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“The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.” – Peter Drucker


Marketing & Communication Strategies, Inc. (MCS) is a growth strategy firm specializing in the convergent disciplines of marketing, advertising, branding, strategic development, public relations, web development and graphic design. Founded in 1988 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the firm has steadily developed a national and international clientele, providing services to both B2B and B2C focused organizations. The power-packed staff is experienced, versatile and innovative, with emphasis centered on creativity and responsiveness.

MCS employs a comprehensively consultative approach to help clients advance in rapidly changing marketplaces and increasingly short planning time frames.

Meet the Team

Nancy Garberson, Founder, has more than 30 years’ experience; she holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications, and a Master’s in Organizational Leadership.

Christa Nelson, Marketing Strategist, Web/Graphic Designer, SEO and Social Media Guru, holds a BLA, and graduated magna cum laude with a Master’s of Business Administration.

Anna Patty, Communication Strategist and our resident non-profit expert. She has extensive experience in fund development and is a self-proclaimed data geek. Anna holds a BA in Journalism and Spanish.


All good things must come to an end.

By:  Nancy Garberson, MOL As founder of Marketing & Communication Strategies, Inc. it’s been an exciting journey as an entrepreneur, woman in business, marketer and adjunct professor. I am grateful for all the organizations I’ve helped, the people I’ve met and the support I’ve received as a business

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4 Ways to Show Your Gratitude to Your Customers

Thank You!By: Nancy Garberson, MOL Organizations, in an effort to stay close to customers need to show their softer side with transparency, steady discussions, and educational content that makes the organization a valuable resource. All organizations try to be open, visible and helpful but

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Christa Nelson Joins Friends of Czech Village Board of Directors

Christa A NelsonOctober 19, 2017 Cedar Rapids, Iowa — Christa Nelson was recently elected as the newest member to the Friends of the Czech Village Board of Directors.   Friends of Czech Village has a singular goal of rebuilding and restoring the Riverside

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Tame the Data Beast

By: Anna Patty My daughter’s favorite movie (at least for this week) is Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Everyone knows the story, Belle comes to live in the Beast’s castle in order to free her father who had been imprisoned. The beast is a cold-hearted monster

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Working with the Media … Don’t be Afraid!

Interview of Nancy Garberson, MOL by:  Christa A. Nelson, MBA In today’s 24 hour news cycle, many are intimidated even afraid to work with the media. They are afraid of being misquoted or even having their story spun negatively. This is a valid concern as reputation management

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Crisis Averted – See that wasn’t so scary!

By: Christa A. Nelson, MBA If part of your job description includes reputation management, you don’t have to look very far to find “scary” examples of employees, executives and even leaders putting their foot in their mouth. The thought of these public relations crisis scenarios are a

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Thought Leaders: It is time to embrace change

thought leadersby:  Christa A. Nelson, MBA Are you using webinars, white papers, blog posts and podcasts to help build your brand and reach your target audience? BRAVO! Are you presenting the same old tired topics to your audience? BOO! We all know that, great

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Take Time to Breath

Juliet Funt, one of the accomplished speakers at the Global Leadership Summit,by:  Anna Patty The “buzz word” of today’s workforce is work-life balance. It is not that employees in 2017 don’t work hard, in fact it is much the opposite. Today’s workers have simply learned that it is

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