I’m Mary Ann.
I use words and design to define your message and help your business flourish.
Wait, who are you?
Just your typical dog-loving, tree-hugging, organic food-growing writer, graphic designer and marketing consultant. I find inspiration on the Salish Sea, deep in the forest and high atop mountains in the Pacific Northwest.
What do you do?
My expertise is to bring smart strategies, fresh concepts and thoughtful, consistent design to small businesses, professionals and non-profits.
My goal is to ensure your projects receive superior creative and personal attention. I enjoy working on my own and virtually with a number of carefully chosen associates.
In recent years, I’ve partnered with a small team to create something really big – a new financial technology company that’s about to burst on the scene and bring essential personal finance skills, knowledge and revolutionary financial planning tools to students, their parents and young professionals.
Why should I care?
Your marketing message, materials and designs tell a lot about you and your business. There are no shortcuts to conveying a professional image.
From your website to your digital newsletters, social media posts to your ads and printed materials, people learn a lot about you. Are they asking “what’s with all those fonts?” or “where do I find the stuff that matters?” Is everything coordinated or are your materials as mismatched as a collection of used chairs from a dusty thrift store?
Words and images, when used skillfully, build trust and lead your prospects to click and convert.
How did you get here?
I’ve learned a thing or two since 1987 (not a typo), when I opened Sircely Marketing & Design.
A former journalist, editor and freelance writer with photography and serious design chops, I squinted my way into single-handedly publishing a full size newspaper on one of those vintage Macintosh SE’s with the teeny tiny, nine-inch monochrome display. Needless to say, my skills and knowledge have evolved along with technology.
Today, Sircely Marketing is still small enough for a one-on-one relationship and large enough to provide a wealth of resources – a full service marketing communications agency with a breadth and depth of experience.
How come so many of your clients have stuck with you for 20 years or more?
It’s personal. Very personal. I take the success of all my clients to heart.
They know I listen closely to their needs, am knowledgeable and patient, and approach their projects with creativity, a sense of passion and determination. They tell me I’m a capable problem solver who can figure things out, even the techie stuff, and make it look easy.
Above all, we develop close collaborative relationships. Many are now good friends.
Is it true you live on an island?
Shhh! Where did you hear that? If you enjoy sitting in line for a ferry, love flying in very small aircraft, don’t mind ordering your special shampoo online and delight in being cut off from the rest of the world, islands are highly recommended. (Just don’t move to mine.)
How can I work with you?
First, sign up for my newsletter, Sea Change, where I share my best ideas on effective marketing techniques to boost your profits. You can also fill out this short form to get things rolling.