Testimonials

A few words from some of our clients.

Marketing Consultant Testimonials

We engaged Karen Leland of Sterling Marketing Group for the purpose of rebranding and rebuilding the Lynne Twist brand and Soul of Money website.  Karen’s expertise and knowledge of the branding process was thoroughly captivating.  She worked with our team at the Soul of Money Institute to ensure that our voices were heard and that the expression of our work and message on-line was accurate and compelling.   In addition, she and her web designer were not only fantastic at creating the look and feel of the website we were after, but patient beyond measure with our changes, delays and countless requests.  I would highly recommend Karen Leland to anyone looking for a professional and immensely competent consultant for marketing strategy.

Lynne Twist
The Soul of Money Institute

Karen is dynamic, experienced and committed to her clients. Over the several years that she guided our marketing strategy, she demonstrated deep curiosity and appreciation for our mission — and then translated it into meaningful thought leadership. She was instrumental in starting our blog from scratch, as well as getting us published in top-tier publications. I’m grateful for the burst forward she provided us.

Shayne Hughes, CEO
Learning as Leadership

Karen took my mess of a website idea and created a “Wow!” for me. With her expertise, drive and ability to craft a message, the site was completed with a minimal amount of angst in record time. Response has been great and my list is now expanding with possible clients, many of whom I haven’t even met. My online presence is now a true reflection of my business. Brilliant!

Tamara Cameron
Health Harvest

Karen has played a significant role in taking our firm to the next level. Her deep understanding in all aspects of social media including web design and usage, blogs, twitter and publications coupled with her great resourcefulness, creativity, diligence and strategic thinking has put us on the social media map and elevated our brand.

Gershon Mader and Josh Leibner, co-authors of the best selling business book The Power of Strategic Commitment: Achieving Extraordinary Results Through Total Alignment and Engagement (AMACOM)

As a professional media coach I work with clients to create marketing strategies, but when I need a marketing consultant for my own business, I turn to Karen. She has a mind like Yoda, and brings humor, insight, clarity and structure to the most difficult conundrums. She cuts through mind clutter to create diamonds. Her significant knowledge of both sides of the media – as a journalist and expert resource make her the “Go To Girl” for today’s online and offline marketing challenges. Hire her before she gets too famous.

Susan Harrow bestselling author of Selling Yourself Without Selling Your Soul (William Morrow)

Karen has played a significant role in taking our firm to the next level. Her deep understanding in all aspects of social media including web design and usage, blogs, twitter and publications coupled with her great resourcefulness, creativity, diligence and strategic thinking has put us on the social media map and elevated our brand. We are looking forward to many more years of work together.

Gershon Mader, author of the best selling business book The Power of Strategic Commitment

Karen was fantastic! She was easy to work with, professional and really helped get my products in front of the right people. She took the time to understand my business, gather all the information and then created a complete picture of my business and put the fundamental pieces in place to help me move my company forward and approach the market to achieve the best results.

Anna Zoitas
The Artisanal Kitchen

As CMO for various public companies, I’ve worked with many agencies and consultants in the area of Social Media. Karen’s knowledge, skill and lucidity on this subject matter is hands-down the best I’ve experienced. She takes a very complicated issue and makes it easy to understand, practical and actionable.

Alexandra Morehouse, SVP Corporate Strategy
AAA

Karen created a flurry of PR contacts and attention for my first book. Given how daunting the task was (first book, unknown author, difficult subject), she succeeded in getting me interviewed by radio programs to so many blogs, I lost count.

Christy Strauch

My business partner and I hired Karen this past summer to develop a social media marketing strategy for our start-up ecommerce venture. She exceeded our expectations! Karen is awesome, and by that I’m referring not only to her professionalism and expertise in the field, but also to her ability to really listen to our needs and deliver a superior product. She is well organized, consistent, on time, and on budget. Our entire experience with Karen was very positive; we’re definitely planning on engaging her again.

Katina Papadopoulos
She Luvs Tech.com

I had a synchronistic experience with Karen. In one conversation with her on the phone, she gave me the perfect advice that I needed to hear to revise my book. That conversation shifted everything for me. I worked with her several more times after that, during which she gave me valuable recommendations to streamline my online marketing.

