2011 proved to be one of the most successful years in the history of Agriya. We know many companies make claims about having the best year ever but in our case we really mean it and have the success stories to back it up! We have added thousands of new customers over the last 12 months so we thought we’d start 2012 by taking a look back at where we’ve come from.
We kicked off the year with the launch of Nabit, a Yoink clone script where you can run an environmentally aware classified ads website with the unique selling point of everything is free. There are no transactions, it’s all about encouraging people to recycle or take advantage of things people no longer need.
There was also a problem with PayPal that stopped many websites in their tracks that were trying to build a fixed price jobs portal and after our open letter to PayPal things got moving again and they removed the restrictions. We’re very happy that we could make PayPal see sense on this matter.
In February we launched the niche classified ads script, Exposure. This product lets you run a classified ads type website focused on a single industry, for example wedding photographers, dentists, dog groomers, chimney sweepers or anything else for that matter. Exposure makes you money because you have a laser targeted focus and local businesses are willing to pay you money to be visible to such targeted visitors.
An entire industry has been built around providing entertainment to people after the sun goes down and Nocturnal is the portal software a nightlife company needs to help grown their business. With built in tools for venue and event management, fantastic social networking tools as well as the option for photos, videos and blogs, Nocturnal can become the destination website for all the nightlife and entertainment options for your city, state or even country. One website that has taken full advantage of Nocturnal is Cayman Islands website Party Surfers who rely on Nocturnal to drive their events and business.
March also saw the beta release of our new project incubation website. Named FundProjectsWith.me it was the first website dedicated to helping people fund web based projects and share in the profits. The concept has proven to be so popular that late last year we integrated the website in to our main Customers Site and can be found at Agriya Ideas.
The fourth product of the year that we launched was CoupReseller and is designed to capitalize on the massive coupons and group buying markets. Inspired by sites like Lifesta, CoupReseller is a Lifesta clone script which lets people sell their unwanted coupons. Some surveys have suggested that as much as 20% of group deals purchased by people go unused because they forget about them or have to go somewhere urgently which is a huge percentage of unused deals which people could sell on your website.
Continuing to help people capitalize on the group buying, daily deal and coupon mania, we launched Couponator, the software that will literally terminate the coupon competition. This site is designed to run on autopilot where users can upload, search, rate and view coupons for any online website you can think of. Working a lot like a RetailMeNot clone, it can automatically feed coupons from affiliate networks like Commission Junction and others to grow your site automatically and let you earn commissions when people make a purchase after clicking on the coupon code.
The product launches kept on rolling with the announcement of Burrow, the first Airbnb clone script on the market. With the rise of person to person networks and social networking breaking down the trust barriers, Burrow lets you take it to a whole new level by allowing people to rent out their spare rooms, apartments, treehouses or even an airbed on the living room floor. This disruptive concept has raised Airbnb over $150m in funding and spawned a number of clones around the world. Burrow is also flexible enough to allow people to rent out anything from office space, car, car parking, power tools or anything else you can think of.
After 6 straight months of product launches we gave the team a breather to focus on updating the software with all the customer feedback as well as move over to a new support desk integrated in our newly launched customers area.
We got back in to the swing of things with the launch of BuySell in August. BuySell is an Etsy clone script where you create a platform where merchants can create mini shops to sell their products. You provide the infrastructure and promotion, the merchants supply the products. It’s perfect if you have ever wanted to create an ecommerce website but don’t have the storage space or can’t afford the wholesale costs to bulk buy products.
Smartphone usage has exploded in the last couple of years and Agriya were once again ahead of the curve with the launch and successful acceptance of our GroupDeal apps in to the Apple iTunes store and the Android Marketplace. Getting apps accepted is a long process and they have to be QA’ed by several independent people before they are accepted. Being accepted and listed in these marketplaces means Agriya has met the highest levels of quality and can compete with any other software company on a global stage.
What happens when you mix social networks with group buying with speed dating? A GrubWithUs clone script that’s ready to knock the socks off anyone who sees it. GroupWithUs allows you to run a website where you can organize dinner events in various restaurants in the city, arrange a discount based on bulk buying principles, have people pay upfront and then let chaos ensue – or hopefully just the good times. Group dining where you can meet new people who share your interests is a great way to make new friends if you are new to a city without the stigma of speed dating. This concept is still very new and ripe for the taking.
October marked the end of our product launch bonanza as we looked to consolidate and improve on the product range we already had. One great opportunity that happened was our joint venture with a web development company in Japan to offer all our products and services to the Japanese market. Our partner in Japan has been hard at work translating all the scripts to create http://www.agriya.jp which opens up Agriya to a whole new market and brings exciting opportunities for travel.
