How We Evolve to Help Our Clients Grow
At Evolve, we are a partner that listens to your unique goals and leads with trust and education to provide measurable growth. The why, how, and what we provide all come down to our collective dedication to make a positive impact on our clients. We are a full-service digital, creative, and technology agency based in St. Paul, Minnesota evolving businesses in the Twin Cities and nationwide.
What’s Our Process
With all clients, we follow our five-step process that has been tested and approved for years. It’s the roadmap between your business’s goals and the things that will make it a reality.
Our discovery session allows us to get to know you and creates a full understanding of your business’s direction so we can create a customized plan to map out how to reach your goals.
We focus on aligning your branding and design materials with your business for a cohesive visual identity. This ensures all work going forward represents who you are and what you offer.
Our developers build sites on the right platform to ensure your website is a measurable marketing tool that meets the needs of your unique business and digital opportunities.
Based on your business goals, we create a marketing plan and execution strategy that delivers measurable results so you can precisely understand your ROI and ROT (return on time).
As the digital world and your business evolve, our website support programs and hosting services ensure your #1 marketing tool (your website) continues operating at its highest level.
Our Core Values
We don’t just believe in our core values, we live them. We deliver great work because we focus on building partnerships that reflect our values.
We lead with strategy. Strategy affirms we understand your needs and sets the plan to move forward. And as a team, the strategy emphasizes our ability to listen and educate.
We are passionate people, plain and simple. Our work, the reason we love what we do, is fueled by our collective enthusiasm for your success.
We’re actively engaged with our community of local charities and organizations because it’s through our community that we grow together and support one another. We give back because the community has given us so much.
Define a destination, map out a thoughtful plan, and work with grit and innovation to achieve it. That is how we articulate our strategy in every one of our actions.
To evolve is to embrace change. In order to move ahead, we continue evolving and bringing our clients along with us. Are you ready to evolve?
Evolving Since Day One
It’s been nearly two decades since Marnie Ochs-Raleigh, CEO, and her husband Donald Raleigh, President, founded Evolve Systems. While a lot of things have changed, there is one thing that has yet to deviate – we have never ceased to evolve.
As a 6th generation entrepreneur, Marnie was bound for a life of growing and inspiring something great. When Marnie and Donald realized that ecommerce was going to be the thing of the future and the noticeable lack of proficiency at the time, they knew their expertise could fill the gap. So, Evolve Systems was created.
We started as a technology-based company providing merchant processing and custom ecommerce solutions while partnering with local design and marketing firms for non-technical needs. But as Google became more prominent for search and firms weren’t familiar with designing or marketing for the web, we knew our technical knowledge combined with full-service, in-house website and marketing capabilities would provide our clients with the best results. So, we evolved.
At Evolve Systems, we quickly became a digital, creative, and technology agency while our sister company, Evolve Payment was born to spearhead the merchant processing side of things.
Today, we call St. Paul, Minnesota home, located in the North metro, and we serve businesses across the U.S. We are a team of evolvers motivated by our history to never stop learning, adapting, and making a positive impact on our clients.
Our Minnesota Technology Diversity Pledge
Technology is at the root of our business; Evolve Systems started as a technology company and then merged into the digital sphere. Weʼve been involved in our local tech community for two decades and have witnessed each otherʼs great achievements but also the lack of equal representation, especially among LGBTQ, people of color, people with disabilities, and women.
We pledge to actively evolve Minnesotaʼs technology community by internally and externally pushing for change and inclusive representation. True success can only be achieved when diverse individuals have a seat at the table. Itʼs time to make that happen.
"We have a real brand now, and we couldn't be happier!!!"
"Working with the team at Evolve has been such a pleasure. Their communication, tools, and reporting are above and beyond. Also, their customer service and responsiveness are top-notch. Oh yeah, and the results speak for themselves. Excellence all around - and a bonus, they are local and in our backyard. Thank you Evolve Team!! I appreciate partnering with you and our Orchards community as well as the other Ebenezer communities we support together."
“Nearly every owner I have ever worked with said they wanted to get top dollar for their business, yet most of them don’t have the proper growth and exit strategies in place that would warrant a top-dollar offer.”
“Evolve Systems' partnership has made a big impact in the strategic growth of our web presence, taking our vision and bringing it into reality. We have peace of mind in knowing we're supported in the day to day, and we have a valuable resource when we need creative solutions. We feel confident Evolve keeps our website running at peak performance to help us drive bottom-line growth.”
"We are proud of our new website and its ability to promote and support our mission to end Veteran homelessness in Minnesota. Your understanding of the nonprofit and Veteran sectors allowed us to trust the process and see real results in our community. A big thanks to the Evolve Systems team!"
