The Imagination Factory

Site Launch: Andy Mast Greenhouses

September 19th, 2016 by Ted Bailey

Andy Mast Greenhouses grow a wide range of high-quality bulbs, spring plants, mums and poinsettias to help homeowners beautify their homes and gardens year-round. Not available directly to the consumer, the product of their tender loving care can be found in Kroger supermarkets throughout the United States.

That said, when thinking about developing their first online presence, they wanted to serve two distinct audiences – their retailers as well as the consumers – both with different reasons for visiting their site. The retailers want merchandising assistance while the end user can benefit from care and feeding information.

Andy Mast came to the Imagination Factory for a creative online way to meet the needs of both groups PLUS allow their staff to tell a climate-conscious planet their ‘green’ story. We designed an easily managed site w/ a searchable and categorized seasonal product catalog and blog categories of direct interest to both groups.


Site Launch: Cutting Horse Training Online

August 9th, 2016 by Ted Bailey

IFIblog_CHTO_smSimilar to a previous client, Simone & Duncan, owners of Cutting Horse Training Online (CHTO) out of Texas had built a successful online video education program that was functional but had outstripped the underlying design and technology of their current partners.

Having seen the transformation the Imagination Factory for the other client, they asked what was possible. CHTO had a few more things happening in their site, so once again we spent a lot of time investigating their specific needs, researching current technology they were using, and especially discussing the shortfalls of the current site – for both the owners and the users.

The result is a subscription-based, members-only, ecommerce, mobile-responsive site with hundreds of streaming videos & podcasts from multiple sources and by numerous training partners and grooming experts from around the world. Additionally, this site also needed to tie into third-parties InfusionSoft & Click Funnel for extensive email marketing campaigns, Dartfish for private video critiques, and SoundCloud for Podcast streaming. The site allows members to search and view streaming categorized videos on their desktop, tablet or even smartphone. In addition to basic ecommerce for books, DVDs and apparel, the site also needed to support an event calendar/ticketing system for clinics and workshops. Members may subscribe monthly, quarterly or annually to one of three different membership levels via several payment gateways to gain access to videos that are searchable by category, by training partner, by title.

This one raised the bar, yet again, on the built-in functions and capabilities that we’ve been asked to design into a site!

Mosey on over to the NEW CHTO site.


Site Launch: Learn to Groom Dogs

January 21st, 2015 by Ted Bailey

IFIblog_L2GD_smMelissa Verplank, owner of numerous pet-related businesses including Paragon Pet Grooming, Whiskers Pet Spa & Resort and Whiskers University, had built a successful online video education program that was functional but had outstripped the underlying design and technology of their current partners.

The key people at Learn2groomdogs.com came to the Imagination Factory to see what was possible. We spent a lot of time investigating the old site, researching current technology, making educated guesses as to future tech, and especially discussing the shortfalls of the current site – for both the owners and the users.

The result is a subscription-based, members-only, ecommerce, mobile-responsive site with hundreds of streaming videos from multiple sources and by numerous training partners and grooming experts from around the world. The site allows members to search and view streaming categorized videos on their desktop, tablet or even smartphone. Members may subscribe monthly, quarterly or annually via several payment gateways to gain access to videos that are searchable by category, by training partner, by title, by technique, by tool, and by breed.

One of the more sophisticated orders by function and by security needs that we’ve been asked to design!

You may visit L2GD’s new site and see it in action.


Site Launch: Athletic Mentors Hockey

November 27th, 2014 by Ted Bailey

IFIblog_HKY_smBesides being leaders in performance programming for cycling, triathlon and Nordic skiing athletes and health-conscious people, Athletic Mentors is widely regarded for its outstanding summer and in-season hockey programs for amateur and pro players.

When it came time to develop yet another mobile-responsive site (their third), Athletic Mentors came to the experts at the Imagination Factory, who had helped Athletic Mentors develop its brand identity, its own coaching and training-focused site and its multi-sport training site.

Visit AM Hockey now.



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