Continuing our new found taste for the orient, we won our first customer from mainland China (we have already been serving multiple companies in Hong Kong) and the project flourished in to a full blown partnership with Agriya sending over a delegation of programmers and senior managers to Beijing to discuss working together on more projects in the future. We’re looking to establish an Agriya brand in China with all our products translated in to Chinese a lot like our recently established Japanese partnership.
Agriya are no strangers to sending our employees out to work onsite and in December we signed our second contract with a Dubai based company to have several programmers and a designer work onsite for the new few months. We’re really excited about what the new onsite projects can deliver and have asked all our 200 staff to apply for passports in the expectation that we’ll be getting a lot more projects like this in the future.
With Rayzz 3 soon to be released, we are getting a number of enquiries about the demo, more details, feature requests, customization and more. A lot of people are also asking for some example Rayzz sites and Rayzz reviews to see what it is capable of.
Although we don’t have any reviews of Rayzz 3, or any Rayzz 3 example sites (since the script isn’t released yet), we do have plenty of reviews for earlier versions of Rayzz – and although we don’t want to blow our own trumpet, we are thrilled to bits that so many people enjoy using our software.
Here are just a few independent reviews of Rayzz that have been submitted by our customers:
“We bought Rayzz soon after it was developed and have the largest martial arts video web site on the web today using the software. We have worked with the Rayzz support team for a long time and they have been more than helpful. They respond quickly. They are courteous, and they always go beyond my expectations in helping to solve any issues we develop. Thank you Rayzz support team, we love you!” – Dana Stamos – FightCon
“The Rayzz Team is superb. They are very professional and have been nothing but helpful. The software is extremely stable and bug free. It was money well spent! Great jobs guys” – Twizz D. Ha – Exec Web Producer – MorphBOTS Design Studio
“The guys over at Agriya are fantastic! They were helpful and still keep in touch to make sure its all going well, Fantastic Prodct and Fantaastic Service! Thanks Guys! PS I will be back to buy some more things soon!” – Zak Johnson
“I run one of the Hottest Blog directories on the web. I needed a community script with all the features of rayzz. I tried all the rest then I bought the best, Rayzz. I bought my script a year ago and they are still ready to help me at anytime… Support after the sale? You bet! Agriya stands behind what they sell long after the point of sale. I had so many hits on my blog after I gave Agriya a good review I joined as an affiliate and have even made some money too. Thanks Agriya for all the help, forget five stars you get ten in my book!” – Wolfbernz – BlogDumps
If you want to read even more great reviews from our customers, please head over to the Rayzz reviews page.
The new version of Rayzz will be coming out soon and judging by the enquiries we’ve already had it’s sure to be a smash hit. Built from the ground up to take advantage of everything we’ve learned about product development in the last 5 years, not to mention customer feedback, Rayzz 3 is set to raise the bar and become the natural choice for anyone looking to run a community based website.
Many potential clients have been asking us for some independent reviews on Agriya Infoway and Ahsan Technologies. We think it is important to point out here that Ahsan Technologies is the parent company and Agriya is now just the trading / brand name so when you see us refer to ‘Agriya’, we are talking about the brand name, but the actual company is called Ahsan Technologies.
Infact, Agriya have over 650 independent reviews from happy, satisfied customers and that number grows day by day. So why are people leaving so many positive Agriya and Ahsan reviews like this one:
Rare do you find such professionals in this day and age. With Agriya I didn’t have to do the typical running around looking to find them online, trying to extract updates etc. For me, being professional and timely with your client is equally important to the quality of the work. If not more important. Agriya has both. The professionalism that dovetails with their impeccable quality of work is what guarantees them many more jobs from me in the future. ‘navarino’
It has been a pleasure working with Agriya. Highly recommended. True to their rating, was awesome in finishing the work on time. This gem of a web development team can implement any project. Excellent Communication. Perfect Support. Fast and Reliable. Thank you. ‘christobal’
Great people there! They made a perfect work! All my requests were satisfied, got very good suggestions & nice solutions. They aldo made a great job after first releases in fixing all the issues and bugs without questions. I strongly recommend AGRIYA as the perfect partner for any web needs. ‘valerio71′ from Italy
The answer is simple, we only take the projects we know we can complete, we don’t under-sell ourselves just to win the project and we have an entire team of Client Relationship Managers whose only job is to make you happy and ensure you are pleased with the progress of the site.
