Client Testimonials

Fractional Chief Marketing Officers offer flexibility and expertise without the long-term commitment and costs associated with hiring a full-time CMO. They can be particularly valuable to startups, small and medium-sized businesses, or organizations going through periods of transition or growth where temporary, high-level marketing guidance is essential. Through these testimonials, learn how Michelle Burgess has been an asset to organizations.

Addressing distinct communication needs with guided strategy

With two very different organizations, I have had the pleasure of working with Michelle Burgess and Notavi Creative for several years. Both organizations had very distinct communications needs and Michelle not only provided professional, thoughtful communication pieces, but she really helped us think through the how’s and the why’s when releasing things like a completely revamped website and mass emails explaining big strategy changes, as well as all the corresponding materials that go along with both. She provided a special kind of support that we have never experienced with a communications consultant. She was more than a project manager; she and her team used their vast experience and really guided us through our strategy. She asked us the tough questions in order to get our messaging right. As a result, we continue to be constantly complimented in our thoughtful communication pieces, like our website, update emails, and one-pager materials…all created by Michelle and her team. If you are looking for someone with experience and thoughtful strategy to truly guide and partner with you, you will not be disappointed in bringing Michelle and Notavi Creative to your table!

Bridget De Leon

Director of Grantmaking, The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation

Surpassing expecations and working past conventional boundaries

Without hesitation, I recommend Notavi Creative to anyone seeking a collaborative partner to help grow and strengthen their marketing and communications efforts. We retained Michelle and her team a few years ago as we sought help with our traditional public relations plan. We were impressed that they surpassed all our expectations, tapping into their high-level expertise and identifying a more substantial and comprehensive way for The Howley Foundation to communicate our mission to our broad-based constituents.

From the beginning, Notavi displayed a deep understanding of our foundation’s core values and objectives. They  grasped the importance of high-quality educational opportunities and their positive impact on social and upward mobility for students from lower socioeconomic communities.

Notavi’s work exhibited a clear ability to think beyond the conventional boundaries of marketing and communications. With expertise in digital marketing, video production, and content creation, they leveraged various platforms and channels to capture the attention of individuals interested in our work, amplifying our brand and devising strategies to achieve our goals. They  integrated storytelling techniques and compelling messaging to create a  narrative that resonates with our target audience, and drove awareness of The Howley Foundation, our scholarship recipients, and nonprofit grantees.

Nick Howley

Founder, Chairman & Trustee, The Howley Foundation

Reframing vision and providing a fresh approach

The Nord Center engaged Michelle Burgess and Notavi Creative to help us take a fresh approach to employee recruitment in a highly competitive market. The perspective they brought to the task was enormously helpful. Creating a more attractive landing page on our website, one-page highlights of key positions, a photoshoot in our building using our existing staff, and some engaging video content were all very helpful to us. In part, Notavi was able to help us reframe our own vision of what it meant to market our agency to prospective employees. They were able to help us tell our story by identifying where we are able to shine and helping us to highlight that. In addition, they supported our very small staff team by actually deploying the email campaigns. They are exceedingly good not only at listening but at eliciting what’s important to communicate to key markets. They held up a mirror to our organization and helped us not only to see the strengths that they saw but to convey them to others. And last but not least, Notavi is highly responsive, flexible and very enjoyable to work with.

Betsey Kamm, MBA, CFRE

Chief of Institutional Advancement, The Nord Center

Distilling complex framework to more effectively engage constituents

Michelle has been an amazing thought partner. Our work is both complex and unique. Michelle took the time to understand our goals and aspirations, providing suggestions for structures that could help us more effectively engage others in the work. She also asked challenging and thought-provoking questions that helped better define our work.

Rebecca J. Kuzma

Chief Operating Officer, Strengthening Stark

 Driving efforts with strategic marketing and communication

Early Ages Healthy Stages has been so grateful to work with Notavi Creative over the years! It’s been important to us to work with a local, woman-owned small business to help drive community engagement with our work. Michelle and her team have never failed to provide timely, professional service, while also providing friendly advice to make us feel comfortable working a space that’s not our area of expertise.

