Fast Forward Marketing
Helping small businesses in McHenry County with Online Marketing
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Passion. Experience. Diligence.

Our Story

Drawing on 14 years of digital advertising experience,Vanessa Baker founded Fast Forward Marketing, a firm providing online marketing, advertising and promotional services in December 2012 with three small clients, managing their social media accounts. Baker quickly built a large clientele base and acquired a city contract to oversee its Shop Local campaign. She established relationships via the local business chamber and expanded her base regionally by utilizing social media to target small business owners.

“We provide real, measurable benefits for our clients because with digital marketing everything is trackable,” Baker said. “The impact on our customers is they have a local resource they can trust who can fill a need they have.”


  • 2019 Top Women in Digital Marketing, Digital Megaphone

  • 2019 Top Digital Marketing Agencies, UpCity

  • 2017 Best of Social Media Marketing, LinkedIn ProFinder

  • 2014 Best Under 40, Northwest Herald

  • 2014 Presidential Award of Excellence, Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce

Vanessa Baker is joined by Andrea Johnson, with 16 years of experience of Marketing Management experience in the product manufacturing field.  Andrea has a MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.  Says Dan Schmidt, Director of Engineering at Triangle Package Machinery Co. "Andrea is a creative and open thinking product manager. She has an excellent ability to review business and market needs and develop those into a product strategy. Additionally, her ability to sort through and grasp the big picture in very complex situations is critical to clarify product development needs."

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We at Fast Forward Marketing know that finding the right marketer to help you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer a free consultation to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

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Fast Forward Marketing is a valuable resource in our county. The owner Vanessa Baker has a passion for helping people and companies reach their goals. She is proactive, professional and easy to work with. I highly recommend Fast Forward Marketing and Vanessa Baker.
— Carole Peters


Marketing Experts

Vanessa Baker

Vanessa Baker


Vanessa Baker

Vanessa Baker has 20 years of sales and marketing experience, specializing in digital marketing and advertising for small businesses since 2010. 



Bachelor of Arts 1995

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Activities & Awards

  • Presidents Council, Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce

  • Best of 2017 Social Media Linkedin Profinder

  • 2014 Best Under 40 Award, Shaw Media

  • 2013 Presidential Award of Excellence, Crystal Lake Chamber


Andrea Johnson

Andrea Johnson

Digital Marketer

Andrea Johnson

Andrea has 18 years of sales and marketing experience, including product management, website launches, trade shows, webinars, copywriting and technical writing. She recently led all marketing operations for a multi-million dollar consumables product line. 



EMY, Metallurgy and Materials Science


Activities & Awards

  • Voice of the Customer Work

  • Strategic Long Range Planning

  • Marketing and Market Research



Tristan Blus

Tristan Blus

Rising Star

Tristan Blus

Tristan Blus is the up-and-comer on our team. He has two years of experience building websites on Wordpress and Squarespace, and is quickly learning the ropes in SEO and marketing strategy.


Activities & Awards

  • Vistex Scholarship for Excellence in Technology

  • Member, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

  • Member, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars


AS Summa Cum Laude, specializing in Computer Information Systems, Applied Programming


Our Top 12 Accomplishments for 2018

Vanessa Baker's journey