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We are a boutique agency with an uncompromising commitment to
exceptional customer experiences.

WE DO IT ALL

From concept to collateral, IVY serves your every marketing and public relations need. Be it strategy, content creation for print and online, website design, digital marketing, social media, radio/TV coverage, video production, advertising, blogs, newsletters, email campaigns…or the outer limits of your imagination, the IVY team is here to help you grow.

Marketing New Senior Housing
From the Ground Up

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re probably aware that the Baby Boom generation (those born between 1946 and 1964) is coming into retirement. The oldest Boomers are expected to move into a retirement community within the next 10 years, with the youngest...

Mature Audiences Only: Event Marketing for Senior Housing Part II

Last week, we examined the who, why, what and where of event marketing. Here, we will look at how to promote your event and measure its results. How to Promote? Here’s where your senior marketing experts can be your heroes. In addition to creating awesome collateral...

Mature Audiences Only: Event Marketing for Senior Housing Part I

The viral advantages of online marketing are undisputed, but, until recently, most seniors were not regular Internet or social media users. Today, 67% of people 65+ use the Internet, and 62% are on Facebook, and those numbers are rising all the time. In fact, 82% of...

Looks and Personality: Building a Brand to Remember

The most innately understood facet of marketing is brand identity, even among those who know nothing about marketing. That’s because brands etch themselves indelibly into human emotions as early as childhood. Branding is all about emotional connections and is deeply...

Responsive Design Brings Your Site Back to Life

If what scientists are saying about human adaptive evolution is true – that it’s accelerating – then perhaps the future of homosapien development means that people will be born with downward-bent necks due to our prolific use of mobile devices. Okay, so maybe that’s a...

SKILLED EXPERIENCE,
FORWARD FOCUS

Our boundless curiosity and lust for learning has sustained us for 27 years, enabling us to continually discover new marketing strategies for our clients and prospects. With diverse talent, rich storytelling, and a constant finger on the pulse of today’s ever-changing media landscape, IVY is uniquely poised to offer the best of seasoned experience and forward-thinking solutions.

SMALL AGENCY, BIG HEART

Our close-knit, boutique approach takes the headache out of bringing ideas to fruition and frees both sides from the long lag times and procedural obstacles characteristic of larger agencies. With a selfless investment in our clients’ goals and success, the IVY team delivers a fresh, uninhibited complement of creativity, skill, and unrelenting work ethic – all in one small, but very powerful, package.

WORLD-CLASS WEB DESIGN

Nowhere is the expression “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression” more applicable than to a company’s website. Your website, particularly the home page, is literally your doorway to success. IVY’s custom web design capabilities encompass not only extraordinary artistic talent and computer graphics savvy, supported by engaging copy, but skilled knowledge of optimal navigation, call-to-action opportunities, search engine optimization, technical nuance, and vanguard digital marketing strategies.

Branding

What’s in a name, a look, a tagline? Are you cheerful, serious, powerful or playful? Your brand captures the spirit of your organization and is the impression you make with clients and prospects. Your style is expressed in your logo, business materials and all things you say and do. And, since your website and online marketing is the ceterpiece of every organization’s marketing, you’ll want our amazing designers to develop a website for you that will be a dazzling customer experience.

Integrated Marketing Solutions

When you want to know every available tactic to drive your business, you want integrated marketing solutions. Who’s the customer and where do we find them? What’s the competition? What is unique to your organization? We’ll do the research, explore all the options and create a road map with the best strategies and tactics for your company.

Content Marketing

Content is marketing’s king but it is also the most difficult to create and manage. IVY rocks at creating, managing and promoting your custom content.  Ad copy, news and feature stories, blogs, newsletters, website content, direct mail, videos, social media and the many things you want to say about your organization need a compelling voice. We research it, write and design it, clarify it, then track to show how your magnetic content is being seen and heard.

WEB STRATEGIES

SEO, PPC, Remarketing, Call Tracking, Landing Pages and Roadblocks all lead to the centerpiece of your marketing strategy, your Website. Where, what and when to engage your digital persona is ever changing and sometimes we even stay up at night to find the best solutions for your organization.

Public Relations

Internal and external goodwill are important for your good health. We create the forum for you to build your reputation and importance with not just media but the people who matter to you and your organization most. We will tell your story in a way to make your prospects, customers, stakeholders and vendors notice your accomplishments. And when crisis strikes, we will be there to lead you through it.

Graphic Design

Online or in-hand – they both matter. And all roads lead back to your bottom line. With flair and creativity, we build a powerful, multi-faceted platform to speak about your special features to qualified, interested audiences.