“Not only do the people at Evolve Systems give back to their clients by providing great web development and merchant processing services, but they also give back to the community. They are a great company to work with.”
“Don Raleigh III is a very knowledgeable resource. Don and everyone at Evolve Systems is on top of their game, and it goes to benefit the end user, which is you! Highly recommend!”
“Thank you Evolve Systems for doing making the tech stuff easy to understand. We are excited by your proposal that will help our group re-brand and re-fresh with a new web presence.”
“Knowledgeable staff that leads you through the process. Up to date on what is needed to make sure your site has all the functions you need and also everything the government requires you to have.”
“Anchor Paper & its Express Retail Stores have had the pleasure of working with the Evolve Systems team for several years. They are prompt and knowledgable, and have been a valuable resource for our company.”
“Williams and Hall Outfitters has worked with the Evolve team for several years. Evolve has great people and great customer service. Their response time to our issues is quick, and dedication to our success is strong.”
“Evolve Systems does a great job in sharing their content and being a thought leader in the marketing world. They have a pulse on the industry, and if you are considering a website or marketing project, consider Evolve Systems”
“Extraordinary customer service with access to real people who genuinely care. Highly recommend! They make the complex simple and consistently go above and beyond.”
“Our experience at Evolve Systems in design and since has been very positive. They have always made sure our questions are answered and followed up on our satisfaction. We look forward to continuing to work with them in future developments of our mnme.us site to serve MN 'military connected'!”
“Evolve has created two websites for non-profits that we coordinate. The online giving increased 100% once our website was updated. We highly recommend the services that Evolve has to offer.”
“I have had the pleasure of sitting in on many client meetings with Evolve systems and I am very impressed with their professionalism. They come to meetings prepared and with great ideas as well. I would use them and will recommend them when the opportunity presents itself.”
“Such an awesome team here at Evolve. They start with your brand, walk you through a branding strategy, marketing strategy and truly set you up for success. They don’t leave you high and dry after setting up the strategy and their follow up is great. I love the company and their staff!!!”
“Professional expertise delivered by a team who really care to make your business more well known, respected and successful. My Marketing spend has seen return on investment much sooner than expected. Highly recommend!”
“Evolve is our ongoing strategic partner for SCN Inc.’s digital presence and website. We rely on the Evolve team to respond quickly to our business needs while providing valuable and thoughtful leadership. We’ve worked with their team for many years now, and the responsive communication and wide range of capabilities allow them to respond to our different projects to reflect our manufacturing goals.”
“We have worked closely with Evolve Systems for over 7 years to facilitate a variety of marketing objectives including the continuous improvement of our website, upgrading our CRM system and developing a strategic marketing program. We value Evolve’s commitment to our business and consider their support to be a key contributor to our growth.”
“Working with Evolve Systems has been a great experience! They have made sure they understand who we are, details in what we provide (which can be quite complex), and what our goals are. They provide us great strategies, recommendations, and support to then reach our goals, adjusting each month depending on what’s working and what’s not. We have worked with a few different digital advertising and website developers, but Evolve Systems has been the most comprehensive and organized of them all. I would recommend any company, big or small, to put their trust and business in their hands”
“From start to finish, Evolve Systems is a professional team that seamlessly guided us through the process of building our new website, giving us valuable information about how to increase our presence in the World Wide Web.”
“From merchant process to inventory management, Evolve's technical background helped to improve the function of our online store, improving our ability to serve and sell directly to our customers. On top of that, the Evolve team was incredibly easy and enjoyable to work with. Thanks Evolve!”
"Thank you so much! This [website] is completely changing the way we do our business!"
“We interviewed with two other website companies and felt most comfortable with your team, after going through your process, we think you nailed it.”
“Evolve keeps things simple. They bring a personalized approach to our website and marketing strategies so that the agreed-upon plan aligns with our current business needs and opportunities. With Evolve, we have a partner at every pivot and need. They have the people and experience to get things done.”
“At YESS!, we believe effective communication and leadership delivers success. They’ve helped us with our online store while delivering results on short timelines. They have a responsive and positive approach, and we’ve enjoyed working with everyone on their team.”
“I reached out to the team at Evolve Systems and we discussed a solution that would ensure the [website] core of our system was managed, as well as the front end of our site. As a result, our website is now faster, more secure, and stable. The Evolve tech team is extremely responsive, and I receive a monthly report detailing the work that was performed. If your company relies on your website as its #1 marketing tool, I recommend investing in the WMP to ensure you’re protecting your most valuable marketing asset.”