Success Stories

Helping you take the guesswork out of marketing

We’ll help you take the guesswork out of marketing so your business can grow. Trusted by hundreds of clients, we’re proud to share some of their success stories and their outcomes as a result of working with us. 

Helping us build a highly effective marketing program

“In my role as Director of Valley Community Small Business Development Center, I have been fortunate enough to benefit from Claudia’s amazing breadth of knowledge and insight. She provides our Center with guidance and recommendations on how we can effectively ensure a steady flow of clients while maintaining public awareness and a positive image. She truly has been instrumental in helping us build a highly effective and productive marketing program.”

Rich Mostert, Director of VCSBDC

It’s like having a Marketing Department in a Box

“We’ve worked Acorn Marketing for over 2 years, and could not be happier with the outcomes and positioning in the marketplace we have achieved as a result. It’s like getting a “Marketing Department in a Box” because of all the expertise and value they bring to complex process, from planning to execution. Claudia doesn’t just show you what to do – she and her team make it happen, and make it as practical, easy and simple as possible. Working with them is a painless process, and I appreciate their focus on doing things cost-effectively. They’ve helped us double our email open rates, develop more professional marketing materials, and helped create new business opportunities. Claudia goes above and beyond as a business advisor, not only with recommendations, but helping us to effectively implement them for positive outcomes. I most highly recommend them.”

Michael Coleman, Director Sales & Marketing

Modesto on Ice

Helped secure over $50,000 in donations from area organizations.

“Claudia has worked closely with us to develop a new sponsorship package that more closely aligned with the information expectations our prospective sponsors were looking for. Her help at key meetings with major sponsors significantly contributed to their committing for Modesto on Ice’s fifth year event. She also guided us in focusing on tracking the deliverables and keeping our sponsors informed as to outcomes. Claudia is a consultant clearly committed to her client’s success. We have enjoyed working with her, and highly recommend her.”

Andrea & Jerome Murray, Co-owners / Founders, Modesto On Ice


Increased fundraising outcomes by 50%.

“Like most nonprofits, visibility and revenue are among our biggest challenges in getting out our message about empowering children and adults to take charge of their safety. Claudia’s wisdom, expertise, and insights have made a dramatic difference in Kidpower’s marketing and fundraising. She is gifted at finding creative ways to get our message across from the heart while still staying with our positive brand, resulting in a 50% increase in our fundraising – and reducing our website bounce rate by over 30%. Our website visitors are finding it easier to find us – and to understand quickly the importance of what we do. Claudia’s training with our organizational leadership and ongoing consultations have greatly improved our strategic planning, visibility, and sales.”

Irene van der Zande, Founder & Executive Director, Kidpower International


A Grand Opening that achieved multi-million dollars sales goals 3 months ahead of schedule.

“We have worked with Claudia for nearly a decade in the areas of market research, strategic planning, and marketing. Whether conducting a focus group, developing advertising strategies, or assisting with planning our Grand Opening, Claudia’s analysis, insights, recommendations and guidance have been invaluable in helping us take a customer-focused approach to designing and marketing our luxury model homes. I consider Claudia’s work to have been a critical factor in our exceeding our unit sales and revenue objectives; she is definitely a partner in our success.”

Helen Eldredge, General Manager, Trilogy at the Vineyards/Shea Homes

Massage Envy

Increased sales by over $250,000 in one year.

“Claudia has provided me with a wealth of knowledge on our market and what it takes to have a successful business. With her expertise and changing our marketing strategies to best suit the local market, we were able to target the right audience and appeal to those who would best benefit from our services. Her coaching helped us increase interest and awareness of our services, as well as customer traffic. She taught us how to be proactive vs. reactive and plan well-ahead, and how to properly assess media opportunities. As a result, she helped turn our business around and increase sales by over $250,000.”

Dr. Melody Itliong, Business Manager, Massage Envy

Increased Sales by over 30%.

