Michaela MaloneTrademark Attorney / Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
"We (Washington Lawyers for the Arts) were on the search for someone to help us revamp our tired website. Serendipitously, through a mutual contact, Mark was looking to see if he could help our non-profit organization. I know for a fact that no-one else could have come close to executing the organization’s vision better than he did. Mark went above and beyond our expectations! He is incredibly proactive and creative. In addition to re-working our website he helped increase our presence in the community through social media, etc. and worked on an incredible video to promote our services. We are so thankful. Look no further — Mark is the perfect choice!”
Laurie RhodesPhotographer / Laurie Rhodes Photography
“I have been using Mark Gentile as a social media consultant since 2011. He asked me to fill out a comprehensive 8-page questionnaire about my business as a first step. He truly understands the need for detailed research and is constantly updating his knowledge of the social media world. Mark is a very talented photo editor and graphic designer. The combinations of photographs that he conjures up for my blog posts add a special twist on my work. He is also extremely nice, personable and a joy to work with week after week. I highly recommend Mark.
Keith WagnerNW/NCAL Fashion Manager / Nordstrom
"Mark has an excellent understanding of the caliber of designers we incorporate into our fashion events and provides us with stellar pieces of music on a seasonal basis. He has a very high level of taste and has created some pretty unique custom mixes within a quick turnaround time. Mark is a great partner and resource for me and my team."
Eve GilmanManaging Editor / New Hope Media
“Mark was the creative force at New Hope Media for years, setting, and updating, the look and feel of our two print publications and websites. We’re fortunate to have continued our relationship with him on a freelance basis. As he’s branched out his web work into social media, branding, digital publications, and more, we’ve benefited from his design and technical know-how in these areas. Mark’s a pro, and always a pleasure to work with.”
David LubellRealtor, House Flipper / Criag & David Homes / Coldwell Banker
"Mark is awesome. He is easy to work with. He is amazingly detail oriented. He understands visual and written communication really well. He never imposes his aesthetics, but endeavors to find the right look and feel for his customers. I would HIGHLY recommend Mark."
Kurt KruckebergAttorney / Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S.
"Mark and Tastebuds did web design and social-media strategy for our nonprofit. We were looking for someone to update our website, and Mark certainly did that. But he did so much more. Mark really changed the presence of our organization in the community by encouraging us to harness social media and a variety of untapped resources available to us. Mark really dug in, researched our organization and its goals, and tailored his approach accordingly, all the while being a really enjoyable guy to work with. If you’re looking to give your website and social-media presence a facelift, Mark is an excellent choice."
Craig SpanoReall Estate Agent & Developer / Craig & David Homes
Working with Mark Gentile (Tastebuds) has been a valuable experience for me and my business partner. His expertise and creativity has helped to boost our business and elevate our visual branding. He designed our Los Angeles-based real estate sales website and helped create informative content. Mark also manages our Search Engine Optimization (SEO) which has led to increased, valuable web traffic. We even got a direct client due to his SEO and design efforts. Mark is professional and works collaboratively as a team. I found him very forthcoming with marketing suggestions based on his past experience. I highly recommend Mark for your job.
Casey WeitzmanMental Health Care Provider / Gender Wellness of Los Angeles
I’m a long-time mental health care provider with multiple areas of expertise. I practice in what is a very competitive market, here in Los Angeles, and I felt my web presence had begun to fray. Thus, I initially began to consult with Mark Gentile (aka Tastebuds) on a periodic basis to help me get a better idea of what I was doing right, doing wrong and/or what opportunities I might have been missing. In the process, I discovered that Mark’s well-rounded skills and knowledge were clearly of great value. In August 2015, I decided hire him on retainer basis to oversee the design and content of my websites (including search engine optimization) and manage my social media. From the outset, he’s delivered beyond what I expected in terms the amount of time he spends really getting to know the nature of my business and in the results he’s produced — my website traffic has more than tripled and my rank in search engine queries have significantly improved. What stands out for me is that he’s extremely organized — he regularly maps out a plan of action on weekly/monthly basis — and has helped me leverage the relationships with my colleagues for cross-promotion opportunities. I recommend him highly!
Stephen BennettOwner & Innkeeper / Gaslight Inn
I hired Mark Gentile of Tastebuds just over a year ago to build a mobile-friendly website for the Gaslight Inn, a Seattle bed and breakfast that recently gained landmark status from the city. My previous site was almost 10-years-old and needed to be modernized. Mark built a beautiful WordPress site that has helped me recapture potential revenue that I began to lose as more and more business, in general, is conducted with mobile devices. I’ve since retained Mark’s services on monthly basis. He’s a whiz with SEO as many of my pages continue to rank higher. He provides additional marketing support with social media and other travel-specific platforms which help me market the Gaslight and three other vacation rental properties. I find Mark to be very organized and communicative — a true pleasure to work with.