Kim Hermanson, author of Getting Messy: A Guide to Taking Risks and Opening the Imagination

Karen you are smart, savvy and solid. In only a few short months you helped me nail my brand strategy and craft web content that sings. I’m eager for you to take my social media strategy to the next level. You have become an indispensable part of my business — my very own external Marketing Director.

Shoshana Rosenfeld, President
The Rosenfeld Group

Karen you are masterful! As with many visionaries, you see potential, and dream bigger and more audaciously than your clients even dare. Then you set out to make it happen. My personal brand is stronger, bolder and more out there in the world as a result of working with you.

Elizabeth Lindsey
National Geographic Explorer

Our president, managers and staff who participated in your program shared their overwhelmingly positive feedback with me. They not only enjoyed the content of the consulting but also were delighted with the presentation. I applaud your ability to consistently connect the content of your programs with our corporate culture.

Magali Akle, Director Quality Service
Avis Rent A Car

Wow! Your session has had the utmost positive responses from the attendees, you have made a direct impact on the success of my organization because of your dynamic program.

Debara Lutkenhouse, VP Customer Services
Perkin Elmer

We found the presentation provided by you to be high caliber, entertaining and thought-provoking. You helped us move through a significant piece of work in a short period of time.

Kurt Teubner, Regional Vice-President
AT&T

Thank you for the wonderful off-site consulting session. I was especially impressed by your ability to involve the participants, and your sense of humor made time fly.

Stephen Rice, Director
University of Southern California

Your work has a keen sensibility not usually found in comparable consulting programs. I continue to be impressed with its quality and your results.

Earl W. Hinton, Director of Professional Development
Fidelity Investments

Writing & Content Marketing

Can you make money using Pinterest? Absolutely! Karen Leland’s new book shows you the exact steps to master the art of relationship marketing on Pinterest. Read this well-written, comprehensive book, and you’ll be attracting and converting leads into paying customers in no time!

Mari Smith
Author, The New Relationship Marketing

Every small business should read this book—not only because it will show you exactly how to use Pinterest to promote your business, but for the marketing and branding lessons Karen Leland has managed to weave throughout the book. Make Pinerest work as hard as you DO!

 

Berny Dohrmann, Founder, CEO Space, Bestselling Author,
Redemption the Cooperation Revolution

I’ve engaged Karen several times over the years to work with me individually on my own personal productivity and to offer sessions for my teacher training programs. Her deep knowledge of time management and personal productivity combined with her marketing and branding expertise, make her an exceptional resource for showing entrepreneurs how to achieve their highest visions and most important goals in a sane and steady fashion. Her delivery is clear, full of energy and fun.

Anat Baniel, founder of the Anat Baniel Method and best selling author of Move Into Life and Kids Beyond Limits. (Crown Archetype).

Karen, I can’t thank you enough for the skills you brought to my e-Book project. Your keen ability to get the essence of my message, and details of my content, out of my mind and onto paper was exceptional. I appreciate not only your skill as a writer, but your business consulting background, which has made you invaluable to me as a marketing consultant.

J. Kevin McHugh, YPO Forum Retreat Leader and author of The Honest Executive

The ability to capture a message and translate it into a compelling communication requires a very special talent. Karen epitomizes the kind of writer who not only captures your perspective on paper but has the unique ability to frame the content to your specific audience. I hired Karen to craft out my thoughts through my monthly e-letters. The response from my readers has been wonderful and is a testimonial to a professional who understands her clients’ needs and works tirelessly to surpass their expectations.

Roz Usheroff

Thank you so much for being an integral part of the team that got my book to New York Times Best-Seller status. Your responsiveness, attention to detail and professionalism made you easy to work with. The blog tour was a resounding success and enhanced my online presence significantly.

Christy Whitman, New York Times Best-Selling author of Taming Your Alpha Bitch: How to be Fierce and Feminine and Get Everything You Want! (BenBella Books)

I am enduringly grateful for your breadth of expertise, your guidance, and your sometimes needed prodding. You helped me overcome the seemingly overwhelming task of writing my book which I now relish seeing being sold – on line and on bookstore shelves. Your structured approach, your incisive feedback and above all your unrelenting encouragement helped me polish, publish and promote the book I had burning inside me. The Citizen Leader is a far better work and will benefit my readers ever so much more for your having been an integral part of its rewrite and release.