“I’ve worked with Claudia for over 6 years on marketing strategic planning and sales have increased by at least 30%. I would highly recommend her for anyone looking to grow and better organize their business.”

Chet Bertelson, President, Bertelson Precast


Full line packaging restage of 10 products in three months generating compound online annuals sales of 10%.

“We have worked with other consulting firms, but only Acorn Enterprises went beyond a recommendation and followed through with implementation. As business and marketing experts, they have been instrumental in assisting us. No matter what project they work on, from strategic planning, to helping us with a full packaging redesign for our entire line of award-winning varietal olive oils, to bottom-line driven marketing efforts, they have impressed us with their determination to deliver outstanding work, each time, every time. Detail-oriented, deadline-sensitive and budget conscious, they have brought extensive expertise and a win-win attitude to each project. Our sales growth has exceeded our goals. We consider Claudia a trusted resource.”

Jonathan Sciabica, Vice President, Sciabica’s Olive Oils


Finding solutions where others only find problems.

“Since I first met Claudia Newcorn in 2009, I have been consistently impressed with her knowledge, drive and dedication. Claudia is extremely well organized and has an uncanny ability to find solutions where others find only problems. She has a direct yet open communication style that yields to a passionate commitment to her client’s success. Claudia has a tenacity for helping people find the best in themselves. She is one of the very best business consultants I’ve had the pleasure to work with in my 16 years with the SBDC program.”

Kurt Clark, Director, Small Business Development Center (SBDC)


Tripled engineering staff to support increased demand.

“Our technology management company had entirely organic growth from word-of-mouth… but we had reached a critical mass that required actually marketing our services to our existing customers and prospects. We didn’t have a marketing plan, strategy or really any marketing resources. As we worked with Claudia at Acorn Enterprises, we appreciated her attention to detail, holistic perspective, and how she leveraged her corporate background to assist us with developing a marketing strategy, new positioning, and sales approaches.”

David Darmstandler, Co-Founder, DataPath

Hillberg Co.

Expanded into new market segments, and grew business by 10% in one year.

“Acorn Enterprises has provided marketing assistance to Hillberg & Co. CPA’s over the last 10 years. She helped us with our first strategic marketing plan and met with our marketing team monthly to coach us on how to expand our accounting services to new markets. Claudia is a pure dose of marketing knowledge and experience and a true strategic partner. She is a touchstone which we refer back to often for advice and encouragement.”

William H. Behrens, CPA, ABV, CFF, Hillberg & Co. CPA

Ironstone Vineyards

Nationwide focus group research resulted in successful full line new product launch.

“Acorn Enterprises was instrumental in assisting us with our new wine packaging concept evaluations. They designed, organized and coordinated multi-state focus groups, selecting and working with different facilities, developing the participant screeners, and moderating the groups, and accommodated all our requests – even last minute changes. We incorporated their detailed analysis and recommendations into our decision making process, and the results directed our final packaging decisions.”

Kelly Alves, Product Manager, Ironstone Vineyards

Solid Networks

New positioning and marketing message to restage company for growth.

“Working with Acorn Enterprises is a fantastic experience. Not only are they very positive and knowledgeable, they dig into a project and get things done. They suggested what we had always considered impossible, and finished in record time. They took the time to understand our business and gave us a final product that we were very proud of.”

Jim Jenkins, Principal, Solid Networks Inc.

Message In a Bottle

Double digit sales increase and securing of new national contract.

“Acorn Enterprises is a superb marketer in the truest sense. They have the ability to look beyond the raw data to provide a comprehensive plan of action that provides maximum effectiveness in the shortest amount of time. With their help, we were better able to quickly zero in and focus our efforts on our target demographic which resulted in a decided boost in conversions. It’s not a stretch to say that we consider them a valued member of our team and I am happy to call on them whenever their considerable skills are required.”

Roger Rojas, CEO, Message In A Bottle