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The SIAA (Service Industry Advertising Awards) is a national competition that honors service industry providers for their contribution to marketing and advertising. This year judges reviewed over 1,700 entries from 500 agencies for execution, creativity, quality, consumer appeal and overall breakthrough. Lime Valley received eight SIAA awards for communication excellence this year. This is the twelfth year that the SIAA has recognized Lime Valley’s creative accomplishments in advertising. Over those twelve years Lime Valley has garnered 57 SIAA awards, more than any other agency in Minnesota.

As a manufacturer, redesigning your website is about more than just your product. While those items are of significant importance, it is easy to slip into the role of the person building the product, rather than the person buying the product.  That's why so often you see specifications taking the place of good sales copy.  But beyond that, in a website situation, you have to think about not only the person buying the product, but how they go about finding that product in the first place.

Whether you're new to the position and this is your first big marketing project or you’ve endured this exercise several times now, the prospect of a website redesign for a manufacturing company can send shivers down the spine of even the most experienced marketing professional. You know that everyone from the sales department to human resources to engineering is going to have a say in how the website looks, the content it has on it and the way it functions. And that doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone is going to get along or play nice.

Colors  ColorsColor Study Storyboard 10-4RGB. CMYK. PMS. These color-related abbreviations may sound foreign to some, but they are a must-know for any designer. Why? Color obviously plays a crucial role in design. Beyond that, understanding color means better knowing how the color will reproduce on the deliverables. When creating products for multiple mediums, it is important to have a solid grasp on how the colors will behave. For example, a business may have a website with a main color of R245, G148, B136. When it comes time to print that same color on a business card, CMYK qualities and the possibility of utilizing PMS need to be considered. RGB is brighter due to being backlit; paper naturally absorbs ink, thus diffusing the color; and the type and finish of paper – such as uncoated or glossy – can affect the final product.

This understanding can make the difference between a great result and an undesirable do-over.

Social media, when looked at through the lens of integrated marketing communications, can drive a business’s entire marketing strategy forward.

While reading a social media post may only take a few seconds, writing and planning an effective post takes much more time and thought. A social media calendar is a valuable tool to plan, track, and implement content for any and all social media avenues.

A calendar is more helpful than a list of topics because it allows an organization to visualize how its content will be distributed throughout the year. Key company or industry events, holidays, product release dates, and the like can be duly noted.

Google has a major hold on local search traffic and organic search traffic. Because of this, it is important for a business to have a website and local listing that rank well.

Google My Business improves local search traffic by allowing customers to easily find reliable information about a business, such as open hours, directions, contact and website, on multiple platforms and devices.

The staff at Lime Valley is pleased to announce the launch of the newly redesigned Lime Valley website. The fully responsive site is modern, intuitive, and a better representation of the agency and its clientele. From a creative standpoint, the goal of the new website is to clearly reflect the culture, work ethic, and collective talent at Lime Valley. The overall design carries a very contemporary feel with larger photos, clear headlines, and sensible content. The pages and menu system are now more straightforward with today’s best practices and are easier to navigate.

Facebook continues to be one of the most popular social media sites, and an increasing number of varied demographics are spending an increasing amount of time on the site. As such, Facebook offers certain tools to businesses to maximize exposure on social media. One of those tools is boosting posts, an easy and effective way to gain more exposure of the content. A boosted post is similar to a normal post from a business Facebook page. For a fee, the post is “boosted” higher up in the audience’s news feeds, guaranteeing a certain level of visibility that might not happen with the organic reach of a regular post.