Happy Thanksgiving from the Prime Team

We would like to take this time to say “Thank You” to all of Prime’s Clients & Partners.

Prime Advertising will be closed Thursday & Friday, November 27th & 28th, so the Prime team can spend time with their families. May you and your loved ones have a safe & Happy Thanksgiving.

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The Prime Team had a blast hosting the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce Business Seminar Series. We had a great turn out, and a special thanks to everyone that attended.The topic was “Improve Your Business’s Google Ranking & Online Reputation,” stay tuned for the announcement of the next seminar.

Below are some photos and video of the event, featuring DJ Hartley, President of the I-94 Chamber of Commerce, Mark Murray, President/CEO of Prime Advertising and today’s speaker, Leila De la Fuente, Marketing/Social Media Consultant.


 

 

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Grab your cameras and start shooting! The Maple Grove Moments Photography Contest is a great way for you to show how special our community is! Everyone is encouraged to participate — residents, business people, and students attending school in Maple Grove.

Entries are accepted starting June 1st, and the contest runs through July 17th so you can also share your Maple Grove Days photos.
A 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize photo is selected in each of the four categories, as well as recognition in the youth category for those under age 18!  Photos must have been taken in Maple Grove in 2008 or later and can depict any of the four seasons.

Categories:
Going Together (people, neighbors, friends, family–talking, working, learning, playing, living, volunteering—e.g., kids in the backyard, birthday parties, shopping, volunteering, eating out, working in the garden, students getting on the school bus, neighbors talking in front of their home)

Going Strong (celebrating our community with events/activities/recreation/ arts/culture —sports, community celebrations, gathering places—e.g. Farmers Market, Town Green, Maple Grove Days events, National Night Out block parties, art fairs, plays, concerts, sports games, any recreation)

Going Natural (parks, landscapes, plants, flowers, weather/sky)

Going Wild (wildlife, birds, animals, including pets)

The City is proud to partner with Prime Advertising & Design, Inc. for the contest. Photos submitted may be used on our websites as well as in area-wide publications such as City newsletters, Parks and Recreation brochures, Residents’ Guide, etc.

Monetary prizes will be awarded in each of the four categories with winners being invited to a future City Council meeting to receive their recognition. In addition, all photographs will be displayed at the Government Center and on the City of Maple Grove website. Winning entries will be published in the fall 2013 City of Maple Grove newsletter.

The complete photography packet is available on the City of Maple Grove website , call to request at 763-494-6002; or pick up at the Maple Grove Government Center, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway.

Check out Last Years Winners:

2012 Winner in the Going Wild Category by Connie Garritsen

2012 Winner in the Going Wild Category by Connie Garritsen

2012 Winner in the Going Together Category by Jennifer Bourn

2012 Winner in the Going Together Category by Jennifer Bourn

2012 Winner in the Going Stong Category by Rich Moll

2012 Winner in the Going Stong Category by Rich Moll

2012 Winner in Going Natural Category by Stephanie Sauer

2012 Winner in Going Natural Category by Stephanie Sauer

2013 Youth Winner by Amiyah Boradway

2013 Youth Winner by Amiyah Boradway

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Barrier Exteriors is a Minnesota based exterior construction company that provides services such as siding, windows, stucco, stone, roofing and exterior design in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs.  As a company that provides high-quality, innovative and reliable services, Barrier needed a website that would reflect these attributes.

Barrier came to Prime Advertising with several goals for their new website. First, they wanted to better showcase the four main exterior services: roofing, siding, windows and accessories. Prime achieved this goal by integrating a large photo slideshow into the homepage with high quality photographs of each type of service. Each slide links to a page where customers can learn more about the service of their choice. We also dedicated several areas to showcase remodeling and renovation ideas from finished Barrier projects, using photo galleries to exclusively highlight past exterior projects. Second, they wanted a website that was easily navigable, where customers would not have to “dig around” for information. Prime included three main highlights on the homepage that draw attention to three services that we believe differentiate Barrier from their competitors. A large “Request an Estimate” area on the homepage makes it easier for prospective clients to contact a Barrier Exteriors representative without searching for a specific webpage to submit inquiries. Thirdly, they wanted a warm, classy look and feel that reflected the high quality of work that Barrier Exteriors provides. To accomplish this, Prime’s designers chose a tan background accented with a stone background that is more common in higher-end homes.

