Helping small businesses in McHenry County with Online Marketing

Clinics and Training for your Team

Vanessa Baker, owner of Fast Forward Marketing has been honored to be invited into our client's offices to give training on Linkedin, Facebook, Social Media Calendaring, Blogging and more!

If you wish for Vanessa to come to speak to your group- that would be great fun for her.  She has had the pleasure of speaking for Realtor Groups, United Way Directors Meeting, Women to Women Networking Group, Crystal Lake Chamber, Huntley Chamber, and Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Chamber. Call us at 815-451-5230 or email us at:, or schedule a free 15 minute consultation on Vanessa's calendar.


Email Marketing

We are skilled at Mailchimp and Constant Contact. We can assist you with exporting data from your sales system to use for marketing!

Here is an example of our email marketing design:

Summers Academy of Dance

Celebrate with Signs

If you want to save some time in your day and have us take care of your email marketing, call us at 815-451-5230 or email us at:

Google Adword Management | Our search technology shows you only the most relevant ads related to what you're looking for. Here's why you see what you see on the page.

Do you know you can place ads on Google?  Many small businesses run advertising on Google, but pay exorbinant management fees, or are bidding on keyword that are too broad and expensive.

We specialize in creating efficient and effective Google Adword campaigns, that keeps money in your ad budget, not in our pocket.  Want to learn more? 

Call us at 815-451-5230 or email us at:, or schedule a 15 minute consultation with Vanessa.


We have been honored to help local elected officials and candidates running for office with press releases, blog content, social media management, sign design, website design, search engine optimization and reputation management.


"I have worked with Vanessa for the last four years and have watched her emerge as one of the finest in her field of strategic marketing."- State Rep. Mike Tryon

"Anyone who needs help promoting their business, political candidacy, etc. should consider hiring Vanessa to help with social media. I've use her for a few of my clients, and her work has always been fantastic."- Cheryl Meyer, Senior Communications Analyst at Illinois House Republicans

To receive a free 15 minute consultation, CLICK HERE or contact, 815-451-5320.

Did you know?  Vanessa Baker publishes a local political website help out the good people of McHenry County who want to serve the community!  Visit McHenry County Voter.

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Public Relations & Reputation Management

We can help write and distribute press releases, enter in events into online calendars, and help with confidential reputation management such as assisting with negative information found online.

We submit news to:

  • Northwest Herald
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Daily Herald
  • Star 105
  • PR Newswire
  • TV reporters if appropriate
  • and many more sites for SEO purposes!

Please call us at 815-451-5230 or email: for more information.



Search Engine Optimization

We have invested in a great online tool to assist local businesses with local SEO.

We will help develop original content for your site, and hand claim online listings to build quality links to your site.   We are particularly good with local SEO!

Our tool comes with a free online assessment tool that YOU can use to see how things are going.  Try it out and let us know how you like it!


Call us at  815-451-5230 or email us at:

Social Media Management

We are privileged to help local businesses with their daily social media management!  We help create content like taking pictures, and making small videos to help tell the unique stories of our clients.  People are 50% more likely to purchase a product or service after watching a video!  

Every client has a slightly different strategy, but we offer daily content creation & management on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin, Google Plus, and Pinterest for about a dozen small businesses in the area.

Call us at 815-451-5230 or email us at:

“Vanessa Baker does an excellent job of serving her client’s needs. She’s responsive, creative, and a pleasure to work with. Vanessa manages social media for the City of Crystal Lake’s “I Shop Crystal Lake” program.”

James Richter II Community Development Coordinator at Village of Machesney Park, former Assistant Director of Economic Development, City of Crystal Lake
“Vanessa Baker of Fast Forward Marketing has been providing social media marketing services for our indoor shooting range and pro shop since 2014. She is a creative, insightful and enthusiastic spokesperson for our company. Although there was a bit of learning curve, Vanessa quickly acquainted herself with the firearms industry and with OnTarget’s emphasis on safety and customer service. She is well known and respected in the local community and is the perfect person to help you host a “meet and greet” or “mixer” activity of any kind. In short, you can put Vanessa in just about any situation, online through social media or in person, and she will market the best qualities that your company has to offer.”

Judy Claxton, Business Development

On Target Range and Tactical Training Center

Please check out some of our current Social Media clients!


Dorion Gray Retirement Planning

Summers Academy of Dance


Paula Dorion-Gray, Dorion-Gray Retirement Planning, Inc.


Video Production

Enjoy a sampling of videos we have created to add rich content to websites and social media.   People are 50% more likely to purchase a product or service after watching a video!  Call us at:  815-451-5230 or email us at:

Seasons by Peg is a truly unique, seasonal boutique store on the Historic Woodstock Square.  This video is about Halloween Decor 2014.

This video is about Valley Plastic Surgery Center in West Dundee, IL.

As a proud board member of the Crystal Lake Chamber Foundation, I volunteered to produce the following video for the luncheon to give a short history of the foundation, honor one of it's founder, Bob Blazier, and ask for financial support. To donate to the Crystal Lake Chamber Foundation, please click here

We also make videos for SEO.  This video is about "Do You have to have an estate plan?" with Heather B. Kroencke, PC Zanck Coen Wright & Saladin PC. Visit their website at:

Website Design

We get to help local businesses with their virtual storefront online.  

  • We can work in third party software for the regulated industries like financial services (FMG Suite).
  • We have rescued custom built sites gone bad.
  • We have jumped in to finish a GoDaddy site gone wrong
  • Built some beautiful sites using Wordpress and Squarespace.  
  • Need something more technical like Drupal or Magento?  No problem- we have done the research on the best web designers in the area in those areas.

Working with Vanessa at Fast Forward marketing made the process of updating my business website so much easier and faster than trying to do it on my own. She worked quickly from my concepts to create a beautiful website that has a modern look and a very clean design. 
Thank you!  Susan Clancy-Kelly Northwoods HRD

Squarespace Sites

Vanessa Baker, Fast Forward Marketing is now a Squarespace Circle Member.  “Squarespace has curated a collection of beautiful and diverse templates designed exclusively with the needs of small businesses in mind.  Their 24/7 award winning customer service makes sure my clients are taken care of after the project is complete,” said Vanessa.   Squarespace Circle is open to members of the Squarespace community who have built, or are contributors to three or more active websites on the platform.  Members of the Circle are entitled to exclusive benefits.

We trust Squarespace, we use it for our own site.  Here are examples of Squarespace Sites we have made with our clients:

WordPress Sites

Other Design Software

We have had the pleasure of helping a local client with their FMG Suite site (financial services industry) as well as rescuing a GoDaddy site.

We also help clients with SEO by adding content to their website, like content creation and link building  to help the search engines find small businesses better.  Call us at:  815-451-5230 or email us at: