E-commerce solutions for small businesses during COVID-19.

Lime Valley featured in article, “Chamber explores reopening plans for local businesses”

Lime Valley was recently mentioned in an article by New Ulm’s The Journal newspaper for participating in a video conference geared towards successfully reopening businesses.

The joint conference was a collaboration between the Sleepy Eye Chamber of Commerce and New Ulm Chamber of Commerce.

Lime Valley’s contribution was specific to utilizing an e-commerce website to sell online as a way to mitigate the problem of some customers not yet feeling comfortable visiting physical stores even after the Governor’s Stay at Home order expires.

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The video conference also featured a presentation from Lime Valley Advertising president Brian Maciej on E-commerce.

Looft introduced Maciej with some statistics about online sales. E-commerce sales continue to be on the rise. He compared a business’ online presence to GPS. He said years ago every driver had an Atlas in their car, but now everyone has a digital version. Today, nearly all businesses have an online presence and during COVID-19 online business has been vital.

Maciej said the big takeaway from this presentation was “selling online is not just for box stores.” Online sales allow businesses to sell when the physical store is closed or reach a wider customer base. Online sales are also important for customers who cannot physically access the store or do not feel comfortable entering a business yet.

“More retail stores are able to be open, but that doesn’t mean customers are going to flock,” Maciej said. “Maybe they are still a little timid. E-commerce can help with that.”

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Brian Maciej during speech at Bemidji State University, MN.

Brian Maciej received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Bemidji State University

Congratulations to Lime Valley’s own Brian Maciej on receiving the Outstanding Alumni Award from Bemidji State University (BSU). Brian was recognized last weekend at the BSU Alumni & Foundation Honors Gala, along with three other BSU graduates. The event filled weekend also included recognition at halftime during the BSU homecoming football game on Saturday with University President Faith Hensrud. Congratulations Brian on a well-deserved award!

Photo courtesy of Bemidji State University.

Lime Valley Acquires Web Development Firm VoyaguerWeb

A Growing Company! Lime Valley Acquires Web Development Firm VoyageurWeb

Lime Valley Has Grown!

As of January 3, 2017, the Lime Valley home office welcomed three new staff members as the acquisition of VoyaguerWeb, Mankato, MN became official. Details of the acquisition took several months to iron out, but in the end both parties came away from the deal very pleased and excited about the future.

VoyageurWeb and Lime Valley have had a long history of cooperation and working together, teaming up on projects and on special efforts for area non-profits. In addition, both companies share a strong commitment to education. Through work on various college program boards to continuing internship programs and ultimately hiring students, this belief in education stands out. The familiarity and mutual admiration between the two companies allowed the acquisition process to move forward smoothly.

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A Brief Overview of the Creative Brief

Clients at Lime Valley may remember being asked, “What is happening in your marketplace?” or “What opportunities exist to influence buyers?”

Questions like these shed light on the client’s target audiences and the marketplace attitudes, and determine the opportunities for the client to step ahead of the competition.

In the advertising world, this is called a “creative brief.” In short, a creative brief is a detailed and concise outline of the key factors that can affect the direction of a marketing project.

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