Stephen Yenchek, President and CEO, Friendship Senior Options

“Twenty-five years comes but once but the ability to touch and change lives is before us each day. Keep making a difference in every life you touch, every day.”

– Stephen Yenchek, President and CEO, Friendship Senior Options

Scott Swanson, President and CEO, The Danish Home of Chicago

“Throughout my professional life, Deb and IVY have been there to offer reliable consulting services in marketing and communications. A real group of professionals!”

– Scott Swanson, President and CEO, The Danish Home of Chicago

Liz Bush SVP Director of Senior Living Marketing and Sales, Life Care Services

“…what I remember was the opportunity to meet a true professional that day (Debbe!) who was focused on the needs of the client. Someone who was passionate about her recommendations; someone who was knowledgeable about the community and the market and someone who clearly demonstrated she was a team player…”

– Liz Bush SVP Director of Senior Living Marketing and Sales, Life Care Services

IVY MARKETING GROUP RECEIVES AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN FOUR CATEGORIES

We are delighted to announce that IVY Marketing Group has won four National Mature Media Awards: one Gold for the IVY Marketing Group website; one Silver for the website IVY created for Monarch Landing; and two Merit awards, one for The Danish Home blog entitled The Hope Chest and the other for Friendship Senior Options’ 2017 annual report entitled, On the Record. Just this year, the agency also won a Merit award from the Content Marketing Institute for the 2015 annual report for Friendship Senior Options.

 

It’s addicting!  The fast-paced, ever changing world of public relations and marketing captures your interest and keeps you charged up to learn more everyday.  I love to find the best ways to tell our client’s stories and man, they have awesome stories!

It’s my job to discover our client’s goals and then match the best processes to achieve them, within their budgets, of course.  I get to explore traditional, digital and every manner of communication to determine which tactics, whether it is direct mail or TV advertising, a new website or PPC (to name just a few) will efficiently and effectively capture the attention of prospects. 

I also get to work with great people at IVY – they’re creative, fun, caring and super smart.  We’ve all been around the industry a while so there is not a novice among us.  Our clients are very cool too and totally passionate about the services they offer.  We’ve been working with most of them for years so we know they truly care about being innovative and responsible to the markets they service.  I have great admiration for all of them and look forward to every day. 

It’s true what “they” say, if you love what you do, you won’t work a day of your life!

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IVY was established in 1990 with a basic premise to offer professional, ethical and highly creative marketing, advertising and public relations services. We have successfully maintained our core values and have been part of many amazing projects, client growth and changes in the world of marketing that continue to happen at lightening speed. Most of our clients serve older adults in some capacity so we keep abreast of the opportunities and challenges they face.   Each day, we keep it real and fun and consistently deliver positive results to our clients and their markets.

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As a hybrid graphic and digital designer/web developer with over 17 years of experience, I am always on the lookout for innovative digital and print visual communications. IVY Marketing Group’s broad range of projects keeps my job challenging and rewarding, as each campaign is a new and exciting opportunity to effectively communicate our clients’ messages and help them achieve their goals. It’s my passion!

My body of work encompasses a diverse design style and wide base of clients, ranging from national associations, small businesses and big name brands like Hyatt and LiftMaster. I firmly believe that form follows function and highly value the communicative power of simplicity. 

Areas of professional expertise include Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Word Press, Responsive Design, CSS3, and HTML5. The industries I’ve served include senior living, health care, hospitality and finance.

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All my life, I have loved writing. As a child, I could often be found in my room “writing a book.” While “novelist” is not (yet) on my resume, I am a storyteller. I believe that everyone and everything has a great story, and it is my joy to find that story and share it with the world.

After earning my bachelor’s degree in journalism and completing my master’s studies in the same field, I joined a small advertising agency with powerhouse clients in the hospitality industry, such as Hyatt, Hilton International and Carnival Cruise Lines. I began as a proofreader and achieved the position of senior copy writer within a year.

After my first son was born, followed by two more, I started a freelance writing business that included (among several others) such clients as Advocate Health Care and Coldwell-Banker Realty. Clients in the education arena included DeVry University’s Becker CPA and Stalla CFA Reviews, DePaul University, and Naperville School District 203, for which I won two state public relations awards.

For nine years, I was employed as Communications Director for a large faith community, where I managed all aspects of internal and external communications. I was writer, editor, designer, web master, and content manager.

As such, I am experienced and comfortable writing multimedia for a broad variety of industries, products and services.

