"Eric and Isaac were fantastic to work with. They took the time to learn about our business before developing the website that we had in mind. They were great at sharing their opinions but allowed us to make every decision. They were very patient with our IT company and did a great job figuring out a few hiccups we ran into. I couldn't be happier with how our project turned out, and I'm already impressed with their follow-up and service after the website launch!"
- Andrew Johnson, Sales Manager at RHI Supply, Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo may be one of the coldest cities places in the lower 48 states, but it's one of the hottest economic hubs in the upper Midwest. If you do business in the area, it's important to connect with your customers in the places they engage: both in person and online.
A website is the most important asset in your digital marketing strategy. It's a piece of online "real estate" that you own. It can become the basis for where conversions happen in SEO, Google Ads, and even billboard campaigns. Ensuring your online presence matches your business vision and branding is essential in building a local business.
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Bluestem Media was born in Fargo.
Bluestem Media was founded in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Our team loves working with Fargo business owners and loves experiencing the FM area. Some of our favorite experiences include Sandy's Donuts (the maple Long John is legendary), going to Bison football games and walking historic downtown.
Facts about Fargo's internet infrastructure
- North Dakota ranks 4th in the nation for percentage of people with access to 1G broadband
- 97.1% of Cass County residents have access to broadband, which is above the national median
- 94.8% of Cass County residents have a computer
- $30 million fiber optic infrastructure is being installed in rural Cass County (as of 2021)
- Fargo has 22 internet providers within city limits
Web services from Bluestem Media
- Web design: We craft custom website designs for every client, ensuring it is functional, beautiful and responsive.
- SEO: Giving your website the best chance possible to rank in search engines, including Google, Bing, and DuckDuckGo.
- Digital/online marketing: Helping you implement strategies and best practices for all channels of your digital marketing, including email marketing, social media best practices, Google Business Profile advising, etc.
- User experience design (UX): We pay attention to how a customer will perceive your brand during the buying process on your website. This involves color selection, button placement, calls to action, etc.
- eCommerce design: Creating online stores where users can make a purchase. We help you process payments, manage inventory, and more.
- Content management system (CMS): We will help you set up custom CMS solutions to help your business write content, manage news posts and blogs, etc.
- Web hosting: Providing a secure, reliable, fast hosting environment for your website.
- Maintenance and support: Our team will help keep everything updated on your website, including security, plugins, backups, etc.
- Graphic design: Our team can create custom brand logos, images, infographics, icons, and other visual elements for your website.
What you get with a custom-made website
Own a piece of "digital real estate" to showcase your business to the world
When you own a website - you own an asset. Just like real estate! This is yours to keep and use to let potential customers and clients know exactly what problem you solve for them.
Custom theme development
We build websites unique for each client. This means using custom themes in our WordPress builds. This allows you to ensure your website is unique to YOU and YOUR business.
Eye-catching graphics and icons
Your website should stand out and reflect the professionalism you strive to display every day. We use a selection of graphics, photos, and icons in our design to make sure your website looks modern, fresh, and compelling to a potential client. Bluestem has access to professional designers (and even a world-renowned artist) to make your website look amazing.
Custom event functionality, scheduling, tickets, and more
Many of our clients request some type of online functionality related to events, tickets, registrations, RSVPs, etc. Our development team has the ability to set this up on your website. Some clients of ours are looking to host online webinars. Others are looking to process ticket sales for an upcoming live event. Others simply want a way to schedule clients online.
Whatever you want to do, we will help you accomplish it on your website.
eCommerce and payment processing
Whether you are trying to sell locally in Fargo, or broaden your horizons regionally or nationally - it can be a huge boost to have online products available. We are very experienced in helping our clients set up eCommerce platforms to sell products and services online. Woocommerce, Stripe, Events Calendar and more are our specialty.
Don't know where to start with eCommerce - but you know you need it? Just tell us! We will walk you through each step.
Security, updates, and backups
Many clients who switch over to Bluestem Media tell us their old web service providers NEVER did any security or updates. This means their website was vulnerable to attacks, phishing, scams and other internet-based risks. We make sure your website is secure and updated. Bluestem even keeps backups of all websites, just in case. It's part of the way we do business!