Barrier Exteriors was also set up with a WordPress blog and email template through vertical response, which Prime recommended as channels to share projects and industry news within the community, attract a regular audience and establish a larger internet presence. Prime designed the blog and email template with the same warm, clean theme, as extensions of the website.

Since the launch of the new site earlier this year, the number of visitors has more than doubled compared to the same time last year. We are also seeing a higher international presence, specifically from website visitors located in Canada. Barrier Exteriors continues to provide customers with professional, modern, client-centered service and now their new website does the same!

In an effort to create a consistent branding theme, Prime also designed and produced print materials for Barrier Exteriors, including a new brochure for sales and presentations, branded folders and sharp new business cards. To view the new marketing materials, click here.

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Ackley Business Consulting is a business located in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota area. Roger Ackley steps your business through a visioning process, leading your business to a shared vision. Roger Ackley’s BI career of nearly 3 decades has given him a background and expertise to transform large corporations. When Roger retired, he still had a passion for teaching the visioning process. After starting his own business, Roger came to Prime Advertising & Design, to design and produce his marketing materials. Roger envisioned something contemporary and streamlined.

One of the first things Prime needed to do for Ackley Business Consulting was to help with a business name and logo design. Because Ackley Business Consulting was a new business, we began by checking into domain names. Once we had purchased www.AckleyBusinessConsulting.com, Prime’s designers were able to start and designed a variety of logo selections for Roger to review. With the logo and business name selected, Prime Advertising designed and printed the Ackley Business Consulting stationary package. A stationary package helps give your business an identity and includes professional design and printing of the key pieces to get your business started: business cards, letterhead, envelope, fax transmittal, Thank You card and Microsoft Word document set to compose business correspondence.

Once the Ackley Business Consulting foundational pieces were completed, Prime’s attention turned to website development. Roger wanted to offer his clients information about his business, while keeping a streamlined look and feel. The new site uses Web 2.0 technology, allowing for a wider design and screen display. Prime also interlinked Ackley’s web pages, helping to create the highest level of search engine optimization. To keep prospective clients updated on Ackley Business Consulting and on relatable news, Prime has incorporated a blog that is designed with the look and feel of the website.

Real-life, action shots are great for any business to have. Using one’s own images helps create credibility and trust to prospective clients. Prime Advertising performed a professional photo shoot, with Roger Ackley performing a live facilitation. With all of the great images taken, it was hard to choose which photos to use!

Ackley Business Consulting is taking off and Roger needed print materials to mail, email and leave behind after meetings. Along with a sharp-looking pocket folder, Ackley Business Consulting has a sturdy brochure. Each piece was carefully planned out to keep the Ackley Business Consulting brand consistent. Now, when Roger speaks and/or meets with business owners, he has all of the marketing materials that needs.

Roger likes to keep his facilitations lively. He is the kind of speaker that will keep your teams attention, giving you the results you desire. Roger is a true expert in the field and we’re all glad he came to Prime Advertising & Design to begin his journey with Ackley Business Consulting.

If you’re in the need of Business Consulting, please visit Ackley Business Consulting, and tell him, Prime sent you!

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Animal Wellness Center has always emphasized that they are “dedicated to providing gentle, compassionate care for companion animals,” but wanted to let people know that they are a full-service animal hospital and luxury resort and spa.

AWC hired Prime Advertising & Design to streamline their marketing, making it more effective, which included an updated logo, website redesign, blog, e-mail marketing and creating new print ads for the Official Community Resource & Residents’ Guides and City Newsletters.

Prime started with the logo redesign, once that was complete, Prime’s attention turned to their website. AWC offer a wealth of educational information and their previous website navigation was difficult to follow and did not reflect their unique facility that sets Animal Wellness Center apart from other pet hospitals.

Creating a beautiful design and building the website on the Element Z Content  Management System was essential, allowing for easy updates to the website, blog and their email marketing program. AWC needed the ability to keep their clients informed on events, news topics and specials that change regularly. Prime also streamlined AWC’s client communication by programming the blog to feed directly into their website and Facebook page, allowing for one update to reach people in multiple ways!

By making the process of client communication significantly easier and more streamlined, AWC can focus their attention on what they do best, offering advanced veterinary care with a personal touch!

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