I joined IVY Marketing Group in 2013, when I began writing client press releases on a freelance basis. I loved the work—and my teammates—so much, I was thrilled when I was invited to come on board in a greater capacity.

I have immensely enjoyed getting to know our valued clients in the senior housing industry, the people they serve, and telling the many wonderful stories that come out of content marketing done right—with the love and care our IVY teams puts into everything we do.

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It all starts with one idea. Working with the Ivy creative team for over two decades has always meant taking one great idea and bringing it to life to help our clients meet their goals. We enjoy the challenges offered with every creative opportunity and try to make the design process itself enjoyable for our clients.

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Making certain that the projects IVY produces are word- and picture-perfect is my specialty. But I also love implementing marketing campaigns and programs that bring our clients success. Details are my thing, so it is a pleasure to have worked with IVY twice now, first after college four years ago and, recently, for the past two years.

The IVY Group is a terrific team of creative, positive and talented professionals that I love working with and, judging from the length of stay of our clients, I think they love our team, too!

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Rock-climbing, training for an 80-floor stair climb event, running a 5K…This is just a tiny peek into what people 20 and even 30 years older than I am, are doing on a fairly regular basis at some of the retirement communities that IVY represents.

I’m of the generation that still has reoccurring nightmares about what the next step looked like when my grandmother could no longer live by herself. The very best option at that time was living at a “facility” and  included eating rubbery chicken and playing an occasional game of BINGO. Period. That’s why my parent’s generation begged us not to ever put them into “one of those places.”

I am so proud that IVY’s clients are at the very forefront of an industry that creates opportunities, challenges, and most of all freedom for seniors, allowing them to explore hobbies, interests, passions…the next chapter of their very full lives.

I feel reassured for my own future. Even more, I feel honored to be able to share the impactful stories about this paradigm shift in the world of senior housing. What we hear and see at our clients’ communities is fascinating and inspiring!

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Keeping up to date on new public relations strategies, online engagement tactics, and promotional tools is my passion.

With my hospitality background in marketing top Chicago restaurants and hotels, I was eager to bring fresh concepts and communication strategies to our clients and have really enjoyed learning various industries.

Our clients have such exciting and unique events and programs, which really makes it motivating for me to make the most of their content.  Results like increased sales leads, website visits and social media connections make everyday rewarding and interesting.

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I oversee, plan and implement projects and processes at IVY.  Often,  I am the conduit between our writers and designers, with printers, and other vendors to fulfill the marketing needs for our clients. I also manage media buys and coordinate production of advertisements.

Working for a flexible and fluid company that is constantly growing, changing and evolving is fun and rewarding. There is always something new to learn.

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My bio has a big blank in the beginning—Mom and Dad rescued me in Wisconsin, and no one really knows my origins. They were probably ruff. What matters though is where I am now, running IVY Marketing Group. There are humans here who think they’re in charge. In truth, they do actually have amazing experience in content marketing and public relations, but I’m super important and the center of attention. I mean, look at this face. Right? And I know I’m the top dog because honestly, I’m the only one allowed to sleep through staff meetings and eat things that people drop on the floor.

The fact is though that I truly love staying awake at staff meetings. Everyone talks and laughs and they’re always excited. That surprises me a little because it’s not like anyone has thrown a ball to play fetch or anything. But I guess what gets my pack of peoples’ tails wagging is their work and their clients. I don’t know what a website or a blog is, but I do know that my pack must be good at them because they’ve earned all sorts of awards for these and other things. My bed had to be moved because the framed certificates were taking up so much room. Despite the inconvenience, I’m proud of these awards!

I serve several important purposes at IVY. I always let Mom (and the world) know when the mailman is here. When people come into the office, just one (usually) quick non-invasive (usually) sniff, allows me to determine important characteristics…like if they had anything good for breakfast, own any pets (pet owners are the best!) or if they stepped in anything on the way in. (It’s sort of like me conducting a first job interview.) I generously share my tummy because I know people like to give it a good scratch. I always give kisses, whether one is feeling lonely or not. And I’m always happy to share someone’s meal, especially if they’re trying to lose weight. My pack describes me as being engaging, amusing, and entertaining. (When I hear a siren, I “sing” along and it makes them laugh.) NPR talks about the benefits of having a pet at the workplace. Studies show pets lower stress hormones and improve morale and productivity. I wholeheartedly agree that a dog in the workplace is the best thing since rawhide bones.

As for my pack of people at IVY…they are amazing and always make my tail wag!

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