What does the web design process look like?
Bluestem Media treats web design as our craft and profession. We take pride in the websites we build and are proud to place our brand name on each of our results.
Communication is an important part of our business model. We want to be open and transparent with each part of our process.
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We take web design seriously. It's been the bread and butter of our business since its founding - and that isn't changing anytime soon.
Bluestem Media will communicate with you during each step.
Bluestem Media Guarantee
After we launch a website, we don't just leave you hanging. We continue to provide security, updates, and service after. You have our email addresses and phone numbers and can reach out at any time.
When you work with Bluestem Media, you can have us on speed dial!
Trusted by Fargo business owners
Bluestem Media is trusted by Fargo businesses and institutions. Everything from RV sales, to financial advisors, to a multinational Ag engineering company. A list of our current Fargo clients include:
- Adventure RV Center - West Fargo, ND
- BWR Innovations - Fargo, ND
- RHI Supply - Fargo, ND
- Spitfire Bar & Grill - West Fargo, ND
- Red Engineering - Fargo, ND
- Red E Ag - Fargo ND
- Valley Christian Counseling Center - Fargo, ND
- Financial Strategies Group - Fargo, ND
- Kochmann Brothers Homes - Fargo, ND
- Accounting by Rachel - Fargo, ND
- Insite Temperature Monitoring - Fargo, ND
- See all Fargo clients
If you are a Fargo-based business - we would be honored to work with you!
Reviews from Fargo area clients
Eric and Isaac asked me to share my experiences working with them, since I told them how wonderful they have been! ND ACR and I are not being compensated for this review, other than through their continued amazing help. North Dakota ACR was incredibly fortunate to find Bluestem Media. We had hoped to create a functional, bare bones webspace on our anemic budget. Instead, Eric and Isaac exceeded my expectations, and I astonished my executive council! Our site is beautiful, simple and easy to navigate. Eric and Isaac are incredibly kind, responsive and patient. They have continued with their support after the launch, with zoom meetings and videos to enable me to add to the website. I couldn’t have wished for better partners in this process. North Dakota ACR was incredibly fortunate to find Bluestem Media. We had hoped to create a functional, bare bones webspace on our anemic budget. Instead, Eric and Isaac exceeded my expectations, and I astonished my executive council! Our site is beautiful, simple and easy to navigate. Eric and Isaac are incredibly kind, responsive and patient. They have continued with their support after the launch, with zoom meetings and videos to enable me to add to the website. I couldn’t have wished for better partners in this process. Martha Kearns, MD
Eric is knowledgeable and helpful! At a time that we needed an overhaul on our website, Eric broke down the process in a way that was doable and personal to our organization. Eric continues to be prompt in responses to our requests and is always helpful.
As a someone who isn’t familiar with web-page design, updating my site has always been a daunting task. That was until last year, when I had Eric and his team at Bluestem Media create a new web page at Inspects.com. After answering a few simple questions, Eric took the information he had gathered and quickly went to work. The result was a fresh, bold and professional look that has given me the confidence I needed to effectively market my business to new customers. My clients have found the page easy to navigate and I have received many compliments about it's design. Eric went above and beyond my previous experiences with web-designers. His prompt service and attention to detail has been outstanding. Eric, thank you and your crew at Bluestem for helping me building a great page and bolstering my internet presence.
Eric and the Bluestem Media team have been excellent to work with! We especially appreciated the collaborative design process, the thorough training, the supplemental videos and materials people can use if we "forget" how to edit our site after pages have gone live. Bluestem goes above and beyond to make sure all photos and graphics are high quality, and the website is both clear and easy to navigate. When we ask people how they connected with our church, one of the most common responses we receive is "through the website!"
Eric Wiinanen began building websites in 1999. His first client was the (formerly known) West Fargo Chamber of Commerce. Today, we work with many Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo based businesses.
Bluestem Media relocated to Navarre, Florida in October 2019. We work with our Fargo clients through phone calls, Zoom conferences and the occasional in-person meeting when needed. Our clients usually prefer video conference's anyway, so this works out well for both parties. 🙂