Throughout the years, Notavi Creative has guided Early Ages Healthy Stages throughout a variety a projects to help highlight and uplift our work (input sessions and audits that resulted in marketing plans, branding, website development, video production, and varied marketing materials).

Michelle and her team at Notavi Creative have always been careful to walk us through the steps of their processes so that we’re well-versed on the what, why, and how of their recommendations. We also appreciate that Michelle is always happy to jump in and support on new and different grant projects, bringing creative ideas to the table and consistently helping us propel our momentum forward as we grow and evolve.

Liz Manley, MPH, CHES

Program Manager, Early Ages Health Stages/Cuyahoga County Board of Health

Auditing, assessing, and gathering feedback to shape new direction 

The Institute has had the opportunity to work with Michelle Burgess and Notavi Creative over the past five years. Michelle took the time to get to know us and our work. She conducted discussions with staff, our board members, funders, and the community to ensure she knew us and our brand. From there, her suggestions and recommendations, presented in detailed action plan, were targeted and dead on. Notavi created print materials, social media coordination, videos, product templates for our use.

We would highly recommend collaborating with them on all things marketing, advertising, and communications!

Teri Ooms

President & CEO, The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Development

Helping organizations orchestrate and produce valuable assets for business

We chose Notavi Creative to work with us at Catholic Community Connection on our new website, content creation, new marketing printed materials, marketing consulting and video production to display our affiliated Partner ministry work.

Michelle and her team are very creative, responsive, and professionally experienced at everything they produced for our organization. We are thrilled with the services provided and plan on continuing to use Notavi Creative for our future marketing needs.

Marian Rubin

President, Catholic Community Connection

Improving brand awareness and strengthening connections

I wholeheartedly recommend Notavi Creative to anyone needing comprehensive marketing and communications services. GSI Executive Search has partnered with Michelle Burgess and Notavi Creative for several years, and we have been highly impressed with their team’s exceptional work and professionalism.

Initially, GSI engaged with Notavi to improve our brand awareness and create new opportunities to strengthen our connections with clubs, resorts, and spas. Over time, we turned to Notavi with additional needs, including developing an expanded recruitment strategy that has successfully streamlined the alignment of job seekers with top-quality employers in our industry. They have helped elevate our image, strengthened the consistency in our messaging, and empowered us to reach and secure new clients who needed to become more familiar with our broad scope of services.

The professionalism, expertise, and dedication to excellence provided by Notavi Creative have undoubtedly contributed to the success of our marketing efforts at GSI Executive Search. They will continue to excel in their field and be an asset to any organization fortunate to work with them.

Jay Salem

Chief Operating Officer/Human Resource Consultant, GSI Executive Search

Bringing profound understanding and providing invaluable expertise

At Notavi Creative, their invaluable expertise, coupled with a team that is notably friendly, skillfully guided us through the intricate process of strategic planning and brand development. With a profound understanding, they helped orchestrate the development of our website. Michelle’s team played a crucial role in developing the Millstone Fund logo, showcasing their versatility. Their contributions were pivotal, ensuring a cohesive and impactful presence across all facets of our organizational strategy.

Corrie Scaringe

Director of Communications, Millstone Fund

Problem solving and creating better solutions for success

We worked with Michelle Burgess in moving our downloaded/printed application to an active workable online application that can be filled out and submitted all on our webpage. She is a very easy person to work with, especially when I was very demanding in our specific needs and she was realistic in addressing what we wanted, she had great ideas that we decided to work in and make what I believe a much better, paperless project a huge success. If you are looking for good, honest, affordable work to be done with a friendly person like Michelle, I recommend reaching out to her.

Shawn Verbeke

Production Manager, North American Plastics/Noramco