CUSTOM WEBSITE DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT

A custom website is absolutely critical in today’s world of marketing. If your site is not captivating at the very first glance, it can mean the difference between a prospect and a lost opportunity. While the first impression is the most important, there is so much that goes into an outstanding website that isn’t seen, but has tremendous impact on your company’s success. In addition to creating compelling computer graphics and engaging content for your site, IVY leverages all the tools of the ever-expanding online marketing frontier – to your distinct advantage.

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CONTENT CREATION AND MANAGEMENT

All the stunning graphics and ease of navigation in the world won’t sustain a website without compelling content. IVY is truly unique in that we create content for our clients – not just curate it from other sources – based on their own individual stories, goals and distinct imprints on their industries. Our team goes deep…into personal interviews, event planning and attendance, face-to-face meetings and frequent conversations with clients, even friendships. We don’t stop at the beginning of their stories; we see them through until they’re fully told, or the next story emerges. And then we dive into that one.

IVY’s curiosity and quest for new horizons opens us to custom website design across all client industries. We are eager to take on your next project!

responsive design

Whatever your customer’s device, whether desktop, mobile phone, laptop or tablet, IVY’s web design accounts for all of their online environments, all of the time. Our design protocol responds to screen size, platform, orientation and other electronic factors to ensure that your audience’s experience with your website is tailored specifically, and ideally, to them – wherever they are.

SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION

Search engines rank web pages based on keywords, phrases and fresh content as well as other technically synergistic factors. The higher a search engine ranks your site, the more traffic it will receive. If SEO is a bit perplexing to you, no worries. With IVY’s web design expertise, original content development, and ability to structure your website optimally, all you have to do is watch your online prospects grow!

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BLOGS

The power of blog cannot be underestimated. A company blog provides your customers, prospects and casual browsers with information that will benefit them in some meaningful way, whether or not they engage in a purchase. Blogs build trust in your brand in a way that other marketing communications cannot. They don’t push a sale; rather, they foster connections that stay with consumers emotionally. Your company is indelibly associated with those impressions. IVY can create a blog for your website that will move your audience in truly significant ways.

Pay-Per-Click and Remarketing Ads

Drive traffic with ads strategically placed to reach the perfect demographic, geographic and psychographic consumer. If prospects have already visited your website, IVY can help you remind them with remarketing ads, earning you a better conversion rate.

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Email Marketing

Keep subscribers and prospects in the loop and interested in your content, offers, and latest news with email marketing. It’s easy, inexpensive and effective. Let IVY show you all the benefits!

Google Analytics

IVY can help you leverage Google Analytics to monitor successful campaigns and content. With this data, you will better understand your visitors’ demographics and how prospects interact with your website. You’ll also be able to make informed decisions about how to promote your products or services.

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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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