Ritu David of The Data Duck has been working with us for a little over a year now. We are boutique design house engaged in designing, manufacturing and retailing residential furniture. I was introduced to Ritu through a common acquaintance and first met her at my showroom. I remember her first words when she entered my store - “You guys are a hidden gem and the world needs to know about you.” And she has lived by that.
She started with managing our social media. After much discussion, we agreed that while we will maintain a presence on Facebook, Instagram was where we would put in effort. At the time we had a few hundred followers maybe. Today, all thanks to her, we have a community of over 5000 followers. We have had clients that have discovered us on Instagram come in from Hyderabad, Pune and even as far as Delhi to order furniture for their homes.
It is important to understand here that for a design house it is truly hard to outsource social media. Design thinking and ethos is so personal. You cannot teach it to anyone. But Ritu has a way of getting inside your head, understanding your thinking and managing social media entirely independently. She is like having a business partner, who entirely takes care of a key aspect, allowing us to focus on our core competence.
She then convinced us, and rightly so, that we needed an e-commerce platform to reach out to the rest of the country. Designing and developing the website was the second assignment we hired Ritu for. I have to say that she has a very keen understanding of web design. And despite being designers ourselves, we find her web aesthetic clearly superior.
But again, it’s important to point out that at every stage she has handheld us and fulfilled a role akin to a partner. She works like we are friends, like the business is her own and she goes that extra mile to get it right. Worth a mention here that she was convinced that our logo needed redesigning. While we agreed, we were not keen to take on that additional spend at the time. But given she was completely convinced on the need for change, she went ahead and redesigned it anyway. And simply said “Its necessary for the new website and don’t worry, we won’t charge you for it!!!”
Overall, I am grateful for having been introduced to Ritu. Her deep involvement combined with her knowledge and competence are an absolute pleasure. She has been a huge asset to Tianu.