Clients we serve
My clients are small business owners who are successful and passionate about what they do. Here are stories that show how I’ve helped them on their path to success.
Hinman Consulting Engineers
Our relationship goes back to the first days of HCE, when Roberta interviewed me and several clients to develop a comprehensive marketing strategy. One of her many fine qualities is her ability to keep simultaneously in view both the big, conceptual picture and the small, vital details essential for a marketing project to succeed. Her enthusiasm for what we do and the personal attention she gives to our marketing needs make it a pleasure to work with her. – Eve Hinman, President, Hinman Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Eve Hinman, a civil engineer who designs buildings to be safe from terrorist attacks and accidental explosions, owns this boutique engineering firm. She consults to the government on safe design for embassies, courthouses, and federal and state buildings, and to private industry for high profile and landmark buildings.
When I started advising Eve on ways to market her budding engineering consulting practice and how to position herself to successfully compete with the big East Coast firms, she was doing it solo, in her living room. Now, with a total staff of eleven — and growing — in San Francisco’s South of Market district and New York Metro area, Hinman Consulting Engineers has grown to be recognized as the leading blast design expert in the Western U.S. and Hawaii.
Our work together
I conducted a 360-degree business review, strategic marketing planning, customer survey, and successfully place Eve Hinman and other staff in interviews as experts on TV, radio and in print media. I am providing guidance over the company’s marketing strategy. I oversee and provide creative direction on all promotional materials, such as a corporate brochure, project write-ups, business card and letterhead system, new office announcement and sales letters. I worked with to Eve create her company Web site and also wrote the content for the site.
View the Hinman Web site, www.hce.com
Tom Taormina, Productivity Resources LLC.
Roberta's thoroughness and attention to detail are refreshing in these times of mediocrity. I highly recommend Roberta Guise and Guise Marketing as part of your success team. —Tom Taormina, The Taormina Group
Some marketing projects require instant bolts of creativity. Tom Taormina, an expert in business management systems and one of the engineers in Mission Control who helped in the effort to rescue the Apollo 13 spacecraft, came to me to get reviews of his 6th book on quality and the international quality standard ISO 9000. Problem was, none of the publications on quality published book reviews. So while I had each editor’s ear, I pitched and they accepted articles that Tom would write. I had found, on-the-fly, a deep connecting thread running through Tom’s Apollo 13 experience, the 9-11 attacks, and the Enron debacle.
Our work together
I wrote his press kit, putting special emphasis on his personal biography. Through numerous question and answer sessions with Tom and helping him write and edit variations of his story, I guided him to writing and publishing about six articles, all of which were published. He even got paid for one.
I needed someone to fearlessly challenge my ideas and help me bring focus and structure to them. Roberta was ideal for this because she is able to think creatively and pragmatically, while maintaining a professional detachment and healthy skepticism.
– Pete Nixon, Apogee Business Coaching
Pete is a business development expert based in Pacifica, California, who uses consulting and coaching techniques to help entrepreneurs reach their highest level of profitability. With a background in finance, accounting and small business development, Pete hired me to help him launch his new venture and get him visibility.
Our work together
We focused on crafting the company “messages” - what the business does and how it differs from other consulting companies and people who coach executives and professionals - and profiling target markets. Activities included creating trade show promotional materials, reviewing advertising.
Guise Marketing and PR has helped our company focus our marketing efforts with maximum impact for the dollars invested. Roberta Guise has been an integral part of the development of our web site and ensuring it is a reflection of the goals, interests, and values of our company. Prospective clients are responding positively to the site, and it helps in closing sales. I highly recommend Roberta Guise for any company interested in a creative approach to enhancing their visibility and overall marketability. – Erik Sundquist, Co-Owner and Managing Director, Sundquist Associates (General Contractor)
Erik Sundquist is Partner with his father, George Sundquist, and Managing Director of this custom build and fine home remodeling company in Redwood City, California. Erik joined his father in 1997, and has grown the company from a trio of skilled craftsmen who worked on one building project at a time, to a company that has up to a half dozen projects in progress and a staff of 11.
Our work together
Erik wanted to get his marketing focused and establish a plan of action. I performed a 360-degree business review to determine the strengths, challenges and opportunities of the company, and crafted a marketing action plan which I then helped implement. I worked with Erik to develop his Web site strategy and create the site, and wrote the content. I successfully placed both son and father in local media stories, as experts and featuring a couple of their projects. I also worked with Erik to develop other promotions for the business.
View the Sundquist Web site, www.sundquistassociates.com
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