minute I can’t see a dang thing, the next I can clearly see the road in front of me. I can’t tell you how many crashes she’s saved me from!
I can tell you why I do business with MWP . . . honest, effective, smart and fun to work with. I can tell you why you should do business with MWP . . . to improve your business. Great folks. Great work.
Men with Pens is a great company, because they are a) smart b) talented c) quick d) funny. What else do you want in a web design firm?
Covered in goals, and bogged down by the steps to accomplish them, I was in need of serious help. That’s when I turned to James.
One call with her, and the fog lifted. She took what seemed like an insurmountable project and quickly turned into very achievable action steps that left me with more confidence than ever that I can accomplish it, and do it with amazing success! And, did I mention the priceless amount of resources I received from her follow up?
Her valuable experience is coupled with a personality that leaves you wanting more and a sense of humor that makes your jaws ache. You can’t ask for anything more. It’s the best guidance on success I’ve ever had.
My first observation after the Google Analytics code went in is that users are spending 10 times (yes, that’s right) as long on the site as they were on the old blog – what’s more the ‘bounce’ rate is a quarter of what it was on the blog. They suggested tonnes of ideas to improve my site and were always helpful and always responsive. I will definitely be using them for a few other projects in the next few months.
The art in web designing truly lies in the designer’s ability to accurately capture the essence of what the client wants, and the skill to translate that into an overall design, look and feel that matches what the client had envisioned. Men with Pens are, indeed, genius, when it comes to this very important translation.
They designed a website that super-exceeded all of my expectations. Their intelligent and beautiful design was equally matched by superb professionalism, timely response, and outstanding customer services (at an impressively affordable cost).
I have two words to describe my overall experience with this company: peaceful and excellent.
Dr. Angelica Perez, Ph.D
Our products sales have increased drastically after adding the new copy to our website. Thank you so much! I’ll look forward to using your services again in the near future.
I feel like no words would do them justice and please don’t say, “No pun intended”. This team is out of control good. They do a better job of getting in your clients’ heads and capturing your own tone and style than anyone I’ve ever seen.
When you get copy back you can tell there’s no trace of their agenda in it. It’s all about you. How many times have you hired a writer who sent you back something that looked just like their own stuff? Lame. Not Men with Pens. They can turn a phrase on a dime and hook the reader into pulling up a bottle of wine and sticking around for the encore.
Brilliant writers and amazing company to work with. You need web copy? Look no further. They are the real McCoy, chocolate all over like an Almond Joy!
A gal in my yoga class made a huge point of telling me how much she loved the way my blog was written. So personal, so fun, so absolutely ME! I smiled my head off and kept my mouth shut. You are my happy little secret.
Over the weekend, I was in the middle of an hour-long phone consult, and my prospects interjected with an exclamation of how much they loved my About Me, About You, and FAQ pages. The pages were so entertaining and made them feel happy before they’d even contacted me. They would have probably never even reached out to me if not for the wonderful prose you wrote for me.
By the time they’d gotten to the consult, they knew all of the nuts and bolts, were absolutely enchanted and then it was us getting to know each other. They booked with me over the phone!
I liked your straightforward advice to writers re: voice and style advice.
What a delight working with Men with Pens. They acted as great advisers, fabulous designers and thoughtful counselors, guiding me through a website upgrade and new blog design. In addition, it seems like these guys never take down time, their responses are always timely, and they don’t get frustrated with the invariable tweeks and changes that come with new design. Hire them today!
Dr. Peter Gratale
Men with Pens has this uncanny ability to take my rough ideas and turn them into something great. I am a professional writer, and working with MWP on writing projects is like having a second brain — I love working with these guys!
Not only did James Chartrand and the whole Men With Pens team get us everything before our deadline, they were instantaneous in response pretty much all the time and very easy and enjoyable to work with. Their kickass design skills at that point are a major perk.
They’re not cheap and they shouldn’t be. These guys seriously over-deliver. If you need a web design that runeth over with personality and professionalism and a team you can actually enjoy working with and depend on… look no further.