If you have tried outsourcing in the past and are looking for an Agriya review to ensure that we deliver on our promises, let us give you some reasons why you should be choosing Agriya for your next project:
- We only take projects that we know we can handle
- We don’t undersell ourselves to win a project
- We see each project through to completion
- We don’t say “Yes” to your every request if we know the reality is different
- You will be assigned a dedicated CRM who will be your point of contact in the company who can speak and understand fluent English
- You will be able to contact us by phone, Skype, email, Instant Messenger, telegram, pigeon carrier or any other method that you like – we work to your hours
- You will be kept in the loop 100% of the time. Sometimes web development projects can hit unexpected problems, we know that for a client the worst thing is not being told what is going on
- Agriya has over 200 employees, we have a big salary commitment (not to mention many families relying on us) and we can only do that by ensuring every customer is kept happy – if we screw up, we screw up for our employees too
- We have been developing websites for over 10 years
- We have worked with thousands of clients from around the world and have an equal number of Agriya reviews praising our company
- We use open source solutions to keep your costs as low as possible
- You will get 3 months support and maintenance for each project as part of the cost
Quite a list we’ve got going on there! Do you need some more reasons? Then give us a buzz and let us convince you why you should be choosing Agriya for your next project.
Read more Agriya reviews and find out more about our projects on our portfolio page. To get in contact with us please use the Live Chat button at the top of this page to instantly chat to a customer rep, call us on +1 773 358 2979 (US) or +44 20 3287 5567 (UK) or shoot us an email by filling out the contact form here.
2009 has been an incredible year for Ahsan Technologies – the parent company of Agriya. Since it took over in April, we have moved to a brand new office, had a company sports day, had a company outing to a big farmhouse near the sea, launched no less than four awesome products in iSocial, Rayzz Video Sharing, Volume and Discuzz, continued our relationship with Fortune 100 companies and acquired some massive global companies as customers because of our Rayzz software.
With so many achievements and milestones (like selling thousands of copies of our software) we had good cause to celebrate on the 31st December.
The main speaker for the event was me (pictured left, and wow, top of my News Resolutions is to lose some weight!), largely because no one else wanted to get up and speak infront of 200 people but also because we decided that someone else should do the speaking apart from our Vice President of Marketing and HR Manager!
I basically recapped some of our milestones and achievements for 2009, such as the launch of Volume which has gone on to be our fastest selling product of all time thanks to its reliable framework and awesome design.
We then had people come up and talk about their teams, the team leader for Kootali explained how it went from an abandoned client project to one of our most popular products today. A team leader from the services team waxed lyrical about how well our service projects are going and how 96% of our projects are completed on budget and meet the deadlines set by clients (which have become tighter because of the economic problems).
Then some of the Freshers we took on just over a year ago got up to speak – which is quite a daunting task when there are 200 people watching you – about their personal growth and what they have achieved in the last 12 months. Some have even gone on to be team leaders in such a short period of time!
Other freshers did some performances which included a hilarious comedy sketch (if you can speak Tamil!), dancing and singing. Check the YouTube video of the comedy sketch below but don’t worry if you can’t understand Tamil…neither can I and I live here!
The afternoon of speeches were rounded off by our Business Development Team, although not all of them were too keen to get up and speak (don’t worry, Rommel, I won’t mention your name!). If you can understand Tamil, the video will be posted below once it’s uploaded
Then there was the cake cutting, but fortunately this time the Indian, err, tradition of smearing cake icing on people’s faces was forgone! For some reason it always seems to be me with cake smeared on my face no matter whose birthday it is!
The evening was closed by the prize draw of our Twitter competition. We drew five lucky winners out of the hat live on camera. The winners were able to choose any one of our products and get a free logo and installation as part of the prize! Do make sure you follow @agriyanews to find out about future competitions and cool prizes! The prize draw video is posted here if you want to see it for yourself.
So that concluded 2009, I’ll finish with some photos that highlight some of the great things we’ve achieved at Ahsan in the past year.
We got brand new offices and now have three floors of development
However, the jury is still out on who made the decision to make the offices neon green!
We had a great day at the company sports event – the ladies decided to create floral designs instead of exerting themselves though!
The ladies looked stunning in their sarees on our Traditional Indian Dress day
And the guys looked super dapper in their South Indian dhoti’s
The inauguration function of the new company was a massive success
The guys all got in to the “Hawaii” spirit for the inauguration function!
We launched Volume, iSocial and Discuzz in 2009, Volume has gone on to be our fastest ever seller!
The iSocial video was a lot of fun to make and can be viewed here
And finally we rounded out the year with our New Years Eve tea party!
If you are an Ahsan, share some of your experiences of 2009 in the comments below!
For everyone else, don’t forget to keep up to date with what we’re doing by following our twitter updates (@agriyanews) and becoming a fan of Agriya on Facebook (there are loads of other photos on Facebook as well, go and check them out!).
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