Hi, I’m Jess Coburn, CEO of Applied Innovations. As CEO of the company you’ve partnered with and rely on for your online business success, I think it’s important to share what makes Applied Innovations different. So each month as part of the newsletter we’ll include a letter from me personally, ranging from our business philosophy to current trends and topics related to online business and then post this to the blog.
So I took my new understanding of web servers, web development and server administration and decided it was time to start a hosting company based on a few simple philosophies:
- We would charge a fair price for our services. It may be priced a little more than our competitors but we will offer significantly more value to the customer. That value may be in the form of included features that were normally an add-on, or a higher level of service. And we would market these services only to customers that understand the value we offer. Quite simply, I didn’t want to be the low cost leader. You see, when there is no other service differentiator then it comes down to price. Instead, we make it a priority to add new ‘innovative’ features to our hosting offerings to avoid the low price game.
- We’d concentrate on specific niches around particular applications. We’d identify high potential applications and partner with the software developers. We’d learn the common pitfalls and issues associated with these applications and proactively work to help customers solve these issues before having to go back to the developers. This is a much higher level of service than is normally found from a hosting provider. Because of this we often refer to ourselves not as a web hosting provider, but instead as a “web application service provider.”
- We’d provide the high quality customer service we’d expect to receive ourselves. You see, my father owned and operated his own electronics repair service, and before him my grandfather operated his own restaurant service. So I come from a long line of service oriented businessmen that knew if you offer a good value and great service you could build a winning business.
- Finally, I knew that companies coming to us would be looking for more than just a client-vendor relationship. For many of these companies, they were trusting their entire business to us and needed to count on us as a partner, not just a vendor.
About this same time I earned a series of Microsoft Certified Professional certifications, including my MCSE, and decided that it would be a unique differentiator to launch an exclusively Windows based hosting service. Thus Applied Innovations was born. Today you can speak to our customers, look at our hosting plans, Bing reviews (or Google if you must) and comments on our reputation and see that we’re still very much that same idealistic company we were founded to be in 1999. Just a little bit bigger, a little more experienced and I believe still just that much better than the rest of the players in the market.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article about Applied Innovations, why I decided to start a hosting company and the business philosophies we’ve been built on. I’d love to hear your comments and feedback and especially would love any requests for future topics.
All the best — Jess