Crush Marketing Announcement - Press Release

March 13, 2018

Maryland Women Launch Niche Marketing Firm that Gives Smaller Businesses and Startups a Competitive Advantage

Rachel Brand and Kristen Shaw have launched Crush Marketing, a full-service, boutique firm that focuses on businesses on the verge of fast growth that don’t have the means for an expensive agency. The duo also offer education to clients who want to run their own marketing campaigns.

Brand and Shaw have a combined 30 years of experience in business strategy, campaign management, media planning, copywriting, creative development and design. Their new venture provides streamlined, cost-effective and high-quality strategic marketing and communications services to clients across a range of industries.

The women approach their business with a zeal for creativity and their forte is outside-the-box ideas for cost-effective solutions. “I think people like working with us because we just love what we do,” Shaw says. “We followed our hearts, and I think that comes through in everything we do.” They understand that many small businesses are working with limited resources but need to be visible and competitive.

Brand and Shaw evaluate each business thoroughly to develop custom marketing solutions. “We also want to give our clients the tools to develop their own creative assets and crush their own marketing campaigns,” Brand says. “Offering training is unique compared to the typical marketing firm. But there is nothing typical about our firm. We bring a totally fresh approach to marketing, and we don’t talk in jargon and buzzwords, we focus directly on what the client needs.”

Crush Marketing offers education in Website Development, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Social Media Marketing and Creative Design. The courses can be customized according to the client’s specific needs and can be presented at the client’s workplace.

Shaw and Brand offer a full range of marketing and communications services, supported by a team of developers and designers. They also provide leadership and direction to in house teams as the businesses grow. Among the services they offer are: marketing strategy, brand positioning, influencer marketing, traditional advertising, digital marketing, social media, SEO, copywriting, website development, paid search and video production.

Their staff is small, but agile and multi-talented, which brings a value proposition that larger firms can’t offer. “We are providing innovative, high-quality marketing and communications services at a price point that is very competitive, Shaw says. “And we bring an energy and enthusiasm that our clients love.”

About Crush Marketing

Crush Marketing is a full-service marketing communications firm headquartered in Baltimore, MD. Its principals are Rachel Brand and Kristen Shaw. For more info, visit:

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