I am stunned and ecstatic in working with you and your team James! As a marketing consultant I have worked with and hired dozens of designers for myself and clients and this has been the smoothest, quickest and savviest turnaround in design I’ve ever experienced. You went out of your way to meet our extreme deadline and were always available and quick to respond. Plus you nailed a fantastic design!!
I couldn’t be happier and will definitely be working with you again!
As seen on Third Tribe!: Just had to share a resource for an outstanding team of copywriters, web developers, and all around rockstars that I’ve worked with several times now: Men With Pens James Chartrand and his team are great to work with.
They’re fast, creative (it’s always helpful to have someone give you ideas and advice when they’ve got more experience than you!), mindful of budget, and simply fun to work with. They did my original site for me, and after I had a bit of a hiccup with my second site, they not only saved my butt from the fire, but they took away the stress. I always know I can hand off a project to them and it will just get DONE.
If you’re in the market for copywriting, help with ebook design, web design, or anything related to those, I’d highly recommend them. And by all means, tell James I sent you and said so. (Oh and if you’re a writer? Their blog kicks butt, too).
I was recommended Men With Pens, and I have never looked back. They seriously ROCK! I live in Asia and despite a 12 hours time difference, communication was smooth. They respond fast and they make things happen. They are very creative, and and their design is awesome! Next time I have website work, I will go back to James and his team. Simply outstanding!
Thank you for all the effort you have put in to capturing the essence of what I am truly about and helping my voice to come out, loud and proud, on my website.
As you know, this is the first time I have worked with a copywriter and it has been a hugely valuable experience. Not just because I now have great copy but I learnt so much from you about writing. I love the work you have done for me. I love the quality of the service you gave me. I love that you were so accommodating with making changes and how giving you were with your time.
These guys rock. They quickly got to the heart of what we wanted to do, produced brilliant copy first time round and were really lovely to work with.
Marcella and Michael Bungay Stanier
Fantastic! Men with Pens were tremendously helpful in reviewing content for my company’s new website. Their critique was right on the mark, and their insights have allowed me to greatly improve that content, making sure the first posts to the site are really effective. I’m also taking away lessons that will help me write better material first time in future!
Men With Pens were just great! They listened carefully to determine what I wanted, then created a website that fit perfectly with my vision but still managed to surprise me. I’m a complete technophobe, but Men With Pens were very patient and supportive and left me with the tools I need to maintain the new site on my own. Did I mention they were super fast too? Well they were.
That looks fabulous, money well spent. I have yet to see a bad design by Men with Pens, and they have certainly surpassed themselves on yours. If I were a beer drinker I would grab a bottle right now after looking at your site. And congratulations for getting it out there up and running. All the best.
Judy (for Billybrew.com)
Wanted to thank you for your endless patience throughout this process. You produced a site we’re thrilled with.
Maybe more important, you made the entire development process a fun ride! Over the last year or so, we’ve had to work with designers a lot. I have to say, you’ve been essentially the easiest to work with – not only on the “pleasant” piece, but more from an actual project development point of view. Maybe it’s a working style thing. Who knows… but it’s worked for us. We’re seriously contemplating working with you again!
If you’re looking for a copywriter, a website architect, an eBook designer … stop. Here at Men with Pens you’ve found a wonderful company of professionals who will be with you every step of the way. The site they’ve designed for me isn’t just convenient and fun; lots of folks congratulate me on my good taste. The eBook we wrote together has been on the Amazon best seller list for a good while. The web copy they’ve put up for me shines. They’ve practically launched my online business for me. Two words: hire them.
Working with Men with Pens was one of the best business experiences I have had as a customer. The team was knowledgeable and engaged and provided valuable insight that helped me view my business not only as it was but as it could be.
I expected a nice design and a certain level of professionalism but they far exceeded my expectations. In website design, it is rare to find professionals who also possess a depth of expertise in business, marketing and branding. Their unique insight resulted in a site that was aesthetically pleasing, and aligned with my strategic marketing objectives.
Within 14 days, I landed key accounts with a public relations firm, a global consulting firm and a healthcare company. All referenced the site design and content as the source of their interest and the impetus that led them to contact me to learn more. I have project managed hundreds of website projects for my clients and none come close to the incredible experience of working with Men With Pens. They were responsive, professional, and insightful but most of all they get it. Their work is impeccable and they truly value their customers. I highly recommend their services.