Peter Alduino
Author, The Citizen Leader: Be the Person You’d Want to Follow

Karen is the consummate professional, terrific to work with, smart as a whip, and has a keen ability to separate the important from the essential. The articles she has written for us have been exceptionally clear, insightful and precise about topics that are sometimes perceived as fuzzy and difficult to articulate; no problem at all for Karen. She is a joy to work with.

Josh Leibner
Strategic Commitment Group

Karen crafted a terrific encapsulation of my thoughts and words. She did better than take really good notes and convert them into quotes for an article. She did what writers are supposed to do: maintain the integrity of conversation.

Lee Igel, Assistant Professor
New York University

At Xero we engaged Karen as a guest blogger to write a series of articles aimed directly at small business owners for our site – there was a secondary objective to drive syndication of this content to improve our SEO. Karen is a true pro with a total passion for small business. She provided an editorial calendar and worked collaboratively with our in-house communication and analytics teams to refine content to appeal to our global audience and maximize pick up with link building. Karen is energetic, lots of fun and a real delight to work with.

Paula Jackson
Xero

Karen is a skilled guide in pulling out the very best you have to offer. I experienced this with her in writing a book proposal for Wiley Publishers. She led me thorough this process with great success, that led to the publishing of my first book. In addition Karen’s insights into social networking and public relations is priceless. She carries expertise that helps you to stay at the top of your field. Her guidance continues to build my foundation forward in the expansion and awareness of my work. Karen’s enthusiasm and energy make it an absolute joy to work with her.

Sherri Baptiste, Baptiste Power of Yoga™
Author, Yoga with Weights for Dummies

Karen is a results producing, experienced professional. In the capacity of mentoring me through the process of creating my book proposal she has been invaluable. I highly recommend her!

Karen Reynolds, L.Ac, RN
balancerestored.com

Karen did an outstanding job of helping me to clarify the topics, tone and style for the blog posts on my web site. She listened to what I needed and challenged my thinking when it was warrented. She delivered on-time, on-budget, in a professional and friendly way.

John Foley, Former Blue Angel and High Performance Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

I was thrilled that Karen was able to present at our conference. Her talk on the topic of online marketing and promotion was one of the most highly rated of our event. The audience loved her. Our attendees were especially impressed with Karen’s clarity, specific recommendations, enthusiasm, and concrete facts and resources—a counterbalance to so much talk in marketing which is vague, contradictory, and frustrating.

Janet Goldstein
New York Publishing Executive

You deliver! I’ve used hundreds of presenters for our magazines and conferences and for seminars I run for the American Management Association. You were rated outstanding by a challenging audience of presidents and CEOs of fast-growing companies. Your materials and message were right on target.

Marlene Sholod, Director Events Marketing
American Management Association

Your presentation was extremely well received. Participants loved the interaction and specific take-away ideas. I really appreciate your going the extra mile to tailor the presentation for our group; this came through loud and clear on the evaluations.

Lauren Basham, Director of Education and Communications
Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals

Thank you so much for the terrific job you did in meeting the objectives for our program. Your session was fast-paced, fun and interactive. We have received some great feedback and as you know we have a tough group to please.

Andrew Campbell, Director of Training
Kinko’s Federal Express

I am searching through an electronic thesaurus trying to identify the adjectives that describe your presentation. Words like professional, experienced, sensational, stimulating, dynamic and inspiring come to mind.

Joe Meldrum, Marketing Manager
Apple Computer, Inc.

Over six hundred people gave you an average rating of 4.8 on a scale of 5.0 for overall satisfaction with the presentation, this is as close to an A+ as you can get. Congratulations on a job well done.

Charles P. Kendig, VP Quality
Oracle

I must confess that your seminar was the biggest eye opener I have had in years. It was also one of the best presentations I have had the opportunity to attend.

Howard Cowell, Managing Director
SC Johnson Wax

You consistently rate among our top speakers at conferences. The overwhelming positive feedback we receive from attendees about you is that you are practical, fun and have valuable information to contribute to any growing company. There are few speakers out there who know their audience as well as you do!

Craig Lis, Conference Producer
Inc. Magazine