Digital Ammo: A Renowned Family Operated Web Development Firm Known for Delivering Clear Results

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Kara Lai, Senior Partner and VP
“Take the best that exists and make it better. If it doesn’t exist, create it.”
-Sir Henry Royce, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.

In this industry, firms come and go with alarming regularity, issues with long term stability and consistency of service being the all too familiar Achilles heel of those who flounder and perish. Seemingly immune to this fate, Digital Ammo (DA) has become one of the nations most renowned and accomplished firms but what’s most important — they’ve demonstrated staying power made evident by impressive growth year after year for the last decade. With over 14 years’ experience in web and app development, digital marketing and corporate branding it’s no surprise Digital Ammo has risen to the very top of the industry, hence the reason for their inclusion in our list of all-star web development companies.

We got a chance to sit down with Kara Lai, Senior Partner and VP of Project Management to pick her brain about the mechanics of Digital Ammo’s on-going success.

The quality DA’s work is indisputably premium. What’s in the secret sauce?

Aside from hiring some of the best talent in the industry, we simply work hard. Over the years we’ve found that client satisfaction is only possible with a talented and ferociously dedicated workforce. I’m proud to say everyone at DA cares (deeply) and works around the clock, something that definitely shows in our work.

What’s DA’s product development strategy and how does it set you apart?

We always start with the client and then work backwards into the product we’re creating. A deep understanding of the client’s history, the project goals and the target audience will always yield an effective and comprehensively superior end product. This results driven mentality is a critical corner most small firms cut to the detriment of their clients and ultimately themselves.

What type of clients does DA work best with?

We’ve seen tremendous success working with everyone from one man start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Versatility of scale has been an important factor, something made possible by our ability to quickly mould ourselves to any company culture or operational imperative. At the end of the day we thoroughly enjoy creating for businesses of all sizes but find non-profits and small to medium sized businesses particularly rewarding.


We look at a website as a business tool rather than a marketing tool

Did the pandemic change anything for DA?

Not at all. Most of our clients are headquartered in states or even countries that we don’t have a physical presence in. When the pandemic hit we already had well developed, time tested operational imperatives in place to seamlessly conduct business digitally.

Can you tell us a bit about DA’s leadership team?

DA is family owned and operated. Ian Lai, my eldest brother, founded DA on a set of unified but diffcult to achieve principles that underpin every product we deliver - beauty, quality, innovation, consistency and service. Early on he recognized that turnover, especially in the ranks of leadership, severely handicap most firms so he recruited family to helm each major department to ensure these principles permeate company wide. This essentially resulted in zero top level turnover, plus it’s not like any of us can just jump ship and hope to show our faces at thanksgiving [laughter].

We keep hearing about DA’s famous guarantee. What is this and how does it work?

Our guarantee has been instrumental in new client procurement as confidence (the ability to deliver what you say you will) typically determines whether or not you get the job. That said, we literally put our money where our mouth is — if a client isn’t happy with the end product, they get their money back. Anyone can claim they’ll get something done but to actually have skin in the game is a different story entirely.

DA is one of the only firm offering in house financing. How has this worked out and how does a client qualify?

We’ve seen mixed results and have taken some losses as about half of those we extended credit to default within 12 months. Despite this, we feel it’s important to continue this program as it enables small businesses that demonstrate a viable concept, sensible business plan and solid leadership. After all, companies like Amazon and Apple started out of a garage so if we can do our small part to help introduce another Bezos or Jobs to the world, we’re all for it.

Company
Digital Ammo

Headquarters
Chicago, Illinois

Management
Kara Lai, Senior Partner and VP

Description
Digital Ammo (DA) has become one of the nations most renowned and accomplished firms but what’s most important — they’ve demonstrated staying power made evident by impressive growth year after year for the last decade. With over 14 years’ experience in web and app development, digital marketing and corporate branding it’s no surprise Digital Ammo has risen to the very top of the industry, hence the reason for their inclusion in our list of all-star web development companies