In addition to the copywriting, marketing and design expertise I truly felt that I was their most important customer. I found them responsive, supportive and exceptionally nice from start to finish. I have recommended them to others with the same great results.
In fact, they are my go to team for my own client base. You would be hard pressed to find a team better than Men with Pens.
HOLY HOT COPY, BATMAN!! Ok…can I just TELL you how much I love this copy? Seriously! I just read it to one of my colleagues and she had goosebumps!! THANK YOU!
The feedback I’ve received on the site has been all good. Thank you so much for EVERYTHING. You’ve been a joy to work with, a patient instructor, quick witted, and insightful throughout the whole process. I’ll look forward working with you on future sites. My sincerest thanks!
Karen M Hollman, Esq.
I’ve used many web developers from the solo freelancers to the big national firms and have always been disappointed. And then I found Men With Pens. Great rates and amazing service; there have been many times when I’d send a midnight email or Sunday afternoon question and I get an answer back within minutes. And they don’t nickel and dime you for the small changes either – even when they’re my fault! These guys are great.
I have had Men With Pens design two sites for me now. I described what I wanted and how I wanted the sites to feel. Somehow they took the images floating around inside my head and made them real. As in totally completely bang on real. I am more than pleased with the results. Not to mention the fantastic technical advice they gave me! Their patience goes way beyond the call of duty.
James and the gang at Men with Pens totally rock! The cool new site they created for us went live about six weeks ago. Already it’s generating traffic at levels it took our other site over a year to achieve. They have a Whole Lotta Love, smarts and talent. And they give BS No Quarter. As another Zeppelin song says, Thank You!
Frank and Lou Anne Reddon
I simply have to rhapsodize about the following website design from MenWithPens. The site is http://www.petershallard.com – the design is resplendent, the copy compelling, and the content magnificent to boot. I mean, look at it. The way the colors blend and lend themselves to the overall theme, the way your eye is led down the page, the big huge bleeping impossible-to-miss networking buttons …. WOW.
I wasn’t really thinking of designing a new website. But curiosity (or my ego) had me intrigued for detailed feedback about how I could improve my existing website? Who could resist?
Fast-forward six pages later and I felt like my web-eyes had been opened. Men with Pens gave me more insight (and what I like to call BFOs – Blinding Flashes of the Obvious) in my one drive-by than had ever occurred to me since beginning my internet business. The feedback was accompanied with tips on how to improve what I was trying to impart and hints that made me reevaluate how I wanted to project my image to the internet world.
With their help, I now have a website that has the look and feel that more authentically feels like me and (not least importantly) has 10 times the web traffic that it did before. Take away message: When the Men With Pens pick up their pens, put up your feet.
For nearly a year, my associates and I tweaked and edited our online web hosting business website in an effort to generate more customer sign ups. Despite our efforts, new client sign-ups remained slow.
Then I met Men with Pens. They asked us several questions that really made us think about what we wanted customers to feel and do when they saw our site.
The Pen Men implemented a strategy of content development and graphical design based on the desired emotion I wanted my site visitors to experience.
Results: Our website stats showed our visitors stayed on our website longer, and we experienced a 50% growth in new client sign-ups. I highly recommend Men with Pens if you’re looking for an online presence or want to revamp your current site.
James challenged us to dig deep and truly understand what we wanted to accomplish, and then built a site that captures the essence of who we are.
The site is the talk of the town, and everyone who sees it is extremely impressed — from program coordinators to local residents to our liaison with the city. Our subscribers are way up and we’re starting real conversations with the local community because of the website.
We’ve completely achieved the goals of the redesign — an appealing website that reflects the community and speaks of being active, a CMS that we can maintain and an easy publishing interface.
It’s been a thrill to work with James. She brought the perfect blend of consulting skills, technical smarts and graphic design insight to this local non-profit, and the project was a huge success.
Our school is booming. We’re having easily the best January ever, and it’s only, what, the 11th?
Our new site has had an impact on our overall attitude and perspective in addition to our presentation or how people “see” us. Just like our old site didn’t do our dojo justice, the new site is something to live up to, leading us to do more, and better, in all areas. It just brought attention to all that we do and every aspect has been going under the microscope – with truly remarkable results.
I am thrilled to say that we have had a fabulous response to the new website and in fact we’re already starting to see clients (it’s only been seven days since we launched!). All of your hard work has paid off. Sincerely, thank you!
Great customer service, James. It created trust right away. You seem like an honest, stand-up guy, very professional and caring about the client. Your designs are superior to what I’ve seen on the marketplace, the listing of what one gets with your packages is more revealing and obviously the customer service stands out. I can see why you do excellent business. You treat people right in a way most companies only, honestly, don’t.
Men with Pens took a site that I had built a six-figure business around and that was already “pretty good” and made it spectacular, improving product sales and boosting opt-in / conversion rates by 50%. They improved the design in ways I hadn’t even thought of, and were very quick with all the changes. I’ve gone back to them multiple times now for even more improvements and I’ve been more than satisfied each time.
Your ability to communicate clearly, spec a job realistically, meet a deadline and completely fulfill the work to your client’s satisfaction is exceptional. And in short, code is scary to the non-tech people here on the ‘net, and we really need reliable help. So you’ll get more business from me, and I’ll send others who are already asking about my foray into an entire website makeover to you!
I’d never dealt with an online web designer. My family told me I was crazy. How could I put a large amount of dollars into someone’s hands I’d never met?
When the process was done with Men with Pens, however, I was the one laughing. MwP defined perfection in their customer service and more importantly, quality of their work. My design fit almost every need and when I had a question or problem, they never failed to respond within 24 hours of my inquiry.
If I ever am asked for a design firm to go to, Men with Pens will be the first thing on my mind!
When I hired Men with Pens to design my site, I hired them for two reasons: 1. they are capable of creating artistic looks while retaining functionality; and 2. great customer service. Those are the things I was prepared to pay for. Even I can whack up a website, but I can’t do it artistically.
Men with Pens captured the needs of my business precisely. I got a design that’s better than anything else on the web because it fits me perfectly.
A massive thank you for designing my blog as quickly as you did. It met and exceeded my expectations and I really couldn’t be happier with what you delivered. Keep doing what you do ’cause you do it fantastically well and it’s been an absolute pleasure working with you too.
If you’re considering hiring a writer for your website or Blog, you can’t go wrong with James over at Men with Pens. He really takes the time to understand your industry, as well as the message you’re trying to project. I sent him quick and dirty ideas I had, James turned them into well written, informative bits of information that were fun to read. James turned our boring content into something worth reading, and was worth every penny.
Your original website review gave me plenty of great information that allowed me to take another step in the right direction. One thousand thank-yous for offering that insanely awesome offer again; I never would have had the chance to get such a focused and great look at the site otherwise. I am much happier for the changes you suggested and will continue to try and find ways to improve even more for new visitors.
I would strongly recommend working with the Men with Pens team. I came to them as a client who knew nothing about web design. I was nervous, didn’t know how to communicate my needs in “techie terms” and wasn’t even sure what all I needed. By asking questions and listening carefully, they were able to diagnose my needs and give me more than I ever could have dreamed of. They were wonderful and continue to be a valuable asset whenever I need anything.
Thank you so, so much for your website review, it was very enlightening! I’ve been listening to it again and again and had more than a few light-bulb moments (as in “Oh! So *that’s* what a benefit actually is!!”) I now see all the work that I need to do on the copy to improve it. It’s like reading it with a pair of X-ray goggles on – it changes everything! I’m much more confident that I now know where to go and that I can trust my writerly instincts!
James is a Genius! I am thrilled and amazed at how much talent she has.
Where to begin? The price was excellent for what Men with Pens did for my business – leaps and bounds changes that I didn’t know would happen so fast. I gave James around 1300 thrown together words to describe what we do and she said give me 5 days. She blew me away with her content.. She knew exactly what I wanted to convey to potential customers and clients.
She is not the cheapest around- but he is the best and worth every cent. I told her that is pretty funny and ultimately incredible that she can describe what my business does and in fabulous detail, laid out in words to make customers call and have the immediate “WOW- love your site!” factor from my clients. I highly recommend James at Men with Pens!